Q & A with Wael Adhami, CFE

Wael Adhami of Lebanon recently became a CFE after attending the Chicago CFE Exam Review Course. The new CFE took time off from his busy work schedule as a field investigator to accomplish his goal of becoming a CFE. Wael will apply the knowledge he obtained from attending the Review Course and earning his CFE to further develop his skills in the financial crimes field. In his spare time, Wael enjoys spending as much time as he can with his family.

Coach: In what ways do you feel that your new CFE credential will be beneficial to you in your current profession?

Adhami: The CFE credential is evidence of an acquired expertise in the field of fraud investigations. It allows any CFE to add value to his/her organization by bringing in a professional, expert, ethical, and methodical approach to fraud investigations.
Coach: How did you prepare yourself to sit for the exam on-site? Did you spend any additional time studying after class each day?

Admani: I tried to avoid spending too much time studying following class, and instead opted to relax for 30 to 45 minutes before taking the exam. The information was still "fresh" from the day of review, and as such, I did not find the exam questions to be unnecessarily difficult.
Coach: Would you recommend this course to your colleagues?

Adhami: Without hesitation, I would recommend this course to my colleagues and to any security/investigations professionals who are looking to further enhance their skills and knowledge in the field of fraud.
Coach: How did you become passionate about fighting fraud?

Adhami: I am quite active in the field of investigations, and as part of my personal ambition to grow and further develop my skills, I became interested in financial crimes and frauds over the past few years—a subject I was not highly educated on previously. The CFE Exam Review Course significantly enhanced my understanding of these matters.
Coach: Now that we know what you do professionally, what do you like to do for fun and what do you find enjoyable about it?

Adhami: I try to spend time with my family and loved ones as much as I can. I am also committed to maintaining regular levels of physical activity by running, wakeboarding, and practicing martial arts. Challenging myself to higher achievements, be it professionally or personally, is always a great source of motivation.
Coach: Do you have any study tips or suggestions for aspiring CFEs?

Adhami: Try to enjoy studying for the CFE as much as you can, and give it time. There are so many interesting things to learn about fraud, and becoming a CFE is just the right way to go about it. Answering all the questions on each section in the practice exams will also definitely help you increase your chances of passing the final exam. Good luck!