Zehra Mirza is a Managing Director at FTI Consulting in the Forensic & Litigation Consulting segment and is based in Los Angeles. Ms. Mirza has more than 17 years of forensic investigations, monitoring, proactive risk management and regulatory compliance experience. Ms. Mirza’s industry experience includes health care, pharmaceutical, financial services, consumer markets, energy and technology.
Ms. Mirza’s experience ranges from providing consulting services worldwide to having worked in-house; operationalizing compliance at a global, Fortune 5 company. Her experience includes designing, implementing and monitoring compliance programs in the areas of controlled substances, government contracting, Anti-Money Laundering (AML), Office of Foreign Asset Control (OFAC), anti-corruption / Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) and fraud risk management. Ms. Mirza also has significant global investigative experience in fraud, corruption and other financial and regulatory misconduct matters.
Ms. Mirza has proven to be a valued business partner who brings strong operational and project management experience to her clients. With a solid track record of providing influential insights on key strategic projects, she has led the management of global investigations, the implementation of the first of its kind Compliance Agreement in Controlled Substances and pioneered innovative compliance solutions throughout her career. Ms. Mirza is also well versed in litigation support and internal audit matters as well as the design of effective internal controls.
Ms. Mirza’s regulatory compliance experience includes assessing existing compliance programs, designing governance structure, performing risk assessments, developing: audit plans, enterprise policies and procedures, training and metrics, performing monitoring functions, gap risk assessments and transaction lookbacks. Some representative experience includes: development and successful implementation of a leading controlled substance monitoring program while under a Memorandum of Agreement with the DEA, investigation of allegations of earning management for a publicly traded distribution company, investigation of possible violations of the FCPA for a major freight forwarding company based in the U.S. and an international petroleum company based in Europe and subsequent development and execution of internal audit programs, design and execution of an internal audit of an international bank’s AML program resulting in successfully passing federal examination while a Memorandum of Understanding with the Federal Reserve was in place.
Prior to joining FTI Consulting, Ms. Mirza spent nearly eight years at the U.S.’s largest pharmaceutical distributor operationalizing compliance while under regulatory scrutiny. In addition to her in-house experience, Ms. Mirza has over eight years of experience at KPMG LLP’s Forensic Advisory Services practice in the U.S. and London, as well as work experience at the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) – Office of Enforcement and the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) – Office of the U.S. Trustee.
Ms. Mirza holds a B.A. degree in anthropology with a minor in political science and a specialization in business administration from University of California, Los Angeles and an Award in Accounting from University of California, Los Angeles, as well as a Certificate in Healthcare Compliance from Seton Hall University.