Charles River Associates (CRA) Expands Its Forensic Services Practice

Paul Maleh

BOSTON– Charles River Associates (NASDAQ: CRAI), a worldwide leader in providing economic, financial and management consulting services, today announced that Jeffrey A. Garfield and Waqas Shahid have joined the company’s Forensic Services Practice as vice presidents.

“I’m excited to welcome Jeff and Waqas to CRA,” said Paul Maleh, CRA’s Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. “Both share the attributes that uniquely characterize our team of seasoned forensics professionals, including deep technical expertise, a passion for innovative thinking, and a commitment to quality in delivering unsurpassed client service.”

“Waqas and Jeff are widely recognized experts and are joining a team that is already ranked as one of the best in the world at helping companies develop scalable, data-driven solutions to prevent, detect, respond to, and emerge stronger from allegations of fraud, misconduct, and non-compliance, often in moments of crisis,” said Kristofer Swanson, CRA’s Forensic Services Practice Leader.

Jeffrey A. Garfield has almost 20 years of professional services and industry experience related to financial and fraud investigations, matters involving the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), bribery and corruption investigations, the U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA), forensic accounting, data analytics, and compliance program transformation.

Mr. Garfield has led numerous large-scale, compliance-focused engagements and investigations across a wide range of industries and has worked especially closely with pharmaceutical, medical device, and life sciences clients. He has extensive international business experience from client work in over 30 countries.

Prior to joining CRA, Mr. Garfield was a partner with a Big 4 accounting firm where he focused on investigations and compliance program transformation services. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in finance from Indiana University.

Waqas Shahid leverages his expertise in consulting, technology, and in-house and private legal practice to address complex regulatory, compliance, and operational problems for clients. Mr. Shahid is a recognized subject matter expert and thought leader regarding U.S. technology export controls, foreign direct investment and the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS), economic sanctions, supply chain security, and data security. His practice focuses on providing proactive (e.g., advisory, compliance program design, and enhancement); reactive (e.g., investigations, remediation support); third-party assurance (e.g., audits and monitorships pursuant to national security mitigation and consent agreements); and technology services to companies operating in highly regulated sectors, as well as those facing regulatory and enforcement scrutiny.

Prior to joining CRA, he was the co-founder and senior managing director of the National Security, Trade, & Technology Practice of an international consulting firm. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in computer science and physics with High Distinction from the University of Virginia, and a Juris Doctor cum laude from the Georgetown University Law Center. He is a member of the bars of the Commonwealth of Virginia (inactive) and the District of Columbia, and is a Certified Information Privacy Professional (CIPP/US).