Cem Ozturk is Managing Director and Head of Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific Islands in the Business Intelligence and Investigations practice of Kroll, a division of Duff & Phelps. He is based in Sydney.

Cem provides global investigative support to clients in Australia, New Zealand, and Southeast Asia. He has long provided Kroll’s Japanese and American clients with strategic insight around challenging Asia Pacific risk issues and is experienced in the delivery of detailed intelligence assessments, investigative due diligence, fraud and corruption investigations, market entry support and global asset searches.

Originally from the U.S., Cem has over 15 years of experience across Asia Pacific. This includes eight years in Southeast Asia, leading Kroll’s rapid operational development in Indonesia and Myanmar, ultimately serving as the operational leader for the Singapore office. He remains closely involved in the firm’s Southeast Asian casework and is now responsible for operational and business growth across Oceania.  

Prior to joining Kroll, Cem worked in six Asia Pacific economies, including India, Thailand, Japan and Korea. In addition to journalism and NGO work, he has produced publications for Japanese, Australian and international media focusing on Asian trade and investment. He has published investigative research on radical religious groups in Myanmar since 2003 and is a regular speaker at conferences.

Professional Experience
  • Business Intelligence
    Cem has directed bespoke intelligence projects across Asia Pacific. He provides nuanced, fieldwork-driven research on emerging and frontier markets, especially on the intersection between business and politics, and on Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) related issues.  He has considerable experience providing pre- and post-transactional due diligence support to clients in developed markets, as well as research into IP theft, conflicts of interest and other issues.   
  • Litigation Support
    Cem has provided investigative research and asset tracing support to a wide range of Western and Japanese clients involved in litigation and disputes.
  • Investigations
    Cem has considerable experience working on fraud and corruption issues, including complex fraud matters for Southeast Asia’s largest state-owned enterprises (SOE) and conglomerates. 
Education and Certifications
  • M.S., International Political Economy, S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies (RSIS), Nanyang Technological University
  • B.A., Foreign Affairs, University of Virginia
  • English – Native
  • Japanese – Conversational
  • Bahasa Indonesia – Basic
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