Patrick Kelkar is a Managing Director based in New York. He has more than twenty years of experience in conducting investigations around the world and specializes in investigating complex transnational fraud and corruption cases. Patrick has led matters in more than one hundred countries and has conducted on-the-ground investigations in approximately two dozen countries, including in Latin America, Europe, Africa, and Asia.
Prior to joining Nardello & Co., Patrick was the head of the anti-corruption and internal investigations practices for a global investigative firm, where he spent more than twelve years. He managed and conducted due diligence, litigation, asset tracing, fraud, corruption, and misconduct investigations on behalf of counsel, international organizations, governments, and corporate clients.
Among his notable cases, Patrick was engaged by a leading global NGO to manage and conduct investigations of fraud, corruption, and misconduct in their operations in more than 30 countries in the Middle East, Africa, Asia, Europe, and the US. He conducted dozens of interviews on field missions to Middle East programs responding to the Syrian refugee crisis, as well as for programs in Africa and Asia.
Patrick has also led numerous due diligence reviews in sensitive matters related to M&A transactions, joint ventures, agent relationships, and potential sanctions exposure.
Previously, Patrick conducted international investigations on behalf of the World Bank Group and the Independent Inquiry Committee (“Volcker Committee”) into the United Nations Oil-for-Food Programme in Iraq. Patrick was a Senior Investigator for the Volcker Committee and played a key role in the high-profile investigation into allegations of corruption against the Executive Director of the UN Programme. The results of this investigation ultimately led to federal indictments of the former UN Executive Director and the former Secretary General’s brother-in-law.
For the World Bank, Patrick conducted numerous procurement and financial investigations of development projects in Africa and Asia, as well as investigations of various internal fraud and corruption allegations. Prior to this, Patrick worked for several years as an analyst with PricewaterhouseCoopers in their Dispute Analysis & Investigations practice.