Mr Nir Tolkovsky MSc CFE PhD, Student & Guest Lecturer
Nir enrolled at the University of Derby in 2012 to study for the MSc Criminal Investigation. After completing his masters with distinction, he remained in Derby to study for his PhD, the focus of which is exploring 'The duality between commercial and criminal fraud in English law and practice'; he is being supervised by Dr David Hicks.
His additional research interests include:
- cybercrime investigation frameworks
- network intelligence
- statistical modelling, and
- public interest in corporate fraud enforcement (secondary victimisation).
Nir is originally from Tel Aviv, Israel, where at the age of 18 he joined the Israeli Defence Force and served for five years as an intelligence officer, prior to joining Forensic Pathways Limited as a senior analyst.
His experience includes electronic evidence examination, fraud investigation and data loss investigations, some of which were litigated in English courts as well as other jurisdictions.
As an analyst, Nir is not legally trained but he has developed expertise in the field of financial crime, which involves investigating fraud, examining digital evidence and communicating with various stakeholders, as well as technical, investigative and management aspects of electronic disclosure.
Transition to academia
Nir’s transition from the corporate world of financial fraud to lecturing on financial intelligence and financial investigation, came in 2014 when he was invited to lecture on the MSc Criminal Investigation, which is now part of the Institute.
Views on the Institute
Being involved with the Institute at its inception is a real opportunity for Nir and he is delighted that he has the chance to impart some of his knowledge and share his professional experiences with his students.
For Nir, there is synergy between law enforcement, the private sector and academia, and he can help demonstrate to his students how the private sector operates and how it relates to legislation and policy-making, policing and law enforcement.
For Nir, the unique selling point of the Institute is that its staff include highly qualified academics and lecturers, with extensive practical experience in various law enforcement disciplines. For this reason, the Institute is uniquely positioned to offer well informed and highly applied research and teaching that can make significant contributions in the main growth areas of financial crime and cybercrime.
Furthermore, the Institute’s leadership potential extends to the continuing research and teaching of core investigatory skills used by the public and private sectors. These core skills, taught and researched in such a multi-disciplinary and diverse environment, are already producing meaningful learning experiences for students of the MSc Criminal Investigation.
Ultimately, Nir sees the Institute as a hub for investigators to do what they do best, for the benefit of their discipline and wider society. The Institute invites its students, researchers and external stakeholders to investigate the challenges faced by law enforcement and the private sector in a unique environment, where academic rigour and professional insight meet.