Prof. Matt Gagnon


Board Member & Senior Executive Advisor - Global Internal Audit & Risk Management,

Subject matter expert on internal audit, enterprise risk management, governance, and compliance,

Current Chief Risk Officer, Brown University, and,

Adjunct Faculty, University of Maryland, Robert Smith School of Business

Phone: +1 (703) 674-5080, x108


Rhode Island – United States


Matt Gagnon (American citizen), a licensed Certified Public Accountant in Maryland, serves in RKA’s Board and is also a Senior Executive Advisor to RKA’s Global Internal Audit and Risk Management practice. He lives in Rhode Island with his wife and family where he is also the Chief Risk Officer for Brown University, one of the American Ivy League universities.

With leadership presence and residing in the Washington, DC, Los Angeles, and New York metro areas; Miami; Houston; Austin; Atlanta; Columbus; Tampa; Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; Quito, Ecuador; Bogota, Colombia; Mexico City; Brisbane, Australia; and Cologne, Germany, the firm principals are repeatedly sought-after in high stakes forensic, integrity services and special investigation, as well as risk, security/executive protection, litigation support, and compliance advisory services. They have worked for or served the world’s largest, most recognized, and respected companies. Together, RKA multi-lingual leaders some which are certified public accountants, accredited business valuators, certified internal auditors and certified fraud examiners, others certified in financial forensics, project management, audit leadership, government and information systems audit, and risk management, licensed attorneys, and personal protection specialists. We have decades of experience as former Fortune 30 senior executives, including CEOs and Board/Audit Committee members, Big4 accounting firm partners, external and internal auditors, compliance advisors, protection and intelligence community personnel, United States federal prosecutors, and state and federal American and foreign law enforcement and armed forces commissioned officers.

He is Brown University’s Chief Risk Officer. In this capacity he is responsible for developing, enhancing, managing and monitoring the University’s methodologies for Enterprise Risk Management and for the oversight of the University’s Internal Audit and Compliance functions.

Matthew’s previous roles include: Chief Risk Officer for Amtrak; Director of Risk Management and Internal Controls Assurance Advisory Services for ClearView Consulting, LLC; as well as Chief Audit Executive with US Foodservice, Fieldstone Investment Corporation, and the Rouse Company. Matt also held other leadership roles with Black & Decker, Marriott International, and Ernst & Young. He has participated in numerous initiatives to establish or improve, and deploy and manage, robust governance, risk management and compliance (GRC) processes, including embedded data analytics solutions for risk and control monitoring.

He also currently serves as a member of the Audit Committee for Carroll County Public Schools.

  • BS, Townson University, Accounting
  • Certified Public Accountant (CPA)
  • Open Compliance and Ethics Group (OCEG)

While RKA Worldwide Group LLC (USA) and RKA Worldwide do Brasil Consultoria and companies in formation, RKA Worldwide de Colombia SAS, RKA Worldwide de Argentina SA, and RKA Worldwide Security and Protection LLC, employs, associates and contracts with attorneys and CPAs, we are not public accounting firms nor law firms nor are we registered as such.