Sam Ponniah


Consulting Director, Senior Advisor - Global Risk Management and Internal Audit practice,

Subject Matter Expert in Risk Management & Internal Audit Services as well as forensic project accounting in complex construction accounting topics, and

English and Tamil Bilingual

Phone: +1 (703) 674-5080. x116


11710 Plaza America Drive, Suite 300
Reston, VA 20190 USA


Sam Ponniah (American citizen) is a consulting director and senior advisor specializing in construction forensics and complex project accounting, as well as internal audit and risk management. He is leading RKA’s formation in Houston, Texas, where he resides with his family.

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 a senior level executive with leadership experience in the areas of Internal Audit and Accounting with more than twenty years of progressive experience in these areas. Sam is a focused, assiduous, highly creative contributor who consistently delivers strong outcomes and maintains a superior level of customer satisfaction. He has proven to be effective in gaining the trust of individuals, achieving consensus, and maintaining long-term, mutually beneficial relationships. He excels in implementing efficiencies that improve organizational goals and monetize results.

Sam served as a Managing Consultant with Berkeley Research Group.  In his previous roles, Sam was brought back by the Gilbane Building Company from his tenure at Siemens AG to serve as one of three Project Controllers on a $2.5B Exxon Mobil Campus Project in Spring, Texas. This project was one of the largest of its kind in North America and the biggest in the 140-year history of the Gilbane Building Company.

In his last role, Sam served as the Senior Internal Auditor and Lead Investigator with the Ethics and Compliance group of the Houston Independent School District’s Internal Audit Department. Sam independently followed up and concluded on fraud investigations reported through the District’s Fraud Hotline. He also (independently and as part of a team) led or participated in various audit engagements, providing valuable insight to the District Management.

Sam held various leadership roles with Siemens AG in the USA and Canada. He led SOX implementation for a $200M business unit of Siemens Canada, reviewing process documentation for key controls, leading testing of controls and periodically reporting implementation status to senior management.  He excelled year over year as Senior Financial Auditor where he was recognized as subject matter expert in project (construction) accounting and instructed others in various topics including percentage of completion and multiple element arrangement accounting. As a member of the Global Audit team he played a key role in the Corporate Financial Audit Risk Assessment process, fully meeting guidelines set forth by the Global Risk Assessment Steering Committee. Sam managed daily execution of Financial and Integrated audit engagements. He was assigned and supported / supervised appropriate resources to ensure tasks were completed on time and to the highest quality standards. He performed quality reviews of all audit engagement work papers and served as daily point of contact with upper management to provide audit process and control recommendations and strategies. Sam provided written recommendations at the completion of all audits and monitored report findings and recommendations to ensure full and timely adherence to the implementation of all agreed upon action items.


Sam served as Project Controller/Lead Accountant (whose function included risk management at each assigned project) over a 9-year period (1996-2003, 2012-2014). He trained and supervised Staff Accountants during this period.

Sample listing of projects include:

  • $2.5B Exxon Mobil Campus Project, Spring, Texas
  • $40M Bergen County Jail Expansion and Renovation project, Hackensack, New Jersey
  • $40M Essex County Correctional Facility, Newark, New Jersey
  • $10M New Jersey Schools Development Authority project, Various locations, New Jersey
  • $2M New Jersey State House Dome Renovation, Trenton, New Jersey
  • $20M Rutgers University Life Sciences Building, Newark, New Jersey
  • $20M Sovereign Bank Arena, Trenton, New Jersey
  • $17M Hoffman La Roche Lab Renovation, Nutley, New Jersey
  • $30M Firmenich Labs, Plainsboro, New Jersey
  • Certified Internal Auditor (CIA)
  • Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE)
  • M.B.A., Finance, University of Rhode Island
  • M.S., Accounting, University of Rhode Island
  • Contracting with the Federal Government, Certificate Program, George Mason University
  • Association of Certified Fraud Examiners, CFE Member (ACFE)
  • Institute of Internal Auditors, Member (IIA)
  • Financial Executives Networking Group, Member (FENG)

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.