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The IIA’s 2021 International Conference program will feature outstanding speakers whose shared goal is to deliver a world-class event reflective of The IIA's high standards of excellence.


Educational Streams


The Future of Internal Audit

Risk, Controls, and Compliance

Data for Intelligent Auditing

Cybersecurity and Technology

Essential Skills: Beyond the Audit

Intermediate/Advanced Level Sessions - Participants should come with knowledge of, and experience in the noted Field of Study.

  • Intermediate: Program knowledge level that builds on a basic program and is most appropriate for persons at a mid-level within the organization, with operational or supervisory responsibilities, or both.
  • Advanced: Program knowledge level most useful for individuals with mastery of the particular topic. This level focuses on the development of in-depth knowledge, a variety of skills, or a broader range of applications. Advanced level programs are often appropriate for seasoned professionals within organizations; however, they may also be beneficial for other professionals with specialized knowledge in a subject area.

*Indicates sessions that will be included in the ​All Access (Rebroadcast) viewing option.

​Monday, 14 June 2021

Ms Indranee Rajah
Minister in the Prime Minister’s Office,
Second Minister for Finance and National  Development
Singapore

Ms Indranee Rajah is the Minister in the Prime Minister’s Office. She is also Second Minister for Finance, and Second Minister for National Development.

Ms Rajah is the Leader of the House for the 14th Parliament. She has been the Member of Parliament for the Tanjong Pagar Group Representation Constituency (GRC) since 2001.
 
She was in practice as a lawyer and Senior Counsel before joining the Government.
 
Under her law portfolio from 2012 – 2018, she co-chaired the Committees on Family Justice, the formation of the Singapore International Commercial Court as well as the Committee to Strengthen Singapore as an International Centre for Debt Restructuring. She also co-chaired the Penal Code Review Committee whose recommendations led to major amendments of the Penal Code, including greater protections of women and the vulnerable.
 
In her first tour of the Education Ministry from 2012 - 2015, she led the Applied Study in Polytechnics and ITE Review (ASPIRE) Committee resulting in SkillsFuture, a national movement to align education with economic demand, career guidance and lifelong learning. In the second stint from 2018 - 2020, Ms Rajah chaired UPLIFT – the “Uplifting Pupils in Life and Inspiring Families Taskforce”, an inter-agency team convened in 2018 to strengthen support for students from disadvantaged families.
 
Under her finance portfolio, Ms Rajah co-chaired the Working Group on Legal and Accounting Services, a sub-committee of the 2016 Committee on the Future Economy, the recommendations of which are aimed at transforming the legal and accounting industries in Singapore and catalysing the internationalisation of such professional services. She oversees infrastructure Asia, the Singapore government platform that connects infrastructure demand and supply in the region.
 
In the Prime Minister’s Office, Ms Rajah oversees the National Population and Talent Division and assists Senior Minister Teo Chee Hean on population matters.

Marcus East
Senior Vice President and Chief Digital Officer
T-Mobile  
USA

Digital technology has been one of the most disruptive advances shaping society in the last two decades, but the rate at which technology is driving change is accelerating. 

Organizations and individuals need to prepare to handle the next wave of innovation including artificial intelligence (AI), 5G, and robotics. In this presentation, attendees will explore the next wave of innovation and receive some recommendations on how to create the culture needed for future success.

Marcus Delano East is senior vice president and chief digital officer at T-Mobile USA. He has spent half his career building world-class technology for top tech companies (Apple, Google, IBM) and the other half helping brands like Comic Relief, Marks and Spencer, National Geographic, and T-Mobile harness the power of technology to drive business value. A digital technology and product leader, East has a passion for driving positive change through the use of technology — a love affair that started when he was taught to program in elementary school at the age of nine. For 25+ years, he has built a reputation as a ‘creative technologist’ who enjoys solving difficult problems in innovative ways, whether they are complex business challenges or life-changing social issues. East is a Fellow of the BCS (British Computer Society) Chartered Institute for Information Technology (FBCS) and a Member of the Chartered Management Institute (MCMI). He is an Expert in Residence for the University of Oxford Foundry.

NASBA CPE Credit: 1.2
NASBA Field of Study: Information Technology
Learning Level: Details Intermediate

Jenny Tan
Head, Group Internal Audit
CapitaLand Group
Singapore

Lee Siu Wei, CIA, CISA, CA
Head of Sales
Wolters Kluwer TeamMate
Singapore

In today's world, innovation for audit is not just about adding technology to your audit process and calling it a day, but a multitude of factors that contribute to its success. Join Jenny Tan, global internal audit leader at CapitaLand, and Siu Wei Lee, head of sales at Wolters Kluwer TeamMate, in this dialogue of the key drivers and success metrics of audit transformation.

Jenny Tan is currently leading the global internal audit practice, including IT audit, with CapitaLand Group. Her mandates include delivering quality audit, advocating a transformational audit practice, and becoming a business partner within the Group.

Prior to CapitaLand, Tan was the former PwC risk assurance partner where she led the IT Audit & Advisory and Business Resilience Practices. She was PwC Singapore’s chief information officer and data protection officer.

Outside of work, Tan volunteers heavily in the technology community space where she actively promotes technology (including cyber) awareness and adoption to both the business and IT professionals and organizations. She is currently the Vice-President of ISACA SG Chapter. She also served on Asia-Pacific Information Privacy Association Board, SATA CommHealth Digital Committee, and Audit Committee.

Tan spearheaded the ISACA’s SheLeadsTech programme in Singapore and has since framed the programme as a cross-border female leadership experience and knowledge sharing platform. Her effort paid off as she is recognized by ISACA Global as one of the four 2021 Outstanding Chapter Leader Award global recipients. Further, she was a finalist in 2018 Women in IT CIO Category Award and was awarded Top 20 Cybersecurity Women in Singapore, 2020.

Lee Siu Wei leads the sales and pre-sales teams for Wolters Kluwer TeamMate Asia Pacific. With more than 15 years of experience in external auditing, internal auditing, and audit technology, she has worked extensively with both private and public sector organizations to transform and improve audit value through audit technology.
​10:30 – 11:00 a.m. SGT
Networking Break in the Virtual Exhibit Hall
11:00 a.m.  – 12:00 p.m.​​​​​ SGT
​Concurrent Session Tracks

Phil Leifermann
Business Development Director
Wolters Kluwer TeamMate
Australia

Shagen Ganason, CIA
Head, Internal Audit, New Zealand
AIA New Zealand
New Zealand

Phil Leifermann will share Wolters Kluwer TeamMate’s ground-breaking research Touchstone Insights for Internal Audit that analyses the current and future state of internal audit, and explores some of the challenges faced by internal audit. Then, Shagen Ganason will share how AIA New Zealand is overcoming similar challenges, and how internal audit is supporting his company to thrive in three areas: providing live assurance while conforming with IIA professional standards; providing real-time and continuous resources through a data analytics program; and balancing technical with soft skills to ensure internal audit has the depth and breadth to excel.

In this session, participants will:

  • Current and future state of internal audit.
  • Learn how to link live assurance with the IIA Standards.
  • How a data analytics program can be real-time.
  • Understand why balancing soft skills with technical skills will be required in the future.

Phil Leifermann is responsible for the TeamMate audit management and data analytic solutions in Asia-Pacific. He is one of the region’s most respected management assurance experts, specializing in governance, internal audit, IT audit, risk management, and compliance. He has over 33 years of consulting experience and has successfully completed projects throughout the Asia-Pacific region. Before joining Wolters Kluwer, he was the managing director at Insight Consulting for 16 years and a director at PricewaterhouseCoopers for 14 years. He holds many professional certifications from IIA, ISACA, and ACFE.

Shagen Ganason leads the internal audit function for the AIA Group in New Zealand. AIA is the largest listed company on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange and the largest life insurer in the world with a presence in 18 markets across the Asia-Pacific region. Ganason’s point of difference is that he has been on both sides of an organization – as an auditor and as a line manager – so he understands what it takes to be effective as an internal auditor. His leadership roles have focused on building businesses, delivery of audit engagements, and people development responsibilities. He is a results driven specialist with demonstrated success in building strong relationships with “C Suite” executives globally.

He has over 30 years of experience in the field of operational management, continuous improvement, lean auditing, accounting, internal audit, and risk management. His experience has been global, crossing a variety of industries including manufacturing, airline, agriculture, financial services, and government across three continents. In addition to leading internal audit departments, Ganason has also held other positions such as Chief Information Officer, Chief Financial Officer, Chief Operating Officer, and Lean Champion.

Ganason is a Certified Internal Auditor, a Certified Environment Auditor, and is a regular presenter at regional and international IIA and ACFE events. He has also served on several IIA Global and ACIIA committees and is currently a mentor to the IIA Papua New Guinea Chapter.

NASBA CPE Credit: 1.2
NASBA Field of Study: Auditing
Learning Level: Intermediate

Natasha Williams, CIA, CFE, GRCA, GRCP
Senior Manager, Global Compliance
Bio-Rad Laboratories
USA

With an increasing number of ABAC (Anti-Bribery, Anti-Corruption) laws across the globe requiring organizations to not only control fraud and corruption internally, but also the conduct of their third-party business partners globally, third-party auditing is the next frontier in anti-corruption risk management. This session focuses on detecting and mitigating third-party fraud and corruption risks across the channel by establishing a viable and effective audit and monitoring program.

In this session, participants will:

  • Develop an effective audit program that is adjustable to different sized organizations.
  • Assess the company’s risk appetite when dealing with a multitude of third-party business partners in various countries across the globe to create a quick, yet effective risk assessment that gets results.
  • Detect fraud and corruption and perform credible audits by gaining access to books and records.
  • Easily identify the most commonly abused accounts where fraudulent transactions are usually hidden.
  • Identify common pitfalls and red flags.
  • Maintain a successful ongoing compliant partnership, with a focus on continuous monitoring techniques.

Natasha Williams is a globally certified audit and compliance professional with over 20 years of combined experience in auditing, banking, compliance, risk assessment, fraud examination, and accounting. She served nearly half a decade with KPMG LLP, working on various consulting and startup SOX engagements prior to joining Bio-Rad Laboratories in 2005. Her specialty is auditing, compliance, risk management, fraud prevention and detection, and overall development of strong internal controls. Williams managed a global team and has performed and supervised over 300 audits in more than 60 countries throughout Europe, Eastern Europe, Latin America, Africa, the Middle East, Asia, and Australia. She has experience consulting small startups as well as working with large, matrixed, complex, multi-location, and global companies.  

Williams is on the Board of Directors for an international educational startup in Palo Alto, CA. She also shares her knowledge and expertise by speaking about fraud, corruption, and compliance at events across the US and the globe, in such places as the UAE, Mexico, Vietnam, Thailand, and Brazil. In addition, Williams is co-author of a book to be released in early 2021, Voices of the 21st Century Woman. The 2021 theme will be Rise and Resilience of the 21st Century Woman, where her story will be one out of forty from women across the globe.

NASBA CPE Credit: 1.2
NASBA Field of Study: Auditing
Learning Level: Intermediate

Mikaela Pisani
Head, Data Scientist
Rootstrap
Uruguay

This presentation will provide answers to the following questions: What is data science? How do you get value from the data? What is the difference between artificial intelligence, machine learning, and deep learning? What are the steps in a data science project? Why is it important to assume that humans have bias?

In this session, participants will:

  • Identify different strategies to extract value from data.
  • Learn that the most important part of the data science process is to understand the problem, understand the data, and understand the business.
  • Apply the techniques learned with real cases and then share ideas.

Mikaela Pisani is the chief data scientist at Rootstrap and also runs Girls in Tech Uruguay, a global nonprofit organization focused on engaging, educating, and empowering women and girls in tech, as well as educating children on STEAM. She was recently featured in Lifewire and will speak about ‘How Women Need to Be Involved in Data Science to Prevent Bias in Algorithms’ at the 2021
Women In Tech Summit.

NASBA CPE Credit: 1.2
NASBA Field of Study: Computer Software and Applications
Learning Level: Basic

Sajay Rai, CPA, CISSP, CISM
President and Chief Executive Officer
Securely Yours LLC
USA

Sajay Rai served as project leader for The IIA’s recently published GTAG, IT Essentials for Internal Auditors. This session on IT essentials will be very helpful for internal auditors who are new to the profession or are thinking of transitioning from a traditional internal audit role to an IT audit role. This session will discuss the recently announced IT construct and provide IT essentials information in numerous categories, including IT governance, IT infrastructure, network, applications, and other relevant IT topics.

In this session, participants will:

  • Understand the basic IT knowledge required for all internal auditors.
  • Gain insights into The IIA’s IT construct and its related fields.
  • Learn IT infrastructure, network, and application technical information, as well as how to use these technologies during an audit.
  • Discuss some of other relevant topics related to IT.

Sajay Rai has more than 30 years of experience in information technology, specializing in cybersecurity, privacy, network architecture, business continuity, disaster recovery, IT audit, and information risk. He is the founder and CEO of Securely Yours LLC. Previously, Rai was a cybersecurity and risk partner with Ernst & Young LLP. Prior, at IBM, he served as an executive of the national business continuity and contingency consulting practice, and was instrumental in starting the company’s information security consulting practice. Rai has co-authored three books: Security and Auditing of Smart Devices; Sawyer’s Guide for Internal Auditors, 6th Edition; and Defending the Digital Frontier: A Security Agenda. As a member of The IIA’s Global Technology Committee, he has led the publication of several GTAGs. Rai is a frequent speaker at national and international conferences. He serves on the board of The IIA’s Detroit Chapter, ISACA’s Detroit Chapter, and the  Society of Information Management’s Detroit Chapter. He is an adjunct professor at Oakland University and Walsh College. He serves on the advisory board of Walsh College’s Accountancy Department and Wayne State’s IT Advisory Board.

NASBA CPE Credit: 1.2
NASBA Field of Study: Information Technology
Learning Level: Basic

Antonio Martinez Marroquin
Vice President and Head, Internal Audit
DKSH Management Pte Ltd.
Singapore

The relationship between internal audit and business stakeholders remains complex, despite being critical for effective corporate governance purposes. Internal audit aspires to be a trusted advisor… but it is oftentimes not a regular guest at the C-suite table; and it is frequently still considered that business collaboration can compromise independent assurance.

This session will provide concrete ideas for anyone interested in developing more collaborative relationships with business stakeholders and scaling new heights with internal audit.

In this session, participants will:

  • Reflect on different bases of power and how internal audit can use them most effectively.
  • Explore concrete strategies to develop collaborative relationships and be warned of related risks and opportunities.
  • Acquire specific ideas for internal audit to establish its independence without falling into isolation.
  • Understand how internal audit can promote ‘values-based integrity’ beyond the more traditional ‘rules-based integrity.’

Antonio Martinez is head of internal audit at DKSH, the leading market expansion services provider with a focus on Asia.

Based in Singapore, Martinez reports to the chairman of the Board and is responsible for assisting the audit committee and senior management with independently evaluating the group’s governance mechanisms, risk management processes, and internal control systems. Previously, at Novartis, he had increasing responsibilities within finance and internal audit across various countries, holding positions such as regional head of internal audit for Asia Pacific, country chief financial officer (CCFO) for the Philippines, and head of financial operations and control for China.

From 2012 to 2017, Martinez was an invited member of the internal audit workgroup created by the Singapore Accountancy Commission. In 2013, he was elected Governor of the Singapore Institute of Internal Auditors Board, and in 2015, he was elected Vice President of that Board for a term of two years.

Martinez holds a Master in Business Administration (MBA) from ESADE Business School, a Master in International Management from the Community of European Management Schools (CEMS), and an Executive Master of Science in Organizational Psychology from City University of New York. He lives in Singapore with his Swiss wife and their three daughters, who were born in Beijing, Manila, and Singapore.

NASBA CPE Credit: 1.2
NASBA Field of Study: Auditing
Learning Level: Advanced

Anand Bhakta
Director of Risk Solutions
AuditBoard
United States

What are the top risks for 2021, and how can internal audit and risk management functions get ahead to be change agents in the organization? Audit needs to innovate and think creatively to become more relevant — and that means embracing digital transformation, developing and using KRIs, and aligning activities with company objectives.

In this session, participants will:

  • Gain an overview of top risks and challenges for 2021.
  • Break down actionable steps to level up ERM maturity to identify and address their organization’s key risks.
  • Look ahead by examining real examples of how risk can become a performance enabler.

Anand Bhakta is the senior director of risk solutions at AuditBoard, a leading cloud-based platform transforming how enterprises manage risk. He has 15+ years of IT audit and consulting experience. Specializing in risks and controls related to the implementation of ERP systems, Bhakta has helped various multinational companies evaluate and/or implement application controls in ERP systems, including Oracle Financials, SAP, and PeopleSoft. In addition to being recognized for his ability to develop and implement agile auditing programs and data analysis tools, he has assisted clients in complying with Sarbanes-Oxley from both an advisory and attestation perspective.

​12:00 – 12:30 p.m.​​​​​ SGT
Networking Break in the Virtual Exhibit Hall
12:30  – 1:30 p.m.​​​​​​​​​​ SGT
​Concurrent Session Tracks

Rebecca G. Sarmenta, CIA, CRMA, CPA
Senior Advisor
SGV & Co.
Philippines

Christiane “Chin” Mendoza, CPA, CISA
Partner, Consulting
SyCip Gorres Velayo & Co./Ernst & Young
Philippines

Joseph Ian Canlas, CIA, CRMA, CPA, CFE
Partner, Consulting
SyCip Gorres Velayo & Co./Ernst & Young
Philippines

The latest economic disruptions and digitalization accelerated by the pandemic pose a unique opportunity for internal audit (IA) to elevate its role in providing insights and helping organizations identify emerging risks as well as navigate and refocus their objectives. In this session, the ACIIA will present the results of a survey conducted in collaboration with SGV/EY Philippines.

In this session, participants will:

  • Understand the current state of IA.
  • Obtain insights on the trends and emerging risks in IA and how IA is shifting its focus and operating model to address these risks.
  • Recognize the necessary skillsets and future work environment of internal auditors, including employee well-being as an existing and growing concern.
  • See how the IA function in the APAC region is responding to changing business needs

Rebecca Sarmenta is a senior advisor in risk services under the advisory practice of SGV & Co./Ernst & Young (EY) Philippines. She specializes in risk management  and internal audit services as well as business process and operational performance reviews. Sarmenta is a regular speaker for firm-sponsored seminars on corporate governance, risk management, and internal audit. She is a Fellow of the Institute of Corporate Directors, an Accredited Internal Quality Assessor/Validator, and an Accredited Trainer for Corporate Governance by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). She serves as president of the Asian Confederation of Institutes of Internal Auditors (ACIIA) and was chairman of the Board of Directors for The IIA–Philippines  in 2015.

Christiane “Chin” Mendoza is a consulting partner of SyCip Gorres Velayo & Co. (a member firm of EY Global Limited). With 16+ years of experience, she specializes in risk advisory, focusing on internal audit transformation, internal controls, Sarbanes-Oxley 404 audits, compliance testing, and financial audit IT integration. Mendoza leads large engagements that help multinational client organizations transform their internal audit functions to drive collective learning, continuous improvement, operational efficiency, and cost optimization. She has extensive experience helping global CAEs transform their operating model, focus resources on core business issues, and drive more value to their organization. Mendoza has also led risk engagements (including IT audits) for consumer products and retail, manufacturing, hospitality, health care, airlines, telecommunications, and outsourcing clients.

Joseph Ian Canlas is a consulting partner of SyCip Gorres Velayo & Co. and Ernst & Young ASEAN consulting quality leader. He is a recognized specialist in internal audit, ERM, corporate governance, SOX, internal controls transformation, and sustainability reporting. His clients include companies in consumer products, media and entertainment, food and beverage, manufacturing, mining, transportation, real estate, telecommunications, shared services, business process outsourcing, technology, government, and public sector, among others. Canlas is the 2018 president of The IIA–Philippines. He is a member of the Philippine Institute of Certified Public Accountants, an Accredited Internal Audit Quality Assessor, a Certified Sustainability Reporting Specialist, and a Certified Sustainability Reporting Assurer.

NASBA CPE Credit: 1.2
NASBA Field of Study: Auditing
Learning Level: Intermediate

Paul Sobel, CIA, QIAL, CRMA
Chairman
Committee of Sponsoring Organizations of the Treadway Commission (COSO)
USA

Patty Miller, CIA, QIAL, CRMA, CPA, CISA
Owner
PKMiller Risk Consulting, LLC
USA

In a rapidly changing and unpredictable world, good governance is critical to achieving and sustaining success. The Committee of Sponsoring Organizations (COSO) is committed to advancing governance as part of its mission. This session, with the COSO Chairman and a board member, will help internal auditors and risk managers keep abreast of leading governance practices, understand how to leverage COSO frameworks and recent guidance to enhance governance practices, and actively embrace their critical leadership role.

In this session, participants will:

  • Identify new and emerging governance and risk management best practices.
  • Apply The IIA’s Three Lines model and its governance-related principles.
  • Use principles from COSO’s frameworks and guidance to promote good governance.

Paul Sobel is the chairman of COSO. He recently retired from Georgia-Pacific, where he served as vice president/chief risk officer and CAE. He has authored or co-authored four books: Managing Risk in Uncertain Times; Auditor’s Risk Management Guide: Integrating Auditing and ERM; Internal Auditing: Assurance and Advisory Services; and Enterprise Risk Management: Achieving and Sustaining Success. Sobel was The IIA’s Chairman of the Board for 2013–14, and has served in other IIA leadership roles. He has been named to Treasury & Risk Magazine’s 100 Most Influential People in Finance and The IIA’s American Hall of Distinguished Audit Practitioners. He has also received The IIA’s Bradford Cadmus Memorial Award and Victor Z. Brink Award.

Patty Miller is the owner of PKMiller Risk Consulting, LLC and has significant management and consulting experience. In her 14 years with Deloitte, she served as the lead risk services partner on significant technology and consumer clients. Her many IIA volunteer roles have included Chairman from 2008–09, executive committee member, and Chair of the Standards Board. She is a frequent speaker and trainer, and has led and co-authored research projects for The IIA. Miller is the recipient of the William G. Bishop III, CIA Lifetime Achievement Award; Victor Z. Brink Award for Distinguished Service; and American Hall of Distinguished Audit Practitioners Award.

NASBA CPE Credit: 1.2
NASBA Field of Study: Management Services
Learning Level: Intermediate

Thomas Vervenne, CISA, CISM, CRISC, CDPSE, CSX, CISSP, PMP, PAL-I
Senior Audit Manager, Center of Expertise
Philip Morris International
Switzerland

Cristian Garofalo, CISA
Audit Manager, Center of Expertise
Philip Morris International
Argentina

The world is changing fast! Companies are undergoing a significant digital transformation with a shifting risk profile, which requires a move towards smart-risk taking. Internal audit must leverage proven technologies, like machine learning, to increase efficiencies and assurance within the audit lifecycle. Successful implementation will empower auditors to understand process anomalies, deviations, and inefficiencies more effectively. Consequently, audit testing can be focused on high-risk areas and deviations whilst providing increased positive assurance.

In this session, participants will:

  • Understand when, where, and how to implement supervised and unsupervised machine learning in the end-to-end audit lifecycle.
  • Capitalize on the benefits of machine learning within audit execution and generate tangible benefits.
  • Avoid common pitfalls of using machine learning within the audit lifecycle.
  • Illustrate, through practicable use cases, the implementation of machine learning (e.g. account misclassification, payroll irregularity identification, risk assessment, etc.) and how it increases anomaly detection, audit efficiencies, audit coverage, and overall assurance.

Thomas Vervenne leads the Audit Center of Expertise (CoE) in supporting internal audit’s strategy to drive value and deliver customer excellence by leveraging data, technology, and methodology to increase efficiency, provide positive assurance, and support smart risk taking. He is responsible for the digital audit transformation journey, focusing on data-driven auditing and methodology development, data-driven continuous risk monitoring, advanced data analytics and process mining solutions, capability building, and the audit technology stack. Vervenne is an active IIA member, sharing best practices for implementing data analytics and process mining solutions with other companies as well as speaking frequently on such topics at conferences.

Cristian Garofalo is an IT engineer passionate about technology, data, and risk assurance. He has 20+ years of experience in risk assurance functions, data analytics, infrastructure, and applications services for large enterprises. A strong believer in the power of positive thinking in the workplace and a dynamic leader highly skilled in IT disciplines, he has lived in the USA, Brazil, Switzerland, and Argentina. For the last five years, Garofalo has been deeply focused on analytics and innovations in the audit field, implementing frameworks and solutions based on emerging technologies that increase audit efficiency and effectiveness, with a primary focus on data science, predictive modeling, data analysis, and process mining.
 
NASBA CPE Credit: 1.2
NASBA Field of Study: Auditing
Learning Level: Intermediate

Dong Ki Lee, CIA, CPA, CISA
Director
EY
South Korea

Tae Yong (Tony) Kil, CIA, CISA, OCJP
Senior Manager
Coupang Inc.  

David Sohn
Blockchain Assurance Senior Manager
EY
South Korea

Blockchain adoption is inevitable in the context of current technological innovation. Though the word “blockchain” itself is familiar to the public as a result of 2017’s bitcoin fever, audit methodologies and related training seem unable to catch up with blockchain’s rapid technological advancement. This could be because it is difficult to understand, as the concept is ambiguous and most auditors do not have the opportunity to be involved in actual business cases. Thus, this presentation will focus first on providing a better understanding of blockchain technology and secondly on examining its accounting and auditing implications.

In the session, participants will:

  • Learn about the basics of blockchain (history, concept, technology) to better understand digital assets.
  • Be introduced to the adoption of blockchain  and how to distinguish public and private blockchains, smart contracts, and other use-cases.
  • Discuss challenges for internal audit, such as the emerging risk and corresponding audit approach (risk and control matrix and test procedures), related to blockchain adoption.
  • Develop ideas for auditing digital assets through feasible tools (e.g. IBM Hyperledger Fabric, EY Blockchain Analyzer, and other blockchain explorers).

David Dongki Lee is an auditor and consultant with broad experience encompassing financial/digital audit (internal and external), SOX 404 attestation and implementation/advisory work, fraud detection, forensic auditing, implementation of continuous monitoring systems for process innovation, and other risk advisory services with data analytics. He is a vice president leading the digital audit learning department for ISACA’s Korea chapter and he is also a member of the EY global Blockchain SMR network and Distributed Ledger Technology Standardization Forum. At EY and PwC Korea, Lee was involved in projects for Korean multinational companies, including Samsung and LG.

Tae Yong (Tony) Kil joined Coupang Inc. in November 2020 as a senior manager. He is in charge of IT audit projects, specifically SOX response, but not limited to it. He previously belonged to Prudential’s internal audit “International Internal Audit Group.” In this role, Kil was responsible for IT audit projects and business audits with integrated test approaches using advanced data analytics tools and skills. Prior, he spent four years with Sony Corporation as system manager and five years at PwC performing external technology audit and consulting services for financial industries in Korea.

David Sohn is the EY Blockchain Center of Excellence team lead for the APAC region. 9 years of advisory and assurance experience in Banking and Capital market serving global clients. 3 years of business development experience at a tech start up. Keen on technologies that enable innovations in the industry. Die hard enthusiast in crypto/blockchain and design (branding and product UX).

NASBA CPE Credit: 1.2
NASBA Field of Study: Auditing
Learning Level: Intermediate

Deanna Sullivan CIA, CRMA, CFE, CPA, CGMA
Principal
SullivanSolutions
USA

In today’s environment organizations and individuals are faced with new and significant decisions that pose difficult ethical dilemmas. While ethics and integrity have been touted for decades, turbulent times can turn these critical culture components into mere buzzwords. A recent survey showed 60% of employees do not believe management operates with integrity and 30% of respondents said they would behave unethically to enhance their career progression. This interactive session will present ideas to address these issues and move ethics and integrity from buzzwords to accepted behavior.

In this session, participants will:

  • Distinguish between ethics and integrity and their impact on internal controls.
  • Evaluate the role values play in an organization’s ethical decision making.
  • Identify methods to measure and monitor personal and corporate integrity.
  • Gain insights into strengthening the organization’s control environment.

Deanna Sullivan is an internationally recognized speaker, author, and trainer. She has a diverse background ranging from auditing and accounting to consulting and training. She was a partner in Arthur Andersen’s risk consulting practice and earlier in her career, was responsible for international and operational auditing at Enron Corp and Diamond Shamrock Corporation. Sullivan has been active on a variety of IIA International committees and delivers training for The IIA globally. She also serves as chairman of the Houston Chapter’s Annual Conference. She is certified to teach ethics for Texas CPAs and is a Certified Ziglar Legacy Trainer and a certified DISC Behavioral Analyst. Entertaining education is her passion, so she uses her spare time to teach a bible study class at Second Baptist Church and speak to businesses and schools for the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo.

NASBA CPE Credit: 1.2
NASBA Field of Study: Behavioral Ethics
Learning Level: Intermediate

​Tuesday, 15 June 2021

​9:15 - 9:30 a.m.​​​​​ SGT
2021 International Conference Day Two Welcome

Dame Inga Beale DBE
Former CEO of Lloyd’s of London and Workplace Equality Advocate
England

Moderator:
Anthony Pugliese
President and Chief Executive Officer
The Institute of Internal Auditors
USA

Drawing on her own experience at Lloyd’s, Dame Inga Beale discusses what it means to lead cultural change and steer a company through a technological transition without losing its core character. Her talks uncover how successful transformation means establishing a balance between tradition and history, and modernity and innovation. Moreover, she tackles breaking glass ceilings and building inclusive environments within the workplace. Beale also analyzes the reasons behind a lack of trust in both governments and the corporate sector, as well as the rise in public emphasis on corporate responsibility, purpose, ethics, and sustainable business models.

Dame Inga Beale is a British businesswoman with 30+ years of experience in the financial services sector. As the first female CEO of Lloyd’s of London, she opened the Lloyd’s Innovation Lab, expanded the company’s reach to new, high-growth markets, including Asia and the Middle East, and developed a culture of innovation, modernization, and inclusion, challenging the ‘old boys’ club’ image of the 330-year-old institution and delivering some of Lloyd’s strongest financial results. Beale previously held international leadership positions at GE Insurance Solutions, was Group CEO of Swiss reinsurer Converium, served on the Global Management Board of Zurich Insurance Group, and was Group CEO of Canopius. She was awarded a Damehood for her influential work in driving the inclusion agenda for women and the LGBT community.

Anthony J. Pugliese is president and CEO of The Institute of Internal Auditors (IIA), the internal audit profession’s most widely recognized advocate, educator, and provider of standards, guidance, and certifications. Over a career spanning more than 30 years, Pugliese has been a strategic, hands-on leader, directed strategic expansions into major global markets, pioneered innovative educational initiatives aimed at enhancing members’ professional growth, overseen the internal audit function of a major organization, and defined cultural norms toward greater diversity, equity, and inclusiveness (DE&I).

As CEO of The IIA, he drives the vision and management of a nearly 80-year-old organization with more than 200,000 members, 156 chapters, and 112 affiliates in nearly 200 countries and territories. His focus is on enhancing membership services, creating new approaches to learning and competency development programs, fulfilling The IIA’s multimillion-dollar digital transformation initiative, and enhancing the value of internal audit, particularly in its role of addressing organizational risks and opportunities.

A seasoned executive and skilled association strategist with a passion for innovation and technological advancement, Pugliese most recently was President and CEO of the California Society of CPAs, the largest state CPA organization in the United States, with more than 45,000 members. From 1997 through 2018, he served in key leadership positions at what is now the Association of International Certified Professional Accountants, the world’s largest accounting professional organization. His roles included executive vice president of membership, technology, and learning; chief operating officer and senior vice president of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, where he oversaw the AICPA’s $50 million relocation to North Carolina; and vice president of business reporting and member innovation.

Pugliese advocates a culture that promotes innovation, collaboration, empowerment, diversity, and achievement. In 2020, Pugliese led development of a Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee at CalCPA to identify and address racial and other inequities in the accounting profession. That effort led to development of a groundbreaking study, in collaboration with the Institute of Management Accountants (IMA), to examine race and ethnicity, gender, and LGBTQIA (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex and asexual) orientation in the U.S. accounting profession. Pugliese is long active in the community, from mentoring students to leading business partnerships, such as chambers of commerce.

A graduate of the University of North Florida (Jacksonville), Pugliese has been repeatedly recognized as one of the most influential people in accounting, appearing most recently on the cover of Accounting Today. He holds the AICPA's Chartered Global Management Accountant (CGMA) and Certified Information Technology Professional (CITP) credentials, and is licensed as a CPA in California, Georgia, and North Carolina.

NASBA CPE Credit: 1.2
NASBA Field of Study: Business Management and Organizations
Learning Level: Intermediate

​10:30 – 11:00 a.m.​​​​​ SGT
Networking Break in the Virtual Exhibit Hall
11:00 a.m.  – 12:00 p.m.​​​​​​​​​​ SGT
​Concurrent Session Tracks

Veron Wong, CA
Partner, Enterprise Risk Consulting, Singapore Internal Audit Leader
Ernst & Young Advisory Pte. Ltd.
Singapore

Aloysius Fua, CIA, CA (Singapore)
Financial Services Partner
Ernst & Young Advisory Pte. Ltd.
Singapore

Michael Silitonga, CPA (Australia), CA (Singapore)
Head, Internal Audit
Grab
Singapore

Disruption from the pandemic, evolving business landscapes, digitization, and more vocal stakeholders have accelerated the transformation of internal audit to be more agile, forward-looking, and technology-enabled. This panel discussion provides practical insights on internal audit’s transformation across various aspects and on the adoption of innovative practices, such as continuous risk and control assurance, analytics, and robotic process automation, to focus on risks that matter, increasing internal audit’s effectiveness and value to the organization.

In this session, participants will:

  • Discover the opportunity for a more agile internal audit operating model in the aspects of technology adoption, execution, and methodology; risk assessment; skillsets; and interaction with management. 
  • Gain practical insights from multi-perspective discussions among clients and consultants on the adoption of agile and innovative internal audit practices across various sectors.
  • Understand the implications of an evolving risk universe for internal audit functions.
  • Apply the practices and navigate challenges to transform their internal audit functions to create greater value within their organizations.

Veron Wong leads the enterprise risk team for the consulting practice in EY Singapore. She has more than 17 years of experience in enterprise risk management, internal audit, and business process re-engineering projects for various clients across different industries. She has led many ERM implementation projects for first adopters, as well as assisted other organizations in the areas of internal audit, adopting advanced techniques to further their maturity.

Wong has also conducted seminars and training on risk management and internal audit of the future for corporations of different sizes and sector. As a thought leader in the risk and internal audit space, she has conducted sessions with business leaders and practitioners on ways to evolve their ERM and internal audit programs to achieve greater value, such as integrating sustainability and technology considerations into their existing framework.

Wong has international experience leading large-scale projects with a high degree of complexity for major clients across Asia, Oceania, Europe, and US. She served many different clients in risk management and internal audit work over many sectors. She had commercial internal audit experience, performing reviews for entities across Asia Pacific and Europe in her previous stint.

Aloysius Fua has 16+ years of experience coordinating and rolling out risk identification and control assessments with boards and senior management of various financial institutions. In his client engagements, he is responsible for analyzing risk assessment results. He has played a pivotal role in the successful execution of numerous external and internal audits. Fua has garnered extensive experience across the full range of banking, capital markets, and asset management activities. His focus areas include governance, risk management (enterprise, credit, outsourcing, technology, operational, business continuity management, regulatory, AML/CFT, environmental, etc.), treasury and investment activities, corporate banking, private banking, investment management, payment services, and retail banking.

Michael Silitonga is a highly qualified and result-driven risk professional with 25+ years of experience in internal audit, external audit, and enterprise risk management. Considered by senior leaders to be a trusted risk partner with a commercial and pragmatic approach to risk-taking and acceptance, he successfully develops risk governance frameworks at the organizational level. Passionate about kaizen, Silitonga continuously seeks to improve processes, introduce automation, and encourage experimentation within internal audit to ensure that his most important assets — his people — maintain a high level of total motivation so that they continue to be impactful and effective, and most importantly, enjoy their work.

NASBA CPE Credit: 1.2
NASBA Field of Study: Auditing
Learning Level: Intermediate

Anand Bhakta
Senior Director, Risk Solutions
AuditBoard
USA

Jason Sechrist
Director, Compliance and Audit Solutions
AuditBoard
USA

Nicholas LeBlanc, CPA
Senior Manager, Internal Audit
Rapid7
USA

Cyber threats and attacks continue to increase in number and complexity — all while the business world grows more digitized and connected. As businesses and technology have evolved, so has the COSO Enterprise Risk Management (ERM) Framework. One of the foundational drivers behind the update of the ERM Framework was the need to address the evolution of risk management in the cyber age and for organizations to improve their approach to managing cyber risk.

This session will provide an overview on cyber risk management through principles defined in the COSO Enterprise Risk Management Framework. In this session, we will review the importance of leveraging these COSO ERM Framework principles to manage cyber risk, dig into details on how to integrate cyber risk management with enterprise risk management, and explore anticipated future developments in ERM and cyber risk.

In this session, participants will:

  • Define key updates to the COSO ERM Framework.
  • Identify the importance of leveraging COSO ERM Framework principles to manage cyber risk.
  • Discuss best practices for leveraging the COSO ERM Framework to integrate cyber risk management with enterprise risk management.
  • Explore anticipated future developments of ERM and cyber risk.

Anand Bhakta is the senior director of risk solutions at AuditBoard, a cloud-based platform to help enterprises streamline and automate internal audit, risk, and compliance activities. He has 15+ years of IT audit and consulting experience. Specializing in risks and controls related to the implementation of ERP systems, he has helped various multinational companies evaluate and/or implement application controls in ERP systems, including Oracle Financials, SAP, and PeopleSoft. Bhakta is recognized for his ability to develop and implement agile auditing programs and data analysis tools. Additionally, he has assisted clients in complying with Sarbanes-Oxley from both an advisory and attestation perspective.

Jason Sechrist is director of audit solutions at AuditBoard, where he works with internal audit and compliance teams to help automate the administrative tasks of audit, risk, and compliance activities. Previously, as global head of internal audit at Rackspace Managed Cloud Company, his responsibilities included developing and executing on a risk-based audit plan for the company’s data centers and office locations across the Americas, Europe, and Asia. Sechrist started his auditing career with PwC, advising CTOs, CISOs, compliance managers, and system engineers at software and cloud service providers. He has spoken at The IIA’s GAM and All Star conferences as well as various ISACA and IIA local chapter events.

Nicholas LeBlanc currently leads the Rapid7 internal audit team. He had previously been in the auditing field for 10 years, starting at PwC in 2010. He has extensive experience in SOX, operational auditing, ITGCs, and ERM.

NASBA CPE Credit: 1.2
NASBA Field of Study: Management Services
Learning Level: Advanced

Yi Hsin (Doris) Wang, CIA, CGAP, CRMA, CPA
Chairman, Accounting Research and Development Foundation
Professor of Accountancy, National Taipei University
Taiwan

Ching-Shin Chou, CIA, CCSA, CGAP, CRMA
Senior Executive Officer
National Audit Office
Taiwan

The government has started to implement digital government systems in Taiwan. So the National Audit Office (NAO) has actively applied audit intelligence to improve oversight, insight, and foresight functions. In this session, several real cases will be discussed, including a performance evaluation of public parking lots using big data analysis and an application of blockchain framework bank confirmation. In addition, the XBRL and how to enhance the transparency of public information will be discussed.

In this session, participants will:

  • Describe the criteria for performance evaluation of public parking lots by using big data analysis.
  • Apply a blockchain-based framework of the bank confirmation for government agencies.
  • Develop plans for the applications of artificial intelligence and audit intelligence to the metropolis bicycle system.

Yi Hsin (Doris) Wang, a professor of accountancy at National Taipei University, has devoted her teaching and research to big data analysis, accounting intelligence, corporate governance, risk management, internal control, and internal audit. Dr. Wang has been chairman of the Accounting Research and Development Foundation since 2014. Dr. Wang was honored with the 2018 ACIIA Award for Outstanding Contribution in the Field of Internal Auditing in Malaysia. She developed the internal control framework and balanced score card performance system as director of National Taipei University library. 

Dr. Wang was a member of the Internal Audit Foundation Trustees of The IIA Global and a member of The IIA Global board. In addition, she has been a board member of First Financial Holding Corporation for more than 10 years. She is also chairperson of the audit committee of Transcends Information, a listing company of Taiwan Stock Market. She has actively attended and made presentations for international conferences, including Data Amplified 2018 (XBRL International Conference) in Dubai,  ACIIA 2018 in  Malaysia, 2019 IFASS meeting in Buenos Aires, and ACIIA 2019 CAE Forum.

Ching-Shin Chou is senior executive officer of the Project Research Office at the National Audit Office (NAO), responsible for planning, piloting, and institutionalizing government auditing methodologies, skills, and systems, such as blockchain technology for external confirmations, participating audits, agility audit, and innovative technology application. She has extensive experience in external/internal auditing, having established many systems at NAO, including strategic planning and performance evaluation, risk management and internal control, performance audit, risk-based audit, and an innovation reward mechanism. Chou volunteers with The IIA to revise public sector guidelines and with IIA–Taiwan to translate COSO series reports, internal audit guidelines, and textbooks; lecture on internal audit; and compile the Journal of Internal Auditor.

NASBA CPE Credit: 1.2
NASBA Field of Study: Auditing (Governmental)
Learning Level: Intermediate

Dr. Christiaan Roos, PhD, CISA, CEH
Associate Director
Adept Advisory
South Africa

Traditional IT audit techniques are not always effective in identifying cyber security control weaknesses. Ethical hacking tools and techniques can be used to uncover unknown control weaknesses, increase automation of testing, and perform full population assessments. An ethical hacking mindset also assists an IT auditor to think more practically about how an attacker would compromise defense in depth layers. The presenter argues that ethical hacking is a mandatory skill required to conduct cyber security audits.

In this session, participants will:

  • Gain a basic understanding of the concept ethical hacking.
  • Be presented examples of ethical hacking tools and techniques that can be used to supplement traditional IT audit techniques.
  • Define a methodology and approach to apply ethical hacking as part of cyber security audits.

Christiaan Roos is an industry-leading specialist in the field of cybersecurity, IT auditing, and data analytics. He has worked in the internal audit profession for 24 years, primarily in the banking industry. Dr. Roos has presented and lectured on topics such as cybersecurity, IT governance, ethical hacking, continuous auditing, and data analytics. His doctoral studies focused on the hacking threat in the South African banking sector and covered a broad spectrum of disciplines, including corporate governance, IT governance, risk management, information security, and ethical hacking. Dr. Roos currently leads cyber security and technology risk services at Adept Advisory.

NASBA CPE Credit: 1.2
NASBA Field of Study: Specialized Knowledge and Applications
Learning Level: Intermediate

Justin Gwin, CIA, CRMA, CISA, CPA, CRISC
Managing Director
BDO
USA

Steve Roth, CIA, CPA
Vice President, Internal Audit and ERM
Norwegian Cruise Line
USA

Too often, audit reports appear to showcase internal audit procedures and provide overly detailed findings that are of no interest to the intended reader. Many internal auditors feel the need to capture all testing results in an audit report. However, it’s worth noting that The IIA’s Standards do NOT require an audit report, but rather simply state: “Internal auditors must communicate the results of engagements.” Additionally, a written audit report can become a point of contention with management, which erodes our relationships, causes budget overruns, and delays the delivery of results to stakeholders. All can be avoided. This session will explore effective communication of audit results as well as techniques for developing succinct written reports.

In this session, participants will:

  • Establish criteria to identify internal audit projects which require written reports and those that do not.
  • Develop communication skills to deliver results verbally without the need for a written report.
  • Learn techniques to effectively tell a story and highlight key issues within an audit report.

Justin Gwin leads BDO’s risk advisory services practice in Florida. He has more than 16 years of experience in financial, operational, and IT-related controls testing. His specialties include internal audit, business process control assessments, compliance reviews, information technology and security evaluations, risk management assurance, Service Organization Control (SOC) reporting, SOX compliance, and external quality assessment reviews. Gwin has significant experience helping clients manage and mitigate risk across a wide variety of industries, including manufacturing/distribution, banking, insurance, real estate, nonprofit, professional services, technology, and more.

Prior to joining BDO, he led the governance, risk management, and internal audit service for a regional accounting firm in Florida. He also served as an outsourced chief audit executive for multiple organizations. In addition, Gwin spent four years at Mazars in London, working extensively in the insurance sector, conducting internal audits of underwriting, claims, re-insurance, governance, and Coverholder/TPA audits. While abroad, he also performed internal audits, SOX testing, and compliance and controls evaluations for multiple global corporations and client offices throughout Europe. Gwin has extensive experience assisting clients of all sizes with identification and remediation of Internal Controls over Financial Reporting (ICFR), including collaborating with management to determine effective solutions based on resources available to the organization. He has earned multiple certifications and is also certified in COSO Internal Controls.

Steve Roth has 27+ years of internal and external auditing experience. During his tenure with Prestige Cruise/Norwegian Cruise Line, he has held the roles of vice president, senior director, and key ethics contact, overseeing development of the internal audit function, SOX compliance program, and ERM efforts. Previously, as creator of Audit Assessment Group, Roth conducted 25+ assessments of internal audit activities nationwide and led internal audit functions on an interim basis. Prior, as internal audit manager at Royal Caribbean Cruises, he helped establish a nationally recognized audit department. Roth began his career at Deloitte & Touche as a senior financial auditor. He currently serves on the board of IIA–Miami and as an adjunct professor at Florida International University.

NASBA CPE Credit: 1.2
NASBA Field of Study: Auditing
Learning Level: Intermediate

Andrew Struthers-Kennedy
Managing Director
Protiviti
United States

Stan Oparanov
Associate Director
Protiviti
United States

Do you know how process mining helps to identify not just “what” went wrong but “to what extent” and “why”? This session will provide the answers to these and other key questions.

In this session, participants will:

  • Understand the value of delivering data-driven improvements to the control assessment process.  
  • Describe how analytic tests are not only applicable to limited to control compliance assessment, but can also be designed to focus on process efficiency.  
  • Gain an appreciation for what is possible when it comes to analytics and continuous monitoring.

Andrew Struthers-Kennedy is a managing director, leading Protiviti’s global IT audit practice. He works with clients across industries to deliver outsourced and co-sourced internal audit services, as well as technology and risk management consulting services. He also works with organizations to establish delivery of next-generation internal audit and risk management services through the use of analytics, automation, and other emerging tools. Struthers-Kennedy serves on the board of his local IIA chapter and is a frequent speaker at IIA and other professional association events.

Stan Oparanov is an ACA chartered accountant and the Protiviti UK process mining lead, driving the use of enabling technologies and focusing on equipping clients’ three lines of defense to begin or accelerate their digital transformation journey. He served as project lead for the Protiviti Controls Assurance App.

12:00 - 12:30 p.m.​​​​​ SGT
Networking Break in Virtual Exhibit Hall
12:30 - 1:30 p.m.​​​​​ SGT
Concurrent Session Tracks​​

Gil Ber, CIA, CPA, CRISC
Vice President and Chief Audit Executive
Mekorot Israel National Water Company
Israel

This presentation will center on creativity and innovation in internal audit and their influence on the future of the profession in coming years. The session will introduce new ideas and insights that may have not been heard in the context of internal audit, including the impact of the evolution on internal audit, AX, behavioral audit, wisdom of the crowd, and using TED principles in audit.

In this session, participants will:

  • Discuss examples of innovation and creative thinking in audit.
  • Gain practical tools for achieving creativity and innovation in audit.

Gil Ber is vice president and chief audit executive of Mekorot Israel National Water Company. He has 20+ years of experience in internal and external audit, risk management, SOX implementation, and fraud investigation in various sectors. In addition to lecturing in Israel (at Ben Gurion, Tel Aviv, and Haifa Universities) and globally (at industry conferences), Ber also serves on several IIA–Israel committees and is a volunteer member of the audit and risk management committee of the Israel Foundation for Handicapped Children. His early roles included vice president and chief audit executive of EL AL Israel Airlines and partner at Ernst & Young Israel, where he led the internal audit, risk management, and SOX practice.   

NASBA CPE Credit: 1.2
NASBA Field of Study: Auditing
Learning Level: Intermediate

Robert B. Hirth, Jr.
Senior Managing Director, Protiviti
Chairman Emeritus, Committee of Sponsoring Organizations of the Treadway Commission (COSO)
Co-Vice Chair of the SASB Standards Board
Sector Chair for Technology & Communications
USA

Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) performance, reporting, and assurance have gained center stage around the world as organizations seek to better understand the needs and concerns of a variety of stakeholders, improve their own performance, and better communicate their ability to create long term sustainable value. Internal audit can play a valuable role in providing expanded ERM activity, objective assurance, and consulting as their organizations start, evolve, and continuously improve their ESG activities

In this session, participants will:

  • Learn about the latest drivers and application of ESG activity that enhance organizational value and sustainability for key internal and external stakeholders.
  • Gain insight into the most current ESG reporting techniques and leading practices as well as reporting frameworks used by leading organizations globally.
  • See how internal audit can add substantial value to ESG activities and reporting though expanded ERM, objective assurance, and consulting activities.

Bob Hirth was appointed to the nine-member standard setting board of the Sustainability Accounting Standards Board (SASB) upon its formation in 2017 and serves as a vice chair of the board. He currently heads SASB’s technology and communications sector committee and is a member of the services, healthcare and extractive and minerals processing sector committees.          

Serving as COSO chair from June 2013 to February 2018, Hirth’s activities included leading COSO’s project on revising its Enterprise Risk Management Framework, which was released in September 2017; issuing COSO’s Guide on Fraud Risk Management; and actively promoting COSO’s 2013 Internal Control Integrated Framework around the world and through the media. He initiated COSO’s guidance on ERM/ESG integration, which was issued in 2018. He has worked on assignments and made presentations in 20+ countries, serving 50+ organizations and working closely with board members, C-level executives, university professors, finance and accounting personnel, and public accounting firm partners and employees.

He is a senior managing director of Protiviti, a global internal audit and business risk consulting firm that operates in 22 countries. Prior to that, he was executive vice president of global internal audit and a member of the firm’s six-person executive management team for the first ten years of Protiviti’s development.

In 2013, Hirth was inducted into The IIA’s American Hall of Distinguished Audit Practitioners. In 2014 and 2015, he served as the chairman of The IIA’s IPPF re-look task force.

NASBA CPE Credit: 1.2
NASBA Field of Study: Specialized Knowledge and Applications
Learning Level: Intermediate

Vincent Cheang
Director, Internal Audit
GIC Pte Ltd.
Singapore

Nick Yeo Lik Khian, PhD
Data Scientist
GIC Pte Ltd.
Singapore

The session will examine real-life use cases of how data science is applied in internal audit, including techniques like natural language processing, supervised and unsupervised machine learning, and deep learning. The session will walk through specific use cases and explain how the data science technique works, providing the audience with a good appreciation of how these techniques are actually  applied in a real-world scenario by explaining how the techniques are translated from a theoretical to a practical application in the internal audit context.

In this session, participants will:

  • Appreciate and understand the data science concept.
  • Learn how these are applied to specific use cases in internal audit.
  • Realize the significant impact and assurance that data science can offer to internal audit.

Vincent Cheang is a director of internal audit, leading the department in fostering a strong corporate governance and control environment in GIC. He focuses on employing best practice audit methodologies and being a trusted business partner to other functional areas to bring about positive changes to GIC’s control environment. Recently, Cheang has focused on moving the internal audit function into the digital space as a champion of data science adoption in internal audit. Prior to joining GIC, he held various internal audit positions in Barclays Bank, Deutsche Bank AG, and Societe Generale.

Dr. Nick Yeo applies data science for natural language processing (NLP), computer vision, and other forms of data to develop impactful products and actionable insights. He holds a PhD from the National University of Singapore as a recipient of the Singapore-MIT Alliance for Research and Technology (SMART) Graduate Fellowship. He earned his degree analyzing satellite data and using high-performance computers to model the effects of climate change on local hydrology.

NASBA CPE Credit: 1.2
NASBA Field of Study: Specialized Knowledge and Applications
Learning Level: Intermediate

Kamal Dua, CPA, CGMA, FCA
Senior Vice President and Chief Audit Executive
Leidos Inc.
USA

Krish Krithivasan, ACA
Chief Executive Officer
OEQ Inc.
USA

Every aspect of a company’s value chain (Porter), COSO Internal Control Framework’s three categories of objectives (Operating, Reporting and Compliance), and The IIA’s Three Lines Model are intricately influenced by cybersecurity and related risks. Boards, audit committees, and business leaders look to internal audit to align these initiatives. How can internal audit integrate cybersecurity risk assessment into each aspect of the annual internal audit plan — financial, operational, technology, and compliance?

In this session, participants will:

  • Identify cybersecurity risks across the corporation using value chain, COSO Internal Control Framework, and The IIA’s Three Lines Model as underlying frameworks.
  • Review a cybersecurity risk assessment model to develop the internal audit plan influenced by assessing cyber-related risks.
  • Analyze techniques and options for integrating cybersecurity risk assessments into most audits.
  • Develop a 90-day action plan using provided enablers.

Kamal Dua is a senior vice president and the chief audit executive for Leidos. Reporting to the audit and finance committee of the board of directors, he leads Leidos’ internal audit function responsible for the performance of financial, operational, information systems, and cybersecurity audits across the enterprise to improve risk management and related mitigation strategies.

An experienced finance, compliance, and risk management professional, Dua brings 30+ years of governance and audit experience to Leidos. He previously worked at Harris Corporation where he was vice president of internal audit and compliance. Prior, he held internal audit leadership positions at Cable & Wireless Communications PLC and Comcast Corporation. At Mitchell & Titus LLP, the largest minority controlled CPA firm in the U.S., he led the advisory services practice.

Dua is a Certified Public Accountant in the U.S. and Fellow Chartered Accountant in the U.K. He is a member of the American Institute of CPAs and the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England & Wales. He earned an M.B.A. from Long Island University, an M.S. In information Systems Engineering from Polytechnic University (now NYU), and an M.S. in Sustainability Management from Columbia University in New York City. He has also completed The Wharton School’s Advanced Management Program. Currently Dua is a candidate for an M.S. in Cybersecurity from the University of South Florida.

Krish Krithivasan has 20+ years of global experience designing and developing business and technology solutions. He is the founding CEO of OEQ, a startup provider of innovative, data-driven solutions to large public corporations and the federal government. Previously, he grew to management ranks within EY and PwC. He is a trusted advisor to several C-suite executives at his clients, including leading companies in aerospace and defense, hospitality, technology, diversified manufacturing, and media and entertainment. Krithivasan specializes in cybersecurity, data analytics, enterprise systems, and helping organizations develop and operationalize strategic priorities. His background as a security developer and attack and penetration specialist gives him a unique perspective on cybersecurity risk management. He has led training sessions, presented for The IIA and other organizations, and guest lectured on cryptography.

NASBA CPE Credit: 1.2
NASBA Field of Study: Auditing
Learning Level: Intermediate

Marc Eulerich, CIA
Professor of Internal Audit
University of Duisburg-Essen
Germany

This session presents current research findings about one of the main unanswered questions of our profession: What is the value of internal auditing? This question is of special relevance not only for internal audit’s stakeholders, like the C-suite, audit committee, or auditee, but also for every single internal auditor and the whole profession. This session presents results from a global study by the IIARF based on interviews and surveys. We try to answer the following questions: How do internal auditors and internal audit functions define their added value to the organization? How do internal auditors and internal audit functions measure their added value? How do internal auditors and internal audit functions communicate their added value? What are the expectations of stakeholders?

In this session, participants will:

  • Learn about the expected value of management and board.
  • Understand multiple perspectives of internal audit’s value.
  • Learn how to align internal audit functions’ activities to maximize the added value.
  • Explore how to create a transparent measurement and communication model for internal audit functions’ added value.

Prof. Dr. Marc Eulerich has been a professor of internal auditing at the Mercator School of Management, University Duisburg-Essen, since 2011. The professorship is sponsored by the German Institute of Internal Auditors with an explicit focus on internal auditing research and teaching. He is program coordinator for the Internal Auditing Education Partnership Program and chair of the scientific committee of the German IIA. He has published numerous scientific and practitioner articles and books about corporate governance, internal auditing, and strategy. His research is published in Auditing, Accounting Horizons, Journal of Information Systems, Accounting History Review, Managerial Auditing Journal, International Journal of Auditing, Internal Auditor magazine, and numerous other journals. He is qualified as a Certified Internal Auditor (CIA). Dr. Eulerich also supports the global profession of internal audit with numerous talks and consulting projects to intensify the relationship between theory and practice.

NASBA CPE Credit: 1.2
NASBA Field of Study: Auditing 
Learning Level: Advanced

Sanya Morang
Human Nature and Behavior Expert

Steve Morang, CIA, CFE
Fraud Expert

How do people get seduced into fraud? How do fraudsters use seduction to deceive people? Seduction is an indirect form of power; when it is raised to the level of an art, it has toppled governments, won elections, and enslaved great minds. Understanding how fraudsters use seduction in everyday settings will unlock the mysteries behind their ability to circumvent even the strongest internal control systems. 

This workshop will use recent examples of major frauds and scandals to understand the driving motivators that move persons beyond acceptable behavior to commit unethical and sometimes illegal actions such as fraud. It will use historical examples from throughout history to explain behavioral traits that are consistent with such behavior. This will include taking a deep dive into the personalities of persons such as Cleopatra, Casanova, and others. Also, we will be examining not only how people are seduced into committing fraud, but also how seduction can be used by them to commit fraud. We will use a combination of various disciplines including: ethics, psychology, human behavior analysis, and fraud examination.

In this session, participants will:

  • Discover the power behind the “Seduction of Fraud” and how to use this knowledge to bridge the gap between fraud prevention, ethics, and human nature.
  • Understand the attributes of the “Seduction of Fraud Diamond” and how they can be used to prevent fraud.
  • Develop an understanding of the personality similarities between historical seducers and modern-day fraudsters.

Sanya Morang is an expert on human nature and behavior. She is the founder of The Seduction of Fraud, the Director of Honey Badger Consulting, and an adjunct professor at Golden Gate University. Her background also includes extensive experience in both marketing and psychology. She is the Vice President of Research & Development for the San Francisco Chapter of the ACFE and is a Certified Spiritual Mentor. Morang has previously worked in the fashion, cosmetics, and airline industries.

Steve Morang has over 20 years of experience in the anti-fraud profession. He has extensive knowledge of fraud, ethics, and compliance; and is a Certified Internal Auditor and Certified Fraud Examiner. Morang is the President of the San Francisco Chapter of the ACFE, the author of the Big Frauds Column of Fraud Magazine, an adjunct professor in Fraud Examination and Ethics at Golden Gate University, and leads the Fraud & Forensics Practice at a leading CPA firm in the Bay Area.

NASBA CPE Credit: 4.2
NASBA Field of Study: Behavioral Ethics 
Learning Level: Intermediate

​Wednesday, 16 June 2021

​9:15 - 9:30 a.m.​​​​​ SGT
2021 International Conference Day Three Welcome

Dr. Ayesha Khanna, PhD
Expert in Artificial Intelligence, Smart Cities, and Fintech
Singapore

New technologies such as artificial intelligence (AI), the Internet of Things, and robotics can offer urban businesses and citizens higher quality, more productive, and more sustainable lifestyles. The key shift underway is from centralized, top-down models to an ecosystem approach that is inclusive of corporate and civic stakeholders, especially digital native and data-driven companies. With a PhD in information systems focused on smart cities, Dr. Ayesha Khanna delivers a comprehensive assessment of case studies and best practices on how to effectively implement and be part of the Smart Cities 2.0 paradigm.

Dr. Ayesha Khanna is co-founder and CEO of ADDO AI. She has advised leading corporations and governments  on AI and smart cities, serves on Singapore’s Board of Infocomm Media Development Authority (IMDA), and co-authored Hybrid Reality: Thriving in the Emerging Human-Technology Civilization. Dr. Khanna was named one of Southeast Asia’s groundbreaking female entrepreneurs in 2018 by Forbes. She also founded the 21st Century Girls charity, which teaches girls coding and AI. Her background includes 10+ years on Wall Street, developing large-scale trading, risk management, and data analytics systems. She holds a BA (honours) in Economics from Harvard University, an MS in Operations Research from Columbia University, and a PhD in Information Systems and Innovation from the London School of Economics. 

NASBA CPE Credit: 1.2
NASBA Field of Study: Specialty Knowledge
Learning Level: Intermediate

Innovation Session 4 (SGT) - Post Pandemic Audits, presented by OneTrust

Robinson Roe, CIPP/E, CIPM
Managing Director, Asia Pacific
OneTrust
Australia

The last 15 months have seen faster digitization than potentially in the last 15 years! We are entering a new normal where this won’t slow down, security challenges will increase, and regulation is the new growth industry. To meet these changing conditions, we need a more integrated governance and compliance management platform that can easily be reviewed by internal audits. This is where OneTrust comes in.

Robinson Roe serves as managing director of Asia Pacific at OneTrust, supporting brands across the Asia Pacific regions and leading the delivery of technology solutions to support privacy, security, and trust management operations. Previously, he was vice president and managing director of AirWatch by VMware for Australia and New Zealand. Prior, Roe worked for Telstra (Australia), Gartner (USA), IBM (Asia Pacific, USA, Australia), and Vickers Ruwolt.


Innovation Session 4 (EDT) - How to Become a Certified Internal Auditor (CIA) , presented by CIA Learning Services

Kelly Quinn
Vice President
The IIA’s CIA Learning System™
USA

Interested in becoming a CIA? Join our 20-minute Innovation Session to learn more about the benefits of earning the CIA designation and how you can prepare to pass fast with the all-new, redesigned IIA’s CIA Learning System.

Kelly Quinn is vice president for The IIA’s CIA Learning System — The IIA’s premier CIA exam preparation program. She has worked with The IIA for more than 14 years and helps support IIA institutes, chapters, colleges, universities, and global training providers who offer The IIA’s CIA Learning System self-study materials and CIA exam preparation courses. In this role, Quinn has helped CIA candidates in 190+ countries prepare to pass the CIA exam. She formerly worked in the financial and telecom industries and uses her 20+ years of business experience to help advance professionals worldwide.

​10:30 – 11:00 a.m.​​​​​ SGT
Networking Break in the Virtual Exhibit Hall
11:00 a.m.  – 12:00 p.m.​​​​​​​​​​ SGT
​Concurrent Session Tracks

Mara Ash, CIA, CICA, CGAP, CRMA, CGFM
Chief Executive Officer
Business & Financial Management Solutions, LLC
USA

What does the auditor of the future look like? What skill sets do they need? How do we look beyond an accounting degree to find great auditors? According to The IIA’s annual report, critical thinking is a top skill needed by every auditor. We need to look beyond accounting and finance — rote skills — and consider other disciplines. IT use is on the rise across all operations… we need tech-savvy auditors who can understand how processes work. Moving beyond the “typical” auditor background and skills or standard audit rotation allows managers to cast a wider net when recruiting new staff. Discover innovative ways to recruit new auditors that consider critical thinking and process analysis.

In this session, participants will:

  • Explore the internal audit environment of the future.
  • Theorize the new auditor skill set.
  • Get tips on training existing auditors to thrive in the new audit environment.
  • Consider new engaging recruitment strategies for the future auditor.

Mara Ash, CIA, CICA, CGAP, CRMA, CGFM serves as the chief executive officer and president of the board of directors of Business & Financial Management Solutions, LLC. She has 25+ years of financial management and audit experience in the government and private sectors. Her unique background with both public and private sectors brings a wealth of knowledge and innovation that enables BFS to provide optimal solutions. Her expertise covers the crucial elements of business and financial operations that create strategic alignments, enhance transparency, cultivate sustainable growth, and ensure compliance.

Ash is a federal compliance expert, with in-depth experience helping state and local agencies build compliance programs and processes that align capabilities with compliance regulations. Her processes, tools, and training ensure agencies can integrate an end-to-end process that staff can execute.

She is a member of The Institute of Internal Auditors (IIA) and the Association of Government Accountants (AGA), where she has held various leadership positions. She currently serves as chairman of The IIA’s Public Sector Audit Committee. Ash believes in success built on efficiency, effectiveness, and transparency. Her goal is to help organizations improve service delivery, ensure compliance, enhance transparency, and reduce costs.

NASBA CPE Credit: 1.2
NASBA Field of Study: Personal/Human Resources
Learning Level: Intermediate

Jorge Badillo, CIA, QIAL, CCSA, CGAP, CRMA, CISA
Internal Audit Manager
SCM Minera Lumina Copper Chile
Chile

The session will present, in a practical way, the key steps, tools, and techniques of fraud risk management, including a description of the main tools and deliverables, using suggested templates.

In this session, participants will:

  • Explain fraud risk management phases and purposes.
  • Learn about key fraud risk management tools and techniques.
  • Know how to use/apply fraud risk management tools (inventory, evaluation, risk, control matrix, heat map, and action plans).
  • Identify the main fraud risk management deliverables.

Jorge Badillo has 24+ years of experience in auditing in private and public sector: internal, financial, performance, forensic, and information technology. Currently, he is an internal audit manager in the Japanese mining company, SCM Minera Lumina Copper Chile.

Prior to his current role, Badillo was an internal audit manager in Sierra Gorda SCM located in Chile (joint venture: KGHM (Poland) and Sumitomo (Japan)); before that, he was a regional internal audit manager for South America in the Canadian mining company, Kinross Gold Corporation. He also worked in the United Nations Ecuador (comptroller of the international organization for migration mission in Ecuador), Ernst & Young (advisory manager), and Internal Revenue Service in Ecuador (chief audit executive). In 2012, Badillo applied for the position of general comptroller of the Republic of Ecuador. He was chairman of the board of The IIA–Ecuador and is member of the board of The IIA–Chile.

NASBA CPE Credit: 1.2
NASBA Field of Study: Auditing
Learning Level: Intermediate

Jason Bier, CIA, CISA
Senior Vice President and Head, IT Audit
LPL Financial
USA

Robert Hayes, CISA, CPA
Vice President, Audit Data Analytics
LPL Financial
USA

Christina Ostran Mehltretter, CPA, APRM
Senior Vice President, Head of Internal Audit for Compliance, Legal and Risk (CLR), Finance, Private Trust Company (PTC), and Human Capital (HC)
LPL Financial
USA

The use of data and analytics in internal audit is continuously trending upwards. Join us for an opportunity to discuss establishing, evolving, and sustaining a data analytics program.

In this interactive session, LPL Financial will share their journey to incorporating data analytics into their audit methodology, including team adoption and training, stakeholder engagement, and challenges encountered along the way. Speakers will specify practical strategies for implementation, provide illustrative examples, and utilize polling and Q&A.

In this session, participants will:

  • Cultivate ideas of how to jump-start implementation of data analytics in internal audit, including the capabilities, technologies, and methodologies required.
  • Discuss real-life examples of establishing strategic partnerships with firm stakeholders and communicating the value provided by incorporating data analytics.
  • Become familiar with common pitfalls faced when introducing data analytics into internal audit.
  • Identify practical, innovative audits using data analytics to promote enhanced assurance.

Jason Bier leads the technology audit team at LPL Financial (LPL). In his current role, he is responsible for development and execution of the technology audit plan and managing relationships with senior IT leadership throughout the organization. Prior, Bier worked at Marsh & McLennan Companies for 19 years, leaving as head of IT audit. While at MMC, he performed audits in a variety of areas, including operations, finance, compliance, and technology. Bier was an inaugural member of the IT audit team and helped develop the team to a staff of 21 auditors completing a wide range of technology audits globally. He volunteers as part of his local IIA chapter in Charlotte and has joined numerous panels to talk to students and jobseekers about the internal audit profession.

Robert Hayes is responsible for managing all internal audit data analytics activities at LPL Financial. In this role, he provides strategic direction to the internal audit team to mature the use of data analytics. Hayes also strategically partners with internal stakeholders to increase risk education and awareness through the use of data and analytics. Prior to joining LPL, he held a position in the corporate internal audit department at Graham Holdings, previously the Washington Post Company. During his time at Graham Holdings, Hayes assisted with the integration of data analytics into the internal audit methodology. He has 10+ years of experience in internal audit data analytics across multiple industries, including financial services, healthcare, and education.

Christina Ostran Mehltretter is a senior vice president at LPL Financial, leading the internal audit function and internal audit plan development and execution for CLR, finance, HC, and PTC. Previously, as a senior manager at EY, she assisted clients with their internal audit and Sarbanes-Oxley compliance groups, including compliance with The IIA’s IPPF, OCC-Strong, OCC Heightened Standards, FRB SR 13-1 and Basel guidance. Mehltretter has 12+ years of financial services industry experience with banks, broker-dealers, and asset managers. She is the second vice president for The IIA’s Charlotte chapter, a Financial Services Exchange committee member, and a member of the Lubin School of Business Alumni Association Board of Directors at Pace University.

NASBA CPE Credit: 1.2
NASBA Field of Study: Auditing
Learning Level: Intermediate

Oh Se Joon
Deputy General Manager
KEPCO KPS
Republic of Korea

This session will introduce a purpose, work process, system configuration diagram of Virtual K-Virtual Audit ‘LANSeon Audit,’  and preparations, including equipment, system, video conference program, etc. Procedures and methods will be explained in detail for headquarters and offices, encompassing main schedules, priming, listening, interview, coaching, probing, crossing, eSigning, confirming, closing, and managing, as well as audit of overseas business sites, notice on security management, preparation checklist, etc.

In this session, participants will:

  • Discover the concept of Virtual K-Virtual Audit ‘LANSeon Audit.’
  • Introduce a Virtual K-Virtual Audit ‘LANSeon Audit’ system within the company.
  • Learn how to conduct virtual audit in their own organization.
  • Gain insight into the culture of non-face-to-face work and expansion of all work within the organization to non-face-to-face work.

 

Oh Se Joon joined KEPCO KPS in 2013, relocated to the company’s UAE office in 2016, was promoted to deputy general manager in 2018, and moved to the audit and inspection department in 2021.

NASBA CPE Credit: 1.2
NASBA Field of Study: Auditing (Governmental)
Learning Level: Intermediate

Woon Teck Tay, CIA, CRMA, FCA Singapore, FCPA Australia, FSID, FCMI UK, MAICD, AIPAS
Managing Director
RSM Risk Advisory Pte Ltd.
Singapore

Jenny Tan
Head, Group Internal Audit
CapitaLand Group
Singapore

 

In the current disruptive landscape, what is internal audit’s value proposition? While assurance is an essential role, internal audit can provide significant value as a consulting resource to both the board of directors and executive management. This session looks at how the internal audit function can be a trusted advisor that is not only proactive and insightful, but also strategically aligned and business focused. Conversations will be held with internal audit stakeholder(s) during this session.

In this session, participants will:

  • Appraise the impact of disruption to businesses/organizations with the illustration of corporate cases.  
  • Evaluate the strategy and approach of re-thinking or re-inventing the focus of internal audit to be proactive and insightful as well as strategically aligned and business focused. 
  • Establish the value proposition of internal audit as a trusted advisor in a disruptive landscape through conversations with internal audit stakeholder(s), such as audit committee members and/or CEOs.

Woon Teck is currently the managing director of Ram’s risk advisory division. He works closely with boards and C-suites in designing risk management frameworks that link corporate strategies to risk management activities, corporate governance, and internal control activities. In addition, Tay is concurrently an executive director with RSM’s corporate advisory division, advising clients on corporate strategies, succession planning, profit improvements, and cross-border M&A transactions in the UK, US, Canada, China, and ASEAN countries.

Currently, Tay serves as a council member of the Institute of Valuers and Appraisers of Singapore, Chartered Management Institute Singapore, Society of Modern Management, and Australian Institute of Company Directors, Singapore. He is also active in the social enterprises sector, advising on corporate governance, risk management, and internal control processes. 

Previously, as an adjunct faculty member at Singapore Management University, he designed and taught the corporate advisory program for both the Bachelor of Accountancy and Masters in Professional Accounting programs. Tay co-authored a workbook, “Risk Governance for the Third Sector,” to guide the boards of the Third Sector in getting started on implementing effective risk governance and internal control practices. He also co-authored the “Doing Business in ASEAN” Guidebook jointly published by RSM, Rajah & Tann Asia, and United Overseas Bank.

Jenny Tan is currently leading the global internal audit practice, including IT audit, with CapitaLand Group. Her mandates include delivering quality audit, advocating a transformational audit practice, and becoming a business partner within the Group.

Prior to CapitaLand, Tan was the former PwC risk assurance partner where she led the IT Audit & Advisory and Business Resilience Practices. She was PwC Singapore’s chief information officer and data protection officer.

Outside of work, Tan volunteers heavily in the technology community space where she actively promotes technology (including cyber) awareness and adoption to both the business and IT professionals and organizations. She is currently the Vice-President of ISACA SG Chapter. She also served on Asia-Pacific Information Privacy Association Board, SATA CommHealth Digital Committee, and Audit Committee.

Tan spearheaded the ISACA’s SheLeadsTech programme in Singapore and has since framed the programme as a cross-border female leadership experience and knowledge sharing platform. Her effort paid off as she is recognized by ISACA Global as one of the four 2021 Outstanding Chapter Leader Award global recipients. Further, she was a finalist in 2018 Women in IT CIO Category Award and was awarded Top 20 Cybersecurity Women in Singapore, 2020.

NASBA CPE Credit: 1.2
NASBA Field of Study: Auditing
Learning Level: Intermediate

John Colthart
Senior Vice President, Sales
MindBridge
Canada

Shaye Thayer
APAC Head, Analytics & Industry Insights
MindBridge
Australia

Like most professions today, there is change afoot in the audit space — pressures of new risks, hybrid or completely remote work, and not to mention the volume, veracity, and variety of data needed to do one’s job. In light of this, many business leaders and practitioners are stuck hoping that their professionals can skill up, do more with less, and cover deeper and broader scopes.

Some of that hope falls on the potential “silver bullet” of technologies like artificial intelligence, robotic process automation, and analytics. While not completely misguided,  it takes more than technology to live up to the powerful change that can happen in discovering and assessing risk, understanding financial flows, and diving deep into insights.

With lessons learned from a combined 35+ years in technology, change management, and process re-engineering, John Colthart and Shaye Thyer will explore the tools, expectations, and processes involved in making change happen. Beyond that, this session will also teach you why and how AI can create lasting organizational enhancements, maximize risk discovery, and enhance your judgment as an internal auditor.

John Colthart has held a series of roles with increasing responsibility at MindBridge and currently serves as senior vice president of sales. He previously held leadership positions in brand management, product experience, and design at IBM, including as a member of the team that launched IBM Watson Analytics. Prior, Colthart was vice president of sales operations for Clarity Systems, later acquired by IBM.

Shaye Thayer is an outside-of-any-box FCA. Leveraging a diverse and notably non-traditional accounting career to date in Australia, she is now supporting MindBridge’s APAC expansion. She was recently responsible for creating a future-fit accounting division for a large national firm delivering a premium client experience. Using technology to optimize internal efficiencies, data to power client insights, training to transform the team, and scalable frameworks to amplify the huge depth of expertise within the firm, she made huge inroads into shattering the traditional mid-tier accounting practice stereotype and setting the firm apart from its competitors. Thayer is an impact champion and activator at SheEO, supporting female entrepreneurs working on the world’s to-do list.

​12:00 – 12:30 p.m.​​​​​ SGT
Networking Break in the Virtual Exhibit Hall
12:30  – 1:30 p.m.​​​​​​​​​​ SGT
​Concurrent Session Tracks

Gordon Braun
Managing Director
Protiviti
USA

Sean Lindstrom, CIA
Audit Director
Cargill
United States

The objectives of a next-generation internal audit department may be straightforward and include improving assurance by increasing focus on key risks, making internal audit more efficient, and/or providing deeper, more valuable insights from internal audit’s activities and processes. However, next-generation internal audit groups will need to introduce a variety of different governance structures, methodologies, and enabling technologies to keep pace with an evolving risk landscape and rising stakeholder expectations.

In this session, participants will:

  • Highlight what leading internal audit organizations are doing to evolve and transform. 
  • Explain a model that can be used to either begin or accelerate a path to becoming “NextGen.”
  • Provide an overview of practical implementation successes and challenges through a Protiviti client’s own journey.

Gordon Braun is a managing director at Protiviti, leading the Minneapolis office. For 20+ years, he has been providing risk consulting services across several industries. He is an active leader of Protiviti’s central area internal audit and financial advisory practice and has a particular focus on assisting clients with the assessment and management of business risks associated with technology deployment and maintenance. Braun has served as an engagement leader on multiple outsourced and co-sourced internal audit engagements. He earned his B.A. in English and Computer Applications from the University of Notre Dame and his M.B.A. in Finance and Economics from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business. Braun has presented at many chapters of both The IIA and ISACA, national webinars, SAP conferences, and multiple universities across the Midwest. He is also currently serves on multiple nonprofit boards.

Sean Lindstrom is an audit director in Cargill’s corporate audit function focused on delivering audit services globally related to Cargill’s operations, supply chain, and go-to-market risk areas. As Cargill corporate audit undertook a full transformation starting in 2018, Lindstrom led the design and implementation of the function’s organizational structure, methodologies, and technology environment.  Prior to joining Cargill, he was a consultant for PricewaterhouseCoopers focused on internal audit, enterprise risk management, and corporate compliance services.

NASBA CPE Credit: 1.2
NASBA Field of Study: Auditing
Learning Level: Intermediate

Hiroshi Yanase, CIA, CCSA, CFE
Chief Internal Auditor
Simmons Co., Ltd.
Japan

Tae Fujii
Internal Auditor
NEC Corporation
Japan

The IIA issued an important update to the Three Lines Model in July 2020. The old model focused on the defense area, whereas the new one goes beyond that and contributes to the achievement of objectives. The new three lines model consists of the principles, key roles, and relationships among core ones. This session will convey the meaning of the model in a plain way and address the complexities of the real world by using the model.

In this session, participants will:

  • Explain the major difference between the new and old models by making a comparison.
  • Clarify the advancement of the new model.
  • Indicate how to apply the new model to the real world.

Hiroshi Yanase is a highly accomplished professional with full experience and knowledge in audit, accounting, and business in general. Yanase possesses strong leadership skills in coaching team member on audit engagement, including audit planning, onsite audits, and audit reporting. Yanase applies extensive communication skills to build strong relationships with audit clients. Yanase’s nearly 13-year background in audit encompasses J-SOX, internal audit, compliance and risk management audit, and governance audit, not only in Japan, but also in foreign countries such as China, Taiwan, and the US.

Tae Fujii is a highly accomplished professional with full experience and knowledge in audit, accounting, and business in general. Her extensive communication skills enable her to build strong relationships with audit clients. Fujii’s nearly four-year background in audit has encompassed J-SOX, internal audit, compliance and risk management audit, and governance audit, not only in Japan but also in foreign countries such as China, Singapore, and Thailand.

NASBA CPE Credit: 1.2
NASBA Field of Study: Auditing
Learning Level: Basic

Mark Harrison, CIA, CRMA
Managing Director
Sententia Consulting
Australia

The session will provide practical advice, including a tested set of normative criteria, for how to undertake a useful “post-event” analysis of an organization’s handling of the COVID-19 pandemic. The session will discuss different approaches and objectives of such reviews as well as how such projects can add most value to an organization, and provide a set of criteria that can be used to determine what “good” looks like in a pandemic response. The session will utilize real-life practical experiences and examples to provide the audience with genuine “tricks and tips” for adding value to their organizations in such a review.

In this session, participants will:

  • Learn how to conduct a useful post-event assessment of an organization’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic (or other).
  • Understand better how a pandemic impacts an organization, to allow for tailored focusing of a post-event assessment of an organization’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic (or other).
  • Learn from practical experience on what to do and what not do if conducting a “post-event” analysis after COVID-19.

Mark Harrison is a highly experienced internal auditor with 25+ years of experience as a consultant and chief audit executive, having working in more than one dozen countries around the world. He brings a breadth of industry experience and deep business acumen to provide practical, insightful, and tailored advice the goes to the root cause of complex business challenges and provides relevant roadmaps for business and technology improvement. He has a strong command of the technical standards of both internal audit and IT audit that gives organizations confidence of technical excellence. Professionally, Harrison is the president of the Asian Confederation of Institutes of Internal Auditors, the immediate past president of The IIA–Australia, and has served globally on the Professional Issues Committee, the Global Professional Development Committee, and is currently on the Institute Relations Committee. He was chairman of The IIA’s International Conference in 2017 when it was held in Sydney, Australia. Harrison is considered a global leader in governance advice, having worked with some of the most complex global organizations in the public and private sectors.

NASBA CPE Credit: 1.2
NASBA Field of Study: Business Management & Organization
Learning Level: Intermediate

Deniz Appelbaum, PhD
Assistant Professor
Montclair State University
(Fastpath)
USA

Drones are evolving in many industries today, and auditing is no exception. Auditors not already gaining from the potential of drone-empowered applications in their audit programs could be left behind if they do not adapt and adopt. To expand your understanding of the potential of drones today in auditing, join this presentation. Attendees will gain the resources they need to stay current with the latest drone advancements and scale new heights in delivering increased value to their organization.

In this session, participants will:

  • Acquire knowledge about current business and potential audit use of drones.
  • Understand how drones have permeated many industries.
  • Follow a data-driven procedure for applying drones to an audit for measurable results.
  • Develop ideas for quick applications of drones in the audit process.

Dr. Deniz Appelbaum is an assistant professor of the Department of Accounting and Finance at the Feliciano School of Business of Montclair State University. She has published manuscripts in Accounting Horizons, Journal of Emerging Technologies in Accounting, Auditing: Journal of Practice and Theory, and other academic and practitioner journals, based on her research regarding analytics, big data, blockchain, and automation in financial auditing and fraud detection. She presents frequently at the American Accounting Association and more recently with The IIA–Canada. The accounting and auditing professions are currently undergoing huge disruptions due to technical innovations, and Dr. Appelbaum is devoted to assisting her audience in preparing for these changes.

NASBA CPE Credit: 1.2
NASBA Field of Study: Computer Software and Applications
Learning Level: Basic

Terri Rogers, CIA, CPA
Chief Audit Executive
United Community Bank
USA

Emotional Intelligence Squared (EI2) provides not only the basics of EI, but lessons in taking this oft elusive skill to the next level to apply to both talent management and stakeholder communication. Join this session and raise your emotional intelligence to the next level! A skill applicable to all relationships that is certain to enrich your career as well as improve your audit team and overall results. A must-have in the leader’s toolbox.

In this session, participants will:

  • Define the basics of emotional intelligence.
  • Differentiate between trusting their gut and leveraging their emotional intelligence.
  • Assess their own EI level.
  • Obtain useful tools and tips to apply EI to talent management and stakeholder relationships.

Terri Rogers is senior vice president, chief audit executive for United Community Bank Inc. (UCBI), a bank holding company with $17.8 billion in assets and offices in Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Tennessee. Prior to joining UCBI in 2017, Rogers worked for Huntington Bank, FirstMerit, and KeyBank in various roles in internal audit, risk, and financial reporting. She is passionate about life-long learning. 

NASBA CPE Credit: 1.2
NASBA Field of Study: Personal Development
Learning Level: Basic

​Thursday, 17 June 2021

​9:15 - 9:30 a.m.​​​​​ SGT
2021 International Conference Day Four Welcome

Keren Elazari
Cybersecurity Analyst, Author, and Friendly Hacker
Israel

Cybersecurity in 2021 is not about protecting secrets. It’s about defending our way of life, which relies on digital technology everywhere — from remote work to smartphones, from medical devices to food delivery, from stock markets to democratic elections. So what do we do now? We have to learn from the attackers, because they have already adapted to the new reality. So we must adapt — and build a global digital immune system for the information age, harnessing the power of friendly hackers! In this session, Keren Elazari, TED speaker, security analyst, and friendly hacker, will walk us through the new realities of cyber security challenges and share her predictions and strategies to build resilience. Join the talk to discover how threats have evolved, how new attack vectors and techniques are used by criminals, and how hackers can actually help us in this challenging time!

Keren Elazari is an internationally acclaimed security researcher, author, and strategic analyst with extensive experience helping government, Big 4, Fortune 500, global, and startup companies navigate complex cyber security issues. She is a senior researcher at Tel Aviv University’s Balvatnik Interdisciplinary Cyber Research Center, focusing on the complex relationships between hackers, industry, and government. In 2014, Elazari became the first Israeli woman to speak at the annual TED conference; her TED talk has been viewed by millions online, translated to 30 languages, and named to TED’s list of ‘Most Powerful Ideas.’ Her collaborative book, Women in Tech, became an Amazon bestseller. Elazari founded Israel’s largest security community event, BSidesTLV, as well as Leading Cyber Ladies, a global professional network. In 2017, she was selected by Forbes as one of Israel’s “most influential women” and featured on the cover of Forbes Israel.

NASBA CPE Credit: 1.2
NASBA Field of Study: Information Technology
Learning Level: Intermediate

10:30 - 11:00 a.m.​​​​​ SGT
Networking Break​​​​ in Virtual Exhibit Hall
​11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.​​​​​ SGT
Concurrent Session Tracks​​​​​​​

Cristián Briones Maira, CSP-SM, CSP-PO, PSM, LITP, UXC
Agile Culture Director
Innova Agile
Chile

Eladio Piña Gálvez, CSM, CSPO
Founder
Vision Consulting SpA
Chile

The workshop will contextualize how agility and scrum can be implemented in audit to develop self-organized, multidisciplinary, and collaborative teams focused not only on processes, but also on system analysis. The session will use participatory methodologies and technologies that allow interaction in teams.

In this session, participants will:

  • Gain an understanding of the relevance of agility and scrum in the current management model and its relationship to auditing.
  • Hear examples of specific cases and results of implementing the scrum model for auditing.
  • Assess the scrum model for auditing, its conceptual framework, and the basic elements that comprise it.
  • Learn about concrete tools and actions for introducing agile and scrum practices in audit work.

Cristián Briones Maira applied his 20+ years of experience as a manager in various companies and industries to found InnovaAgile, which focuses on bringing people and companies together to build their ideals productively with agile methodologies. He is an agile coach, an executive coach at IAC, facilitator at Lego Serious Play, and an expert in management and lean change management. Maira has served as a university professor, agile team facilitator, and co-creator of the first Scrum model for auditors. He is a Certified Professional ScrumMaster and Product Owner, Professional Scrum Master, and Lean IT Professional with a User Experience Certificate.

Eladio Piña Gálvez is an audit and innovation coach and the founder of Vision Consulting. His 20+ years of internal audit experience in banking and financial institutions included corporate audit manager of Banco de Chile and audit manager of Citibank, creator of the Internal Audit 4.0 international certificate course, and implementer of Agile, continuous audit, RPA, and analytics projects. Gálvez has served as chairman of The–IIA Chile and vice president of the Latin American Committee of Internal Audit and Risk Assessment of Banks. A Certified ScrumMaster and Certified Scrum Product Owner, he also co-created a Scrum model for auditing.

NASBA CPE Credit: 1.2
NASBA Field of Study: Auditing
Learning Level: Intermediate

Syeda Mehar Zehra, CAMS
MLRO and Head, AML and Compliance
HBL Currency Exchange
Pakistan

The current era of rapid development of regulatory requirements by global regulators has increased the importance of enhancing anti-money laundering (AML)/FCC/regulatory compliance activities to accomplish better results on an enterprise level. Thus, audit (internal or external) has greater responsibility for identifying issues and verifying rectification exercises for smooth, business-as-usual activities. The session will cover the AML, FCC, and regulatory compliance framework and the critical role of the audit function in achieving the strategic goals of an organization.

In this session, participants will:

  • Learn how regulatory requirements are increasing pressure on AML/FCC/regulatory compliance departments.
  • Understand the importance of implementing FCC/regulatory compliance policy and procedures.
  • Gain insights on how to control the cost of compliance.
  • Uncover the role of audit in AML/FCC/regulatory compliance.
  • Discuss the importance of a strategic approach to achieve the AML/FCC/regulatory compliance objectives of an organization.

Syeda Mehar Zehra is a money laundering reporting officer (MLRO) and head of AML and sanctions compliance at HBL Currency Exchange. She was the first female to secure the Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialist (CAMS) credential in Pakistan. Zehra frequently speaks at international conferences, discussing financial crime compliance, regulatory compliance, technology, and auditing. She was recognized as ACAMS lead subject-matter expert and as a key content advisor for ACAMS certificate curriculum development. She is a valued author, having been featured in ACAMS Today and Forbes. Zehra previously worked for KPMG and Standard Chartered Bank.

NASBA CPE Credit: 1.2
NASBA Field of Study: Auditing
Learning Level: Advanced

Anya Drake
Director
Protiviti
USA

David Wang, Ph.D.
Associate Professor and Driehaus Fellow
DePaul University

Kevin J. Leicht
Managing Director
Protiviti
USA

Continuous monitoring is not a new concept, but historically, organizations have largely failed to realize its full potential because of a lack of collaboration across the three lines of defense, sufficient technology, access to data, or innovative thinking. How can organizations overcome these roadblocks and start moving towards continuous monitoring?

We recommend starting with the proven strategic approach of recalibrating the goals by identifying high-impact areas, bridging the implementation gap with next-gen advanced analytics and methods, and quantifying and socializing the benefits of continuous monitoring.

In this session, participants will:

  • Outline the benefits of continuous monitoring compared to traditional cyclical audits.
  • Recognize the benefits of working across the three lines of defense within the organization.
  • Describe how to operationalize a continuous monitoring program based on real-world examples.
  • Factors impacting continuous monitoring adoption and advanced analytics use cases.

Anya Drake is a director with Protiviti’s internal audit and financial advisory practice, focused on the audit analytics solution. She also leads the next-gen audit advanced analytics initiative. Most recently, she built and led the data analytics program within the internal audit department of a global professional services organization. With 15+ years of combined industry and consulting experience in the financial and professional services industry, Drake enjoys working with internal audit organizations in designing smart analytics strategy, helping to implement the most optimal approach, and executing on continuous and automated analytics methodology.

Tawei (David) Wang is an associate professor and Driehaus Fellow at DePaul University, mainly teaching audit data analytics and data mining. He received his Ph.D. from Purdue University’s Krannert Graduate School of Management. His award-winning research interests are information security management and IT management. His papers have appeared in several leading journals and his articles have been downloaded 40,000+ times through Science Direct. Wang has been invited by universities and conferences to discuss curriculum design and analytics teaching strategies. He was involved in ACM’s development of cybersecurity curriculum guidelines. He was a speaker for The IIA and Institute of Management Accountants, and a panelist on cyber risk in a workshop hosted by the Federal Reserve Bank Charlotte. He was selected as a KPMG James Marwick Professor in Residence. He is currently president of the American Accounting Association Midwest Region.

Kevin Leicht is a managing director in Protiviti’s internal audit and financial advisory practice. He brings 13 years of experience consulting in the financial services industry, with an emphasis on internal audit, project management, enterprise risk management, sales practices/conduct risk, and anti-money laundering.

NASBA CPE Credit: 1.2
NASBA Field of Study: Auditing
Learning Level: Intermediate

Larry Hertzog Butler, CIA, CRMA, CPA, CGMA, CRISC
Head, Internal Audit
Delivery Hero SE
Germany

Dr. Dominik Förschler, PhD, Dr. rer. pol., CIA, CRMA
Managing Director and Chairman of the Digital Transformation Board
ARC Institute
Germany

In a world of digital transformation, new forms of communication and interaction are required to engage our stakeholders. Gamification enables learning and training via networked learning environments. We present a case study that demonstrates the success of gamification in the important topic of IT security and defense against social engineering risk.

In this session, participants will:

  • Understand gamification and simulations for experience-based learning.
  • Identify motivational elements and why gamified-based learning is so successful for adults.
  • Learn how risks in the area of IT security and social engineering can be significantly mitigated based on a practical case study.
  • Develop a digital learning strategy for their audit team.

Larry Hertzog Butler introduced and established the internal audit function upon joining Delivery Hero SE in 2016. As head of internal audit and CAE, he leads a growing and diverse team of auditors. Butler has 20+ years of experience as an innovative, data-driven internal audit leader. His mission is simplifying processes, auditing what matters most, and engaging stakeholders. He believes that while auditing is a serious endeavor, it is also about storytelling and fun, and he enjoys telling stories about how internal audit aligns with strategic objectives to protect and add value to our organizations via independent assurance.

Dr. Dominik Förschler was previously executive assistant to the president of the University of Frankfurt am Main; he now leads the spin-off Audit Research Center | ARC Institute as managing director. As executive research director and chairman of the digital transformation board, he is also responsible for the development of new learning methods, such as serious business games. Dr. Förschler’s more than 20 years of professional international experience at Deutsche Bank, Canadian Imperial Bank CIBC, and BMW in Toronto, Chicago, New York, Madrid, and London includes responsible management positions, especially in internal audit. Today he is a well-known speaker, author of numerous expert books and articles in the field of internal audit and human resources development in prestigious professional journals, and editor of the book series Internal Audit Strategy.

NASBA CPE Credit: 1.2
NASBA Field of Study: Personal Development
Learning Level: Intermediate

Sharon Messerschmidt, CIA, CMA, CPA
Director, General Audit
Public Service Commission, Government of Canada
Canada

Diverse and inclusive public sector organizations produce better results for citizens. In Canada, a groundbreaking audit was conducted to determine the extent to which recruitment processes produced a representative public service, to identify barriers, and to provide recommendations to remove biases in staffing processes.

A real-world example will be presented that harnessed the power of data to shine a light on diversity and inclusion in the public sector and to show how the commitment of an audit team through challenging circumstances can produce real results to change the lives of citizens.

In this session, participants will:

  • Learn how to use data analytics to deliver results that can inform policy change.
  • Understand the importance of stakeholder consultations to develop recommendations that promote real change.
  • Appreciate the rewards and understand the pitfalls of leading an audit team through a complex and untested territory.

Sharon Messerschmidt has extensive experience as a chief audit executive in national government as a special advisor on audit and risk management to the United Nations. She was the technical lead on the UN’s Joint Inspection Unit review of the State of Internal Audit in the United Nations System in 2016. In the Canadian government, Messerschmidt has led several internal audit transformations by implementing agile approaches in IT audits, imbedding the impact of culture in audit planning, and improving internal audit professional practices to contribute to demonstrable organizational improvement. She has been called on to implement and provide advice to UN organizations on the three lines of defense, audit maturity assessment models, risk benchmarking, and risk culture. She understands the complexity of developing risk-based audit plans and maturity models to assess and improve performance across diverse operations in the public sector. Messerschmidt has presented at several IIA conferences at the national and international levels. In her career, she has provided advice and guidance to dozens of organizations as a chief audit executive and senior public sector advisor. She holds a CIA designation, is a professional accountant, and holds a master’s degree in public administration.

NASBA CPE Credit: 1.2
NASBA Field of Study:  Personnel/Human Resources
Learning Level: Intermediate

12:00 - 12:30 p.m.​​​​​ SGT
Networking Break​​​​ in the Virtual Exhibit Hall
​12:30 - 1:30 p.m.​​​​​ SGT
Concurrent Session Tracks​​​​​​​

Laval Wong Sick Wah, CCSA, CFSA, CIA, FCA
Chief Internal Audit Officer
Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB)
China

The first five years that AIIB spent to build an innovative 21st century multilateral development bank involved many stages: forming, storming, norming, and performing; dealing with orthodoxies and silos; sharing internal audit’s first advisory engagement; COSO 2013 Framework on Internal Control; preparing AIIB for the changes; and using the Kotter 8-step Process.

In this session, participants will:

  • Understand the role of internal audit during the setting up of a new multilateral bank.
  • Gain insights into maintaining a balance between providing assurance and advisory services during the formative years.
  • Learn how the Kotter 8-step Process was applied in AIIB’s first advisory engagement.
  • Hear about building team spirit (flight of the geese).

Laval Wong Sick Wah is currently the chief internal audit officer of Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) based in Beijing, China. In this role, he is responsible for setting up the internal audit function to provided assurance, consulting, and training (ACT). Prior to joining AIIB, Wah was head of group audit for Asia Pacific and Middle East at ABN AMRO Bank NV, based in Singapore. His extensive auditing experience was gained through senior leadership positions in financial institutions. His background includes setting up and leading the internal audit department of a foreign bank in Singapore and a multilateral development bank in Beijing. Wah served on the board of The IIA–Singapore as governor, treasurer and as president from 2002 to 2004. In these leadership roles, he led advocacy programs that saw 800+ internal auditors globally complying with The IIA’s Standards for Quality Assurance and Improvement Programs (QAIPs).

NASBA CPE Credit: 1.2
NASBA Field of Study: Auditing
Learning Level: Overview

Frank Vukovits
Director, Strategic Partnerships
Fastpath
USA

Brett Cohen
Manager, Internal Audit
Shake Shack
United States

Jessica Kast
Senior Manager, Internal Audit and Risk
Shake Shack
United States

While most of us are focused on the rising threat of external factors, don’t forget that just over half of fraud and error is committed by insiders. Internal controls, often thought of as a ‘check the box’ exercise due to regulatory pressure, are the most effective form of risk prevention you can have. From ‘Tone at the Top’ to ethics trainings to front-line control performance, the three lines of defense have never been more relevant.

In this session, participants will:

  • Understand the difference between internal and external threats.
  • Explore the different types of controls and control objectives.
  • Examine real-life stories about some actual perpetrated frauds from internal threats.
  • Obtain tools and tricks for having conversations with leadership.

Frank Vukovits has 30 years of experience as an auditor, business software user, and vendor of audit and security software. He has implemented and managed numerous ERP projects and now combines his software and audit knowledge as director of strategic partnerships at Fastpath. Prior to his time working with Microsoft business applications, he was in corporate IT audit for GTE/Verizon for 12 years. Vukovits has presented educational sessions publicly at user groups and audit events for the past two decades. He previously served on Internal Auditor magazine’s editorial board and was an IIA distinguished faculty member.

Brett Cohen is Shake Shack’s internal audit manager, specializing in business process and ITGC SOX controls and performing segregation of duties evaluations, and he was as a member of the ERP system implementation team. Prior to joining Shake Shack, he worked in the Assurance practice at Ernst & Young for five years in their New York City office.

Jessica Kast is the senior manager of internal audit and risk at Shake Shack, specializing in Sarbanes-Oxley compliance, business process improvement, and enterprise risk management. In addition to managing the internal control environment, her work includes assisting the business with various risk identification, mitigation, and monitoring activities. Prior to joining Shake Shack, Kast worked in the internal audit and financial advisory practice at Protiviti, assisting clients in the nonprofit, hospitality, and financial services industries.

NASBA CPE Credit: 1.2
NASBA Field of Study: Auditing
Learning Level: Intermediate

Chien Siang Yu
Chief Innovation and Trust Officer 
Amaris AI
Singapore

The presentation will highlight a key government-initiated AI cybersecurity innovation project that will develop policy guidance, procurement requirements, AI robustness framework, testing tools, and defensive measures against AI attacks that could compromise corporate, embedded, and smart nation AI systems. Despite rapid proliferation, most AI systems have no defenses against such AI attacks and hence, there is a need for urgent education, as the vulnerability is not just serious but would impact overall AI usage, governance, and compliance measures. This would be like the first emergence of computer viruses, when microcomputers were getting to be popular in 1980s.

In this session, participants will:

  • Be introduced to AI.
  • Understand different types of AI adversarial attacks and implications.
  • Acknowledge what would be “Bad AI.”
  • Uncover what we should expect as future compliance and governance requirements.

Chien Siang Yu is the chief innovation and trust officer for Amaris AI, an AI startup that offers full-stack AI as a service, and he is currently also a professor (ICT) at SIT. He was the chief innovation officer (CIO) of a department in the Ministry of Home Affairs and later of Certis Cisco. In this role, he pioneered embedded AI and low-cost edge systems, and led a malware and IoT security lab as well as a robotics and drones lab. Prior to this, he was the most senior computer security consultant at the Singapore government. He has been working in the Civil Service since 1981 and was awarded National Day Honours, the Public Administration Medal (Silver) in 1993, and the (Silver) Bar in 2004. He was also given the Cybersecurity Hall of Fame in 2018, an inaugural professional category award from AISP and supported by the Cyber Security Agency. He has been active in the fields of IT leadership, innovation development and its related cultural transformation, and IT security for more than 35 years. During this time, he led numerous national-level IT projects in information security, e.g. the Electronic Road Pricing (ERP), Standard Operating Environment (SOE), IoT security via the ANSES project, and homeland security, developing workflow and people identification operational systems. He was instrumental in evolving advanced systems architecture used in the public service and the fundamental mechanisms required for their large systems rollout. He is also an adjunct professor at NUS.

NASBA CPE Credit: 1.2
NASBA Field of Study: Auditing (Governmental)
Learning Level: Basic

Wai Khin Hoi, CISSP, CRISC, CISM, CBCP, FCMI
Director, Technology Consulting
RSM Risk Advisory Pte Ltd.
Singapore

Choon Khim Chin
Head of Information Technology Department
DataPost Pte Ltd
Singapore

Vina Toh
Director
Stone Forest AccountServe Pte Ltd
Singapore

COVID-19 has spurred digital transformation. Businesses are adopting technology to overcome challenges, adapt to new norms, and unlock new growth areas. The new and rapid adoption of technology includes cloud computing, e-commerce, m-commerce, blockchain, and IoT. Internal audit has to focus on new and emerging risks to provide assurance and deliver value to businesses. The session looks at audit strategies and approaches for addressing the risks in a rapidly evolving technology landscape.

In this session, participants will:

  • Evaluate the risks associated with cloud computing, e-commerce, m-commerce, blockchain, and IoT.
  • Discuss audit strategies and approaches for assessing the adequacy and effectiveness of controls established by businesses to mitigate risks.
  • Get tips for building and establishing trust as an advisor to the organization.

Wai Khin Hoi has 20+ years of overseas and local experience in information systems, specializing in the areas of information security and business continuity. He has an extensive background in managing risk/audit/security programs to meet legal, human resources, audit, IT, risk management, and information security requirements by constantly innovating ideas to implement value-added security programs to support organizational objectives and build frameworks for security beyond compliance. His global experiences included assisting organizations in IT due diligence audits, Sarbanes-Oxley 404 IT general computer control audits, IT diagnostic audits for merger and acquisition processes, ISO 27001 certification projects, and compliance with internal and external IT audit requirements.

Choon Khim Chin is an IT management, IT audit, operation and technology risk, and compliance leader with more than 10 years of expertise in banks and local enterprise. He has strategized and initiated technology and operational risk management frameworks, methodologies, and oversight models.
Vina Toh leads the team responsible for a full suite of HR and payroll eSolutions. Besides being a trained psychotherapist and an ACTA certified trainer, she has more than 25 years of working experience in operational management, people development, human resources, and payroll administration. She has worked with companies offering software development, business consultancy, outsourcing, healthcare, social and community, and hospitality services. Toh is currently a board member and appointed honorary treasurer of Kampung Senang, an eco-conscious charity with IPC status.

Prior to joining RSM in Singapore, Hoi was the information security officer for a global B2B company, managing security, business continuity, PDPA, and audit programs. His experiences also include working as a data protection officer for a leading semiconductor manufacturer, tasked with protecting highly confidential R&D IP information. Last but not least, he also worked for PricewaterhouseCoopers Taiwan, providing audit assurance, security, and business continuity advisory services.

NASBA CPE Credit: 1.2
NASBA Field of Study: Specialized Knowledge and Applications 
Learning Level: Intermediate

Mike Fucilli, CIA, QIAL. CRMA, CGAP, CFE
Principal Consultant
MAS Audit Services
USA

The long history of public sector failures has seen billions of dollars lost, embarrassment, redundancy, and a loss in public trust. Even though leaders are familiar with past failures, they have been repeated. Internal audit is in the perfect situation to provide the proper scrutiny and assist management in understanding governance, risk, and controls and help management avoid the “mega failure phenomena.”

In this session, participants will:

  • Understand the need for increased efficiency and cost-effectiveness to control and reduce public spending.
  • Be introduced to performance measurements associated with emphasis on and accountability for results.
  • Focus on improvement of organizational performance and ability to implement and adapt to change.

Michael J. Fucilli has a 40-year background in internal auditing that includes financial services, public sector, defense contracting, inventory management, technology, COSO, and SOX reporting. He has 20+ years of chief audit executive experience. He is also an instructor for St. John’s University, where he teaches The IIA’s CIA Learning System for the Certified Internal Auditor exam. Fucilli has hands-on experience in conducting operational, risk management, and governance audits of major corporations’ operations, including, revenue, core operations, HR, pensions, medical costs, finance, procurement, occupational safety, and technology, including major system implementations. Over the last ten years, he and his team have identified more than $2 billion in cost efficiencies in accordance with the COSO Framework.

Fucilli has provided training for IIA chapters and institutes worldwide, MISTI, CFE Association, AICPA, top 100 corporations, and major federal and state government agencies. He has presented courses and made presentations throughout North America, Europe, Asia, and the Caribbean. A sought-after passionate and energetic speaker, he has received the highest ratings by participants. Fucilli spoke at the last five IIA International Conferences and is a subject matter speaker on all facets of internal auditing and consulting projects.

NASBA CPE Credit: 1.2
NASBA Field of Study: Auditing (Governmental)
Learning Level: Advanced

SGT Broadcast Presenters

Stephen Horne, CIA, CGAP, CRMA
Principal
Check, Balances & Integrity
Australia

Sally-Anne Pitt, CIA, CGAP
Managing Director
Pitt Group
Australia

EDT Broadcast Presenters

Shawna Flanders
Director, IT Training Curriculum
The Institute of Internal Auditors
USA

Debi Roth, CIA
Managing Director, Curriculum Strategy
The Institute of Internal Auditors
USA

This workshop will motivate attendees to enhance their department’s role in supporting and assessing the ethical climate in their organization.  A strong ethical climate and an organization’s ability to maintain an ethical culture is the foundation for good governance. It sets expectations for acceptable behaviors in conducting business within the organization and with external parties.
In this workshop, participants will:

  • Understand the elements of business ethics and responsibilities for the ethical climate in the organization.
  • Explore what components make a robust ethics program.
  • Be more aware of Internal Audit’s role in supporting and assessing the ethical climate.
  •  Be informed on approaches to auditing the ethical climate of their organization.
  • Be better prepared to apply concepts of ethics to Internal Audit programs and engagements.

Stephen Horne is the principal and chief consultant of CBI, with responsibility for collaborating with other specialists in risk management and fraud control to offer even greater diversity and capability. He joined the executive team of the NSW Audit Office in 1991 as a foundation member of its new performance audit function, and became assistant auditor-general in 2004. In July 2006, Horne was appointed chief executive officer of IAB, a NSW government trading enterprise that provided a wide range of improvement services, including internal audit, management consulting and misconduct investigations. When he left IAB in 2015, its revenue had more than doubled, with 600+ assignments undertaken annually.

Sally-Anne Pitt established Pitt Group in 2003 to provide internal audit and assurance services to public sector, civil society, and corporate organizations. With 30 years of leadership experience, she is a published author, excellent communicator, and recognized expert in audit quality. Pitt has facilitated global training workshops with audit, risk, and governance professionals and has presented at international conferences in nine countries. An active member of The IIA for 20 years, she is a Director of the Global Board, former Chair and Vice-Chair of global committees, and a former Director of IIA–Australia.

Shawna M. Flanders has 30+ years of audit, risk, cyber, project, and process experience in the financial services sector. She has taught technology-related topics throughout North America as well as internationally for more than a decade, presenting at dozens of conferences, NASBA CPE seminars, webinars, and custom in-house training courses for both business and technology auditors. Flanders has conducted 100+ ISACA CISA, CISM, and CRISC certification review courses and was part of the CRISC development team. She has also designed multiple audit-related courses and contributed and/or reviewed numerous audit-related publications.

Debi Roth is responsible for developing curriculum to support the internal audit profession as The IIA’s managing director of curriculum strategy. Previously, as The IIA’s director of quality services, she was responsible for managing staff, developing and maintaining client relationships, and executing external quality assessments for domestic and international clients. Roth has been directly involved in 200+ external quality assessments as a team member or administrator. She has held leadership positions with two IIA chapters and served as staff liaison to the Global Professional Development Committee (GPDC) and as a member of the Learning Solutions Committee. Prior, Roth was enterprise risk manager for WellCare Health Plans and manager of internal audit for AirTran Airways.

NASBA CPE Credit: 4.2
NASBA Field of Study: Behavioral Ethics
Learning Level: Intermediate

Friday, 18 June 2021
​​​​​
9:15 - 9:30 a.m.​​​​​ SGT
2021 International Conference Day Five Welcome

Ranjit Singh Taram Singh, CIA, CRMA
Director, Global Services for 2020–21
The IIA Global Board
Malaysia

Jenitha John, CIA, QIAL
2020–21 IIA Chairman of the Global Board
South Africa

Join Jenitha John, 2020–21 Chair of The IIA's Global Board of Directors, and Ranjit Singh Taram Singh, IIA Global Board member, in a discussion on the current state of the industry and their vision of the Future of Work for internal audit professionals. They will discuss adapting to the new realities, implementing new methods of work, and curating effective skills for the Auditor of the Future. The discussion will also address hot topics, including remote auditing and teleworking concerns, as well as auditors moving on from resilience to re-imagination.

Ranjit Singh Taram Singh has 30+ years of risk management, internal audit, and forensic accounting experience in Malaysia and the US. As a partner of KPMG, he pioneered the risk, internal audit, and forensic practice. He has led and completed governance, ERM, internal audit, and forensic accounting projects for 150+ companies in various industries throughout 30+ countries. Singh serves on the Board of Directors of Global IIA and IIA–Malaysia, was previously a member of the Global IIA Audit Committee and IIASB, and is a past president of ACIIA and IIA–Malaysia. He has led numerous workshops for Malaysian Stock Exchange, spoken at several IIA conferences, and appeared on multiple television and radio shows.

Jenitha John is 2020-21 Chair of The Institute of Internal Auditors (IIA) Global Board of Directors. In this role, John serves as an officer of the Global Board, is chairman of the Supervisory Committee, and presides over the Global Assembly. She has more than 27 years of experience in internal auditing, including as a Chief Audit Executive. Before becoming Chairman of The IIA Global Board, John’s volunteer roles included serving as the Global Board’s Senior Vice Chair (2019- 20), as well as serving on the IPPF Relook Task Force, Committee of Research and Education Advisors, Financial Services Guidance Committee, and on the Global Board’s Executive Committee as 2018-19 Vice Chairman-Professional Certifications, and 2017-18 Vice Chairman-Professional Practices. John also led a global task force on the recently updated Three Lines Model (formerly Three Lines of Defense). John paralleled her executive role by having served as a non-executive director of both public- and private-sector entities. A seasoned executive with experience in industries ranging from utilities to telecommunications, agriculture, health care, insurance, automobile, information technology, and financial services, she currently serves as a non-executive director and Audit Committee Chairman of listed company boards in South Africa. Recognized as “South Africa’s Internal Auditor of the Year” in 2014, John has addressed conferences around the globe on a wide array of topics, such as internal audit’s role in governance, combined assurance, women in leadership, the impact of AI and robotics on industries, emerging issues in the financial services industry, and the value of key performance indicators. In addition, John actively participates in mentoring circles, panel discussions, and networking sessions throughout the world, and strongly believes in developing young minds. John is a Certified Internal Auditor (CIA) and has received the Qualification in Internal Audit Leadership (QIAL) designation. Other professional credentials include CA(SA), South African Institute of Chartered Accountants; CD(SA), Institute of Directors (Chartered Director); and SEP, Senior Executive Program, Harvard Business School. John received a bachelor’s degree from the University of KwaZulu-Natal and an Honors degree from the University of South Africa, majoring in financial accounting, management accounting, taxation, auditing and economics. For her chairman’s year theme, John chose “Reimagining Resilience” to emphasize the role agility plays in internal audit every day, but particularly during times of crisis.

NASBA CPE Credit: 1.2
NASBA Field of Study: Auditing
Learning Level: Intermediate

10:30 - 11:00 a.m.​​​​​ SGT
Networking Break in the Virtual Exhibit Hall
​11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.​​​​​ SGT
​Concurrent Session Tracks

Imran Zia, CIA, CRMA, ACA, FCCA, CISA, CFE, GRCP
Director, Audit and Assurance
Government of British Columbia
Canada

The world of business is changing at an incredible speed. New technologies, demands, and solutions are challenging organizations and their leaders to rethink, refocus, and reinvent. This new reality challenges the perception and tolerance of key stakeholders towards the organizational management of risk and leads to the question: How have recent events in the corporate environment impacted the role of internal audit now and in the future? To survive and thrive, the internal audit profession needs a much higher tolerance and preparedness for uncertainty. The profession must quickly respond and adapt to this “New Normal.” Added to this global dimension, this session will put a new spotlight on the rapidly evolving role of internal audit professionals, explain how internal audit should respond to the dynamic business environment, re-think ways of aligning with change, and focus on the strategy that internal audit can adopt to accelerate its evolution from where it is to where it should be.

In this session, participants will:

  • Learn to develop a future-focused approach towards internal auditing, focusing on where the risk is going to be, instead of where it has been.
  • Explore true “value creation” for key stakeholders, including what is real value and how to deliver what matters the most.
  • Discover ways to turn insights into outsights (being able to predict the weather, rather than just reporting it).
  • Determine how internal audit professionals should respond to the dynamic business environment and re-think ways of aligning with the change.

Imran Zia is a seasoned professional who has established a reputation as a transformational leader. His expertise encompasses all aspects of internal audit and risk management. He has served various national and multinational organizations as an internal audit leader and currently works for the Government of British Columbia, Canada as director of audit and assurance. Zia is a proud winner of the “Internal Audit Excellence Award” from ICAEW (Institute of Chartered Accountants in England & Wales). He is actively involved in the profession, contributing as a subject matter expert, authoring professional articles, presenting at IIA national and international conferences, and participating in professional podcasts and forums globally.

NASBA CPE Credit: 1.2
NASBA Field of Study: Auditing
Learning Level: Intermediate

Tim Klatte
Head, Forensic Advisory Services
Grant Thornton
China

Jack Wei, CPA
Partner
Grant Thornton
China

David Wilkinson, CPA, CFE
Vice President Internal Audit
Driscoll's
United States

Based on a recent ACFE survey, corporate fraud isn’t typically detected until 5-8 months after it starts. This means we will have a clear picture of fraud taking place from now until right around the time of the conference, providing the global audience with insights on a timely topic. Given what’s happening in China and Asia, and that COVID-19 began in Wuhan, China, China is ahead of the rest of the world in dealing with fraud issues. This presentation will discuss the state of the world today, describing approaches to use to look for fraud areas along with ideas for mitigating fraud before it occurs, including strengthening or even changing the internal control environment and related monitoring.

In this session, participants will:

  • Examine indicators of fraud in the COVID-19 era.
  • Identify where internal controls and corporate governance may require alteration in the completely changed and sometimes remote work environment.
  • Determine approaches to mitigate fraud.

Tim Klatte is a multilingual (English, Mandarin, Japanese) Doctor of Business Administration graduate who is currently leading the Shanghai forensic advisory services business for Grant Thornton China. He has more than 26 years of China-related experience, including nearly 15 years working in Shanghai for two leading global accounting firms and a premier Chinese investment management company. With both Deloitte and Grant Thornton, Klatte has focused on forensic advisory to develop, manage, and enhance ethics and compliance programs. Leveraging risk management consulting and his strong academic background, he effectively prioritizes and builds sustainable ethics and compliance programs for clients in China’s complex and changing business environment. His expertise spans multi-industry compliance operations (including policy management, monitoring, training, and communications, whistle blower hotline, integrity due diligence, security issues, eDiscovery, cyber security, forensic investigations, data analytics, and executive reporting). He has conducted 500+ investigations and corporate intelligence projects across multiple industries and in all regions of China. He has written for AmCham Insights and European Chamber EuroBiz since 2017 and is currently co-authoring a book on corporate compliance in China titled, “Ethically Powered.” His affiliations include: chairman, AmCham Ethics & Compliance Committee; vice-chairman, China Committee, American Bar Association; adjunct MBA professor, Webster University, Shanghai; associate member, Association of Certified Fraud Examiners; and finance committee volunteer, Shanghai American School. He has delivered presentations on Taking Charge in Fighting Digital White Collar Crime With Technology and Law; Tying Technology to Advance Legal and Accounting Investigations to the Next Level, and others.

Jack Wei is an advisory partner at Grant Thornton. He currently heads business risk services for the China practice and has been with the firm for 16+ years. Having serviced many publicly listed and privately held Chinese and multinational corporations, his areas of expertise in risk advisory include pre/post-IPO internal control advisory, internal audit function outsourcing, internal control advisory, special attestation, anti-money laundering review, FCPA/anti-bribery review, and contract compliance review. Having been an audit partner in his previous role, Wei also possesses in-depth knowledge of accounting and has accumulated vast experience in assurance-related services.

David Wilkinson currently leads Driscoll’s global internal audit function. Prior to Driscoll’s, he was the vice president of internal audit for Fortive, where he established the global internal function during the period when the company went public. He has also served as the chief audit executive for Darigold, and the director of internal audit for Starbucks. Wilkinson has held financial reporting positions with Airtouch and Vodafone. He started his career with public accounting firms in both the USA and UK.

NASBA CPE Credit: 1.2
NASBA Field of Study: Auditing
Learning Level: Intermediate

Jeff Willingham, CIA, CPA, CISA, CFE
Principal Software Engineer
Lockheed Martin
USA

Audit plan complexity, combined with resource constraints, require auditors to accelerate assurance practices. Enabling artificial intelligence with advanced analytics can provide real-time measurement of red-flag transactions and risk. This session will focus on a case study of analytics, including machine learning, deployed for enterprise risks and automated audits. Participants will interact and engage via live polling and discuss analytic techniques that provide deeper insight and shorten time to action.

In this session, participants will:

  • Learn how to transform processes through advanced analytics and machine learning.
  • Gain tools to demystify data analytics.
  • Expand thinking and harness the data analytics disruptor mindset.

Explore how technology can be enabled for enhanced risk-based assurance.

Jeff Willingham is a principal software engineer with Lockheed Martin Corporation, leading the corporate internal audit data analytic team. In 2019, he was selected for the company’s Lead and Innovate For Tomorrow (LIFT) Program, which focuses on building executive level capabilities needed for now and in the future. His 20+ years of experience as an internal auditor includes work in the technology, public accounting, and banking industries. Willingham is a guest lecturer in the Rutgers University MBA program, and he has presented for Lockheed Martin Center for Excellence, ISACA Atlanta Geek Week, ACL Mobilize, Society of Corporate Compliance and Ethics (SCCE) Regional Conference, MISTI ITAC Conference, and the World Continuous Auditing & Reporting Symposium.

NASBA CPE Credit: 1.2
NASBA Field of Study: Information Technology
Learning Level: Intermediate

Robert Luu, FCXP (CX-I), HCP, ACDA Advanced
Acting Managing Director and Client Partnership, Asia-Pacific and Japan
Galvanize
Singapore

Kevin Loh
Chief, Group Audit and Risk Advisory
Astra International Tbk
Indonesia

The COVID-19 pandemic has forced organizations to adapt to the new realities of remote work, social distancing, and alternative working arrangements. The new policies introduced to govern these situations have stretched the limits of existing technology and operating capabilities — creating increasing exposure to existing and new IT risks. IT risk and assurance professionals must drive an effective and informed IT-risk response. They also need to provide real-time insights into critical IT control areas for business decision-making. This is where quantifiable key risk indicators (KRIs) become very important, as they provide early warning signals when risks move in an unfavorable direction.

In this session, participants will:

  • Know why KPIs, KRIs, and KCIs are important in today’s shifting IT risk environment. 
  • Go through examples of leading, lagging, and current KRIs and what makes them most effective. 
  • Learn how to establish the right KRIs for IT governance at their organization. 
  • Understand how InfoSec and audit teams can collaborate to report on IT risk.

Robert Luu has been a solutions advisor and regional leader with Galvanize for the past 10 years, architecting strategic governance solutions and integrating technology platforms across global organizations to reduce risk and compliance cost and increase stakeholder confidence and executive visibility. He’s worked closely with customers in numerous industries to implement all aspects of Galvanize’s HighBond and Robotics platform for risk, audit, compliance, IT, finance, and operation functions, including data automation and continuous monitoring programs. Luu also provides advisory and consulting services for GRC professionals embarking on digital transformation. He now plays a key role in leading go-to-market strategies for Galvanize’s innovative solution stack and oversees the overall success of customers for the Asia-Pacific and Japan region.

Kevin Loh is the chief of group audit and risk advisory at Astra International Tbk, a major subsidiary of Jardine Matheson. Previously, he was the deputy head of group audit and risk management at Jardine Matheson Limited (“JM”). Loh specializes in the life and general insurance industry, where he set up FWD Life Insurance Hong Kong’s internal audit department. He also spent more than 14 years in Big Four Accounting firms’ auditing and advising insurance clients. Loh has experience working in Hong Kong, New York, Kuala Lumpur, and Jakarta. Kevin qualified from the Institute of Chartered Accountant England and Wales and he holds a master of philosophy in finance from the University of Cambridge.

NASBA CPE Credit: 1.2
NASBA Field of Study: Auditing
Learning Level: Intermediate

Maciej Piołunowicz, CIA
Head, Internal Audit
Bank Gospodarstwa Krajowego
Poland

Training and development is key for auditors. We need to have up-to-date technical knowledge to properly audit different businesses. We require soft competencies — like negotiation, communication, and report writing. And we must be able to manage stress in our very tough job. How can we achieve that? What other aspects, besides formal training, can be useful? And most importantly, how can we create a culture that auditors will thrive in and want to be a part of?

In this session, participants will:

  • Find out about cultural transformation that took place in BGK (State Development Bank of Poland).
  • Analyze what ways and tools are best to use for internal auditors’ development.
  • Select the methods and actions organizations should use to ensure internal auditors do not leave.
  • Discuss the key ingredients for creating a cultural climate that is good for internal auditors.

Maciej Piołunowicz has 15+ years of experience as an internal auditor in banks. Since 2010, he’s been chief audit executive of Bank Gospodarstwa Krajowego (State Development Bank of Poland), one of the largest banks in Poland, where he manages a team of 21 internal auditors. Earlier, he worked in internal audit in BZ WBK (currently the Polish branch of Santander Bank, and the third largest bank in Poland) and National Bank of Poland (Polish central bank). He is a lecturer at post-graduate studies on internal audit at the Warsaw School of Economics (SGH), the most widely known and the best economic university in Poland. He is a former Vice-Chairman of IIA–Poland, where he was responsible for cooperation with financial sector auditors and communication with IIA members. He has cooperated in different forms with IIA Poland for almost two decades. He holds the CIA designation.

Piołunowicz is an author of articles on internal audit and corporate governance published by leading Polish magazines. He has conducted a number of presentations, and led or participated in panel discussions during conferences organized both in Poland and abroad; in Poland most notably during annual, financial, and IT conferences organized by IIA–Poland and at meetings of the financial services auditors’ branch of IIA–Poland. He was also a speaker during an international conference in Latvia in 2019, hosted a webinar for IIA–Bulgaria in 2020, and as CAE of BGK, he’s delivered presentations at meetings in Frankfurt, Brussels, Paris, and Rome.

NASBA CPE Credit: 1.2
NASBA Field of Study: Auditing
Learning Level: Intermediate

12:00 - 12:30 p.m.​​​​​ SGT
​Networking Break in the Virtual Exhibit Hall

Afshin Molavi
Senior Fellow, Foreign Policy Institute, Institute and Co-director, emerge85 Lab
Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS)
USA

From rapid urbanization and growing middle classes to unprecedented connectivity and technology acceleration, Afshin Molavi navigates audiences through five key demographic and universal growth trends that are reshaping our world. He describes these shifts as “disruption-proof” in that they transcend our day-to-day political, economic, and trade developments. Understanding their importance will help any organization navigate the competitive global landscape for the next 25 years.

AfshinMolavi is director of the emerge85 Lab at the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies, an initiative to explore the transformations arising across Asia, Africa, the Middle East, and Latin America. A recurring contributor on CNN, the BBC, and NPR, his articles and op-eds frequently appear in publications like TheNew York Times, The Economist, Businessweek, and Institutional Investor. Molavi is also editor and founder of the New Silk Road Monitor. A former journalist, his credits include Reuters, The Washington Post, and the Financial Times, and he was a senior global advisor at Oxford Analytica. Molavi also co-produced the award-winning, critically acclaimed documentary, War Child.

NASBA CPE Credit: 1.2
NASBA Field of Study: Economics -Technical
Learning Level: Intermediate

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