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Experience the Flavours of Audit at the IIA-Hungary CEE Conference

”Experience the Flavours of Audit” was the theme at the 2014 IIA–Hungary CEE Conference and ECIIA event in Budapest in September. More than 300 delegates joined 32 speakers from 17 countries to participate in nine sessions dedicated to internal audit experiences across multiple business sectors and to engage in topics such as fraud prevention, risk management, IT security, and more.

The conference began with an engaging speech from IIA–Hungary President Róbert Kollár who welcomed delegates with an overview of the conference and the historic importance of Budapest. IIA Global Chair Anton van Wyk followed with a presentation on Assuring the Audit Committee of Internal Audit’s Quality. Thijs Smit, president of ECIIA, then presented an update on Internal Audit in Europe.

Day one continued with breakout sessions including discussions on risk management, fraud prevention, and information security. Professor Dr. Ilya Avianti closed the first day’s events with a presentation on Shifting New Paradigms and Perspective of Governance, Risk and Compliance in the Indonesian Financial Industry.

The second day began with a key presentation from Ramsés Gallego, Vice President of ISACA, titled The Future of NOW, conveying the importance of change and development in the internal audit profession and for the internal auditor. Future development continued to be the topic of the day with presentations from Vice President of IIA–Norway Martin Stevens on The Financial Crisis: Lessons for Governance and Internal Audit. The day ended with a presentation from Laszló Mérő, Professor of Eötvös Lóránd University’s Institute of Psychology on Preparing for the Unimaginable.

Conference attendees enjoyed networking opportunities at a cocktail reception and a scenic gala dinner aboard a boat on the Danube River. This event featured a European fashion show in which IIA–Hungary members served as models.

The CEE Conference and ECIIA event was “a perfect event in making new professional relationships and in maintaining the existing ones by shaking hands with the colleagues you haven't seen for a while,” Kollar stated.

For more information and to view the conference brochure, visit the event page here.  To view more photos of speakers and the gala dinner on the Danube River, visit our Flickr and Facebook pages.

Gala Dinner Anton van Wyk Robert Kollar