IIA–Estonia Hosts Conference and Celebrates 15-Year Anniversary
IIA–Estonia recently hosted its annual conference that also served as a celebration for the Institute’s 15th anniversary in Tallinn, Estonia. Nearly 200 participants from eight countries attended the conference focused on a variety of topics including how internal auditors can influence the future, fraud management, and IT risks.
The conference kicked off with two greetings via video: the first from the Estonia Minister of Finance, Sven Sester, and the second from IIA president and CEO Richard Chambers, who congratulated IIA–Estonia on yet another successful conference and commended participants for attending the conference in support of their professional development. The video greetings were followed by Melvyn Neate, audit and risk management consultant, who discussed the various ways in which internal auditors can make a difference and influence the future by understanding how important it is to know their stakeholders and their requirements.
Additional topics throughout the day included a presentation from the Deputy Secretary of the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Communications of Estonia Taavi Kotka, who discussed how to manage risks associated with large IT projects outlining the expectation that internal auditors must assure whether the expected outcome was gained or not.
During the second day of the conference, two panels were held on the topics of internal audit ethics and internal audit personal development. Following the panel discussions, a group of internal and external auditors were invited to discuss the profession and the skills needed to be successful. Three important results of this session include the importance of understanding business objectives, knowing your organization, and developing soft skills, such as communication and influence.
The conference concluded with Mart Noorma, vice rector of academic affairs at the University of Tartu, discussing the major risk of reputation and funds in space technology and education.
To celebrate its 15th anniversary, IIA-Estonia held a festive reception for all attendees, which included a show-stopping traditional Estonian folk dance.
Speaking about the conference, IIA–Estonia President Elsa Leiten said “We have had a wonderful conference and so many of the participants (including ECIIA board members) have claimed it to be the best organized conference so far.”
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