Institute Monthly Conference Review – June 2014
Chamber Speaks at Israeli Semi-Annual Conference
IIA–Israel hosted its semi-annual conference in Tel Aviv on 24 June with more than 350 professionals in attendance. The conference agenda included a panel of distinguished guests including IIA President and CEO Richard Chambers who delivered a presentation on "New challenges, new opportunities: Internal Auditing 2014." He also signed copies of his book, Lessons Learned on the Audit Trail.
Israel's State Comptroller Yosef Shapira addressed attendees on the importance of innovation in internal audit in helping to achieve greater added value, efficiency, and effectiveness in public administration. Shapira said, “Innovation is the key word in this generation we’re in, and it should be thus all the time and everywhere. We are entering new arenas, with the cyber arena being the leading one. The government, as well as each and every organization in the state, must all adapt themselves to this new era.”
Galit Weiser, chief audit executive of United Mizrahi-Tefahot Bank, was among those who spoke on why internal auditors should think more like directors rather than auditors.
In addition to multiple guest speakers, IIA-Israel President Doron Cohen and Vice Presidents Doron Rozenblum and Doron Ronen co-chaired round tables and panels for attendees. One panel focused on banking, led by Cohen, featured Carolyn Dittmeier, director of internal audit, Poste Italiane and IIA Vice Chair, Professional Certification Board, as a panelist.
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IIA-Nigeria Annual National Conference
IIA–Nigeria hosted their second national conference from 5–6 June in Lagos, Nigeria, which focused on Governance, Risk & Control in Corporate and National Development. Numerous industries were represented at the conference as well as countries including Botswana, South Africa, Ghana, and Cameroon.
The conference kicked off with a keynote address on “Corporate Governance, Failures and Risk Governance” from Peter Obaseki of MD FCMB Group. He described the conference as “… well packed, intuitively defined, and appropriately timed considering the current developmental challenges facing the country – sustainability of the economic growth, creating increased prosperity, building strong and better communities, building credible institutions, curtailing corruption and insurgency. These are practical developmental factors that define governance.” Obaseki was followed by Eric Yankah, president of IIA–Ghana, who spoke on “Governance in Government.”
Other speakers included Rob Newsome, partner, PwC and a member of The IIA’s Global Board; Edward Okaro, Africa Risk Leader, Ernst & Young, South Africa; Lesedi Lesetedi, president, AFIIA Botswana and secretary of The IIA’s Global Board; Christian C. Ekeigwe, managing consultant, EDP Audit & Security Associates; Chris Ogbechie, professor of Strategy, Lagos Business School; and Chukwunonso Okoro, cybercrime investigator, MTN Cameroon.
According to IIA–Nigeria President Humphrey Okorie, “…strengthening governance and putting the right control measures in place would result in significant improvement across organizations and the nation.” The 2014 Conference set the tone for greater milestones that will increase member participation and involvement in IIA–Nigeria’s activities, especially in the area of advocacy for the institute.
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