Institute Monthly Conference Review – May 2014
Three Institutes held annual conferences this past May. Keep reading for a brief recap of each.
IIA–Switzerland National Conference
IIA–Switzerland held its National Conference from 7–8 May in Interlaken. The conference theme “Internal Audit: Interaction, Limits, and Perspectives” focused on organizational interaction with corporate governance and fraud in the private, public, and not-for-profit sectors.
The event kicked off with an update on current projects and developments underway at The IIA, from Angela Witzany, vice chairman finance–treasurer of The IIA Global Board of Directors. Governance was the next topic with presentations from Toni Büchler and Robert Scheidegger of Alp Transit who provided insight into governance challenges associated with the Gotthard tunnel project, the world’s largest tunnel due to be fully functional by 2017. Additionally, Christian Van Nedervelde, senior vice president of internal audit at SES, discussed the three lines of defense as an integrated and collaborative approach to internal audit.
Fraud was another major topic at the conference, addressed by a distinguished group of presenters including Transparency International Switzerland’s Delphine Centlivres, director, who spoke on risks and challenges of preventing business corruption.
IIA–Armenia International Conference
IIA–Armenia held its first International Conference in Yerevan, Armenia, from 15–16 May. There were 184 attendees representing 8 countries including Austria, Belarus, Germany, The Netherlands, Romania, Ukraine, and the United States. More than 90 percent for participants represented IIA–Armenia, a great testament to the level of networking and professional insight offered at the conference.
With the theme “Taste of Internal Audit,” the conference served as an educational opportunity for both current and potential members and served as an opportunity to increase awareness of the internal audit profession among local businesses.
After opening remarks from IIA–Armenia President Ara Chalabyan, the conference kicked into high gear with guest speaker Daniela Danescu, mentor of IIA–Armenia, IIA–Ukraine, IIA–Albania, who shared insight on “A Growth Model for an Internal Audit Function” featuring an introduction to maturity models as well as an overview of The IIA’s IPPF and its important role in developing maturity models.
Keynote speaker Angela Witzany, vice chairman finance–treasurer of The IIA Global Board of Directors, spoke on emerging trends in internal auditing which included an overview of the results from global council as well as a look into The IIA’s 2015 projects. Hans Nieuwlands, CEO of IIA–Netherlands, spoke on “The Need for a Quality Assessments and Improvement Program.” Additional keynote speakers included American University President Bruce M. Boghosain and Thies Clemenz, CEO of HSBC Bank of Armenia.
As observed by Danescu, “The conference was very interactive and … was perceived as a learning experience and also as a motivational and networking tool.”
For a detailed recap of the event, click here.
IIA–Slovenia 3rd National Conference
IIA–Slovenia held its 3rd National Conference from 22–23 May in Ljubljana, Slovenia, with 160 in attendance. Polona Pergar Guzaj, president of IIA–Slovenia, welcomed participants before diving into an agenda focused on risk management. Topics covered on day one include Current Issues and Trends in Risk Management, Managing Operational Risks and Cooperating with Internal Audit, and Business Risk in Internal Audit.
In addition to a presentation of the different types of Risk and Risk Management Framework, day two was dedicated to workshops in which attendees participated in roundtables on subjects such as reacting to fraud, managing price risk, and managing credit risk.
To view the full agenda, click here.