– Planet, People and Performance in Internal Audit –
2021 virtual conference, participate from wherever you want! +++ As of 18 Oct | Already 278 registrations for the conference +++ Go to registration +++ See more information under the information tabs above. Register HERE
3 Days 9:00 -13:00 CET | Audit Challenge Conference Series 16th Anniversary
1. People First, Internal Auditors in transformational change processes | Thu. 28th Oct. | See more below and following the link
2. Performance Transformation in Internal Audit | Wed. 10th Nov.| See more below and following the link
3. Planet and Prosperity | ESG Audit in Spotlight | Wed. 17th Nov. | See more below and following the link
Top Speakers at Audit Challenge Conference Series 2021
+ Sonja Püskens, Head of Internal Audit ThyssenKrupp
+ Vanita Shukla Hork, Chief Expert, L&D, Marketing and Communications, Nordea Group Internal Audit
+ Lina Xu-Fenz, Head of Internal Audit at Helvetia Versicherungen AG | IIA Austria Board Member
+ Laura Zarrillo, Internal Audit Manager, Borsa Italiana, Board Member BCI Italy Chapter
+ Silvana Zoto, Director Internal Audit at Kredo Finance, Board Member The Institute of Internal Auditors Albania
+ Jochen Bender, Head of Internal Audit UBS Europe SE
+ Kristian Bollerup, VP, Head of Corporate Risk & Internal Audit LEGO Group
+ Larry Herzog Butler, Head of Internal Audit Delivery Hero
+ Axel Butterweck, Senior Equity Partner Talent-net | ESG Expert
+ Christoph Deeg, Director Audit Innovation Center, Audit Research Center | ARC Institute
+ Massimo Ferrari, Chief Audit Executive at Barilla Group
+ Dr. Dominik Foerschler, Managing Director, Chairman of the Digital Transformation Board, Audit Research Center | ARC Institute
+ Dr. Márton Gajdos, Partner at ABT Treuhand Hungary, President of IIA Hungary
+ Torben Hilbertz, Group Internal Audit Director | Abu Dhabi Health Services Company | Board Audit Committee Member flyadeal
+ David Hill, Chief Executive Officer at SWAP Internal Audit Services
+ Oliver Jung, Senior Fraud Investigation Manager | Adjunct Member of Audit Research Center | ARC Institute
+ Paul Koechlin, Director Internal Audit Cargolux, Board Member The Institute of Internal Auditors Luxembourg
+ Dr. Rainer Lenz, Audit Executive Mentor, Audit Research Center | ARC Institute
+ Tracie Marquardt, Senior Management Trainer, Adjunct Member and Partner of Audit Research Center | ARC Institute
+ Edward Moore, Country Sales Director Antal International
+ Rudolf Moschitz, Global Head of Internal Audit, Aareal Bank
+ Stephan Pache, Global Head of Internal Audit, ERGO Insurance Group
+ Giuseppe Perrone, CSR Manager at Infobip | ESG Expert, former CAE Internal Audit and Risk Management
+ Dr. Matthias Pfeiffer, Chief Audit Executive, DekaBank
+ Nam Phong Ho, Global Head of Internal Audit, GLENCORE
+ Nicolo Prien, EVP Internal Audit Uniper SE
+ Ralf Runkel, Head of Group Audit Germany, ABN AMRO Bank
+ Dr. Gerrit Sarens, Founder-CEO Ambits since 2020, Full-Professor in Auditing and Governance 2007-2020 at Université Catholique de Louvain, Belgium
+ Walter Seif, Chief Audit Executive Group Audit, ZKB | Zürcher Kantonalbank
+ Sven Staender, Executive Engagement Manager, Audit Research Center | ARC Institute
+ Ulrich Weber, Global Head of Internal Audit, Mondi Group
+ Imran Zia, Director Audit & Assurance, Government of British Columbia, President at IIA Vancouver Island Chapter
28th October | People First, Internal Auditors in transformational change processes [More Details]
The challenges for us as internal auditors to adapt our auditing techniques to agile methods as quickly as possible are high. At the same time, however, in the current development with the less direct social contacts, the people are recently strongly in the spotlight.
The digital transformation, which is now accelerating and being driven forward at an increased speed, not at least also by evolutions of the pandemic, presents us as a qualitative discipline in internal auditing with special challenges:
On the one hand, it is necessary to work even more intensively in human interaction patterns within the team. Here, virtual cafe bar meetings for social exchange have developed as one of many possible solutions. In addition, numerous tools have been used more effectively in the meantime that enable joint work on audit engagement in decentralized work distribution. These include short-term communication tools such as chats, virtual team boards, better audit workflow software, and networked databases.
On the other hand, interaction with and toward auditees needs to be further developed. Virtual audit interviews with video conferencing have been used extensively. Some internal auditors are already using augmented reality and virtual reality solutions in conducting audits.
Overall, however, it also creates social challenges for the internal auditor, depending on its characteristics. This cultural team change needs to be supported in a structured way and aligned with meta-goals.
On this conference day, we want to discuss the following questions, among others, in practical panel discussions and expert presentations with you:
Where does this journey take us? What are the learning paths in the team? What are design options in the team for new hybrid work environments? How can we prepare for possible new pandemics? So that our work environment is on the one hand fun together as a team and on the other hand effectively operational.
To effectively use new agile auditing techniques and digital media in remote team management, a new auditing “culture” is also needed. An effective audit culture must not only answer the challenge of digital citizenship in connection with the generational shift between digital native generation and digital immigrant generation, but also give employees more confidence to answer the classic digital transformation questions such as: What would you do if you weren’t afraid? | Done is better than perfect! | Move fast and break things! successfully. Audit Culture eats strategy for breakfast [*in reference to Peter Drucker].
10th November | Performance Transformation in Internal Audit [More details]
New times require new audit methods! We need to think outside the box and focus on the performance of our own auditing processes and on enhancing the performance of our company business models. In line with the latest developments of the COSO II ERFM model, one of the main objectives of internal auditing is to make a significant contribution to the further development of the business and risk strategy as well as to increasing the performance of the company and its processes.
This requires both the new orientation of auditing methods towards agile and more flexible procedures, as well as the use of new digital and technical tools.
In this context, it is important to create new learning spaces in which our methods and teams can differentiate between RUN and CHANGE processes in order to be able to make rapid progress and introduce new developments at short notice into the internal audit process architecture on an aperiodic basis. Here, agile methods and tools help to redesign the sub-processes of the audit value chain. At the same time, new technologies such as augmented reality or drones and robots are being used.
On this conference day, we want to discuss the following questions, among others, with you in practical panel discussions and expert presentations:
How can process changes be effectively transferred to the RUN audit process architecture in the short term? Which agile methods help in the design of the auditing processes? Which technological advancements are already helping in the audit practice today? And which technologies should we introduce in the future, such as 3D holograms, for our daily auditing work?
In order to continuously expand and increase our performance and that of our companies!
17th November | Planet and Prosperity | ESG Audit in Spotlight [More details]
The 15th edition of the World Economic Forum (WEF) Global Risks Report reveals the top priority of environmental social governance (ESG) risk.
For the second time (first was 2021 edition) in the history of the Global Risks Perception Survey, environmental concerns dominate the TOP 5 Global Risks. The ESG risk is the TOP 1 risk in terms of both likelihood and impact. At the same time, the WEF System Dynamics risk maps highlight the enormous influence of the ESG risk categories on the three other main risk categories such as Economic Risk (e.g. unemployment), Societal Risk (e.g. social instability), Geopolitical Risk (e.g. national governance failure). The members of the WEF Global Shapers Community rank the interconnected ESG risks as the highest global risk with an economic impact in the short and long term.
In order to ensure the long-term success of a company, it is the responsibility of Internal Audit to contribute added value in the form of appropriate assurance services. Based on the long-term economic and intergenerational risk perspective, the development of a suitable audit service to mitigate ESG risks in the respective company is a top 1 priority for internal audit departments.
Looking ahead, the study Common Body of Knowledge in Internal Auditing (CBOK 2015), conducted by the Institute of Internal Auditors Research Foundation (The IIARF) in 2015, showed that there is an increasing demand for ESG assurance services. Based on the CBOK study (2015) with 14,518 usable responses from The IIA’s members in more than 160 countries, Steven DeSimone, Giuseppe D’Onza and Gerrit Sarens conducted fundamental research on internal audit and ESG assurance services in internal audit. The explorative analysis shows the development patterns of internal audit departments and already developed sustainability audits in various regression analyses. In doing so, the authors show, on the one hand, the degree of development of internal audit departments worldwide and, on the other hand, the need to develop an implementation concept for effective auditing of ESG risks and their impact on the economic success of a company.
This conference day starts at this interface and provides orientation for internal auditors and audit management on how a suitable integration of an ESG internal audit assurance audit service can be designed.