Risk, Governance and Internal Audit Annual Conference

Annual Conference
Risk, Governance
and Internal Audit
Date: 18 November 2014
Time: Registration 13:45
Venue: Marina Hotel Corinthia Beach Resort,
St. Julians
CPE: 2.5 hours
About MFIA
The Malta Forum for Internal Auditors is a not-for-profit
organisation, set up by local professionals in the field to promote
awareness about the role of internal auditing in the local business
and non-business community, to support education about the
profession and to provide appropriate networking opportunities
for both peers and professionals in the field, students and
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Risk, Governance and Internal Audit
The subject and our guest speaker
Effective risk management is key for today’s successful
organisations. In a business environment which is
constantly changing, ensuring that the organisation is
forward-looking in the management of its risks is
crucial. Governance provides the structure through
which an organisation sets its corporate objectives and
monitors their achievement. It is thus inevitable that
risk identification and mitigation are at the heart of
good corporate governance.
A core responsibility of the internal auditor, as set by
the Institute of Internal Auditors, is to ensure that the
risk management, control and governance processes
are evaluated and enhanced.
Our 2014 Annual conference is aimed at addressing
governance and risk management in today’s
organisations. Through the presentation of Phil Tarling,
our guest speaker, and the ensuing panel discussion,
we shall focus on the Internal Audit function’s role in
relation to risk management and governance.
Phil Tarling is an experienced internal auditor with over
28 years of internal audit experience in both the public
and private sectors in the UK and in Europe. Phil has
spent more than 23 of those years at managerial level in
internal audit and has involved him in delivering
European Commission funded projects in Eastern and
Central Europe to build governmental capacity in
Internal Audit and Governance.
He is currently the Vice President of the Global Internal
Audit Department at Huawei Technologies Ltd where he
heads the Centre of Excellence.
Risk, Governance and Internal Audit
The subject and our guest speaker
He has a Global role to expand and enhance the
capacity and capability of the internal audit service
in Huawei, ensuring that in future it becomes a
leading edge provider. This role will involve
assessment of the present state, development of
new methodologies as needed allied with the
development of staff and techniques consistent with
the future goal.
Previous employment saw Phil as a Head of Internal
Audit for a number of public sector organisations,
the Partner in charge of Internal Audit for a regional
accountancy firm and the International Partner for
Internal Audit and Risk Management in the number
7 rated accountancy firm in the UK.
Phil has been very active in the profession, both
globally and locally. Phil was the President of the
Chartered IIA UK and Ireland in 2005-06, was the
President of the European Confederation of
Institutes of Internal Auditing in 2010-2011, has been
a Board and Executive Committee member of Global
IIA since 1999 and was the Chairman of the IIA
Global Board for 2012-2013. He is currently the Past
Chairman of the Board.
Phil holds the QIAL, CMIIA, the CIA and the CRMA.
He also has a BSc in Economics and an MSC in
Internal Audit and Management.
Risk, Governance and Internal Audit
Our panel participants
Ingrid Azzopardi is the Chairman of the Malta Forum for Internal Auditors and the Group Internal Auditor of GO.
She has over twenty years’ experience leading an internal audit function. Her responsibilities for the Internal Aud
Function also include fraud prevention, detection and investigation.
On an international level Ms. Azzopardi sits on the Executive Committee of the Forum for the Irregular
International Network Access (FIINA) and for the past twelve years has chaired the Interconnect committee of th
Forum which holds monthly conference calls. Ms. Azzopardi has represented the GO Group at a number of
conferences held locally and abroad and presented a number of papers on audit, revenue assurance and
telecommunications fraud at International Fora.
Juanita Bencini, a Fellow of the Malta Institute of Accounts, heads the Risk Consulting Advisory Services
department in the KPMG Malta practice. Juanita has worked extensively in the field of risk, compliance and
corporate governance arrangements. She also leads the provision of internal audit services to a wide portfolio
of clients, including financial and non-financial institutions. Juanita is the Head of Risk Consulting Advisory
Services across the TOG region within KPMG and of which the Malta practice forms part. She sits on the
Council of the Institute of Financial Services Practitioners (IFSP) and chairs the IFSP’s PMLFT Committee. She
also chairs the AML Committee of the Malta Institute of Accountants.
Maria Micallef is a partner at RSM Malta in charge of risk advisory, including internal audit, and business
advisory services of the firm. She has extensive experience in assurance, risk management and business
advisory services, both locally and overseas. Maria is responsible for major assignments relating to internal
audit, due diligence, business restructuring, and investment appraisals. She has been involved in a number of
internal audit assignments carried out at hotels, utilities, financial services companies and manufacturing
concerns. Maria is the current President of the Malta Institute of Accountants and a member of the US
Institute of Internal Auditors. She is also a Certified Fraud Examiner.
Risk, Governance and Internal Audit
Opening by the Chairman of the Malta Forum for Internal Auditors
Ms Ingrid Azzopardi
Presentation by Mr Phil Tarling
Networking break
Panel Discussion
Ms Ingrid Azzopardi (Panel Moderator), Mr Phil Tarling, Ms Juanita
Bencini, Ms Maria Micallef
Concluding Comments and Wrap up
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