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Be the Change: Internal Auditors in the Age of Disruption

The Pandemic has exposed the world and business organisations to various challenges, such as effectiveness of healthcare system; global supply chain disruption; cybersecurity threats; significant rise in cost of living; geopolitical conflicts (war and trade); and etc. On top of these, impact from climate change related risks has also affected businesses directly and indirectly.

Against this backdrop, capabilities of internal auditors (as well as the governance and risk professionals) are expected to be elevated, to better assist businesses in determining specific contributing factors that associated with all the above challenges (where applicable). Internal auditors are also expected to provide ideas and solutions on risk mitigation controls to business managers via effective communication. Internal Auditors need to be the change they wish to see in the organisations.

Internal Auditors, Governance & Risk professionals, and stakeholders of the internal audit profession are welcome to participate in this annual event which aims to explore opportunities and promote knowledge sharing!


Abdulqader Obaid Ali

Chief Executive Officer, Smartworld, UAE

Abdulqader Ali is currently the Chairman of the Board of UAE IAA and the CEO of SmartWorld UAE with more than 35 years of vast experiences in the field of Audit, Fraud, Quality, Construction, and Information Technology.

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Chang Ming Chew

Executive Director, Tricor Axcelasia

Ming Chew has over 20 years of wide-ranging professional experiences that includes statutory audit, transaction reporting for IPO, share registration & IPO processing, internal audit, risk management, IT/cybersecurity advisory, operational risk and control review, financial due diligence, management consulting and corporate governance advisory.

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Christine Toh

Partner, MahWengKwai & Associates

Christine Toh graduated with a Bachelor of Laws (Hons) from the University of London (External) in 2012 and completed her Certificate of Legal Practice (CLP) in 2013. She read in the Chambers of Vin & Isaac Lee and was admitted as an Advocate and Solicitor of the High Court of Malaya in November 2014.

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Dr. Nurmazilah Dato Mahzan

Chairman of Board Audit and Risk Committee, BIMB Securities

Dr Nurmazilah Dato’ Mahzan is an independent non-executive director of BIMB Securities and a member of Integrated Reporting Framework Board.

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Dominic Chegne

President, IIA Malaysia

Dominic is a Partner in the Risk Assurance Services (RAS) unit within PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) Kuala Lumpur office.

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Frank Yam

Chairman & CEO, Focus Strategic Group

Professor Frank Yam is the Founder of Focus Strategic Group and has over 35 years of international experience in Cybersecurity and IT Auditing.

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Fuad Hafis

Group Head Internal Auditor, CTOS Digital Berhad

Fuad is the Group Head Internal Auditor for CTOS Digital Berhad, bringing with him over 11 years of internal auditing and risk consulting experience.

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Geetha A Rubasundram

Director, Governance and Sustainability, Advicecube Consultancy Bahrain

Geetha Rubasundram is a Chartered Accountant and Chartered Management Accountant. 

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Hassan NK Khayal

Internal Audit Manager, Scope Investment, UAE

Hassan NK Khayal is an Internal Audit Manager in Scope Investment. Hassan has eight years of experience in internal audit and consulting, working on business process improvement and strategy formulation projects.

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Huzefa Goawala

Regional Business Director, Archer Integrated Risk Management, Singapore

Huzefa Goawala is GRC Specialist, SEA for Archer, based in Singapore. He is responsible for leading Archer’s GRC business in the region. 

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Jaco Benadie

Partner, Ernst & Young Consulting Sdn. Bhd.

Jaco is a Cybersecurity Partner based in Malaysia with a key focus on the energy sector. He has more than 20 years of work experience, 18 of which were spent in London.

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Kamarul Baharin

Partner – Advisory Services, Deloitte Business Advisory Sdn Bhd

Kamarul has more than 20 years of experience with the public accounting practice with Deloitte.

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Karina Nor

Executive Director, EccoTrain Consultancy Services

Karina is passionate about supporting leaders in creating a better world through responsible and sustainable operations. 

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Karthigayan Supramaniam

Executive Director, BDO Advisory

Karthigayan is an Executive Director of Advisory at BDO Malaysia, where he currently manages a portfolio of internal audit and risk management engagements.

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Larry Harrington

Former Global Chair of the IIA Inc

Larry Harrington, CIA, CRMA, CPA has been an active member of the IIA for over 30 years.

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Lau Jung Ching

General Manager of Group Internal Audit, Malaysia Marine and Heavy Engineering Holdings Berhad (MHB)

Lau Jung Ching is the General Manager of Group Internal Audit at Malaysia Marine and Heavy Engineering Holdings Berhad (MHB), where he currently leads the internal audit includes assurance, advisory and investigation. 

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Linda Danker

Director of Corporate Audit, BASF, Asia Pacific

Linda Danker is the Corporate Audit Director (Asia Pacific) at BASF, a leading global chemicals producer. 

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Marina Yong Poh Nyuk

Governor, Malaysian Institute of Corporate Governance

Marina Yong works in the field of sustainability with a focus on climate action, energy, and environment.

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Mazliana Mohamad

Director – Risk and Compliance, Bursa Malaysia Berhad

Mazliana has more than 25 years of professional career in the fields of finance, accounting, risk management, auditing, project management, and consultancy with public listed, multinational and government linked companies.

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Mike Varney

Vice Chairman, IIA North America

Mike Varney is a Partner in Crowe’s Consulting practice with over 20 years of experience in Financial and Operational Risk management.

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Mohd Adam Mohd Sharif

Strategic Projects Director, Corporate Assurance Division,
CIMB Group

Adam is the Strategic Projects Director for CIMB’s Group Corporate Assurance Division.

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Natasha KK Mak-Levrion

CEO and Founder, PPEARL

Natasha is a Business Psychologist with over 20 years of international experience and has a strong record of delivering successful business impact in human capital management.

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Nivedita Newar

Head of Cyber Security Strategy & Governance
UNSW, Australia

Nivedita (Nivi) Newar is Head of Cyber Security Strategy & Governance at University of New South Wales.

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Philip Satish Rao

Governor, The Institute of Internal Auditors Malaysia

Philip is currently a Partner with the Risk Consulting Services in EY Malaysia.

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Ranjit Singh

Regional Managing Director, Tricor Axcelasia Sdn Bhd

Ranjit Singh has over 30 years’ experience in the fields of risk management, governance, internal audit and forensic accounting.

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Santosh Govind

Governor, The Institute of Internal Auditors Malaysia

Santosh is a Certified Internal Auditor (CIA) and currently the Chief Audit Executive in Eco World International Berhad.

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Suhailah Mohamed Abdulla

Chief Integrity & Assurance Officer, Sime Darby Plantation Berhad

Suhailah is currently the Chief Integrity & Assurance Officer of Sime Darby Plantation Berhad (SDP) and oversees the integrity, governance and assurance function of the SDP Group of Companies.

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Shoba Ananthanarayan

Associate Director, Risk Assurance Services, PwC Malaysia

Shoba is an Associate Director with Risk Assurance Services at PwC Malaysia.

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Stephen Byrne

Group Head Internal Audit, IHH Healthcare

Stephen Byrne is a UK qualified Chartered Accountant (FCA) with over 28 years broad commercial experience in various industries including healthcare, mining and manufacturing.

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Wee Hock Kee

Chairman of the Governance, Ethics, Assurance and Risk Committee, PERKESO

Wee Hock Kee (Wee) is a Faculty Member and Fellow of Institute of Corporate Director Malaysia (ICDM).

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