Members of the Institute of the Internal Auditors (IIA) Qatar board and Arab leaders have recently attended a workshop on the new strategic goals for the IIA and how to align and operationalise together across the global IIA network.
The session, which provided in-depth discussions, deliberations, feedback, and clarifications, served as an overview of the institute's roadmap for the future.
“The world is changing and we must upskill the entire profession. The IIA is announcing a new strategy, developing new standards, and introducing a new framework to ensure that our profession is evolving with times, said Anthony Pugliese, president and CEO of IIA Global.
More than 15 audit leaders from nine countries from the Middle East participated, including IIA Doha Chapter board members Rajeswar Sundaresan and Rashid al-Rashdi.
Pugliese said, “We see a bright future for a vital and growing internal audit profession.”
He also discussed macro trends underway, how to move associations forward, and the internal audit view of top risks.
Internal audit purpose, vision, and six strategic goals were explained in terms of ‘Where are we now? Where do we want to go? How will we get there, and how will we measure success?’ The 2021 strategic planning timeline for key milestones indicated an action plan for implementation, he said.
“The IIA Chapters' engagement to support local alignment with the global strategic plan was a key aspect of training. Regional leaders presented their unique challenges with the respective chapter's readiness and support needed to achieve.
The Qatar Chapter always represented important international and regional events as prominent contributors to the internal audit profession. A special thanks to IIA-UAE and its chairman, Abdulqader Obied Ali, for organising this event,” said Sundaresan.
Pugliese visited the UAE to address the ‘10th Chief Audit Executive Conference 2021’, which was held under the theme “Beyond All Barriers.” The conference was held face-to-face with high calibre speakers with the most current topics, such as ESG audit, intelligent automation, artificial intelligence, machine learning, digital transformation, auditor to a prosecutor, robotic process automation, fintex, and audit 2050, among others.