Dear All, here you are the third issue of my "Blog".
Welcome to the third month of the year—or, if you were born before 150 B.C., the first! “According to the oldest Roman calendars, one year was ten months long, beginning in March and ending in December. It may sound crazy, but you can still see traces of this old system in our modern calendar: because December was the tenth month, it was named for the number ten in Latin (decem), just like September was named for seven (septem). So, what about January and February? They were just two nameless months called “winter,” proving that winter is literally so awful it doesn’t even deserve a spot on the calendar 🙂 ” So, the spring is coming to the Northern Hemisphere, sorry for the Southern Hemisphere we will get it back from you ;), now it is our turn fellows.
Financial Dashboard We have added 2 new countries and firms to our international family. Estonia and Madagascar, so our figures have been shifted up slightly.
Ranking (Turnover, Coverage) - 9 Globally; 6 in Europe, 2 in the UK
Employee Number 10,643
Partner Number 1,349
Total Offices 340
Total Members 195
Total Countries 72
Let me remind you the dates of IAPA 2019 Conferences to put in your diary ...
IAPA EMEA Regional Conference, Mallorca, 2-5 May 2019
IAPA USA Regional Conference, New York, 28-30 June 2019
IAPA Canadian BHD Regional Conference, Alberta, 4-8 September 2019
IAPA UK200Group Regional Conference, Liverpool, 13-15 November 2019
IAPA International Conference, Singapore, 21-24 November 2019.
What is NEW! ...
NEW! IAPA General Members’ App: As promised, it done! We are launching “IAPA App” for our members only usage on 1 April 2019. Joy will send you the link how to download and register to the IAPA App from Apple IOS, Android from Google Play and Web App.
NEW! First “Marketing & Member Services Manager” is appointed!
I am glad to inform you that Ms. Taberna Sansom is starting with us as “Marketing & Member Services Manager” on 16 April 2019. Welcome to the IAPA Family Taberna! She will be attending our EMEA Conference in Mallorca, Spain, so you will get a chance to meet with her face to face over there. Here you are, another reason to register to the conference 😉
NEW! Corporate Video
As promised, this is done too! I am really pleased to deliver another initiative by our management: the IAPA Corporate Video.
IAPA International Conference, 21-24 November 2019, Singapore
Thanks to our Singapore member Helmi Talib & Co, we have been able to signed the deal with the conference hotel: It will be in Grand Hyatt Singapore!
I had amazing time in Singapore early this month arranging the conference hotel and venues, thanks for our member firms!
Planning to open the registration soon, stay tuned!
I would like to remind you about the Member Survey .....
Just a friendly reminder to ask you to take a few minutes to complete the Member Survey, if you haven't already. Hearing your voice really matters to us. So far, we have received feedback from 42 members.
Today the survey will also be launching to our all UK Member firms through UK200Group as well.
More member benefits: Free IAPA Webinars! Please find the May/June Agenda. Please don’t miss them. More on the way!
IDEA Webinar - Advice from the C-Suite: How to get Started with Automated Auditing, 8 May 2019
(Hosted by Michael Cangemi, president of CanCo LLC who will cover how adopting audit technology, including analytics, allows for greater efficiencies in business processes (BPI), resulting in cost savings and valuable organization insights.)
Coaching that delivers a great performance, June, date to be confirmed
(Hosted by Sean McLoughney – Learning Curve Improving Performance)
As you know CaseWare is our Strategic Partner from Canada. So, I strongly suggest you attend this Technological Webinar.
Always an interesting survey on the trends and priorities for Internal Audit. And it also provides some interesting statistics on the use of analytics, which gives us a clear indication of the potential growth for technology in audit sector.
Protiviti: Protiviti have published the results of their 2019 Internal Audit Capabilities and Needs Survey, in which they take an in-depth look at the adoption of next-generation internal audit competencies such as agile auditing, artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning (ML), robotic process automation (RPA) and continuous monitoring, among many others, and provide a detailed assessment of how internal audit groups are progressing on their next-generation journeys. So, a very interesting look at future direction of Audit Analytics, with similar survey responses to the IIA report. You can download the report from: https://www.protiviti.com/US-en/insights/internal-audit-capabilities-and-needs-survey
I have attended the LEG (London Executives Group) meeting in London, UK on 26 March to represent our organization.
That was a very beneficial meeting in terms of understanding where our market is heading to and also it is always good to touch basis with the sector shareholders and decision makers.
I had a meeting with AICPA (Association of International Certified Accountants) and we are signing a collaboration deal with them early next month, where I will mention the benefits to our members in my next blog, stay tuned!
Current Member Visits in March 2019:
R. Arora, New Delhi, India
AKGVG, New Delhi, India
Todarwal & Todarwal, Mumbai, India
Ahuja Valecha, Pune, India
Manian & Rao, Bangalore, India
Helmi Talib & Co, Singapore
Fiduciary Asia Group, Singapore
SWT Associates, Sri Lanka
NEW! My New Firm Visits
Skata Advisers OU, Tallinn, Estonia
CPA (Certification Production Audit), Antananarivo, Madagascar
I would like to say: "Welcome to the IAPA Family!". We keep on growing!
Asia Pacific Conference ...
We have conducted a very successful AP Conference in Sri Lanka between 8-10 March 2019.
Proud to be a part of this organization, it was a very good conference and we had very high caliber members who are real expert on their areas. We had 25 delegates from 15 Member firms, 13 Countries, 4 Sub-Regions and 2 Regions represented at the Conference.
I would like to thank to our Sri Lankan member SWT Associates and their partner Wajira Kaluarachchi for hosting this conference. Glad we have you!
Also, I would like to thank to our Strategic Partner CaseWare for sponsoring to our event.
As I finish my March CEO Blog, I would like to be inspired from a mantra from the ancient Indian scripture Mundaka Upanishad. I had a tremendous time in India in March and learnt a lot of new things from this rich nation and or fellow Indian members. Truth is justice, fiar play, adherence to the fundamental laws of ethics. Forming an integral part of the emblem of Inida is the motto "Satyameva Jayate" (Sanskrit: सत्यमेव जयते satya-meva jayate; lit. "Truth alone triumphs"). This has been emphasized by the Father of the Nation, Mahatma Gandhi. He said "When I despair I remember that all through history the way of truth and love have always won. There have been tyrants and murderes, and for a time, they can seem invincible, but in the end, they always fall. Think of it always".
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