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President's Message

Dear members and internal audit practitioners

Challenges and opportunities in a turbulent time

With unprecedented volatility in economic front, cyber threats, geopolitical risks, laws and regulations, it’s an exciting time to be in the internal audit industry – one of the most dynamic professions.  From bean counter to trusted business partner within the C-suite, our profession has been undergoing tremendous changes in the last two decades.    Agility, business acumen, and innovation are probably more critical than ever for internal audit professionals in the disruptive landscape. 

The Chinese word for “crisis” is made up of two components signifying danger and opportunity.  To embrace the challenges ahead in the rapidly changing environments, internal audit professionals need to be much more proactive, forward looking and learn fast continuously, to address increasing stakeholder expectations and seize the opportunity to demonstrate internal audit’s value to good businesses.

What the IIA Hong Kong offers

The Institute of Internal Auditors (IIA) is the globally recognized association for internal auditors, whose vision is to make internal audit professionals well recognized as indispensable to effective governance, risk management, and control.  The IIA's International Professional Practice Framework provides the ideal guiding principles to help internal auditors meet challenges ahead.

The IIA Hong Kong’s board of governors comprises passionate advocates for our profession, striving to raise the profile of internal audit industry and professional standards in Hong Kong, with dedicated task forces that focus on
● organizing IIA Hong Kong’s annual conference, with a confluence of thought leaders on emerging issues, topical themes and the latest trends
● professional seminars and assistance for certified internal audit examinations to work along with you for continuous learning and development
● social events to promote networking and well-being such as hiking, wine tasting and annual dinner, as well as monthly IA magazines for easy access to the latest developments and news update

Looking forward into 2019

Moving into 2019, we are committed to increasing the Institute’s visibility in Greater China through collaborations with the IIA affiliates and/or other professional associations, more industry forums to share the latest thinking on topical issues, and enhancing communication with members to solicit feedbacks for continuous improvement.  If you have any thoughts or ideas how we can better achieve our mission, please contact me or approach any of my fellow governors.

I first got involved with the IIA as a speaker at its annual conference seven years ago.  Through the years of participation in and organizing various activities of the IIA, I’ve learnt so much at both professional and personal fronts.  In addition, I’ve met a lot of amazing people, some become lifelong friends.

I hope you will also benefit from the IIA and look forward to meeting you at future IIA events.

Yours sincerely

Helen Li, CIA
The Institute of Internal Auditors Hong Kong
Nov 2018