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The Institute of Internal Auditors (IIA) holds Global Council as a valuable platform where thought leaders from around the world gather to address the many needs of members and stakeholders.
The 2018 Global council was held in Panama City, Panama, where more than 150 leaders from 80 countries gathered to play such a crucial role in advancing the IIA's mission across 170 countries and territories by contributing insights that help shape the future of the global organisation. IIA Qatar was represented by Director, and Christian Adonis Board Member Sundaresan Rajeswar.
IIA Global Board Chairman Mike Peppers presided over the Global Council meetings, followed by a warm welcome to Panama City by IIA Panama's chairman Omar Moreno.
Breakout Discussion Sessions, facilitated by members of the IIA's Executive Committee and IIA Global Headquarters staff, focused on gathering input and feedback on key topics such as the Global Strategic Plan, Conformance with the Standards, and the Global Certification Strategy.
Several past IIA board chairs were present to share the latest on key global strategic initiatives such as the vision for Global Council when it transitions to Global Assembly and new guidelines designed to support Affiliates when working with local regulators and legislators on legislation that impacts internal auditing. IIA CEO and President Richard Chambers presented IIA's Global Footprint and discussed the imperatives for internal auditors in 2018 and beyond.
Networking and exchange opportunities started with an ice-breaking game held at the Welcome Reception and continued throughout the event with two engaging Knowledge Exchange Sessions: a Speed Networking session that gave Affiliates ample opportunities to interact one-on-one, and an IIA Trade Show where delegates met key Global Headquarters staff to learn about IIA products and services available to their Affiliate and members.
Prior to Global Council, more than 35 delegates from among smaller and emerging Affiliates participated in an optional half-day Affiliate Management Workshop where they learned how to assess their Affiliate's maturity level and create a plan for growth and sustainability, develop a local advocacy strategy to captivate stakeholders, and how to effectively use social media to connect with stakeholders and members.
The lively cultural evening and dinner hosted by IIA Panama at the waterfront Club Union was filled with fireworks literally and featured a spectacular performance of traditional Panamanian dancers. To end the event, participants visited the Panama Canal and Casco Viejo, Panama City's historic old quarter.
"We renewed our collective commitment to elevating the visibility and recognition of the internal audit profession by highlighting the importance and value of our overall advocacy efforts. As the practice of internal auditing evolves, the global council is central to examining global and regional trends and issues affecting the profession and exploring new concepts for sustainable growth. It was also a great opportunity to learn from others and also to share our informed perspectives with colleagues from around the world," said Rajeswar.
Rajeswar was invited to continue to serve as a member of the IIA's Global committee of Research and Education Advisors till 2019."We have been fortunate to have you as a member of the Committee and value the time and efforts you have made to setting the direction of the IIA and accomplishing its strategies and directives" stated Naohiro Mouri, Chairman of the Board nominee in his letter.