IIA Global - Senior Vice Chairman of the Board; FirstRand Ltd - Chief Audit Executive
Jenitha John is currently the Chief Audit Executive at FirstRand Ltd, the largest bank in South Africa by market cap. The audit team is 316 members strong servicing the Group’s footprint over the African continent, UK Operations and India.
She is a seasoned executive with more than 25 years of corporate experience in diverse industries ranging from utilities to telecommunications, healthcare, insurance, motor, information technology and financial services. Her proficiency spans across the primary, secondary and tertiary sectors. For the past 15 years, she paralleled her executive role by having served as a non-executive director of both public and private sector entities. Currently, she is a non-executive director on three top 120 listed company boards in South Africa, Tongaat Hulett (agriculture and property development), Nampak (product packaging) and Adcock Ingram (Pharmaceutical). She serves as the Audit Committee Chairman of these companies.
She has been in the internal audit profession for over 22 years and currently serves as Senior Vice Chairman on the Global Board of Directors of the IIA and Global Assembly servicing over 190 000 members worldwide. She also served on the Financial services Guidance Committee, the IPPF relook taskforce and the Committee of Research and Education Advisors. In 2014, she was recognized as “South Africa’s Internal Auditor of the Year.” She spearheaded Combined Assurance within FirstRand and continues to foster robust risk management, reinforce rigorous internal controls and facilitate effective corporate governance across the Group.
She has addressed multinational conferences (as an executive and as a Board member) across the world on diverse topics ranging from internal audit, corporate governance, risk management, compliance, women in leadership and the impact of AI and robotics on industries, emerging issues in the financial services industry and the value of key performance indicators. She is also active in many external forums as an ambassador of developing young minds and talent. She actively participates in mentoring circles, panel discussions and networking sessions around the world.
Anton van Wyk
Senior Partner at PwC
Role at PwC
•Anton is the Firm’s Africa Client’s, Markets and Development Leader.
•He is the Global Relationship Partner on 3 of the firm’s top clients.
•Admitted as a partner in 1998 •He also served as PricewaterhouseCoopers’ Global Internal Audit Services leader between 2004 and 2009. He lead the Risk Assurance practice (IT Risk Assurance, Internal Audit, Sustainability & Governance) for the Africa Firm from 2004 to 2017.
•Anton has over 30 years experience in Corporate Governance, Risk Management and Internal Audit, and has worked with a range of local and global clients.
•Anton served as a board member of PwC’s Africa Governance and South African Governance Board between 2011 and 2014, and was a member of the firm’s Business School Board. •Anton served on PwC’s Africa Leadership Team between 2014 and 2019.
•Anton is a full member of the King Committee on Governance in South Africa. (Since 1999)
•Anton is the Chairman of the Board Governance Forum, under the auspices of the IoD-SA.
•Anton is a past Global Chairman of The Institute of Internal Auditors (IIA). He is the first individual from the African continent and the first South African to have lead the world’s largest internal audit organisation (200 000 members). A notable highlight during Anton’s Chairman year was addressing members of the United Nations’ General Assembly in New York City, together with the then Secretary General, Ban Ki-moon.
•Anton was awarded, in 2018, the Victor.Z.Brink award for distinguished service, by the Global IIA. The IIA recognised Anton as a dedicated volunteer, advocate, and leader whose guidance and extraordinary efforts have greatly impacted the profession of internal auditing, globally.
Paul J. Sobel
CIA, QIAL, CMRA, COSO President ( Committee of Sponsoring Organization of the Treadway Commission)
Hans Nieuwlands RA CIA CGAP CCSA has more than 20 years of internal audit experience leading internal audit functions for several industries including the financial sector, utilities and retail. Hans is an active volunteer for The Institute of Internal Auditors, working for the Board of Trustees of the Internal Audit Foundation and the Committee of Research and Educational Advisors. He has been President of IIA Benelux, IIA Netherlands and the European Confederation of Internal Auditors (ECIIA). Hans is member of the Global Professional Development Committee.
Hans is also a member of the editorial advisory board of Internal Auditor and of the advisory council of Global Perspectives and Insights. In 2007 Hans received the prestigious Victor Z. Brink award for distinguished services for global Institutes of Internal Auditors. Since 2008 Hans has been the CEO of IIA Netherlands.
Hans is the author of the books Auditing Anti-bribery Programs and Sustainability and Internal Audit. He is a recognized speaker on various topics including Combating Corruption, Sustainability and Quality Assurance at The IIA’s international conferences in Amsterdam, Vancouver and Dubai. He also speaks at regional and national conferences all over the world from Canada to Australia.
Martin Studer Wyk
CAE, Zurich Insurance Company)
Mr. Martin Studer has joined Zurich Insurance Company Ltd in 2014 as the Head of Group Audit. From 1992 to 2013 Mr. Martin Studer was employed by Ernst & Young holding roles as EMEA Managing Partner Risk Services, Managing Partner Advisory Services for Germany, Switzerland and Austria, and Head of Global Internal Audit. He has a global track record in successfully driving profitable operational growth, building, transforming and leading business for up to approx. 3’000 professionals, spanning US, Asia, Europe, Middle East, and India. He combines Board and Executive Management, risk management, internal and external audit, internal control, investigation experiences. Mr. Martin Studer is a frequent speaker for Business Performance, Governance, Risk & Control related topics at public conferences and for academic programs. Mr. Martin Studer studied Business Administration and Economy at the University of Basel and graduated with a Master of Arts (Business Administration and Economy) in 1991, and is a ‘Certified Public Accountant’ (Switzerland). Conceded