Good Governance through Continuous Assurance

in the public sector

The aim of this webinar is to provide insights into implementing continuous assurance processes in the public sector to achieve good governance

This event is part of the Digitalization and Corporate Governance Research Forum.

The programme is part of the Good Governance Research Forum which guides and equips organizations, academics and researchers to connect and establish effective governance practices.

About this event

This webinar aims to provide insights into implementing continuous assurance processes in the public sector to achieve good governance, transparency and accountability by using digital technologies and tools.

Background information

The public sector needs to adapt continuous monitoring and auditing processes to incorporate new technological developments and innovations. Governments are faced with the need for continuous assurance and organisational changes due to persistent irregularities and a need for better governance practices.

This proposed framework will present possible mechanisms of accountability and transparency to achieve good governance through continuous assurance and technological advancements. The framework will further suggest methods for producing reliable and transparent information for oversight and decision-making purposes.

What you will learn in this session

Effective risk management, control and governance processes could be achieved using continuous monitoring and auditing tools and digital technologies and following an integrated and holistic approach. Industry 4.0, such as machine learning, blockchain, Internet of Things (IoT) and artificial intelligence (AI), can be effectively adopted in the continuous assurance processes to achieve transparency and accountability.

Benefits of attending

The webinar will benefit:

  • executives
  • chief audit executives
  • internal auditors
  • assurance providers,
  • risk managers
  • professionals responsible for managing information technologies
  • academics interested in doing applied work in this field


Guest speakers

Sezer Bozkus Kahyaoglu

Associate Professor of Finance CIA, CFE, CFSA, CRMA, CICP, CPA Kyrgyz Turkish Manas University, Management Department, Kyrgyzstan University of South Africa, Financial Governance Department, South Africa University of Johannesburg, Commercial Accounting, South Africa

Assoc. Prof. Sezer Bozkus Kahyaoglu graduated from Bosporus University and earned the degree B.Sc. in Management. Sezer had an MA degree in Money Banking and Finance from Sheffield University and Certification in Retail Banking from Manchester Business School, both with a joint scholarship from the British Council and the Turkish Bankers Association. 


After finishing her doctoral studies, Sezer earned Ph.D. degree in Econometrics from Dokuz Eylul University in 2015. Sezer worked in the finance sector in various positions of the head office. Sezer worked in KPMG Risk Consulting Services as Senior Manager. Afterward, Sezer joined to Grant Thornton as the founding partner of advisory services and worked there in Business Risk Services. Afterward, Dr. Sezer worked in SMM Technology and Risk Consulting as Partner responsible for ERP Risk Consulting. Sezer worked as Associate Professor at Izmir Bakircay University from October 2018-March 2022. 


Currently, Sezer is working at Kyrgyz Turkish Manas University as Vice Dean of the Faculty of Economics and Administrative Sciences and an academic associate of the University of South Africa and University of Johannesburg in South Africa. Her research interests mainly include Applied Econometrics, Time Series Analysis, Financial Markets and Instruments, AI, Blockchain, Sustainability, Corporate Governance, Risk Management, Fraud Accounting, Auditing, Ethics, Coaching, Mentoring, and NLP. 


Sezer has various refereed articles, books, and research project experiences in her professional field. She was among the 15 leading women selected from the business world within the scope of the “Leading Women of Izmir Project” which was sponsored by the World Bank and organized in cooperation with the Aegean Region Chamber of Industry (EBSO), Izmir Governor’s Office, and Metropolitan Municipality. Sezer is the associate editor of two indexed journals and the AI book series editor at Springer. Sezer is Steering Committee Member at Good Governance Academy Research Forum.

Lourens Erasmus

Professor, Department of Financial Governance, College of Accounting Sciences, University of South Africa

Prof Lourens Erasmus is a professor in the Department of Financial Governance at the College of Accounting Sciences of the University of South Africa. His fields of academic interest are in public sector financial governance and internal auditing.


From 1 April 2019 he was appointed by the President of South Africa, to serve as a Commissioner on the Financial and Fiscal Commission (FFC), for a period of five years. The FFC conducts research and advises Parliament, Provincial Legislatures, and other stakeholders on amongst others, the annual division of revenue between the spheres of government.


Prof Erasmus is the chairperson of the Education and Professional Development Committee of the Southern African Institute of Government Auditors (SAIGA), chairperson of the UNISA College of Accounting Sciences Research Ethics Review Committee, and an affiliate member of the Chartered Institute of Government Finance, Audit and Risk Officers (CIGFARO).


Prof Erasmus is an NRF-rated researcher and Editor-in-Chief of the DHET accredited research journal, the Southern African Journal of Accountability and Auditing Research (SAJAAR). He is an Associate Editor of the Scopus listed, South African Journal of Accounting Research (SAJAR), and project leader of the registered Engaged Scholarship projects, Research on Audit Committees South Africa (RACSA), and Continuous Auditing in Public Sector Internal Auditing (CAPIA).

Ilse Morgan

Certified Internal Auditor and University of South Africa (Unisa), Department of Auditing Lecturer

Ilse is a Certified Internal Auditor (CIA), lecturing at the University of South Africa (Unisa), Department of Auditing. She holds a Master’s degree in Auditing focussing on the role of internal auditing in the professional development of audit committees. Ilse is currently doing her PhD in Financial Governance. Her PhD focuses on improving accountability and transparency in the South African public sector through continuous assurance.


Ilse started her career in external auditing before entering academia and transferring to internal auditing. She is serving as a non-executive director of a financial services company in South Africa, and she also acted for three years as the Manager of the Centre for Accounting Studies (Unisa) (short-learning programmes). She developed and managed various internal auditing short courses during this period.

Ilse’s speciality is ethical governance and internal auditing and utilizing technology in a pragmatic way to address shortcomings and weaknesses. She also uses technology innovatively in presenting and assessing coursework via online learner management systems.

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