The impact of the new IIA Global Standards
on Good Governance

The aim of the event was to address the impacts of new Global IIA standards on good governance, which are of strategic importance within the framework of corporate governance principles, and to guide decision-makers on what needs to be done as the next steps.

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

The aim of this event was to address the impacts of new Global IIA standards on good governance, which are of strategic importance within the framework of corporate governance principles, and to guide decision-makers on what needs to be done as the next steps.

Background information

Global Internal Auditing Standards are changing. In this context, this event discusses why these changes are needed, what will be changing specifically, and what are the business implications that these areas of change may lead to. The event was planned to assist the audit and risk professionals as well as the audit committee and management board members and academics who are working 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.

Lethiwe Nzama-Sithole

Member of the Research Ethics Committee and High Degrees Committee at the University of Johannesburg School of Accounting

Lethiwe holds a National Diploma in Cost and Management Accounting (Cum-Laude), a Bridging Certificate in Theory of Accounting, Post Graduate Diploma in Business Management, BCom Honours in Internal Auditing, an MCom in Computer Auditing and a PhD in Auditing — all qualifications obtained at the University of Johannesburg. Lethiwe previously worked as an accountant and an internal auditor, and she currently works as a Senior Lecturer at the University of Johannesburg (UJ).


Through her PhD, she was a holder of the ADAPPT Scholarship, which enabled her to be a visiting scholar at the University of Florida in the United States of America for three months. In 2022, she won the Educator of the Year Award from the Institute of Internal Auditors (South Africa). Lethiwe is currently a member of the Research Ethics Committee and High Degrees Committee at the UJ School of Accounting. She is currently a chairperson for First-Year Experience Committee and the Peer Mentorship Programme coordinator. She recently joined CAPIA. Her research interests are Auditing, Governance, AI application governance and Accounting Education.

Dirk Strydom

Acting Head: Technical Department,
Institute of Internal Auditors, South Africa

Dirk is an experienced internal audit, governance, and risk management professional, with more than 15 years of experience in providing internal audit, risk management and governance services to clients.

Dirk is the acting head of the IIA SA Technical Department and responsible to provide members of the IIASA with insight and knowledge, especially with reference to technical matters, such as the International Professional Practices Framework and the Standards. He has a master’s degree in internal auditing and is a passionate internal audit professional that believes that the internal audit profession has much more value to offer.

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