Keynote: Emphasize the Basics. Elevate the Standards.
A successful career in internal audit is built on the solid foundation provided by the International Standards for the Professional Practice of Internal Auditing (Standards). Using the construction of a sleek office tower as metaphor, 2018-19 IIA Global Chairman Naohiro Mouri takes you from blueprint to finished product in a process that showcases the importance of the Standards and the capstone of certification. Mouri-san’s theme – Emphasize the Basics. Elevate the Standards. – seeks to remind internal auditors everywhere that emphasizing the basic idea that conformance to the Standards is essential not only elevates the Standards but raises the entire profession as well. Says Mouri-san, “Because I truly love the profession, I wanted to stress the importance of going back to the very basics. That means understanding how important the Standards are to becoming the trusted advisors we aspire to be.” Mouri-san’s dedication is based on a career spanning more than 20 years that has led to his current role as Executive Vice President and Chief Auditor of American International Group (AIG), a global property-casualty, life and retirement, and general insurance company based in New York. His message is intended to inspire professionals at all levels as well as to prepare future generations of internal auditors.