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Phil Tarling

Phil Tarling has over 33 years of internal audit experience managing Internal Audit in the UK public sector, delivering capacity building projects in Eastern and Central Europe, delivering similar projects in Africa and providing consultancy services to UN Agencies, notably IFAD, WFP, UNOPS and UNFPA.  From 2009 to 2011, he was Head of Internal Audit for the War Crimes Tribunal in Sarajevo, Bosnia & Herzegovina and the Head of Internal Audit for the UN Special Tribunal for the Lebanon in The Hague and Beirut.

He is currently providing Consultancy services in Governance, Risk Management, Internal Control, and Internal Audit having retired in June 2017 from his role as the Vice President of the Global Internal Audit Department at Huawei Technologies Ltd where he headed the Centre of Excellence, with responsibility for Capability Development. The experience with Huawei extended his role into working with Senior Management, providing input directly to the Owner and the Board on solutions for the improvement of internal control throughout the Global organisation using the 3 Lines of Defence model.

Phil was President of the Chartered IIA UK and Ireland in 2005-06, President of the European Confederation of Institutes of Internal Auditing in 2010-2011, a Board and Executive Committee member of Global IIA from 1999 to 2015 and the Chairman of the IIA Global Board for 2012-2013. He is currently assisting the IIA in the development of the profession in Africa and represents the IIA at meeting with the UN, the OECD and other Global bodies.

Above all, internal audit is about providing a service to management and supplying potential answers to the many organisational control issues that arise over time.  With a deep vein of experience in the public sector, combined with the financial and budgetary discipline fostered by the commercial sector Phil has a formula that brings success to his work.

The extent of his experience and the way in which he has provided internal audit to a variety of clients gives an experience that is in many ways unique.  He is now using this experience to mentor individuals and help develop the profession around the world. Phil is active in speaking to professional conferences around the world, but in particular transition economies, where he shares his knowledge and experience with the next generation of professionals.

Phil holds the QIAL, CMIIA, the CIA and the CRMA.  He has a BSc in Economics and an MSc in Internal Audit and Management.

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