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Welcome to the 2015-16 International Fellows!

CCAF is happy to welcome the 2015-16 Fellows. They arrived from Cameroon, Ghana, Tanzania and Vietnam in mid-August and will spend the next nine months in Canada.

As senior auditors from the Supreme Audit Institutions (SAIs) of their countries, the Fellows are here to study Canadian performance audit methodologies. The Fellowships are one component of CCAF's International Legislative Oversight Program, which is funded by the Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development.

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The Fellows with Bonnie Lysyk, Auditor General of Ontario, (back row, fourth from left) and senior members of her staff:
Assistant Auditors General Susan Klein (front row left) and Rudolph Chiu (back row right), and Audit Directors Kim Cho (back row left), Sandy Chan (back row, second from left) and Vince Mazzone (back row, second from right).
The Fellows professional development courses included:
  • Canada's System of Governance and Canadian History
  • Project Management
  • Planning a Performance Audit
  • Gender Awareness, and Gender Equality and Performance Auditing
  • The INTOSAI Performance Measurement Framework for SAIs
  • Accountability, Governance and Reporting on Performance
  • Communication Skills

The Fellows are spending their first month participating in a series of orientation and professional development courses in Ottawa. This includes beginning to work on their performance audit plans, which they will develop during their Fellowships and carry out when they return home. The Fellows also attended the annual joint conference of the Canadian Council of Legislative Auditors and the Canadian Council of Public Accounts Committees, held in Winnipeg. In Toronto, they met with Bonnie Lysyk, Auditor General of Ontario, the Ontario Internal Audit Division, and the Institute of Public Administration of Canada.

In mid-September, they will move to their Canadian host offices, where they will each join a performance audit team. This year, four offices are hosting Fellows.

Office of the Auditor General of Canada

Kwaku Akyena

Kwaku Akyena – Ghana
Kwaku Akyena is a Principal Auditor with the Performance Audit Department of the Ghana Audit Service. He is a Professional Member of the Ghana Institution of Surveyors. He also holds a Master of Arts in Economic Policy Management from the University of Ghana and a Bachelor of Science degree in Land Economy from the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology.

Since joining the Ghana Audit Service in 2006, he has been involved in several performance audit assignments. Kwaku's audit assignments have focused particularly on construction projects and environmental issues. He has also represented his SAI at conferences of the Working Group on Environmental Auditing at both AFROSAI and INTOSAI levels on several occasions.

Frank

Frank Nyoni - Tanzania
Frank Nyoni has worked as a Performance Auditor at the National Audit Office of Tanzania since March 2013. He has been engaged in two main audit assignments, including an audit of the Management of Forecasting and Distribution of Essential Medicines and Medical Supplies in Tanzania. This report won the Swedish National Audit Office Prize for the Best Performance Audit Report in the AFROSAI-E Region in 2014. His other performance audit was on the Management of Maintenance of Government Buildings, completed under the AFROSAI-E three-module course. Both audit reports were tabled in May 2015.

Frank Nyoni is a statistician and holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Statistics from the University of Dar es Salaam, awarded in November 2010. He previously worked as a credit officer and credit analyst for small and medium scale business enterprises with a microfinance firm in Tanzania. He also worked as a trainer for review classes for students sitting for certificate in banking exams.

Office of the Auditor General of Alberta

Thuy

Dong Thi Thuy – Vietnam
Dong Thi Thuy graduated from the National Economics University in 2013, earning a bachelor's degree in Accounting and Auditing. She graduated at the top of her university and was awarded a national certificate for top students by the Prime Minister. At present, she has completed all foundation exams of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants Qualification.

Thuy joined the State Audit Office of Vietnam in 2014 and is currently an assistant auditor working in the Performance Audit Division. She is also a youth executive committee member. Thuy worked on the 2014 performance audit on the Social Housing Program of Hanoi City. Her main tasks in the division have been:

  • Collecting and analyzing data
  • Planning
  • Being a secretary of an audit
  • Executing the audit
  • Summing up audit results

She previously worked at Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu Limited as an assistant auditor for one year. She also completed an internship at Ernst and Young Vietnam and was named one of the top five excellent interns for this internship period.

Ha

Tran Thi Minh Ha – Vietnam
Tran Thi Minh Ha gained two years of experience working at Deloitte Vietnam before joining the State Audit Office of Vietnam in 2014. Since then she has worked as an Assistant Auditor in the Performance Audit Division of the General Affairs Department. She took part in different stages of the 2014 performance audit on State Management of Licensing Process and Operation of Private Health Establishments, playing different roles:

  • Audit planning – she worked with her team to gather information, identify business processes and determine risks.
  • Audit execution – she collected and analyzed audit evidence.
  • Audit reporting – she assisted the audit leader in summarizing the audit results.

Ha has a Master's degree in Accounting and a Bachelor's degree in Auditing, both from the Academy of Finance in Hanoi.

Office of the Auditor General of British Columbia

Mary

Mary Arthur – Ghana
Mary Arthur joined the SAI of Ghana in February 2008. She is a Senior Auditor and member of the Performance Audit Department. She has been involved in performance audits of the Generation and Management of Internally Generated Funds in Public Hospitals, Preparedness of Ghana National Fire Service to Respond to Fire Emergencies, Construction of the Achimota-Ofankor Road Project, and Follow-Up Audit on the Management of Wetlands (Ramsar Sites). She is the team leader for an ongoing audit of Disability Friendliness of Public Buildings in Metropolitan Assemblies.

Mary holds a bachelor's degree in social sciences from the University of Cape-Coast and a Master of Public Administration degree from the University of Ghana. She has participated in performance audit training under the sponsorship of the European Union and at the International Centre for Information Systems and Audit in India. As well, she has attended CCAF courses in Ghana on environmental auditing and leadership skills.

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Frank Boniface Mwalupale – Tanzania
Frank Mwalupale is an environmental engineer by profession, holding a bachelor's degree in Environmental Engineering from the University of Dar es Salaam (UCLAS) in Tanzania (2009). He joined the Office of the Controller and Auditor General of Tanzania (National Audit Office of Tanzania) in March 2013 under the Performance and Special Audit (Value for Money) Division, where he works as Performance Auditor. He has been involved in two performance audits, one on Management of Healthcare Waste and the other on Enforcement of Environmental Control Systems in the Mining Sector in Tanzania. The audit reports were tabled in 2014 and 2015 respectively.

In the Value for Money Division, Frank's main responsibilities have been (but not limited to):

  • Planning for the audit project;
  • Collecting and analyzing data from field visits; and
  • Report writing.

Office of the Auditor General of Quebec

Georges

Georges Valery Onana Ebode – Cameroon
Georges Onana graduated from the École nationale d'administration et de magistrature, earning his Inspecteur des régies financières diploma. He also holds a master's degree in Economics (public sector) from the Université de Yaoudé II. He has participated in a two-module AFROSAI-E course for performance auditing where he was awarded a diploma in performance auditing in 2014.

At his SAI, Georges has been involved in performance and compliance audits. He is also responsible for professional training and follow-up on his SAI's collaborative efforts with international professional associations of government auditing. As the manager in charge of capacity development for the AFROSAI Secretariat, he follows up on capacity development activities for the 53 member SAIs and participates in the work of the task force responsible for the implementation and follow-up of the AFROSAI strategic plan. As senior manager of training at the CREFIAF Secretariat, he organizes capacity development activities for the 23 SAIs of Sub-Saharan Francophone countries, with the help of this organization's technical and financial partners.

Prudence

Prudence Mayo Tsoumtsa – Cameroon
Prudence Tsoumtsa graduated from the École nationale d'administration et de magistrature, earning her diploma as Inspecteur des régies financières (tax). She also holds a master's degree in International Public Law from the Université de Yaoudé II.

Prudence is an Assistant Auditor at her SAI, where she has worked since 2009. She is also part of the SAI's training and international cooperation division. She has developed audit tools for regional and local authorities in Cameroon and has been involved in the delivery of training at the SAI and for other government staff. Internationally, Prudence has been actively involved in both AFROSAI and CREFIAF. She is the manager in charge of organizational development for AFROSAI and was a member of the task force that developed the organization's strategic plan.