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2011-2012 Fellows arrive in Canada
Thursday, 08 September 2011 01:00
2011-2012 class of International FellowsCCAF is pleased to welcome the 2011-2012 class of International Fellows to Canada.

The eight Fellows are from Belize, Benin, Cameroon, Kenya, Saint Lucia, Tanzania and Vietnam (2). Each of them is an auditor with the supreme audit institution (SAI) of his/her home country.

During their ten-month stay in Canada, they will study Canadian practices and methodologies, primarily in the area of performance auditing. Each Fellow will join an audit team at a Canadian legislative audit office and learn through on-the-job experience.

Four of the Fellows will complete their audit team assignments at the Office of the Auditor General (OAG) of Canada in Ottawa. The Fellows from Benin and Cameroon will undertake their Fellowships at the OAG of Québec, and the two Fellows from Vietnam at the OAG of Alberta.

Throughout the course of the Fellowship, all Fellows will have opportunities to visit additional provincial and municipal audit offices and other Canadian institutions, and to participate in several professional development courses.

Each Fellow will also develop a Strategy Paper. This year, the Fellows' papers will be performance audit plans. When they return home, the Fellows will lead audit teams in implementing these audits, putting into practice the methodology they will have learned in Canada. The Fellows discussed their Strategy Paper topics with their Auditors General prior to coming to Canada, and they will work closely with staff at their SAIs and mentors at their Canadian host offices to complete this assignment.

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Ontario
Jim McCarter, Auditor General of Ontario, and Gary Peall, Deputy Auditor General, talk with the Fellows.

The Fellows arrived in Ottawa in mid-August for an intensive three-week orientation and professional development period. This period helps the Fellows to feel comfortable with everyday Canadian customs and prepare for their Fellowship assignments.

The Fellows also began learning about Canadian auditing practices and accountability concepts. They participated in a three-day course on Accountability, Governance, Risk, Control and Reporting on Performance, and a one-day session on Government History, Canadian Institutions, and Audit Office Models. The Fellows travelled to Toronto to meet with the Auditor General and Deputy Auditor General of Ontario and the Auditor General of the City of Toronto to learn about the practices used in these offices.

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Jeff Griffiths, Auditor General of the City of Toronto, and Alan Ash, Director, tell the Fellows about their office.
Alan Ash, Director, Auditor General's Office, and Carmelina DiMondo, Director, Forensic Unit, with the Fellows at the City of Toronto Auditor General's Office.

The 2011-2012 Fellows

Charles

Charles Flowers (Belize)
Charles has worked at the Office of the Auditor General of Belize since 1992. In 2010 he joined the newly established Value-for-Money unit at the Office. He had previously worked as an examiner of accounts and then as an auditor responsible for compliance and financial audits. He holds an associate degree in building and civil engineering from the Belize Technical College and a bachelor's degree in accounting from the University of Belize. He is currently a candidate for the Uniform Certified Public Accountant exam and will pursue this designation in the near future.

Charles is the proud father of five children. He enjoys swimming, fishing, playing football (soccer), reading, travelling, and spending quiet time alone.

What he most wants to gain by participating in the CCAF Fellowship is to enhance his knowledge and skills in conducting value-for-money audits, and then to be able to apply the techniques learned to his assignments in Belize.

Ibrahim

Ibrahim Ilias Akim Baba-Moussa (Benin)
Ibrahim has completed two graduate diplomas in France: one at the École supérieure d'agro-développement international, in Cergy, which included a specialisation in Post Harvest Technology from Silsoe College at Cranfield University in England; and the second at the Institut d'études du développement économique et social at the Université Paris 1 Panthéon Sorbonne in collaboration with Agro Paris. Ibrahim then joined a private agriculture firm where he headed the Post Harvest and Development department.

Since 2002 he has worked at the Chambre des comptes de la Cour Suprême du Bénin, the country's SAI. As an auditor with this office, he has participated in many audits on subjects as diverse as the administrative control of departments, the management control of government corporations, and the control of election campaign spending. Ibrahim has also participated in many training sessions on public and private accounting, management, and planning. He has co-facilitated training as well, most notably on the subject of results based management.

Ibrahim has one daughter. His interests include swimming, reading and travelling.

Celestin

Célestin Ankamtsene (Cameroon)
Célestin received his bachelor's degree in 2001 and, after winning a competition, went on to attend the Université catholique d'Afrique centrale, where he obtained a diploma in social sciences in 2004, finishing top of his class. After winning another competition, he then attended the École nationale d'administration where two years later, in 2007, he graduated 2nd of his class and obtained a diploma as Inspector of financial authorities (taxation).

He joined the SAI of Cameroon, le Contrôle Supérieur de l'État (CSE), in 2007 as an auditor. To date he has participated in several audits of public entities in Cameroon, and on his most recent audit he supervised the work of the audit team as the deputy head of the team. While working at the CSE, he has continued his studies and in 2010 he completed a graduate degree in International Business Law and Taxation.

He is also part of the Training and International Cooperation Division at the CSE, and part of the secretariat team for CREFIAF (the INTOSAI regional group of French-speaking African SAIs) where he supports training activities. As well, Célestin has been an Audit Training Specialist with the INTOSAI Development Initiative (IDI) since 2009. He has participated as an instructor in several capacity building activities organized by his SAI and by IDI and the INTOSAI regional groups AFROSAI and CREFIAF.

Joyce

Joyce Ndung'u (Kenya)
Joyce is an Assistant Director of Audit in the Kenya National Audit Office (KENAO). She has carried out five performance audits: management of civil servants' pensions funds, promotion of high quality agricultural seeds and livestock breeds, promotion of micro, small and medium size enterprises, and facilitation of housing to civil servants. She also participates in training staff on performance auditing.

Joyce started her auditing carer in 1991 when she was recruited as an auditor in the Ministry of Co-operative Development. In 1995 she moved to the Ministry of Local Authorities, where she served until she joined the KENAO in 2000.

Joyce has a master's in business administration (finance) from the University of Nairobi, and a bachelor's degree in business studies and economics from Kenyatta University. She has attended the AFROSAI-E three-module performance audit course. She has also attended other courses relating to management and auditing functions. She is currently pursuing Certified Public Accountant Part III. She looks forward to enhancing her skills and knowledge in performance auditing.

Joyce is a mother of three children. She enjoys reading, travelling and helping people.

Carlisle

Carlisle Marshall (Saint Lucia)
Carlisle joined the Office of the Director of Audit of Saint Lucia in 1982 as a Junior Audit Clerk and has worked his way through the ranks of the organization to his current position of Audit II. He has been involved in appropriation, financial and value-for-money audits, and is currently assigned to the Performance Audit team where he is a team leader.

Carlisle holds a bachelor's degree in management and a certificate in public administration from the University of the West Indies. He also has a national vocational qualification in accounting (level 2) from the Association of Accounting Technicians. He has attended a number of local, regional and international training programs, including a training attachment in auditing in Trinidad & Tobago; a certificate of auditing of receipts program in India; and a financial audit and fraud irregularities course in Belize.

Carlisle is married and has two children.

Elizabeth

Elizabeth Augustino (Tanzania)
Elizabeth joined the National Audit Office of Tanzania (NAOT) in 2007 under the Value-for-Money division, where she continues to work as a performance auditor. She has so far carried out three performance audits, on solid waste management, processing of terminal benefits, and road works. She is currently working on an environmental audit on fisheries management in Lake Victoria and a performance audit on water distribution and non-revenue water.

Before joining the NAOT, Elizabeth worked with the Marine and Coastal Environmental Management Project in the Fisheries divisions. She completed her bachelor's of science in environmental science and management in 2006 at Sokoine University of Agriculture in Morogoro, Tanzania.

She is married and has a daughter who is two and a half years old. Her hobbies include playing with children, helping the needy, and travelling with family and friends. Elizabeth looks forward to gaining new knowledge and skills in performance auditing, as well as experiencing weather that is very different from her home country's.

Hong

Han Thi Bich Hong (Vietnam)
Hong graduated from the Academy of Finance with a bachelor's of economics in finance and banking in 2004, and began working for the State Audit Office of Vietnam (SAV) later that year. While working as an auditor at the SAV, she continued her studies and in 2010 she earned her master's of economics in finance and banking from the National Economics University. Hong previously worked for Habubank.

Hong is married and has a two year-old son. She enjoys listening to music, travelling, taking care of her family, talking with friends, and taking photographs. What she most wants to gain by participating in the CCAF Fellowship is to develop new knowledge in performance auditing, improve her presentation skills, and then to contribute her new knowledge and skills to her SAI.

Tuyet

Nguyen Thi Anh Tuyet (Vietnam)
Tuyet began working for the State Audit Office of Vietnam as an auditor of state budget field in 2004. She has both a bachelor's degree in economics (2004) and a master's degree in economics (2010), both from the National Economics University.

Tuyet is married and has a two year-old daughter. She looks forward to learning about how performance audits are carried out in Canada and to applying this knowledge at the State Audit Office of Vietnam upon her return. During the orientation sessions, Tuyet appreciated participating in the intercultural workshop designed to help the Fellows adapt to the Canadian culture and workplace environment.

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The Fellows are beginning their audit office placements this week. CCAF wishes them well in their assignments and looks forward to working with them throughout the year.

CCAF and the Fellows would like to thank the Offices of the Auditors General of Canada, Québec and Alberta for hosting Fellows this year, and thank the Canadian International Development Agency for funding the CCAF International Program.