What you will learn

IIA Armenia presents 3rd international conference on internal auditing and risk management, which gives participants a unique opportunity to hear powerful keynote speakers and international presenters representing the global internal audit profession. The conference will bring together auditors working in public and private sectors which will give knowledge-sharing opportunities for participants.

Conference will have 2 concurrent sessions: Technological Challenges for IA and Challenges of GRC in Modern World to address common challenges and today’s current issues and trends.

What we will do

Several Panel Session with the great panelists from all over the world. We will discuss

  • Cyber risks.
  • CyberSecurity governance challenges
  • How to assess cyberSecurity maturity of your organization





Meet our most valued speakers

Mr. Ara Chalabyan

CAE at Central Bank of Armenia

Mr. Ara Chalabyan has over 15 years of experience in internal auditing and corporate finance

Mr. Ralph Yirikian

VivaCell-MTS General Manager

Mr. Ralph Yirikian is the VivaCell-MTS General Manager since November 2004.

    Dr. Klaus Gressenbauer

    Former ECB Director Internal Audit

    Dr. Klaus Gressenbauer held a number of management positions in banking, primarily in the area of controlling and management

      Mr. Mark Carawan

      Chief Compliance Officer for Citigroup

      Mr. Carawan has over 35 years of experience in audit assurance on governance, risk management and is a board member of on the

      Mrs. Julia Romashkina

      Director of the Compliance Department

      Mrs. Julia is responsible for anti-corruption and business ethics compliance and for Compliance Management System at MTS.

      Mr. Doron Ronen

      Deputy President and Professional Committee Chair at IIA Israel

      Mr. Doron Ronen has over 35 years of experience in Internal Audit, Risk Management, IT and Operational Audit


        08:30 – 09:30
        Registration and Welcome Coffee/Tea
        Ara Chalabyan, President at IIA-Armenia, CAE at CBA
        Mane Tandilyan, Minister of Labor and Social Affairs
        Hakob Andreasyan, CEO of Acba-Credit Agricole Bank
        Klaus Gressenbauer, Former ECB Director Internal Audit
        Robert Cornelisse, Director of the European Institute for Audit Professionals, Audit Project Manager at the Bank of Netherlands
        Marina Gouchian, CAE of ARC Document Solutions
        13:00 – 14:00
        Networking lunch
        Track 1: Challenges of GRC in Modern World

        Julia will talk generally about costs and benefits of corporate compliance programs, will go through examples of what compliance risks telecom companies face and how they mitigate them; and will talk about how they set up compliance function in MTS group and  its importance to business continuity.

        Julia Romashkina, Compliance Director at MTS Group

        Risk management has been around for thousands of years. In recent years, we witness an accelerated development, growth and popularity in corporate and IT governance that is applied to strategic, financial, operational, compliance and IT risk. A part of this development derives from local and international regulatory requirements. Another part derives from BOD and management approach of achieving the organizational goals in economy crisis times and the need to adapt the organization’s resources accordingly.

        The session will explore common concepts and approaches concealed behind different organizations cultures, taking risk management global to derive values of strategic, financial, operational, compliance and IT risk, so organizations can manage risks.

        The session will focus on risk management as a frontline governance tool and discuss the most appropriate manner in which to select and implement a risk management strategy. The session will explain why implementing a risk management process within a framework encourages participation from all employees and can mature into a corporate discipline.

        Doron Ronen, Deputy President and Professional Committee chair at IIA-Israel
        15:30 – 16:30
        Panel Discussion: Future Challenges of Audit Committees
        Track 2: Technological Challenges for IA

        Cybersecurity is more about people and less about technologies. Although there are plenty of important, highly recommended technical fixes, new tools and techniques to adopt and implement, however if organizations and individuals are not willing to invest in securing themselves, they will remain insecure.

        Komitas Stepanyan, Deputy CAE at CBA
        Panel discussion: What does New Techs Mean for Internal Audit
        08:30 – 09:00
        Morning Coffee/Tea
        Nerses Yeritsyan, Deputy Governor at CBA
        Dr. Armen Der-Kyureghian, President of the AUA
        1. How to analyze BigData? Challenges for internal audit;
        2. BigData analysis methods and tools;
        3. Process mining – new form of internal audit.
        Yury Maksimchuk, Head of IT Audit at Gazprom Neft

        In this informal talk, we will walk through a typical IT systems audit process in an average organization, and will try to look at it from the auditable technical team perspective. How the internal IT sees that ? Is it always a nightmare for them ? Will they ever say “hi” to an auditor, if they are not obliged to ? Put it the other way around: once we cut the usual politeness, technically speaking, is there a way, internal IT can benefit from an onsite systems audit ? May it ever happen, that the internal IT is happy to see an auditor ? In fact, it may, and in fact – in many cases, external and internal audits become actual partners for technical teams. It’s just about the way, how you focus your trigger. In this short and informal walkthrough, we will try to see by real life examples, yours truly has been a part of, how things may be done differently, and maybe, if we are lucky, pick up a point or two.

        Viktor Larionov, Advisory Committee Member at CyberCentral
        11:00 – 11:30
        Networking break
        Mark Carawan, Chief Compliance Officer for CitiGroup
        Arman Vatyan, Lead Financial Management Specialist - Governance Focal Point for Cen-tral Asia, PULSAR Program Manager, the World Bank
        Ara Chalabyan, President IIA-Armenia, CAE at CBA

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          what people say

          “I would like to congratulate the entire team for organizing such an excellent event, from the content & from the social and networking part! Oncemore, I would like to thank you for your outstanding hospitality!”
          ANGELA WITZANYChairman of the IIA-Global Board
          “THANKS (in capitals) for all you guys did. It was truly a fantastic gathering and I tried to do my best. You made me feel like at home and I truly appreciate it.
          I had a blast of a time in Armenia -my very first time- and I am looking forward to the opportunity of being back!”
          RAMSES GALLEGOPresident of the ISACA Barcelona Chapter
          “We both have a wonderful time and we found everyone warm and welcoming, it was highest level conference we ever have had and your city and people living there are amazing. We hope to be able to repeat this experience after 2 years.”
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