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January ACFE chapter training "Internal Audit & Automation - The Future is Here!" presented by Janus Advisory and Consulting

  • January 12, 2021
  • 11:50 AM - 1:00 PM
  • Virtual Link to be sent after registration - see reminder emails


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The Houston ACFE is happy to partner with Audimation Services to host a virtual seminar in lieu of the monthly training luncheon.   

Janus Advisory and Consulting is presenting the speakers for this meeting.

Title: "Internal Audit and Automation - the Future is here!"


Lauren Bennington, Vivek Sinha, Frans Geldenhuys, Janus Consulting


Internal Audit is the cornerstone stone of an organization’s corporate governance. It is uniquely positioned to provide insights and global assurance to the audit committee and senior management regarding the effectiveness of internal controls and risk processes. For the Internal Audit function to accomplish its objectives with limited resources, we must be innovative.   We are in an age of automation in which auditors should be looking for opportunities to integrate technology into the internal audit function.  In the current landscape we are asked to do more with limited resources and in many cases using a remote workforce.  In order to meet these new requirements, we are having to employ new and creative ways to meet many of those objectives.  Some of those ways to automate and digitalize.  The continuum of Intelligent Automation from basic process automation (RPA) to machine learning and artificial intelligence should be at the forefront of every internal auditor’s mind. Automation will revolutionize the way Internal Audit and any other compliance functions execute audits and test controls.

During this session we will explore some demands that are posed to audit functions to provide more with the same or less human audit effort. Those charged with governance and management oversight responsibilities are requiring more assurance (more coverage, scope and scale) from audit functions delivered in a more intelligent, real-time, continuous, automated and value-adding manner.

We will showcase three case studies in which we support execute portions of an IT audit, the audit of journals, and a payroll review.  We will discuss a platform called ALICE that can help support some of the demands that are placed on Internal Audit, Fraud teams, and various compliance functions.  Finally, we will discuss the shift that is required to support the requirements of today’s compliance and governance functions. 

Lauren Berrington is the Chief Audit Executive of the Bidvest Group Ltd and has been responsible for the integrated and digital assurance strategies implemented across the 350 legal entities and 135,000 employees in South Africa’s largest conglomerate.  She is a founding member of and heads up the ALICE team.  Lauren is pioneering the futuristic landscape of IT-related audit services both inside of the Bidvest Group Ltd and beyond.  During her 16-year tenure in the audit industry, Lauren worked for the South African, Boston and London offices of PwC before joining the Bidvest Group Ltd in 2012.  Lauren holds a B(Com)(Hons) degree in Accounting from the University of Pretoria. She is a qualified CA (SA) and CISA.  Lauren is the recipient of the PwC Experience Award in 2011 and was a Top-10 Finalist in the SAICA Top 35 Under 35 Competition in 2014.  She finds reward in equipping her team with the opportunities and skills to be relevant and successful in a disrupted future.

Vivek Sinha, CEO and Founder at Janus Advisory and Consulting Services started the firm as a professional with over 20 years of international experience in driving transformation through consulting, intelligent automation, assurance, shared services, compliance and governance. He is recognized for organizational and thought leadership in the area of innovation through automation, people and program management, crisis management expertise and building large multi-functional global teams.  His previous roles include being the Chief Audit Executive of UiPath, where he was responsible for overseeing UiPath’s Global Internal Audit function responsible for providing reasonable assurance on the effectiveness of the organization’s risk management and the strength of internal controls. At Janus Advisory and Consulting Services, Vivek is responsible for managing the company, formulating the long-term strategies and driving growth.  As the CEO and Founder of Janus Advisory and Consulting Services, Vivek plans to help companies digitize their Internal Audit and Compliance organizations.  Vivek has a degree in Economics, a Chartered Accountancy from India and is also a certified fraud examiner.  Over his 20+ years of working experience, he has managed global teams as large as 1100 employees in 12 countries.  He is an RPA evangelist speaking at different forums and conferences.  He has been a speaker at global RPA conferences, the annual Blackline conference as well as finance town halls of several multi-nationals.

Frans Geldenhuys a founding member of Team ALICE.  During his ten-year tenure in the audit industry, Frans was part of the team tasked to implement and drive continuous auditing and digital assurance across the Bidvest Group Ltd.  This experience positioned him well, with the help of ALICE, to then drive the acceleration of the digital journeys of oversight functions within the Bidvest Group and beyond. Frans holds a B(Com)(Hons) degree in Accounting and a B(Sc) degree in Mathematics and Economics from the University of Johannesburg. He is a qualified CA (SA) and CISA. Frans and his colleague, Louise Chunnett, were the winners of the out-of-the-ordinary category of SAICA's Top 35 Under 35 Competition in 2018. Frans has the ability to take complex problems and visually simplify and represent these problems in a manner that is easy to understand by all involved parties CPE Credits: 1 CPE Credit for CFE certification

Learning Objectives:

Understand three main areas

  • How does automation revolutionize the way Internal Audit and any other compliance functions execute audits and test controls?
  • How can innovations in technology and software and automation assist in audit and compliance?
  •  What are the changes that are required to support the requirements of today’s compliance and governance functions?


11:45 am
Sign into Webinar opens
11:50 am
ACFE Houston President Remarks
12:00 pm
Speaker Presentation
1:00 pm
Presentation Ends

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Additional Information:

Delivery Method: Group Internet based
Prerequisites: Not Applicable
Field of Study: Auditing
Who Should Attend:  Anti-fraud professionals, Auditors, Accountants, Attorneys, Investigators, Law Enforcement, Educators, Students
Advanced Preparation: None
Program Level: Basic

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