Speakers & Sessions

Conference Day Two: Wednesday 6 November
9.30 am-10.00 am

Keynote Speaker

Maika Haupeakui

Internal Audit Consultant, Ministry of Infrastructure

Maika Haupeakui has had an illustrious career spanning over three decades, with extensive expertise in financial management, Internal Audit, and strategic leadership across various sectors. Currently serving as an Internal Audit Consultant and Financial Advisor for the Ministry of Infrastructure, he played a pivotal role in establishing the Internal Audit Division within the ministry. His responsibilities included designing the division's structure, developing essential documentation such as the Internal Audit Charter and Audit Manual, and overseeing human resource development and staff training.

Prior to his role at the Ministry of Infrastructure, Maika served as a Financial Consultant for the Office of the Ombudsman, Tonga, where he provided invaluable financial oversight and guidance. He also held the position of Deputy CEO and Head of the Internal Audit Division at the Ministry of Finance and National Planning, where he spearheaded the development of audit strategies, annual plans, and policies, and played a key role in staff recruitment and training.

Maika's diverse career also includes roles such as Principal Procurement Officer at the Ministry of Finance and National Planning, where he was responsible for managing procurement activities and developing control mechanisms, and Principal Auditor at the Tonga Audit Office, overseeing government financial and compliance audits.

With a passion for financial management and governance, Maika has served in various leadership positions, including Finance Manager and Acting CEO at the Tonga Water Board, where he managed all aspects of financial operations, project coordination, and budgeting. He also held key positions at the Tonga Free Wesleyan Church, where he contributed to financial oversight, business development, and community initiatives.

In addition to his professional roles, Maika has been actively involved in education, serving as a secondary school teacher and part-time tutor in accounting and economics. He has also served on the boards of several public enterprises, providing strategic financial advice and oversight.

Maika holds a wealth of experience and expertise in financial management, Internal Audit, and strategic leadership, making him a highly respected professional in his field.

Session Topic:

Navigating Change: Insights from Tonga's Audit Landscape

In this session, Maika Haupeakui, Principal Auditor at the Tonga Audit Office, will provide valuable insights into the challenges and strategies involved in safeguarding the future of Internal Auditing within the unique context of Tonga. Drawing from his extensive experience working in the audit field in Tonga, Maika will discuss the specific changes and developments impacting Internal Auditors in the region. From addressing cultural and organisational challenges to embracing technological advancements, attendees will gain valuable perspectives on how Internal Auditors can effectively adapt to change while ensuring the integrity and resilience of auditing practices. Join us for an illuminating session that offers practical lessons and strategies applicable to Internal Auditors operating in diverse and dynamic environments.

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