Imagine. Explore. Achieve.
Internal Auditors Conference
Baltic Beach Hotel, Jurmala

About conference

At the end of Spring, 23rd/24rd of May, Latvian Institute of Internal Auditors organizes its annual conference for internal auditors, risk managers and other professionals. 

The theme of this year`s conference is "IMAGINE. EXPLORE. ACHIEVE”, which will feature Latvian and world industry professionals looking at various actual topics.  You will have a chance to improve your knowledge about current topics: blockchains, cryptocurrencies, human management, newest trends in fraud, data protection, corporate governance and ethical issues of internal auditors, and achievement of performance indicators in the work environment.

Speakers of our conference are local and European level experts, and in this way, we will ensure you a chance to find out the newest and most urgent information from the experts of their own fields.

The conference will be mostly English with several topics in Latvian language. We will offer a simultaneous translation.

Why should You attend?


Insights and best practices on hot topics from local and foreign experts.


Opportunity to discuss and share best practices with the speakers and colleagues.



Receive 14 continuous professional education hours (CPE)



    Thijs Smit, CIA Chief Audit Executive, SHV Holdings
    Rickard Faleij CISA Head of IT Internal Audit, SEB Group
    Martin Stevens FCA, CIA, CFSA, CRMA Audit director at Gjensidige
    Ara Chalabyan, MBA, FCCA, CIA, CRMA, CRISC Former CAE of Central Bank of Armenia 2010 - 2020; IIA - Armenia President, 2013- present
    Nuno Miguel Caeiro Castanheira Head of Internal Audit, Professor and Speaker Portuguese Mutual Guarantee System (SPGM), Institute of Accounting and Administration, Polytechnic Institute of Coimbra, Portugal
    Juris Ziedins CISA, CFE Deputy Head of Internal Audit Department at Bank of Latvia
    Anatoly Ressin CEO at Blockvis
    Juris Zagars Actor, Enterprener
    Matthias Kraft CISA, CISM, CGEIT, CRISC Associate Director Internal Audit – Fidelity International
    Julija Basarova CIA, CAMS Head of Internal audit, SEB banka Latvia
    Janis Skolnieks Internal auditor at Gjensidige Forsikring ASA
    Maris Valts Head of Group Internal Audit in EVRY ASA
    Andris Soroka "Data Security Solutions" Board Member
    Haralds Burkovskis Philosopher, anchormen of TV and radio shows
    Ivo Maskalāns COBALT`s leading labor-rights expert,sworn advocate
    Maciej Piołunowicz, CIA Chief Audit Executive at Bank Gospodarstwa Krajowego


    Day 123. May
    Day 224. May
    09:00 - 09:30
    Registration, morning coffee
    09:30 - 09:45
    Karlis Majevskis, CIA, CISA
    Conference opening
    09:45 - 10:35
    Ara Chalabyan, MBA, FCCA, CIA, CRMA, CRISC
    Effective Internal Audit function

    Effective internal audit function should have a positive impact on the organization. To achieve the effectiveness the internal audit function needs:


    • To add value through quality of recommendations and insights;
    • Successfully execute the annual audit plan meeting deadlines without sacrificing quality;
    • Create high-quality documentation, including regular audit reports, summary and other analytical reports, and work papers;
    • Provide sound and effective communication, both written and oral.


    To ensure above-mentioned and perform their best, internal auditors should work in integrated and changing teams, effectively manage time, proficiently utilize audit management software, continually invest in professional development, build relationships across and outside the organization increasing their visibility as a key practitioner attribute.

    10:35 - 11:20
    Maciej Piołunowicz, CIA
    Which KPIs are appropriate for Internal Audit? The process of setting key performance indicators

    - Understand why should Internal Audit design key performance indicators.

    - Understand that key performance indicators should be linked with stakeholders expectations.

    - Share some examples of key performance indicators and aspects to consider related to commonly reported performance metrics.

    - Learn to use feedback to improve quality of internal audit.

    11:20 - 11:50
    Coffee break
    11:50 - 12:30
    Juris Ziedins CISA, CFE
    Ethical Issues for Internal Auditors

    Internal auditors face various ethical issues in their daily work. Some of them are easier, others are more difficult to identify. The presentation will explain the practical application of the Code of Ethics.

    12:30 - 13:20
    Championing Profession

    This presentation considers the need for all Internal Audit's stakeholders to champion the profession collectively and the lessons that need to be learnt to ensure the profession continues to develop and reach a place where it is indispensable to effective governance and control.

    13:20 - 14:20
    14:20 - 15:20
    Andris Soroka
    Are tehnological solutions a luxury or a necessity?
    1. Evolution and price of cyber risks
    2. Overview of cyber-security binding compliance
    3. Technocentric approach to cyber-risk governance
    4. Examples of applying techological solutions
    15:20 - 16:00
    Anatoly Ressin
    What should we know about block-chains and crypto currencies?

    Blockchain is one of the biggest buzzwords in technology right now. But what is it? And why are all talking about it?

    Bitcoin is a cryptocurrency and the blockchain is the technology that underpins it. A cryptocurrency refers to a digital coin that runs on a blockchain.

    Understanding how the blockchain works with bitcoin will allow us to see how the technology can be transferred to many other real-world use cases.

    16:00 - 16:45
    Juris Zagars
    Stage experience in managing people
    16:45 - 20:00
    Networking dinner
    09:00 - 09:30
    Morning coffee
    09:30 - 10:10
    Maris Valts
    What could internal audit learn from startups?

    Some years back, Maris got fascinated by the startup culture and started to explore it more. In her presentation, she will share her thoughts and experience on what could internal audit learn from startups.

    10:10 - 11:00
    Martin Stevens FCA, CIA, CFSA, CRMA
    Culture audit yesterday and today: is it the same?

    The presentation will first illustrate the continuing focus on improving culture in the banking industry both as a result of the 2008 financial crisis but also of subsequent scandals in two key banks in Australia and USA. We will then look at how the internal auditor can approach this theme and we will provide a practical illustration of the development in our audit department from a comprehensive approach to combining a culture audit into all audits.

    11:00 - 11:30
    Coffe break
    11:30 - 12:10
    Thijs Smit, CIA
    Fraud latest developments
    • The Basics - Definition and fraud triangle
    • Fraud is of all times - Explain some cases like Ponzi and Madoff
    • Kind of fraud cases - Kick backs, financial fraud, etc.
    • Fraud environment - Closed, pressure, high performance
    • Profile fraudster - Nice person, helpfull, always there
    • Fraud cases - Description of some fraud cases
    • Internal Auditor and Fraud - Special relationship, what can you do
    • Suspect fraud? - What to do and what not
    • Fraud as opportunity - It can work positive on the control framework
    • Best practices fraud environment - Open culture,good procedures, effective whistleblower line, newsletter
    • Latest developments - Cybercrime, phishing and randsomeware and Social Engineering
    12:10 - 13:10
    Matthias Kraft CISA, CISM, CGEIT, CRISC
    Data protection - the pragmatic audit approach

    The number of data protection breaches continues to rise, and the deep financial and reputational impact they leave threatens all industries and governments. The operational, financial and reputational risks associated with data protection cannot be disregarded as reports of breaches are consistently found at the top of media channels.

    Data protection is a huge universe that spans all parts of an enterprise handling customer, supplier and employee data. Approaching data protection from an auditor’s perspective is a challenge as regulation is manifold and includes common pitfalls.

    This presentation is designed for audit, risk and compliance professionals that need to understand the implications and characteristics of European data protection laws, such as the GDPR. The session will provide guidance that assists in the auditing of this complex subject and will provide directions of what an internal audit function needs to do to comply with data protection requirements.

    13:10 - 14:10
    14:10 - 14:50
    Ivo Maskalāns
    Introducing whistleblowing system in Latvian companies, law requirements and foreign practice
    14:50 - 15:30
    Rickard Faleij CISA
    Robotics - an audit approach

    Will we lose our jobs in favor of an automated workplace?

    How will the control structure transcend from a manual environment to an automated such?

    Either way Internal Audit needs to assess and report on risks associated.

    15:30 - 16:30
    Haralds Burkovskis
    Dimensions of happiness

    During the lecture, I will answer the following questions:
    What is happiness and how we can measure it?
    What is the biochemistry of happiness?
    What do happy people do more and otherwise?
    How can each of us get happier?
    What is the recommendation for a more harmonious life and for better emotional well - being?

    16:30 - 16:45
    Closing remarks


    IIA Latvia member
    Till 30.04.2019250
    After 01.05.2019310
    • Participation in the conference
    • Translation to English
    • Networking
    • Lunch and coffee breaks
    • Gala dinner
    • Transport Riga-Jurmala-Riga
    • CPE
    Till 30.04.2019350
    After 01.05.2019440
    • Participation in the conference
    • Translation to English
    • Networking
    • Lunch and coffee breaks
    • Gala dinner
    • Transport Riga-Jurmala-Riga
    • CPE
    • we offer 10% discount for 3 and more participants from one company. In order to get discount all participants should be registered at a time

    • member prices are applicable only to IIA Latvia members

    • invoice will be issued and sent to your email after completion of registration





    Nestled directly on the shore of the Baltic Sea, the 5-star Baltic Beach Hotel has a unique location in Jurmala amidist the dunes and lushly pine-trees. Offering direct access to the fully equipped private beach with catering service, it is ideally located in the heart of Jurmala within walking distance to main cultural and recretional institutions, railway station, restaurants, shops and other attractions.

    With panoramic views of the Baltic Sea, the Hotel features 165 contemporary rooms and suites, many with fantastic views and private balconies. Guest can enjoy the sound of surf directly from their rooms. Modern and elegant conference rooms and banqueting facilties of Baltic Beach Hotel are venues of choice for any occasion, including business meetings and social events, as well as exquisite festivals and weddings on the Baltic Sea.

    IIA Latvia offers a favourable price for hotel room booking for guests of our conference.Only 110 EUR per single room, and only 120 EUR per double room. Price is valid with code IIALATVIA. The code will be valid until 7th May. 




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