Chair & Keynote Speakers


Chair Sub-Theme 1: H.E. Prof. Mussa Juma Assad, Controller and Auditor General of Tanzania


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Prof. Mussa J Assad is the Controller and Auditor General of Tanzania since 2014.
He is also a Sr. Lecturer in the Department of Accounting in University of Dar es Salam. Prof. Assad has authored many books and has won a number of academic awards too.
Dr. Assad has a Bachelor degree in commerce from University of Dar es Salam. He also has a Masters in Financial Control and a Doctorate in Accounting.
Prior to his appointment as Controller and Auditor General, Prof. Assad was Associate Professor at the Department of Accounting at the University of Dar es Salaam. He has also served in various capacities in the accounting field as well as being the chairman of the National Board of Accountants and Auditors (NBAA) for seven (7) years from 2007 – 2014. Prof. Assad is also the president of the Pan African Federation of Accountants and Auditors effective from 2012 and he is a member of various Boards of Director in the country. He hasvast experience in accounting/auditing and financial management matters.

Chair Sub Theme II: H. E. Michael Ferguson, Auditor General Canada



Mr. Michael Ferguson was appointed Auditor General of Canada in November 2011.

Prior to this appointment, from 2010 to 2011, Mr. Ferguson served as the Deputy Minister of Finance of New Brunswick and Secretary to the Board of Management for the Province of New Brunswick.

Mr. Ferguson held the position of Comptroller for the province of New Brunswick from 2000 to 2005. He was also Auditor General of New Brunswick from 2005 to 2010.

He is a past president of the New Brunswick Institute of Chartered Accountants and is currently serving his second three-year term as a member of the Public Sector Accounting Board. Mr. Ferguson was elected to the Fellowship of the New Brunswick Institute of Chartered Accountants in 2011.

Mr. Ferguson obtained a Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of New Brunswick.


Key Note Speaker Sub Theme I: H. E.Thembekile Kimi Makwetu, Auditor General of South Africa



Mr. Thembekile Kimi Makwetu commenced his term as Auditor-General of South Africa on 1 December 2013 when the President of the Republic of South Africa, Mr Jacob Zuma, officially appointed Mr. Kimi Makwetu, as the new Auditor-General of South Africa for a period of seven years.

He was born in Cape Town and completed a Social Sciences degree at the University of Cape Town in 1989. He received a BCompt Honours degree from the University of Natal (distance learning in 1997) and is a qualified chartered accountant.

He started his career with Standard Bank and later worked at Nampak. He completed his articles at Deloitte where he progressed to senior management before joining Liberty and Metropolitan Life in Cape Town (Western Cape). He moved to Gauteng in 2003 where he worked at Liberty Life. Mr. Kimi returned to Deloitte as a director in the firm’s forensic unit before his appointment as Deputy Auditor-General at the Auditor-General of South Africa (AGSA).


Keynote Speaker Sub Theme II: H. E.Grant Hehir, Auditor General of Australia



Mr. Grant Hehir commenced his term as Auditor-General forAustralia on 11 June 2015.

Before his appointment as Commonwealth Auditor-General, Mr. Grant served as the Auditor-General of New South Wales (NSW) between November 2013 and June 2015. He worked for the State Government of Victoria between 1998 and 2013 in a number of senior roles including as Secretary of both the Department of Treasury and Finance and the Department of Education and Training. He also served as Chair of the Victorian Leadership Development Centre and CenITex, and as a Director of the Treasury Corporation of Victoria and the Victorian Funds Management Authority.

Prior to this, Mr. Grant worked in senior executive roles within the Commonwealth Department of Finance and Administration. He is a fellow of CPA Australia and the Institute of Public Administration Australia.


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