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ITU 150


Mr. Eric Adda

Eric Adda is a French Chartered Public Accountant. He is currently Financial Management Specialist at World Bank. At this position, he builds and contributes to enhancement of projects and some Africa countries financial management system ranging from budgeting-programme, internal control, internal and external audit, and financial reports.

He was also Head of Accounting Unit at European Center for Agriculture and Cooperation where he set up accounting system compliant with IPSAS cash basis.

Former to that, he was deputy Director at Central Bank of West Africa States where he leads projects related to internal control enhancement in various division that result in new manual of procedures, Integrated information Management System, and IFRS migration.

He authored mainly a book on IPSAS migration challenges in international organization and an article on Challenges and opportunities for African states regards to IFRS.

Mrs Beate Degen (Chair)

Dr. Beate Degen is the Chair of the Independent Management Advisory Committe (IMAC) of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), officially elected in 2011. Beate has a background in business economics and majored in econometrics and operations research. Beate is a recognized expert in Risk- and Portfolio management and has international business expertise.

Since January 2013, Dr. Beate Degen works at Ernst & Young in the EMEIA Center of Excellence for Risk Management. Before, Beate Degen was founding partner of AufsichtUndRat, a firm focusing on educating supervisory and executive board members, where she was focusing on Risk- and Portfolio Management. She was as well teaching at the German subsidiary of Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles, the Academy for International Education in Bonn, Germany. Until 2011, Beate Degen worked for Bayer AG, Germany, a global MNC (+30bn €), in various senior management functions. In her last role, she was leading the Corporate Strategy Projects department. Before taking over this role, she was the CAO / CFO of Bayer Innovation, Bayer’s venture unit. Amongst others, she has successfully developed a leading-edge risk- and portfolio management system and has a substantial track record in leading and managing large projects on global level. In addition, Beate has substantial experience in large change management initiatives, as well as Finance, M&A and corporate governance. Beate brings to ITU an industry perspective, as well as leading edge expertise in (strategic-) risk management.

Mr. Abdessalam El Harouchy

Abdessalam El Harouchy has been a member of the Independent Management Committee of the International Telecommunication Union since 2011.

He has an overall professional experience of more than forty years in the area of audit, financial management and governance.

Particularly interested in development issues, he has dedicated much of his audit expertise to development projects. For the past ten years, he has thus provided consulting services to the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) in the area of financial management and governance currently as a special advisor to the Prime Minister of DRC in charge of governance and previously as an advisor to the Minister of Finance of DRC as well as a financial management expert in major post-conflict projects in DRC financed by the World Bank and the African Development Bank.

As a Certified Public Accountant, he is a member of the Paris-Ile de France Society of Certified Public Accountants and a member of the Senegal Society of Certified Public Accountants. In association with his expertise as a Certified Internal Auditor (member of the IIA) he has a wide-ranging audit experience as an external, internal and government auditor both in the public and the private sector as well as an international civil servant in the African Development Bank.

Abdessalam is a Harvard Alumnus and well aware of the evolution and trends in the financial and audit sectors also in the English-speaking countries.

Abdessalam started his professional career as a government auditor at the Supreme Court of Senegal before joining the African Development Bank in Côte d’Ivoire where he pursued a long and rich career as an internal auditor and Division Chief in the areas of administration, budget and financial analysis.

With the introduction of a new accounting system common for 16 West and central African countries in the middle of the nineties (and since 2012, 17 countries including DRC), Abdessalam was in the forefront of this accounting reform. As the head of a French-based international audit firm in Côte d‘Ivoire and Senegal, he provided training to accountants across most of the West African countries for several years and consulting services in the financial and audit sectors among which within the framework of a major anti-corruption program to the government of Benin.

Mr. Graham Miller

Graham Miller is a member of the Independent Management Advisory Committee of the International Telecommunication Union; a member of the Expert Advisory Group on Conflict of Interest to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (the IPCC); was UK Audit Commissioner and Member of the Audit Commission of the European Space Agency from 2008 to 2012 (Chairman in 2011 and Chairman Emeritus in 2012); and was Chair of the Independent Expert Oversight Advisory Committee (audit committee) of the World Health Organization from 2010 to 2012. He provides consultancy support to international and public sector organisations on governance and accountability, internal control, strategic risk management, and enhancement of the effectiveness and impact of internal oversight. He is a member of The Economist Intelligence Unit Opinion Leaders’ Panel.

As Director of International Audit for the UK National Audit Office from 2001 to 2009, Graham achieved a prominent role in improving governance and accountability with international client organisations, top management, governing bodies and the external audit community. He was responsible for leading financial and performance audit services to a wide range of United Nations and other international organisations, including the World Food Programme, the World Meteorological Organization, the International Labour Organization, the International Criminal Court, the Council of Europe, the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe and many others. His practical contribution has been recognised as delivering organisational improvements through a focus on pragmatic and cost-effective initiatives to optimise existing resources.

Graham is a Fellow of the Chartered Management Institute with a long career experience in public sector auditing and governance, including more than 25 years in the international field. As a fraud expert and Certified Fraud Examiner, Graham provided strategic advice to the NAO on fraud, corruption and money laundering, and was the NAO’s Money Laundering Reporting Officer. He is a former member of the Technical Group of the Panel of External Auditors of the United Nations; and represented the UK on the INTOSAI Working Group on the Fight Against International Money Laundering and Corruption.

Mr. Tom Repasch (Chair)

Tom Repasch served as a representative of the United States in the Fifth (Administrative and Budget) Committee of the United Nations General Assembly from 1996 to 2009 and was the senior advisor on management, budget, and oversight issues at the United States Mission to the United Nations in New York.  He was an auditor and evaluator in the United States General Accounting Office for 24 years, supervising audits in the areas of defense acquisition, housing finance, and drug enforcement.  Tom is currently a member of the United Nations Joint Staff Pension Board and was a charter member of its Audit Committee.  He has a degree in Accounting from Moravian College in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania and is a Certified Government Financial Manager.  He teaches college courses based on his United Nations experiences and volunteers his time to a variety of arts-related and community activities.