Dr. 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 (the audit and oversight committee) of the International Telecommunication Union; a member (and Vice-chair) of the Audit Committee of the World Meteorological Organization; and a member of the Expert Advisory Group on Conflict of Interest to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (the IPCC). He 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 Chair of the Independent Expert Oversight Advisory Committee (audit committee) of the World Health Organization from 2010 to 2012. Graham provides consultancy support to international and public sector organisations on governance and accountability, internal control, strategic risk management and the effectiveness of internal oversight.
As Director of International Audit for the UK National Audit Office until 2010, 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 focussed on organisational improvement through 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 30 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.
Ms Aline Vienneau
Ms Vienneau is a member of the Independent Management Advisory Committee of the International Telecommunication Union. Ms Vienneau is a CPA, Chartered Accountant with more than 35 years of experience in financial and value for money audits, financial reporting and governance.
As Audit principal for the Office of a the Auditor General of Canada, Ms Vienneau was responsible for the audits of the International Labour Organization, the International Training Center of the ILO as well donor project audits. In Canada, she was responsible for the financial and value for money audits in sectors such as airport security, culture, employment, pension plans social and finance.
Ms Vienneau served as director of Operations and subject matter experts for INTOSAI Development Initiatives Canada and Norway. She worked at providing capacity building to Supreme Audit Institutions in French and English in Africa, Asia, the Caribbean and Eastern Europe.
Ms Vienneau is also a member of the United Nations Joint Staff Pension Fund Audit Committee.
Mr. Kamlesh Vikamsey
Mr. Vikamsey is a member of the Independent Management Advisory Committee of the International Telecommunication Union. Mr. Vikamsey, a chartered accountant, is currently the senior partner of Khimji Kunverji & Co., a member of HLB International, a leading mid-tier accounting network. Mr. Vikamsey has over 30 years’ experience in financial reporting, external audit, and governance. He is a member of advisory board and an independent director of a variety of companies in India.
Prior to joining the Union's Independent Management Advisory Committee, Mr. Vikamsey was the Chair of the Audit Advisory Committee of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). He also formerly served as president of both the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India (ICAI) and the Confederation of Asian and Pacific Accountants (CAPA), and is a former Board member of the International Federation of Accountants (IFAC).
Mr. Vikamsey is a member of the External Audit Committee of International Monetary Fund (IMF) as well as member of Audit Advisory Committee of United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF).
Mr. Vikamsey has served as a committee member for the Government of India, the Reserve Bank of India, the Securities and Exchange Board of India, and the Insurance Regulatory and Development Authority of India. He was also a member of the United Nations Steering Committee for Comprehensive Review of Governance and Oversight.