EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE

Sophia Yan Zhong Xin

President

CIA, CCSA, CRMA

Sophia has been with The Asian Confederation of The Institutes of Internal Auditors(ACIIA)since 2019, and now serves as the 2021-2022 President of the Executive Committee of ACIIA. She is currently Deputy General Manager of the Audit Department of a leading engineering company in China. With rich experience leading compliance, audit and risk management functions abroad, Sophia has been an expert of working and collaborating in multi-cultural environment. A CIA, CCSA and CRMA, Sophia has extensive internal audit and project management experience. She is a Master of Engineering and has acquired Senior Auditor and Engineer Qualifications in China.

Stephen Coates

Vice President

Stephen is a national leader of governance and risk solution delivery in the public, private and not-for-profit sectors. He is an experienced non-executive Director and Board Chair, Company Secretary, and independent Chair of a number of organisation’s Audit & Risk Committees. Stephen’s core skills focus on leading Boards, Committees, internal audit and IT audit teams, risk & compliance initiatives, fraud and misconduct investigations, complex project and programme solutions, business building, engagement delivery, and people development. He is a result driven specialist with demonstrated success in building strong business relationships with C suite executives globally and is engaged for short technical assignments and annual coaching briefs by high profile brand name entities. Stephen has championed business continuity, disaster recovery, and business resilience programs at a number of organisations.  He brings real world learning and experience to his work and presentations.

Alan Chang Kong Chong

Honorary Secretary

He is currently the Chief Internal Auditor (CIA) of Hong Leong Financial Group Bhd and had previously served as CIA of Hong Leong Bank Bhd. He had also worked in Internal Audit of RHB Bank Bhd for 21 years rising to the Senior Vice President rank. He has over 27 years of internal audit experience specialising in credit, treasury, retail and operational audits of commercial banks. He currently leads the IIA Malaysia (IIAM) as its President and Chair of IIAM’s Board of Governors and Executive Committee. He had previously chaired IIAM’s Professional Services and Professional Development Committees. He was the immediate past Chairman of the Chief Internal Auditors Networking Group (CIANG) from 2015 to 2018. CIANG is a formal networking group under AICB which focuses on internal audit matters affecting the Malaysia’s financial services industry comprising Chief Internal Auditors and Heads of Internal Audit of 46 commercial, Islamic, development financial institutions (DFIs) and investment banks. CIANG has successfully restructured an existing AICB’s internal audit certification programme for its members to reflect the international standards of the profession by using The IIA’s IPPF standard into its certification’s study text. AICB is an institute formed by a council comprising of representatives from Bank Negara Malaysia, the Association of Banks in Malaysia and the Malaysia Investment Bank Association.

Michael Gallego

Honorary Treasurer

Mhycke is Partner and Advisory Services Practice Leader, and the Knowledge Management Head of Punongbayan & Araullo (P&A Grant Thornton). From 2014-2019, he served as the Asia Pacific Leader for Business Risk Services of Grant Thornton. Mhycke specializes in business risk advisory and has been involved in various work involving strategy and sustainability, governance, risk and compliance, internal audit and controls, learning and human capital development, and transaction advisory in the Philippines and the Asia Pacific region. In 2017, Mhycke was honored as the Most Outstanding CPA in Public Practice by Philippine Institute of Certified Public Accountants. He is past president of the Institute of Internal Auditors Philippines.