Rebecca Go Sarmenta


Rebecca is a Senior Advisor in Risk Services under the Advisory practice of SGV & Co / Ernst & Young (EY) Philippines. She specializes in risk management services, internal audit services, business process reviews, and operational performance reviews. She graduated magna cum laude from the University of San Carlos with a degree of Bachelor of Science in Commerce and holds a Masters in Business Administration degree from the University of the Philippines. She is a regular speaker for Firm-sponsored seminars on corporate governance, risk management, and internal audit. Her qualifications also include Certified Public Accountant ,Certified Internal Auditor,Fellow, Institute of Corporate Directors ,Certification on Risk Management Assurance,Accredited Internal Quality Assessor/Validator,Accredited Trainor for Corporate Governance by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC),Member of Philippine Institute of Certified Public Accountants,2015 Chairman of the Board of Directors, Institute of Internal Auditors – Philippines  (IIA-P).

Sophia Yan Zhong Xin

Vice President


Sophia is the Deputy Head of Audit Department in China Nuclear Power Engineering Co., Ltd of China General Nuclear Power Group (CGN). She had worked more than 6 years as Head of Audit and Risk Management Department for Swakop Uranium (Pty) Ltd. of CGN in Namibia. Sophia has 19 years internal audit and 12 years project management experiences. She has both a senior auditor and a senior engineer certificates in China, and has a master’s degree in industrial engineering.

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.

Stephen Coates

Honorary Treasurer

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.  As a risk practitioner Stephen understands:

  • business continuity management and the necessary alignment to risk environment and level of risk maturity;
  • the positive and negative aspects of reputation risk; and
  • the need for documented, maintained, and tested mitigation practices.