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IA functions under COVID 19

14 October 2020

1.00 - 2.00 pm

How have IA functions coped with the repercussions of COVID 19 and remote working.

The second in the iiag’s series of free webinars will focus on how IA functions have coped with the repercussions of COVID 19 and the challenges of remote working.

John Roder of the Good Practices Development Group (GPDG) will open the session with a review of the results and responses received to the survey circulated in April which was aimed at identifying the operational issues of undertaking audit work remotely, how IA functions were responding to CV19 as well as considering if there was an industry norm.

Tali Shlomo will then join us to look at work and wellbeing lessons from a pandemic before being joined by Tim Andrews, Senior Internal Auditor at ReAssure and Kia Abbasi Senior Internal Auditor at RGA for the panel discussion which will close the Webinar, focussing on steps taken by IA departments since March.

This will be an interactive session, allowing you to post questions in the chat window and interact with the speakers.

If you would like to join us please book your place via this link.

Dates for subsequent webinars will be:


  • 4 November
  • 18 November
  • 2 December
  • 16 December

All webinars will be timed from 12 - 1pm 

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Speakers Profiles

Kia Abbasi

Senior Internal Auditor





Kia is a Chartered Accountant and CISA Senior Auditor with seven years of experience of delivering assurance and consultancy work in the insurance, reinsurance and health care sector.

Kia started her career as an external auditor at the National Audit Office, where she audited government health bodies and international organisations such as the United Nations. Kia has led a range of audits, investigations and remediation activity involving regulators at Bupa. Kia currently works at Reinsurance Group of America as Senior Auditor. 

Kia has previously sat on the ICAEW Ethics Committee and influenced FRC and IESBA standards.  She is currently driving strategic changes for younger members on the ISACA London Chapter Board.

Tim Andrews

Senior Internal Auditor




Currently a Senior Internal Auditor within ReAssure (part of the Phoenix Group) Tim previously worked as a Data Analyst ReAssure, joining Internal Audit in 2014 (both ReAssure).

ACCA Qualified he is data focused with previous experience and high interest in use of data within audit engagements'

Becaming a father for the first time just prior to lockdown he is currently experiencing personal and business challenges in the new working envirnoment!

Tali Shlomo






An internationally recognised HR Director, Diversity & Inclusion (D&I) and Wellbeing thought leader whose achievements were recognised in the 2020 Insurance Business Global 100 influential people for creating inclusive workplace cultures. Shortlisted for Women In Finance Awards 2020 - Ambassador of the Year for her work in supporting women in the workplace and gender equality. Highly Commended for Diversity Champion of the Year 2020 - Financial Adviser Diversity in Finance Awards.

Tali is a member of the advisory board for several diversity and inclusion organisations ranging from age diversity, mental health and Afro- Caribbean.

Adviser to CEO and Board, leading organisational design requirements to ensure profitable and strategic business targets are met. Led a multi-discipline HR function including organisational design, reward, learning & development, employee relations, engagement and culture.
Successful track record in business and cultural transformation having set up global operations across AsiaPac, South Asia and Middle East ensuring operational and cultural alignment through a cohesive people strategy.  Creates a progressive, agile and commercial people strategy to ensure an enriched, inclusive culture.

An acknowledged D&I specialist who has sat on several insurance and financial services market led diversity, inclusion and wellbeing advisory groups and committees', a regular spokesperson at events and panel sessions.  Regularly quoted in the trade press on progressive HR strategies, D&I, wellbeing and talent.  Tali is also a judge on several market awards from Chartered Institute Personnel and Development (CIPD), Insurance D&I, Business Culture and Mental Health and Wellbeing.

A successful career coach supporting people to achieve breakthroughs as we work in partnership to unlock their potential and talent. Passionate to support people in their career journey or to unlock their talent and potential through one to one coaching, group training or group coaching. A successful career coach supporting people to achieve breakthroughs as we work in partnership to unlock their potential and talent.