The Assistant Secretary-General for Internal Oversight Services
Mr. David Kanja was appointed as the Assistant Secretary-General for Internal Oversight Services in June 2012. He was the Director of the UNICEF Office of Internal Audit and Investigations from 2010 to 2012. From 1992 to 2010, he served at the World Bank Group in various positions including as Chief Auditor for audit quality and strategy, Audit Manager and Acting Auditor General. Prior to that, he served for nine years at one of the Big Four audit firms, Deloitte, in various positions including as Audit Manager in the United Kingdom and Senior Manager in Kenya. David also served as a Chair and member of UNICEF’s Audit Advisory Committee from 2006 to 2009.
Mr. Kanja is active in professional activities and has served as a member of the Institute of Internal Auditors’ Board of Regents, Exam Development Committee, and Committee of Research and Education Advisers. He has served as a team member of IIA external quality assessments of a number of international organizations and has also served as an instructor on numerous Certified Internal Auditor (CIA) examination review courses.
He is a Certified Internal Auditor, Chartered Accountant (England and Wales) and Certified Public Accountant (Kenya) as well as a commerce graduate (First Class Honours) from the University of Nairobi. When he took the Certified Internal Auditor examination in 1992, David won the IIA’s Gold Medal award for the highest worldwide overall score.