I play a pivotal role in identifying and mitigating risks within a state-owned utility group in Singapore, and a leading energy provider across Asia Pacific. We assess risks associated with fraud, compliance, operational inefficiencies and emerging threats.

The focus on risk management has given me valuable skills that are highly sought after in today’s dynamic business environment. On top of that, our recommendations and valuable insights directly contribute to the organisation’s decision-making process, strategic planning and overall governance. We act as catalysts for positive change, aligning their efforts with the organisation’s objectives and driving continuous improvement.

The transition to internal audit required a shift of mindset and an expansion of my skillset

After graduating from Multimedia University in Malaysia with a bachelor degree in accounting, I joined PwC Malaysia as an external auditor. I knew ACCA offered a path to becoming a chartered accountant, so I began with my ACCA papers on a part-time basis. After completing the ACCA qualification and fulfilling my practical experience requirements, I obtained the prestigious designation, which enhanced my professional standing and career prospects.

After four years as an external auditor, I made the transition to internal audit in 2012. I first worked for Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts. I then moved to Singapore in 2014, where I’ve held roles at BDO, PwC Singapore, real estate group CapitaLand and, since last year, SP Group.

This journey required a shift of mindset, an expansion of my skillset and the ability to collaborate closely with management. I’ve broadened my professional horizons, developed a deeper understanding of business processes and contributed a broader view to the organisations I serve.

ACCA’s global recognition has provided me with the opportunity to experience diverse business environments in various organisations. Many multinational corporations and global accounting firms actively seek ACCA professionals who can navigate international financial regulations, taxation systems and crossborder transactions.

Achieving the ACCA qualification has been a significant milestone in my professional journey. It has equipped me with the knowledge and skills necessary to excel in the field of accounting and finance. With its global recognition, ACCA opens doors to a world of opportunities, enabling me as a professional to make a lasting impact in the financial realm.