Navigating Geopolitical Uncertainty

Liz Sandwith
Liz Sandwith Chartered Institute of Internal Auditors

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Liz Sandwith is currently the Chief Professional Practices Adviser for the Chartered Institute of Internal Auditors. In her role she is responsible for advising and representing the Institute on all matters relating to the professional practice of internal audit. She is also technical advisor to the Institute’s External Quality Assessment (EQA) service, which includes the undertaking the quality assurance process for every EQA report and ensuring that standards are maintained and there is consistency in the application of the Institute’s EQA framework.

Liz has over 33 years’ experience in internal audit and risk management, her background is firmly embedded in internal audit and risk management. She has worked for a number of private and public sector organisations, helping to develop risk management and control awareness and has delivered training to internal auditors in the UK and internationally. Liz is a member of the IIA Global Standards Board so is an influencer regarding changes in the International Professional Practices Framework and the IIA Standards. Liz was awarded the JJ Morris Distinguished Service Award in 2020 which recognises members who, over time, have given unusual and outstanding service to the profession by participating in the Institute.


From war in Europe to surging inflation rates and other economic pressures, major geopolitical events have sent ripples across the globe and left many businesses struggling to keep pace. Despite rising geopolitical risk, this is still an area that internal audit doesn’t spend much time on. In this session, gain an understanding of geopolitical scenarios through six case studies covering the war in Ukraine, conflict involving China, climate change, cybersecurity, US politics, and more.

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