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ERFAs & groups

Our regular ERFAs & groups are a popular format and significantly contribute to achieving our association’s goals.

Networking through ERFAs & groups

We launched our ERFAs & groups to grow people’s networks and encourage mutual exchange. There are currently nine ERFAs and two groups across Switzerland that are divided by industry, field and language. The ERFAs & groups take the form of regular meetings and conferences, and are an opportunity to discuss and, in some cases, collaborate on specific projects. Participants can also ask questions and raise queries, which are discussed in the group and which the group works together to resolve.

Anchor: german-speaking

ERFAs & groups in German-speaking Switzerland


Regular exchange of information between heads of audit
Discussions with relevant stakeholders, especially the regulators responsible
Training platform with industry-specific and work-relevant conferences for employees of affiliated members
Collaboration with bank representatives on the IIAS Board on various advocacy activities
Network for building professional relationships and socialising with colleagues and like-minded people
Dr. Daniel Dal Santo
Head Internal Audit, Raiffeisen Schweiz
Adress: Raiffeisenplatz
Postcode: 9001
City: St. Gallen
Phone: +41 (0)71 225 91 90
Board of Directors
Daniel Dal Santo, Raiffeisen
Ralph Dicht, Julius Baer
Felix Hänle, Basler Kantonalbank
Chiara Penazzato, UBS
Jörg Steinger, ZKB

Data analytics and data science


The Data Analytics and Data Science dialogue group is aimed at data analytics managers and data science managers who work in internal auditing at blue-chip companies based or headquartered in Switzerland in sectors such as finance, healthcare, pharmaceuticals, consumer goods and industry.

The aim of the group is to share knowledge in the field of data analytics and data science for internal auditors (best practice, presentation of findings, skills and talent management, modern tools and approaches, use cases).

The language of communication is English and we welcome colleagues from French-speaking Switzerland, Ticino and German-speaking Switzerland.

Dr. Robert Stephan Zergenyi

Head of IT Audit Experience Group


Discussions on current internal IT auditing topics

Participation is by invitation only. Interested parties who are responsible for an internal IT audit should contact

Date Event Location Information
16.11.2023 Head IT-Audit Baloise Basel Find out more
Andreas Unternährer
Bank Vontobel AG
Adress: Gotthardstrasse 43
Postcode: 8022
City: Zürich
Phone: +41 (0)58 283 54 35




Internal audit teams in the industry field are currently facing and resiliently adapting to an increasingly complex economic environment, evolving regulations, un-precented markets disruptions, including resource shortages and new technologies.
The Industry, Commerce, Transport and Media Group promotes collaboration, networking and exchange on key industry-specific topics and emerging issues of interest to internal auditors working in Switzerland.

Date Event Location Information
15.11.2023 Q4/2023 ERFA meeting Zurich-Altstetten Find out more
Daniele Federici
Landis+Gyr Group
Adress: Alte Steinhauserstrasse 18
Postcode: 6300
City: Cham
Phone: +41 (0)41 935 62 18


Leadership team
Sebastian Wodjereck – DocMorris AG
Vanessa Nigro Silingardi – Dufry International
Philipp Lanz - Kuehne + Nagel Management AG



The Insurance dialogue group is made up of specialists and managers in internal auditing within the Swiss insurance industry. In particular, the dialogue group promotes the exchange of experiences, the formation of opinions on current issues of relevance to audit, and the transfer of industry-specific auditing knowledge among its members. In addition, the dialogue group supports the Institute of Internal Auditing Switzerland (IIAS) with contributions on current auditing topics. Discussions take place on a personal level among its members, as well as at two annual specialist conferences and a conference for heads of audit.

Stephan Riedle
Zürich Versicherungs-Gesellschaft AG
Adress: Mythenquai 2
Postcode: 8002
City: Zürich
Phone: +41 (0)44 628 28 28


Publicly contracted internal auditing


The objectives of the dialogue group are sharing knowledge and further education. We meet annually for a conference on a current topic. The dialogue group is professionally supported and advised by a sounding board whose members are established technical experts in auditing. As a dialogue group, we can also position ourselves on current topics.
The dialogue group facilitates practical exchange between internal auditors and publicly-contracted auditors. This includes auditors from the federal administration, the cantons, cities and from publicly-contracted companies such as higher education institutions, hospitals and foundations.
The head of the dialogue group exchanges information and coordinates with the working group Professional Association of Financial Controls of German-speaking Switzerland and the Principality of Liechtenstein. Auditors from publicly-contracted institutions can participate in seminars held by the professional association. The announcement of and registration for these seminars is done via the professional association.

Regula Durrer
Regula Durrer, head of the dialogue group ‘Publicly contracted internal auditing’, Swiss Federal Audit Office


Monbijoustrasse 45






+41 (0)58 463 10 52



Contact person for the annual conference
Alessandro Manferdini, Eidgenössische Finanzkontrolle
Phone: +41 (0) 58 461 44 96
Mob.: +41(0) 79 480 03 62
Email adress:

Transformation and digitalisation


Like many other areas, the world of auditing is changing. Technological innovations are changing the way we work in addition to the requirements for internal auditing, not just in terms of assistive technology, but also with regard to work processes, auditing procedures and employees’s skills.

The Transformation and Digitalisation dialogue group seeks to promote the broad, cross-sectoral exchange of experiences on these topics. Its target group is managers in the audit field and, where available, those responsible for transformation and digitalisation in internal auditing. It does not just focus on purely technical aspects: it also encourages holistic discussions that look at the effect of this transformation on people, technology and processes in its entirety.

Date Event Location Information
08.11.2023 Transformation & Digitalisierung Zurich Registration not yet available
Andreas Caflisch
Züricher Kantonalbank
Adress: Neue Hard 9
Postcode: 8005
Location: Zürich
Phone: +41 (0) 44 292 93 91


CIA group

Exchange on practical audit work (focus on IIA standards & audit practice) Motto: For and by certified internal auditors
Systematic exchange of experience on current topics in internal auditing, such as audit planning, risk assessment, reporting, fraud investigation or Agile Auditing
The International Professional Practice Framework (IIA Standards, Practice Advisories) forms a focal point, both as a theoretical basis and for exchanging information on practical implementation
Cultivate and expand your own network and strengthen your identity as a CIA / professional
Date Event Location Information
29.11.2023 Next event Zurich Program follows
Anuschka Küng
Acons Governance & Audit AG
Adress: Max-Högger-Strasse 6
Postcode: 8048
City: Zürich
Phone: +41 (0)44 224 30 00
Board of Directors
René Balz, Zürcher Kantonalbank /
Evelyn Schmidt, Schmidt Internal Audit /
Eric Herrenknecht, Julius Bär /
Mike Tucesku, Deloitte /;
Martin Villiger, Acons Governance & Audit AG /
Anchor: french-speaking

ERFAs & groups in French-speaking Switzerland & Ticino

Banking (French-speaking Switzerland)

Main objective is to participate at the regional level at the implementation of the objectives of the IIAS. Within this context IIA Bancaire Romand organises conferences and working meetings, in principle twice a year, for the heads of internal audit (members of their teams are also invited to participate at least once a year).
Date Event Location Information
09.11.2023 81ème Réunion du Groupement Bancaire Romand Lausanne Find out more
Panayotis Pournaras
Union Bancaire Privée
Adress: Rue du Rhône 96-98
Postcode: 1211
City: Genf
Phone: +41 (0)58 819 32 29
Board of Directors
Natasha Camo, Banque Lombard Odier & Cie SA, T: +41 22 709 19 72, Mail:
Pascal John Banque Pictet & Cie SA, T: +41 58 323 24 43, Mail:
Philippe Levy Banque Cantonale Vaudoise, T: +41 (0)21 212 17 23, Mail:
Laurence Michellod Union Bancaire Privée, UBP SA, T: +41 58 819 37 03, Mail:
Jean-Louis Oehen, Mail:
Monique Seiss Baudry, Banque Cantonale de Genève, Directrice Responsable de l'Audit interne, T: +41 (0)22 809 20 30, Mail:
Philippe Vaudaux, Senior Manager Global Private Banking Audit, HSBC Private Banking Holdings (Suisse) SA, T: +41 (0)58 705 5222, Mail:

Collectives Publiques Latines


The primary aim is to allow auditors working in the public sector to share their experiences. With this in mind, the Groupe des Collectivités Publiques Latines has set the following objectives:

Organising an annual conference on current issues in the field;
Sharing useful contacts and information on the Group's website and/or LinkedIn group;
Publishing useful information for internal auditors working in the public sector.
Date Event Location Information
06.10.2023 L’audit interne dans un monde qui bouge : de l’agilité à la valeur ajoutée Fribourg Learn more
Grégoire Demaurex
Swiss Federal Audit Office
Adress: Monbijoustrasse 35
Postcode: 3003
City: Bern
Phone: +41 (0)58 463 10 88


Board of Directors
Audrey Bütikofer Barbillon, Head of Internal Audit, City of Fribourg
Yann Cyril Wyss, Internal Auditor, Federal Department of Foreign Affairs
Maxime Chrétien, Head of Financial Control, City of Geneva
Nicolin Thierry, Inspection des finances du canton du Valais
Mirko Lanzi, Head of Internal Audit, Ticino Hospital Authority
Laurent Dussoliet-Berthod, Audit Director at the Court of Auditors, Canton of Geneva

Group Ticino

Finalità del Gruppo attivo in Ticino è quello di organizzare momenti formativi e di creare occasioni di contatto tra persone che si occupano di tematiche d'interesse per la Revisione interna..
Date Event Location Information
21.09.2023 Etica, data mining e intelligenza artificiale Bellinzona Learn more
Guglielmini Gabriele
Membro del Comitato di IIA Switzerland
Company: Banco dello Stato del Cantone Ticino
Phone: +41 (0)91 803 75 32
Leadership Team
Mirko Lanzi, Ente Ospedaliero Cantonale, Responsabile Revisione interna, +41 91 811 13 62,

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