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Webinar Title:

Empowering Women: Unleashing Potential for Change


In this session, we'll delve into the unique challenges facing women in internal audit and beyond. Topics such as gender equality and sensitivity, the delicate balance between family and career, and other barriers to empowering women will be explored. Join us for the next hour as we embark on a journey exploring the pivotal role of women in driving purposeful change.


  • Neriza Garcia (Vice President - Corporate Audit Department at Philippine Airlines Inc. (PAL))

    Neriza Garcia

    Vice President - Corporate Audit Department at Philippine Airlines Inc. (PAL)

    Neriza is the Chief Audit Executive / Vice President for the Corporate Audit Department of Philippine Airlines, Inc. She is a cum laude graduate of Polytechnic University of the Philippines with a degree in BS Accountancy.

    Aside from her 20year experience in the field of airline internal auditing, she started her career in Accounting and Finance in the shipping and real estate industries.

    She is also an active member of the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners and the International Association of Airline Internal Auditors.

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  • Maria Rosell Gomez (Partner at Isla Lipana & Co. (PwC Philippines))

    Maria Rosell Gomez

    Partner at Isla Lipana & Co. (PwC Philippines)

    Rosell is a Partner and the Risk Assurance Leader of PwC Philippines. She leads the cybersecurity, data privacy, IT risk assurance, and data analytics practice. She is also the Lead Partner for financial services industry practice and one of the key drivers for the Digital Transformation Services of the Firm.

    She has more than 21 years of solid experience in helping clients in diverse industries navigate the business challenges through internal/IT outsourcing audits, IT governance assessments, ISO 27001 and 22301 readiness assessments, vulnerability assessment and penetration testing, data privacy advisory and compliance reviews, system pre/post implementation review, fraud and business analytics, data quality assessments, data dashboard and solutions development, business process reviews, internal/IT audit outsourcing, regulatory compliance assessments, among others.

    Internally within PwC Philippines, Rosell serves the Chief Information Officer and the Chief Data Officer.

    Rosell is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) in the Philippines, Certified Internal Auditor (CIA), Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA), Certified Internal Auditor (CIA), Certified in Risk and Information Systems and Control (CRISC), Certified in COBIT 5 Foundation (COBIT 5F), Certified in COBIT 5 Implementation (COBIT 5I), Certified ISO 31000 Risk Manager (CRM), and Certified Data Privacy Solutions Engineer (CDPSE).

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  • Catherine Hufana-Ang (Ayala Corporation at Executive Director and Chief Audit Executive)

    Catherine Hufana-Ang

    Ayala Corporation at Executive Director and Chief Audit Executive

    Catherine Hufana-Ang is an Executive Director and the Chief Audit Executive of Ayala Corporation since July 2013. She joined the Company in February 2012 as Head for Risk Management and Sustainability. She also holds the following positions at the Ayala Group of Companies: Director of Technopark Land, Inc., Audit and Risk Committee Chairman of Entrego Fulfillment Solutions, Inc. and Entrego Express Corporation, Audit and Risk Committee Member of Ayala Healthcare Holdings, Inc., Generika Group (Actimed, Inc., Erikagen, Inc., Novelis Solutions, Inc., Pharm Gen Ventures Corp.), AC Energy and Infrastructure Corporation, AC Infrastructure Holdings Corporation, Air 21 Holdings, Inc., Air Freight 2100, Inc. Ayala Multi-Purpose Cooperative and Light Rail Manila Corporation. She is currently the Chairman of the Good Governance Committee and a member of the YFO Committee of Financial Executives Institute of the Philippines (FINEX). She is also a member of the Corporate Governance Scorecard Committee of the Institute of Corporate Directors (ICD), and a Teaching Fellow at the ICD. She was the Institute of Internal Auditors - Phiippines 2014 Chair of the Board of Trustees and served as a member of the Boardfrom 2009 - 2014.

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  • Zaida Angelita Lazaro (Chief Audit Executive at SteelAsia Manufacturing Corporation)

    Zaida Angelita Lazaro

    Chief Audit Executive at SteelAsia Manufacturing Corporation

    Zaida Angelita Lazaro, or Zaida as she is called, is currently the SVP - Chief Audit Executive of SteelAsia Manufacturing Corporation.

    With more than 15 years of experience in finance, accounting, external and internal auditing including special investigations, Zaida has worked with both bank and insurance companies after her public accounting stint at Punongbayan & Araullo.

    She used to teach at FEU Makati and is currently an active member of the Institute of Internal Auditors – Philippines, Institute of Corporate Directors and ISACA.

    She holds a degree in BS Accountancy and a Master’s Degree in Business Administration. She is also a Certified Public Accountant, Certified Internal Auditor, Certified Risk Management Auditor, Certified Financial Services Auditor and holds a certification in controls self-assessment.

    When Zaida is not teaching or at work, she writes technical and fiction, does yoga, meditation, and pilates at home and takes good care of her Labradors.

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