Audit Committee


The Audit Committee (AC) serves in an expert advisory capacity to assist the Executive Board and the Executive Director in exercising their governance responsibilities for financial reporting, internal control arrangements, risk management processes and other audit‑related matters. The membership of the AC is wholly independent and external to the WFP Secretariat and the Board.

See the Terms of Reference of the Audit Committee (revised in June 2017).

See the latest Annual Report of the Audit Committee (June 2017).

Previous Annual Reports: 2016 | 2015 | 2014 | 2013 | 2012 | 2011 | 2010 | 2009

 

Current composition

Mr Suresh Kana, Vice-Chair
(South Africa)

Ms Elaine June Cheung
(China)

Mr Omkar Goswami
(India)

15 Nov 2015 - 14 Nov 2018
Appointment and CVs

Mr Pedro Guazo
(Mexico)

Ms Agnieszka Słomka-Gołębiowska
(Poland)

 

30 Jul 2017 - 29 Jul 2020
Appointment and CVs

 

 

To see the previous compositions of the audit committee, click here.

 

Evolution of the WFP Audit Committee

1984 – The AC was created as an entirely internal management committee. WFP was among the first United Nations organizations to establish such a committee, followed by UNESCO and UNFPA in 2004.

2004 – Following a proposal of the Executive Director, new terms of reference were approved by the Executive Board and the AC composition included five members: three external (including the Chairperson) and two internal.

2007 – For the first time, the AC was comprised entirely of external members, making WFP the first United Nations agency to have an AC with such composition.

2009 –  The AC reporting line was revised to include both to the Executive Director and the Executive Board.

2010 – The mandate of the AC was reinforced to include advice to WFP management on evaluation of operational risks, assessments of audit programmes and consult on the appointments of the Inspector General, as well as Directors of Internal Audit and Inspections and Investigations.

2011 – The role of the Executive Board was enhanced to periodically review the terms of reference, nominate candidates for AC membership, and have the AC selection panel report its recommendations to the President of the Executive Board in addition to the Executive Director.

2017 – The Terms of Reference were revised to reflect, inter alia, WFP's strengthened oversight activities, including advice by the AC on the performance of the Inspector General and comments for consideration by the External Auditor in the independent determination of the External Auditor's work plan and reports.

 

Best practices

The WFP AC has been acknowledged as a benchmark for implementing all the best practices recommended by the Good Governance in the Public Sector Framework, as outlined in the Special Report No 27/2016 of the European Court of Auditors:

 

External activities

  • Farewell Ceremony (Rome - July 2017)

  Mr Amir Abdulla, WFP Deputy Executive Director, delivers a certificate of appreciation for Mr Rose and Ms Petruškevičiené

 

  • Annual UN system oversight committees meeting (New York - November 2016)

The AC also participates in the annual UN system oversight committees meeting at the UN Secretariat in New York.

Former Chair of the Audit Committee James Rose (fifth from the right), participates in the annual UN system oversight committees meeting in November 2016