Posted on May 16, 2014

Around 300 finance professionals gathered at the Qatar National Convention Centre to hear experts from Qatar member firm of Protiviti (, a global consulting firm, discuss Strategy, Change Management and Corporate Governance. This was the first international conference held by the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India (ICAI).

In his talk, Peter Steward, Protiviti’s Regional Director for Business Consulting Services emphasized the importance of effective Change Management in ensuring timely success of a project. “The people aspect of managing change is often overlooked,” said Peter. “Global statistics show that around two-third of major projects fail to meet their objectives. Surprisingly, this statistic has not changed over the past ten years,” he continued. Peter also shared the various techniques that organizations can adopt to improve project success rate.

Andy Cross, a Director in Internal Audit Services of Protivi tiled an energetic session on Corporate Governance. Andy looked at the business scenario in Qatar to shed light on what effective Governance means and how different organizations perceive it. He concluded by sharing insights and steps that companies at various stages could take in this vital area.

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Speaking about the event, Andrew North, Managing Director, Protiviti Qatar,said, “Qatar is an exciting place for business. The scale of change in Doha is unprecedented as it fulfills its excellent National Vision and the use of Change Management techniques can significantly reduce project risk. We are delighted to contribute our expertise to the conference and to the success of business in Qatar.” The conference titled 'Delivering Business Advantage' was held at Qatar National Convention Centre. It covered topics ranging from strategy, change management, corporate governance, IFRS accounting, internal controls, cyber security, risk mitigation, business performance and processes restructuring.