POL B. MIRAFUENTES
Pol has more than 30 years' professional work experience, mainly in the power and energy industry, with extensive exposure in internal auditing, planning, budgeting, and financial analysis. He has also taught several subjects in the CIA review program, in-house training, and public-run seminars.
He previously served the professional organization, the Institute of Internal Auditors Philippines (IIAP), from 2010 to 2014. He served in various capacities such as Chairman of the Professional Development Committee, Chairman of Technical Standards and Research Committee, and Chief Operating Officer.
In January 2015, Pol, together with some colleagues, established the Center for Internal Advisory Services Philippines Incorporated (CIASP). They envisioned it to be a platform for internal audit services. Since then, CIASP has worked with a number of private corporations, government agencies, professional and non-profit organizations to deliver internal audit training and consultancy services under a governance framework.
Pol is also CIA topnotcher, a William S. Smith Certificate of Excellence awardee (Global Top 5) in the November 2006 exam.
ALEJANDRO "ALLAN" A. PALACIO, CPA
Allan has extensive and diversified experience with the top professional firms. His passion for teaching and developing seminar courses led to the conduct of best-selling seminars on various topics. He is a highly sought-after speaker by various organizations. He had previous speaking engagements with PICPA, ACPACI, ISACA Manila, IIAP, Center for Global Best Practices, Grant Thornton Vietnam and Cambodia, ACCA Vietnam, and IDG Cambodia.
Allan was also the Chief Financial Officer of a publicly listed firm with businesses in the energy and property development sector. Allan also served as the Professional Development Manager of IIA Philippines in 2014. Prior to this, he was with Grant Thornton Vietnam as Senior Manager for Advisory Services where he established the firm’s Business Risk Services practice focusing on enterprise risk management, IT services, fraud and forensic, internal audit and consulting. He was also with Grant Thornton Philippines (Punongbayan and Araullo) as Managing Consultant and with Arthur Andersen Philippines (Sycip Gorres & Velayo) as Audit Associate. His diversified experience in delivering advisory services to various companies in USA, Cambodia, West Bank Gaza, Afghanistan, Bolivia, Haiti, Angola, Vietnam, Lao, Diego Garcia and Philippines, and in different industries, provided him with a unique perspective that he can share with the clients.
Allan is also a board topnotcher - 6th place in the May 2003 CPA exam. He continues to keep in touch with the academe by being a CPA review lecturer at Philippine School of Business Administration – Quezon City.