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Jens Kessler

Director, Risk Advisory,

KPMG China

At KPMG Jens spearheads the delivery of internal audit services for clients in the insurance sector. Amongst others, he currently leads the outsourced Internal Audit Quality Assurance function at one of Asia’s largest independently listed life insurance companies covering the breath of assurance activities undertaken by the internal audit function globally.

As an Audit and Financial services executive with over 25 years’ experience, he has worked in leading audit roles across asset management, banking and insurance. Over the past decade, Jens has been building and managing high performing audit teams in Asia for Allianz Global Investors, Allianz Insurance and QBE Insurance.

Jens has extensive working experience in countries across Asia Pacific, including managing an on-the-ground audit teams in Singapore, Hong Kong and Malaysia. In these roles, he was instrumental in closely aligning internal audit governance to business objectives to achieve added value for the organization whilst ensuring efficient delivery of independent assurance to the Board. Under his leadership, Internal Audit teams achieved increasing traction in control improvements across diverse business processes and organizations through flexing planned assurance delivery and implementing leading audit methodology (including automated work paper solutions, Data & Analytics driven audit approaches and value adding, system supported Follow-up processes).

Jens regularly engaged with key regulators, including Singapore MAS, Hong Kong IA and Malaysia’s Bank Negara and is a regular speaker at the Hong Kong Chapter of the Institute of Internal Auditors as well as insurance and audit conferences across Asia.