Dr Rainer Lenz is a seasoned financial and audit executive with 30 years of international experience in global organizations. He had CFO-type of roles in the first part of his professional career. Since 2007, Rainer has been working as Chief Audit Executive. He has a PhD in Economics and Management Science from the Louvain School of Management in Belgium. Mr Lenz has published a series of articles about internal auditing in peer-reviewed journals. He has earned several awards for his thought leadership, including the Larry Sawyer Research Foundation Project of the Year Award (2012), the national Award from the German chapter of the IIA (DIIR Förderpreis, 2013), and Audit Innovation Awards from the Audit Research Centre in Germany (2013 and 2017). Mr Lenz is a Certified International Investment Analyst (CIIA, CEFA) and a Certified Internal Auditor (CIA). He was named one of the “Top 10 Internal Audit Thought Leaders of the Decade”, and again of 2020 and of 2021 (nominated by the past President and CEO of the global IIA, Richard Chambers).