Gaia Chartouni

  • Company: KPMG AG
  • Position: Senior Manager
  • Remit/main activity: Financial Services
  • Highest educational qualification: state-certified auditor
  • Years of professional experience: 8
  • Place of work: Geneva
  • No. of employees at place of work: Approx. 300

 

 

What makes my work exciting?
Bank auditing is an interesting job that involves tackling both financial and regulatory issues. The numerous regulatory and strategic developments for banks mean that my work is ever-changing and stimulating. 

Why did I enter the profession?
My grandfather was an accountant and tax expert in Lebanon and he kept working until he was 80 years old. The way that his passion for his work, his ethics and his technical expertise enabled him to help his clients inspired me to choose the same path. 

What challenges does my work present?
My work requires mastery of a wide range of skills, spanning project management, people management and technical expertise, to name but a few. Handling all of these aspects brings daily challenges and is never boring.  

How does my work benefit the economy? 
Our work enables the different stakeholders to have confidence in the information that companies present and thus inspires confidence in the economic environment.  

What is important to me in my client relationships? 
It is important for me to be able to provide well thought-out, pragmatic solutions for my clients. 

What is currently important for my clients in our cooperation (keyword: coronavirus)? 
At the moment, we need to be up-to-date on economic and legal developments, as well as the solutions implemented on the ground (benchmarks) in relation to coronavirus in order to support clients. We also need to be flexible in the way we work to help ease the pressures on clients.  

How has the industry changed? What are the challenges of the future? 
Regulatory provisions are becoming increasingly specific and strict in order to improve audit quality and make the regulatory challenges easier to understand. Our main challenge is making our audit process more efficient through the use of technology.