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2018 Top 35-under-35 Finalist: Mpolai Liau

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Name: Mpolai Liau (35)

Region: Northern Region

Job Title: Senior Audit Manager – Internal Audit

Years in this position: 1.3

Company Name: Standard Bank

Entry Category: Corporate

Mpolai is currently a senior internal audit manager for the Standard Bank Group managing the Digital Banking and Vehicle and Asset Financing portfolios. She is courageous yet fair in dealing with difficult conversations with a solution-focused mindset. This has shifted the narrative from audit being viewed as a watchman to a trusted independent business partner. As a result, her stakeholders seek input into their strategic objectives and she has received requests for internal audit to conduct more consulting reviews. She is not afraid to be an outlier and challenge the status quo in a respectable and collaborative manner.

Mpolai won the 2016 Standard Bank Group Internal Audit Mark of Excellence (MOE) award for excellent stakeholder engagement and people development. This award is bestowed on the Top 5 internal auditors within the Standard Bank Group across a staff complement of 260 members.

She is a council and Audit and Risk Committee member for Ekurhuleni West TVET College appointed by the Minister of Higher Education. She is also the chairperson of the Audit and Risk Committee for the SA Board for People Practice and was nominated for the 2018 Rising Stars Awards for her contribution in that role.

She has a passion for education and developing young people. She actively coaches and mentors emerging talent and can influence people with great ease.  She has positive energy, aspires to reach greatness in everything she does and believes in always striving to do the right thing even when no one is watching.