Nancy Asiko Onyango: Meet IMF’s New Kenyan Audit Director


The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has appointed a Kenyan, Nancy Asiko Onyango, as the new director of its Internal Audit and Inspection (OIA) office.

The OIA is charged with conducting independent examinations of IMF’s internal control and governance processes.

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Onyango’s appointment will take effect in February 2018, replacing current director, Clare Brady, who was in charge of the office for almost four years.

IMF managing director Christine Lagarde made the announcement on Monday, expressing confidence in the Kenyan national’s ability to steer the key unit.

“Ms. Onyango brings to the Fund more than 25 years of experience in internal audit, strategic risk management, corporate governance and IT risk management,” Ms. Lagarde said in a statement.

“In addition to her extensive assurance and corporate governance experience, Nancy is passionate about empowering women and girls, notably in harnessing their leadership potential. I have full confidence that the OIA will continue to thrive under Nancy’s leadership,” she added.



About Nancy Asiko Onyango

Nancy Asiko Onyango has worked in several sectors, including financial services, and with several governments, development agencies and non-governmental organizations.

Before her recent appointment, she was the Chief Executive Officer at Reliance Risk Advisory Solutions, Kenya.

She had also been a Partner at PricewaterhouseCoopers (Kenya) and also served as EY’s Governance, Risk and Compliance Leader for Africa. She currently sits on the boards of KCB Bank Group and Cytonn Investments.

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Ms. Onyango is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and holds a doctorate degree in Business Administration from the United States International University – Africa in conjunction with the Columbia Business School, specializing in gender leadership and organizational change management.

She also holds several international certifications from global institutions such as the Information Systems Audit and Control Association and the Institute of Internal Auditors.