Internal Audit Conference 2024 | Keynote speakers


Dr. Hannah Fry - Professor in the Mathematics of Cities, Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis, UCL


Hannah Fry’s research applies to a wide range of social problems and questions, from shopping and transport to urban crime, riots and terrorism. She is a mathematician, a best-selling author, an award winning science presenter and the host of numerous popular podcasts and television shows.

In 2023, new series, The Future with Hannah Fry. launched on Bloomberg, bringing her signature intellectual heft and insight, peppered with her imitable wit to American audiences.

Her recent BBC Two documentary series The Secret Genius of Modern Life received critical acclaim and her previous documentaries include City in the Sky, Magic Numbers, The Joy of Winning, The Joy of Data, Unvaccinated, Making Sense of Cancer, and the 2018 film Contagion.

Hannah Fry regularly writes for the New Yorker, and her book, Hello World - How to be human in the age of the machine, was shortlisted for several of the world’s most prestigious non-fiction awards, winning the 2020 Asimov Prize. Through her videos on the Numberphile Youtube channel, her podcasts with DeepMind and her long running radio series The Curious Cases of Rutherford and Fry, Hannah is known around the world for her joyful ability to bring mathematical ideas to life for audiences of all interests and abilities.


Dr. Kamel Hothi, OBE


Dr Kamel Hothi OBE has been a trailblazer, breaking glass ceilings in the banking world for over four decades. From being the first Asian bank manager in UK to director, strategist and architect of numerous initiatives that have changed the banking industry. She is also ranked in the top 100 most influential black, Asian and minority ethnic leaders.

She was awarded an OBE by Queen Elizabeth II in 2017 for services to promote diversity across banking. 

Kamel now sits on several boards such as Advisor to The Queens Commonwealth Trust across 56 countries, on the ESG Committee of Lloyds of London, Ambassador for Alzheimer’s Society, NED for TLC Lions supporting over 300 companies, and MD of her own family property business.


Gareth Davies - Comptroller and Auditor General


Gareth Davies was appointed the United Kingdom’s Comptroller & Auditor General (C&AG) on 1 June 2019. Before his appointment as C&AG, he was Head of Public Services at Mazars, a global accountancy firm specialising in audit, tax and advisory services. Prior to this, he was managing director of the UK Audit Commission’s Audit Practice. His experience spans financial and value for money audit, organisational leadership and Board governance. Gareth is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy and a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales.