About Mr. Edward Ouko
Mr. Edward Ouko is the Auditor-General of the Republic of Kenya. He was appointed the Auditor-General on 27 August, 2011. He is a Fellow Member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of England and Wales (FCA) and is a co-opted Council Member of the Institute representing Africa. He is also a member of the Institute of Certified Public Accountants of Kenya (CPA) and holds a B.Com Degree (Hons) in Finance and Accounting from the University of Nairobi. Before his appointment, Mr. Ouko was the Auditor General at the African Development Bank where he directed the audit function and was also in charge of the anti-corruption and fraud function up to June 2010. Mr. Ouko was with the African Development Bank (AfDB) for over 24 years in various capacities.
Mr. Ouko has over 30 years’ experience in matters of auditing, accounting and investigations. At the African Development Bank, he directed and supervised audits, anti-corruption and fraud investigation functions for over 12 years cumulatively. Prior to joining the Bank in 1987, he worked in London and Nairobi for Deloitte, Haskins and Sells, one of the Big Six accounting firms in the world then, as a staff accountant and later Audit Manager at Deloittes’ Kenya Office.
He is currently a member of the Audit and Risk Committee of the African Capacity Building Foundation (ACBF) and a member of the Advisory Board of the Vienna-based International Anti-Corruption Academy (IACA). The academy, set up by the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNDOC), the European Union Anti-Fraud Office (OLAF) and signatory countries, to serve as a centre of excellence for anti-corruption research, degree-based learning and the development of policies and procedures to prevent and combat corruption.
Mr Ouko is a former member of Audit Committees in certain UN agencies. He is the immediate former chairman of the Audit Committee of Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) for 5 years. He served as an external member of the Audit Committee of United Nations Relief and Works Agency for the Palestinian Refugees (UNRWA) from May 2006 to May 2011.
Mr. Ouko was involved in close networking with Multi-lateral Development Banks (MDBs) and UN agencies for over 12 years on matters of investigations and audit. He was a working group member of the MDBs and the UN Heads of Internal Audit on revising the Institute of Internal Auditors (IIA) standard for a new definition of Internal Auditing. In 2003, he was a contributor in drawing up the first Standards of Investigation for the UN, MDBs and OLAF.
In 2005, he was a member of the International Financial Institutions Anti-Corruption Task Force set up by the leaders of the African Development Bank Group, Asian Development Bank, European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, European Investment Bank Group, International Monetary Fund, Inter-American Development Bank Group and the World Bank to work towards a consistent and harmonized approach to combat corruption in the activities and operations of the member institutions. On February 18, 2006, in Singapore, the leaders adopted Uniform Framework for Preventing and Combating Fraud and Corruption by the Task Force that harmonized strategy to combat corruption in the activities and operations of the member institutions.
The Task Force further worked on a Joint Sanctions Accord to cross-debar firms found to have engaged in fraud and corruption. On April 9, 2010, the participating institutions signed the Accord for mutual recognition of sanctions to deter and prevent corrupt practices.
Mr. Ouko has participated in many seminars and workshops on Auditing, Accounting, Management, Fraud and Corruption. He is a regular key note speaker and a panelist at the Annual Audit, Risk and Governance Africa Conferences.
As Auditor-General of Kenya, Mr. Ouko has realigned the Office to focus on its wider mandate of assuring that public funds have been used lawfully and effectively. He has championed an assurance framework, involving fiscal accountability; managerial accountability through continuous audit presence and accountability for service delivery. As a result the office has gained higher public recognition.