John Olwal

Global Lead IT Audit


John is passionate about technology and how it enables business in a controlled manner. He has more than 15 years of experience as an IT leader, consultant, auditor and subject matter expert in IT Governance, Risk, Audit and Compliance within multinational companies in the Financial- , Tech-, Consulting- and Pharma industry.

A high performer, curious and team builder. Knowledgeable and experienced in developing high performing multi-cultural and diverse team of audit talents. Currently at Novartis as the Head of IT Audit and Director of Digital and Business Services within Internal Audit.


John primarily focus on:

  • Leading the IT and Digital audit team in providing high quality advisories and audits within Novartis. Core areas covered IT/Cyber security, ITGC audits, Data Privacy, Operation Technology and IT programs and projects.

  • Leading IT and Digital Transition and Transformation initiative advisory and reviews.

  • Leading IT/Information risk assessments including information lifecycle and records management process.

  • Managing relationship with the IT and digital executives such as CIO, CISO and CDO.


Thursday, 19th -14:20 a.m. to 15:10 p.m.

Concurrent session 2.4 - Digital Transformation and Internal Audit Impact

The need and pressure to generate greater value with limited resources is leading to more demand on technological and process innovation. At Novartis, the leadership has define Data and Digital as a key enabler for growth and innovation. A systematic approach lead by the Chief Digital Office (CDO) supported by technology and business leaders has been defined. In order for Novartis to maximize value of these investments, innovative initiatives are going across the organization. Internal Audit is actively engaged in this journey on advisory and audit capacity to provide reasonable assurance on these initiatives. This presentation will highlight with examples the core components of the digital journey, framework and the impact Novartis Internal Audit is making in such a large organization.

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