Manfred Kraff

Director-General of the Internal Audit Service and Internal Auditor

European Commission

Manfred Kraff was born in Saarburg (Germany) in 1959. He graduated in ‘Public Administration’ and ‘Economic Sciences’ and completed his PhD in Economics at the University of Freiburg.


His professional career started in 1981 as an official of the German administration. From 1983 to 1988 Dr Kraff was an official of the European Commission and worked particularly as an Assistant to the Director of the Directorate ‘Employment’ in DG ‘Employment, Industrial Relations and Social Affairs’.


In 1988 he joined the European Court of Auditors, initially as an Assistant and later as a Principal Administrator in a variety of domains. From 1990 to 1994 he held the position of the second Attaché in the Cabinet of Prof. Friedmann, German Member of the European Court of Auditors.


In 2003 he was nominated Head of the Division ‘Coordination of the Statement of Assurance (DAS)’, and in 2008 he took over the position as Director of the Directorate ‘Audit and Audit Supervision - Financial and Compliance audit’. In 2012 Dr Kraff returned to the European Commission as Deputy Director-General of DG Budget and Accounting Officer of the Commission. In 2017 he was nominated Director-General of the Internal Audit Service of the European Commission.


In addition, from 2007 to 2012, he was a member of the sub-committee on Compliance Audit of the International Organisation of Supreme Audit Institutions and, from 2013 until 2017 he collaborated with the International Public-Sector Accounting Standards Board (IPSASB), first as an observer and later as a member of the Consultative Advisory Group.


Besides his professional career Dr Kraff has been a lecturer at the University of Trier and author of several publications in the domains of public finance and audit.

Titre 1


Thursday, 19th -15:20 p.m. to 16:10 p.m.

Concurrent session 3.5 - Embracing the challenges of the future – How will Public Sector internal audit evolve over the next decade       

Mr Kraff’s presentation will highlight four key challenges identified by the European Commission’s Internal Audit Service’s (IAS), and present some new ideas and initiatives of the IAS in these areas:

• In reviewing the ‘Impact of Global Issues ‘ Mr Kraff will highlight the range of initiatives in ensuring that the IAS’ 2019-2021 Strategic audit planning work and revised risk assessment methodologies, take appropriately into account  the impact of specific events and external challenges  to the EU Budget, as well as the views of senior management;          

 • outline the IAS’ Vision and roadmap to practically address some of the key actions required to ensure that the service is ‘Keeping up with Technology’ in internal audit;
• ‘Getting the right skills balance’ requires identifying both any skills gaps and then tackling the war on talent to fill them.    Mr Kraff will provide some key insights into this challenge for all managers;             
• ‘Retaining the confidence of stakeholders, and providing satisfactory audit assurance’ is the bedrock for sound internal audit. Mr Kraff will highlight key IAS initiatives including its overall opinion, that supports assurance and accountability in the European Commission.


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