Mr. Girish Chandra Murmu assumed office as the Comptroller and Auditor General of India on 8th August 2020. Prior to this, Mr. Murmu was the first Lieutenant Governor of the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir. Mr Murmu has rich and diverse public service experience of more than three decades at senior positions in finance, administration, and public policy. He served in various capacities in the Government of India such as Secretary of the Department of Expenditure, Special and Additional Secretary in the Department of Financial Services and Department of Revenue, and Joint Secretary in the Department of Expenditure. Besides this, Mr. Murmu has served on important assignments in the State Government of Gujarat. He has wide experience in administrative, economic and infrastructure fields.
Mr. Murmu is a postgraduate in Political Science from Utkal University. He holds an MBA degree from the University of Birmingham.
With his vast experience in public service, Mr. Murmu possesses a perceptive insight into the governance process in the public sector. He has been instrumental in promoting and implementing innovative practices in various departments in the Government at both Federal and Provincial levels.
As the Comptroller and Auditor General of India, Mr. Murmu is responsible for auditing the accounts and related activities of all the three tiers of government i.e., the Federal, State and Local. These include ministries/departments of the Government of India and the State Governments, state-owned public commercial enterprises controlled by the Federal and State Governments, non-commercial autonomous bodies and authorities financed by the Federal and State Governments, and Local bodies responsible for municipal activities etc. His primary responsibility is ensuring financial accountability in the governance process and making recommendations for the improvement of systems and procedures.
Mr Murmu is currently the Chair of the UN Panel of External Auditors. He is the external auditor of World Health Organization (WHO) from 2020 to 2023, Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) from 2020 to 2025, Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) from 2020 to 2022 and Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) from 2021 to 2023. Mr Murmu is a member of the Governing Board of INTOSAI and Chairman of INTOSAI Knowledge Sharing and Knowledge Services Committee, which is one of the four main committees of INTOSAI. He also chairs the INTOSAI Working Group on IT Audit and the Compliance Audit Sub-Committee. He is a member of other Goal Committees of INTOSAI, viz Professional Standards Committee, Capacity Building Committee and Policy, Finance and Administrative Committee. He is a member of the Performance Audit Sub-Committee, Financial Audit and Accounts Sub-Committee and various Working Groups of INTOSAI. He is also a member of the Governing Board of ASOSAI.
He is closely associated with ASOSAI's training, research, and publication activities in public auditing and is also Chair of the Board of Editors of ASOSAI Journal. By virtue of occupying these key positions in the international fora, Mr Murmu plays a key role in setting international standards and best practices in the field of public audit.
Mr. Michael G. Aguinaldo was appointed as Chairperson of the Commission on Audit, the Philippine Supreme Audit Institution (SAI), on 24 March 2015. He is also currently the External Auditor of the World Health Organization, the Food and Agriculture Organization and the International Labour Organization of the United Nations.
Chairperson Aguinaldo is a lawyer with extensive legal, governance and administration expertise acquired from 25 years of professional work as private law practitioner, government official and professor.
As head of the Philippine SAI, Chairperson Aguinaldo leads the Commission on a seven-year Strategic Plan that centers on six Strategic Goals that will help improve various facets of the organization in order to create positive impact in governance and society; empower and enable government agencies to perform their mandates more efficiently and effectively; deliver high quality, fair and timely audits; increase stakeholder ownership and understanding; strengthen capacity and capability; and enhance support infrastructure.
Prior to his appointment to the Commission, Chairperson Aguinaldo was the Deputy Executive Secretary for Legal Affairs of the Office of the President. He also headed the Investigation and Adjudication Office (formerly the Presidential Anti-Graft Commission) and oversaw the implementation of integrity initiatives consistent with the United Nations Convention Against Corruption (UNCAC).
Chairperson Aguinaldo was a partner and member of the Executive Committee of the Romulo Mabanta Buenaventura Sayoc & de los Angeles law firm. Having been with the law firm for 17 years, Chairperson Aguinaldo acquired extensive expertise handling special projects, particularly in infrastructure, telecommunications and energy sectors. He also worked at the De Borja Medialdea Ata Bello Guevara and Serapio law office and is a faculty member of the Ateneo de Manila University School of Law.
Chairperson Aguinaldo obtained his juris doctor degree from the Ateneo de Manila University in 1992. He also holds a Masters Degree with special concentration in International Economic Law from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Michigan in 1997. He placed 7th in the 1992 Philippine Bar Examinations.
Mr. W.P.C. Wickramaratne appointed as 41st Auditor General of Sri Lanka and he has commenced his career as an Audit Examiner in the then Auditor General’s Department in 1988 at the age of 23 and left the Department in 1992 to serve as a Government Accountant for nearly one year. Later on he again joined the Auditor General’s Department as a Superintendent of Audit in 1992 and appointed as Deputy Auditor General in 2007 and subsequently promoted to the post of Additional Auditor General in 2015. He was granted no pay leave and worked in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia as a Divisional Accountant in a Private Company for nearly four years and gained international working experience. His Excellency the President has appointed Mr. Wickramaratne to act in the post of the Auditor General for the period from 1st November 2014 to 28th November 2015. He also appointed to act in the post of the Auditor General in several occasions when the Auditor General was out of the country.
In the capacity of Acting Auditor General and Additional Auditor General Mr. Wickramaratne directly involved in the legal reforms introduced to strengthen the role and the independence of the Auditor General of Sri Lanka through the Nineteenth Amendment to the Constitution and the National Audit Act No 19 of 2018.
Mr. Wickramaratne has graduated with Honours from the Kelaniya University in Commerce and completed his professional accountancy examinations from the institute of Chartered Accountants of Sri Lanka and qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 2001. He is a Fellow Member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Sri Lanka (FCA), a qualified accountant member of the Chartered Institute of Public Finance & Accountancy of UK (CIPFA) and Institute of Certified Management Accountants of Sri Lanka (ACMA). He also holds Fellowship in the Institute of Financial Accountants of the United Kingdom (FFA). He is an active member of the Public Sector Accounting Standards Committee of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Sri Lanka and a member of the Board of Management of the Association of Public Finance Accountants of Sri Lanka, the public sector wing of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Sri Lanka since its inception.
Mr. Wickramaratne has over 30 years of experience over auditing, investigation and accounting. During his long years of service in the Auditor General’s Department and the National Audit Office Mr. Wickramaratne was responsible, at various times, for the audit of State Enterprises, Statutory Boards and similar bodies and the Accounts of the Central Government. He held the position of project manager of the Public Sector Capacity Building Project and commended his work by the World Bank in several occasions. He was the pioneer of automating the audit work by introducing the audit management software. As Deputy Auditor General he functioned as Head of the Technical Division, Information Technology Division and Training and Development Division.
He has maintained very good relationship with the other sister organizations in the world and with the International Organization of Supreme Audit Institutions (INTOSAI). Mr. Wickramaratne has represented the Auditor General in number of international conferences and workshops and shared his experience with his international colleagues in the fields of public accountability, good governance, implementation of international auditing standards etc.
As the Additional Auditor General Mr. Wickramaratne has realigned the Office to focus on its wider mandate of assuring that public funds have been used lawfully, effectively and efficiently. He has championed an assurance framework, involving fiscal accountability; managerial accountability through continuous audit presence and accountability for service delivery.