25 April 2012

Department of Public Information • News and Media Division • New York

Biographical Note

Secretary-General Appoints David Muchoki Kanja of Kenya as Assistant


Secretary-General for Office of Internal Oversight Services


The Secretary-General has selected David Muchoki Kanja of Kenya for the newly created position of Assistant Secretary-General for the Office of Internal Oversight Services.

Mr. Kanja brings 27 years of oversight experience to this position.  Since August 2010, he has served as the Director of the United Nations Children’s Fund’s (UNICEF) Office of Internal Audit, overseeing all of the internal audit and investigation activities of the organization.

From 1992 to 2010, he served at the World Bank Group in various positions, including as Chief Auditor for audit quality and strategy, Audit Manager and Acting Auditor General.  Prior to that, he served for nine years at one of the Big Four audit firms, Deloitte, in various positions, including as Audit Manager in the United Kingdom and Senior Manager in Kenya.

Mr. Kanja also served as a chair and member of UNICEF’s Audit Advisory Committee from 2006 to 2009.  He is active in professional activities and has served as a member of the Institute of Internal Auditors’ Board of Regents and Exam Development Committee.

He is a Certified Internal Auditor, Chartered Accountant (England and Wales) and Certified Public Accountant (Kenya), as well as a commerce graduate from the University of Nairobi.

Born in 1960, Mr. Kanja is married and has two children.

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