On 12 October 2015, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon welcomed the action by the General Assembly to approve Heidi Mendoza of the Philippines as Under-Secretary-General for Internal Oversight Services, Office of the Internal Oversight Services for a five-year non-renewable term. She succeeds Carman L. Lapointe of Canada to whom the Secretary-General is grateful for her dedicated service to the Organization.
Prior to this, Ms. Mendoza was Commissioner of the Commission of Audit of the Philippines (since 2011), also serving notably as Chairperson of Audit Committee on Public Sector Auditing Standards Board and External Auditor for the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), World Health Organization (WHO) and International Labour Organization (ILO).
As a certified public accountant, Ms. Mendoza has over 20 years of service in Government, particularly in the field of audit, investigation, fraud examination, anti-corruption and integrity advocacy. She was also Consultant for the Presidential Anti-Graft Commission and Transparency Group, Office of Presidential Chief of Staff (2003-2004) as well as Team Leader, Fraud Audit Division Special Audit Office, Internal Control System and Audit (1996-1998).
Ms. Mendoza was previously Consultant for the Asian Development Bank (2008-2010) and the Australian Agency for International Development. She was also an Accounting and Internal Audit Expert for ALTAIR-European Commission, Local Government Procurement Specialist for the World Bank, Manila (2006), as well as corruption prevention course module writer with the USAID Rule of Law Effectiveness Project (2006-2007).
She holds a master’s degree in national security from the National Defense College of the Philippines and a master in public administration with specialization in fiscal administration from the University of the Philippines. She has passed the Certified Public Accountant Licensure Examination and is affiliated with the International and Asian Organizations of Supreme Audit Institutions.