Zandro Sipoy Gigantoca, CPA, MBA, CICA, CISA
ERP Advisory | Business Process Risk and Control | Controls Assurance or IT Audit Integration| Financial Statements
“Zandro is currently part of the Risk Assurance Services (RAS) of PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) Middle East Practice in United Arab Emirates (UAE). He is one of the key consultant and audit managers for Technology & Business Resilience [previously IT Risk Assurance (ITRA)] for the ERP Advisory, Business Process Risk & Control and Controls Assurance/IT Audit lines of services. He has serviced clients from Europe, Middle East and Southeast Asia for almost eight (8) years.”
In 2006, Zandro is one of the pioneer graduates of the emergent college of Bicol University, i.e., College of Business, Economics and Management (CBEM), from the BS Accountancy Department. He graduated magna cum laude, and he is CBEM’s first outstanding graduate and first university outstanding graduate coming from CBEM. At the same time, he is also the recipient of Ten Outstanding Students of the Philippines (TOSP) award in Region V. He is the 16th president of BU Junior Philippine Institute of Accountants (JPIA). Further, he is also a back-to-back Philippine Jaycees Youth Leadership Excellence awardee in 2002 and 1998. Finally, he also graduated valedictorian both in secondary and primary.
After graduation, he went to CPA Review (CPAR) School in Manila to prepare for the CPA Licensure Exam. He successfully passed the board exam in November 2006 as confirmed by the Philippine Regulatory Commission (PRC), Board of Accountancy (BoA).
In 2010, he completed his MBA from the University of the Philippines and part of the Top Ten of the graduating class. In 2008, he was granted scholarship from Wharton-Penn Club Philippines, Inc. (association of Wharton Business School Alumni of University of Pennsylvania).
In May 2016, he became a Certified Internal Controls Auditor (CICA) as confirmed by Institute for Internal Controls (IIC) from New Jersey, USA. In addition, in Nov 2016, he became a Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA) as confirmed by Information Systems Audit and Control Association (ISACA) at Illinois, USA; after passing the ISACA’s toughest exam in September 2016 and being part of the top 20% of examinees worldwide.
IT Controls Assurance / IT Audit
He is referred to manage risk-based IT audit engagements in support of external financial audit, or purely IT internal audit for clients across various industries including but not limited to financial services (i.e., banks, stock market, insurance), manufacturing & logistics, merchandising & retail, container terminal IT operations, healthcare & medical services, agriculture, food & hospitality, government agencies (e.g., road & transport authority, health authority, local government), business process outsourcing & manpower services, utilities (i.e., power, water, telecommunication), media & advertising, and airlines & civil aviation. He is a review specialist on application & IT general controls (ISA- or SOX-based) over various applications, operating systems, databases and networks, and on IT strategy/governance.
He is keen in engaging with ERP project assurance & management focusing on business process diagnostics, requirements definition, system analysis & functional design review, ERP testing, application-based security, security roles analysis, and post-implementation review. He successfully serviced key clients including a multinational educational system, a cement manufacturer, an oil & gas supply service provider, and an exclusive merchandiser & distributor of luxury items. He is also involved in business and practice development to market ERP advisory and internal review services.
Business Process Risk & Control
He can manage key engagements which involve identifying, assessing, mitigating, controlling and monitoring operational/process, technology and business risks. He can provide support on IT risk assessment, preparation of system & process risk and control matrices, internal controls reviews, and ERP project risk management. He was engaged in clients including a fast-moving consumer goods manufacturer & distributor, a civil aviation authority, large educational management system, and a healthcare service provider. His reviews can cover hire to retire, purchase to pay, order to cash, record to report, supply chain management, and cash management processes.
He was involved in financial statement preparation and reporting of non-profit property associations of vertical or horizontal developments, either residential or commercial use. This further involves external audit coordination, transaction processing, budgeting, financial analysis and reporting to the Board of Directors/Trustees.
To name some, his key client involvements include, but not limited to:
- Adriatic Gate Container Terminal (Rijeka, Croatia)
- AIG Chartis MEMSA (Dubai, UAE)
- Al Madina Insurance Co. (Al Khuwair, Oman)
- Al Mojil Supply and Services (Dammam, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia/KSA)
- Al Nozha Medical Est. (Jeddah, KSA)
- Barclays Middle East (Dubai, UAE)
- Dubai Financial (Stock) Market / NASDAQ Dubai (Dubai, UAE)
- Dubai Refreshments Co. / PepsiCo (Dubai, UAE)
- Emirates Airlines (Dubai, UAE)
- FlyDubai (Dubai, UAE)
- GEMS Education (Middle East)
- Green Cross, Inc. (Muntinlupa, Philippines)
- International Container Terminal Services, Inc. (global operations)
- Media Zone Authority (Abu Dhabi, UAE)
- National Bank of Fujairah (Fujairah, UAE)
- Noor Bank (Dubai, UAE)
- Northern Cement Corporation (Pangasinan, Philippines)
- Ocean Adventure (Subic Bay, Philippines
- Oman Investment and Finance Co. (Ruwi, Oman)
- Primer Group, Inc. (Southeast Asia operations)
- RAKBank (Ras-Al-Khaimah, UAE)
- Road and Transport Authority (Dubai, UAE)
- Schlumberger (Middle East and USA)
- SEHA Abu Dhabi Health Services (Abu Dhabi, UAE)
- Sony Middle East and Africa (Jebel Ali, UAE)
- Taageer Finance Co. (Al Khuwiar, Oman)
- WJ Towell & Co. – Enhance Oman or Matrah Cold Stores (Muscat, Oman)
- Zurich Insurance (Middle East)
Prior to joining PwC Middle East, he was an Associate Manager of Reyes Tacandong and Co. – RSM International Philippines, previously Mazars Philippines (a French audit firm) from 2010-13 (the very first IT auditor of the newly-formed audit firm with partners coming from SGV and Co. – Ernst and Young Philippines); and Business Analyst/ Finance Administrative Assistant of First Oceanic Property Management, Inc. – subsidiary of Megaworld Corporation from 2007-08. He has also been involved to teach in Technological University of the Philippines College of Liberal Arts (TUP-CLA) graduate program in 2011. Currently, he is also a member of Smartscript Technologies, Inc. Board of Directors (BoD), a technology start-up company. Finally, he is involved in the annual Giftaholic Charity organized by Giftaholic Shop, Sorsogon and Team Subo, Albay.
Apart from United Arab Emirates and travelling all over the Philippines, he has visited:
- United Kingdom (Central London, City of Bath, Oxford, Manchester and Newcastle)
- Croatia (Rijeka and Zagreb)
- Malaysia (Kota Kinabalu, Sabah)
- Hong Kong
- Austria (Vienna)
- Hungary (Budapest)
- Maldives (Male City and Lankanfinolhu)
- Oman (Muscat)
- Saudi Arabia (Dammam and Jeddah)
- Slovakia (Bratislava)
- Germany (Bochum)
- Qatar (Doha)
- Belgium (Brussels)
- The Netherlands (The Hague and Amsterdam
- Jordan (Amman, Dead Sea, Wadi Rum, Madaba)
Zandro was born in the town of Bulan, Sorsogon in 9 September 1984. He spent most of his academic life in Legazpi City until he migrated to Manila for the government licensure examination, and subsequently landed a job in Makati Central Business District. After working for five-years in Metro Manila and earning his post-graduate degree, he has been expatriated and became a resident of UAE.
His father, Maj. Randy Girado Gigantoca, is a retired PNP Chief Inspector, while his mother, Rolita Jimena Sipoy, is a retired Assistant Professor III from Sorsogon State College. He has five siblings.
Outside work, he enjoys travelling, island-hopping, and sometimes joining adventurous activities with family and friends. He is also fond of reading books, composing prose and poems, watching movies and TV series, and doing painting in oil, acrylic and mixed-media. He is also an active stock trader and real estate investor. Granted with more time, he engages in billiards, football and swimming.