Lal Balkaran is self-taught and is a Certified Internal Auditor (CIA), Certified General Accountant (CGA), Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants of the UK (FCMA), and Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators in Canada (FCIS). He also holds an MBA from Heriot-Watt University of Edinburgh, Scotland.
Mr. Balkaran has had over 25 years of senior finance and varied internal auditing experience obtained in a wide range of industries in the Caribbean and North America. He has had articles published in several international journals including four in the Institute of Internal Auditor’s (IIA) own prestigious Internal Auditor. On top of this, he has authored the following six reference books on international professional accounting and business certification programs: A Practical Guide to Auditing and Related Terms [World’s first dictionary of auditing]; Accountants & Related Professionals: Reciprocal Memberships & Peer Acceptance; Handbook of Global Professional Accounting Programs; Handbook of Global Professional Business Programs; Managerial Control Techniques and; Professional Accounting & Business Programs: Effective Study and Examination Techniques. He also wrote five reference books on his native Guyana. Mr. Balkaran taught courses in Internal Auditing, Management Accounting, and Quantitative Techniques, and was an external examiner to two Commonwealth universities.
He is a past President of the Toronto Chapter of the IIA and was recently made an Honorary Member of the chapter. Mr. Balkaran has also done several seminars in North America and the Caribbean on internal auditing related topics.
He is a member of the IIA’s Global Board of Research and Education Advisors, the Internal Auditor Editorial Advisory Board, and the Internal Audit Advisory Committee of the Treasury Board of Canada. Mr. Balkaran is also the founder of IIA-Guyana. He currently works as a Senior Manager in the Advisory Practice of KPMG in Toronto.