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Meet Daniela

Milanese Audit Manager at Allianz Italy – trying to be a role model for ambitious young women.

She says: “Be an active listener, be curious, be empathic.”

  • What’s your mission at Allianz?

    I am part of the global audit community and manage international audit projects. Improving the audit approach by using the agile methodology and keeping a high level of motivation in the team are two of my main tasks. Being an Internal Audit Manager is a great challenge, considering how fast our systems, processes, regulations are changing the insurance environment. The assurance of internal control systems’ effectiveness is a concrete way to support Allianz in realizing its purpose “We secure your future”.

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    What’s your career progression?

    I started as a junior auditor, then acquired the Internal Auditor certification and began working on international projects. Allianz also gave me the opportunity to do an MBA in Insurance & Finance. Last year I moved to Sofia for four months as Chief Audit Executive of Allianz Bulgaria. It was a maternity replacement and I could measure myself with a new role, two new teams and an unknown country and language. Back in Italy, I have fond memories of this experience and the people I encountered.

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    What's surprising about your job?

    When I started at the age of 23, I had no idea what an Internal Auditor really did, let alone how many possibilities an insurance company could offer. At the beginning of my working career, it was all a question mark.

    Usually people associate my job title of the external financial auditing profession and automatically think I am an accountant, a financial professional. In reality, I work on improving business processes after precise analysis of the internal control system.

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    What’s your main career advice? What inspires you?

    Don’t forget to be passionate about your job! Listen to your colleagues and take examples from the best ones. I am inspired by the idea that in 20 years from now I – hopefully – can act as an example for the next generation of ambitious young girls.