RR RUEHDU RUEHJO
DE RUEHSA #0385 0561259
ZNY CCCCC ZZH
R 251259Z FEB 10
FM AMEMBASSY PRETORIA
TO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC 1346
INFO RUEHTN/AMCONSUL CAPE TOWN 7606
RUEHDU/AMCONSUL DURBAN 1670
RUEHJO/AMCONSUL JOHANNESBURG 9961
RUCNDT/USMISSION USUN NEW YORK 0644 C O N F I D E N T I A L PRETORIA 000385
IO/MPR - MATT GLOCKNER, IO/MPR - BRIAN HACKETT, USUN/MR -
BRUCE RASHKOW, AND USUN/MR - CHERITH NORMAN
E.O. 12958: DECL: 02/25/2020
SUBJECT: PRETORIA RESPONSE ON SOUTH AFRICA'S UN/OIOS
REF: A. STATE 16301
B. STATE 16709
C. 09 PRETORIA 2385
Classified By: POL Counselor Walter N.S. Pflaumer for reasons 1.4 (b) a
1. (C) Post hereby replies to Department request (ref A) for
background information on Mr. Imran Vanker, who the
Department reports (ref B) is under consideration for
nomination by the South African Government (SAG) as head of
the U.N. Office of Internal Oversight Services (OIOS).
2. (C) Because Vanker is headquartered in New York, Post
finds that research links lead to references in the U.S.
Unlike the Department's prior three candidates (ref C) based
in South Africa on whom Post was able to provide substantial
background, Vanker's overseas posting means he is not written
about in local media. Online searches mainly turn up U.N.
documents endorsed with his signature but otherwise not
yielding clues to his qualifications. Queries direct to the
Auditor General (AG)'s office would be awkward, given that
the AG is himself the U.S. nominee. Post does not know
general sources in the domestic auditing profession who would
be personally acquainted with Vanker.
3. (C) The very few available details on Vanker follow. He
is Chairman of the Audit Operations Committee (apparently
since 2009) and Director of External Audit for the U.N. Board
of Auditors. He came to this role from the South African
office of the Auditor General, with which he remains
affiliated. According to his LinkedIn profile, before
government service he was with auditors KPMG from 1996 to
2006. During that time he was also a senior lecturer at the
University of Kwa Zulu Natal (UKZN) for a year, 1999-2000.
He graduated UKZN in 1995 with an honors degree in commerce.
He has a twitter account (http://twitter.com/ivanker) with
personal not business posts, unused since 2009. (His home
address is 330 E. 38th Street; telephone number (646)
329-5973 should USUN wish to contact or interview him.)
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