Duncan Fitzgerald


Duncan is an experienced practitioner and advisor in the areas of Corporate Governance, Internal Audit, Internal Control Consulting and Regulatory Compliance.  He has worked with PwC in Hong Kong since 1996 and has been a partner since 1999. Prior to moving to Hong Kong, Duncan worked with the firm in London for 8 years. He has worked with numerous public and private sector clients helping establish and/or review their Corporate Governance frameworks, risk management structures and internal controls. 

He also advises numerous organisations on Corporate Governance and Internal Controls using Digital assets, also referred to as “crypto” (either as investors, issuers or exchanges) and has worked in this area since 2017/18. Duncan co-led the PwC HK team assisting the HKMA with its mCBDC project. He has also worked with an extremely large crypto client (who did one of the largest ICOs in history) on various aspects of their business. In addition Duncan supervises the PwC Hong Kong audit teams partners and managers who address all the unique aspects of auditing crypto (e.g. wallet management, transaction identification, custody etc.).  He was also the partner responsible for initiating and executing the 1st ever settlement of fees in Bitcoin for a Big 4 firm globally.

He has also been responsible for PwC’s assurance services in Emerging Technology including Artificial Intelligence, Robotic Processing Automation and Blockchain etc. Outside of PwC, Duncan has until recently been a Governor of the Institute of Internal Auditors – Hong Kong Chapter and helps certain charities and Non-Government Organisations (NGOs) address corporate governance challenges.

He is a regular speaker at conferences on risk management (particularly relating to emerging technology), corporate governance and internal audit. Duncan is also helping a number of companies with assessing Risk Culture, both for management and through internal audit

Duncan is a fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales, and a member of the Hong Kong Institute of Certified Public Accountants and Hong Kong Institute of Directors.  

Education and History

Graduated from Warwick University July 1988 – 1st Class Honours degree

Fellow of the ICAEW (also member of Hong Kong Committee of ICAEW), Member of HKICPA, CIA (Institute of Internal Auditors) and member of HK Institute of Directors.

Joined Deloitte Haskins & Sells 1988 (which later merged with Coopers & Lybrand) as Management Consultant / Auditor

Transferred to Hong Kong in Financial Services External Audit 1996

Admitted to partnership 1999 – focusing on Internal Controls, Risk Management and Corporate Governance.