Award Categories & Criteria

Award Sectors

  • Government
  • Private (including semi-government and government owned entities).

Award Categories

  • Governance, Risks & Controls.
  • IT & Cyber Crime.
  • Fraud.

Award Criteria

Purpose (10%)

Constantly adding value for stakeholders by not only understanding, but also by anticipating their needs and expectations is a challenge. Fulfilling them brings numerous challenges which need to be overcome. The IA activity, although independent is always aligned with the organization to enable it to achieve its goals and objectives.

Building upon existing processes to improve its effectiveness and increase efficiency is needed to enable address any situation which may impede the organizations progress.

  • Analyzing operational performance to determine the need to enhance processes.
  • Analyzing risks, consider strengths and opportunities, new methods and technology.
  • Inspiring a culture of change and innovation within the IA activity.


Planning (20%)

Policies, plan and goals are central to implementing any change. They must also be strategy focused keeping the stakeholders in mind and developed and deployed to enable realize the mission and vision of the organization.

  • Understanding of stakeholder needs and expectations.
  • Understanding future requirements of the organization/IA activity.
  • Updating policies and procedures, communicating them to all concerned stakeholders.
  • Determining potential impact on the business.


People (20%)

Leaders (10%)

Leaders create sustainable and competitive organizations and act as role models for others to follow. They strive to achieve and deliver the impossible. They are empathetic and react in a timely manner to enable the success of the organization and its stakeholders.

  • Developing and communicating Mission, Vision, Goals, Objectives and KPIs for the IA activity (short and long-term).
  • Implementing policies, procedures and processes to enable the delivery of the IA activity’s strategy.
  • Engaging with the stakeholders, as appropriate (other than Audit Committee, Board and Management).
  • Monitoring and reviewing the IA activity progress on a periodic basis and take remedial measures as appropriate.
  • Leading by example in pursuing appropriate credentials such as QIAL, CIA, etc.


IA Staff (10%)

People drive organizations to greater heights. The IA activity fosters the creativity of the employees and enables nurture their professional and personal development.

  • Developing people’s knowledge and capabilities.
  • Demonstrating integrity and people are empowered, rewarded and cared for.
  • Demonstrating people are trained, competent, objective, proactive and insightful.
  • Engaging people in knowledge-sharing.


Process (25%)

Good governance is demonstrated by adopting a disciplined and systematic approach. Innovative approaches pave the way for increased efficiencies. Embracing technology and incorporating innovative approaches systematically within the functioning of the IA activity requires patience and a pragmatic approach.

  • Embedding innovation as a culture within the IA activity.
  • Enabling the use of technology to become more efficient and future-focused.
  • Enabling flexibility and adaptability within the processes.
  • Complying with the IPPF including consideration to implementing the Implementation Guidance.
  • Documenting the processes including their periodic review and revision (on need basis).


Performance (for the organization and IA activity) (25%)

Effectiveness (10%)

Measures could include (but not limited to):

  • Tangible cost savings for department and organization
  • Stakeholder perception
  • Performance against budget
  • Performance against KPIs
  • Monitoring of process parameters
  • Number of consulting assignments


Efficiency (10%)

Measures could include (but not limited to):

  • Audit cycle time
  • Effective utilization of IA resources
  • Benchmarking results
  • Use of Computer-Assisted Auditing Techniques (CAATs) and Data Analytics


People Result (5%)

Measures could include (but not limited to):

  • Competency and performance management activities
  • Training and career development activities
  • Employee satisfaction
  • Emiratization


  • “I strongly believe that internal audit best practice award is the place for every internal audit department, it can shows its innovation in implementing the IIA standards, applying new solutions and meeting stakeholders expectations. We are living in the information era, sharing your experience will ultimately helping in developing our internal audit profession.”

    - Ayman Abdelrahim - - Chief Internal Auditor, Roads & Transport Authority -

  • It is an honor for Etisalat UAE to be the Overall Winner of the ‘Best Practice Award in Internal Audit’ for the private sector. This award will encourage organizations to share their best practices, innovations and expertise. I am sure that other IIA chapters around the globe shall take a lead from this initiative for a global platform.

    - Nadeem Asghar - - Head of Internal Audit Department – Etisalat UAE -

  • Remarkable first time event by UAE-IAA giving an opportunity to all Auditors to share their creative / best practices across the industry with lots of learning. It also provided a chance to network with the right people. The Best Practices in Internal Audit Award is a great morale booster in the region for the profession.

    - Rajesh Verma, Sr. VP, Head of Audit - - Audit, Fraud & Compliance Group (AFCG) - Mashreq Bank -

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