8th CAE Conference
  • Date & Time : 20-11-2019 to 21-11-2019
  • 07:30 to 16:00

8th CAE Conference

The 8th Chief Audit Executive Conference is an innovative and fully interactive conference, allowing about 200+ Chief Audit Executives and Senior Audit Executives the ability to create a continuous learning and networking opportunity throughout the entire event. The conference is designed to provide each delegate the ability to share his/her own expertise with the entire audience. With technology playing an important part in the needs of the business and reliance on it growing by the day, it is imperative that, as auditors, we lay significant emphasis on understanding how it is defining Internal Audit.


Member price

2120 USD*


Non member price

2350 USD*



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*Only Main Conference Price
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  • Abdulqader Obaid AliChairman .UAE IAA
    Abdulqader Obaid Ali

    Abdulqader Obaid Ali is the Chief Executive Officer for Smartworld, He is running his third term in office as President of the UAE Internal Auditors Association which is affiliated to the Institute of Internal Auditors (IIA), Global, USA. He has also been nominated to serve on the IIA’s Global Advocacy Committee and to Chair the Federation of Arab Institutes of Internal Auditors. He led the Arabization projects of the “Certified Internal Auditor” (CIA) Certification as well as the “Sawyer’s Guide to Internal Auditing” and “COSO Framework”. He is also the winner of the prestigious Kano Medal Excellence Catalyst for the year 2011.   He has worked as Lead Assessor for the Dubai Quality Award, Dubai Government Excellence Program and King Abdullah II Award. He has served as Chair of the Jury for the Dubai Quality Award.   He is also the first UAE national recipient of the prestigious Wilfred Thesiger Award.

  • Abed BazziDirector - Forensic Services .Protiviti
    Abed Bazzi
    Director - Forensic Services.

    Abed is the Middle East Forensic Services Leader in Protiviti with more than 12 years of experience in forensic investigations and dispute advisory services. Abed is a Certified Fraud Examiner and specializes in fraud investigations, fraud risk management, fraud awareness training, dispute advisory and litigation support, financial crime compliance, asset recovery and integrity due diligence. Abed previously worked for the Big 4 companies and specialist boutique firms where he held leading roles assisting and advising clients in the Middle East, East Asia and Africa; across a range of industries, including Financial Services, Real Estate, Construction, Manufacturing, Pharmaceuticals and Government

  • Alaa ElshimyMD & SVP .Huawei Enterprise Business Group, Middle East
    Alaa Elshimy
    MD & SVP.
    Huawei Enterprise Business Group, Middle East

    Alaa is responsible for driving Huawei’s continued growth in the Region. With more than 25 years’ ICT industry experience, his core expertise spans consulting, systems integration, applications, cloud, big data, mobility, security, AI, blockchain and technology services, and industry solutions for oil and Gas, utilities, education, banking, transportation and government.Prior to joining Huawei, Alaa was the Managing Director and Vice President of HP Enterprise Middle East, Mediterranean and Africa, where he oversaw commercial activity across 76 countries and billions of dollars. Alaa’s success lies in his ability to execute tactical business plans and customer-centric solutions that have resulted in substantial revenue growth, profit, and ROI in highly competitive technology markets.      Alaa studied at Harvard, MIT and London business school and holds an MBA and Bachelor of Communications Engineering.

  • Anthony CrastoPartner National Head Regulatory and Operations Risk Risk Advisory .Deloitte
    Anthony Crasto
    Partner National Head Regulatory and Operations Risk Risk Advisory.

    Anthony leads the Deloitte India Internal Audit Practice. He is a Chartered Accountant with over 21 years of post-qualification experience as a professional consultant across India and International markets. He has experience of leading large engagements in the ENR (mining, power, metal, energy), FMCG/ consumer business and IM (includes cement, pharmaceuticals, automotive and engineering) sectors. He has worked across key Global geographic like US, UK, Europe, Middle East etc. His expertise is in areas pertaining to :Regulatory ComplianceContract ComplianceInternal AuditsInternal Financial ControlsSOX complianceEnterprise Risk Management

  • Clement ChanDirector in the Digital Trust practice .PwC
    Clement Chan
    Director in the Digital Trust practice.

    Clement is a Director in the Digital Trust practice in PwC’s Dubai office. He moved to the Middle East region in September 2018. In the last 5 years, Clement worked for PwC UK on global and regional technology enabled transformation programs. Within PwC Middle East, Clement is our regional lead in Responsible AI and Robotics Process Automation. He is part of our global leadership community across both technology disciplinesClement is a qualified accountant with vast experience across back office. He has worked globally and extensively across Europe US and Asia. Recent Middle East speaking engagements:• 5th Internal Audit annual conference for telco client – October 2018• PwC Assurance conference – September 2018Relevant experience:• PwC Global RPA and AI Leadership community• Participant in “Genesis Park” in 2016, PwC’s flagship global leadership programme for the top 1% of all global talent at PwC.• Qualified Management Accountant (CGMA, ACMA)• Awarded “Transformation Triumph” PwC consulting award as part of the FMCG client engagement team• Finance consultant 2006 - 20018Publications:• How do we break down barriers (LinkedIn publication, 2017)• Shoppers without borders (LinkedIn publication, 2017)• The rise of internal audit via intelligent automation (LinkedIn publication, 2018)• 360 process and controls review – delivering more values with less disruption (LinkedIn publication, 2018)• Dubai – AI powered city of the future (LinkedIn publication, 2019)• Responsible AI and PwC’s 2019 AI predictions (LinkedIn publication, 2019)

  • Cristina de TorresPartner .PwC Middle East
    Cristina de Torres
    PwC Middle East

    Cristina leads the Business Policies and Procedures Improvement team across PwC Middle East. She has nearly 20 years experience advising corporates, government owned companies and family businesses on how to professionalise and improve their governance and operating processes and has been involved in many corporate transactions such as privatisations, IPOs or debt or Sukuk issuances.Cristina also leads the digital process improvement team in the Middle East, and represents the Middle east firm in international forums.Cristina joined PwC privatisation team in 2016 and actively worked with the Saudi government and some of the government owned companies in improving their governance, define their strategy, etc. as part of the NTP 2020 and the Vision 2030.She co-authored a book on challenges faced by Spanish family businesses when going public. Professional QualificationsB.S. - Business Administration and Economics, Comillas University, SpainB.A. - Law, Comillas University, SpainMBA, ESADE Business School, SpainCertified Investor Relations, MEIRAAssociate of Corporate Governance Practitioners, accreditation ongoing

  • Elie SafarUniversity Internal Auditor .Notre Dame University-Louaize
    Elie Safar
    University Internal Auditor.
    Notre Dame University-Louaize

    Mr. Safar is the University Internal Auditor at Notre Dame University-Louaize (NDU). He gained his experience at the American University of Beirut (AUB), the Lebanese American University (LAU), and Sakr Power Group (SPG) where he established and managed Internal Audit Departments. Elie is an internal audit coach, advisor, and motivational speaker. Elie started at the Comptroller’s Office of the American University of Beirut (AUB).He was promoted to Assistant Director of Internal Audit where he co-established the activity introducing risk-based auditing.Afterwards, he moved to the Lebanese American University (LAU) as Director of Internal Audit. Elie delivered tens of workshops on Fraud Investigation, Internal Audit, Internal Control, and Risk Management to IIA Lebanon, IIA UAE, Union of Arab Banks, and in-house to many clients. He co-founded IIA Lebanon and was elected President for several terms. Elie was elected a member of the Board 2018-2020; he serves as Chairperson of the Education Committee.During his Presidency, IIA Lebanon won The IIA’s IMAP Award 2008 at The IIA’s International Conference, San Francisco, USA.One of his footprints is securing the exclusive rights from IIA Global to translate the International Professional Practices Framework (IPPF) into Arabic.Between 1993 and 2002, Mr. Safar lectured at LAU’s Business School. In 2001, he founded and coordinated the IIA’s Endorsed Internal Auditing Program (EIAP), now called IAEP, in LAU. Elie graduated from AUB with a BBA and an MBA; he is a licensed CPA in New Hampshire, USA, a licensed CPA in the Lebanese Association of CPAs (LACPA), and is a Certified Internal Auditor (CIA).He carries an “Accreditation in Internal Quality Assessment / Validation” from The IIA, USA.Mr. Safar received the “Lifetime Achievement Award 2010” from IIA UAE, at the 11th Annual Gulf Audit Conference, Abu Dhabi, UAE.

  • Firas HaddadPartner Risk Assurance .PwC Middle East
    Firas Haddad
    Partner Risk Assurance.
    PwC Middle East

    Firas is a Partner in the Risk Assurance practice in PwC’s Abu Dhabi office. He hasover 20 years of auditing and business risk experience.His experience includes business processes re-engineering and developing policiesand procedure manuals, as well as internal audit outsourcing projects.Key Experience Gained:• Internal Audit co-source and outsource projects.• Overall direction and leadership.• Corporate Governance.• Development of policies and procedures manuals.Firas has been involved in helping companies in various countries including theUAE, Saudi Arabia, India and Syria to develop governance structures. Firas hasworked on various Oil and Gas industry clients including Syria Shell PetroleumDevelopment (SSPD), Total Syria, Al Furat Petroleum Company and Al Khafji JointOperations Company (an ARAMCO joint venture). His work varied from SOXimplementation, Business process re-engineering and audit of compliance withproduction sharing agreements as well as special purpose audits over statement ofexploration and development activities.He has participated in various risk assessments in various industries including Abu Dhabi Department of Finance, Abu Dhabi Terminals and Abu Dhabi Food ControlAuthority. Firas has extensive corporate governance experience, where he advised companies on their corporate governance structures. Firas is a member of the Institute of Internal Auditors and the nformation Systems Audit and ControlAssociation.Areas of Expertise:• Family Governance• Corporate Governance• Internal Audit and RiskManagement• Internal Control and processre engineeringRelevant Qualifications:• Certified Public Accountant• Certified Information SystemsAuditor• Member of the Institute ofInternal Auditors and theInformation Systems Audit andControl Association.

  • Giridhar LSChief Executive Officer .Robotech Solutions
    Giridhar LS
    Chief Executive Officer.
    Robotech Solutions

    Giridhar served as Director for Ernst & Young before joining as the CEO of Robotech solutions with 22 years of experience. Giridhar is a Chartered Accountant from Institute of Chartered Accountants of India (ICAI) and a certified Information Systems Auditor, with more than 15 years of experience in Information Systems, Security and Accounting engagements with Ernst and Young. Giridhar was involved as an ERP implementation consultant for small and medium business enterprises prior to joining Ernst & Young. Giridhar has contributed in various ERP integrity, application controls review and information systems audit related engagements in the banking / finance, manufacturing, industrial, insurance and oil / gas industries. His experience spans the areas of external audit, internal audit, IS/IT audit, IS security reviews, SOX404 implementation, developing Business Continuity Plans, IT Due Diligence, Data Analytics using Computer Assisted Audit Techniques (CAATs) RPA, data visualization and business process reviews. Giridhar has been leading the MENA innovation projects in the areas of RPA and custom analytics. He Independently managed the Information Systems Audit of major clients (Banks, Insurance and multinationals) with complex IT environment. Giridhar also has experience in training an offshore team on DA audits from creation to delivery. In the process achieving cost savings and gross margin improvements.

  • Graham MooreProfessional Speaker .Graham Moore Company
    Graham Moore
    Professional Speaker.
    Graham Moore Company

    Graham Moore has been a professional speaker, facilitator and executive coach for over 22 years. He specializes in transformational leadership, emotional intelligence and sales.Graham became the first Certified Master for the globally recognized leadership development program, The Leadership Challenge, in the Middle East. He has delivered leadership training and keynotes in 16 countries on five continents.As an international keynote speaker and facilitator, Graham has presented close to 3,000 training days and keynote presentations to over 62,000 participants in 22 countries. Graham is the President of the International Direct Selling Educational Institute.

  • Ibrahim El AbedAssociate Director, Advisory .KPMG Lower Gulf
    Ibrahim El Abed
    Associate Director, Advisory.
    KPMG Lower Gulf

    Ibrahim El Abed is a senior information security professional with 15+ years of industry experience across META region; expert in Information Security Governance, Risk Management and Compliance as well as Cybersecurity (IT/OT), Application Security Architecture, Business Continuity, IT Service Continuity, Disaster Recovery, IT Service Management, Quality Management, Enterprise Risk Management and Corporate Governance.Ibrahim has provided trusted advisory services across META region for leading Information Security technologies.He has managed and performed several Information Technology & Security internal audits, in addition to several penetration tests and technical assessments.Ibrahim has been a Guest Lecturer at Zayed University teaching Advanced Penetration Testing where he delivered lectures and lab tutoring for three cohorts under the Cyber Security Master’s Program.He is an active researcher and speaker at events. He participated with a group of professionals in publishing a paper in Digital Forensics Magazine (Issue 27, Nov 2018) about “The Digital Forensics Role in Secure Payment Systems”.Ibrahim joined KPMG a year ago from a role as Regional Business Unit Head in Cybersecurity in the Middle East and is an active Member of UAE Local Chapters of ISACA, (ISC)2, Open Thinking Academy & OWASP.

  • Ioannis KanarisSenior Manager .PwC Middle East
    Ioannis Kanaris
    Senior Manager.
    PwC Middle East

    Ioannis is a Senior Manager in the Digital Trust team in the Middle East. With over 12 years of experience in analytics and business intelligence platforms development and 5 of them focused in Risk and Internal Audit analytics fields, Ioannis has extensive hands-on broad experience in design, implementation and project management of business intelligence, analytics and continuous auditing/monitoring platforms. Ioannis has been involved in numerous projects and trainings in Europe and ME regions covering a wide range of industries, including: Government Services, Entertainment, Aviation, Telecom and Health.ExperienceIoannis is responsible for the development of Internal audit analytics practice in the Middle East and owner of the Continuous Auditing and Monitoring solutions. Is involved into consulting and guiding clients that are interested to develop continuous monitoring capabilities with the use of proper data governance and integration with GRC platforms.Confidential Governmental Entity – Ioannis has managed the development of a Continuous Auditing platform for a Confidential Governmental entity in the UAE. The project has entailed the development of the following:Assess risks and controls on main processes (Finance, Procurement, HR) for multiple subsidiaries.Design analytics tests for the controls.Orchestrate the development of a Data Warehouse to store the extracted information from ERP.Manage the design of a proof of concept dashboards, draft the business requirements and overview the development of real time system for continuous auditing.Big Airline Operator - Ioannis also took part into a strategic consulting project for the Analytics Transformation of a big airline in the UAE where he was responsible for Analytics Infrastructure and Data Modelling domains. Internal Audit Analytics - Delivered multiple Internal Audit analytics initiatives in collaboration with IA teams covering multiple processes and industries in Europe and Middle East.Was part of digital innovation teams and participated in the creation of new analytics solutions.

  • Jenitha JohnSenior Vice Chairman - The Institute of Internal Auditors Inc. .IIA Global
    Jenitha John
    Senior Vice Chairman - The Institute of Internal Auditors Inc..
    IIA Global

    a. Jenitha John is 2019-20 Senior Vice Chair of the Institute of Internal Auditors (IIA) Global Board of Directors. In this role, John serves as an officer of the Global Board, a member of the Supervisory Committee, and initiates, approves and monitors strategic planning activities for consideration by the Global Board. John is an experienced Chief Audit executive with more than 26 years of corporate experience in diverse industries traversing the primary, secondary and tertiary sectors. She paralleled her executive role by having served as a non-executive director of both public and private sector entities. Before becoming Senior Vice Chairman of The IIA Global Board, Jenitha’s volunteer roles included serving on the IPPF Relook Task Force, Committee of Research and Education Advisors, Financial Services Guidance Committee, and on the Global Board’s Executive Committee as Vice Chairman-Professional Practices and Vice Chairman-Professional Certifications.. Recognized as “South Africa’s Internal Auditor of the Year” in 2014, Jenitha has addressed conferences around the globe on such diverse topics as internal audit’s role in governance, combined assurance, women in leadership, the impact of AI and robotics on industries, emerging issues in the financial services industry, and the value of key performance indicators..Jenitha is a Certified Internal Auditor (CIA) and has received the Qualification in Internal Audit Leadership (QIAL) designation. Other professional credentials include Chartered Accountant (South Africa) Chartered Director - Institute of Directors; and Senior Executive Program from Harvard Business School.

  • Kiran KumarDirector, Digital Transformation .Protiviti
    Kiran Kumar
    Director, Digital Transformation.

    Kiran Kumar is an accomplished Digital transformation and technology advisory leader with more than 17+ years’ experience articulating and implementing digital strategies for multiple large clients within the GCC region. He has had a proven track record of successfully leading technology transformation projects demonstrating solid experience in digital and technology strategy, governance, process improvements, enterprise architecture and operating model across number of industries including local giants in government, telecommunication, oil and gas, real estate and public sector. A well-known speaker at multiple forums, conferences on various digital transformation approaches, governance mechanisms and methodologies including ISACA and ICAI, apart from being a visiting faculty for Digital Transformation at a local college in UAE.

  • Mohammad Hossam RadwanManager .PwC
    Mohammad Hossam Radwan

    10+ years of experience in quality control and quality assurance with 4 years’ experience as quality assurance specialist and internal auditing in oil & gas industry working with ADNOC group as well as other industries such as construction, security, marine, shipbuilding, engineering design, electromechanical and law enforcement. Created contractor technical assessment management system and led technical audit for several client. • Led the auditing team for internal auditing process improvement at ADNOC Onshore. Experienced in integrated management systems assessment and gap analysis.

  • Mohammad ShahinDirector Business Controls Risk .PwC
    Mohammad Shahin
    Director Business Controls Risk.

    Mohammad Shahin, 34 years old who lives in Jeddah with his wife and baby girl. He is an accountant by background, started his career in 2007 as an external auditor for 3 years. He then moved to Risk Assurance , mainly in Internal Audit, risk management and corporate governance for the past 9 years. During which, He spent two years in the banking industry as an Internal Audit Manager for National Bank of Abu Dhabi in Jordan which helped him gain the perspective from the client side. Mohammad Shahin has 12 years of professional experience in external audit, internal audit, risk management, corporate governance and other risk advisory services, serving a wide range of clients in different industries (Government and public sector, Aviation, Construction, FMCGs, and Financial services). He worked during his career on many key projects in different capacities in Jordan, Iraq, UAE and KSA.

  • Noel Benjamin D CostaHead of Technology and Innovation Corporate Solutions and Cost Management .Etihad Aviation Group
    Noel Benjamin D Costa
    Head of Technology and Innovation Corporate Solutions and Cost Management.
    Etihad Aviation Group

    Senior IT Leader, with more than 17 years of techno-functional experience, across multiple technology platforms/technologies with multiple Fortune 500 companies in different domains e.g. Data Science, Back Office Systems (SAP), Artificial Intelligence and Robotics & Process Automation (RPA). Noel has also varied experience in the Internal Audit and Risk Management practices and was previously, the Head of IT Audit, in Etihad Airways, before moving to the Technology and Innovation function. He is highly skilled in program delivery, IT Controls management, business process re-engineering, performance improvement & technical development and in leading high performing, teams in the ideation, development, and execution of impactful and innovative portfolios.Noel work closely with the C-Suite in defining and implementing an effective Enterprise technology strategy & business outcomes that meet their needs through effective futures visualizations & Design Thinking sessions.

  • Professor Dr Pierre BrunswickCEO .Neuromem Technologies Pte Ltd
    Professor Dr Pierre Brunswick
    Neuromem Technologies Pte Ltd

    Pierre brings over 40 years of international experience in business development, sales, marketing, engineering, finance and incubators to his role of CEO at Neuromem. Throughout his career, he has managed a region covering 94 countries and 9 local offices. He has helped customers complete large projects and implement the right strategy to grow, merge, acquire new businesses, go public, hire the necessary talent and establish local offices as well as form joint ventures. Pierre has developed significant local government relationships (including technology transfers, big infrastructure projects and top technology specific programs), working with financial institutions & elaborated many educational programs, including incubators for start-ups. Before becoming CEO and cofounder of NeuroMem Technologies in March 2017, Pierre (Elected Knight from the Russian Academy of Sciences in 2005) was the chair of the board of directors of EloCath (the holding company of UNANALAC in UAE and PBRC in Geneva) based in Singapore where the group was focusing on incubators and promoting new technologies and talents. ELOCATH has partnered with some of the best engineering companies around the world, promoting leading disruptive technologies in key sectors.

  • Sudharshana BalasubramanianDirector .KPMG
    Sudharshana Balasubramanian

    Sudharshana is a Director in the KPMG Advisory service and been an accomplished professional with both the Industry and Consulting experience in the areas such as Predictive Data Analytics, Interactive Visualizations, Enterprise Risk Management, Fraud Risk Assessments, IFRS, Technical-Commercial Risk Based internal audits, Corporate Governance Advisory; Continuous Audit – Monitoring, lean six-sigma for process optimizations for the sectors such as Energy, Rail, Nuclear, Universities, including exposure to global markets working for world leading organisations.He is a qualified Chartered Accountant, has a Diploma in International Financial Reporting Standards from the Institute of Chartered Accountants of England & Whales, Certified Information Systems Auditor from ISACA (USA) and Certified in Business Analytics and Intelligence from the Indian Institute of Management Bangalore.

  • Tariq QureishyInternational Professional Speaker .MAD Talks
    Tariq Qureishy
    International Professional Speaker.
    MAD Talks

    Tariq Qureishy is a futurist. He is a sought after keynote speaker,presenter & leadership professional. He is acknowledged as anauthentic & candid presenter, with an open & entertaining style.Tariq Qureishy connects the dots between the present & future.He uses practical, on the ground experience, with knowledge &research from global masters, in both business & academia.Tariq is Founder and CEO of MAD Talks. He has worked with a lotof the major brands in region either through the media platforms ordirectly.He has specialized knowledge about innovation, the impact of thebrain & thinking, focused on the future. Now he is working towardsempowering boards & companies to thrive in the future, ratherthan be worried about it.

  • Vishwanath NemaniSenior Manager .Deloitte
    Vishwanath Nemani
    Senior Manager.

    Vish has over 12 years of experience in providing cyber security related services to clients across the US, UK and the Middle East specializing in cyber security strategy and governance.As a security professional, Vish has been involved in developing cyber security strategies, architecture, designing and evaluating security controls, and developing comprehensive security frameworks aligned to international standards and best practices. He has implemented information security programmes aligned with international standards such as ISO 27001 playing a key role across gap assessment, risk assessment, remediation, training and certification.

  • Waddah HallakCPA, CIA, CMA Professional Exam Trainer .Powers Resources Corporation
    Waddah Hallak
    CPA, CIA, CMA Professional Exam Trainer.
    Powers Resources Corporation

    CPA, CIA, CMA Professional Exam Trainer

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  • The conference was well attended and presented an excellent opportunity to network. The agenda on Innovation and Best Practices was innovative on its own. Another successful event and well done.

    - Deloitte - - (Exhibitor) -

  • This was the first time that Cognition had attended an Annual CAE Conference and everything exceeded our expectations. The conference maintained a high standard of professionalism. Exhibitors were perfectly placed for networking opportunities. Cognition would welcome the opportunity to attend any future UAE IAA Conference.

    - Steve Mullan, Commercial Director, Cognition - - Panelist -

  • Attending and contributing to the 5th Conference of CAEs organised by the UAE IAA was a privilege and delight.Well planned & diligently executed it provided a unique forum for learning renewal and bringing one self to the state-of-art. A huge experience at value addition.

    - Dr. Vinayshil Gautam (Panelist) - - Senior Adviser, KPMG & Hon. Dean KPMG Academy -

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