20th Annual Regional Audit Conference
  • Date & Time : 12-04-2020 to 14-04-2020
  • 07:30 to 16:00

20th Annual Regional Audit Conference

The 20th Annual Regional Audit Conference (ARAC) themed “Future Technology Shaping IA” will be held from April 12 - 14, 2020 at the Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Center. The 20th ARAC is widely considered the largest “Smart” conference and premier training event related to Internal Audit in the Middle East. The Conference is preceded by a Pre-conference workshop day on 12th April 2020. Targeting 1500+ professionals to attend the event from the Middle East & North Africa region, the conference will give the delegates a great opportunity to interact with the who’s who and hear some great speakers and professionals who have in them the ability to influence change in the profession. This future-oriented conference boasts of world-class professional development sessions. This is your chance to experience an event which is prepared by keeping in mind the way the upcoming future will influence the world of internal audit. The various themed sessions will have something in them for everyone. With an opportunity to network with professionals and leaders, do not miss out on the chance to note the upcoming trends in technology which will reshape internal audit in the days ahead. Visit the booths of our key partners, sponsors and exhibitors and you will be surprised at how much they have to offer. Interact with them on a one-to-one and get to know their offerings to help you succeed. To enable you to maintain your IIA certifications and qualifications, the conference provides an opportunity to earn up to 13 Continuing Professional Education (CPE) credit hours over the 2 main days of the conference (April 13-14, 2020). Earn an additional 7 CPEs when you attend the pre-conference workshops. Last but not the least, enjoy your stay in the vibrant city of Dubai. Record-breaking architecture stands alongside traditional quarters, while man-made islands just out of the striking coastline. Dubai has turned into an international destination connect the West to East. Enjoy the experience from famous tourist destinations such as Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest building or relaxing on pristine beaches or dashing off to the dunes for an adventure. Experience this and much more.


Member price

790 USD*


Non member price

1103 USD*



Dubai World Trade Centre

*Only Main Conference Price
*All prices are inclusive of applicable VAT.


  • Abdulqader Obaid AliChairman of the Board .UAE IAA
    Abdulqader Obaid Ali
    Chairman of the Board.

    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.

  • Anton van WykPast Chairman .The IIA
    Anton van Wyk
    Past Chairman.
    The IIA

    Anton was awarded, in 2018, the Victor.Z.Brink award for distinguished service, by the Global IIA. The IIA recognised Anton as a dedicated volunteer, advocate, and leader whose guidance and extraordinary efforts have greatly impacted the profession of internal auditing, globally.Anton is a past Global Chairman of The Institute of Internal Auditors (IIA) – 2014 to 2015. He is the first individual from the African continent and the first South African to have lead the world’s largest internal audit organisation (200 000 members). A notable highlight during Anton’s Chairman year was addressing members of the United Nations’ General Assembly in New York City, together with the Secretary General, Ban Ki-moon.

  • Ibtissem LassouedPartner, Head of Advisory - Regional Financial Crime Practice .Al Tamimi & Company
    Ibtissem Lassoued
    Partner, Head of Advisory - Regional Financial Crime Practice.
    Al Tamimi & Company

    Ibtissem Lassoued is a Partner and Head of Advisory in the Regional Financial Crime practice in Dubai.She graduated from the Sorbonne University (Paris) and joined Al Tamimi & Company in 2007 from the legal department of the French Group Vivendi, where she conducted primarily US litigation (e.g. class actions, Securities and Exchange Commission (‘SEC’) and Department Of Justice (‘DOJ’) investigations.

  • Jordan Belfort. .JB
    Jordan Belfort

    Experience Jordan Belfort live and in-person as he delivers a powerful and exiting blend of master level sales training, balanced by stories centering on his unique life experiences.He starts off by relating some highly entertaining backstory on the Wolf of Wall Street movie, then moves into a history of his famous Straight Line Persuasion System, and why he was inspired to invent it.He goes on to offer an in-depth examination of the five key elements of straight line sales and persuasion and demonstrates how to pick the lock to anyone’s buying combination. You will walk away from this session exhilarated, educated, entertained. and ready to go out and close anyone who's closable.

  • Michael J. FucilliAudit General .New York Metropolitan Transport Authority, USA
    Michael J. Fucilli
    Audit General.
    New York Metropolitan Transport Authority, USA

    Michael J. Fucilli (CIA, QIAL, CRMA, CGAP, CFE), is the CAE for a large Public Sector company with Revenues in excess of $15 billion. Mike has over 35 years of internal auditing experience that includes Financial Services, Public Sector, Inventory Management, Technology & SOX Reporting. Mike has an audit staff of 85 professionals and is on the Institute of Internal Auditors’ Research Foundation Board of Directors. He was recently on the IIA North American Board and Global Board. Mike is also an Adjunct Professor for Pace University where he teaches the IIA Learning System for the Certified Internal Auditor Exam.

  • Richard F ChambersPresident & CEO .The IIA (Global)
    Richard F Chambers
    President & CEO.
    The IIA (Global)

    Richard F. Chambers, CIA, QIAL, CGAP, CCSA, CRMA, is president and chief executive officer of The Institute of Internal Auditors (IIA), the global professional association and standard-setting body for internal auditors. Founded in 1941, The IIA today serves more than 185,000 members in over 170 countries and territories and is the internal audit profession’s most widely recognized advocate, educator, and provider of standards, guidance, and certifications.Chambers leverages more than four decades of internal audit and association management experience to direct more than 200 professional staff members at The IIA’s global headquarters located in Central Florida, achieving the agreed-upon strategies and objectives on behalf of The IIA’s North American and Global Boards of Directors.Since becoming global CEO in 2009, Chambers has led The IIA to record membership and the launch of a number of valuable initiatives to benefit members and the internal audit profession, including the Audit Executive Center; Pulse of Internal Audit; Audit Channel; Internal Auditor Online; the Certification in Risk Management Assurance (CRMA); the Qualification in Internal Audit Leadership (QIAL); The IIA Risk Resource Exchange; the American Center for Government Auditing; the Financial Services Audit Center; and the Environmental, Health and Safety Audit Center.In addition to championing high professional standards and ethical conduct, Chambers has made a career-long commitment to advocating for the internal audit profession around the world, educating influential government officials and standard-setting bodies about the crucial role internal auditors play in private and public sector organizations. Under Chambers’ leadership, The IIA also partners with national and global organizations on a number of key initiatives to advance the profession.Chambers builds awareness of and advocates for the internal audit profession through frequent public-speaking appearances, blogs, magazine articles, webcasts, outreach initiatives, and participation on influential boards and committees. He has been featured by numerous high-profile media outlets, including The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, Financial Times, Reuters, Bloomberg Radio, and CNBC. Accounting Today has recognized Chambers as one of the Top 100 Most Influential People shaping the accounting profession and, since 2013, the National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD) has included him on its annual list of the most influential leaders in corporate governance. Active on social media, Chambers has been recognized by Accounting Today and Polecat as an industry thought leader to follow on Twitter.In 2014, Chambers authored the award-winning book, Lessons Learned on the Audit Trail, which is currently available in five languages. He has a new book, Trusted Advisors: Key Attributes of Outstanding Internal Auditors, due for release in early 2017.Chambers serves concurrently on the Committee of Sponsoring Organizations of the Treadway Commission (COSO) Board of Directors; the International Integrated Reporting Council (IIRC); and The IIA Board of Directors. He served on the U.S. President’s Council on Integrity and Efficiency; the NACD’s Blue Ribbon Committee for Audit Effectiveness; the Audit Board of the City of Orlando, Fla.; The IIA Internal Audit Standards Board; and The IIA North American Board. He is the recipient of the Association of Government Accountants (AGA) Frank Greathouse Distinguished Leadership Award and the National Association of Black Accountants (NABA) Legacy Award. In 2016, Chambers was honored by American City Business Journals’ Orlando Business Journal as a top CEO of the Year. Under his leadership, The IIA has been recognized annually as one of Central Florida’s Best Places to Work.Prior to assuming his current role in 2009, Chambers served as national practice leader in Internal Audit Advisory Services at PricewaterhouseCoopers and vice president of The IIA’s Learning Center. He spent the majority of his early career in public sector auditing, serving as inspector general of the Tennessee Valley Authority; deputy inspector general of the U.S. Postal Service; and director of the U.S. Army Worldwide Internal Review Organization at the Pentagon. Chambers is a Certified Internal Auditor (CIA), and holds numerous qualifications and certifications, including Qualification in Internal Audit Leadership (QIAL), Certified Government Auditing Professional (CGAP), Certification in Control Self-Assessment (CCSA), Certification in Risk Management Assurance (CRMA), and Certified Government Financial Manager (CGFM). He earned a Bachelor of Business Administration and a Master of Business Administration at Georgia State University, as well as a Master of Arts in International Relations at Salve Regina University. He also is a graduate of the U.S. Army War College.

  • Scott AmyxManaging Partner .Amyx Ventures
    Scott Amyx
    Managing Partner.
    Amyx Ventures

    Managing Partner at Amyx Ventures, TEDx, Top Global Innovation Keynote Speaker, Forbes, Singularity University Smart City Accelerator, SXSW Pitch/Accelerator, IBM Futurist, Tribeca Disruptor Foundation Fellow, Sloan/Woodrow Wilson Fellow, Wiley Author, TechCrunch, Winner of Innovation Awards, Smart, Sustainable Cities, Renewable Energy.

  • SophiaAdvanced Humanoid ..
    Advanced Humanoid.

    The future is here and her name is Sophia, the world’s very first humanoid celebrity. The toast of the Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon, Sophia has graced the cover of Elle magazine, appeared on Chinese television, spoken before the United Nations General Assembly and named the first non-human citizen of Saudi Arabia. Wowing awestruck audiences with her superhuman intelligence and advanced ability to read faces, empathize with emotions, understand the nuances of language and communicate with thousands of facial expressions, Sophia has discussed subjects ranging from “Will robots take over the world?” to how artificial intelligence could end hunger in developing nations. Sophia interacts with humans in a profoundly personal way, previewing a fast-approaching future where friendly, caring humanoids help us solve our most challenging problems to create a better world.

  • Terry CutlerCEO Cyology Labs Canada and Ethical Hacker ..
    Terry Cutler
    CEO Cyology Labs Canada and Ethical Hacker.

    Terry Cutler is the creator of the family-based Internet Safety University training program (www.isunow.com), and a federal government cleared cybersecurity expert (a Certified Ethical Hacker). Mr. Cutler is named to IFSEC Global’s Top 20 Most Influential People in Cybersecurity in 2018 and again in 2019, and was awarded the 2017 Cybersecurity Educator of the Year award among others: the Cybersecurity Excellence awards recognize companies, products and individuals that demonstrate excellence, innovation and leadership in information security.

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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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