The 1st UAE IAA Virtual Conference
  • Date & Time : 15-07-2020 to 15-07-2020
  • 09:00 to 15:00

The 1st UAE IAA Virtual Conference

The UAE IAA is continuously transforming the way it operates such that its ultimate aim of being a catalyst to enable Develop and Enhance your auditing skills are realised. During this new world era, the UAE IAA continues serving the profession through virtual services. Through a significant presence in the IA Profession and geographical market, our events leverage the latest insights to ensure that they remain relevant and practical in today’s business environment. Our speakers and delegates represent the leading practitioners and innovators in their respective fields, with a thirst for knowledge and a willingness to share their experiences.


Member price

125 USD*


Non member price

150 USD*



Virtual Conference

*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.

  • Ali SajwaniFounder & CEO Grape Technology .Shahada
    Ali Sajwani
    Founder & CEO Grape Technology.

    Ali Sajwani is a vibrant UAE National with 20 years of experience in Technology and Innovation domains. Holding a Bachelor of Science in Computer Engineering from University of Washington in Seattle, Ali has held key positions in Banking and Oil & Gas sectors. In Ali’s past role as Group CIO of Emirates NBD Bank, he led a team of 500+ high caliber professionals; and had diligently worked with his business counterparts & peers in producing significant results over his assignment with Emirates NBD. He was one of the key architects in the EBI-NBD integration that was successfully carried out in 2009, and the Emirates Islamic Bank and Dubai Bank integration.Over the years, Ali had been successful in embedding a culture of innovation at Emirates NBD Group by driving digital and process innovation and leading the creation of the Emirates NBD Future Lab, a key initiative of the Group’s digital strategy that is enabling and accelerating the development of next generation digital and mobile banking services.In 2018, Ali has established Grape Technology, a Dubai-based Technology startup focusing on Blockchain and Artificial Intelligence. In the past two years, Ali has successfully managed to grow Grape Technology’s portfolio and brand and it’s currently a unique player in UAE’s blockchain market.

  • Fady DernaykaRisk Assurance Director .PwC Middle East
    Fady Dernayka
    Risk Assurance Director.
    PwC Middle East

    Fady is a Director in PwC’s Risk Assurance practice based in United Arab Emirates (UAE). He has over 13 years of experience specialising in risk assurance offerings and has served government, semi-government and private business clients across the Middle East.Fady’s areas of specialism include Internal Audit, Risk Management, Compliance, Third Party Assurance and Policies & Procedures. He has led Internal Audit and related risk advisory engagements across several industries with a focus on Oil and Gas, Energy and Utilities, Real Estate Development, Tourism, Hospitality & Leisure as well as Transportation.He has particular expertise in conducting Internal Audit Quality Assessment Reviews and has led numerous assignments in this area providing recommendations to Heads of Internal Audit and Audit Committees of his clients aimed at shaping the Internal Audit activity in line with best practices and global Internal Audit trends. Fady holds Bachelors in Business Administration with major in Accounting and Finance and is a Certified Internal Auditor (CIA).

  • 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.

  • Imran ZiaDirector, Audit & Assurance Government .Government of British Columbia, Canada
    Imran Zia
    Director, Audit & Assurance Government.
    Government of British Columbia, Canada

    Imran is a seasoned professional with rich internal audit experience spanning over decades. He has worked for various multinationals, Big Four Firms and National & International corporates. Throughout his career, he has established a reputation as a transformational leader who is driven by challenge and committed to furthering standards of excellence. He has got hands-on experience of setting-up internal audit functions for various organizations; and is considered a subject matter expert. Imran is a proud winner of "Internal Audit Excellence Award" from ICAEW (Institute of Chartered Accountants in England & Wales). He also serves/served various professional bodies in different capacities. This includes serving as:• Vice President of Institute of Internal Auditors Vancouver Island (Canada) Chapter• Chairman of ACCA’s Members Advisory Committee • President of ACFE’s (Association of Certified Fraud Examiners) Chapter• Member of ACCA’s Global Forum for Audit & Assurance• Member of ACFE’s Global Advisory Council • Member of Board of Directors of “Connections Place” – a global not-for-profit organization

  • Liana KalakeshAssurance Partner .PwC Middle East
    Liana Kalakesh
    Assurance Partner.
    PwC Middle East

    Liana has over 17 years of experience with PwC providing Assurance Services to clients. She is a member of PwC’s Middle East Assurance Leadership team, as the Assurance People partner, driving PwC’s ‘Workforce of the Future’ strategic agenda.Liana specialises in external audits of diverse conglomerates, including regional Family Offices (focused on Retail and Consumer, Real Estate and Automotive) and sovereign investment funds. She is experienced in advising Boards and C-Suites on cross border governance and financial reporting matters.Liana holds a BA in Economics and Business Administration from the American University of Beirut and is a Certified Public Accountant.

  • MUHAMED FAROOQUEFounder & CEO .Excelledia
    Founder & CEO.

    Started up Excelledia Quality Consulting in the year 2010 in Doha- Qatar. The business is operational in Belfast, Leeds & Edinburgh in the United Kingdom, Abudhabi & Dubai-UAE, Doha-Qatar, Kochin-India and Rotterdam-Netherlands with a dedicated workforce of 60+ based in these regions at the moment. We have also developed a very strong partner network across the globe.

  • Nicola ThompsonChief Internal Auditor .RAK BANK
    Nicola Thompson
    Chief Internal Auditor.

    Nicola Thompson leads the Group Internal Audit for RAKBANK and its subsidiaries. Directly reporting to the Board Audit Committee, Nicola’s main goals are to strengthen the effectiveness of the Internal Audit function in the assessment of the Bank’s risk management and internal control framework. With around 20 years of experience in Internal Audit and Business Advisory, Nicola has in depth knowledge of complex governance, risk, compliance and internal audit practices in both local and highly regulated markets. Prior to joining RAKBANK, Nicola held senior leadership positions where she handled business development, transformation and strategic internal audit and risk advisory across the Middle East, Europe, and USA.

  • 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.

  • Robin M SinghGroup Senior Regulatory Risk Management Professional .SEHA Group
    Robin M Singh
    Group Senior Regulatory Risk Management Professional.
    SEHA Group

    Awarded as the “Top 50 Smart leaders” award across the Middle East in the field of Healthcare Ethics and Compliance and The '40 under Forty' award by National association of valuators, USA for Compliance and Investigations. He has worked across jurisdictions such as UAE, Kuwait, Oman, Singapore, India; and even high-risk jurisdictions such as Afghanistan. He has developed client adaptive programs on ethics and compliance and anti-bribery/anti-fraud framework during his tenure with one of the Big 4 and Big 5 and consulted in the field of health care ethics, compliance, and fraud investigations, and assisted known organisation through Anti-fraud, ethical and regulatory scenarios/dilemmasHe has authored more than 20 papers/articles across various international journals and magazines such as Fraud Magazine by ACFE, Framework by Thomson Reuters, Society of Corporate Compliance and Ethics, Healthcare Compliance Today, Law360, Asia Mena Counsel, etc.He was instrumental in setting up the Compliance and Ethics Program in the Healthcare Government Entity and is currently working with Healthcare committees to address queries associated with regulatory and compliance during the time of the pandemic.

  • Saqib Ahmed KhanHead of Audit - UAE, Islamic & Commercial Banking .Islamic & Commercial Banking
    Saqib Ahmed Khan
    Head of Audit - UAE, Islamic & Commercial Banking.
    Islamic & Commercial Banking

    Saqib Khan, Head, Audit, Standard Chartered Bank UAE & DIFC joined in October 2013. In 2017, Saqib’s responsibilities were expanded to lead the global audit teams for Commercial Banking and Islamic Banking. His teams are responsible for providing independent assurance to relevant stakeholders on the state of the Country control environment and control discipline. Saqib has 20 years of experience working in audit related roles. He joined the Bank in January 2012 as Senior Audit Manager in the Wealth Management and Private Banking team in Singapore and moved to Dubai in October 2013. Previously, he worked at Commonwealth Bank of Australia holding the roles of Technical Advisor/ Chief Audit Executive in Indonesia and as a Senior Audit Manager at Commonwealth Bank of Australia in Sydney. Before that, he worked with PricewaterhouseCoopers for 6.5 years in their Financial Services Assurance practice in Sydney and London.Saqib is a qualified Australian Chartered Accountant and has graduated with a Bachelor of Business majoring in Finance and Accounting from the University of Technology, Sydney. Married and blessed with a daughter and son, Saqib is passionate about cricket and football.

  • Sonny BrownPerformance Coaching & Health and Wellness Retreats .GymNation
    Sonny Brown
    Performance Coaching & Health and Wellness Retreats.

    Australia’s #1 Published Fitness Model Offering Peak Performance Coaching & Health and Wellness RetreatsThe first Australian fitness model to be featured in Muscle & Fitness, as well as being Australia’s number one published fitness model, Sonny Brown is considered one of Australia’s leading personal trainers.Having a healthy mind and healthy body translates into so many different areas of life. I want to help you reach greater health and optimal energy in your life. My vision is about creating the correct atmosphere for anyone to flourish into their best self. – Sonny BrownCombining his decade-long experience in the fitness industry along with his spiritual and mental strength from his past experiences, Sonny has created an online personal training and fitness program designed to let the body reach its full potential.

  • Stephen AndersonStrategy and Markets Leader .PwC Middle East
    Stephen Anderson
    Strategy and Markets Leader.
    PwC Middle East

    Stephen is the Global Advisory Markets Leader and a member of the PwC Middle East Executive Board. Stephen is responsible for the strategy and execution of PwC’s Market activities in the MENA region with over 220 Partners and 4,500 staff. He is a specialist in Advisory services to Sovereign Wealth Funds, Global Financial Services Institutions, Government, Infrastructure Programmes and Private Equity Investors advising at Board and CEO level on strategic, M&A, financing, programme delivery and organisational transformation programmes.Prior to his current role, Stephen was the Country Senior Partner in Qatar and prior to this a Partner in our London Advisory practice. Stephen worked with many leading global banking, insurance and fund management clients internationally, advising them on transformational and post transaction projects.He is a Chartered Accountant (UK FCA) and a regular conference speaker.

  • Sunil EdwardsGroup Head of Internal Audit .Bank of Sharjah
    Sunil Edwards
    Group Head of Internal Audit.
    Bank of Sharjah

    With a strong banking background encompassing assurance, governance and controls, Sunil is the current Group Head of Internal Audit at Bank of Sharjah.Prior to the Bank of Sharjah, he has worked extensively in the Middle East with experience with large regional and local banks such as Ahli Bank-Oman, part of the AUB Bahrain group, Bank Muscat and Bank Sohar in Oman and as a Consultant with Grant Thornton, Oman.His roles include heading the Audit and Risk Control and supervision of audit teams across different verticals.He is an active investor in start ups in the impact space.

  • Sunil RamchandaniSenior Vice President, Group Internal Audit .Emirates NBD
    Sunil Ramchandani
    Senior Vice President, Group Internal Audit.
    Emirates NBD

    Sunil is a seasoned internal audit professional with more than 25 years experience, mostly in the banking industry. Sunil is currently a Senior Vice President – Group Internal Audit with Emirates NBD Bank. During his long stint with Emirates NBD, Sunil has handled audits in Bank’s all business audit areas including Retail Banking, Wealth Management, Wholesale Bank, Risk Management, Treasury and Capital Markets, International branches and all support functions. He plays a key role in audit planning activity for the entire audit function, including response to COVID-19 priorities. As a senior internal audit leader in a reputable audit function in one of the largest banks in the region, he has a ring side view of the emerging risks in the banking industry and the expectations from internal audit in providing assurance to the organization to help manage risks.Previously, Sunil had stints in the internal audit functions of Emirates Airlines in the UAE, and ICICI Bank in India.Sunil is also an active member of Toastmasters and has led many public speaking courses. Sunil lives in Dubai with his wife and 2 fast growing sons.DISCLAIMER: "This e-mail message including any of its attachments is intended solely for the addressee(s) and may contain privileged information. If you are not the addressee or you have received this email message in error, please notify the sender who will remove your details from its database. You are not authorized to read, copy, disseminate, distribute or use this e-mail message or any attachment to it in any manner and must delete the email and destroy any hard copies of it. This e-mail message does not contain financial instructions or commitments of any kind. Any views expressed in this message are those of the individual sender and do not necessarily reflect the views of Emirates NBD PJSC, or any other related subsidiaries, entities or persons."

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    Tariq Qureishy
    Futurist, CEO of Xponential & MAD Group.
    MAD Talks

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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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