9th CAE Conference ( 3D Virtual)
  • Date & Time : 09-12-2020 to 10-12-2020
  • 10:00 to 16:00

9th CAE Conference ( 3D Virtual)

The 9th Annual Chief Audit Executive 3D virtual conference (CAE) due to take place on December 9th & 10th ,2020, themed “Connecting Opportunities” with 11 CPEs credit, is the premier auditing conference in the region, attended by the ‘Crème de la Crème’ of the auditing profession both locally & regionally. The conference gives the CAE’s a platform to come together and exchange ideas and promulgate the message of internal auditing profession. Well known speakers and industry experts have raised the bar by envisioning the future of the profession. The conference theme, as mentioned, is “ Connecting Opportunities” so with his great long term professional experience we are looking forward to receiving a topic matching with the current world situation with the level of CAEs and it’s totally up to him to set the topic based on his amazing experience.


Member price

425 USD*


Non member price

475 USD*



3D 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.

  • Achraf El ZaimChairman of Compliance & Integrity Subgroup .UAE IAA
    Achraf El Zaim
    Chairman of Compliance & Integrity Subgroup.

    Partner in PwC’s Middle East Forensic Services practice and I am based in Dubai - United Arab Emirates where I have been leading Forensic Services projects across the Middle East and North Africa.I have more than 15 years of experience where I focused on providing my clients and their legal advisors with strategic advice in support of their efforts to manage the complexities of large investigations, disputes, litigations, and anti-corruption and fraud risk management initiatives.I am a member of the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners and the Chairman of the Executive Committee of the Fraud Sub-Group of the Institute of Internal Auditors – UAE Chapter.I have led major and complex investigations, dispute advisory, anti-bribery and corruption, and fraud risk management projects in particular in the Government, health industries, financial services, energy and other sectors.

  • Aldrin SequeiraSenior Vice President Internal Audit .Dubai Holding
    Aldrin Sequeira
    Senior Vice President Internal Audit.
    Dubai Holding

    Aldrin Sequeira, an Australian citizen, is currently Senior Vice President for Dubai Holding Internal Audit. He previously worked with the Jumeirah Group and, prior to this, PricewaterhouseCoopers in Australia, Papua New Guinea and the UAE.Aldrin has more than 26 years of experience in conducting assurance, advisory and forensics reviews on strategic, financial, operational and technology matters, and contributing to boards and sub-committees. Aldrin is a Fellow of CPA Australia (FCPA) and the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants – UK (FCMA). He is a qualified US Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE) and has a Qualification in Internal Audit Leadership (QIAL) from IIA Global. Aldrin is also a Fellow professional member of the Institute of Internal Auditors- Australia (PFIIA- Aust) and Member of the Association of Corporate Governance Practitioners (MGP).Aldrin has a strong understanding of governance models and reporting best practices, and he applies his combined forensics, professional accounting, internal audit and governance knowledge to achieve successful outcomes.

    GDRFA Dubai

    June,2010 – Till Date – GDRFA DubaiInternal Auditing DepartmentInternal Audit Deputy (2020- till date)Head of Operations & AR Audit Section (2010-2019)Borders Security SectorJanuary, 2012 (Internship) Finance Department – GDRFA DubaiBorders Security Sector July, 2006 (Internship) Dubai Islamic BankClients Relations DepartmentDubai Banking Sector July, 2005 (Internship) - Public ProsecutionAppeal ProsecutionDubai Law Sector

  • Dr Mervat HusseinMember of the Examiners committees .Ain Shams University
    Dr Mervat Hussein
    Member of the Examiners committees.
    Ain Shams University

    Dr. Mervat Hussein is a Certified Internal Auditor (CIA), Certified Compliance Officer (CCO), and holder of MBA, and Doctorate Degree in Business Administration (DBA). Dr. Mervat Hussein has more than twenty-two years of experience in auditing and accounting services; auditing banks, securities’ brokerage and clearing, trading and services companies. Dr. Mervat is experienced in developing and executing risk-based internal audit plans; including risk assessment, review and evaluation of internal control environment and internal control systems and procedures. As Internal Audit Manager, Dr. Mervat prepares and communicates reports to top management and Audit Committee on findings and recommendations resulting from evaluation of internal controls and execution of internal audit assignments. Dr. Mervat is experienced trainer and instructor in auditing professional training programs; Risk Based Audit, how to improve your Internal Audit Skills, Internal Audit Reporting, and International Professional Practice Framework (IPPF). Dr. Mervat has worked for E&Y Cairo Office and Misr for Clearing, Depository, and Registry Company (MCDR).

  • HE Dr Talal Abu-GhazalehCEO & Founder .Talal Abu-Ghazaleh Group
    HE Dr Talal Abu-Ghazaleh
    CEO & Founder.
    Talal Abu-Ghazaleh Group

    Talal Abu-Ghazaleh is the chairman and founder of the international Jordan-based organisation, the Talal Abu-Ghazaleh Organization (TAG-Org). Dubbed as the godfather of Arab accounting, Abu-Ghazaleh has also been credited for promoting the significance of Intellectual Property in the Arab region

  • Hicham SlimChief Audit Executive .Abdul Latif Jameel
    Hicham Slim
    Chief Audit Executive.
    Abdul Latif Jameel

    Chief Audit Executive at Abdul Latif Jameel (ALJ) International in Dubai, operations cover Vehicles, Financial Services, Energy and Environmental Services, Engineering and Manufacturing, Advertising and Media. Geographic operations in scope located in Turkey, Algeria, Morocco, Egypt, Monaco, China, Japan, Malaysia, UAE, Spain, Netherlands, Lebanon. Audit committee member at Fotowatio Renewable Ventures. Audit committee member at Almar Water Solution. Audit committee member at Abu Dhabi University. Previously Board Member at ISACA - Lebanon Chapter Currently holder of CIA, CISA, CFSA, CGEIT, CRMA, and CPD certificates. Previously regional head of internal audit at Arab Bank plc. Started career with Deloitte. Broad knowledge and experience in corporate governance, audit committees, risk management, compliance, external and internal audit (assurance), finance, financial reporting standards, data science, information systems security, and audit.

  • Kazi ShahabuddinHead commercial audit team .Etisalat
    Kazi Shahabuddin
    Head commercial audit team.

    Kazi Shahabuddin is a multi-disciplined chartered accountant who heads Etisalat’s UAE commercial audit team. He has over 20 years of professional experience, starting his career in PricewaterhouseCoopers in Liverpool, UK and spending the past 8 years in Etisalat. Etisalat for those who do not know is a leading telecommunications provider based in the UAE offering traditional telco services along with cutting edge bespoke solutions to its customers. Kazi has played a leading role in transforming operational audit within Etisalat and has contributed to many of the innovative initiatives which resulted in Etisalat being awarded the Leading Practices/ Best Practices Award by the UAE IAA on a number of occasions, including the first ever Best Practices Award.

  • Manoj Agarwalleading internal audit and risk management department .Metro Brands Limited
    Manoj Agarwal
    leading internal audit and risk management department.
    Metro Brands Limited

    Manoj Agarwal is leading internal audit and risk management department of Metro Brands Limited. He has over 22 years of experience in delivering assurance and advisory services to management in retail, facility management, BFSI, manufacturing industries. He has been recognized for aligning internal audit department with professional standards and management expectations. Prior to joining Metro Brands Limited, he was heading internal audit and risk management of Indian operations of ISS A/S and was leader of Information Technology & Information Technology Enabled Services industry vertical for ANB Consulting.He is • Member of International Internal Audit Standard Board of Institute of Internal Auditors, USA. • Chairman of IIA India’s Training Committee and Webinar Committee and Board of governor of IIA Bombay Chapter.He had also held commendable positions like:• President of IIA Bombay Chapter for 2018-19, chairman for IIA India’s Webinar & CIA learning Committee and Social Media Committee (2018-19).• Member, International committees (Guidance Development Committee & Professional Issues Committee) of IIA, USA for the years 2013-2016• Course director for Enterprise Risk Management (COSO) for ICAI in 2010 and Committee of Members in Industry of WIRC.

  • Mohamad KaissiHead of Internal Audit .Banque Misr Liban (BML) in Beirut Lebanon
    Mohamad Kaissi
    Head of Internal Audit.
    Banque Misr Liban (BML) in Beirut Lebanon

    Mohamad is a Certified Internal Auditor with experience in Internal Audit, Risk Management, Compliance & AML and Corporate Governance. Mohamad is an Internal Audit practitioner and is currently the Head of Internal Audit at Banque Misr Liban (BML) in Beirut, Lebanon. He is currently the president of the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (Lebanon Chapter) and is a former governor of the Institute of Internal Auditors (IIA) Lebanon Chapter. Mohamad previously worked with both Deloitte Enterprise Risk Services (ERS) in the Middle East and Ernst & Young Business Risk Services (BRS) in Doha, Qatar. He is also a professional trainer and speaker on matters related to Compliance, AML, Governance, Fraud, Risk and Internal Audit.

  • Nancy H HaigChair - North American Board at The Institute of Internal Auditors Inc., and member of the IIA globa .IIA global
    Nancy H Haig
    Chair - North American Board at The Institute of Internal Auditors Inc., and member of the IIA globa.
    IIA global

    What does it take to be a successful global internal audit and compliance leader? First and foremost, a passion for continuous learning and application of knowledge and innovative techniques; a reputation of integrity, courage, and commitment to goal achievement; respect for and support of individuals throughout the enterprise; and the ability to present an accurate view of risks and mitigation strategies clearly and concisely at the board level. I am a globally recognized internal audit and compliance executive. I am known for building and transforming internal audit and compliance functions to achieve significant results, while at the same time, mentoring and respecting individual team members. I have experience across the professional services, pharmaceutical, healthcare and financial services industries. I am a board member (and former audit committee member), serving on the global board of directors of the Institute of Internal Auditors (IIA), and as senior vice chair of the North American board. I am also a published author and speaker on risk-related topics. Certifications include CIA (Certified Internal Auditor), CCEP (Certified Compliance and Ethics Professional), CFE (Certified Fraud Examiner), CRMA (Certification in Risk Management Assurance), CRISC (Certified in Risk and Information Systems Control) CBA (Chartered Bank Auditor), CFSA (Certified Financial Services Auditor), and CCSA (Certification in Control Self -Assessment). I also completed a 2 year certification program in EHS (Environment, Health and Safety) auditing at UCI (University of California Irvine).

  • Pritesh DattaniHead of Internal Audit .SalamAir
    Pritesh Dattani
    Head of Internal Audit.

    • Head of Internal Audit at SalamAir. Established new in-house function for Oman’s Low Cost Carrier. Previously led Internal Audit departments in aviation industry in full service carrier in UAE and low cost European airline. • Worked in the GCC for past 10 years in tourism and hospitality government and family owned retail organisations. • Over 20 years experience in Internal Audit, Risk Management and Fraud professions. • Qualified QIAL, CIA, CISA, FCA, CFE, CRMA, CDPSE, CMIIA. • Past speaker at IIA Global Conferences in Dubai and Orlando. Various other speaker engagements at Marcus Evans, Informa, Institute of Risk Management and International Association of Airline Internal Auditors (IAAIA).

  • Ritesh LalwaniHead of Group Internal Audit & Investigations .Etihad Aviation Group
    Ritesh Lalwani
    Head of Group Internal Audit & Investigations.
    Etihad Aviation Group

    Ritesh has over 20 years of experience in the areas of the Internal Auditing, risk management ,fraud investigations and fraud risk management. Prior to joining Etihad Aviation Group, Ritesh had worked with Dubai Holding Group and McDermott,Inc. Ritesh put forward the concept of " Frauditing" at the 11th Annual Internal Audit Conference,2018 in light of ever-increasing fraud risks and the growing expectations of the stakeholders from Internal audit Functions to more to mitigate fraud risks.

  • Tariq IsakssonVP Quality & Performance Audit .Etisalat
    Tariq Isaksson
    VP Quality & Performance Audit.

    Tariq Isaksson is currently VP Quality & Performance - Audit for Etisalat. As part of his role he is responsible for ensuring effective and efficient processes in Internal Control & Audit department, and leads the implementation of strategic initiatives to implement leading practices across the department.He has 20+ years of international experience of leading transformation, quality, systems and technology risk management, audit and control from having led audit functions in several top-tier multinationals such as Philip Morris in US, Tesco and Unilever in the UK and Mubadala in UAE.Tariq’s career path includes roles as Ethical Hacker, Investigator and ERP Security Specialist, managing complex reviews and investigations, implementations of Audit Management Systems, Data Analysis Initiatives and Continuous Auditing.Tariq is working as advisor to Board and senior management on current and emerging risks and has served as audit committee member in subsidiaries.

  • Tim BerichonInternal Audit Leadership Engagement .The IIA Global
    Tim Berichon
    Internal Audit Leadership Engagement.
    The IIA Global

    Builds and leads more agile and relevant business units, departments, or processes.Lead financial, operational, and compliance activities involving multiple divisions, processes, technologies, and international geographies. Improve controls, profitability, employee engagement, and stakeholder service.Collaborative, advisory partner with enterprise mindset and strong customer focus. Excellent interpersonal skills with the ability to work very well with and through others with a passion for diversity. Creative, visionary, action-oriented, and decisive.

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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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