The 11th Chief Audit Executive Conference
The iconic conference for Chief Audit Executives is finally around the corner! Are you ready to be a part of the prestigious 11th CAE Conference?
A platform where you can build your network, expand your brand and expose yourself to a comprehensive program – “Agility, the New Norm” focused on CAEs global issues impacting the profession. Attending this event will also add 16+ CPEs credits to maintain your IIA professional certifications.
A place where you can interact with 20+ leaders, speakers and practitioners from around the world on pressing topics such as Digitization, AI, Agile Auditing, ESG, Governance and Risks, Fraud and Corruption, Information Security, Transformational Leadership and many others.
Chairman of the Board of UAE IAA
Abdulqader led the Arabization projects of both the Certified Internal Audit Certification (CIA) as well as the “Sawyer’s Guide to Internal Auditing” and COSO. He has successfully chaired the annual UAE-IIA Regional Conferences since 2010. The Chief Audit Executive Annual Conferences has also been hosted under his able leadership. The 2018 IIA International Conference was held in Dubai, a first in the MENA region with a record-breaking history, gathering 3500+ attendees worldwide with him as the Chair of the conference
Past (2020-2021) Global Chairman on the Global Board of Directors of the Institute of Internal Auditors
Jenitha John is a seasoned executive with more than 28 years of corporate experience in diverse industries traversing the primary, secondary and tertiary sectors. For the past 17 years, she paralleled her executive role by having served as a non-executive director of both public and private sector entities. She has served as the Chief Audit Executive in many major companies in South Africa. She is currently providing independent consulting services globally and was recently appointed to the Global GRI’s Due Process Oversight Committee for Sustainability Standards.
Senior Internal Audit Advisor – AuditBoard
Richard F. Chambers, CIA, CRMA, and CFE is founder of The Audit Trail Academy and serves as Senior Internal Audit Advisor for AuditBoard – the leading cloud-based platform transforming how enterprises manage risk. Chambers also serves as a non-executive director on the Board of Directors of SWAP Internal Audit Services in the UK, the overseas Dean of China’s Nanjing Audit University, and on UNICEF’s Audit Advisory Committee.
Advisory Board Member and Technology Professional
Fene Osakwe is an award winning Technology professional, writer and Forbes published author. His core competence is in Cyber security, IT Governance, IT Strategy, Risk Management, and Sarbanes–Oxley implementations. Fene has consulted for several Financial Institutions, Telecoms and FinTech companies, state governments and some Universities in these areas, holding over 10 internationally recognized professional IT Certifications.
Chief Audit Executive, ARC and Board Member, Seasoned Professional and Speaker
Karem has more than 28 years of management and internal audit experience in various industries that enabled him to assume internal audit executive leadership roles in several leading companies in the Middle East region. He also assumed various board member and audit committee roles for several large organizations.
Karem holds an MBA degree with emphasis in Industrial and Manufacturing Leadership. His earlier education includes a Bachelor in Business Administration from the American University of Beirut. Also, Mr. Obeid attained several related professional certifications like CIA, CPA, CCSA, CISA and CRMA.
CEO & Founder TWIG Consultancy
As a seasoned thought leader, Sultaneh Naeem has excelled in her role as one of the most experienced C-suite level mind trainers, senior quality assessor and team leader, business and executive coach, and
quantum leadership expert.
She has an extensive knowledge and mastery as a mediator for businesses, counsels, and meetings. She has also embarks towards working with people
under personal circumstances and business
concerns, which includes but is not limited to family and business affairs.
She is also a certified practitioner of neuro-linguistic programming (NLP) as well as a facilitator of the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI), the Keirsey Temperament, and the DiSC dimension of behavior.
Group Chief Executive Officer
Etihad Aviation Group
Tony Douglas was appointed Group Chief Executive Officer of Etihad Aviation Group in September 2017 and joins the business on 1 January 2018.
He has nearly 20 years of international leadership experience in transportation, infrastructure, and government sectors. He joins Etihad Aviation Group from the UK’s Ministry of Defence, where he served as CEO of the Defence Equipment and Support department, responsible for procuring and supporting all the equipment and services for the British Armed Forces, managing a budget of US $20 billion a year.
Group Chief Internal Audit Officer
Fadi Sidani is the Group Chief Internal Audit Officer at Beeah. Prior to establishing Governance Dynamics in 2018, Fadi founded and was the managing partner of the Risk Advisory Practice for Deloitte, Middle East. Fadi also set up the Risk Advisory Practice at Arthur Andersen in the UAE before joining Deloitte in 2002. His geographical coverage included the whole Middle East including Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Kuwait among others. Fadi is also the authorized trainer, through Governance Dynamics, of the Governance, Risk and Compliance Professional (GRCP) certificate. His experience spans over Audit and Consulting providing various fit for purpose solutions, including Financial and Internal Audits, Business Restructuring, Governance including Board Advisory, Risk Management, Compliance, Valuations, Due Diligence among others.
Dabeer is a Partner in the ‘Risk’ practice of PwC Middle East. He has 22 years of experience in internal audit, risk management, compliance, corporate governance and technology risk advisory.
He has been helping clients with their assurance requirements over technology and data. He also been instrumental in driving the digitization and data analytics initiatives within internal audit, risk and compliance.
Dabeer has been member and chair of various Audit Committees as well as served on Investment and Executive Committees.
Ziad Zogheib is a Partner with PwC Middle East and has been with the firm for more than 18 years.
Ziad is currently leading several technology, security and privacy related projects, including information security implementations, IT governance framework designs, data privacy assessments, and IT audits for clients in various industries.
Ziad has also contributed significantly to driving technology assurance and data analytics services to clients and provides training to financial services and other corporate personnel on the application of International Financial Reporting Standards, International Internal Audit Standards, IT Audit and Fraud.
Group Head of Audit – Bank of Sharjah
Vice Chairman of the UAE Bankers Federation (UBF) Audit Committee
Sunil has over 20 years of experience in audit. Currently working as Group Head of Audit and reporting to the Board Audit and Compliance Committee, he is is responsible for providing assurance to the Board and other stakeholders. He leads and manages the audit activity with an efficient team and has demonstrated the ability to deliver quality results within agreed timelines.
Browse through the profile of our speakers. Read about their accomplishments and other achievements. Click on them for their detailed profiles.
Dr. Ahmed Ebrahim Al Balooshi
CEO of Smarteam Consultancy
Ex- Vice Chair of the Institute of Internal Auditors’ Board of Directors
Founder & Managing Director, Beinex
Mohamed Yehia Ahmed
Chief Audit Executive, Banque Misr
Director and Founder at K10 Vision Limited
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About the 11th Chief Audit Executive Conference
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. 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 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 16 Continuing Professional Education (CPE) credit hours over the 2 main days of the conference.
Targeting professionals 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.
Leaders will need to demonstrate emotional and cultural intelligence, innovative and agile leadership styles, and our auditors must become not just digitally savvy, but literate in both existing and emerging technologies. Our future professionals need mental courage and perspective to cut through the noise of today, challenge paradigms and old mental models and assumptions, plan for multiple futures for the company of tomorrow, and work in and lead a workforce of different generations, cultures, employment models and compositions.
Dr. Ahmed Ebrahim Al Balooshi
CEO of Smarteam Consultancy
Currently, Dr. Albalooshi is the CEO of Smarteam Consultancy, Chairman of Board of Directors of Bahrain Internal Auditors Association, Chairman of Board of Directors of InvesTrade Company, Expert Member of the Board Audit Committee of Aluminum Bahrain Company (Alba), Advisor to the United Nation Development Programme (UNDP) – Bahrain on part-time basis and Advisor to the Bahrain Institute for Banking and Finance (BIBF), a faculty member of Price Waterhouse Cooper’s Training Academy ME, and a Certified Trainer with Bahrain Institute for Public Administration (BIPA); Bahrain Institute for Political Development; Bahrain Institute for Banking and Finance (BIBF) , and NAZAHA Training Centre in Saudi Arabia. In addition, he is a member of the Professional Advisory Committee in the Accounting Department of the School of Business Administration in the University of Bahrain, and a member of the Audit and Internal Controls Advisory Committee at BIBF.
Dr. Albalooshi, used to be a Board Member of Bahrain Telecommunications Company Group and Chairman of its Audit Committee; Board Member of Dhiraagu Telecommunication Company- Maldives and Chairman of its Audit Committee; Board Member of Umniah Telecommunication Company- Jordan and Chairman of its Audit Committee; Board Member of Sabafon Telecommunication Company- Yemen and a member of its Executive Committee; Board member of Sure Telecom Group- Guernsey and member of its Audit Committee. Board Member of Ibdar Bank- Bahrain and Chairman of its Audit, Risk and Compliance Committee; and finally, member of Audit Committee of Gulf Air, Bahrain Airport Company and Gulf Aviation Academy.
Ex- Vice Chair of the Institute of Internal Auditors’ Board of Directors
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.
Partner, Internal Audit, Risk & Compliance – KPMG Lower Gulf Limited
Firas has over 20 years of audit and business advisory experience. Certified Public Accountant (CPA), Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA) and a member in the Institute of Internal Auditors and in the Information Systems Audit and Control Association.
- Firas has worked extensively in the development, design, and had led a range of risk advisory services to clients in the UAE with primary focus on Government and State Owned Entities. The scope of services provided ranges from Internal Audit Advisory work related to setting up internal audit departments, complete outsourcing and co-sourcing with in-house internal audit departments and other Business Control and Enterprise Risk Solutions.
- He has managed a portfolio of finance process outsourcing contracts with clients in various industries including: Telecommunications, Manufacturing, Media and Trading. Tasks included the following:
- Supervision of the engagement personnel,
- Proper understanding of the internal controls implemented by the client and identifying the related risks and weaknesses, to help in developing internal policies and procedures to mitigate the identified risks
Partner, Head of Governance, Compliance, and Internal Audit for Financial Services, KPMG Lower Gulf
Maryam has over 17 years of Advisory experience with KPMG. Prior to joining KPMG Lower Gulf, Maryam had 4 years of experience in providing Internal Audit, Corporate Governance, Business Process Improvement, Valuation, and Structured Finance related advisory services in KPMG in the United States.
- Maryam has led more than 100 Internal Audit projects for local UAE clients across multiple sectors including banking and financial services, insurance, government entities, free zones, financial services, etc.
- She has conducted more than 50 comprehensive corporate governance reviews by benchmarking the CG framework with leading practices from developed markets as well as regulations including Central Bank Regulations, SCA regulations, Basel Committee on Banking Supervision, King IV Code, UK CoCG and OECD Guidelines. She has managed various Corporate Governance assignments that have included developing CG manuals, Management Committee Charters, Code of Ethics, Company Secretary Policies and Procedures, Insider Trading Policies, Fraud Risk Management as well as Share Dealings Manual.
- She has conducted more than 10 Board Effectiveness Reviews in the UAE wherein she provided value-added insights on how Boards can enhance their structures, composition, operations, oversight over key control functions, and promote active participations amongst all board members.
Partner, Head Governance, Risk and Compliance Services, KPMG Lower Gulf
Siddharth is a Partner in the Advisory practice of KPMG Lower Gulf with a particular focus on the consumer markets, retail, ecommerce, hospitality, logistics, media and IT/ITS sectors. His current leadership role entails assisting clients in their risk management and internal control assessment initiatives. Siddharth has been with KPMG for over 14 years and has over 20 years of overall work experience. He is a Chartered Accountant from India as well has done his CPA from USA.
His clients have included Unilever, Castrol, Colgate, Novartis, Emaar, RTA, Union Coop, Miral, Meeras, Reliance Retail, Shoppers Stop, Flipkart, Ebay, Blue Dart Express, Aramex, Mattel Toys, Walt Disney, Sony Television, Hexaware Technologies, WNS Holdings, Dubai Tourism, Bateel, Cravia, Agthia Group, ESI, Strata, ITC, ADNOC, Emirates Steel etc.
Representative Client Experience
- Siddharth leads multiple engagements for clients in Internal Audit, Model Business Processes, Enterprise Risk Management, ICOFR, Process reengineering, COSO implementation and other Risk Advisory services.
- Siddharth’s portfolio of clients in UAE includes EMAAR (Enterprise Risk Management across hospitality, malls and properties), Meraas Holding & Miral (Standard Operating Procedures), Bateel (Risk Assessment, Internal Audit, Delegation of Authority), Union Coop & Planet Pharmacies (Internal Audit), Intigral (ICOFR implementation), DTCM (ERM), ADNOC, Agthia, NPCC, Strata, Emirates Steel (COSO implementation, SOPs), Modern Bakery (IA, DOA & SOPs), Novartis, Colgate (Dealer reviews) etc.
- Siddharth has worked expensively in rolling out the legal compliance solution in India and is leading the same in UAE.
Mohammad Abu Dalo
Senior Director, SLC (Saudi Arabia)
Mohamed has over 17 years of experience in Risk Consulting Services and currently leads GRC solution in Saudi and Levant. He worked closely in various sectors such as; Public Sector, Financial Institutions, Oil and Gas, Healthcare, Real Estate Development in addition to the International Development Agencies including World Bank, IFC, UN, etc. Mohammad is joining us from KPMG Jordan where he spent his last 10 years after serving KPMG across the middle east including, Lebanon, Iraq, UAE, Kuwait, Qatar and Bahrain.
Mohamed is an expert in Governance, Risk Management, Compliance (GRC), Internal Audit and Business Process Improvement. He led several projects for Corporate Governance Transformation including Board Composition, Capacity Building, Risk Management, Compliance and Internal Audit functions for multi sectoral companies including, banks, insurance, family businesses, etc. Mohammad has also worked with regional regulators to assess the progress in achieving the mandates of Federal Reserve and FATF workforce.
Mohammad lead GRC solution across KPMG and he is also leading public finance and Transport along with other key sectors such as Public Financial Management and Municipalities as one of KPMG’s priority along with all regulatory entities.
In addition to the above, Mohamed led advisory functions in the last few years covering Jordan and Iraq. He contributed significantly for the awareness of KPMG brand in Iraq and the services KPMG can provide in Technology, Organizational Development and Restructuring, Feasibility Studies, Public Sector Transformation, Public – Private Partnerships, etc.
Associate Director, Forensics, KPMG Lower Gulf Limited
Hamdan Hamdan, is an Associate Director for KPMG across the Lower Gulf, with 11 years of big four experience and has worked on many of the regions most pre-eminent investigation and dispute cases. Hamdan has worked on one of the largest private frauds in the world, where he provided a wide range litigation support to a team of lawyers and legal experts. Hamdan has experience conducting investigations on behalf of GCC regulators, board of directors, and internal audit teams. In addition, Hamdan has experience assisting government and private entities in developing and implementing their anti-fraud frameworks.
Fraud Risk Management Experience
- Hamdan has assisted a multiple federal entities in developing and implementing their anti-fraud frameworks as well as developing their internal investigation manuals. During these engagements he has conducted gap assessment based on global best practices and local federal minimum requirements, developed the necessary policies and procedures, and conducted anti-fraud training and awareness sessions to their internal audit teams and employees of the entities. In addition, he has assisted the entities in conducting their initial fraud risk assessments.
- Assisted clients in developing the fraud response protocols, including developing their investigations manuals, ToR for their Investigations Committees.
- Hamdan has assisted many other non federal entities in assessing and enhancing the anti-fraud frameworks to be in line with regulatory requirements as well as leading practices. This included reviewing their current policies, developing additional policies, conducting fraud risk assessments, implementing Hotline reporting channels and associated procedures, and developing and conducting awareness sessions.
Investigations and dispute experience
- Assisted with the investigation of one of the largest alleged fraud cases in the Middle East. During the investigation he examined evidence, aided in the preparation of expert witness statements, supported legal disclosure review requirements, and provided a wide range of litigation and asset tracing support to a multinational team of lawyers and legal experts.
- Hamdan was part of team that was appointed to conduct an investigation into a private equity firm to review multiple funds and to determine the use of funds and to review the fund expenses. Findings were reported to local regulators as well as investors.
- Hamdan conducted an investigation into a large GCC investment bank that has gone into administration on behalf of a GCC regulator to review the flow of investor funds related to two of the banks infrastructure projects to determine if there was any indication of wrong doing /fraud by the parties involved
Fadi Al Shihabi
Head, Sustainability, KPMG KSA
Fadi has +22 years of professional experience in sustainability/ESG, decarbonization, circular economy and impact measurement across various sectors in the MENA region.
Fadi has a deep understanding to the ESG and its related risks and opportunities including strategy development, stakeholder engagement, materiality and maturity assessments, reporting, social & environmental impact measurements and assurance.
Fadi has a significant involvement in developing the ESG/Sustainability agenda in the MENA region via supporting both of public and private sectors in this area for the last 14 years. This is in addition to support the third sector and mega events.
Fadi has also been supporting regulators to further improve the reporting guidelines and frameworks like GRI, UNDP, KSA MEP. As well as deliver training courses and sessions.
Fadi has supported clients in various sector like financial sector, energy sector, telecom and media sector, mining sector, real estate & hospitality and retail sector.
Fadi has been working in Kuwait to support clients in their ESG journeys like KPC, KFH, KIPIC, PIC, Zain Telecom and others.
Associate Director, KPMG
Mahendra is an Associate Director within the GRCS practice in KPMG; and has 12 years of experience in risk Consulting. He is a Chartered Accountant from India and holds an MBA from Indian Institute of Management.
He has led efforts on building the IA data analytics team at GRCS as well as K-RISSE (KPMG Risk Integrated Strategy Simulated Enabler) Framework Model which integrates and transforms ERM from siloed risk driven approach to a holistic risk management program.
Mahendra has lead internal audit, ADAA regulation no. 1 implementation and testing, internal financial control implementation and testing, enterprise risk management implementation and designing of SOPs (policies and procedures) engagement teams across clients in various sectors and geographies.
Partner, KPMG Lower Gulf Limited
Abhisek Bhattacharyya, Partner leads the IT Internal Audit and IT Attestation Services for KPMG, Lower Gulf. In addition, Abhisek is the business and quality leader for IT External Audit service offering for KPMG Lower Gulf & Saudi Levant. He and his team of 60 bright, enthusiastic and techno-functional resources provide assurance and audit services around technology & digital risks affecting financial statements and business operations.
Abhisek is a Chartered Accountant, CISA, Certified Fintech with several years of experience in IT risk & controls, IT Audit, technology & business risk advisory, enterprise resource planning, governance, risk management and compliance management technology implementation and IT assurance. He has worked with Big 4 firms and technology companies in UK, Canada, India and Middle East. Abhisek has developed practices and service offerings, recruited and mentored large technology audit and assurance teams during his career of 20 years.
Harris Anwar Matin
Director, Advisory, KPMG in Oman
Patricia Kordesch has more than 20 years leadership experience across the second and third lines of defence, spanning the Financial Industry, Hospitality Industry and the Public Sector.
Patricia built audit functions, defined risk-based audit strategies and supported the organizations’ leadership through strategic consulting engagements. Her special focus has been on people by promoting talent, mentoring women, and fostering collaboration. She is engaged in industry and regulatory dialogue, and provides training.
Having started her career as private banker, her current role is Head of Department at the FIU Germany.
Founder & Managing Director, Beinex
An entrepreneur and an award-winning helmsman of Beinex Consulting – the group constituting six firms spread across three continents – Indumon Das has end-to-end experience in architecting, guiding, leading, and implementing solutions in Analytics, AI, and Machine Learning for the spheres of GRC, Risk & Audit Transformation as well as Digital Transformation.
He is a product champion for Auraa – Augmented Risk and Audit Analytics – a unique single platform solution for Integrated Risk Management, Governance, Audit, Compliance, and Analytics functions that streamlines risk and audit verticals for enterprises worldwide.
A thought leader who regularly interacts and inspires the next generation of promising entrepreneurs and problem solvers, Indumon is a regular invitee to premier industry-defining forums marking tectonic shifts in times. He finds himself deeply engaged in productive conversations in those arenas with visionaries who strive for permanent positive change.
Associate Director, KPMG Lower Gulf Limited
Suleiman is a member of the Advisory practice. He has over 13 years of International experience in Technology and Cyber risk, IT advisory, IT Audit, Attestation services, ERP controls reviews, GRC Implementations and IT Risk Assurance. Suleiman has been involved in executing security reviews, ISAE 3402/ SSAE16 (SAS 70) audits, GRC Implementations and Information Risk Management assignments and has experience serving clients across Oil and Gas, Energy, Manufacturing, Banking, Trading and Hospitality sectors in the Middle east and Australia.
- Developed and enhanced the methodology used by the Global practice for auditing / reviewing ERP systems, particularly in relation to Security, and GRC
- Led an ISAE 3402 attestation engagement for a leading business process outsourcing service provider – KSA
- Led a SOC 1 and SOC 2 Type 1 and Type 2 examination for controls relevant to trust principles Security, Confidentiality and Availability at one of the leading IT organization – Qatar
- Worked on an ISAE 3402 attestation engagement for a global bank providing various services – Australia
- Security risk assessments based on client defined assessment methodology adopted from ISO 27001 controls – Australia
- Led IT Security and business process review Internal Audit assignment for a major airline company – KSA
- Led various risk assessment and audit engagements Model Business Processes: Developed model business processes for Project Management Function. This included understanding the as-is process, identifying the gaps, benchmarking to the industry leading practices and developing fit to company processes and procedures with improved controls
Partner, Forensics, KPMG
Simon is a specialist in the prevention and detection of fraud and serious non-compliance, with a unique background as an accountant, lawyer, federal agent (police detective) and senior executive in government. Simon has over 20 years of professional experience across a broad range of clients.
Just prior to joining KPMG Lower Gulf, Simon was a Partner at another Big 4 Forensic Practice where he specialized in complex investigations, compliance and anti-fraud engagements across a broad spectrum of clients. in the UAE,
As a federal agent with the Australian Federal Police, Simon investigated a number of high profile fraud matters including HIH Insurance, Australia’s largest corporate collapse. As a senior leader at the Australian Securities and Investments Commission he led teams of lawyers, accountants and investigators examining civil and criminal breaches of the Corporations Act.
An experienced senior executive in the Australian government, Simon has overseen legal, compliance an investigation areas of large departments and has also held appointments as a regulator.
Mohamed Yehia Bhandari
Chief Audit Executive, Banque Misr
Mr. Mohamed Yehia brings more than 23 years of professional experience in internal and external auditing. Before joining Banque Misr, Mr. Yehia was the Chief Internal Auditor and the Audit and Risk Review Division Head at Abu Dhabi Islamic Bank – Egypt. Having displayed continuous efforts and success, he was assigned additional responsibilities and chaired the Board of Directors of the ADIB “End of Service Fund”.
Before serving at ADIB, Mr. Mohamed has joined KPMG-Hazem Hassan as a Senior Audit Manager (Financial Sector and Contracting). He has demonstrated significant professional experience working for various prominent institutions.
He has also strengthened his professional development through continuous academic and professional training. He is a CPA, CIA, CISA, CFIP & MBA holder. Further, his expertise spans over different segments, including auditing Financial Statements, Fraud Investigations, Cross-Border Audit Reviews, Quality Assurance, IT, Information Security, Corporate and Retail Credit Risk, Operations, Subsidiaries, Compliance, and Corporate Governance, in addition to conducting Financial Due Diligence (Valuation) for Financial Institutions for Mergers and Acquisitions. He has a well-established track record of experience in strengthening the Corporate Internal Control Systems, Risk Management Framework, and Corporate Governance.
Dr. Hashem Stietiya
Director of Research & Development
Dr. Hashem Stietiya is the Director of Research & Development Head of Environmental Consulting at Bee’ah’s Consultancy, Research & Innovation (CRI) business unit. Over his 23 years of experience, he has demonstrated his passion for reducing environmental pollution and promoting a healthier environment.
In his career as an environmental consultant and a university professor, Dr. Stietiya has worked as an industry expert in more than 12 countries in the Middle East and North Africa. His core areas of expertise include Environmental Contamination, Air Emissions Monitoring, and Groundwater Vulnerability Assessment. His rich expertise also extends to Environmental Auditing, HSSE Regulations in the Middle East and North Africa, Environmental Impact Assessments, Environmental Monitoring, Plans, etc.
As a veteran environmentalist and researcher, Dr. Stietiya’s key scientific articles include investigations into environmental problems and attempts to find sustainable solutions. His experience in environmental management in the Middle East makes him instrumental to the process of understanding the needs of clients at Bee’ah, and accomplishing them through scientifically established methodologies.
Before starting his career at Bee’ah, Dr. Stietiya held a variety of leadership and senior technical roles at environmental consultancy companies across the region, during which time he managed and supported a team of professionals to carry out a vast array of innovative assignments. His in-depth experience and resourceful know-how in environmental consultancy has led him to spearhead major projects in the past and present. Some of these affluent projects include Soil Survey Classification and Land Use Specification (2001 – 2005), Industrial Water Vulnerability Assessment for global beverage plants in the Middle East (2010-2013), HSSE Regulatory Program for Middle East (2010-2014), Relative Accuracy Test Audits for oil and gas companies (2014-2016), Marine Remediation of Drilling Slurry Spillage in Arabian Gulf seawater (2014), and others.
Hashem Stietiya holds a PhD Degree in Environmental Soil Chemistry from Louisiana State University. He has written and co-authored numerous books & articles on varied subjects related to environmental topics including soil atlas, nano particles, sludge/metals, soil remediation and many more. In 2012, the University of Jordan honoured him with the ‘Distinguished Researchers Award’. His work as a visiting scientist at the School of Plant, Environmental and Soil Sciences at Louisiana State University – USA has also been highly commended.
Associate Director, ANB
Director, Internal Audit, Mubadala Investment Company
Over 20 years of experience in audit, governance, risk management, internal controls and compliance, including US-based and regional experience. Before relocating to the UAE in 2009, I had a global internal audit management role with a large US-based publicly listed multi-national company with a strong global footprint. I was responsible for managing a global team located in the US, EU and Asia.
Joined the Mubadala Investment Company in 2009, a global sovereign investor with a $243 billion business that spans six continents with interests across multiple sectors and asset classes. Managed assurance and advisory activities across the Mubadala global portfolio platform.
- Managed the Mubadala Audit, Risk and Compliance Committee (ARCC) material and communication, Internal Audit methodology and relevant charters.
- Established and managed the Quality Assurance & Continuous Improvement (QA&CI) function for the Internal Audit division from the ground up (2012).
- Internal Audit Business Partner for the Mubadala Energy, Mubadala Petroleum and Petrochemicals platform and recently the UAE Investments platform, a large diversified portfolio which includes different asset classes in the energy (conventional and clean), healthcare, industry and ICT sectors.
- Managing the Internship, HASAAD and Maseeraty programs for the Mubadala Group Internal Audit Division which are aimed at developing the next generation of UAE national leaders.
- Mubadala Ethics & Compliance Champion and former member of the Mubadala Corporate Compliance Council.
- Member of the Mubadala Mentorship program.
- GE-certified Trainer for the Foundations of Leadership program.
Associate Director, Internal Audit and Risk Advisory, Protiviti (Middle East)
Mohammed is Associate Director in Internal Audit and Risk Advisory practice at Protiviti (Middle East) and is responsible for providing internal audit services in the UAE and across GCC countries.
Mohammed has more than 14 years of experience in the field of internal auditing, internal control and governance, and he is a Certified Internal Auditor (CIA) and holds a Certificate in Controls Self-Assessment (CCSA).
Mohammed has presented several workshops related to risk assessment, internal auditing, governance, internal control and sustainability for many government and private entities in the United Arab Emirates. He also participated with the Institute of Internal Auditors in Hassad Training Program to develop various professional skills for UAE national and professionals.
Associate Director, Protiviti (Middle East)
Fady is a seasoned Risk advisory professional, with over 12 years of experience across UAE and the GCC region in areas related to Risk Advisory Services focusing on Enterprise Risk Management, in his role as an Associate Director in Protiviti (Middle East) practice, Fady has lead teams of risk advisory professionals to help his clients in various industries through providing a wide array of solutions falling under Enterprise Risk Management (ERM), including maturity assessments, ERM program activation, developing ERM frameworks and governance models, Risk appetite setting and creating automated dashboards for continuous monitoring of risk management activities. He also worked with various entities in enhancing their risk management culture through delivering workshops and training sessions.
Fady holds various qualifications such as Certified Internal Auditor (CIA), Certification in control self-assessment (CCSA), Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE) and Certification in Risk and Information system controls (CRISC).
Partner – MENA Region Risk Advisory Leader, RSM
Rami is a Partner and the RSM MENA Risk Advisory Leader, and a member of the RSM Global Risk Advisory Committee, with more than 26 years of experience in the region, serving organizations both public and private sector clients in a range of industries. Prior to joining RSM, Rami led the Risk Advisory services with Deloitte in Kuwait and Qatar, and was the Governance, Risk and Compliance regional leader, providing a wide range of risk advisory services including the design of enterprise-wide risk management frameworks, ethics programs, regulatory compliance frameworks, Internal Audit, governance frameworks development and assessments, and sustainability projects. He has strong Board presence, providing Board assessments, board trainings and awareness across the region. Rami started his career with Ernst & Young, then led the Internal Audit function to a multi-national entity across the MENA region.
During his career, Rami advised multinational and regional clients in various sectors including, Financial Services (Banking, Insurance, and EFM’s), Sovereign Wealth Funds, Pension Funds, Governmental and State-Owned Enterprises, leading a wide range of projects focusing on ERM, risk assessments, GRC, Ethics, regulatory compliance programs, internal audit, such as:
- Organization-wide GRC Framework design, development, and implementation
- ERM for a key financial institution in KSA
- Risk assessment and transformation for a major regulator in the region
- Risk Assessment for one of the largest global sovereign wealth funds
- Leading internal audit co-sourcing and QAR for a major regulator in the region
- Regulatory assessment for a major regional Bank in line with local regulations
- Board assessment for a major regional Telecommunications company
- Board of Directors Trainings to several organizations
- Code of Ethics to a multi-billion global oil company
- Compliance framework to a major transportation authority in the GCC
- Insurance regulations for a major Insurance Regulator in the GCC
Associate Director, IA and Business Risk, Protiviti Middle East
Abir Machaco, a Certified Internal Auditor, has an excess of 14 years of combined experience in internal audit, risk management, and management consulting crossing both public and private sectors. Abir is currently an Associate Director in the Internal Audit and Business Risk practice at Protiviti (Middle East) and is responsible for the delivery of Business Risk and Internal Audit Services to clients within the UAE and Gulf Region. She spent most of her professional experience in managing relevant projects for a wide portfolio of Government and semi-government clients within the UAE covering several industries such as Real Estate, Projects, Hospitality, Media, Education, Government regulatory agencies, and Financial Services.
Abir’s skills include provide advise and recommendations around ways of improving the effectiveness of internal audit, governance, and compliance. she works with clients in implementing new techniques to add value to audit engagements and keep the Audit Committees well informed through transparent communications.
Abir has previously delivered a workshop session on next Generation audit during the 8th CAE-UAE conference, 2019.
Maurits Le Poole
Head of Sales EMEA & APAC regions, Empowered Systems
Maurits Le Poole has more than two decades of experience working with highly regulated customers across the 3 Lines of Defence. His specialisation is enterprise risk management including workflow solutions for internal audit, model risk-, compliance-, operational risk-, operational resilience and business continuity management, SOX Compliance, Regulatory change and Policy Management as well as Vendor Risk Management. Originally Dutch, he lives in the United Kingdom with his wife and three sons. He enjoys fly-fishing and likes a good history book.
Capt. Mohammed Almarri
Acting Director, Internal Audit Department, General Directorate of Residency and Foreigners Affairs
Director and Founder at K10 Vision Limited
After qualifying with Arthur Andersen and spending several years in their consulting practice, Paul went on to found and grow a very successful audit technology software company which was purchased by a UK PLC in 2018. This has led Paul to work with audit teams in every corner of the planet and from virtually every industry. It is with what is now over 20 years’ experience in the field of Audit Management Software that Paul spends time around the world speaking on the role of technology in this arena, as well as leading his latest venture K10 Vision which has been formed to bring the very latest technologies to the desktops and tablets of auditors worldwide.
Managing Director, Security and Privacy, Protiviti Middle East
Niraj is a specialist in Security Consulting field with more than 20 years of experience – locally and globally. He brings with him the rich experience of successfully managing large and complex projects in the region. His primary skills includes Security Strategy, Security Architecture, Security Automation and Security Operations. Niraj has assisted many large clients across the Banking, Telecom, Healthcare, Energy and Utilities, Enterprises and Public sectors in the area of compliance, risk management, technology evaluations, implementations, managed security services and formulating security roadmaps.
He has been a public speaker at multiple forums for security frameworks, approach to predictive security, threat landscape, security blueprints, mitigating risk, cloud security at GISEC, ISACA, Meet ICT, Kuwait DC, Oman Cert, IIA events. Niraj has written many articles and white papers such as “State of Security in the Gulf” in 2017, “Role of Security in Digital Transformation” in 2019 and “Raising the bar in cybersecurity” in 2021.
CEO, Palmira Software House
GRC Consultant, Diligent and ZeeDimension
An industry expert who has implemented the HighBond Data-Driven GRC software in various organizations across the Middle East.
Cyber Security Professional, KPMG Lower Gulf Limited
Dimitrios has 30 years of hands-on information security experience gained working in enterprise InfoSec groups and consulting, service and solution providers. He has delivered projects for banking, capital markets and insurance institutions as well as telecom organisations, oil & gas enterprises and government agencies in over 20 countries.
CEO, 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 in 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.
Semih Kumluk, PhD
Digital Training Manager, PwC Academy Middle East
Semih is the Digital Training Manager here at PwC’s Academy Middle East. He is a well-versed professional with work experience spanning over 12 years in FMCG, Telecommunications and Consultancy. He has the unique combination of business and data analytics skills; with his experience in different parts of the business he is able to analyze and interpret all kinds of business data effectively. He has delivered many trainings on Artificial Intelligence, Data Analytics, Design Thinking, Branding, Project Management and other subjects in his areas of expertise as a trainer and won the Instructor of The Year award by CertNexus in 2021. His core expertise lie in Business Management, Data Analytics and Strategy. Semih is a strong advocate of emerging technologies and digitalization, remains actively involved in discussions around the early adaptation of these technologies and aspires to inspire others to improve their knowledge, he is delivering Keynote sessions in international conferences like LEAP, GITEX Technology Week, GISEC, FinTech Surge, AI Masters, Strata Data Conference, Telco AI Summit, World Class IT Transformation and Artificial Intelligence to increase the awareness of senior executives on these topics. He successfully launched and delivered the 1st ever Artificial Intelligence certification programme across the Middle East and also secured the 1st runner-up position in PwC’s global AI competition.
Data Privacy Leader, PwC Academy Middle East
Phil Mennie is PwC’s Middle East Data Privacy Leader and a partner in Digital Trust Partner. In this role he leads projects in cyber security, data privacy, data management and business continuity management across many industries. He has 15 years of experience helping clients manage all forms of technology and digital risk. Outside of the Middle East he has worked or studied in Europe, the United States, Russia, China, Hong Kong and Singapore.
Phil is also a published author, having written a book in 2015 on digital and social media risk and governance for businesses.
His experience and expertise stem from a strong foundation in data analytics, programming and technology. He has led the development of a number of complex and bespoke IT systems, including secure systems in financial services, which help clients capture, manage and analyse operational and financial data.
Phil is also a regular keynote speaker at a variety of technology conferences around the world.
Regional Director for Professional Development, PwC Academy Middle East
Gavin is the Regional Director for Professional Development at PwC’s Academy Middle East. He oversees the development of executive education, leadership development programmes, training and development methodologies and technical and behavioral evaluation, analysis and assessment for the Academies in the region. He has delivered training programmes to over 25,000 students and delegates from over 3,500 organisations around the world during his twenty five years as an upskilling specialist.
Gavin has designed and delivered training programmes in executive development, leadership and succession planning and progression, financial reporting, external and internal audit, assurance, business and financial risk, management information, across the Gulf region. He has created assessment methodologies and conducted competency evaluations across all levels of organisations and is an expert in the development of learning journeys for individuals and organisations. Developing and motivating others is Gavin’s passion and he has sought opportunities, throughout his career, to develop others.
Regional Director, PwC Academy Middle East
Anas is a Regional Director at PwC’s Academy Middle East. He oversees the development of executive education and training for Academies in the region and has delivered multiple training programmes in Internal Audit, Corporate Governance and Risk Management. For the past five years, Anas was leading the Corporate Governance for one of the largest Islamic Banks in the world and has over 15 years of experience in establishing Internal Audit and Corporate Governance functions for multiple organizations with the Public and Private sectors.
Anas has led the full inception of Corporate Governance and Internal Audit functions for many highly recognized local and International organizations, alongside some of the major ministers and public sector entities in KSA.
Partner, Risk – PwC
Ziad is currently leading several technology, security and privacy related projects, including
information security implementations, IT governance framework designs, data privacy assessments, and IT audits for clients in various industries.
Ziad has also contributed significantly to driving technology assurance and data analytics services to clients and provides training to financial services and other corporate personnel on the application of International Financial Reporting Standards, International Internal Audit Standards, IT Audit and Fraud.
Partner – Risk Assurance, PwC
Dabeer is a partner in the Risk practice of PwC Middle East with 22 years of experience in internal audit, risk management, compliance, corporate governance and technology risk advisory. He is a Fellow Member of Association of Chartered Certified Accountants, Certified Internal Auditor and Certified Information Systems Auditor. He has worked within both public and private sectors across the Middle East ranging from local to international organisations.
He has been helping clients with their assurance requirements relating to technology and data. He also been instrumental in driving the digitization and data analytics initiatives within internal audit, risk and compliance.
Dabeer has been member and chair of the various Audit Committees as well as served on various Investment and Executive Committees.
Associate – Governance, Risk and Compliance Services, KPMG
Neda is a qualified compliance and legal professional with 15+ years of experience in the areas of securities litigation, white collar crime investigation, regulatory compliance and financial crime compliance. She provides a proactive regional compliance support on all the relevant aspects of forming a compliance framework and establishing a compliance culture for multinational companies that is consistent with international standards.
- Neda conducted a control gap analysis of the compliance management, AML Controls and client onboarding/KYC of a financial institution in Abu Dhabi. Assisted in remediating the key gaps identified to ensure compliance with applicable regulatory requirement.
- Neda worked with a FX brokerage firm in conducting a gap analysis of their compliance framework and provided recommendation regarding required AML controls that must be implemented in order to be compliant with regulatory requirements.
- Neda worked with the MLRO of Global Private Banking (GPB) in advising and providing pro-active regional compliance support in the DIFC and MENA Region to ensure business is conducted in accordance with all applicable laws, rules, regulations, codes, standards within Regulatory Compliance.
- Neda drafted a comprehensive Compliance Manual (AML, Sanctions, Anti-bribery and corruption, employee conduct, cross-border activities).
- Neda managed a high volume litigation practice. Performed research, legal analysis, drafted corporate legal documents including bilateral and syndicated loans, letters of credit,
- Neda was involved in secondary financing, escrow agreements, inter-credit agreements, distressed debt, and shareholder agreements in compliance with global banking laws.
I want to take this opportunity to thank the UAE IAA for organising the 10th CAE Conference. The team deserves accolades and praise for a very well managed conference. The sessions were enlightening and very informative and it was really good to be able to meet with colleagues and counterparts from within the industry. We look forward to supporting the endeavours of the UAE IAA.
Group Head of Internal Audit
I was a keynote speaker at the 10th Annual Conference of the UAE Internal Auditors Association Conference in Dubai that took place from November 16-18, 2021. Simply put, it was an exceptionally well run conference with state of the art presentations by speakers from all over the world. The professional staff at the IAA, as well as Chairman Abdulqader Obaid Ali, were the consummate hosts and presented materials that went to the essence of internal auditing in the 21st Century, from the importance of becoming conversant with AI technologies to the reason for pursuing all types of fraud. The information was timely, relevant and expertly delivered.
I would highly recommend attending any conference hosted by the UAE IAA to learn more about the essential role that auditors will continue to play in the ever changing global economy. If you have an opportunity to attend such a conference or, better yet, to present at one, do not miss your chance!.
District Attorney, New Hanover and Pender Counties
The IIA UAE team has, once again, done a phenomenal effort to showcase a top-class, cutting-edge IIA Conference, despite coming very shortly out of the unprecedented pandemic situation. The choice of topics, contents, interactions, and discussions – all reflect on the IIA UAE’s commitment to embrace the change in the Internal Audit profession with open arms and to guide its members into the next generation of leaders. Thoroughly enjoyed with tremendous learning – time well spent! Thank you IIA UAE .
Head Group Internal Audit, Senior Executive Vice President
The event connected the IA leaders in the region and beyond, featuring experienced and visionary speakers, and provided insight and direction on the future of the IA profession. Highly recommended.
Conference Delegate (Germany)
Greetings from Ajman Department of Economic Development. We would like to thank UAE IAA on your amazing efforts for putting together 10th Chief Audit Executive Conference.
Hashem Sultan Abu-Salem
Senior Internal Auditor
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
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.
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.
Commercial Director, Cognition