November 2-3, 2022


0730 - 1630

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.

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Keynote Speakers

Abdulqader Obaid Ali

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

Dr Jaap Kalkman

Group Chief Investment Officer


Dr. Jaap Kalkman is Group Chief Investment Officer at Abu Dhabi Developmental Holding Company (ADQ), focusing on managing ADQ’s portfolio in Utilities, Aviation, Logistics, Healthcare, Pharma, Media, Tourism, Real Estate, Manufacturing, Technology and Financial Services. He joined ADQ in April 2019.

Before that, Jaap was Managing Partner and Global Head of the Energy & Utilities Practice at Arthur D. Little, the world’s first management consulting firm. Jaap has more than 25 years of Consulting and Private Equity experience in Europe, Asia and the Middle East.

Jaap obtained his masters (1989) and PhD (1993) in Physics and Mathematics from Utrecht University in the Netherlands. After obtaining his PhD, he worked as postdoctoral researcher at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States of America.

Jenitha John

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.

Richard Chambers

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.

Dr. Fene Osakwe

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.

Karem Obeid

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.

Sultaneh Naeem

CEO & Founder TWIG Consultancy
Mind Training

Sultaneh Naeem is the founder and CEO of TWIG Professional & Management Consultancy. The company was founded based on her vision to unlock and nurture the potential for excellence, quality, mastery, and success. She is a thought leader as well as a seasoned expert in the field of quantum leadership, mind training, executive and personal coaching, and family business. Sultaneh Naeem has worked extensively with C-level roles in several leading companies in the Middle East and globally. In addition, she has served as a mediator for businesses, counsels, and meetings. Despite her focus on leadership, Sultaneh Naeem has also embarked on supporting individuals under personal circumstances and business concerns to realize their authentic vision and mission.

Tony Douglas

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.

Fadi Sidani

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 Rasul

Partner, Risk


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

Partner, Risk


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.

Sunil Edwards

Group Head of Internal Audit – Bank of Sharjah

Vice Chairman of the UAE Bankers Federation Audit Committee

Sunil Edwards is the Group Head of Internal Audit at the Bank of Sharjah and has been instrumental in setting up the independent audit function within the bank.

He possesses the following qualifications:

  • Certified Internal Auditor (CIA);
  • Certified Risk Management Specialist (CRMA);
  • CAMS (Certified Anti Money Laundering Specialist (CAMS)
  • MBA (Finance)
  • Certification in International Relations from the London School of Economics
  • Fintech course from Harvard University
  • Organisational Design for Digital Transformation, MIT
  • Mastering Board Governance Program, IMD, Switzerland
Michael Fucilli

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.

Eisa Aldhaheri

Director of Internal Audit

Ministry of Education

Eisa is the Director of Internal Audit at the Ministry of Education. Previously he was in ADNOC group for 8 years of experience in the field of internal auditing.

Eisa has a master degree in audit management and consultancy. He is also a CIA & a CFE certified professional.

Mr. Aldhaheri was an advocate of the Internal Audit profession during his years in ADNOC and was responsible for spreading awareness during the annual internal audit month.

Giving Eisa’s background, experience and career progression Mr. Aldhaheri would have many insights that would relate to up and coming internal auditors, the requirements and expectations of future auditors.

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.

Lara Elkhayat

Partner – Risk, PwC

Lara has over 19 years of experience in delivering an array of Internal Audit, Corporate Governance, Enterprise Risk Management & Compliance services to prominent local and regional organizations.

She has led numerous strategic risk assurance projects which focused on delivering tangible value to the business, by empowering key stakeholders with the right insights and tools to manage critical risks, enhance performance and achieve targets, while establishing a corporate culture of accountability and resilience.
Lara’s experience spans across various industry sectors, including Government & Public Sector, Oil & Gas, Power & Utility, Real Estate, Retail & Manufacturing, etc.
She also focuses on creating Leadership & Development programs within the Risk Assurance domain, that offers opportunities for talent upskilling, mentoring and networking.

Lara is a Certified Internal Auditor (CIA) and is an ISO 9001 Certified Auditor

Patricia Kordesch


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.

Indumon Das

Founder & Managing Director


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.

Mohamed Yehia

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.

Paul Gascoigne

Director and Founder

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.

Paritosh Gambhir


KPMG Lower Gulf

Paritosh is our National Leader for Blockchain.  His role includes overseeing all functions at the firm, including risk and management consulting, audit and tax, with respect to the impact the technology has on our clients.  He is also an Audit Partner in KPMG’s Financial Services Practice and the Audit Innovation Leader for the Lower Gulf, and specializes in banking and asset management, serving a wide range of clients.  He was previously a Partner with KPMG in Canada, where he held similar roles, including National Leader for Blockchain.   He specialized in banking and asset management, serving a wide range of clients from a large Schedule 1 bank in Canada to trust companies, fintech companies, hedge and mutual funds. Paritosh joined KPMG in Canada in 2004 and was previously with KPMG in Zambia.

Nagaraj Uchil

Director, Internal Audit, Risk & Compliance

KPMG Lower Gulf

Nagaraj is a Director with KPMG with 17 + years of work experience, Nagaraj specializes in IPO Readiness and getting companies/ organizations IPO Ready, Business continuity Management (BCM), Enterprise Risk Management (ERM), internal Controls and, Contractual Risk Management. He has lead teams conducting end to end IPO readiness assessments, supporting entities in getting IPO ready as per SCA, DFM and ADX mandates, Policies and Procedures, ERM, risk assessment (RA), risk governance, risk charter, risk management policies and procedures , ERM framework, tolerance limits, ERM reporting, setting up ERM committee and metric based reporting of risks, He leads the ERM and BCM solution for KPMG Lower Gulf.

Shantosh Sridhar

Director – Analytics & Digital Transformation


  • Certified Analytics and Business Intelligence professional with 10+ years of  experience in designing and implementing enterprise-scale Analytics solutions, across Billion $ Business houses.
  • Worked with several leading brands in the Middle East to setup Audit and Risk Analytics practices, tailor made for the organization’s Assurance needs.
  • A regular speaker and seasoned trainer in the space of Audit and Risk Analytics.
  • Experienced in deploying global BI solutions in Power BI across multiple Business conglomerates.
Nipun Srivastava

Managing Director


Nipun is the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) leader of the financial crime and regulatory advisory practice at Protiviti. He has nearly two decades of professional services experience. In his current role, he focuses on helping leading regional and global financial services firms meet their regulatory compliance requirements related to money laundering, sanctions, and fraud through review, recommendations and remediation of their financial crime frameworks, as well as implementation of models / systems.

Firas Haddad

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.

Relevant Experience:

  • 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.
Siddharth Behal

Partner, Head Governance, Risk & Compliance

KPMG Lower Gulf Limited


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.

Anand Raj Sharma

Senior Manager, Financial Services Risk Advisory


Anand is a Senior Manager in the Financial Services- Risk Advisory practise of Protiviti. Anand has 10 years of experience with subject matter expertise over Regulatory Compliance, Conduct and Integrity Risk, Fraud Risk Management, Compliance Technology assessments, AML/KYC program reviews and implementation. Previous to Protiviti, Anand had worked with Financial Services Risk Advisory practice of PwC, EY and has delivered engagements in APAC, India and Middle East with special focus on Regulatory Compliance and Financial Crime Compliance.


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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. 

Sunil Edwards

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!. 

Ben David

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 . 

Haroon Ahmad

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.  

Patricia Kordesch

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.

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

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