Speakers

Browse through the profile of our speakers. Leaders in their own field, they are bound to enthrall the delegates with their talks and thought provoking questions. Many of our speakers have been instrumental in implementing path-breaking techniques to further the process of internal audit.

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.

She was the 2020-2021 Global Chairman on the Global Board of Directors of the Institute of Internal Auditors (head office based in Florida, USA) serving over 200000 members in over 170 countries.

She has addressed multinational conferences (as an executive and as a non-executive) across the world on varied topics ranging from corporate governance, risk management, compliance, women in leadership, the impact of AI and robotics on industries, emerging issues in the financial services industry, the value of key performance indicators etc.

She is also active in many forums as an ambassador of developing young minds and talent. She actively participates in mentoring circles, panel discussions and networking sessions around the world. She is a Chartered Accountant, a Chartered Director, a Certified Internal Auditor, holds a QIAL and is a Harvard business school Alumni.

She is happily married and has two daughters aged 21 and 15 and a Maltese poodle – “all of which are her tension breakers”

Abdulqader Obaid Ali

Chairman of the Board of UAE IAA and
CEO of Smartworld

Previous Engagements and Experiences

Chief of Internal Audit for Dubai World Group, the holding company that manages a number of world-class companies such as DP World-UAE Region, Economic Zones World (EZW), Dry Docks World, Nakheel and Istithmar, from August 2005 until October 2014. In this role, he reported initially to the Chairman and then directly to the Audit and Risk Committee of Dubai World on Audit & Fraud related issues covering Dubai World. During his tenure beside Auditing, as a Certified Fraud Examiner he led around 500 fraud cases dealing with different agencies, including special cases in USA and Interpol.

Dubai Aluminum Company (DUBAL) heading various Departments (IT, Quality, Human Recourses).  He was involved in Quality Assurance, developing and maintaining ISO standards and certifications and the application for the Dubai Quality Award and chairing the DUBAL Suggestion Program. While serving as the Manager of Organization Development, Abdulqader was responsible for Recruitment and Training and Succession Planning.

 

Noteworthy Achievements

  • Winner of the prestigious Kano Medal Excellence Catalyst for the year 2011 and Ideas UK Fellowship Award 2012.
  • Founder of Ideas Arabia and assessor for Ideas America.
  • First UAE National recipient of the prestigious Wilfred Thesiger Award, where master’s degree Scholarship was awarded to him.
  • Member of the Jury for the Dubai Quality Award and SKEA, Shaikh Khalifa Excellent Award.
  • Awarded the Qualification in Internal Audit Leadership (QIAL) in 2014, which falls under the umbrella of the Institute of Internal Auditors.
  • Certified Fraud Examiner from the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners in the USA and has a Certification in Risk Management Assurance (CRMA) from IIA

 

Abdulqader holds a Bachelor of Science in Electronic Engineering Technology from Arizona State University, U.S.A. and a Master of Science in Technology Management from Stirling University, Scotland, U.K. He has successfully completed “The International General Management Program for Executive Development” conducted by International Institute of Management Development (IMD), Switzerland.

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.

Prior to his retirement in 2021, Chambers served for more than 12 years as president and CEO of The Institute of Internal Auditors (IIA), the global professional association and standard-setting body for internal auditors. He has more than four decades of internal audit experience including service as national practice leader in Internal Audit Advisory Services at PwC; inspector general of the U.S. Tennessee Valley Authority; deputy inspector general of the U.S. Postal Service; and director of the U.S. Army Worldwide Internal Review Organization at the Pentagon.

Chambers is a globally recognized blogger and an award-winning author, writing The Speed of Risk: Lessons Learned on the Audit Trail, 2nd Edition (2019), Trusted Advisors: Key Attributes of Outstanding Internal Auditors (2017); and Lessons Learned on the Audit Trail (2014). His fourth book, Agents of Change: Internal Auditors in an Era of Disruption was released in March 2021.

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.

He started his cyber security career as a penetration tester with Deloitte over a decade ago and has had a very fast career progression into executive management across 3 multinationals in less than 10 years, from graduating from college. He has spoken at over 43 international conferences and has won several awards locally and internationally. He was recently recognized by Hiedens International Magazine as the most sought-after cybersecurity and tech governance advisor in Africa.

In 2021, Dr Fene was awarded an honorary Doctor of Business Administration (Leadership and innovation) from the Swiss School of Business Geneva for his exceptional leadership skills and continuous innovation. 

He mentors hundreds of career professionals with a mission to help career professional rise from fresh graduates to executive management in less than 10 years, like he did. He recently published his first book on climbing the corporate ladder which is an AMAZON best seller.

In June 2022, Dr Fene was invited into the exclusive Forbes Technology council – an invitation-only community for world-class CIOs, CTOs, and technology executives. Making him one of the few persons to make the Tech Council in their 30’s.

He is an advisory board member on several boards within and outside Africa.

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.

Karem held several IIA board and volunteer leadership positions for consecutive years which include Executive Committee Member (Vice – Chairman, Global Services) from 2016 – 2019 (Term ends July) and  Member of the Board (Director-at-Large) 2013 – 2016 in the Institute of Internal Auditors , Orlando USA. He was the first from the MENA region to be elected as a member of the IIA Global board. Furthermore, he is currently an Executive Committee member of IIA – UAE.

He is also has been frequently invited to speak in local and international conferences across the globe and has contributed to several publications related to the profession.

Sultaneh Naeem

CEO & Founder TWIG Consultancy
Mind Training

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.

Sultaneh’s vision is to unlock and nurture the potential for self-realization, peace, and
happiness. Through her unique method of mind training and the ability to understand the core principles of the mind, she empowers her clients towards a life of purpose, vision, fulfillment, and the highest quality of life.

She founded TWIG to provide an environment of growth, unlimited potential, and affluence that enables individuals and corporate entities to transform through self-realization and self-mastery.

Her work is a combination of excellence, quality, and the humane part of the business, where her focus is for everyone to lead lives of awareness, transformation, and the path.

Through TWIG, Sultaneh embarks towards the journey of mastery, power, balance, and impact.

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.

Previously, he held senior leadership positions in the UAE, most notably as CEO of Abu Dhabi Airports Company and Abu Dhabi Ports Company, where he was responsible for the successful delivery of Khalifa Port.

In the UK, he held senior positions with airport operator British Airports Authority (BAA), and Chief Operating Officer and Group Chief Executive designate of Laing O’Rourke. His roles under BAA included Managing Director of Heathrow Terminal 5 project, Group Supply Chain Director, Group Technical Director, and CEO of Heathrow Airport.

Tony holds a Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree from the University of Lancaster in the UK.

Dabeer Rasul

Partner, Risk – PwC

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 – PwC

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 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.

His work involves high-level interactions with the Board, Executive Management, regulators, consultants and service providers, Correspondent banks, lawyers, legal advisors, valuation service providers and various operational units at the bank.

He has led the team through reviews by the regulators and have strong experience in working with internal and external stakeholders in aligning with recent changes in the regulatory ecosystem.

Key Achievements

  • Built an efficient, reliable and result oriented team to perform Risk Based Audit reviews.
  • Demonstrated strategic thinking, leadership and brought about visible change within the organisation.
  • Worked closely with stakeholders to enhance the corporate governance structures within the organisation.
  • Ensured robust monitoring of the bank’s compliance with regulatory requirements.
  • Ensured compliance with appropriate legal, statutory and bank policies and procedures with the objective of providing operational integrity and a high standard of compliance.
  • Built and maintain excellent relations with regulators, consultants and other stakeholders as required.
  • Speaker at the MENA ACAMS Conference in Dubai in November 2018.
  • Currently the Vice Chairman of the UBF Audit Committee.

 

Fadi Sidani

Group Chief Internal Audit Officer
Beeah

Fadi Sidani is the Managing Partner of Governance Dynamics and also 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.