March 7th (Preconference) and 8th and 9th (Conference)

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0730 - 1630

Dubai World Trade Center, Dubai, UAE

The 20th Annual Regional Audit Conference

This Regional event has been attracting over 1,500 attendees annually. The UAE IAA Regional Conference showcases the best the profession has to offer and provides participants from around the world with an understanding of the latest developments in internal auditing, risk and compliance. Today, the Annual Regional Audit Conference is the premier event for internal auditors, compliance and risk management professionals who want to hear powerful keynote speakers and international presenters representing the global internal audit profession. Attendees are presented with a number of concurrent sessions on today’s current issues and trends, industry best practices seeking to address common challenges, and knowledge-sharing opportunities. The overall experience enhances professional development, provides engaging peer-to-peer networking, accords access to key service firms and vendors, and much more.

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Keynote Speakers

Sophia

Advanced Humanoid

The future is here and her name is Sophia, the world’s very first humanoid celebrity. The toast of the Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon, Sophia has graced the cover of Elle magazine, appeared on Chinese television, spoken before the United Nations General Assembly and named the first non-human citizen of Saudi Arabia. Wowing awestruck audiences with her superhuman intelligence and advanced ability to read faces, empathize with emotions, understand the nuances of language and communicate with thousands of facial expressions, Sophia has discussed subjects ranging from “Will robots take over the world?” to how artificial intelligence could end hunger in developing nations. Sophia interacts with humans in a profoundly personal way, previewing a fast-approaching future where friendly, caring humanoids help us solve our most challenging problems to create a better world

Jordon Belfort

The Real Wolf of Wall Street, American author, motivational speaker, and former stockbroker

Jordan Belfort is the number one sales trainer in the world and has created more million-dollar producers than all other sales trainers combined. His famous Straight Line System, used to train the most effective salesforces in the world, has been curated over the last thirty years and refined into a foolproof solution for turning virtually any individual into a world-class closer and top producer in their field.

Scott Amyx

Managing Partner, Astor Perkins

Scott Amyx is the Chair & Managing Partner at Astor Perkins, Forbes New York Business Council Member, Singularity University/ Smart City Accelerator mentor and startup board member and SXSW Pitch (formerly SXSW Accelerator) judge. Scott is a Tribeca Disruptor Foundation Fellow, a disruptive innovation awards program of Tribeca Film Festival. Scott is a national Sloan Fellow/ Woodrow Wilson Fellow. He has spoken at TEDx on exponential technologies, Fourth Industrial Revolution & success. Scott is a global thought leader on breakthrough innovation, voted top global innovation keynote speaker, and author on smart cities, the Fourth Industrial Revolution and winner of the Cloud & DevOps World Award for Most Innovative and was voted Top Global Exponential Technologies Expert by Inc. Magazine, HP Enterprise, and Postscapes & Top 10 Global Innovation Keynote Speaker by Speaking.com.

Abdulqader Obaid Ali

Chairman of the Board of UAE IAA

Now running on his fifth term, Abdulqader was selected to serve on the IIA’s Global Advocacy Committee and nominated to Chair the Federation of Arab Institutes of Internal Auditors. He 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

Terry Cutler
Certified Ethical Hacker

Terry Cutler is a federal government-cleared cybersecurity expert who specializes in the anticipation, assessment, and prevention of security breaches for governments, corporations, businesses, and consumers, as well as Internet Safety for Children.

As an award-winning information security strategist for almost 20 years and was recently named to IFSEC Global’s Top 20 most influential cybersecurity expert for 2018 and again in 2019,  Mr. Cutler has advised some of Canada’s largest companies on how to prevent and remedy internal and external security penetration.

Amer Sharaf
Senior Director of Cooperation and Compliance – Department at the Dubai Electronic Security Center

 

Ayesha Bin Lootah
Director, Internal Audit – Department of Economy and Tourism

Ayesha is driving departmental and sectorial strategy, and objectives in line with Department of Economy and Tourism, Lead the development of departmental policies and procedures, program governance in line with best practices IIA IPPF, COBIT, COSO, ISMS27001 & ISR, ISO22301 BCM & NCEMA, open data, local regulations, and Dubai Tourism strategy 2025. A self-driven and ambitious leader with ten years of experience in the internal audit, risk management, and information security with diverse industry experience of financial institutions, tourism and hospitality industries. With more than six years’ board of governance experience of the Institute of Internal Auditors – UAE Association, and have chaired many several committees’ part of the board of the governance and of the international audit conference. I also hold several committee’s positions within the tourism board of Dubai. I am a certified governance practitioner from the UK affiliation of corporate governance practitioner and a COSO certified.

Alaa Elshimy
Managing Director & Senior Vice President
Huawei Enterprise Business Group, Middle East

A visionary and futuristic executive with more than two decades of energetic leadership in established and emerging markets spanning 76 countries across Middle East, Africa and the Mediterranean. An expert in creating value and managing complex multi-country P&L’s up to US$7B with 10,000 staff. Strongly networked worldwide, recognized at all levels of Government and in the corporate world as a credible, ethical and professional business leader.

Alaa is an industry 4.0 and digital transformation expert, his core expertise spans oil and gas, utilities, education, aviation and public sector industries.

Alaa is responsible for driving Huawei’s continued growth in the Region. Prior to joining Huawei, Alaa was the Managing Director and Vice President of HP Middle East, Mediterranean and Africa.

Alaa studied at Harvard, MIT and London Business School and holds an MBA and  Bachelor of Communications Engineering. Currently Alaa is a doctorate student at the Swiss Business School.

Bashar Kilani
Managing Director, Accenture

Bashar is Managing Director at Accenture based in Dubai and a member of the Growth Markets leadership team focusing on Digital Economy market making trends that accelerate growth, transform operations, and enable organizations to build their digital core.

A seasoned Corporate Executive (Accenture & IBM) & Advisory Board Member with a track record of engaging new markets and leadership positions in general management, sales & marketing, consulting & services, and driving operational excellence. His international career spans the Middle East, Europe & the USA.

Bashar holds an MBA in Management (Henley Business School), an M.Sc. in Computer Engineering (University of Surrey) and B.Sc. in Electrical Engineering (University of Jordan). On a personal note, Bashar is married and a father of two. He loves traveling, reading on history & culture and tries to walk at least 10,000 steps a day.

Hala Bou Alwan
Entrepreneur, Financial Crimes Expert & Trainer, TV Presenter, MC and Moderator

Hala is the Founder and CEO of Hala Bou Alwan (HBA) Consultancy firm specialised in Governance, Compliance, CSR, AI & Financial and Cyber crimes’ advisory and training. In addition to this, Hala is the Co – Founder of H.A.D Consultants specialised in self – empowerment events adhering to the UN Sustainability Developments Goals. She is a lawyer, member of the Lebanese Lawyers’ Bar Association who holds dual Masters degrees LLM specialised in Artificial intelligence & Law from Universite La Sagesse, Lebanon and another Master’s degree ELLM in International Business Law from Boston University USA.

Olivier Crespin
Co-Founder & CEO, Zand

Olivier Crespin is the Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Zand. Since taking on this role in 2018 he has focused on leveraging hybrid digital banking strategies to establish Zand as the first fully digital bank in the region to combine both retail and corporate banking. Crespin brings over 20 years of extensive expertise and leadership roles in digital banking and FinTech across Latin America, the USA and Asia. He recognises the need for a customer-centric approach to humanise the banking industry. Prior to Zand, Crespin has been an award-winning leader at CIMB Bank, DBS, and Citigroup. Across those roles he’s led flagship programs into new markets including India and Indonesia and spearheaded the implementation of innovative technologies.

Marc Chamoun
Executive Partner, Gartner

Marc is a business and technology transformation leader. He has a strong understanding of emerging technologies and the latest trends in digital  transformation. Throughout his career, he has led multiple complex and high-profile transformational programs for global organizations and government entities.

Marc worked in both developed and emerging markets (US, Europe, GCC). He spent the last 11 years in the Gulf and Emerging Markets region, which equips him with deep knowledge of the current
regional challenges, requirements, and understanding of the client situations and context. Marc uses his ability to bridge between business objectives and technology initiatives to drive better outcomes and value for the organizations he works with.

Marc’s experience spans the full lifecycle from strategy development through to implementation, across multiple sectors and industries such as government, healthcare, energy and manufacturing,
telecommunications, and others.

Dr. Saeed Khalfan Aldhaheri
Chairman of the board, Smartworld

Dr. Saeed is a futurist, thought leader, author and a public keynote speaker. He has been into many positions: the founder and former Director General of the Emirates ID Authority, a former member of the scientific advisory committee of the UAE Space Agency, and a former Advisor to the Minister of Foreign Affairs on information technology.

Currently, He is the director of the Center for Futures Studies at the University of Dubai, an adjunct lecturer of public policy science & technology track at the Mohammed Bin Rashid School of Government, the chairman of the board of Smartworld (a leading digital solutions provider in the UAE). He is a member of the Global Future Council of the World Economic Forum (WEF) on AR/VR, Co-Chair of the IEEE UAE Blockchain group, and he is on industrial advisory boards of several universities in the UAE.

Abdulaziz bin Saud Almutawa
Advisor to H. E. President of the General Court of Audit.
Head of the Strategic Management Office, GCA.

Experienced Auditor with a demonstrated academic expertise in Accounting, and a professional expertise in the fields of Auditing and Strategic and Digital Transformation.

Abdulaziz worked for the King Abdulaziz University as a member of the Accounting Department Council at the Faculty of Economics and Administration, and as a consultant at the Internal Audit Unit.

Currently, he works for the General Court of Audit (GCA), the Supreme Audit Institution of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, as the Advisor to H. E. President of GCA, and the Head of the Strategic Management Office. Abdulaziz helped GCA to establish the Digital Transformation Unit and supervised a number of GCA’s initiatives towards smart and e-audit business models using Big Data and Artificial Intelligence solutions. He has been into many positions: the Secretary General and a member of the E-Transactions Committee, a member of the Public Sector Auditing Standards Committee, a member of the Methodology Development Committee, a member of the Working Group on Audit of Privatization Programs Implementations, the leader of the Working Group on Audit of Sustainable Development Goals Implementations.

Dr. Seita Almandeel
President’s Consultant- General Court of Audit – Head of internal audit department in GCA – KSA

Dr. Seita is an Advisor to the General Court of Audit (GCA) President, the Head of internal Audit Department, and an Associate Professor in Business. She holds more than 15 years of experience in the areas relating to Human Resource and Capacity Building. She had various responsibilities and achievements at the GCA, amongst which, she supervised the female recruitment and development process, worked on the GCA Corporate Identity, and developed the GCA’s Auditors’ Competency Development System. Additionally, Dr. Seita is a member in a number of committees at the GCA, such as; the Training Committee, Leadership Committee and Strategic Plan Committee. Dr. Seita holds a Ph.D. in Human Resources, Leadership and Organisational Behavior from the University of Portsmouth, in UK.

Henrik Stein

Former President of ECIIA – European Confederation of Institutes of Internal Auditing

Chief Audit Executive, Hamburg Commercial Bank

Henrik Stein, is acting Head of Group Audit at Hamburg Commercial Bank AG, Hamburg, Germany, since beginning of 2021. Before, he was Head of Group Audit at DZ BANK AG,  one of the three largest banks in Germany for more than 17 years. Prior to that, he was a consultant for Ernst & Young Deutschland, Advisory Services, and also worked in different capacities at Dresdner Bank AG, including as Director for Group Corporate Development. The main focus of his work has always been internal audit in financial institutions. He has been a Board member of the German IIA (DIIR) from 2009 until end of 2016 and acted last as the Deputy Spokesman of the Institute. He also has been Board member of the European Confederation of Institutes of Internal Auditing (ECIIA) since 2014 and President from September 2015 until October 2017. From 2015 until 2019 he acted as President of the Banking Committee at ECIIA and established important contacts between the profession and the European regulators (EBA) and supervisors (ECB) during that period. He graduated from the University of Hamburg with the “Diplom-Betriebswirt” in 1989. He is based in Hamburg and has worked in several countries worldwide.

Our Speakers

Browse through the profile of our speakers. Read about their accomplishments and other achievements. Click on them for their detailed profiles.

Rania Ali

Rania Ali

TV Presenter, MC, Event Host

Michael Fucilli

Michael Fucilli

Ex- Vice Chair of the Institute of Internal Auditors’ Board of Directors

Volkan Pekince

Volkan Pekince

Group Chief Internal Audit, Dubai Islamic Bank

Indumon Das

Indumon Das

Founder & Managing Director, Beinex

Apoorva Yatindra

Apoorva Yatindra

Head - Telecom and Automation Vertical, ANB

Firas Haddad

Firas Haddad

Partner, Internal Audit, Risk & Compliance - KPMG Lower Gulf Limited

Siddharth Behal

Siddharth Behal

Partner, Head Governance, Risk and Compliance Services, KPMG Lower Gulf

Maryam Zaman

Maryam Zaman

Partner, Head of Governance, Compliance, and Internal Audit for Financial Services, KPMG Lower Gulf

Mohammad Abu Dalo

Mohammad Abu Dalo

Senior Director, SLC (Saudi Arabia)

Hamdan Hamdan

Hamdan Hamdan

Associate Director, Forensics, KPMG Lower Gulf Limited

Fadi Al Shihabi

Fadi Al Shihabi

Head, Sustainability - KSA

Mahendra Khiani

Mahendra Khiani

Associate Director, KPMG

Abhishek Bhattacharyya

Abhishek Bhattacharyya

Partner, KPMG Lower Gulf Limited

Harris Anwar Matin

Harris Anwar Matin

Director, Advisory, KPMG in Oman

Suleiman Gammoh

Suleiman Gammoh

Associate Director, KPMG Lower Gulf Limited

Simon Crowther

Simon Crowther

Partner, Forensics, KPMG

Anil Bhandari

Anil Bhandari

Chief Mentor, ANB

Dr. Hashem Stietiya

Dr. Hashem Stietiya

Director of Research & Development, Bee'ah

Tejas Jobanputra

Tejas Jobanputra

Associate Director, ANB

Madian Al-Hajji

Madian Al-Hajji

Director, Internal Audit, Mubadala Investment Company

Mohamed Hafez

Mohamed Hafez

Associate Director, Protiviti Middle East

Fady Sameh

Fady Sameh

Associate Director, Protiviti Middle East

Rami Wadie

Rami Wadie

Partner – MENA Region Risk Advisory Leader, RSM

Abir Machaco

Abir Machaco

Associate Director, IA and Business Risk, Protiviti (Middle East)

Maurits Le Poole

Maurits Le Poole

Head of Sales EMEA & APAC regions, Empowered Systems

Capt. Mohammed Almarri

Capt. Mohammed Almarri

Acting Director, Internal Audit Department, General Directorate of Residency and Foreigners Affairs

Ahmad AlJanaahi

Ahmad AlJanaahi

Director of Internal Audit Office, General Directorate of Residency and Foreigners Affairs

NIraj Mathur

NIraj Mathur

Managing Director, Security and Privacy, Protivi

Jamal Almahamid

Jamal Almahamid

CEO, Palmira Software House

Elias Hanna

Elias Hanna

GRC Consultant, Diligent and ZeeDimension

Dimitrios Petropoulos

Dimitrios Petropoulos

Cyber Security Professsional, KPMG Lower Gulf Limited

Giridhar L.S.

Giridhar L.S.

CEO, Robotech Solutions

Anas Sultan

Anas Sultan

Regional Director, PwC Academy Middle East

Gavin Aspden

Gavin Aspden

Regional Director for Professional Development, PwC Academy Middle East

Phil Mennie

Phil Mennie

Data Privacy Leader, PwC Middle East

Semih Kumluk

Semih Kumluk

Digital Training Manager, PwC Academy Middle East

Varun Verma

Varun Verma

Director, Internal Audit and Financial Advisory (IAFA) Services

Dabeer Rasul

Dabeer Rasul

Partner - Risk Assurance, PwC

Neda Farzin

Neda Farzin

Associate - Governance, RIsk and Compliance Services

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Testimonials!!!

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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