May 16th (Preconference) and May 17th and 18th (Conference)


0730 - 1630

Intercontinental - Dubai, Festival City, Dubai, UAE

The 21st Annual Regional Audit Conference

Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) and Sustainability are becoming increasingly important topics in the business world. Internal auditors play a critical role in assessing and evaluating an organization’s adherence to ESG and sustainability principles. Internal auditors can ensure that a company’s operations and practices align with these principles by assessing the effectiveness of risk management and internal controls related to ESG and sustainability.

They can also provide assurance that the organization is reporting on its ESG and sustainability performance accurately and transparently. Additionally, internal auditors can help an organization identify and mitigate potential reputational risks associated with ESG and sustainability. Overall, the internal audit profession can contribute to the advancement of ESG and sustainability by promoting accountability and good governance within organizations.

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Keynote Speakers

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

Benito Ybarra

Chair of the Global Board, 2022-23

Benito Ybarra is the 2022–23 Chairman of the Global Board of Directors of The Institute of Internal Auditors (IIA) and past chair of The IIA’s North American Board. He joins a long line of successful and dedicated internal audit professionals from around the world who have served in this role.

His theme for his term is “One IIA – Building Trust Together.” The One IIA concept aspires to harness the power of internal audit professionals worldwide and recognize opportunities for collaboration and improvement.

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.

Dave Crane

International Motivational Speaker

Over the past 40 years, as a BBC-trained journalist, UN ECOSOC Main Representative for Vienna and public speaking master coach, Dave has worked and shared his expertise with decision-makers of global & regional entities like United Nations, US/Mexico Chamber of Commerce, Pepsi, Google, P&G, Grant Thornton, IBM, BP, SASREF, ITP, ADFD, PwC and STC.

Coaches international speakers from different countries, representing US Chamber of Commerce, Australian Embassy, National Government Ministers, Nigerian Government Representatives, Politicians, Influencers, Start-Up Founders & C-Suite Executives.

Ian Ross

Associate Professor of International Law, Bircham International University

Ian Ross is an Associate Professor of International Law at Bircham International University. Has 30 years’ experience in compliance management and financial crime investigation and prevention.  A former UK police officer now supporting the corporate sector, governments and regulators, and international law enforcement.

In 2021 Ian was appointed as a ‘Listed expert’ to the Cour pénale internationale (The International Criminal Court of Justice (‘ICC’) The Hague.

Director of Financial Crime Management & Mediation, DETECTA Academy, Bilbao.

Fellow of the Chartered Management Institute (CMI)

Overall, has delivered over 1000 hours of professional training.  Has carried extensive audits of AML and related investigative procedures.

Tracie Marquardt

Audit Communication Specialist

With over 25 years’ international experience in the audit, training and business, Tracie Marquardt is a highly sought-after audit communication specialist, empowering Chief Audit Executives and their teams to bring more added value to their global communication, and ultimately to their businesses.

Tracie is passionate about inspiring audit professionals to be more, do more and create more through positive communication. Her strategic approach addresses the heart of audit’s challenges: to derive and communicate results that add more value to stakeholders, positively impacting the organization’s productivity and profitability, and wherever possible, applying an agile approach to communication.

Shargiil Bashir

Chief Sustainability Officer and Executive Vice President 

First Abu Dhabi Bank

Shargiil Bashir is the Chief Sustainability Officer and Executive Vice President at First Abu Dhabi Bank (FAB). In this role, Shargiil is responsible for developing, leading, and implementing the bank’s ESG strategy and initiatives. He was among the main drivers behind FAB joining the UN convened Net-Zero Banking Alliance as the first bank in the UAE and GCC to make a net-zero commitment by 2050. Under his leadership FAB was awarded Best Bank for ESG in the UAE 2022 at the Euromoney Awards for Excellence.

Adil Buhariwalla

Senior Partner, Internal Audit & Risk Consulting 

UHY James

Adil’s professional career of 37+ years includes 29 years at Emirates Group, where his last position was Vice President Internal Audit.

Adil has extensive experience in Internal Auditing, including Risk Management, Corporate Governance, Forensic audits, Business Process Due Diligence, and other Internal Auditing specialty areas.

Dr Khalid Al-Faddagh

Member of PIF Board Risk Committee

Dr. Khalid is the former Saudi Aramco Chief Audit Executive and Board Audit Committee Secretary, who retired in summer of 2015 after 32 years of diverse career. Since then he has been serving as an independent member of several Boards and Sub-Committees, such as, Board level assignments at, Vision Invest and First Health Cluster, and Chairman/member of Audit, Risk and Compliance Committees at Saudi Tabreed, SABIC, STC (Telecom), ACWA Power, Bupa Arabia, SPIMACO (Pharmaceutical) and most recently Board Risk Committee member at the Public Investment Fund, PIF

Dr. Khalid is a Mechanical Engineer with a PhD from the Imperial College, London University. He also attended an Executive Program at Harvard Business School and others on Leadership, Finance and Corporate Governance.

Vijay Malhotra

Independent Director and Chairman of the Audit and Risk Management Committee at DP World

Vijay Malhotra is the Independent Director and Chairman of the Audit and Risk Management Committee at DP World, Chairman of the Board at DP World Financial Services Ltd, Member of Group Excom and Group Audit and Risk Committee at Jashanmal Group, Senior Advisor at FTI Consulting.

Previous appointments include Chairman of KPMG Lower Gulf network. Mr. Malhotra was one of the most senior and respected KPMG partnersin KPMG’s global network and continues to be regularly consulted on various complex issues.

Walid Shukri

Board Member & Chairman of Board Committees

Walid Shukri went to King Fahd University of Petroleum & Minerals, graduating in 1989 with a Bachelor’s Degree from the School of Industrial Management (with honors). He also holds a CPA License from the U.S. and Saudi Arabia. He was also awarded the Governor’s Award of Academic Excellence.

After graduating from College in 1989, Walid joined the Deloitte Firm in Saudi Arabia and then relocated to Deloitte U.S.A. in 1993. In 1995 he returned to Saudi Arabia and had direct responsibility for various clients in the Oil and Gas ( Saudi Aramco )Mining (Ma’aden) Petrochemical, Construction Engineering and Manufacturing industry. In 1999, Walid became a partner with AlJuraid/PWC. In 2003, he was selected by PWC global to work on a poverty alleviation project with the United Nations in Moldova. In 2006, Walid became the Managing Partner of PWC Saudi Arabian practice and was part of the PWC Middle East Leadership Team based in Dubai. In 2010, he sold his interest in AlJuraid /PWC Saudi Arabia. In 2011, Walid became an advisor to the Ernst & Young, Oil and Gas Centre of Excellence in Bahrain.

Dr Nashwa Joy Saleh

Board Member & Chairman of Board Committees

Dr. Nashwa Joy Saleh is a Senior Policy Advisor, CNED, educator and published author. She has more than 25 years of experience across global EM with a special focus on EMEA, holding various senior policy, equity, debt and capital markets roles with a number of international organizations and regulatory bodies. Her track record spanned mandates with USAID, EBRD, AfDB, Central Bank of Egypt, S&P Global and KPMG Corporate Finance. She is the founder of BAST Ratings (, and BAST Analytics UK Ltd ( aspiring to become the first premium provider of MSME data analytics in EMEA.

She has covered financial markets & institutions across a number of Global EM and frontier markets including: Brazil, Greece, Egypt, Turkey, Ukraine, Kazakhstan, Nigeria, Morocco, Jordan, Tunisia, Yemen and a number of Sub-Saharan African markets: Sudan, Ivory Coast, Togo, Uganda, Kenya, Botswana, and South Africa.

Raja Al Mazrouei

Executive Leader in Technology & Finance

An enabler of local and global partnerships and an ecosystem connector dedicated to integrating all key players to strengthen the UAE’s position as a thriving hub of trade, technology, and innovation.

Digital Transformation & Financial Technology. With over two decades of experience in the financial services and a track record of successfully turning around and enabling businesses, including her tenure as Executive Vice President at the Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC), Raja Al Mazrouei contributed to the establishment of one of the most successful tech financial hubs in the region and one of the world’s top fintech innovation labs (The Fintech Hive), which has played a significant role in building a vibrant community and attracting over 200 tech and innovation companies to the Dubai International Financial Centre, creating a comprehensive ecosystem and bringing together innovation and FinTech entrepreneurs, leading financial institutions, government entities, tech partners, and investment capital to achieve a shared goal of shaping the future of financial services in the region.

Siddharth Behal

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.

Azzah Fawzi

Azzah Fawzi is a Partner with PwC, leading the firm’s Risk Services for the Energy, Utilities and Resources sector across the Middle East region. She has over 25 years experience in delivering advisory and risk assurance to Energy, Oil & Gas, and Government clients around the world, including the US and GCC, where she has been stationed for the last 12 years. Azzah has worked across the entire energy supply value chain, including marketing and shipping, venture projects, operations, subsurface and reservoir engineering directly within organisations such as Chevron, ExxonMobil, and Qatargas.

Anjani Agrawal
  • Anjani retired from EY in 2019 as their firm’s Global sector leader and Global Client Service Partner for some of the largest conglomerates (Tata, Aditya Birla).
  • Starting as an Audit Partner, he handled Transactions & valuations, before setting up the Advisory practice for EY in India.
  • 40+ years of professional experience, 26 years as partner at EY, worked across most industry verticals
  • A Chartered Accountant (1980 – National Rank holder), CIA (IIA USA),  Advance Strategy from INSEAD, Business Sustainability Management from Cambridge UK
Jayanthi R.V.

Jayanthi is a Director at Protiviti. She has close to 15 years of experience in the areas of sustainability and climate change, including sustainable strategy development, high performance design in the built environment, resource efficiency (energy, water, waste, carbon, wastewater). She has supported many companies in their sustainability activities with a board portfolio of services, including materiality analysis and roadmap development, ESG risk management, ESG audit, program management and sustainable culture change. This also includes identifying relevant data, selecting and applying relevant framework, and sustainability reporting. Prior to joining Protiviti, Jayanthi was practicing as a sustainability consultant, advising many corporate on their sustainability strategy and high performance, Net-zero design and energy efficiency.  Some of her focus sectors in real estate include Hospitality, Manufacturing, Commercial, Retail, Institutions, among others.

Fadi S. Al-Shihabi

Fadi is currently leading the EY Climate Change and Sustainability team in MENA, with full P&L responsibility for operations and delivery of consulting and assurance services in 14 countries with a team of 35 consultants.

He is an experienced management consultant with excellent bilingual communications, engagement and coaching skills. He has a reputation for getting things done, on time, to quality. He has a deep understanding of business development, finance, people management and client delivery matters. This is supported by strong technical and analytical skills, exemplary project management skills and an engaging leadership style.

His technical areas of expertise cover Sustainability Advisory (Sustainability strategy development, Sustainable supply chain), Non-Financial Reporting and Assurance, Outcomes Measurement and Valuation including Social Return on Investment (SROI) and ESG, Climate Change and Energy (including Greenhouse Gas (GHG) footprint and emissions, Water footprint, Waste management, Energy efficiency, Green Buildings, Sustainable finance, Circular economy, Green growth and smart / renewable energy advisory), and Health, Safety and Environment services.

A Sokolov

Alexander has 26 years of experience in professional services, of which 20 in forensic. Alexander started his career in Assurance in another Big 4 firm in London. He qualified as a Chartered Accountant and moved to Forensic. Prior to joining EY, Alexander was the regional head of forensic in another Big 4 firm.

Alexander has led a number of large-scale and complex fraud investigations, anti-corruption, money laundering and fraud risk management engagements in Europe, Russia and the CIS region. He has significant experience in banking. 

Yasir Ahmad

Yasir is the Partner and leader of the Climate Change and Sustainability Services (CCaSS) Practice at EY for the MENA region and brings about 20 years of experience in ESG, sustainability and climate change consulting spread across 30 countries Asia, Europe, Africa, Americas and Australia.

Yasir has experience in driving multiple service areas like ESG and Decarbonization strategy, Net Zero, Sustainable Supply Chains, Circularity and Blue Economy, Technology-enabled ESG services, ESG Due Diligence and others. He has worked extensively with the Private Sector in their Sustainability and ESG journey and has focused on the Investors and FIs on integrating the Responsible Investments principles into their lending process. He has also worked with Government entities and Regulators on sustainability policy development and implementation. He was the GRI Certified Trainer for sustainability reporting and also Certified Sustainability auditor for conducting the HSSE reviews.

Moosa Khoory

Shariah Expert | Life Coach | Motivational Speaker

Moosa Tariq Khoory is currently Group Head of Internal Sharia Audit at Dubai Islamic Bank and a member of various Sharia Boards and Committees in the UAE. Moosa is also a TEDx Speaker and a Life Coach. Moosa holds dual Master’s Degree in Islamic Law & Legal Theory from University of Sharjah and Masters in International Business Law from Paris 2 University. 

Fadi Sidani

Group Chief Internal Audit Officer


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.

Our Speakers

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

Shantosh Sridhar

Shantosh Sridhar

Director – Analytics & Digital Transformation, Beinex

Volkan Pekince

Volkan Pekince

Group Chief Internal Audit, Dubai Islamic Bank

Paul Gascoigne

Paul Gascoigne

Director and Founder, K10 Vision

Ala’ Abu Naba’a

Ala’ Abu Naba’a

Partner, Procapita Management Consulting Co.

Nirma Varma

Nirma Varma

Director, ANB

Anique Hakkim

Anique Hakkim

Sales Engineer, Middle East & Africa, Alteryx


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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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