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

Director of Financial Crime and Risk

Ian Ross has 30 years’ experience in risk management and financial crime investigation and prevention.  Supporting governments, audit authorities and regulators, national banks, specialist financial intermediaries, multi-national corporate entities, and international law enforcement.

 Training: with a lively and engaging training style with excellent interpersonal skills, Ian has delivered fraud and ranges of ‘AML’ risk management training in 20 countries, with over 1000 hours of training.

Ian holds a PhD in International Law and a Masters’ Degree in Counter Fraud and Corruption Studies.


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.

Our Speakers

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

Matej Drašček

Matej Drašček

Chief Audit Executive


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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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