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.

H.E. Abdulla Bin Touq Al Marri

Minister of Economy & Cabinet Minister

HE Dr Talal Abu-Ghazaleh

CEO & Founder.
Talal Abu-Ghazaleh Group

Talal Abu-Ghazaleh is the chairman and founder of the international Jordan-based organisation, the Talal Abu-Ghazaleh Organization (TAG-Org). Dubbed as the godfather of Arab accounting, Abu-Ghazaleh has also been credited for promoting the significance of Intellectual Property in the Arab region.

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Nancy Haig

Chair – North American Board at The Institute of Internal Auditors Inc., and
Member of the IIA Global

What does it take to be a successful global internal audit and compliance leader? First and foremost, a passion for continuous learning and application of knowledge and innovative techniques; a reputation of integrity, courage, and commitment to goal achievement; respect for and support of individuals throughout the enterprise; and the ability to present an accurate view of risks and mitigation strategies clearly and concisely at the board level. I am a globally recognized internal audit and compliance executive. I am known for building and transforming internal audit and compliance functions to achieve significant results, while at the same time, mentoring and respecting individual team members. I have experience across the professional services, pharmaceutical, healthcare and financial services industries. I am a board member (and former audit committee member), serving on the global board of directors of the Institute of Internal Auditors (IIA), and as senior vice chair of the North American board. I am also a published author and speaker on risk-related topics. Certifications include CIA (Certified Internal Auditor), CCEP (Certified Compliance and Ethics Professional), CFE (Certified Fraud Examiner), CRMA (Certification in Risk Management Assurance), CRISC (Certified in Risk and Information Systems Control) CBA (Chartered Bank Auditor), CFSA (Certified Financial Services Auditor), and CCSA (Certification in Control Self -Assessment). I also completed a 2 year certification program in EHS (Environment, Health and Safety) auditing at UCI (University of California Irvine).

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Abdulqader Obaid Ali

Chairman of the Board of UAE IAA and
CEO of Smartworld

He led the Arabization projects of the “Certified Internal Auditor” (CIA) Certification as well as the “Sawyer’s Guide to Internal Auditing” and “COSO Framework”. He is also the winner of the prestigious Kano Medal Excellence Catalyst for the year 2011.   He has worked as Lead Assessor for the Dubai Quality Award, Dubai Government Excellence Program and King Abdullah II Award. He has served as Chair of the Jury for the Dubai Quality Award.   He is also the first UAE national recipient of the prestigious Wilfred Thesiger Award.

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Mohamad Kaissi

Public Speaker & Consultant

Mohamad specializes in Corporate Governance, Risk Management, Compliance and Internal Audit. He has over 15 years of consultancy and industry experience whereby he assisted many organizations in enhancing their GRC processes.  

Mohamad is a Certified Internal Auditor, Fraud Examiner and Anti-Money Laundering Specialist and provides consultancy and training services to many organizations across the MENA and Central Asia.

Mohamad is currently the president of the Association Certified of Fraud Examiners (ACFE) Lebanon Chapter and is a former governor of the Institute of Internal Auditors (IIA) Lebanon Chapter. 

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Manoj Agarwal

Leading Internal Audit and Risk Management Department.
Metro Brands Limited

Manoj Agarwal is leading internal audit and risk management department of Metro Brands Limited. He has over 22 years of experience in delivering assurance and advisory services to management in retail, facility management, BFSI, manufacturing industries. He has been recognized for aligning internal audit department with professional standards and management expectations. Prior to joining Metro Brands Limited, he was heading internal audit and risk management of Indian operations of ISS A/S and was leader of Information Technology & Information Technology Enabled Services industry vertical for ANB Consulting. He is

  • Member of International Internal Audit Standard Board of Institute of Internal Auditors, USA.
  • Chairman of IIA India’s Training Committee and Webinar Committee and Board of governor of IIA Bombay Chapter.

He had also held commendable positions like:

  • President of IIA Bombay Chapter for 2018-19, Chairman for IIA India’s Webinar & CIA learning Committee and Social Media Committee (2018-19).
  • Member, International committees (Guidance Development Committee & Professional Issues Committee) of IIA, USA for the years 2013-2016
  • Course director for Enterprise Risk Management (COSO) for ICAI in 2010 and Committee of Members in Industry of WIRC.

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Tim Berichon

Internal Audit Leadership Engagement.
The IIA Global

Builds and leads more agile and relevant business units, departments, or processes. Lead financial, operational, and compliance activities involving multiple divisions, processes, technologies, and international geographies. Improve controls, profitability, employee engagement, and stakeholder service. Collaborative, advisory partner with enterprise mindset and strong customer focus. Excellent interpersonal skills with the ability to work very well with and through others with a passion for diversity. Creative, visionary, action-oriented, and decisive.

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