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.

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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Michael Fucilli

Principal Consultant, MAS Audit Service, USA

Michael J. Fucilli (CIA, QIAL, CRMA, CGAP, CFE), is the CAE for a large Public Sector company with Revenues in excess of $15 billion. Mike has over 35 years of internal auditing experience that includes Financial Services, Public Sector, Inventory Management, Technology & SOX Reporting. Mike has an audit staff of 85 professionals and is on the Institute of Internal Auditors’ Research Foundation Board of Directors. He was recently on the IIA North American Board and Global Board. Mike is also an Adjunct Professor for Pace University where he teaches the IIA Learning System for the Certified Internal Auditor Exam.

Aakash Bassi

Partner, Forensic Services, BDO

Aakash is a Partner with BDO UAE, and the Forensic Practice Leader for BDO in UAE and Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Before joining BDO, Aakash was a Partner with Grant Thornton’s forensic practice in India for 18 months, prior
to which he was with KPMG LLP’s forensic practice based out of New York, USA for 8 years.

Aakash has over 15 years of experience across India and USA assisting leading organizations across industries and sectors to prevent, detect, and respond to fraud, misconduct and integrity breakdowns.

Aakash delivers specialized forensic advisory services, including leading and managing international complex investigations into fraud and misconduct with a focus on bribery and corruption and third-party risk, among others. Aakash has also assisted clients across Industry sectors with financial reporting and disclosure related misconduct, assistance related to design, implementation and evaluation of ethics and compliance program and related  enhancement of anti-fraud program and controls.

During his tenure with Grant Thornton in India, Aakash was one of the Partners leading forensic accounting mandates by banks and regulators to uncover potential diversion of funds and other financial reporting irregularities by companies in India.

Aakash has experience leading and managing forensic accounting and Compliance related engagements (onsite and remote) across India, USA, Malaysia, Nigeria, South Korea, China, Brazil, Oman, and UAE, among other countries.

Darren Mullins

Forensic Technology & Cybercrime Expert Witness

Darren Mullins, who is a Partner and Head of Forensic Technology for Accuracy in the Middle East, has 16 years of experience in the fields of Digital Forensics, Electronic Discovery, Fraud Analytics, and more recently Cyber Forensics and Incident Response.

Acting as an expert, he provides the understanding and insights into digital evidence uncovered during cyber and fraud-related investigations and disputes, delivering defensible solutions that take critical evidence from identification and preservation through to presentation and disclosure in the support of internal matters and litigation around the globe.

He has provided confidential expertise to clients operating in the Middle East region for over 10 years and has provided expert testimony in successful litigation and arbitration cases in the DIFC and UK.
Prior to joining Accuracy, Darren was a Partner at KPMG Lower Gulf and led both Deloitte and EY’s Forensic Technology practices in the Middle East and he is a regular speaker and chair for industry and government-sponsored conferences in the UAE.

Rae Lawrie

Forensic Accounting And Investigations

Rae is a director in the Dubai office of Accuracy, where he specialises in white collar crime, fraud, financial and corruption investigations. He has over 26 years of experience in investigating allegations of fraud and misconduct, asset misappropriation and bribery and corruption in a variety of industries. He is a Fellow of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA).

He has over ten years of law enforcement experience with the UK Serious Fraud Office and since 2004 has provided regulatory, forensic investigation and asset tracing services to corporate clients and regulators from across the globe. Prior to joining Accuracy, Rae gained extensive experience within the Big 4 in London before transferring to Deloitte’s MENA Forensic practice in 2011.