19th Annual Regional Audit Conference
  • Date & Time : 16-04-2019 to 18-04-2019
  • 07:30 to 16:30

19th Annual Regional Audit Conference

After the huge success of the International Conference in May 2018, the UAE IAA is back with its prestigious 19th Annual Regional Audit Conference. The conference will be held under the Patronage of His Excellency Hamad Al Hurr Al Suwaidi, the Chairman of Abu Dhabi Accountability Authority. Targeting audit professionals at all levels within the region, the conference has grown from strength to strength bringing together speakers and auditors under one roof. Established as the premier audit conference in the region, the conference features recognized and respected keynote speakers from across the globe discussing the latest trends impacting all that is related to the Internal Audit profession. Get a chance to hear some great speaker and thinkers and network with like-minded professionals.


Member price

980 USD*


Non member price

1310 USD*



Jumeirah at Etihad Towers, Abu Dhabi

*Only Main Conference Price
*VAT of 5% will be charged over and above the final value of the goods/services purchased as per applicable government laws


  • Abdulqader Obaid AliChairman .UAE IAA
    Abdulqader Obaid Ali

    Abdulqader Obaid Ali is the Chief Executive Officer for Smartworld, He is running his third term in office as President of the UAE Internal Auditors Association which is affiliated to the Institute of Internal Auditors (IIA), Global, USA. He has also been nominated to serve on the IIA’s Global Advocacy Committee and to Chair the Federation of Arab Institutes of Internal Auditors. 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.

  • Abhisek BhattacharyyaPrincipal .Deloitte
    Abhisek Bhattacharyya

    Abhisek is a Principal in Deloitte & Touche (M.E.) and leads the practices of ERP Risk Services and GRC Technology Services in M.E. He is a Chartered Accountant, CISA and Oracle Certified professional with 17+ years of technology, business risk advisory, internal controls & assurance experience spanning India, Middle East, UK, USA and Canada. Abhisek has experience of end-to-end implementation of Oracle E Business Suite, Oracle GRC, SAP GRC, S/4 Hana Security & RSA Archer Automations including support and upgrades.He has experience of Risk Assessment, Risk Prioritization ( IT , Finance, HCM, Procurement & Sales) and implementation of IT & Business Risk Management technology/GRC solutions. Abhisek is also experienced in various design and implementation of internal controls framework assignments (ICOFR), SOX compliance and automation of controls.He is also experienced in development of tools/practices for continuous controls monitoring and measuring ERP utilization & cost optimization including fraud/data analytics, risk dashboard and visual analytics. He has been a national level trainer with PwC, Deloitte and IIA.

  • Abhishek DeSenior Manager Internal Audit .Etihad Aviation Group
    Abhishek De
    Senior Manager Internal Audit.
    Etihad Aviation Group

    Currently employed with the Etihad Aviation Group (EAG) as Senior Manager – IT Assurance, Internal Audit. My portfolio includes providing assurance to various stakeholders on maturity and robustness of IT controls across the group within different entities. I have 15 years of experience in the field of Information Technology (IT) & Information Security (IS) with projects/audits executed in implementation & management of technology infrastructures, application assessments, system/network assessments, vulnerability assessment, penetration testing, IT security audits and security training

  • Abir Machaco ZeinSenior Manager in the Internal Audit and Business Risk practice .Protiviti
    Abir Machaco Zein
    Senior Manager in the Internal Audit and Business Risk practice.

    Abir Machaco Zein is a Senior Manager in the Internal Audit and Business Risk practice at Protiviti (Middle East) and is responsible for the delivery of Business Risk and Internal Audit Services to clients within the UAE and Gulf Region. Abir has obtained over 13 years of experience in providing Audit and Advisory services to clients within Abu Dhabi across a broad range of industries from Financial, Real estate, Investment, Regulators, and Media. Prior to joining Protiviti, she worked with E&Y in Abu Dhabi in the area of risk advisory. Since Abir acknowledges the continuous development of the audit profession, she has been encouraging and implementing new technology and techniques, ranging from data analytics to continuous audit/ monitoring to audit automation (Audit 4.0) for the purpose of providing effective, efficient, and real-time assurance and improve the quality of deliverables.Abir has been involved in delivering training sessions for several government entities (federal, Abu Dhabi, and Dubai) talking about different topics in Risk Management, Audit, and Governance. She also delivered a training session for the IIA on report writing.Abir holds a BSc. in Accounting from the Lebanese American University (LAU), an MBA from the Lebanese American University and she is a Certified Internal Auditor (CIA). She is also a lead ISO 9001, 2008 Auditor.

  • Adil BuhariwallaPartner Internal Audit & Risk Consulting .Crowe Mak
    Adil Buhariwalla
    Partner Internal Audit & Risk Consulting.
    Crowe Mak

    Adil joined Crowe in Dubai as the Partner, Internal Audit & Risk Advisory from June 2017. Prior to that, he was working at Emirates Group in Dubai for almost 29 years, where his last position was Vice President Internal Audit. Adil has extensive experience in Internal Auditing, Risk Management and Corporate Governance. Adil is an accomplished international speaker on internal auditing related topics, as well as motivational subjects. He has consistently been voted among the top speakers at several National and International Conferences He is a Fellow of The Institute of Chartered Accountants of India, a Certified Internal Auditor (USA), a Certified Fraud Examiner (USA), has Certifications in Risk Management Assurance (CRMA) and Internal Audit Quality Assessment Reviews (USA), and is a Certified ISO 31000 Risk Management Professional cum Trainer Since 1997, Adil has been actively involved in committees of the Institute of Internal Auditors (IIA), both at national and international levels. He is currently an Executive Member on the Board of the IIA UAE Chapter. He was a founder member of the IIA Dubai Chapter and was the President of the Dubai Chapter of The Institute of Internal Auditors (IIA) during 1998-99. He was also the former Vice-Chairman of the Internal Auditing Standards Board of the IIA, USA. He was the only review team member outside of North America and Europe for the re-write of Lawrence Sawyer’s Guide to Internal Auditing

  • Ahmed RehanHead IT Audit / Fraud Investigation .Burgan Bank Group
    Ahmed Rehan
    Head IT Audit / Fraud Investigation.
    Burgan Bank Group

    Mr. Rehan has over 18 years of experience in the field of Information Security, Information Systems Audit, Risk Management, Fraud investigations and computer forensics. He has worked on senior positions across global Islamic and commercial banks in Middle East and North Africa. Mr. Rehan has a master degree in Business Administration (MBA) form Maastricht school of business and a B.Sc. degree in computer engineering from Ain Shams University (Egypt). Mr. Rehan is a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP), Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA), and Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE). He also has a number of renowned designations from Microsoft, ISACA and CISCO. His diversified knowledge and expertise combined with a very solid technical background in IT, Information Security and data Analytics have enabled him take necessary initiatives to align this knowledge to the long-term strategies of the organizations he worked with. He is currently working as AGM |Head of IT Audit and Fraud Investigations at Burgan Bank.

  • Ala Abu NabaaGroup Head of Audit and Corporate Excellence .IFA Group of Companies
    Ala Abu Nabaa
    Group Head of Audit and Corporate Excellence.
    IFA Group of Companies

    علاء أبونبعه يعمل حاليا كرئيس للتدقيق الداخلي والتميز المؤسسي في مجموعة شركات الاستشارات المالية الدولية (‏IFA‏)‏ والتي تضم مجموعة كبيرة من الشركات الاستثمارية والعقارية والتجارية والخدماتية. علاء لديه خبرة أكثر من 20 عام في التدقيق الداخلي والخارجي والإدارة المالية في الأردن والسعودية والكويت، وعمل سابقا في شركات استثمارية وصناعية وإنشائية كبرى، وبدأ مشاره المهني كمدقق خارجي في إحدى شركات التدقيق العالمية (الأربعة الكبار). علاء يحمل شهادة الماجستير في المحاسبة، وحاصل على مجموعة من الشهادات المهنية العالمية من الولايات المتحدة الأمريكية والمملكة المتحدة، وشارك خلال مسيرته المهنية في تقديم العديد من الاستشارات والدورات التدريبية العامة والخاصة في الرقابة الداخلية وإدارة المخاطر والحوكمة والتدقيق الداخلي والمحاسبة، إضافة إلى تقديم دورات الإعداد لامتحانات الشهادات المهنية العالمية في التدقيق الداخلي (CIA)، والمحاسبة القانونية (CPA) والمحاسبة الإدارية (CMA)، وتحدث في العديد من المؤتمرات والندوات وورش العمل المهنية في عدد من الدول العربية والولايات المتحدة الأمريكية.علاء نشط في مواقع التواصل الاجتماعي (فيسبوك ولينكدإن وتويتر)، وأسس ويدير صفحة المدقق الداخلي في الفيسبوك والتي يتابعها عشرات الألوف من المتابعين، وشارك في تأسيس جمعية التدقيق الداخلي الأردنية (IIA – Jordan Chapter) وجمعية المدققين الداخليين الكويتية (IIA – Kuwait Chapter).

  • Ayesha Mohammed Hussain Nasser Bin LootahDirector, Internal Audit Department .Dubai Tourism & Commerce Marketing
    Ayesha Mohammed Hussain Nasser Bin Lootah
    Director, Internal Audit Department.
    Dubai Tourism & Commerce Marketing

    PROFESSIONAL SUMMARY A self-driven and ambitious leader with more than nine 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 five 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 committees 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. ACADEMICS AND EXECUTIVE EDUCATION ZAYED UNIVERSITY - Bachelor of Business and IT with Honors (2010) UNIVERSITY OF WOLLONGONG - Masters of International Business with Honors (2012) LONDON BUSINESS SCHOOL- EXECUTIVE EDUCATION MERGERS & ACQUISITIONS (2014) ASHRIDGE SCHOOL OF BUSINESS- Executive leadership program at DTCM leadership Academy - (2017). JACK WELSH MANAGEMENT INSTITUTE- Strategy Executive Boot camp - (2018). OXFORD SAID SCHOOL OF BUSINESS- Oxford Blockchain Strategy Program (2018). PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE DUBAI TOURISM & COMMERCE MARKETING Director – Internal Audit Department –. (APR 2016 - Current) Acting Director – Risk Management & Business Continuity Department –. (JUN 2017 - Current) Acting Director – Information Security Department – (APR 2018 – Current)  Set, drive departmental and sectorial strategy, and objectives in line with Dubai tourism strategy.  Set, manage and monitor KPIs and performance objectives for departments and staff.  Lead the development of departmental policies and procedures in line with best practices IIA IPPF, COBIT, COSO, ISMS27001 & ISR, ISO22301 BCM & NCEMA, open data, local regulations, and Dubai Tourism strategy 2025.  Lead, direct, guide and develop subordinates through the various yearly engagements and projects.  Support Dubai Tourism Group top management through performing special advisory projects in relation to internal audit, risk management, governance, business continuity, information security, and data privacy.  Key member of Dubai Tourism Steering Committee’s including Information Security SteerCo. IT SteerCo, Crisis Management Co., Corporate Strategy Steerco., overseeing entity’s strategic projects in line with PMI.  Develop Dubai Tourism’s information security, business continuity management, and risk management programs across the group.  Key member of Dubai Tourism digital transformation projects. DUBAI ISLAMIC BANK Manager – Finance & Operations Audit– Group Internal Audit – (DEC-2010 – MAR 2016)  Plan, manage, direct and guide Operation and Financial Audit assignments, credit risk reviews, investment audits, subsidiary audits.  Review investment, liquidity, and credit risk portfolios of the group including retail, real estate, corporate, public sector, private sector lending, and international lending.  Key member of change management, transformation, and innovation projects across the group.  Participate in achieving required governance levels and enhancing control environment at a group level. COMMITTEES  Board Member of UAE Internal Audit Association, affiliated with IIA Inc. USA (April 2013 - Till Current)  2018 Dubai – International Conference Committee (IAA) – Chairwoman Social Committee & Marketing Co. (August 2016 – May 2018)  Member and chair of Dubai Tourism and Commerce Marketing Steering Committees.  Information Security SteerCo., IT SteerCo, Crisis Management Co., Corporate Strategy Steerco, Women Co.  Member of Dubai Business Women Council. SPECIALIZED SKILLS  Practical knowledge in International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS), review and analysis of financial statements, ratios.  Advanced practical knowledge in International standards for the professional practice of Internal Auditing, Enterprise Risk Management, and COSO framework.  Excellent skills in Strategic Planning and development, including balanced scorecards, and performance management, in addition to centralized Operations including Procurement & Supply Chain Management, Human Resources, finance & IT.  Excellent Project and program management Skills in terms of initiation, planning, execution, monitoring and reporting activities.  Excellent knowledge in tourism and marketing including media, digital marketing, campaigns, social media, events, festivals, tourism regulations, and tourism statistics.  Diversified banking knowledge, trade finance, treasury, investment and credit risk management process and operations. Dubai Tourism-Public Dubai Tourism

  • Bashar KilaniRegion Executive, Gulf Countries & Levant .IBM Middle East
    Bashar Kilani
    Region Executive, Gulf Countries & Levant.
    IBM Middle East

    In his role Bashar oversees the IBM business in the Gulf Countries and the Levant working with clients and partners across industries. Prior to that he was the Business Unit Executive for IBM software business in MENA. Bashar began his career with IBM in the United Kingdom and held several managerial and executive positions in software development, services, sales & marketing. His international career includes several assignments in the USA, Europe and the Middle East. Kilani has a passion for thought leadership around Digital Transformation, Artificial Intelligence, Blockchain, Cloud and has spoken at many international and regional conferences. He holds an MBA in Management from the University of Reading, an M.Sc. in Computer Engineering from the University of Surrey both in the United Kingdom and B.Sc. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Jordan.

  • Bill AndersonChief Strategy Officer .Gulf Tax Accounting Group
    Bill Anderson
    Chief Strategy Officer.
    Gulf Tax Accounting Group

    Bill is a UK qualified Fellow Chartered Certified Accountant. He is the Chief Strategy Officer of Gulf Tax Accounting Group (GTAG), and a Partner at Business Improvement Group (BIG). Bill is a former Global CFO (Head of Finance & MI Operations) at Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) Corporate Banking Division overseeing their Global operations worth over £2bn Profits and Total Assets of £103bn. He is a former Head of Internal Audit for RBS in 3 Corporate Divisions (Structured, Equity and Asset Finance) and 2 Functional Areas (Finance & Human Resources). Bill established a Wealth Management practice in 2008 which won Irish Financial Advisory Firm of the Year in 2014 & 2015. He has worked as a Mentor & Advisor for Start-Up & SME’s helping them to expand internationally. He has 25 years’ experience in Finance, Strategy, Audit, Risk, Corporate Governance, Compliance, Business Commercialism, Investor Readiness, IT Systems and Corporate Restructuring.

  • Chuck WhitlockWhite Collar Crime and Fraud Speaker .Bestselling Author
    Chuck Whitlock
    White Collar Crime and Fraud Speaker.
    Bestselling Author

    An award-winning television investigative reporter, white-collar crime speaker and bestselling author, Chuck Whitlock knows scams and white-collar crime inside and out. He exposes them. He educates about them. He even pretends to commit them—on camera—demonstrating to audiences just how the real crooks operate. Chuck does this all to raise awareness, to empower viewers, and to light a fire under audiences to join his fight against white-collar crime and fraud. Considered a leading authority on white-collar crime and fraud, Chuck has provided investigative reports for (and appeared on) 60 Minutes, CBS, CNN, Warner Bros, Extra, Paramount Studios, Hard Copy, Mike Wallace, and Oprah; among others. As a bestselling author, Chuck's books include Easy Money (Simon & Schuster), Scam School (McMillan Publishing), Police Heroes (St Thomas Press), Mediscams (division of Simon & Schuster), and multiple business books published by Contemporary Press. All books were distributed worldwide. Chuck also conducts workshops about white-collar crime and fraud investigations for the FBI, ATF, Secret Service and other law enforcement agencies worldwide. Chuck is the past President of the FBI Citizens' Academy Alumni Association in Oregon and served as the VP of Communications for the FBI National Citizens' Academy Alumni Association.

  • Dominik FoerschlerSenior Equity Partner .Audit Research Center
    Dominik Foerschler
    Senior Equity Partner.
    Audit Research Center

    Since heading the Audit Research Center | ARC Institute, digital transformation is the key topic, responsible for five operational audit and risk advisory teams, Dominik Foerschler developed a new product portfolio strategy based on his Integrated Audit Risk Centric Approach® and a comprehensive CMMi audit approach.After joining the business school initially as executive assistant to the president, Dominik Foerschler subsequently built up the “Governance & Audit” section, consisting of the four main pillars: Internal & External Audit, Banking Supervision, Corporate Governance and Fraud Investigation. He established the “Audit Challenge” leadership conference series as an audit methodology conference for the three German-speaking countries Germany, Austria and Switzerland. Previously, Dominik Foerschler launched his career in the financial services sector as a member of Deutsche Bank Group AG’s corporate center talent group. There, he worked in several business areas worldwide [Retail Banking, Asset Management, Corporate Investment Banking, a subsequent cooperation project with Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce (CIBC), Bond Trading TSE Toronto, Management Information system CIBC Ontario, CBOT Chicago, Deutsche Bank AG, Inhouse Consulting Europe]. In conjunction with a restructuring of the global internal audit function, he joined the corporate center group audit team. After being part of the reorganization team for the IAA, he was a senior audit team leader and project methodology leader in the chief of staff’s group audit team. Later, he worked with Dresdner Bank Group as senior audit manager in the Investment Banking Division, responsible for teams in London and Frankfurt as well as Senior Audit Manager at BMW.

  • Dr Christian KramerDirector .KPMG
    Dr Christian Kramer

    Dr. Christian Kramer is a member of the DRA team and has applied DRA to clients from many different sectors and industries across the globe. His role at KPMG also includes the research and presentation of non-quantitative risks and the impact of structural breaks in audit risk assessments. He also has extensive professional and academic experience in the Middle East and (Central) Asia. As a fluent speaker of Chinese he has worked with Sinopec on China’s natural gas reserve and infrastructure strategy, and has advised on the future of China’s fossil energy policy. Following his PhD in International Relations from the London School of Economics he has focused his research and teaching on the dynamics of the complex social, economic, political and industrial networks in the Middle East, and has recently published a book titled ‘Network-centric peace – studies in Lebanon and Afghanistan.

  • Dr Hanan Abdalla Al MarzoouqiGovernance & Compliance Director .General Directorate of Residency and Foreigners Affairs - Dubai
    Dr Hanan Abdalla Al Marzoouqi
    Governance & Compliance Director.
    General Directorate of Residency and Foreigners Affairs - Dubai

    دكتورة حنان عبدالله المرزوقي، مدير إدارة الحوكمة المؤسسية والامتثال بالإدارة العامة للاقامة وشؤون الاجانب –دبي، حاصلة على درجة دكتوراه الفلسفة في الإدارة- تخصص الموارد البشرية من جامعة دبي بامتياز مع مرتبة الشرف، خبرة 12 سنة في المجال المالي والتدقيق الداخلي والموارد البشرية ،حاصلة على خمس جوائز عالمية من المملكة المتحدة (بريطانيا) في مجال الحوكمة المؤسسية والتدقيق الداخلي والمخاطر، حاصلة على شهادة مدير موارد بشرية معتمد من الجمعية العالمية الامريكية لادارة الاعمال، حاصلةعلى شهادة مهنية معتمدة في الامتثال والاحتيال من جامعة مانشستر بالمملكة المتحدة، حاصلة على شهادة مدقق داخلي معتمد من جمعية المدققين الداخليين البريطانية، عضوة في جمعية المدققين الداخليين بالامارات، وعضوة في جمعية المدققين البريطانية، وعضوة في الجمعية العالمية لادارة الاعمال بالمملكة المتحدة، محكم في جائزة التميز العالمية لإدارة الأعمال IBX Awardsمتحدثه في عدة مؤتمرات عالمية ومحلية : داخلية في دبي و أبوظبي وخارجية في سنغافورة. تم نشر عدد 2 من الدراسات في مجال الموارد البشرية في احد أقوى المجلات العلمية العالمية. بروفيسور مساعد حيث انها تقوم بتدريس برنامج الماجستير في كلية محمد بن راشد للادارة الحكومية.

  • Dr Khalid D Al-FaddaghBoard Audit Committee Member at STC, SABIC and, Board Member at Vision Invest ..
    Dr Khalid D Al-Faddagh
    Board Audit Committee Member at STC, SABIC and, Board Member at Vision Invest.

    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 that included duties in; Auditing and fraud investigations, establishing the Enterprise Risk Management (ERM) framework, President & CEO of a major Joint Venture in the Philippines, strategy development, Oil & Gas Engineering, field Operations and Maintenance. During his career, he served in several Boards, such as, LUBEREF (KSA), SHOWA Shell – Japan, and Petron Corporation in the Philippines, Currently, his Boards and Committees duties include:- Board Member at Vision Invest and E1 Healthcare Privatization Cluster- Board Audit Committee Member at Saudi Telecom (STC) and SABIC - Chairman of the Risk & Compliance Committee at ACWA Power- Chairman of the Audit & Risk Committee at Saudi Tabreed 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. In 2013 & 2014, he Co-Chaired the 4th and 5th Middle East Anti-Corruption Summit held in Dubai, UAE, and In February 2015, was awarded the regional “Life Time Achievement Award” by the UAE IAA Chapter.

  • Elizabeta Gjorgievska JoshevskiTheater Specialist Leader, Middle East and Africa .CISCO
    Elizabeta Gjorgievska Joshevski
    Theater Specialist Leader, Middle East and Africa.

    Elizabeta leads Cisco’s Specialists team for Middle East and Africa. In this role, she is driving MEA’s all Architectures and strategy and an execution plan for Cisco’s growth and portfolio success while introducing new consumption models and recurring revenue. Her team is a highly trained business and technology salesforce with specialty in the industry's most exciting technology areas: Network Infrastructure, Applications, Security and Cloud. Prior to this role, Elizabeta led Cisco’s Service Provider Business in Eastern Europe, based out of Vienna, Austria. She joined Cisco in 2006 and held different positions throughout a dynamic tenure in the Public Sector and Service Provider Business. Elizabeta is a Harvard Business School alumnus in Organizational Leadership. She also holds a bachelor’s degree in Computer Sciences with a major in Programming Languages.Elizabeta lives in Dubai with her daughter and her husband. Together, they travel, enjoy sailing, great food and movies.

  • Giridhar LSChief Executive Officer .Robotech Solutions
    Giridhar LS
    Chief Executive Officer.
    Robotech Solutions

    Giridhar served as Director for Ernst & Young before joining as the CEO of Robotech solutions with 22 years of experience. Giridhar is a Chartered Accountant from Institute of Chartered Accountants of India (ICAI) and a certified Information Systems Auditor, with more than 15 years of experience in Information Systems, Security and Accounting engagements with Ernst and Young. Giridhar was involved as an ERP implementation consultant for small and medium business enterprises prior to joining Ernst & Young. Giridhar has contributed in various ERP integrity, application controls review and information systems audit related engagements in the banking / finance, manufacturing, industrial, insurance and oil / gas industries. His experience spans the areas of external audit, internal audit, IS/IT audit, IS security reviews, SOX404 implementation, developing Business Continuity Plans, IT Due Diligence, Data Analytics using Computer Assisted Audit Techniques (CAATs) RPA, data visualization and business process reviews. Giridhar has been leading the MENA innovation projects in the areas of RPA and custom analytics. He Independently managed the Information Systems Audit of major clients (Banks, Insurance and multinationals) with complex IT environment. Giridhar also has experience in training an offshore team on DA audits from creation to delivery. In the process achieving cost savings and gross margin improvements.

  • Indumon DasManaging Partner .Beinex
    Indumon Das
    Managing Partner.

    • Indumon is the founder of Beinex Consulting. He is a Data Analytics specialist with 15 years of experience in architecting, leading and implementing various Data Analytics projects across the globe. He is also an evangelist of data literacy and self-service analytics and has trained more than 1000 business users and 100+ enterprise clients in various analytics techniques.• Indumon holds a Master’s Degree in Computer Applications and Bachelor’s degree in Physics and Mathematics.

  • James TaylorThe Artificial Intelligence International Speaker .founder of C-SCHOOL
    James Taylor
    The Artificial Intelligence International Speaker.
    founder of C-SCHOOL

    James Taylor is an award-winning speaker and internationally recognized leader in creativity and innovation. For over 20 years, he has been teaching entrepreneurs, educators, corporate leaders, writers and rockstars how to build innovative organizations and design the creative life they desire. As the founder of C-SCHOOL™ and host of The Creative Life Podcast and TV Show, he’s taught thousands of individuals in over 120 countries through his online courses, books, videos and keynote speeches. After advising some of the world’s most creative individuals and companies, ranging from Grammy-award winning music artists and best-selling authors to Silicon Valley startups and innovative multi-nationals, James designed a framework for creativity that helps individuals and organizations achieve exponential growth. His clients have included Apple, Yamaha, Sony, Bertelsmann and Johnson & Johnson as well as high profile 1-on-1 coaching clients. As an in-demand creativity expert, he has been featured in countless media outlets and was the subject of a 30 minute BBC documentary about his life and work. James Taylor was awarded the S.D. Southern Prize from Canadian energy services company ATCO and 'ONTRApreneur of the Year" from U.S. business automation leaders ONTRAPORT. James is also a Fellow of the Royal Society of the Arts (F.R.S.A.) whose Fellows have included global innovators and leaders including President Benjamin Franklin, Sir Tim Berners-Lee, Bob Dylan, Adam Smith, Nelson Mandela and Professor Stephen Hawking.

  • Jean Michel KaoukabaniHead of Information Security Department .Byblos Bank Group
    Jean Michel Kaoukabani
    Head of Information Security Department.
    Byblos Bank Group

    He is a Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA) from ISACA and a Lecturer at University Saint Joseph-ESIB and Ecole Nationale D'Administration (ENA) Lebanon. Prior to his current position, Jean Michel was respectively the Head of IT Audit and the Head of MIS at Byblos Bank. He graduated from the French engineering school, Ecole Nationale de La Statistique et de L'Analyse de L'Information (ENSAI) and holds also a degree in Economics from Saint Joseph University-Lebanon. Jean Michel has been an IS professional for more than 17 years including 15 years of Information Security and IT Audit in the financial industry. He delivered several MIS, Design, programming and Information Security courses in Universities across the country. He has a long experience with risk and Vulnerability assessment and is a QUALYS Certified Specialist. His current focus, in addition to his responsibility at Byblos Bank is around Digital Forensics, malware analysis and incident response.

  • Karem ObeidChief Audit Executive .TAWAZUN
    Karem Obeid
    Chief Audit Executive.

    A thought leader who drives innovation and strategic transformations. He has more than 25 years of management and internal audit experience in various industries that enabled him to assume internal audit executive leadership roles in several leading companies in the Middle East region. He has assumed also various board member and audit committee roles for several large organizations.His passion for the profession led him to hold several IIA board and volunteer leadership positions for consecutive years which include Executive Committee Member (Vice – Chairman, Global Services) from 2016 – 2019 (Term ends July) and  Member of the Board (Director-at-Large) 2013 – 2016. He was the first from the MENA region to be elected as a member of the IIA Global board. Furthermore, he is currently an Executive Committee member of IIA – UAE.Karem holds a MBA degree with emphasis in Industrial and Manufacturing Leadership.  His earlier education includes a Bachelor in Business Administration from the American University of Beirut. Also, Mr. Obeid attained several related professional certifications like CIA, CPA, CCSA, CISA and CRMA.   As an advocate and active member of the profession, he is instrumental in promoting the Internal Audit profession in the Middle East region. He also has been frequently invited to speak in local and international conferences across the globe and has contributed to several publications related to the profession.

  • Karim SabbaghChief Executive Officer .DarkMatter
    Karim Sabbagh
    Chief Executive Officer.

    Karim Sabbagh is the CEO of the DarkMatter Group since April 2018. The Group is an international digital transformation and cyber security firm with head offices in the UAE, and research and development centres in Canada, Finland and India. The purpose of the DarkMatter Group is to enable businesses and governments to become smart, safe, and cyber resilient. As an end-to-end provider of smart and safe digital transformation, the Group is uniquely positioned to provide organizations with the strategy, technology, and operating model to achieve business success and continuity amidst constantly evolving technology tensions. Prior to joining DarkMatter, Mr. Sabbagh served as President & CEO of SES (Société Européenne des Satellites), the world leading satellite operator, where he was also Chairman of the Executive Committee. Additionally, he was Chairman of SES ASTRA. He served on the SES Board of Directors from April 2011 to August 2013 and was a member of the Audit and Risk Committee for the same period. Mr. Sabbagh also served on the Board of Directors of O3b from September 2013 to June 2016 and was a member of the Audit and Risk Committee for the same period. He also served on the Board of Directors of YahLive from September 2013 to March 2018. Additionally, he was Vice-Chairman of the Board of Directors of FEDIL (Business Federation Luxembourg).

  • Michael MosaadManager .Deloitte
    Michael Mosaad

    A solutions-oriented security specialist with notable success delivering a broad spectrum of cyber risk services, primarily focusing around cyber threat management, cyber security strategy, and security architecture. Successfully delivered high quality solutions and tangible benefits for a number of clients throughout the Middle East.Michael is currently working with Deloitte’s Risk Advisory (RA) practice as part of the Cyber Risk Services team. Michael has gained 6 years of experience in information security areas, in a multitude of disciplines and industries. As a security professional, he has been involved in developing cyber security strategies, designing and evaluating security controls and developing comprehensive security frameworks aligned to international standards and best practices. He has also helped multiple organization to setup their security organization by developing Target Operating Models including governance structure, functional model including security capabilities and underlying services, as well as transition roadmap.Prior to joining Deloitte, Michael used to work as a Network Operations Center (NOC) engineer at a multinational telecommunications corporation specialized in networks installing, deployment, configuration and troubleshooting.Michael holds a Bachelor’s degree in Computer and Systems Engineering. He also obtained various reputable security certifications including SABSA Chartered Security Architect, CISSP, CISM, and CEH-v9. In addition, he also achieved multiple network administration & security related certifications primarily from Cisco and Microsoft.

  • Naif Al KhalifahManaging Partner .Hawkamah Solutions
    Naif Al Khalifah
    Managing Partner.
    Hawkamah Solutions

    Naif Al Khalifa is an administrative expert who is specializing in Corporate Governance and Internal Audit, Human Development, Financial Analysis & Investment and Risk Management. He is also a keynote speaker in related professional platforms and communities. Naif led a group of companies and contributed to strengthening the Internal Control of several companies through his engagement in board memberships, and the membership of Internal Audit Committees, He worked as the Head of Internal Audit Department of Abdul Latif Al Essa Group, Assistant to Senior Auditor at PricewaterhouseCoopers, Member of the Audit Committee of Riyadh Valley Company, Board Member of Al Khalifah Gold & Jewelry Factory, Managing Partner of Haw’kamah Solutions Company, as the CEO of Msarat Global, and Vice-Chairman of the Executive in the First Project Company. Naif holds a bachelor’s degree in accounting from King Saud University. He has received several development programs that have influenced his professional experience and knowledge, including specialized programs in Risk Management, Fraud Detection, errors and fraud in financial reports. Naif is a member of the Saudi Organization for Certified Public Accountants (SOCPA), a member of the IIA, and a candidate for the membership of IIA Board of Directors, a member of the Saudi Accounting Association (SAA). In addition to his professional experience, Naif is interested in writing and disseminating of knowledge in his areas of interest. He has several publications in Al-Eqtisadiah Newspaper, Arqaam newspaper, and contributed to the preparation of master's and doctoral theses as an expert in his field. He issued his book entitled (What is the Management of Internal Audit and Risk Management Within Institutions) in Arabic. Naif Al-Khalifa is well-versed, good interlocutor, and has many relationships with individuals and institutions associated with his field of expertise, and he has passion for media and IT fields.

  • Naohiro MouriIIA Global Chairman of the Board .IIA Global
    Naohiro Mouri
    IIA Global Chairman of the Board.
    IIA Global

    Naohiro Mouri is Executive Vice President and Chief Auditor of American International Group (AIG), a global property-casualty, life and retirement, and general insurance company based in New York. In a career spanning more than 20 years, Mouri-san has held a number of chief auditor positions. Before joining AIG, he was a Statutory Executive Officer, Senior Vice President and Chief Auditor for MetLife Alico Insurance K.K. Japan. He also led the audit departments at J.P. Morgan Asia Pacific; Shinsei Bank; Morgan Stanley Japan; and Deutsche Bank Japan. He began his career at Arthur Andersen in Atlanta and Tokyo. Committed to supporting internal audit professionals, Mouri-san also has held numerous board and volunteer leadership positions at The IIA, including International Secretary (2007-08), Vice Chairman – Professional Development (2008-09), Vice Chairman – Professional Guidance (2015-16), Vice Chairman – Professional Practices (2016-17), and Senior Vice Chairman of the Global Board (2017-18). He has been IIA-Japan director since 2003. Mouri-san served from 2001-06 as the first elected president of the Asian Confederation of Institutes of Internal Auditors (ACIIA). ACIIA recognized him with its “Outstanding Contribution in the Field of Internal Auditing” honor in 2016. Mouri-san advocates for the profession through IIA and other industry forums, and he has lectured at a number of universities in Japan, including the Meiji University Graduate Program for Professional Accountancy and Senshu University. Mouri-san co-authored “Korega Kinyukikan no Naibukansa da (This Is Internal Audit for Financial Institutions),” which is available in Japanese and Mandarin. Mouri-san is a Certified Internal Auditor (CIA) and a Certified Public Accountant (CPA). He earned a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Georgia State University. For his chairman’s theme, Mouri-san chose “Emphasize the Basics. Elevate the Standards” to underscore how important conformance to the Standards is in ensuring internal audit remains relevant. “It is my hope that my theme will be a constant reminder that we must use all the tools provided by the Standards to build a foundation upon which to stake our professional claim,” Mouri-san said. “If each of us strives to elevate the Standards in our daily practice, then together we can raise the profession to new heights.”

  • Omar JabshehSenior Manager, Risk Advisory .Deloitte & Touche (M.E).
    Omar Jabsheh
    Senior Manager, Risk Advisory.
    Deloitte & Touche (M.E).

    With nearly a decade with Deloitte, Omar has been an active catalyst in establishing and growing Resilience & Crisis Management capabilities. Through his intricate involvement, he has assisted numerous organizations across multiple industries in the region in steering their resilience journeys.Throughout his career, Omar has been heavily involved in leading Deloitte’s most prominent Business Continuity Management (BCM) projects in the region. Throughout the course of his BCM projects, Omar has played a significant role not only in excelling with effectively utilizing methodologies, leading practices, and international standards, but also in driving innovation for the delivery of solutions that go beyond the realm of known approaches and address organizations’ challenging and complex risk problems.Omar was shortlisted as Continuity & Resilience Consultant 2016 by the BCI’s Middle East Awards as well as BC Consultant of the Year 2014 as part of CIR magazine’s awards run on a global scale.

  • Phil MennieDirector, Digital Trust .PwC
    Phil Mennie
    Director, Digital Trust.

    Phil Mennie is a director in PwC’s Digital Trust team and he leads PwC’s data capabilities across its Middle East Assurance business. He has 14 years’ experience helping his clients manage technology and digital risk and drive value through insights into their data.Phil is a published author having written the world’s first book on enterprise social media risk management, “Social Media Risk & Governance: Managing Enterprise Risk” (Kogan Page, 2015). He is a thought leader on digital and technology risk and a regular keynote speaker at a variety of technology conferences around the world.Phil’s background is in programming and data analytics. He has delivered large and complex digital trust projects in a wide variety of industries across the Middle East.

  • Shatha Al MaskiryManaging Director .Protiviti Oman
    Shatha Al Maskiry
    Managing Director.
    Protiviti Oman

    Shatha Al Maskiry is the Managing Director of Protiviti Oman and plays an instrumental role in devising innovative solutions for the firm region wide. Her experience spans across global organizations; Arthur Andersen, Shell and PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC). Prior to joining Protiviti; she was in the US with PwC managing Fortune500 clients and was the System & Process Assurance leader for private companies in San Francisco. Shatha has diverse skills sets ranging from Organizational Transformation to IT Consulting but her passion continues to around National Capacity Building. She set up SME Advisory Services to promote the development of entrepreneurship as part of job creation in the market. She also developed solutions at a National level. Some solutions are: Talent Management Program "iSucceed" with online assessment tools, “iAmana” an Ethics & Whistleblowing Smartline which is successfully implemented for the entire power sector in Oman, and “iScore”, a cultural mindset shift program which has also been successfully implemented for the entire logistics sector in Oman. Many articles written by Shatha have been published in newspapers, and business magazines in Oman and UAE. She was a thought leader in SME Advisor Middle East and SME Arabia Advisor. Also, she spoke at several conferences including Tedx. She talks about digitalization and innovation, succession planning, mindset shift, big data, future of work, neuroscience based learning etc. Shatha received awards and honorary mentions in the USA, UAE and Oman over the span of her career: 1st winner with honorary mention “Coach of the Quarter” in the USA at PwC in 2007, “Sustainable Innovative solution” winner at the Research Center at PwC-Florida in 2008, “Corporate Excellence Leader” in 2013 by Al Mar’a in Oman, “HR Professional of the Year” Middle East wide in 2015 by Informa, “Innovation Challenge Winner” in 2016 from Protiviti Global, and in 2018, received Mark of Excellence at the “Future Workplace Awards” for L&D Provider of the Year. Shatha has a BSc. in Accounting from the American University, USA an MBA from the University of Surrey. She is a Certified Six Sigma Black Belt, Certified Marshall Goldsmith Coach and Global Leader of the Future, and a Certified Practitioner for PAPI 3 leadership Assessment by Cubiks Int.

  • Siddharth BehalPartner .KPMG
    Siddharth Behal

    Siddharth is a Partner in the Internal Audit, Risk & Compliance Services Practice and he also heads the KPMG Lower Gulf Managed Services practice. Siddharth started his professional career in 1999 and has worked with Arthur Andersen and Morgan Stanley before he joined KPMG in 2005 in Mumbai, India where he covered a broad range of clients across Consumer Markets, Retail, Logistics, Media & Entertainment and IT/ITES. He joined the KPMG Lower Gulf practice in 2017 where he leads multiple solutions such as internal audit, enterprise risk management, policies and procedures, compliance framework, establishing internal controls framework, payroll & accounting outsourcing, mystery shopping, process validation etc. He is a rank holder Chartered Accountant from the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India and is also a Certified Public Accountant, USA.

  • Sudharshana BalasubramanianDirector .KPMG
    Sudharshana Balasubramanian

    Sudharshana is a Director in the KPMG Advisory service and been an accomplished professional with both the Industry and Consulting experience in the areas such as Predictive Data Analytics, Interactive Visualizations, Enterprise Risk Management, Fraud Risk Assessments, IFRS, Technical-Commercial Risk Based internal audits, Corporate Governance Advisory; Continuous Audit – Monitoring, lean six-sigma for process optimizations for the sectors such as Energy, Rail, Nuclear, Universities, including exposure to global markets working for world leading organisations.He is a qualified Chartered Accountant, has a Diploma in International Financial Reporting Standards from the Institute of Chartered Accountants of England & Whales, Certified Information Systems Auditor from ISACA (USA) and Certified in Business Analytics and Intelligence from the Indian Institute of Management Bangalore.

  • Suhail QureshiCFO .Honeywell High Growth Regions
    Suhail Qureshi
    Honeywell High Growth Regions

    Suhail Qureshi is Vice President and CFO for Honeywell’s High Growth Regions: Asia, Africa, Latin America, the Middle East and Eastern Europe. He is responsible for driving performance improvement, transformational business plans, profitable growth, free cash flow improvement and building finance talent and capabilities across HGRs. Suhail has more than 20 years’ financial management experience in China, Turkey, Middle East, and Europe. He joined Honeywell in 2010 and has held positions of increasing responsibility in Finance for Honeywell Building Solutions and Corporate Business Analysis and Planning. Before joining Honeywell, Suhail was CFO for Vaillant Group, a market leader in global renewable energy and gas heating, for APAC (based in China) and Turkey. Prior to that, he worked for Procter & Gamble in several finance and management roles based in UK. Suhail earned a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from Lafayette College (USA), and an MBA from Cranfield University (UK). He is also a chartered accountant (UK).

  • Varun KharbandaCapital Projects Practice Lead .Protiviti
    Varun Kharbanda
    Capital Projects Practice Lead.

    EXPERIENCE SUMMARYVarun is Regional Middle East (GCC) Leader for Capital Projects Advisory Vertical within Protiviti and leads a team of professionals responsible for providing end to end solutions for mega and complex Capital Projects and Programmes from Concept to Operational stabilization phase across varied range of project portfolios. As a part of his additional role, he is also responsible to develop Infrastructure & Real Estate Advisory Industry Vertical. Extensive international experience across US, Europe, Middle East, South East Asia and India sub-continent in leading Project, Program & Portfolio level engagements with C-suite stakeholders. Prior to his current role, he was working with Accenture in the Strategy and Operations Consulting domain.AREAS OF EXPERTISE:Strong Functional expertise in areas of EPC Capital Project Management (Engineering, Procurement & Construction) and delivering large scale capital projects advisory and transformation engagements at major clients across various Industries in GCC region and across varied range of project portfolio (approx. $200 Bn capex value and 150+ projects).Advising clients on complex and mega projects and programmes on a variety of issues across the project life cycle areas including Investment Management, Program Management (PMO), Project Controls (Scope, Schedule & Cost Management, Risk Management & Governance, Project Revenue Enhancement & Capex Optimization, Procurement & Contracting Strategy, Supply Chain and Logistics Management, Commercial Contract & Claim Recovery Management, Construction Management, Forensics Project Review & Assurance, Dispute Management & Litigation, Cost Benchmarking, Operation and Maintenance Management, Value Engineering, Project Planning & Reporting, Leveraging Technology to generate insight to improve project performance etc.Consulting experience focuses on advising clients on Business Strategy, Operations & Digital Strategy, Revenue enhancement & Cost optimization programs, Profitability improvement and Innovation programs, Operational Excellence & Process Excellence initiatives, Large-scale Business Transformation including Organizational Change management, Operating model design and Workforce planning, Strategic Planning, Corporate Governance, Enterprise Performance & Risk Management areas.

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