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. 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

895 USD*


Non member price

1195 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 AliPresident .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.

  • Dominik FoerschlerPhD, M.A. Banking & Finance, CIA, CRMA .Senior Equity Partner
    Dominik Foerschler
    PhD, M.A. Banking & Finance, CIA, CRMA.
    Senior Equity Partner

    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.

  • 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.

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

    Karim Sabbagh is the CEO of the DarkMatter Group since in 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).

  • 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.”

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  • 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 - - Panelist -

  • 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 -

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