The 2nd UAE IAA 3D Virtual Conference
  • Date & Time : 24-03-2021 to 25-03-2021
  • 09:00 to 16:00

The 2nd UAE IAA 3D Virtual Conference

The current pandemic has affected every profession, economy and our life’s by disrupting the standard way of life. Critical sectors such as E-commerce, telecommunication, banking and Government are now dealing with the new regulatory & compliance risks, money laundering, cybercriminals that have adapted to the ‘New Normal’. Especially, countries from Middle East, North Africa are leading in the front line by reconsidering, forward thinking and adapting to these unprecedented times. To complement their objectives “The UAE IAA 2nd 3D Virtual Conference” themed " Digitizing your professional future" dated March 24th & 25th, 2021 will aim to discuss the Technology to enhance the professional future. Advanced digital capabilities helped support nations against the pandemic, according to the Digital Intelligence Index. Covid 19 illustrated the importance of driving digital transformation agenda at the national level as well as CEOs partnering with governments to prioritize existing gaps in digital readiness. As technological advances continue to transform economies and the way societies organize, good governance and oversight becomes an increasing imperative.


Member price

375 USD*


Non member price

425 USD*




*Only Main Conference Price
*All prices are inclusive of applicable VAT.


  • Abdulqader Obaid AliChairman of the Board .UAE IAA
    Abdulqader Obaid Ali
    Chairman of the Board.

    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.

  • Achraf El ZaimChairman of Compliance & Integrity Subgroup .UAE IAA
    Achraf El Zaim
    Chairman of Compliance & Integrity Subgroup.

    Achraf El Zaim is the Chairman of the Executive Committee of the Compliance and Ethics Sub-Group of the UAE Internal Audit Association. Achraf is Member of the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners and the Society of Corporate Compliance & Ethics.In his day to day professional life, Achraf is a projects and Transformation Partner and leads PwC’s Forensic Services Practice across the Middle East region. Achraf has more than 20 years of professional experience supporting his clients and peer professionals in addressing the complexities of setting up, executing and monitoring their compliance, risk and regulatory agendas, including the digital transformation around these areas.Achraf enjoys history, travel, and spending time with his family and friends.

  • Anna SchebsdatHigher Education Management President .Columbia Business School UAE, Alumni Chapter and Board Member Columbia Alumni Association
    Anna Schebsdat
    Higher Education Management President.
    Columbia Business School UAE, Alumni Chapter and Board Member Columbia Alumni Association

    Anna has 15 years of global experience spanning across MENA, UK, Europe and Russia and based in Dubai, where she resides for the past decade. She is currently working for one of the world's top business schools as part of City, University of London. She is overseeing recruitment for flagship Executive MBA for the Middle Eastern region. Anna is the President of Columbia Business School’s UAE Alumni Chapter, Board Member on Columbia Alumni Association UAE. Anna is a Global Growth Partner and Mentor at the Global Thinkers Forum (GTF), a global platform under the patronage of Her Majesty Queen Rania of Jordan that creates strategic thinking to promote accountable leadership, women’s empowerment, and youth development. Anna was featured in the Power Issue edition of Emirates Women magazine and Harper’s Bazaar Arabia in 2020. Anna’s expertise lies in international growth strategy, market development, executive education recruitment and B2B/B2C development acquired across emerging and developed markets. She started her career at conglomerate Philips managing USD26 mln business category and further spent 6 years in regional leadership roles in Higher Education sector leading multicultural teams, holding P&L and multi-million dollar budget accountability. She spearheaded Eruditus’ first international expansion and generated profitability within 3 years as a General Manager by opening the GCC office in Dubai to act as exclusive representative for 5 out of the world’s top 10 ranked business schools (MIT, Wharton, Harvard, INSEAD, Columbia) to launch and sell a portfolio of customized and open education programs for senior executives.

  • BRUCE DORRISPresident and CEO .Association of Certified Fraud Examiners
    President and CEO.
    Association of Certified Fraud Examiners

    Bruce Dorris is the President and Chief Executive Officer for the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (ACFE). He also serves as an advisory member to the ACFE Board of Regents. Dorris has conducted anti-fraud training for the United Nations, the American Bankers Association, colleges and universities around the world, as well as with the FBI, GAO and other federal and state law enforcement agencies in the United States.His expertise has been featured in interviews with the CNBC’s American Greed, ABC World News Tonight, Wall Street Journal, the Economist, Fortune, Money Magazine, the BBC, and the Atlantic among others.Dorris earned his Juris Doctor from Louisiana State University in 1993 and is licensed to practice law in state and federal courts in Texas and Louisiana. Prior to joining the ACFE, he served as a prosecutor in Louisiana for 13 years, focusing primarily on financial crime investigations. Additionally, he is also licensed as a Certified Public Accountant.Dorris has been with the ACFE for 14 years, previously serving as Vice President and Program Director.

  • Dr Erdal OzkayaCreating a culture of innovation & enabling businesses to stay secure .Standard Charter Bank UAE
    Dr Erdal Ozkaya
    Creating a culture of innovation & enabling businesses to stay secure.
    Standard Charter Bank UAE

    Dr. Erdal is a technically sophisticated executive leader with solid education and strong business acumen. Over the course of hi progressive career, he has developed a keen aptitude for facilitating integration of standard operating procedures that ensures optimal functionality of all technical functions and systems.Being a proactive communicator, trusted partner, and skilled analyst, he is highly adept at building dynamic teams that work together to expedite operational goals, priorities, and objectives. As a result, he is poised to conduct reviews and investigations with prompt efficiency and provide thorough and informative reports to both internal and external stakeholders.He is passionate about reaching out to communities, creating cyber aware campaigns, leveraging new and innovative approaches and technologies to holistically address the information security and privacy needs for every person and organization in the world.Dr. Erdal has authored many cybersecurity books as well as security certification course-ware and exams for different vendors.Dr Erdal ‘ recent awards are:Global Future Security Leader ,Super Hero CISO , Legend award by Global CIO Forum ,Microsoft Most Valuable Professional , Comodo Community Trusted Advisor (2020) Cyber Security Professional of the year MEA , Hall of Fame by CISO Magazine , Cybersecurity Influencer of the year (2019) ,Microsoft Circle of Excellence Platinum Club (2017), NATO Center of Excellence (2016) Security Professional of the year by MEA Channel Magazine (2015), Professional of the year Sydney (2014) and many speaker of the year awards in conferences. He also holds Global Instructor of the year awards from EC Council & Microsoft.

  • Fahem AlmusaDirector- Internal Audit & Accounting Advisory .Crowe UAE
    Fahem Almusa
    Director- Internal Audit & Accounting Advisory.
    Crowe UAE

    Experienced Leader in value-driven Internal Audit innovation, Passionate about diversity in business. An accomplished Internal Audit Executive of more than 28 years across various industries in the UAE, KSA, Kuwait, Russia, Uganda, USA, Jordan, and Algeria. Fahem is the Crowe UAE Internal Audit & Accounting Advisory Director. He is responsible for driving innovation and growth to develop the forward strategy for our Internal Audit & Accounting Advisory services in UAE. Fahem will provide clients in the UAE with Internal Audit advisory services including: internal audit transformation, internal audit outsourcing, Co-sourcing, Internal controls advisory, training of audit teams. Internal Audit expertise/Subject Matter Expert sourcing, Internal audit effectiveness reviews, and Internal audit loan staffing. Fahem is Illinois/ USA Certified Public Accountant (CPA) with a bachelor’s degree in Accounting from the University of Jordan. How Fahem is building a better working environment: “I help entities, both in private and public sectors, transform and run their Internal Audit functions to be innovative in protecting and driving value to their organizations. In today’s dynamic world of digital innovation and geopolitical uncertainty and ever-changing regulations, Internal Audit functions need to be timely and flexible in their procedures, active with resourcing and leverage technology to keep pace. I help companies develop such Internal Audit functions, so they are well positioned to identify and monitor all current and emerging risks before issues arise.” Areas of focus: Internal Audit & Fraud Investigation Office: Dubai, UAE

  • Hala Bou AlwanFounder and CEO .HBA Consultancy firm specialised in Governance Compliance CSR AI Financial and Cyber crimes
    Hala Bou Alwan
    Founder and CEO.
    HBA Consultancy firm specialised in Governance Compliance CSR AI Financial and Cyber crimes

    Hala is the Founder and CEO of Hala Bou Alwan (HBA) Consultancy firm specialised in Governance, Compliance, CSR, AI & Financial and Cyber crimes’ advisory and training. In addition to this, Hala is the Co - Founder of H.A.D Consultants specialised in self - empowerment events adhering to the UN Sustainability Developments Goals . She is a lawyer, member of the Lebanese Lawyers’ Bar Association who holds dual Masters degrees LLM specialised in Artificial intelligence & Law from Universite La Sagesse, Lebanon and another Master’s degree ELLM in International Business Law from Boston University USA. Hala as well is a member at the Arab Monetary Fund Regional Fintech Working Group, a contributor at Forbes Middle East, and registered Trainer and speaker at several Governmental Authorities & highly reputable organisations including Union of Arab Securities Authority , IOSCO - International Organisation for Securities Commissions , Thomson Reuters , Forbes Middle East, Capital Markets Authorities and many more. She is an Advisory Board member At the British University in Dubai – Faculty of Business and Law, and a member in the Entrepreneur Committee at the Capital Club Dubai.She has 20 years’ of success helping Regulators, Governments, Boards and high-profile organizations pave their Governance, Compliance, CSR , Financial and Cybercrimes mitigation roadmaps. She is an International speaker, thought leader, trainer and author of many articles , interviews , research papers ( published by Boston & Cambridge Universities) & events across the globe . Nine years prior to establishing her own firm in 2018, Hala led two senior roles at Thomson Reuters , the Market Development for Financial Crimes business across Emerging Markets globally & The Advisory and Educational Governance, Financial Crimes and compliance Business across EMEA & Asia. Prior to this, Hala was the TSME – DIFC Financial Crimes - Compliance Consultant – Authorised by Dubai Financial Services Authority, before that Hala was the Head of the Anti-Financial crimes at BLOM Bank France , and prior to that legal Consultant at Raja Bou Alwan Law firm & IP compliance Officer at United Nations -UNDP .

  • Jessie QuintillaCertified HR leader passionate about creating positive change, in a mission to find talent who share .AES International Global Wealth Management and International Employee Benefits
    Jessie Quintilla
    Certified HR leader passionate about creating positive change, in a mission to find talent who share.
    AES International Global Wealth Management and International Employee Benefits

    Associate director - ASE International Finance

  • Osama Al RahmaHead Of Business Development .Emirates Investment Bank pjsc
    Osama Al Rahma
    Head Of Business Development.
    Emirates Investment Bank pjsc

    Osama Al Rahma joins Emirates Investment Bank as Head of Business Development. He has over 28 years of experience in the financial sector encompassing business and client relationship development. Prior to Emirates Investment Bank, Osama worked at Al Fardan Exchange LLC and Al Fardan Group since 1993 in many leadership roles and was CEO since 2011 and Director at the Group. He has occupied other roles such as Vice Chairman of Foreign Exchange and Remittance Group ( FERG) under Dubai Chamber of Commerce . He was a former Vice Chairman of Dubai Quality Group. He holds a degree in Electronics Engineering and a Postgraduate Diploma in Management Studies from the University of Hull. He is also an alumnus of J.F. Kennedy School of Governments Executive Program in Leadership of Harvard University and holds a Harvard Fintech Certificate.

  • Rabih ElkhatibLead Design and Implementation Specialist - Agile Governance .Mobili Dissertus LLC
    Rabih Elkhatib
    Lead Design and Implementation Specialist - Agile Governance.
    Mobili Dissertus LLC

    Rabih is a governance, risk and compliance expert (internal audit and risk management, ethics, compliance, fraud prevention) with over 25 years of experience in different countries and industries. He has worked in the various fields of assurance and has served on several audit committees with demanding mandates, in addition to cooperation with Board of Directors, government officials and senior management. Rabih played during his tenure at ADAA and at Deloitte prior to take a key role in the adoption and implementation of sound government frameworks with a focus on competent and capable internal audit function. He has conducted and oversaw the execution of over 300 quality assurance reviews of numerous entities in various sectors. He was also the drive behind the roll-out of knowledge platform across the government of Abu Dhabi with the aim of establishing a center of excellence for assurance professionals in the public sector.

  • Terry CutlerCEO of Cyology Labs and the author .Cyology Labs
    Terry Cutler
    CEO of Cyology Labs and the author.
    Cyology Labs

    Terry Cutler is a federal government-cleared cybersecurity expert who specializes in the anticipation, assessment, and prevention of security breaches for governments, corporations, businesses, and consumers, as well as Internet Safety for Children.As an award-winning information security strategist for almost 20 years and was recently named to IFSEC Global’s Top 20 most influential cybersecurity expert for 2018 and again in 2019, Mr. Cutler has advised some of Canada’s largest companies on how to prevent and remedy internal and external security penetration. For the general public, he developed an effective online learning course called “Internet Safety University” that is arranged in modules and updated regularly to keep up with the rapidly changing digital landscape in which “wild-west” internet bandits constantly seek and find ways to break into our lives. Internet Safety University currently has over 23,000 enrolled from over 160 Countries.Terry Cutler is a frequent contributor to media reportage about cyber-crime, spying, security failures, internet scams, and the real social network dangers that families and individuals face every day.Terry Cutler has coined the term Cyologist™ to describe what he does. His mission is to “help individuals and corporations protect themselves from data breaches and other online cyber threats through his videos, media appearances, coaching products and consulting services.”

  • Volkan PekinceChief of Group Internal Audit .Dubai Islamic Bank
    Volkan Pekince
    Chief of Group Internal Audit.
    Dubai Islamic Bank

    A dynamic executive-level Audit and Risk professional with significant international banking experience and an illustrious career adorning several positions in Auditing and Risk Management. Extensive experience working in different regions, jurisdictions and cultures having held executive positions in multinational organizations in 13 different countries such as HSBC UK and National Commercial Bank in KSA. The 22 years of experience, spanning in multiple countries and dimensions encompassing strategic, operational and project delivery aspects, enabled a holistic view to sustainable, agile and adaptable approach to the challenging business emerging risks and needs. Led diverse teams of more than 70 professionals and achieved the desired results through change, revitalization, and turnaround and accelerated growth. Forged strong relationships with all components of the organisation from C-level executives to Board level Committees. Recognised as a trusted partner by the executive management in supporting the organisation to achieve its objectives with a proven ability to translate complex and technical issues into plain business language, which is invaluable in gaining senior business management buy-in and support.Expertise in conducting organizational diagnostics through a systematic assurance approach focusing on the targeted corporate priorities; creating aligned and integrated plans to deliver end-to-end solutions upholding efficiency and agility while maintaining sound internal controls to achieve enhanced and effective risk management, control and governance frameworks.

  • ZEEBA MAJEED ASKARHead of Banking & Finance .BIBF
    Head of Banking & Finance.

    Zeeba is a renowned Banking professional with demonstrated experience of more than 2 decades. Her track-record spans strategic asset management, private equity, corporate finance and sustainable development investments. During her career she has managed investments with ticket sizes of up to US$500 million with a sectoral emphasis on banking and real estate. Zeeba has held board positions in many companies in the banking & real estate spectrum. Her expertise includes complex commercial negotiations, structuring commercial deals, fund raising for projects, capital (re)structuring & leading distressed asset turnaround strategies and executing exit strategies. With a CPA from Delaware, USA, an Executive MBA from the University of Bahrain and being a CFA Charterholder, Zeeba has held senior level positions in the banking and real estate industry in her career. She has been a speaker / moderator on regional fora on finance, VAT and Sustainable Development Investments topics. Zeeba has been a Board member of the CFA Society Bahrain for the past few years. She is active in community related initiatives including providing pro-bono advisory services to SME entrepreneurs, mentoring young graduates entering the finance profession and offers executive career advisory coaching.

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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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