June 25, 2022

Chief Audit Executive Conference in Dubai to focus on future technology

“The agenda ‘Beyond All Borders’ is carefully structured to ensure that our auditors, CAEs, CFOs and CEOs are ready for the future and become digitally savvy in this era of Artificial Intelligence, Blockchain technology and Robotics. That’s why the conference is held with the objective of giving an insight on what the internal audit profession could look like in the next 20-30 years,” said UAE IAA Chairman of the board, Abdulqader Obaid Ali.

“The Conference will add value to the UAE’s reputation as a center of global good practices and good governance as envisioned by our leadership. The presence of HE Sultan Al Mansouri along with the attendance of Mr Anthony Pugliese, the president and CEO of the IIA Global Institute of Internal Auditors signifies the importance of this conference being held in the UAE,” he added.

UAE IAA, a non-profit organization, was set up in 1995 along the lines of its parent body, the Institute of Internal Auditors (IIA Global) which has 200,000 members from more than 190 countries and organizations. The UAE accounts for about 45% of the total number of internal auditors working in the region, estimated at about 7,000 auditors, of which 22% are Emiratis.

“It’s my privilege to attend this Conference and am looking forward to meeting all the regional CAEs. The UAE is one of the best countries in the world in terms of the standard of internal audit professionals, guided by the UAE Internal Auditors Association,” said Mr Anthony Pugliese.

Mr Anthony will meet all the IIA Arab Chapters presidents to discuss the challenges faced by internal audit community, future of the industry, ways to improve the practice in view of the technology disruption, the role of internal audit in improved corporate governance and compliance by the government and private sector companies.

With this CAE Conference, internal audit professionals can embark on an educational journey rich with insights. It is professionally rewarding for CAEs & Directors of Auditing, audit management, audit committee members, audit service providers, fraud and investigation staff, and IT security staff. They can participate in sessions on pressing topics such as Digitization, Agile Auditing, Governance and Risks, Fraud and Corruption, Information Security and Transformational Leadership.

Targeting professionals from the Middle East & North Africa region, the conference will give the delegates a great opportunity to interact with the who’s who and hear some great speakers and professionals who have in them the ability to influence change in the profession.

Michael Fucilli, Ex-Vice Chairman of the Institute of Internal Auditors’ Board of Directors, will conduct a workshop to train auditors how to see risk through the COSO and how to apply the new view in risk assessments at an ERM and individual audit levels.

Major topics to be discussed include Rising Role of Audit in ESG Reporting, Impact of Digitalization on the Future of Internal Audit, Implications for Unlearning and Re-skilling the Professionals to Stay Relevant, Disruption in Internal Audit function because of Intelligent Automation, Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning, How to make Digital Transformation a true success, Digital Transformation in the Banking Sector, and Audit 2050: The Future Internal Auditor: What will become of the Internal Audit Profession.

The key strategic partners of the CAE Conference are: Bee’ah, KPMG, PwC & Protiviti, the official carrier of the conference is Emirates Airlines. The gold sponsors of the conference are: ANB, BEINEX & MBG

UAE IAA’s conferences offer a great opportunity to network with industry leaders, some of whom are pioneers in the field of internal audit. The earlier conferences have been graced by the Who’s Who in the business from all over the world.

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