7th CAE Conference
  • Date & Time : 12-12-2017 to 13-12-2017
  • 08:00 to 16:00

7th CAE Conference

The Chief Audit Executive Conference is a fully interactive "Smart Conference" dedicated for the Creme de la Creme in the field of Internal Audit, with Chief Audit Executives from across the region gathering on a round-table discussion basis to discuss and share their experiences and challenges. The Conference also presents the Best Practice Award in Internal Audit in its second year. The award is aimed to appreciate Internal Audit departments that go the extra mile to implement practices and standards to ensure effective & efficient performances when compared to other organizations.


Member price

1820 USD*


Non member price

2020 USD*



Rixos Premium, JBR, Dubai

*Only Main Conference Price


  • 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.

  • Richard F ChambersPresident & CEO .The IIA (Global)
    Richard F Chambers
    President & CEO.
    The IIA (Global)

    Richard F. Chambers, CIA, QIAL, CGAP, CCSA, CRMA, is president and chief executive officer of The Institute of Internal Auditors (IIA), the global professional association and standard-setting body for internal auditors. Founded in 1941, The IIA today serves more than 185,000 members in over 170 countries and territories and is the internal audit profession’s most widely recognized advocate, educator, and provider of standards, guidance, and certifications.Chambers leverages more than four decades of internal audit and association management experience to direct more than 200 professional staff members at The IIA’s global headquarters located in Central Florida, achieving the agreed-upon strategies and objectives on behalf of The IIA’s North American and Global Boards of Directors.Since becoming global CEO in 2009, Chambers has led The IIA to record membership and the launch of a number of valuable initiatives to benefit members and the internal audit profession, including the Audit Executive Center; Pulse of Internal Audit; Audit Channel; Internal Auditor Online; the Certification in Risk Management Assurance (CRMA); the Qualification in Internal Audit Leadership (QIAL); The IIA Risk Resource Exchange; the American Center for Government Auditing; the Financial Services Audit Center; and the Environmental, Health and Safety Audit Center.In addition to championing high professional standards and ethical conduct, Chambers has made a career-long commitment to advocating for the internal audit profession around the world, educating influential government officials and standard-setting bodies about the crucial role internal auditors play in private and public sector organizations. Under Chambers’ leadership, The IIA also partners with national and global organizations on a number of key initiatives to advance the profession.Chambers builds awareness of and advocates for the internal audit profession through frequent public-speaking appearances, blogs, magazine articles, webcasts, outreach initiatives, and participation on influential boards and committees. He has been featured by numerous high-profile media outlets, including The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, Financial Times, Reuters, Bloomberg Radio, and CNBC. Accounting Today has recognized Chambers as one of the Top 100 Most Influential People shaping the accounting profession and, since 2013, the National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD) has included him on its annual list of the most influential leaders in corporate governance. Active on social media, Chambers has been recognized by Accounting Today and Polecat as an industry thought leader to follow on Twitter.In 2014, Chambers authored the award-winning book, Lessons Learned on the Audit Trail, which is currently available in five languages. He has a new book, Trusted Advisors: Key Attributes of Outstanding Internal Auditors, due for release in early 2017.Chambers serves concurrently on the Committee of Sponsoring Organizations of the Treadway Commission (COSO) Board of Directors; the International Integrated Reporting Council (IIRC); and The IIA Board of Directors. He served on the U.S. President’s Council on Integrity and Efficiency; the NACD’s Blue Ribbon Committee for Audit Effectiveness; the Audit Board of the City of Orlando, Fla.; The IIA Internal Audit Standards Board; and The IIA North American Board. He is the recipient of the Association of Government Accountants (AGA) Frank Greathouse Distinguished Leadership Award and the National Association of Black Accountants (NABA) Legacy Award. In 2016, Chambers was honored by American City Business Journals’ Orlando Business Journal as a top CEO of the Year. Under his leadership, The IIA has been recognized annually as one of Central Florida’s Best Places to Work.Prior to assuming his current role in 2009, Chambers served as national practice leader in Internal Audit Advisory Services at PricewaterhouseCoopers and vice president of The IIA’s Learning Center. He spent the majority of his early career in public sector auditing, serving as inspector general of the Tennessee Valley Authority; deputy inspector general of the U.S. Postal Service; and director of the U.S. Army Worldwide Internal Review Organization at the Pentagon. Chambers is a Certified Internal Auditor (CIA), and holds numerous qualifications and certifications, including Qualification in Internal Audit Leadership (QIAL), Certified Government Auditing Professional (CGAP), Certification in Control Self-Assessment (CCSA), Certification in Risk Management Assurance (CRMA), and Certified Government Financial Manager (CGFM). He earned a Bachelor of Business Administration and a Master of Business Administration at Georgia State University, as well as a Master of Arts in International Relations at Salve Regina University. He also is a graduate of the U.S. Army War College.

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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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