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The IIA’s 2018 International Conference features outstanding speakers whose shared goal is to deliver a world-class event reflective of The IIA's high standards of excellence.

The theme for the conference is “Connecting the World Through Innovation” and we are focusing on delivering a program that delves into global issues impacting the profession.

Take advantage of the wealth of knowledge offered through our pre-conference sessions and workshops. In addition, do not miss the opportunity to prepare for the CIA exam by attending our three-part prep course. These courses are offered for an additional cost of USD 250 / AED 918.​

Schedule Changes​

At times, it may be necessary to cancel, reschedule, or substitute an event, conference session, speaker, conference, and/or topic after registration has been confirmed. The IIA will provide advance notification of any changes once notice has been received.​

Educational Streams

 

Business Sustainability

Digitization

Dynamic Internal Auditing/Auditing In Motion

Emerging Concepts – Governance & Risk

Fraud & Corruption

Information Security

Public Sector Auditing

Soft Skills/People & Relationships

Emerging Issues

​Arabic Sessions

The IIA's CIA Learning System® Review​​

Sunday, 6 May 2018
​9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.​​​​​ ​Pre-Confere​nc​e Session Registration
​1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. ​Pre-Conference Workshops

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CIA Exam Prep Course Part 3 – Business Knowledge for Internal Auditing

This course gives candidates a high level introduction and overview of the topics covered with Part 3 of the CIA exam, intended to reinforce your CIA knowledge, clarify topics, and build exam-day confidence. Taught by CIA-certified instructors, attendees will work through practice exa​m questions, learn test taking tips, and receive The IIA's CIA Learning System Part 3 self-study print and online software materials.

Please note: additional self-study time outside of the classroom will be necessary to prepare for the exam. A limited number of onsite registrations will be accepted, so please pre-register for this course.

​3:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. Networking Break​​​ ​​
Monday, 7 May 2018
​7:30 a.m. – 7​:00 p.m. ​Registration
​​7:30 a.m. – 8:30 a.m. ​Networking ​​​Breakfast
​8:30 a.m. – 10:10 a.m.
Saeed Al Mansoori
GS 1: Global Issues Impacting Business

HE Engineer Sultan Al Mansoori
Chairman of UAE IAA
UAE

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​10:10 a.m. – 10:50 a.m. Networking Break​
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This course gives candidates a high level introduction and overview of the topics covered with Part 3 of the CIA exam, intended to reinforce your CIA knowledge, clarify topics, and build exam-day confidence. Taught by CIA-certified instructors, attendees will work through practice exam questions, learn test taking tips, and receive The IIA's CIA Learning System Part 3 self-study print and online software materials.

Please note: additional self-study time outside of the classroom will be necessary to prepare for the exam. A limited number of onsite registrations will be accepted, so please pre-register for this course.​

​​​​11:55 a.m. – 12:50 p.m.​​​​​ ​Concurrent Session Tracks ​​​

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This course gives candidates a high level introduction and overview of the topics covered with Part 3 of the CIA exam, intended to reinforce your CIA knowledge, clarify topics, and build exam-day confidence. Taught by CIA-certified instructors, attendees will work through practice exam questions, learn test taking tips, and receive The IIA's CIA Learning System Part 3 self-study print and online software materials.

Please note: additional self-study time outside of the classroom will be necessary to prepare for the exam. A limited number of onsite registrations will be accepted, so please pre-register for this course.​

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​12:50 p.m. – 2:20 p.m. Lunch
2​:20 p.m. – 3:15 p.m. Concurrent Session Tracks

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This course gives candidates a high level introduction and overview of the topics covered with Part 3 of the CIA exam, intended to reinforce your CIA knowledge, clarify topics, and build exam-day confidence. Taught by CIA-certified instructors, attendees will work through practice exam questions, learn test taking tips, and receive The IIA's CIA Learning System Part 3 self-study print and online software materials.

Please note: additional self-study time outside of the classroom will be necessary to prepare for the exam. A limited number of onsite registrations will be accepted, so please pre-register for this course.

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3:15 p.m. – 3:55 p.m. Networking Break
3:5​5 p.m. – 4:50 p.m. Concurrent Session Tracks​​ ​​

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This course gives candidates a high level introduction and overview of the topics covered with Part 3 of the CIA exam, intended to reinforce your CIA knowledge, clarify topics, and build exam-day confidence. Taught by CIA-certified instructors, attendees will work through practice exam questions, learn test taking tips, and receive The IIA's CIA Learning System Part 3 self-study print and online software materials.

Please note: additional self-study time outside of the classroom will be necessary to prepare for the exam. A limited number of onsite registrations will be accepted, so please pre-register for this course.​

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​4:50 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. Transition Break
​5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. GS 2: Session Title TBD
​6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. Welcome Reception​​​
Tuesday, 8 May 2018
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​7:30 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. ​Registration and Customer Relations
​​7:30 a.m. – 8:30 a.m. ​Networking Breakfast
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Mohamed Alabbar
GS 3: Reaching New Heights With Innovation

Mohamed Alabbar
Founder & Chairman
Emaar Properties
UAE

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Mohamed Alabbar is founder and chairman of Emaar Properties, one of the largest real estate development companies in the world and known for developing the Burj Khalifa, the world's tallest building and the Dubai Mall, the world's largest mall. Alabbar is former director general of the Dubai Department of Economic Development. He leads Adeptio AD Investments, a United Arab Emirates (UAE)-based investor group, which purchased Americana (Kuwait Food Company) from its majority stockholder for US$2.36 billion in June 2016. He is an advisor to HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, vice president, prime minister of the United Arab Emirates and the ruler of Dubai. A champion of e-commerce and digitization in the Arab world, Alabbar has raised US$1 billion from investors to spearhead what will be a string of major digital and e-commerce launches in the UAE. He has been included in numerous lists such as the top five UAE business leaders, the 100 most powerful Arabs, and the 10 most influential people in the UAE.​

​10:10 a.m. – 10:50 a.m. Networking Break​​​​
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This course offers candidates a high-level introduction and overview of the topics covered on Part 2 of the CIA exam, intended to reinforce CIA knowledge, clarify topics, and build exam-day confidence. Taught by CIA-certified instructors, attendees will work through practice exam questions, learn test taking tips, and receive The IIA's CIA Learning System Part 2 self-study print and online software materials.

Please note: additional self-study time outside of the classroom will be necessary to prepare for the exam. A limited number of onsite registrations will be accepted, so please pre-register for this course.

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​11:45 a.m. – 1:15 p.m. Lunch​
1:15 p.m. – 2:10 p.m. Concurrent Session Tracks

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This course offers candidates a high-level introduction and overview of the topics covered on Part 2 of the CIA exam, intended to reinforce CIA knowledge, clarify topics, and build exam-day confidence. Taught by CIA-certified instructors, attendees will work through practice exam questions, learn test taking tips, and receive The IIA's CIA Learning System Part 2 self-study print and online software materials.

Please note: additional self-study time outside of the classroom will be necessary to prepare for the exam. A limited number of onsite registrations will be accepted, so please pre-register for this course.​

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2:10 p.m. – 2:50 p.m. ​Networking Break
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This course offers candidates a high-level introduction and overview of the topics covered on Part 2 of the CIA exam, intended to reinforce CIA knowledge, clarify topics, and build exam-day confidence. Taught by CIA-certified instructors, attendees will work through practice exam questions, learn test taking tips, and receive The IIA's CIA Learning System Part 2 self-study print and online software materials.

Please note: additional self-study time outside of the classroom will be necessary to prepare for the exam. A limited number of onsite registrations will be accepted, so please pre-register for this course.​

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​​3:45 p.m. – 4:25 p.m. ​Networking Break
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Wednesday, 9 May 2018
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​8:00 a.m. – 2:3​0 p.m. ​Registration
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Abdullah Al-Rowais
GS 5: Internal Audit in Action: The Mobily Story

Abdullah Al-Rowais
Chief Audit Executive, Etihad Etisalat Co. (Mobily)
UAE​

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Abdullah Al-Rowais has more than 25 years of global business experiences with an extensive background in corporate governance, financial, IT, ERM, internal audit and controls, process improvement, and fraud investigation. He has expertise in promoting high standards of control and informed independent opinions to boards of directors and audit committees on how effectively the systems of control and corporate governance are working to protect the interests of a company shareholders. Prior to his current position, Al-Rowais worked for Saudi Aramco for seven years and held a number of positions of increasing responsibility within the company, including IT audit manager, manager of SAP applications and design, and associate general auditor. His internal audit practical experience started with Saudi Arabian Monetary Agency (SAMA) for eight years. Al-Rowais also serves on boards and audit committees of public and non-public companies in sectors including banking, manufacturing, finance, and insurance. He is on the board of IIA–KSA as well as chair of the executive committee, and received a Lifetime Achievement Award in 2016 from IIA–UAE acknowledging achievements in the development of the internal audit profession, not only in the Saudi Arabia but also throughout the region. Al-Rowais has served as keynote speaker at regional and international conferences on subjects including corporate governance, risk management, internal auditing, and fraud.

​10:40 a.m. – 11:2​0 a.m. Networking Break​​
​11:20 a.m. – 12:20 p.m.
Tanmay Bakshi
GS 6: Open Source Development: Information Security and Technology Auditing​

Tanmay Bakshi
Neural Network Architect, Honorary IBM Cloud Advisor
Canada

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Tanmay Bakshi, 13, is an Artificial Intelligence developer, algorithm-ist, keynote speaker, author, and YouTuber. His passion for learning and sharing his knowledge drives him to teach subjects like programming, machine learning, AI, math, science, and IBM Watson.

Tanmay tirelessly works to achieve his goal of inspiring and training 100,000 kids and novice developers to create their own solutions. His hope is that they can then continue to innovate and help others.

With his expertise in neural networks and AI, ​Tanmay is transforming the way technology is used to overcome obstacles in fields like healthcare. An initiative very close to his heart is ‘The Cognitive Story’, and the initial purpose is to help those with disabilities, to allow them to communicate with the world in ways that aren't possible with ordinary means. Tanmay's helping develop unique languages for those with Rett Syndrome, so they can “speak” through the detection and interpretation of EEG signals analyzed by AI.

12:20 p.m. – 1:00 p​​.m.​ Closing Remarks
​1:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

CIA Exam Prep Course: Part 1 –​ The IIA's CIA Learning System® Internal Audit Basics​

This course offers candidates a high-level introduction and overview of the topics covered on Part 1 of the CIA exam to reinforce your CIA knowledge, clarify topics, and build exam-day confidence. Taught by CIA-certified instructors, attendees will work through practice exam questions, learn test taking tips, and receive The IIA's CIA Learning System Part 1 self-study print and online software materials.

Please note: additional self-study time outside of the classroom will be necessary to prepare for the exam. A limited number of onsite registrations will be accepted, so please pre-register for this course.

​3:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. ​CIA Examination Review Networking Break​​
​4:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. ​CIA Exam Prep Course: Part 1 –​ The IIA's CIA Learning System® Internal Audit Basics (cont.)​​​