(MENAFN- Gulf Times) PwC Middle East, in collaboration with IIA Qatar, successfully hosted the 'Internal Audit Conference: Let's Change the Way We See Risk' held recently in Doha.
The conference, which brought together industry professionals and experts to explore new perspectives on internal audit and risk management, was held following the recent signing of a memorandum of understanding (MoU) between PwC and IIA Qatar at the PwC Middle East office in Qatar.
The MoU establishes a collaborative partnership aimed at raising awareness of internal audit in Qatar and collaborating on joint initiatives to enhance the skills and expertise of Qatari talent in the field. This collaboration signifies the shared commitment of both organisations to elevate the standards of internal audit practices in Qatar and contribute to the professional development of the local workforce.
Issa Habash, Risk Lead at PwC Middle East in Qatar, said:“Through our partnership with IIA Qatar, we aim to equip internal auditors in Qatar with the essential knowledge and skills to navigate the dynamic and evolving risk landscape. This collaboration is an opportunity to accelerate positive change and lay a robust foundation for the future of internal audit in Qatar.”
Adel al-Hashimi, president of the IIA, said:“Internal auditors should maintain, improve and develop competence, especially with regard to understanding the expectations of stakeholders and senior management, as well as developing skills and knowledge related to technology trends and their impact on the field of internal audit.
“To provide a suitable environment for developing skills and promoting the transfer of knowledge and experiences between professionals, IIA signed an MoU with PwC Qatar. The first output was this conference, in which we witnessed the presence of professionals and interested parties that exceeded expectations, and if this indicates the growing interest on the part of our members and professionals in these conferences to transfer knowledge and develop appropriate skills that help them perform their duties efficiently and effectively.”
He added:“I would also like to point out that since the Institute of Internal Auditors began its work in Qatar, and after nearly two decades have passed, we have witnessed growth and progress in the internal audit profession in the State of Qatar.
“It was chosen that this conference be held in the month of May, which is considered the month of awareness of internal auditing, to be part of a series of conferences with the aim of raising awareness. The title of the conference was chosen to include one of the most important topics in the field of auditing and risks.”
In his speech, Habash provided insights on navigating the new risk multiverse and highlighted the need for organisations to adapt their risk management approaches to thrive in a rapidly changing landscape.
Rashid al-Mansoori, CEO of Aamal, presented his views on 'CEOs' Expectations of Internal Audit'. Azzah Fawzi, Risk Partner & ESG Reporting Leader at PwC Middle East, highlighted the importance of bridging the ESG trust gap and the role internal audit plays in achieving ESG assurance.
Habash also explored how audit committees can add value during times of uncertainty, shedding light on the valuable role they play in strategic decision-making. The event concluded with a session focusing on the digitisation and transformation of internal audit, which was led by Dabeer Rasul and Ziad Zogheib, both Risk Partners at PwC Middle East.
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