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​IIA–Qatar Conference Urges Transparency to Enhance Internal Audit’s Visibility

Earlier this month IIA–Qatar hosted its 5th National Internal Audit Conference themed “Auditing Matters.” More than 400 delegates were in attendance in Doha, Qatar as 35 international speakers shared insights on issues impacting the internal audit profession. Focused on global issues, the conference proved to be an opportunity for internal auditors of varying career levels to congregate for timely information on topics such as the role of internal audit, the COSO framework, auditing techniques, etc.

Obvious in each keynote addresses was how transparency in the internal audit function can lead to an improved Qatar economy. His Excellency Abdulla bin Hamad Al-Attiyah, chairman of the Abdulla bin Hamad Al-Attiyah Foundation for Energy and Sustainable Development, opened the conference stating how “internal audit is in an integral part of any economy/company that is look for transparency.”  Al-Attiyah was followed by His Excellency Sheikh Bandar bin Mohamed bin Saud Al Thani, President of Audit Bureau Qatar who continued to speak on the importance of internal auditors stating “Qatar’s government is seeking to achieve higher level of transparency to the (sic) level of advanced countries in the world.”

Rounding out the keynote addresses, Anton van Wyk, chairman of The IIA’s global board shared his “Mind the Gap” chairman’s theme urging internal auditors to focus on enhancing the value they add by minding the gap with stakeholders, being better prepared, informed and staying properly engaged. Van Wyk continued with “Qatar is providing the necessary support for internal auditors to work in the frame of transparency policies.”

The remainder of the conference was full of professional development opportunities for delegates in the form of concurrent plenary sessions featuring several panelists and workshops. Participates also had an opportunity to attend training on COSO auditing or IT security. “The innate learning from conference will be (sic) both intense and in-depth” said conference committee member Sundaresan Rajeswar.

Reviewing the conference, IIA–Qatar president Hassan Al-Mulla said “With this national conference we also purposely cross borders and invite renowned speakers from across the GCC to ensure we have not only an international networking and exposure, but a relevant GCC networking and learning opportunity for all delegates and speakers.”

For a conference review, visit or read this Gulf Times article. To view conference photos, visit our Flickr and Facebook pages.

Speaker panel at the fifth annual IIA–Qatar Conference.