Press Release

UAE Accountability Authority to Host 2024 ACFE Fraud Conference Middle East

Feb 19, 2024

The UAE Accountability Authority (UAEAA) partners with the world’s largest organization of anti-fraud professionals to host the premier educational event for fraud fighters in the Middle East.

AUSTIN, Texas (Feb. 19, 2024) — The 2024 ACFE Fraud Conference Middle East hosted by the UAE Accountability Authority will take place 26-27 February in Abu Dhabi. The annual event will gather anti-fraud professionals from around the region for two days of informative educational sessions and networking.

"In anticipation of the 2024 ACFE Fraud Conference Middle East, we extend our deepest appreciation to all those involved in preparing for this significant event. It signifies our unwavering dedication to fostering a culture of integrity, accountability, and transparency within our community. This conference is a testament to our proactive approach in combating fraud and underscores our commitment to leading by example in these critical areas," stated H.E Mohammed Alzaabi, UAEAA Undersecretary.

"We are honored to have the UAE Accountability Authority hosting this year's ACFE Fraud Conference Middle East," said ACFE President John Gill, J.D., CFE. "The UAEAA plays a crucial role in the financial auditing and accounting landscape in the UAE. It is an honor to have them join the ACFE for this important event that helps inform anti-fraud professionals in the Middle East of the latest technological developments, tactics and insights to support all areas of their anti-fraud programs."

Mohamed Rashed Al Zaabi, Undersecretary of the UAEAA, will begin the event with a special address on behalf of the conference host. Geoff White, an investigative journalist, bestselling author and podcast creator, will present the opening keynote session on uncovering the tactics that organized cyber criminals often deploy, as well as speak on the Lazarus cybercrime in North Korea, which is the topic of his latest book, "The Lazarus Heist: From Hollywood to High Finance." Mohammed Qahtani, change management expert and winner of the Toastmasters World Championship of Public Speaking, will keynote day two's opening session with a discussion on the steps fraud examiners should take to adapt to change during evolving circumstances and risk landscapes.

The conference will also feature 12 breakout sessions on a variety of fraud topics, including COP28 compliance and fraud implications, mobile money fraud, hybrid work's effects on occupational fraud and more.

The 2024 ACFE Fraud Conference Middle East will be held at Fairmont Bab Al Bahr. For more information and to see the full agenda of sessions, visit the ACFE Fraud Conference Middle East website.

About the ACFE

Founded in 1988 by Dr. Joseph T. Wells, CFE, CPA, the ACFE is the world’s largest anti-fraud organization. Together with more than 90,000 members, the ACFE works to reduce business fraud worldwide and inspire public confidence in the integrity and objectivity within the profession.

About the UAEAA

The UAE Accountability Authority (UAEAA) is the supreme authority for financial control, auditing, integrity, and transparency in the United Arab Emirates. It possesses the legal personality and capacity necessary to perform its functions, and reports directly to the President of the UAE. In pursuit of its core mission, the UAEAA is dedicated to fostering integrity, transparency, accountability, and good governance in the federal government, as well as assumes a pivotal role in safeguarding public resources and detecting financial and administrative violations.