Imran Zia

Chief Internal Auditor @ Gulf Drilling International

Imran is a seasoned professional with his rich internal audit experience spanning over decades. He has worked for various multinationals, Big Four Firms and National & International corporates. He has got hands-on experience of setting-up internal audit functions for various organizations in the Middle East; and is considered a subject matter expert. He currently works for a national Oil & Gas sector company in Qatar as Chief Internal Auditor.

He is a proud winner of “Internal Audit Excellence Award” from ICAEW (Institute of Chartered Accountants in England & Wales). He serves various professional bodies in different capacities. This includes serving as:

  • Vice Chairman of ACCA’s Members Advisory Committee in Qatar
  • Vice President and Board Member of ACFE’s (Association of Certified Fraud Examiners) Qatar Chapter
  • Member of ACFE’s Global Advisory Council

Having qualified ACA, ACCA, CIA, CISA and CFE, Imran possess specialized knowledge of diversified audit areas which makes him an accomplished audit professional. In addition, his Masters Degree in Audit Management & Consultancy (from Birmingham University) equips him with full range of academic and professional knowledge, skills & expertise necessary to operate with excellence as Chief Audit Executive.

Reporting to CEO and Board of Directors, his current role ensures internal audit function to act as a trusted business partner & advisor and work as a driving force behind a culture of governance, accountability & compliance to help the organization in achieving its corporate objectives.

In addition to routine internal audit activities, providing consultancy & advisory services on diversified business areas is an important element of Imran’s role. He has been instrumental in introducing and implementing various cost optimization measures pertaining to operations, supply chain and inventory management. Further, he has also instigated & executed various business process re-engineering initiatives to improve & enhance business processes. He is well experienced in managing large multicultural audit teams.

Imran gets invited by various professional bodies to speak at international conferences & forums as an expert Speaker; and his thoughts on revolutionizing internal audit function are highly regarded. Few international conferences where he spoke include:

  • International Conference of Internal Auditors – July 2017 – Sydney, Australia
  • ACFE Middle East Fraud Conferences – 2016 & 2017 – Dubai, UAE
  • UAE Internal Audit Conference – 2015 & 2017 – Dubai, UAE
  • ACCA Members’ Event – 2016 – Doha, Qatar
  • International Conference of Internal Auditors –2014 – London, UK