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2022 International Conference Call for Speakers

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Call for Speakers

2022 International Conference
July 17–20
McCormick Place Convention Center, Chicago
Due to the call for speakers system outage, the deadline has been extended to 8 September 2021, 11:59 p.m. ET


This document has been developed as a guide for proposal submissions for the 2022 International Conference. We encourage all potential speakers to review this document prior to submitting a proposal for consideration.

The theme for The IIA’s 2022 International Conference sets the stage to share new and forward-looking information and leading practices in the pursuit of excellence in internal audit. As internal auditors are increasingly becoming trusted advisors and an integral part of their organizations, they are compelled to broaden their arsenal of skills. This conference will prepare industry professionals to embrace and learn new technologies, and implement new tools and techniques to effectively respond to shifting business and risk landscapes. The goal is to equip the profession with the resources it needs to stay current with the latest developments and advancements to bring significant value to businesses around the world.

We seek dynamic presenters who can engage their audience and conduct thought-provoking discussions. You are encouraged to participate by submitting a proposal to speak, noting the topic on which you would like to present within the education formats noted below.

Topics of interest for the conference include:

​AI and Data Analytics

  • Data Analytics
  • Data Ethics and Governance
  • Deep Learning
  • Machine Learning
  • Natural Language Processing
  • Predictive Monitoring

Audit Methodology, Innovation, and Improvement

  • Agility
  • Business Continuity Management
  • Combined Assurance
  • Continuous Auditing
  • Continuous Monitoring
  • Control Self-assessment
  • Next Generation of Audit
  • Remote/Virtual Auditing
  • Three Lines of Defense


  • Cyber
  • Digital Risks
  • Disruption
  • Ethical Hacking
  • Ransomware/Dark Web/Social Engineering

People Development

  • Auditor of the Future
  • Diversity
  • Internal Audit Career Path
  • Recruitment and Retention
  • Succession Planning
  • Talent Management

Governance, Risk, and Controls

  • Bribery and Corruption
  • COSO ERM/IC Framework
  • COVID-19: Internal Audit’s Role in a Pandemic
  • COVID-19: Technicolor Events and Internal Audit Support
  • Culture
  • ERM: Integration and Strategic Planning
  • ERM: Internal Audit’s Role in Risk Culture
  • ESG
  • Ethics
  • External Environment: Trends and Issues
  • Fraud
  • Governance, Risk, and Control
  • Third-party/Vendor Management

Leadership, Organization Relationships, and Strategy

  • Advisor vs. Assurance in the Tech Movement
  • Balancing Risk, Cost, and Value
  • Building Relationships With Key Stakeholders
  • Business Acumen
  • Generational Gaps
  • Internal Audit Model of Tomorrow
  • Leading Internal Audit Capabilities
  • Measurement and Accountability
  • Strategic Planning
  • Trusted Advisors
  • The Future of AI: People, Processes, and Systems
  • Value Creation Through AI

Regulatory and Compliance Management

  • Anti-money Laundering
  • Bribery and Corruption
  • Corporate Governance, Codes, and Regulations
  • GDPR
  • Privacy
  • Regulatory Issues

Soft Skills

  • Communication
  • Critical Thinking
  • Emotional Intelligence
  • Influence
  • Innovation
  • Personal Branding


  • 4th Industrial Revolution
  • Adoption of RPA and Backend Processes
  • Blockchain
  • Changing Role of Audit in Processes Using RPA
  • Digital Economy
  • FinTech
  • Internet of Things Big Data
  • IT Governance

Other Areas of Interest

  • Financial Services
  • Health Services
  • Public Sector
  • Sustainability Reporting

Speaking at the International Conference is a volunteer opportunity. Compensation for speaking fees and travel is not provided unless otherwise indicated. If you will need assistance with travel, please indicate that in your submission. All speakers receive a complimentary, non-transferable, full registration for the 2022 International Conference.

The 2022 International Conference will be a hybrid event with both in-person and virtual attendees. All speakers must be able to travel to Chicago to present their session.

Important timeline events include:

​Deadline for submission of proposals September 8, 2021
​Proposals reviewed by The IIA and Conference Program Committee August 23–October 5, 2021
​Invitation issued to selected speakers ​Week of November 8, 2021
​Email notification to speakers who were not selected ​Week of December 20, 2021

Submissions received after 11:59 p.m. ET on Wednesday, September 8, 2021, will not be considered for the 2022 International Conference program.

Access the Speaker Proposal Guide and review formats, descriptions, and additional instructions for submission.


If you have questions regarding the 2022 International Conference Call for Speakers or technical difficulties with submitting the proposal form, please email for assistance.