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2018 ISACA Award Recipients

Learn more about the 2018 ISACA Award recipients. Download the 2018 Awards Booklet (PDF).

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Global Achievement Awards

Chapter Awards

Certification Exam Top Scores


ISACA Michael Cangemi Best Book/Author Award
Recognizes an individual or co-authors for major contributions to ISACA publications in the field of IS audit, control, risk, governance and/or security.

Ahmet Efe, Ph.D., CISA, CRISC, PMP

“A Model Proposal for Organizational Prudence and Wisdom Within Governance of Business and Enterprise IT.” COBIT Focus, 6 March 2017.

ISACA Eugene M. Frank Award for Meritorious Performance
Recognizes an individual whose long-standing service in multiple roles, including key volunteer leadership positions, has contributed to ISACA’s global success.

Christian Palomino, CISA, CISM, CGEIT

“For contributions to ISACA’s Certifications with long-standing service and leadership roles in exam development, job practice analysis, and translation support.”

ISACA John Kuyers Award for Best Speaker
Recognizes an individual for outstanding speaking achievements at an ISACA-sponsored event.

Mark Thomas, CRISC, CGEIT

“For contributions to ISACA’s continuing education efforts by delivering outstanding presentations at ISACA events.”

ISACA John W. Lainhart IV Common Body of Knowledge Award
Recognizes an individual for major contributions to the development and enhancement of the common body of knowledge used by the ISACA community.

Jack Freund, Ph.D., CISA, CRISC, CISM

“For contributions in developing the CRISC Certification and for ensuring the integrity and quality of the CRISC Certification exam content.”

ISACA Harold Weiss Award for Outstanding Achievement 
Recognizes an individual for sustained contributions to the advancement of the governance of enterprise IT.


“For sustained contributions to the IT governance, risk, and compliance community through innovative concepts, tireless drive, leadership and passion.”

ISACA Chair’s Award
Recognizes an individual who has made an exceptional impact on ISACA or the business technology profession. This award is presented at the discretion of the ISACA Chair.


“For inspirational leadership and dedication to advancing women in technology and for supporting the formation of ISACA’s philanthropic strategy and activities.”


Chapter Awards are presented in four chapter-size categories:
•    Small: 1-100 members
•    Medium: 101-300 members
•    Large: 301-800 members
•    Very Large: 801+ members

K. Wayne Snipes Best Chapter Award
Recognizes chapters that exceed service goals by actively supporting local membership and thus ISACA.

Very Large
ISACA Central Maryland Chapter 

Watch this video about the Central Maryland Chapter's accomplishments.

ISACA Vancouver Chapter 

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ISACA Sacramento Chapter

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ISACA Curacao Chapter

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Innovative Chapter Program Award
Recognizes an outstanding program implemented within an ISACA chapter that demonstrates an innovative approach to member engagement, continuing education or community outreach.

Very Large
ISACA Atlanta Chapter
Innovative Program: Columbus Security Series
Watch this video about the Atlanta Chapter's accomplishments.

ISACA Pittsburgh Chapter
Innovative Program: Pittsburgh Information Security Awareness Conference
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ISACA Bahrain Chapter
Innovative Program: Promoting IT Governance and COBIT® 5 to Recent University Graduates
Watch this video about the Bahrain Chapter's accomplishments.

ISACA San Salvador Chapter
Innovative Program: Student Congress on Security, Audit and Risks of Information Technology
Watch this video about the San Salvador Chapter's accomplishments.

Outstanding Chapter Leader Award
Recognizes a Chapter Leader for his/her effective and inspiring leadership within the chapter resulting in increased member engagement and a positive impact on ISACA’s professional community.

Very Large
Donald C. Mapes, CISA, CIA, CRMA, ISACA Denver Chapter

“In recognition of his unwavering commitment to service to the ISACA Denver Chapter and impactful contributions to the local community.”
Watch this video about Donald Mapes from the Denver Chapter.

Daniel Mayer, CISA, ISACA Israel Chapter

“For more than 35 years of continuous contributions to the ISACA Israel Chapter and ISACA International, and for providing leadership and inspiration to generations of Chapter Leaders.”
Watch this video about Daniel Mayer from the Israel Chapter.

Sanja Kekic, CRISC, ISACA Belgrade Chapter

“For leadership in the ISACA Belgrade Chapter and for constantly promoting ISACA and its core values.”
Watch this video about Sanja Kekic from the Belgrade Chapter.


Don Morgan
Guy Buxton, AIFS, CPFA
Alexey Baksalyar, CISA, CISM
Rolf Rexson Serrao, PMP, ITIL, CSM, CSO
Robert GC Blyth, MA, DPhil, FCA, CISA
Spyridon Dosis, CSXP
Koby Zvirsh, CSXP