ISACA Awards 


ISACA recognizes outstanding contributions that advance our professional community and exemplify our purpose, promise, values and leadership. By acknowledging the individuals and achievements that have a positive impact on our global society, ISACA seeks to inspire future generations of business and technology professionals.

Learn more about the eligibility criteria and submit a nomination online. Nominations are due 15 August annually and presented in the following calendar year.

There are three categories of awards administered by ISACA International recognizing separate levels of achievements.

  • Global Achievement Awards: These are the highest awards presented by ISACA for exemplary and long-standing contributions to the organization and the business technology community.
  • Chapter Awards: These awards recognize outstanding contributions by chapters and individual chapter members in fulfilling the needs of ISACA and its professional community.
  • Certification Top Scores: The top scores for the CISA, CISM, CRISC, CGEIT and CSX Practitioner exams worldwide are recognized annually.

View all past ISACA Global Achievement Award recipients >>

Download the 2019 ISACA Awards Booklet (PDF) and learn more about our distinguished 2019 recipients.

ISACA Global Achievement Awards

Nominations are due 15 August for the 2020 ISACA Awards. Log in and submit a nomination!

Congratulations to the 2019 recipients below:

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.

Guy Pearce, CGEIT
"The Power of IT Investment Risk Quantification and Visualization: IT Portfolio Management,"
ISACA Journal
, volume 4, 2018.  

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

Allan Boardman, CISA, CISM, CGEIT, CRISC
“For more than 20 years of meritorious service at international, regional and chapter levels to advance ISACA’s purpose and promise and for exemplifying the core values.”

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

Bruno Horta Soares, CISA, CGEIT, CRISC
Citation: “For leading multiple outstanding COBIT® 5 workshops at ISACA International conferences and for contributions in sharing knowledge 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.

Mohammed Khan, CISA, CRISC, CIPM
Citation: “For contributions in thought leadership in writing several ISACA publications and speaking at conference sessions to educate professionals.”

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

Carlos Manuel Fernández Sánchez, CISA, CISM
Citation: “For contributions to promoting and improving IT governance through promoting COBIT® and ISO standards and for longstanding services as a practitioner and teacher.”

ISACA Paul Williams Award for Inspirational Leadership
Recognizes an ISACA volunteer for inspirational leadership and exemplifying dedication to the organization and its members through a specific program or initiative.

Sarah Orton, CISA
Citation: “For inspirational leadership in raising awareness of the SheLeadsTech program.”


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.

Joseph Mendez, CISA
Citation: “For exceptional leadership in advancing ISACA chapters by enhancing tools and services provided and facilitating deeper collaboration among chapters and between ISACA International and the chapters.”

Dr. Peter Weill
Citation: “For developing and sharing ground-breaking, data-driven reports and insights about digital business models and transformation for ISACA Leadership’s strategy efforts and with ISACA members.”


ISACA Chapter Awards

Nominations are due 15 August for the 2020 ISACA Awards. Log in and submit a nomination!

Congratulations to the 2019 recipients below:

ISACA Chapter Awards are presented by chapter-size category:

  • Small: 1-100 members
  • Medium: 101 – 300 members
  • Large: 301 – 800 members
  • Very Large: 801+ members

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

Very Large
ISACA Greater Washington, D.C. Chapter

ISACA Accra Chapter

ISACA Malta Chapter

Innovative Chapter Program Award
Scope: 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 Chennai Chapter
Innovative Program: Adopting technology to serve members better

ISACA Hyderabad Chapter
Innovative Program: Member Value Propositin (MVP)

ISACA Baton Rouge Chapter
Innovative Program: Reinvigorating the board through technoogy

Outstanding Chapter Leader Award
Scope: 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
Debbie Lew, ISACA Los Angeles Chapter
“ For dedicating 20 years of service to ISACA and her never-ending dedication to the ISACA members and community.”

Justin Malczewski, ISACA Vancouver Chapter
“For extraordinary contributions to the ISACA Vancouver Chapter, Vancouver community and ISACA.”

Arnulfo Espinosa Dominguez, ISACA Monterrey Chapter
“For his leadership and inspiring attitude as president of the Monterrey Chapter and collaborator with other Mexican ISACA chapters.”

Ali Hasan, ISACA Baghdad Chapter
“For leading the effort in forming the ISACA Baghdad Chapter and raising awareness of information security in Iraq."


Certification Top Scores

The following individuals received the highest scores worldwide for the CISA, CISM, CRISC, CGEIT and CSX Practitioner certification exams during 2018.

MengMeng Zhao

CISM  (tie score)
Milan Rysavy, CISA, CISM
Koby Zvirsh, CISM, CSXP

David Cook, CGEIT

Costas Efthymiou, CISA, CRISC