IAPP Privacy Vanguard Award

Now Accepting Nominations for 2019 until February 28

The IAPP Privacy Vanguard Award recognizes one IAPP member each year who demonstrates exceptional leadership, knowledge and creativity in privacy and data protection. Do you know someone spearheading privacy and data protection projects and/or programs that positively impact our profession? Or is there an individual whose achievements over the course of their career warrant recognition. If so, then submit your nomination today.


How to Nominate

Both the candidate and person making the nomination must be IAPP members. Self-nominations are welcome. Your nomination must include:

  • A one-page summary of the candidate’s accomplishments as they fit the award criteria.
  • Two letters of endorsement from others with intimate knowledge of the candidate’s accomplishments.

There is no fee to enter. No single individual may endorse more than one candidate.

Email your nomination to awards@iapp.org by Thursday, February 28.


Award Criteria

We’re looking for individuals who show exceptional leadership, knowledge and creativity in the field of privacy and data protection, whether through spearheading projects or programs that positively impact the profession or through achievements over the course of an entire tenure or career.



The executive committee of the IAPP Board of Directors reviews the nomination materials and additional evidence and selects the winner by majority vote.

Throughout the judging process, the executive committee may contact the candidates, nominating parties, authors of support letters and other individuals relating to the nomination to verify or gain additional information.

The winner will be notified privately by the IAPP, but we keep it under wraps until the award ceremony.



The 2019 nomination period is now open!

Please email any questions to awards@iapp.org.