IAPP Privacy Vanguard Award

Only a select few reach the pinnacle of their profession. The IAPP Vanguard Award recognizes one IAPP member each year who has scaled new heights in leadership, knowledge and creativity in the field of privacy.


Now Accepting Nominations for 2020 until February 3

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? Does it sound like we are describing you? If so, we want to hear about these accomplishments. If you or someone that you have worked with is making an impact on privacy, submit a nomination for the 2020 Vanguard Award!

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.

Submit your nomination by Monday, February 3 for consideration.

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

Award Criteria

We seek individuals for nomination who are critical and exceptional performers in helping advance privacy and data protection. They can be rising stars who are setting a new bar for others to aspire to, or seasoned veterans who deserve to be celebrated for an exemplary career.


After reviewing the nomination materials and additional evidence, the executive committee of the IAPP Board of Directors selects a 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 their identity will not be revealed publicly until the award ceremony.


The 2020 nomination period is now open!

You have until February 3 to submit your nomination. The winner will be announced at the IAPP Global Privacy Summit in Washington, D.C. in April.

Please email any questions to awards@iapp.org.