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.


Applications for the 2020 Vanguard Award are now closed.

The winner of the 2020 IAPP Vanguard Award will be announced at the 2020 Global Privacy Summit.

You can view our past winners here.

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.


Submissions for the 2021 IAPP Privacy Vanguard Award will be accepted in January 2021.

Please email any questions to awards@iapp.org.