IAPP Vanguard Award

The IAPP Privacy Vanguard Award recognizes one IAPP member each year who demonstrates exceptional leadership, knowledge and creativity in privacy and data protection.

The IAPP is pleased to name WilmerHale Partner and Cybersecurity and Privacy Practice Co-Chair, Kirk Nahra, this year’s recipient of the IAPP Vanguard Award. Learn about Kirk’s accomplishments and remarkable career 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 and will be announced publicly during but the IAPP Global Privacy Summit Online virtual experience.