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 nomination period for the 2021 Vanguard Award is now closed. The winner will be announced during the Global Privacy Summit Online 2021.

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.