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ISACA Salutes Key Contributions From Volunteers


Rolling Meadows, IL, USA (27 June 2016)—At its annual general meeting of the membership this weekend, global IT association ISACA honored several top volunteers for their contributions to the profession and for helping professionals leverage technology to achieve outstanding business outcomes.


ISACA’s Board of Directors announced several awards recognizing individuals for an array of contributions that empower the association to fulfill its commitment to IT professionals and the organizations that they serve. The 2015-16 award winners are:


  • Sushil Chatterji, CGEIT, CEA, CMC, director & principal consultant, Edutech Enterprises – Harold Weiss Award for Outstanding Achievement. This award was instituted in 1985 to recognize individuals for dedication to the IT governance profession. Chatterji is a core volunteer in the development groups for COBIT content and a passionate proponent of IT governance and COBIT.

  • Tony Hayes, CGEIT, AFCHSE, CHE, FACS, FCPA, FIIA, Deputy Director-General of the Department of Communities, Child Safety and Disability Services in the Queensland Government – Paul Williams Award for Inspirational Leadership. This award is given to an ISACA volunteer in recognition of strategic leadership accomplishments on ISACA’s behalf. Hayes has demonstrated inspirational leadership over the past decade, including his tenure as Board Chair. He played an integral role in the transformation of ISACA leadership and culture.

  • Robert E. Stroud, CGEIT, CRISC, principal research analyst, Infrastructure and Operations, with Forrester Research, USA– Eugene M. Frank Award for Meritorious Performance. This award, named after ISACA’s first Chair, recognizes individuals for outstanding contributions to ISACA. As Board Chair in 2014-2015, Stroud exhibited exceptional strategy design and execution monitoring while ISACA experienced a transformation period.

  • Mark Thomas, CGEIT, CRISC, ITIL, MOF, President, Escoute – John Kuyers Award for Best Speaker/Conference Contributor. This award recognizes individuals for major contributions in the development of ISACA global conferences and/or outstanding speaking achievements. Thomas is a widely recognized COBIT expert, with more than 22 years of professional experience. He is a consultative trainer and speaker in several disciplines and consistently receives exemplary evaluations.

  • Dr. Eduardo Enrique Gelbstein, independent advisor – Michael Cangemi Best Book/Article Award. This award recognizes individuals for major contributions to publications in the field of IS audit, control and/or security. Gelbstein is honored posthumously for his outstanding IS Audit Basics Column in the ISACA Journal.

  • Howard A. Schmidt, CISM - John W. Lainhart IV Award. This award recognizes individuals for major contributions to the development and enhancement of the common body of knowledge in the field of IS audit, security and/or control, certifications and standards. Schmidt has had a distinguished career in defense, law enforcement and corporate security spanning more than 40 years. He brings together talents in business, defense, intelligence, law enforcement, privacy, academia and international relations.

  • Rosemary M. Amato, CISA, CMA, CPA, director of Deloitte, Amsterdam – Illustrious Service Award. This award is presented by the chair for dedication to service and leadership. Amato was on the 2015-16 Board of Directors and is a member of the 2016-17 Audit Committee. She has demonstrated exceptional dedication to ISACA and the profession.

  • Garry Barnes, CISA, CISM, CGEIT, CRISC, MAICD, practice lead, Governance Advisory at Vital Interacts – Illustrious Service Award. Barnes has served ISACA and the profession in numerous capacities, as a member of the board of directors for multiple terms, the Strategic Advisory Council and the Audit Committee. He receives this award to honor his outstanding involvement, support and dedication.


“The extraordinary contributions of our members and volunteers are a testament both to their commitment to their professions and to advancing ISACA’s global tradition of accomplishment and innovation,” said Christos Dimitriadis, Ph.D., CISA, CISM, CRISC, chair of ISACA’s board of directors and group director of information security for INTRALOT. “ISACA’s ability to develop industry-leading knowledge and practices for the information systems, assurance, risk and cybersecurity professions is a direct result of their remarkable efforts.”



ISACA ( helps professionals around the globe realize the positive potential of technology in an evolving digital world. By offering industry-leading knowledge, standards, credentialing and education, ISACA enables professionals to apply technology in ways that instill confidence, address threats, drive innovation and create positive momentum for their organizations. Established in 1969, ISACA is a global association with more than 140,000 members and certification holders in 187 countries. ISACA is the creator of the COBIT framework, which helps organizations effectively govern and manage their information and technology. Through its Cybersecurity Nexus (CSX), ISACA helps organizations develop skilled cyber workforces and enables individuals to grow and advance their cyber careers.


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