ISACA to Recognize Outstanding Technology Professionals at Free Virtual Awards Gala Featuring Pop Sensation Rachel Platten and Global Performers

Schaumburg, Ill. (May 13, 2021) — Every year ISACA members and other business IT professionals worldwide serve their organizations and industries with exemplary achievements and noteworthy contributions to advancing technology. Outstanding IT audit, risk, governance, privacy and cybersecurity professionals are being recognized with ISACA's 2021 Global Achievement Awards as well as through its new Hall of Fame for their accomplishments and contributions that advance the professional community and exemplify ISACA's purpose.


The recipients of the 2021 Global Achievement Awards, Chapter Awards, Certification Exam Top Scores and the inaugural class of the Hall of Fame will be recognized at the first-ever ISACA Awards Virtual Gala on Thursday, 15 July at 9 a.m. CDT / 14:00 UTC. This free, two-hour event will feature a performance from multiplatinum pop sensation Rachel Platten as well as regional artists who will highlight their local culture.


Global Achievement Award Winners


The following recipients of the 2021 ISACA Global Achievement Awards will be recognized at the Gala:


  • ISACA Technology for Humanity Award: Niel Harper CISA, CRISC, CDPSE, Chief Information Security Officer, United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS), Denmark
    "For contributions to capacity building across the world toward the development of affordable, open and user-centric Internet infrastructure."
  • ISACA Educational Excellence Award: Mahesh S. Raisinghani, Ph.D., CISM, Professor, Texas Woman's University, USA
    "For inspirational mentorship of all university students, encouraging more women to pursue technology careers, and teaching a thought-provoking curriculum around data privacy, security and technology management."
  • ISACA Inspirational Leadership Award: Kyla Guru, Stanford University student and CEO of Bits 'N Bytes Cybersecurity Education Corp, USA
    "For inspiring achievements as a young professional in leading the next generation of cyber leaders and privacy protectors for securing digital citizens."
  • ISACA Innovative Solutions Award: Yoshimasa Masuda, Ph.D., CISM, CGEIT, Associate Professor, Keio University, Japan / Carnegie Mellon University, USA / Sr. Manager, NTT Data Institute of Management Consulting
    "For his contribution to establishing the Adaptive Integrated Digital Architecture Framework (AIDAF) for digital transformation and innovation in a digital IT era."


Hall of Fame Inductees


The founding class of the Hall of Fame inductees—members honored for showing exemplary dedication to advancing ISACA's purpose through volunteer service and/or member engagement activities— is recognized by the namesakes of retired ISACA Awards, whose legacies and contributions have shaped ISACA into the organization it is today, as well as member-nominated inductees who represent the peer-recognition and value members have for each other.


The following inductees were previously recognized as visionary leaders of the association:


  • Michael P. Cangemi, CPA retired
  • Eugene Frank
  • John Kuyers
  • John Lainhart
  • Wayne Snipes
  • Harold Weiss
  • Paul Williams


The remaining 2021 Hall of Fame inductees have been nominated by fellow ISACA members:


  • Arnulfo Espinosa Dominguez, CISA, CRISC, CISM, CDPSE, CIA
  • Max Shanahan, CISA (Retired), CGEIT (Retired)
  • M. Revathy Sriram, Ph.D. CISA, CRISC, CISM, CGEIT, CFE
  • Tichaona Zororo, CISA, CRISC, CISM, CGEIT, CDPSE, COBIT Certified Assessor, CIA, CRMA


"ISACA's professional community is comprised of passionate, talented and dedicated professionals who go above and beyond to serve their organizations and their respective industries," said David Samuelson, ISACA CEO. "Our award recipients and Hall of Fame inductees truly stand out for their contributions, and we are very proud to recognize their achievements."


To learn more about the ISACA Awards Virtual Gala and register for this free virtual event, visit


Nominations for the 2022 Global Achievement Awards, Chapter Awards and the Hall of Fame are open through 31 July. To nominate an outstanding colleague, organization or program, visit


To learn more about the ISACA Awards Program, including the Certification Exam Top Score and Chapter Award recipients, visit



For more than 50 years, ISACA®( has advanced the best talent, expertise and learning in technology. ISACA equips individuals with knowledge, credentials, education and community to progress their careers and transform their organizations, and enables enterprises to train and build quality teams. ISACA is a global professional association and learning organization that leverages the expertise of its more than 150,000 members who work in information security, governance, assurance, risk and privacy to drive innovation through technology. It has a presence in 188 countries, including more than 220 chapters worldwide. In 2020, ISACA launched One In Tech, a philanthropic foundation that supports IT education and career pathways for under-resourced, under-represented populations.