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Certification Award Winners 

Certification Award Winners

William Smith

The IIA is proud to announce the 2018 list of those who have passed certification exams with the highest scores, demonstrating their dedication and passion for the profession. These candidates excelled in the CIA®, CGAP®, CFSA®, CRMA®, and CCSA® exams, honoring the profession and their respective organizations.

The candidate who scored the highest in the CIA exam will receive the William S. Smith Award, named in honor of William S. Smith, CIA, The IIA's first chairman of the Board of Regents, a former IIA chairman of the board, and a driving force behind the development of the Certified Internal Auditor® (CIA®) program.

Awards are based on individual performance on the core CIA exam parts (parts 1, 2, and 3). With year-round testing, award recipients must pass each exam part on their first attempt within one year of taking the first exam part.

In 2018, 64,784 CIA exam parts were delivered and 7,846 certifications granted. Congratulations to all who are committed to delivering a level of excellence to their organization and the internal audit profession.

Due to privacy regulations, not all top score winner names are published. The lists include only those winners who agreed to have their name published.

2018 CIA Top Score Award Winners
Candidate Name Award Country
Alexandra Elena Staeben, CIA William S. Smith Award - Gold USA
Ching Nam Leung, CIA A.J. Hans Spoel Award - Silver Hong Kong, China
Emilie McRoberts, CIA Kurt Riedener Award - Bronze USA
Gannon Burleigh, CIA Dr. Glenn Sumners Award - Student USA

 

The next  highest CIA score winners are recognized for their achievements with Certificates of Excellence*
Airish Ebreo, CIA, Philippines
Jennifer Hurley, CIA, Ireland
Brian Reny, CIA, Canada
Onur Tuzenli, CIA, Turkey
Ng Peng Keong, CIA, Malaysia
Matthew Owens, CIA, USA
Scott Stepanek, CIA, USA​
John Gentry, CIA, USA​
​Dean Rogers, CIA, USA
​Jennifer Lusa, CIA, USA

 

The IIA also recognizes the next top 50 highest CIA exam scores with a Certificate of Honor. 2018 recipients include, but are not limited to*:
Candidate Affiliate/Institute
Christine Croskey, CIA Salem, OR
Jean-Luc Cueni, CIA IIA Switzerland
Kathryn Downs McGuire, CIA Ottawa, Canada
Michaël Delaet, CIA ​IIA Belgium
Matej Drascek, CIA IIA Slovenia
Sonja Erickson, CIA Central Missouri
Mark Galley, CIA Maritime, Canada
Justin Gibert, CIA Houston, TX
Li Hwi Goh, CIA Hong Kong
Darlene Harris, CIA Dallas, TX
Michael Hostinsky, CIA Atlanta, USA
Anna Lawrence, CIA Northeast Florida, USA
Janet Lee, CIA Toronto, Canada
Yan Yin Ian Lee, CIA IIA Hong Kong
Joonchul Lee, CIA IIA Korea
Benjamin Lessard, CIA Ottawa, Canada
Sandra Loh, CIA IIA Singapore
Leroy Loomis, CIA Salt Lake City, Utah
Jason McGowan, CIA Detroit, Michigan
Percy Mupita, CIA IIA United Kingdom & Ireland
Marta Nieszporowska, CIA IIA Poland
Jennifer Salisbury, CIA Chicago, USA
Sherazade Shafiq, CIA Austria
Nancy Tieu, CIA Toronto, Canada
Daniel Washburn, CIA Sacramento, USA
Yan Wu, CIA Ottawa, Canada
Han Zhang, CIA USA
​Miguel Ángel Arévalo Galán, CIA ​IIA Spain
​Craig McMeechan, CIA ​Northeastern Ohio
​Rochelle Hersley, CIA ​Boise, USA
​Jorge Orozco, CIA ​Los Angeles, USA
​Adam Polywka, CIA ​Chicago, USA
​Vincenzo Mongio, CIA ​Miami, USA
​Erin Hayes, CIA ​Canada
​Tessalonica Cabeliza, CIA ​IIA Philippines
​Karla Angeline Andrade, CIA IIA Philippines
​Jeselle Baldomero, CIA ​IIA Philippines
​Natasha Bhatia, CIA  ​Calgary, Canada
​Reeva Calapatia, CIA     IIA Philippines
​Savio Frederico Ceita, CIA ​IIA Brazil
​Matthias Dunkel, CIA ​IIA Germany
​Andreas Friedrich, CIA    ​IIA Germany
​Benedikt Hintze, CIA ​IIA Germany
​Hinrik Pálsson, CIA ​IIA Iceland
​Tomas Slaninka, CIA   ​IIA Slovakia
​Liam Smith, CIA  ​Calgary, Canada

 

The IIA also recognizes those who scored the highest on specialty exams in 2018*.
Wendy Magno, CIA USA CGAP Winner
Joseph Andrew Cox, CIA, CRMA, CGAP USA CCSA Winner
​Miguel Ángel Arévalo Galán, CIA, CRMA, CCSA ​Spain ​CFSA Winner

*This is a partial list. The IIA’s privacy policy requires award recipients to agree to have their names published. 

2017 Award Recipients

Gold Medal – Highest Achievement Award: Seyed Paul Arab, CIA, USA
Silver Medal – Award Recipient: Steven Dobberkau, CIA, Germany
Bronze Medal – Award Recipient: Wendy Magno, CIA, USA
Student Highest Achievement Award: Earl O. Jason Gozon, CIA, Philippines

2016 Award Recipients

Gold Medal – Highest Achievement Award: Sarah Gray, CIA, Canada
Silver Medal – Award Recipient: Justin Mahe, CIA, USA
Bronze Medal – Award Recipient: Maggie Lau, CIA, Canada
Student Highest Achievement Award: Tianye Zhang, CIA, China

2015 Award Recipients

Gold Medal – Highest Achievement Award: Michelle Hale, CIA, USA
Silver Medal – Award Recipient: Justin Swalberg, CIA, USA
Bronze Medal – Award Recipient: William Flahr, CIA, USA
Student Highest Achievement Award: Ashley Gervasi, CIA, USA

2014 Award Recipients

Gold Medal – Highest Achievement Award: Jepson Fuller, CIA, Pugent Sound, USA
Silver Medal – Award Recipient: Joy Larisey, CIA, Northwest Metro Chicago, USA
Bronze Medal – Award Recipient: Brain Lair, CIA, Wichita, USA
Student Highest Achievement Award: Michael Easterday, Central Ohio, USA

2013 Award Recipients

Gold Medal — Highest Achievement Award: Allesandro Segalini, CIA, IIA Italy
Silver Medal — Award Recipient: Alberto Aimola, CIA, CCSA, IIA Italy
Bronze Medal — Award Recipient: Mark de Jong, CIA, IIA Netherlands
Student Highest Achievement Award: Laust Helmig, CIA, IIA–New York, USA

2012 Award Recipients

Gold Medal – Highest Achievement Award: Juan Carlos Diaz, CIA, IIA Spain
Silver Medal – Award Recipient: Väino Sarnet, CIA, CGAP, IIA Estonia
Bronze Medal – Award Recipient: Anna Agnieszka, CIA, IIA Poland
Student Highest Achievement Award: Wang Yang, CIA, IIA China

2011 Award Recipients

Gold Medal – Highest Achievement Award: Robert Bruce Marsden, CIA, IIA-New York, USA
Silver Medal – Award Recipient: Douglas Scott Schmidt, CIA, IIA-Indianapolis, USA
Bronze Medal – Award Recipient: Ömer Kerem Seçkin, CIA, IIA Turkey
Student Highest Achievement Award: Jeffrey S. Littlejohn, CIA, IIA-Dallas, USA

2010 Award Recipients

Gold Medal – Highest Achievement Award: Igor Gouvêa, IIA Brazil
Silver Medal – Award Recipient: Henrique de Carvalho, IIA Brazil
Bronze Medal – Award Recipient: Adriana Rey, IIA Uraguay
Student Highest Achievement Award: Elaina Arvelo, Philadelphia, PA USA

2009 Award Recipients

Gold Medal – Highest Achievement Award: Óscar Moreno Palmero, IIA Spain
Silver Medal – Award Recipient: Ángel Palomo Cisneros, IIA Spain
Bronze Medal – Award Recipient: Jaime Raffo, Miami, FL USA
Student Highest Achievement Award: Steve Pebley, Alexandria, VA USA