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Certification Award Winners 

Certification Award Winners

William Smith

The IIA is proud to announce the 2019 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 2019, 65,120 CIA exam parts were delivered and 8,162 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.

2019 CIA Top Score Award Winners
Candidate Name Award Country
Michael Zimmer William S. Smith Award - Gold USA
Anne-Sophie Brumelot A.J. Hans Spoel Award - Silver New Zealand
Silvia Tamburelli Kurt Riedener Award - Bronze Italy
Joshua Castille Dr. Glenn Sumners Award - Top CIA Student USA

 

The IIA also recognizes those who scored the highest on specialty exams in 2019*.
Radoslav Sinkovic IIA Belgium CGAP Winner
Ivan Enrique Ramos Abreu IIA Mexico CCSA Winner
​Max Guangyi Teng ​IIA Singapore ​CFSA Winner
​Jennifer Woods ​Nisqually ​CRMA Winner

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

2018 Award Recipients

Gold Medal – Highest Achievement Award: Alexandra Elena Staeben, CIA, USA
Silver Medal – Award Recipient: Ching Nam Leung, CIA, Hong Kong, China
Bronze Medal – Award Recipient: Emilie McRoberts, CIA, USA
Student Highest Achievement Award: Gannon Burleigh, CIA, USA

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

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