John B. Thurston Award Winners

Writing Awards

​John B. Thurston Award

The Board of Directors of The Institute of Internal Auditors (IIA) established the Thurston Award in March 1952 as a tribute to the memory of John B. Thurston, its first international president and an eminent authority in the field of internal auditing. The award is made annually to the author of that article published in Internal Auditor that is voted to be the outstanding paper in the field of internal auditing.

Five “Outstanding Contributor” awards are also presented each year. These awards recognize the five runners-up to the Thurston Award winner.

2020 John B. Thurston Award Winner

"Beneath the Data" (February 2019)
Christopher Kelly, DProf, FCA, MIIA
James Hao, CPA

2020 Outstanding Contributors

"Bias in the Machine" (June 2019)
Allan Sammy, CIA, CPA, CGA

"Stronger Assurance Through Machine Learning" (August 2019)
Ying-Choong Lee, CISA

"6 Myths of Business Ethics" (October 2019)
Matej Drašček, CIA, CRMA

"Framing AI Audits" (December 2019)
Dennis Applegate, CIA, CPA, CMA, CFE
Mike Koenig

"Internal Auditors Should Be Brave" (December 2019)
Norman Marks, CRMA, CPA

2019 John B. Thurston Award Winner

"Your Personal Brand" (February 2018)
Nancy Haig, CIA, CRMA, CCSA, CFSA

2018 John B. Thurston Award Winner

"How to Audit Culture​" (June 2017)
Jim Roth, PhD, CIA, CCSA, CRMA

2017 John B. Thurston Award Winner

"Mapping Assurance" (December 2016)
Yuang-Sung Al Chen, PhD, CPA, CITP CGMA
Loïc Decaux, PHD
D. Scott Showalter, CPA, CGMA

2016 John B. Thurston Award Winner

"Putting the Squeeze on Social Media" (February 2015)
Michael Levy, CIA, CRMA, CISA, CISSP
Anthony Leusner, CIA, CRMA
Khalid Wasti, CIA

2015 John B. Thurston Award Winner

"No Crash Landings" (February 2014)
Manny Rosenfeld, CIA, CRMA

2014 John B. Thurston Award Winner

“Assurance That Matters” (October 2013)
Norman Marks, CRMA, CPA

2013 John B. Thurston Award Winner

"What's Your Brand?" (October 2012)
Andrew L. Cheskis

2012 John B. Thurston Award Winners

"The Whole World's Talking" (June 2011)
J. Michael Jacka, CIA, CPCU, CPA, CLU
Peter R. Scott, APR

2011 John B. Thurston Award Winners

"Document Retention in an E-world" (April 2010)
Julia N. Karcher, PHD, CMA
Robert M. Barker, PHD
Andrew T. Cobb, PHD, CCE

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