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President's Message

Karen_Alexander I am truly humbled and filled with gratitude and excitement to take over as the President of such a prestigious, progressive and professional organization, ISACA New York Metropolitan Chapter, the largest chapter in the world. 
Over the next 2 years of my presidency, ISACA New York Metropolitan Chapter will continue to build new partnerships, foster existing key partnerships, encourage best practices and provide our members with top notch activities such as membership events, certification and educational training, conferences and a host of networking opportunities.  How will we get this done?  Through the leadership of a fantastic group of 21 professionals, the NEW Board of Directors.  Together, we will lead the charge to continue the legacy of those who laid the foundation of the organization.
  • Karen V. Alexander, President
  • Farid Abdelkader, 1st VP
  • Wei Tschang, 2nd VP
  • Jotham Nyamari, Corresponding Secretary
  • Michael Shanahan, Treasurer
  • Tim Mortimer, Recording Secretary
  • Emanuell James, Director
  • Marie Ivanov, Director
  • Curt Nirenberg, Director
  • Barry Dynkin, Director
  • Sharon Parker, Director
  • Barry Allen Sears, Director
  • Kwongmei (May) To, Director
  • James M Powers, Director
  • Eugene Levin, Director
  • Megan Soriano, Director
  • Sanjeev Vohra, Director
  • Joseph Tso, Director
  • Teena Bacchus, Director
  • Amar Sewnarine, Director
  • Alexander Abramov, Immediate Past President

Recent Events:
2019 Annual June Gala and Wasserman Award Dinner
:  We ended the year with the Annual June Gala and Wasserman Award Dinner celebrating 44 years of growth, accomplishments and strong partnerships.  Congratulations to the Membership Committee who provided an elegant venue for the evening and our volunteers for their assistance.  A special thank you to Phil Venables, our Wasserman Award Winner for his contribution to the IT Profession.  Thank you to our Past Presidents for their vision and foundation for this organization and I thank our sponsors for their support and our showing up in great numbers.  Gala highlights will be available in our July Newsletter. 

Upcoming Events:
2019 ICCS:  I am very excited about the upcoming 2019 International Conference on Cyber Security (ICCS), June 22 – 25.  This premier global cybersecurity event will take place over three days with more than 60 distinguished speakers from government, the private sector, and academia.  For more information go to:

Summer Certification Classes:   ISACA New York Metropolitan Chapter is offering summer certification exam review classes for the CISA, CISM, CRISC, and CGEIT certification exams taught by Jay Ranade, who has been teaching ISACA certification exam review classes for our chapter since 2006.  GET CERTIFIED.  Registration is open.

October 16, 2019 NEACS:  In partnership with ISACA Greater Hartford, IIA Westchester / Fairfield, and (ISC)2 CT Chapters and co-produced another great North East Annual Cybersecurity Summit (

Finally, I’d like to hear from you.  Your feedback with regards to current and future events will be captured through short surveys throughout the year.   Our goal is to continue to provide our members with access to key information through innovative speakers and presentation and membership events, conferences, educational opportunities, social and networking opportunities, student engagements, key partnerships and a host of other collaborative activities.  

Feel free to reach out to me at with questions.


Karen V. Alexander

President, ISACA New York Metropolitan Chapter

“Some doors will never open unless we step forward”

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2019 Wasserman Award Recipient: Phil Venables

2019 Wasserman Awardee Phil is a senior advisor to the firm and a member of the Board of Directors of Goldman Sachs Bank USA. As a senior advisor, he supports the firm's executive leadership and client franchise on cybersecurity, technology risk, digital business risk, and operational resilience.

In addition to this, Phil spearheads the firm's work with industry associations and initiatives to reduce systemic risk. He is also a member of the Firmwide Enterprise Risk Committee, Firmwide Technology Risk Committee, and Global Business Resilience Committee.

Prior to becoming a senior advisor, Phil was a line executive as Chief Operational Risk Officer, and before that, the firm's first Chief Information Security Officer and Head of Technology Risk, a role he held for 17 years. He joined Goldman Sachs as a vice president in London in 2000 and transferred to New York in 2001. Phil was named managing director in 2003, partner in 2010, and senior advisor in 2019.

Prior to joining the firm, he was Chief Information Security Officer at Deutsche Bank and also functioned as the Global Head of Technology Risk Management for Standard Chartered Bank. Before that, Phil served in various technology, network management, and software engineering roles at a number of finance, energy, and defense organizations.

Phil serves on the Executive Committee of the US Financial Services Sector Coordinating Council for Critical Infrastructure Protection, is co-chair of the Board of Sheltered Harbor, and is a member of the boards of the Center for Internet Security and the NYU School of Engineering. He is also an advisor to the cyber-security efforts of the US National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine, and serves on the Advisory Board to the Director of a US intelligence agency. Phil is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.

Phil earned a BSc (Hons) in Computer Science from the University of York and an MSc in Computation and Cryptography from the Queen's College at Oxford University. He was awarded the designation of Chartered Engineer in 1995 and Chartered Scientist in 2002 and was elected a Fellow of the British Computer Society in 2005.
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