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President's Message

Message from the Chapter President:
Change can sometimes bring about a sense of anxiety and discomfort, notably when a company board is going through a transition.   While there are many moving pieces, we must stay on track with the execution of commitments set for the chapter.  
Transition is temporary and meant to lead us on a path to success. Success in carrying out our educational classes and webinars, certification preparation, partnership engagements, hearing the voice of our members and addressing their needs, jam-packed half and full-day conferences, membership meetings events, social events and much, much more.  
Over the last 30 days, I've appointed several committee chairs and deputy chairs who are excited and committed to promoting the mission of ISACA through their leadership in the following areas:


Chair/ Deputy Chair

Academic Relations

Eugene Levin/Barry Dynkin


James Power/Sharon Parker


Kwongmei To/Larry Flocco

Corporate Relations

Barry Alan Sears


Michael Maertz


Teena Bacchus


Sam Vohra/Joseph Tso

Risk Management and Legal Affairs

Barry Dynkin/Emanuell James

She Leads Liaisons

Marie Ivanov/Sharon Parker

Volunteer and Marketing Coordinator

Curt Nirenberg

Young Professionals Ambassadors

Megan Soriano/Amar Sewnarine

Audit Committee

Marguerite McCarthy

We Want You! If you are interested in volunteering, just send an email to and let us know what committee you're interested in who you are and what you'd like to do.

Board officers along with committee chairs have been working diligently to mobilize newly on-boarded volunteers and continuing the turnover process. At this juncture, we are also looking at opportunities to optimize the effectiveness of our chapter administration, operations, and technical capabilities [Farid Abdelkader and Wei Tschang]. Our Financial [Michael Shanahan], Technology [Tim Mortimer] and Information and Communications [Jotham Nyamari] teams are in place and geared up for a successful start.

We opened the year by having a Board Meet-n-Greet gathering, which was an information social gathering to get acquainted and share our experiences. Individual meetings were held to discuss roles and responsibilities and provide insight into the vision for each committee.

Past Events:
ISACA New York Metropolitan Chapter was a proud sponsor at ICCS 2019. The 8th Annual international Conference on Cyber Security, jointly sponsored by the FBI and Fordham University was well attended and composed of prominent speakers and challenging subjects matters we face in the world of cyber security and the protection of our critical infrastructure. It was a great event and hat's off to all those involve in making it a success.
ISACA New York Metropolitan Chapter was a proud sponsor at ICCS 2019. The 8th Annual International Conference on Cyber Security, jointly sponsored by the FBI and Fordham University was well attended and composed of prominent speakers and challenging matters we face in the world of cybersecurity and the protection of our critical infrastructure.
 Attendees traveled from around the world to connect with colleagues, engage in critical topics and listen to distinguished keynote speakers and panel discussions including Ted Koppel and Gen. Paul M. Nakasone. 
Each day ended with a wonderful reception. It was a great event and hats off to all those involved in making it a success.
Upcoming Board Activities:
Strategic Planning Sessions. The board will meet over two days in August to strategically plan for the upcoming year. This will include all aspect of operations, committee goals and objectives, budgets, new board member orientation, and more.

Membership Survey: The Information and Communication Committee will be launching a Membership Survey to hear your thoughts about our offerings. Your feedback will help us attain our goal of providing you with the resources, training, and education you want for your professional development.   Upon completion, you will be entered in a drawing for a $50.00 gift card. You can be 1 of 5 Lucky winners!!!

Upcoming Events:
SAVE THE DATE. September 19, 2019, ISACA New York Metropolitan Chapter Membership Event - Golf Outing @ Towers on The Green on Long Island.   More to come.

SAVE THE DATE. October 15, 2019North East Annual Cybersecurity Summit.
The 6th Annual North East Annual Cybersecurity Summit (NEACS) will be held in Trumbull, Connecticut. This premier cybersecurity resource for business executives and technology professionals will connect attendees with leading subject matter experts in security, privacy, and risk management.
Feel free to reach out to me at with questions.
Karen V. Alexander
President, ISACA® New York Metropolitan Chapter
"While we may be individually strong, we are collectively powerful."  Rakhi Voria

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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