Hon. Eduardo Aninat (Chile), Hon. Alan Dunn (U.S.),  Dr. Adriana Sanford (Chile/U.S.), and Hon. Carlos Hurtado Ruiz-Tagle (Chile)

"I was very impressed with Dr. Sanford and her vision to establish this chamber... The proposed chamber was the ideal vehicle for meeting our goals. The timing was also important important as the US-Chile Free Trade Agreement was about to take effect.... What is more impressive is that this effort was done under her own initiative.... She recruited several senior executives from Chile and some of California's major industries. She knows how to break down barriers and has proven to be a key player in the international arena.

Vice President

Sempra Energy International

Adriana Sanford, J.D., dual LL.M, is a global threats expert, international television commentator, international corporate lawyer, educator, author, and humanitarian.

She is an award-winning cybersecurity and global privacy laws expert with decades of experience in compliance, investigations, and security, who appears regularly as a CNN Español analyst to over 93 million viewers throughout the U.S. and Latin America.

A global speaker with "magnetic and suspenseful delivery," she provides the keynote address at the world's top conferences, including to hundreds of General Counsel and senior legal leaders from Fortune 1000 companies at the Corporate Counsel's 19th Annual SuperConference.

With fluency in four languages and multiple law degrees, the Notre Dame and Georgetown-educated lawyer has extensive experience advising, training, and educating Executive Management. She is a former member of the Advisory Committee of the World Economic Forum’s Partnering Against Corruption Initiative; former delegate of the Asian-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) CEO Summit in Chile; former Amnesty International USA board member; is a recipient of the 2019 Cybersecurity Woman Law and Privacy Professional of the Year Award that celebrates “female cybersecurity leaders changing the world;” and was featured in Women in Security Changing the Face of Technology and Innovation. She has served as a keynote at more than 140 industry conferences through organizations such as ISSA, ISACA, SCCE, CSA, CIEPLAN, Institute of Internal Auditors (IIA), and Rotary International.

She is the Acting Director of Executive Education for the Gene Rainbolt Graduate School of Business, Senior Fellow at OU’s Center of Intelligence and National Security, and a Faculty member of the Michael F. Price College of Business. She also co-hosts OU's The Sanford & Hall Report with retired Real Admiral Garry Hall (USN). The S&H Report examines the breadth and depth of challenges that have risen to the top of the C-Suite agenda and are necessary for effective board management.  In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, she founded The University of Oklahoma Global Risks & Threats Series (OU GRTS) Leadership Forum with leaders from the intelligence, finance, law enforcement, corporate, and cyber sectors.

She also serves as Of Counsel with a leading Chilean law firm, Puga Ortiz. She is licensed to practice law in California. Her research, scholarly work, and publications focus on laws at the international level, where multijurisdictional laws conflict and possible outcomes for corporate non-compliance include high penalties, criminal liability, and physical danger for executives in foreign territories.

In her professional career, Dr. Sanford has had to face times of tremendous adversity while confronting international organized crime and its links to corporate fraud and other forms of business malfeasance. Her extensive experience with global threats spans well over two decades and includes a foreign drug cartel and an illegal scheme involving Russian loans that resulted in the arrest and 30-year imprisonment of her former employer's CEO, as well as her abduction while on company business. With this setback, the former regional counsel of a Fortune 10 came back stronger and co-authored two books on global threats that were adopted by the largest institute in the world for supply chain leaders. She then further distinguished herself by educating corporate executives, thousands of college students, and the public at large, on the dangers of corporate corruption. 

She is frequently described as “an audience grabber” and as having “the unique ability to speak to captains of industry, college students, and academicians all in the same audience.”

"Dr. Adriana Sanford is extremely knowledgeable and articulate both as a presenter and as a writer on topics of supply chain ethics, international financial crime enforcement, and other matters of comparative law.  Her contemporary teaching style and high degree of professionalism have proven to be extremely valuable."

Chief Content & Engagement Officer

Institute for Supply Management™



Dr. ​Adriana Sanford​, ​President of Chile, Hon. Ricardo Lagos Escobar, Chilean Ambassador, Hon. Andres Bianchi

Former Amnesty International USA Board Member
Former World Economic Forum Advisory Committee Member

 Dr. Sanford works with a broad range of global organizations to foster compliance, trust, and integrity, including:

Information Security Systems Association (ISSA)

International Information System Security Certification Consortium (ISC)²

Information Systems Audit and Control Association (ISACA)

Society of Corporate Compliance and Ethics (SCCE)

Corporación de Estudios para Latinoamérica (CIEPLAN)

​​Institute for Internal Auditors (IIA)

Cloud Security Alliance (CSA)

Institute for Supply Management (ISM)

RSA  (Rivest–Shamir–Adleman)

Rotary International

Chautauqua Institution


Nexus Between Cyber Crime & 

Emerging Global Threats

"The issues raised in [Sanford's] proposal are extremely relevant and important to U.S. and international financial institutions and have potentially far-reaching implications. I believe [she] has highlighted the key issues regarding the international impact of the USA PATRIOT Act with a focus toward the fundamental target of the relevant body of U.S. anti-money laundering laws."

Managing Director of External Affairs

Office of Thrift Supervision

Is Blockchain Technology Going to Change the World?
March 19, 2018

"[Sanford] has a sound legal mind regarding international anti-money laundering and anti-terrorism matters. She has a keen understanding of the practical aspects of law enforcement in the United States and various South American nations. Some of those countries have been mentioned publicly as potential weak links in the ongoing struggle against money laundering by organized crime and terrorists."

Senior Legal Counsel, Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC)


"Sanford is truly a gifted speaker.  She has the unique ability to speak to students, captains of industry, and academicians all in the same audience...Sanford is an exceptional communicator in person, as well as on radio or television.  I highly recommend her as a featured speaker for any significant gathering.  She will not disappoint."

​Senior Vice President, Mergers & Acquisitions

“One of the most listened to guests in Task Force 7 Radio history. She is not only a cyber-security expert but she is a multidimensional professional with experience and expertise in a variety of different domains and that is what makes her so interesting to listen to…. Adriana has one of the top 5 most listened to episodes...”

George Rettas

​Chile/US Chamber of Commerce of California