Adriana Sanford received the 2019 Cybersecurity Woman Law & Privacy Professional of the Year Award, which celebrates the “female cybersecurity leaders that are changing the world."  With multiple law degrees and fluency in four languages, she works with diverse audiences, multinationals, leading think tanks, and university students around the globe. Dr. Sanford recently provided the opening keynote to hundreds of General Counsel and senior legal leaders from Fortune 1000 companies at Corporate Counsel's 19th Annual SuperConference.

She is also an international television commentator, who appears regularly as a CNN Español analyst to 49 million households in the US and Latin America. The former in-house counsel of a Fortune 50 company works with a broad range of global organizations to foster compliance, trust, and integrity, including:

  • Information Security Systems Association (ISSA)
  • Institute for Internal Auditors (IIA) 
  • International Information System Security Certification Consortium (ISC)²
  • Cloud Security Alliance (CSA)
  • Institute for Supply Management (ISM)
  • Information Systems Audit and Control Association (ISACA)
  • RSA
  • Rotary International
  • Chautauqua Institution
  • Society of Corporate Compliance and Ethics (SCCE)
  • Corporación de Estudios para Latinoamérica (CIEPLAN)

"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

"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

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



Chilean-American expert practitioner and leader in cybersecurity, global privacy laws, and ethics with two decades of experience in compliance, investigations, security, as well as training and development in various sectors; extensive experience advising, training, and educating Executive Management; delivers ethics, compliance, and risk management expertise, consultancy services, and monitoring support to various sectors

"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™

​Chile/US Chamber of Commerce of California

"[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)


"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

“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

Nexus Between Cyber Crime & 

Emerging Global Threats


"An audience grabber - Dr. Sanford addressed numerous questions, and attendees expressed their desire to have additional talks by Dr. Sanford in the future!"

ISSA Executive Director, Washington, D.C.


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

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

Her one-day sessions and training programs provide security, accounting, auditing, and legal professionals with CPE, ABA, and, CLE credits. She focuses on laws at the international level and how foreign regulations can create corporate exposure, criminal liability, and physical safety concerns.

The former in-house counsel of a Fortune 50 company frequently lectures on the valuable skills of resilience and grit. She is a true leader and multidimensional expert with “magnetic and suspenseful delivery,” who teaches others how to thrive in the face of adversity. 

Her two decades of practical legal knowledge in real-world settings on three continents and multiple law degrees set her apart from other academicians and lawyers in her field.