Dr. Adriana Sanford is an award-winning Chilean-American global privacy law and cyber law expert, educator, keynote, and international television commentator, who appears regularly as a CNN Español analyst to 49 million households in the United States and Latin America.

Following an abduction while on company business, the international whistleblower has distinguished herself by educating corporate executives, thousands of college students, and the public at large, on global threats and the dangers of corporate corruption.

Dr. Sanford is frequently described as “an audience grabber” and as having “the unique ability to speak to students, captains of industry, and academicians all in the same audience." With fluency in four languages, she serves as a keynote to leading think tanks, non-profits, and multinationals in the U.S. and in Latin America. Dr. Sanford provided the recent keynote to hundreds of General Counsel and senior legal leaders from Fortune 1000 companies at Corporate Counsel's 19th Annual SuperConference.  According to Editor-in-Chief of Legaltech News, “in the opening keynote of the 2019 SuperConference cybersecurity expert, Adriana Sanford, helped in-house attorneys become 'comfortable' with noncompliance and explained why open-ended questions are necessary.” 

In Chile, Dr. Sanford provided keynote addresses for Corporación de Estudios para Latinoamérica (CIEPLAN), which is one of Latin America's leading think tanks.  In Mexico, she provided the opening keynote for one of the largest IT, Telecom, Technology and Security conferences in Latin America for Spanish-speaking professionals specializing in audit, security, cyber ethics, cybersecurity, governance, and IT risk.

Over the last decade, she has lectured at more than 140 industry conferences. Her one-day sessions and corporate training programs provide security, accounting, auditing, and legal professionals with CPE, ABA, and, CLE credits. She works with a broad range of global organizations to foster responsibility within the private sector and encourage foundations of trust and integrity in foreign markets including several non-profit associations, such as ISACA, ISSA, (ISC)², CSA, Institute of Internal Auditors (IIA), Rotary International, and the Institute for Supply Management. Recently, she provided a one-day session to internal auditors and accountants in Omaha, Nebraska through IIA’s Ak-Sar-Ben Chapter.

Dr. Sanford also provides lectures for a series of IT security conferences. She is currently scheduled to be a Featured Speaker for (ISC)² Security Congress 2019 Cybersecurity Conference in Orlando, a keynote for the 2019 LA Cyber Lab Security Summit sponsored by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, and a keynote for the 2019 CSA Security Summit in Orlando.  Dr. Sanford provides high impact experiential courses featuring real-world encounters that demonstrate the complexities of open-ended situations and the severe consequences that may result from foreign jurisdiction non-compliance.

Have you ever been on a path where no path you take is the correct path? As the former in-house counsel of a Fortune 50 company, Dr. Sanford warns that legal ethics rules vary in foreign countries and sometimes conflict with domestic rules that invariably place U.S. companies, executives, and in-house counsel in the legal and moral dilemma of deciding which laws and ethical rules to follow and which to break. Her expertise is focused on global threats and laws at the international level, where possible outcomes for corporate non-compliance create criminal liability and pose potential physical danger for executives and their in-house counsel in foreign territories.

Dr. Sanford’s extensive experience addressing international organized crime and its links to corporate fraud, bribery clubs, and other forms of business malfeasance spans well over two decades, including an international drug cartel and an illegal scheme involving Russian loans that resulted in the arrest and 30-year imprisonment of her former employer’s CEO. The involved bank also supported money-laundering activities by Russian, Cuban, and, Panamanian organized crime syndicates. Over the decades she has handled multiple, complex corruption and embezzlement cases in the United States and abroad.

Dr. Sanford has continued with her efforts to combat corporate corruption and international organized crime by her regular media appearances and serving on the advisory committee of the World Economic Forum’s Partnering Against Corruption Initiative.  The privacy and cybersecurity expert also co-authored Women in Security: Changing the Face of Technology and Innovation, a security book for the Women in Science and Engineering book series. More recently, Dr. Sanford received the 2019 Cybersecurity Woman Law & Privacy Professional of the Year award, which to celebrates the “female cybersecurity leaders changing the world”. 

Dr. Sanford was born in Orange  County, California.  She has two children, which she raised into adulthood. Her dedication to the global community stems from their diverse and rare multicultural upbringing. The 14th generation Chilean of Spanish-French descent also has deep familial roots in St. Louis, Missouri, as well as Cologne and Munich, Germany.  She is a direct descendant of a prominent wagon-maker and one of the first settlers of St. Louis, Louis Espenschied, as well as the great, great-granddaughter of the 24th mayor of St. Louis, Henry Clemens von Overstolz. As a descendant of the Overstolz dynasty and the Knights of Cologne, Dr. Sanford is part of one of the oldest living German families in the world.


Best-selling author of

Where the Birds Never Sing 

​Amazon #1 Bestseller

"Adriana is a very conscientious attorney."

President and CEO of Latin America
Consumer & Industrial 
General Electric Company

'Although Dr. Adriana Sanford’s most recent situation is over twelve years old, it is a textbook case of why international whistleblower protection laws and regulations should protect attorneys with multi-jurisdictional practices.'

Panama City, Panama


Attorney and ND Criminal Law Professor Blakey is the nation's foremost authority on the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organization Act (RICO)

The World Will Listen

Meeting with New York Times Reporter

Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport

Notre Dame Professor G. Robert Blakey

Dr. Adriana Sanford's APB Profile

“I alone cannot change the world, but I can cast a stone across the waters to create many ripples.”
― Mother Teresa