The award-winning Chilean American cybersecurity and global privacy law expert is also an international corporate lawyer, keynote, and international television commentator, who appears regularly as a CNN Español analyst to 49 million households throughout the United States and Latin America. She is a true leader and multidimensional expert with “magnetic and suspenseful delivery,” who teaches others how to thrive in the face of adversity. The former in-house counsel of a Fortune 50 company frequently lectures on the valuable skills of resilience and grit.
During her professional career, Adriana Sanford has faced times of tremendous adversity, including being abducted while on company business. With this setback, she 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. Over the last decade, Dr. Sanford has focused her expertise on laws at the international level, where possible outcomes for corporate non-compliance create criminal liability and pose a potential physical danger for executives in foreign territories. A Georgetown Law director describes her as a passionate and determined individual who is “simply not deterred from her path by the obstacles of life.”
Dr. Sanford has lectured at more than 140 industry conferences. With fluency in four languages, she regularly serves as a keynote and featured speaker to leading think tanks, universities, and global organizations around the world, including Information Security Systems Association (ISSA), Institute for Internal Auditors (IIA), Corporación de Estudios para Latinoamérica (CIEPLAN), Information Systems Audit and Control Association (ISACA), Institute for Supply Management (ISM), Society of Corporate Compliance and Ethics (SCCE), Rotary International, Rivest, Shamir, and Adelman (RSA), International Information System Security Certification Consortium (ISC)², Cloud Security Alliance (CSA), Pepperdine University, Loyola Marymount University, University of Southern California (USC), Chautauqua Institution, Arizona State University, and Universidad de Talca.
Her high impact lectures and one-day sessions programs provide CISOs and CIOs, as well as accounting, auditing, and legal professionals with CPE, ABA, and CLE credits. Recently, Dr. Sanford served as the keynote to hundreds of General Counsel and senior legal leaders from Fortune 1000 companies at the Corporate Counsel's 19th Annual Super Conference. She has also taught ethical leadership, business ethics, and business law to more than 7,300 graduate and undergraduate students in the United States and abroad. She 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."
Dr. Sanford’s extensive experience addressing international organized crime and its links to corporate fraud, bribery, and other forms of business malfeasance span well over two decades. Over the last decade, Dr. Sanford has held several leadership roles in global organizations including a two-year term on the Board of Directors of Amnesty International USA and as a delegate of the APEC CEO Summit, which is “one of the most influential” gatherings of business and government representatives in the Asia-Pacific region. More recently, she served on the Advisory Committee of the World Economic Forum’s Partnering Against Corruption Initiative that builds foundations of trust and integrity in foreign markets.
Dr. Sanford has earned a J.D. from Notre Dame Law School and a dual LL.M. in Taxation and International/Comparative Law from Georgetown University Law Center.
Dr. Sanford is also an advocate, champion, global influencer, and mentor in the STEAM (STEM + the Arts) and cyber fields. Last year, she co-authored Women in Security Changing the Face of Technology and Innovation, which is part of the Women in Science and Engineering book series. More recently, she recently received the 2019 Cybersecurity Woman Law and Privacy Professional of the Year Award that celebrates “female cybersecurity leaders changing the world.” She continues to shatter barriers for females around the world and an expert at empowering students, employees, teams, and leaders.