Adriana Sanford, J.D., dual LL.M. is a global threats expert, Chilean American international television commentator, corporate lawyer, author, professor, and a Claremont Graduate University (CGU) Senior Fellow, who provides fundamental insights about the impact of data protection reform on individuals and their privacy. A noted speaker for the American Program Bureau (APB), Sanford has provided the keynote addresses at some of the world’s top technology, cyber, security, legal, audit, and compliance industry conferences. In her keynote presentation in 2019 at the annual SuperConference sponsored by the Association of Corporate Counsel (ACC), she addressed hundreds of General Counsel and senior lawyers from Fortune 1000 companies regarding the multi-jurisdictional challenges in the practice of law.
Sanford has served as a keynote speaker at more than 140 industry conferences. She frequently assists companies with building a ‘Culture of Privacy’ within their organization and has trained executives throughout the U.S., as well as remotely in Peru, Colombia, Panama, Guatemala, Mexico, Brazil, and the Dominican Republic. Sanford is deeply attuned to the needs of businesses and promotes the concept of a worldwide dialogue. She is a Senior Fellow at Claremont Graduate University and serves remotely as Of Counsel with Puga Ortis Abogados, which is a leading law firm in Santiago, Chile. Sanford was the lead author of two books on global threats that were adopted by the Institute for Supply Management (ISM) for its centennial anniversary, Business Ethics: A Guide to Surviving Storms, Challenges, and Ethical Risks and Ética Empresarial: Una perspectiva global. Her research focuses on multijurisdictional law conflicts, where possible outcomes for a company’s non-compliance creates hefty fines, criminal penalties and even physical danger for executives and their in-house counsel in foreign jurisdictions.
Sanford was featured in Women in Security: Changing the Face of Technology and Innovation in 2018. She co-produces and cohosts The Sanford & Hall Report with retired Rear Admiral Garry E. Hall (USN). Previously, she has served as a member of the World Economic Forum Advisory Committee for the Partnering Against Corruption initiative in Latin America and as a member of the Board of Directors at Amnesty International USA. She is a member of the Advisory Board of ISSA-Los Angeles. Sanford was named 2019 Cybersecurity Woman Law & Privacy Professional of the Year at the CSWY inaugural awards. She is the keynote speaker for the 2022 Cybersecurity Women of the Year Awards Gala in Las Vegas, Nevada and was featured in Top Cyber News MAGAZINE.
Sanford is often described as having “the unique ability to speak to students, captains of industry, and academicians all in the same audience.”