Dr. Adriana Sanford

International TV Commentator, Professor, Cybersecurity Law

Adriana Sanford, J.D., dual LL.M. is a Chilean-American award-winning global privacy laws expert and an international television commentator, who appears as a CNN Español analyst to 93+ million viewers.

With multiple law degrees and fluency in four languages, she provides keynote addresses at some of the world’s top technology, IT, cyber, security, legal, and compliance industry conferences, including for ISACA (international professional association focused on IT governance) at their largest IT, telecom, technology, and security conference in Latin America; for Corporación de Estudios para Latinoamérica (one of Latin America’s leading think tanks); for the Institute of Internal Auditors on global privacy laws; and for the Association of Corporate Counsel on issues of importance to in-house counsel, such as the multi-jurisdictional practice of law.

Sanford is also a regularly featured speaker at the ISC2 Security Congress conferences (among the world’s largest conferences for cybersecurity professionals) and a global keynote speaker with the American Program Bureau, one of the largest and most prestigious speaker bureaus in the world for celebrities, entertainers, and renowned public intellectuals.

Sanford has further distinguished herself by coauthoring two books on cyber law and global threats that were adopted for the centennial celebration of the world’s largest and oldest institute for supply chain leaders, Institute for Supply Management. She is the recipient of the 2019 Cyber Law Woman Professional of the Year Award; was featured in Women in Security: Changing the Face of Technology and Innovation in 2018; and Rotary International donated on her behalf to the Kenya Water Project in 2014.

As a Lincoln Professor of Global Corporate Compliance and Ethics, Sanford addressed privacy reform on a global scale at the Chautauqua Institution in 2014. Sanford has also served on the Advisory Committee of the World Economic Forum’s Partnering Against Corruption Initiative (Latin America); as an Honored Delegate of the APEC CEO Summit in Chile; as a Georgetown Law Visiting Scholar; and on the Board of Directors of Amnesty International USA. She currently serves as Head of Global Cybersecurity Leadership for Telecom4Good.

The former Fortune 10 Latin American regional counsel has served as a keynote speaker at more than 140 industry conferences throughout the United States and Latin America. Her research, scholarly work, and publications focus on laws, regulations, and policy at the international level, where multijurisdictional legal conflicts exist and possible outcomes for corporate non-compliance include high penalties, criminal liability, and physical danger for executives in foreign territories.

Recently, Sanford served as a keynote speaker for LA Mayor Eric Garcetti’s 2019 Los Angeles Cyber Lab; as a VIP speaker for Microsoft’s 2021 Employee Giving Campaign; and as a keynote speaker for numerous international non-governmental organizations in Africa through Humentum (a global membership association for NGOs focused on international development and relief). Sanford is the upcoming keynote for the 2022 LA ISSA Summit.

She is often 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.”