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Adriana Sanford

Professor, Corporate Lawyer (International/Comparative) & Broadcaster
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Biography

Adriana Sanford is Chilean-American author, media personality, professor and international corporate lawyer. She is a Dean's Visiting Scholar at Georgetown University Law Center, a Visiting Research Professor at the Universidad de Talca in Chile, and a clinical associate professor of management at ASU’s W. P. Carey School of Business.

She is also a regular on-air contributor to numerous television and radio programs in both English and Spanish. She is frequently a featured guest on CNN Dinero at CNN en Español, and serves as a Senior International Correspondent for Corporate Compliance and Ethics for Manufacturing Talk Radio.

Her research focuses on Brexit, data protection reform, privacy laws, the proposed EU-US Privacy Shield deal, as well as the proliferating anti-corruption standards around the globe and possible conflicts with US, UK and EU legislation. Sanford coauthored two business ethics books, "Business Ethics: A Guide to Surviving Storms, Challenges, and Ethical Risks" and "Ética Empresarial: Una Perspectiva Global,” which were adopted by the Institute for Supply Management to commemorate their 100th anniversary.

At the W.P. Carey School of Business, Sanford provides face-to-face, hybrid, and online instruction to more than 1,300 graduate and undergraduate students each year, including candidates for the MBA and the Master of Science in Management.

In addition to teaching, Sanford regularly collaborates with the private sector and the Institute for Supply Management. In 2015, she served as the keynote speaker for ISACA's Latin American Conference (Conferencia Latinoaméricana CACS/ISRM) in Mexico City, which is among the largest IT/telecom/security conferences in the region for Spanish speaking professionals.

Sanford also lectures for the Society of Corporate Compliance and Ethics, Chautauqua Institution, Phoenix Rotary 100, ASU's Consortium for Science, Policy & Outcomes (CSPO), Information Systems Security Association (ISSA), Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) Executive Forum, ASU's Lincoln Center of Applied Ethics, and Arizona Ethics & Compliance Council. In July 2014, Phoenix Rotary 100 made a donation in her honor to the Rotary Kenya Water Project. Sanford previously served as a weekly ethics expert for Money Radio and as the executive producer and co-host of a live talk radio program, "Beyond the Curve," on an NBC news affiliate.

A fourteenth-generation Chilean and a direct descendant of the oldest patrician family of Cologne, Germany, Sanford is fluent in Spanish, Portuguese, English, and French. Sanford holds a Juris Doctor degree from Notre Dame Law School and a dual Masters of Law (LL.M.) degree in Taxation and International & Comparative Law from Georgetown University Law Center.

She attended the yearlong Concannon Programme of International Law and was the first Latin American woman admitted to Georgetown’s dual LL.M. program. The dual masters of law degree required the completion of specialized course work in two separate disciplines, including writing substantial research papers in both fields.

Sanford is a member of Amnesty International USA’s board of directors.

Topics

Privacy, Data Protection & Hacks Attacks

Upcoming data protection reform highlights the need for consistent, global legislation to help businesses protect customer and supplier information. Ensuring the security of the supply chain is crucial to safeguarding a company’s intellectual property, reputation and relationships with its customers and suppliers.

Global Supply Chain Ethics

The supply management profession faces a new level of scrutiny and compliance responsibility. While the rise of globally extended supply chains has been a driving force for greater prosperity, it has also created or heightened money laundering, bribery and corruption risks, as well as human rights-related abuses.

Sophisticated Product Counterfeiting & Deterrence

The use of counterfeit goods is increasingly prevalent across all industries and is affecting consumers’ health and safety as well as companies’ reputations, profits and brands. Counterfeit parts have become highly sophisticated and harder to identify — packaging, labeling, or below-market pricing no longer distinguishes them from legitimate products.

New & Diverse Anti-Corruption & Anti-Money Laundering Laws

Varying rules and procedures require closer monitoring and further training to ensure that employees and third parties are compliant with relevant anti-corruption and anti-money laundering laws.

Regulation of Human Rights-Related Risks

Complex supply chains that wind around the world can leave multinational companies vulnerable to ties with businesses linked to human rights abuses, exposing businesses and their leaders to an array of financial, regulatory, legislative, legal and reputational risks.

Ethical Leadership & Strategic Positions at the Management Table

It is incumbent upon today’s leaders to ensure that their organizations and supply chains are educated and well-equipped to competently address challenges and ethical risks on a global scale.

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