Professor, Corporate Lawyer, International TV Commentator & Humanitarian
Adriana Sanford is a Chilean American author, international TV commentator, Georgetown-educated international lawyer, professor, internationally-recognized privacy/cybersecurity scholar, and a humanitarian. She has worked with a broad range of global organizations to strengthen responsibility and transparency. Through enlightening, inspiring, and entertaining presentations, Sanford delivers high-content, high-energy, customized lectures at a time when corporate dishonesty and corruption dominates public attention and the new security landscape requires a deeper level of scrutiny, increased compliance, and broader accountability. Read More >
Governments face an increasingly complex security landscape and can only begin to envision the technological challenges of tomorrow. While government officials and law enforcement struggle to defend citizens from real security threats, technology companies urge governments to endorse consistent principles and enact reforms that will protect cybersecurity, economic growth, and human rights. Complex jurisdictional and security issues must be addressed through a broader lens, because the solutions may be beyond one country’s national interests and decisions may have strong repercussions on a global scale.
As outsourcing and technology continues to sweep the world, many countries are looking to one another for guidance on how to adapt their jurisprudence to suit the current environment. While innovative technology can address societal challenges, landmark rulings on privacy will likely have far-reaching implications on how personal data is collected, stored, accessed, and used.
Glass ceilings or sticky floors, a growing number of companies are instituting formal, global programs to attract women for senior leadership positions.
When corporate dishonesty and corruption dominates public attention, the new security landscape requires a deeper level of scrutiny, increased compliance, and broader accountability.
The ability to survive and thrive with passion and compassion. Taking control of the dynamics of change and creating opportunities to experience something different, rather than being a victim of circumstances.
In our complex world, there are many barriers ranging from economic difficulties and challenging co-workers to the ever-changing legal and regulatory environment. Today’s youth need to be better prepared to meet these challenges. We need to build a better foundation of trust, endurance, and integrity for tomorrow for the next generation of leaders.
Faced with senior colleagues who were corrupt, unethical and dangerous, it was important to identify the potential weak links, understand how US laws meshed with foreign laws and regulations, where there was corporate exposure, and where potential criminal liability might exist for executives.
While significant progress has occurred through the sharing of best practices and lessons learned, “consistent” legislation in geopolitical areas is needed, as well as further training on complex multijurisdictional challenges that remain in the fractured system. The private sector needs clear guidance as to the way forward through these multi-dimensional structures of laws and regulations to balance requirements and restrictions, which in some jurisdictions can also create personal criminal liability for executives for non-compliance.
The high personal risk of whistleblowing in the multi-jurisdictional practice of law continues to mount. There has been considerable legal contest over two competing interests: the duty of confidentiality to a former client and the right to reveal information. To what extent does the Freedom of Expression apply when it is perceived that a significant crime would be committed or continued without the whistleblowing action or where there is substantial evidence of legal and physical peril in not addressing the issue promptly?
"Adriana was the keynote speaker in ISACA's Latin America Computer Audit Control and Security Conference that took place in September 2015. She is an excellent lecturer and multidimensional expert combining legal, technology, governance and policy related knowledge that gives her audience the opportunity to achieve a holistic opinion on the presented subject."
"I have the utmost respect and admiration for Adriana Sanford as a professional and a person. She is a legal thought leader and a strong human rights defender, who created and implemented best legal practices for multinationals including one of the largest companies in the world. More importantly, through noble acts of bravery, she protected her clients, employees, and senior executives from international organized crime and corruption. Rarely do we see such individuals with this level of competency, courage, and integrity. When it comes to a sound and incorruptible legal mind, Adriana is second to none."
"Adriana is extremely knowledgeable and articulate both as a presenter and as a writer on topics of supply chain ethics, international financial crime enforcement, and other matters of comparative law. In addition to her overall expertise and keen understanding of the practical aspects of international business and supply chain management, her contemporary teaching style and high degree of professionalism have proven to be extremely valuable."
"Adriana spoke for us at ISSA’s CISO Executive Forum, on the supply chain, security and privacy, across organizations, jurisdictions and countries. She is a compelling expert speaker who fully engaged our CISO audience, who are certainly experts in their own cyber security line of work. Adriana was professional, articulate and responsive to our needs and what the audience wanted, and she delivered a successful session that provoked new thought and learning. Adriana also spoke to our local security chapters on similar topics. She resonates and can carry the program. Adriana is an expert in her field who is driven, articulate and passionate. She’s approachable, helpful and responsive—really goes out of her way to help. One of my personal goals is helping other women succeed in our field, and Adriana falls into that camp as well. All of my interaction with Adriana is professional and top notch, over the top in exceeding expectations."
"Adriana Sanford was the keynote speaker at the April 21, 2017 Information Systems Security Association (ISSA) CISO Forum in Washington, D.C. Dr. Sanford brilliantly addressed Chief Cyber Security Officers on Multijurisdictional Conflicts Under a New Security Landscape. She explained that the new landscape requires greater collaboration among governments and the private sector and that legal debates concerning personal data, encrypted communications, and mass government surveillance will continue to mount. As National security remains a concern - she discussed how governments are scrambling to protect their own interests in an inter-connected world—often at the expense of privacy and perhaps other individual freedoms. An audience grabber - Dr. Sanford addressed numerous questions and attendees expressed their desire to have additional talks by Dr. Sanford in the future!"
"I have been working with Professor Sanford, as part of the recent discussions around privacy, and the forthcoming new EU data protection regulation. Adriana is one of the rare persons within the US university circles, fully engaged in the international legislation initiatives, and with a particular sensitivity to international cultural differences. She advocates a stronger sensitivity and alertness for these issues within the US, and pushes for a worldwide dialogue and global approach. It is a pleasure working with her."
"Adriana focuses on the recognition of the human rights of all individuals, especially children and women in situations of social vulnerability. Her desire for greater accountability and improved justice in the global community is evident by her work, including advisory and board membership positions with international humanitarian entities. These attributes, combined with her cultural awareness, multiple legal degrees, language skills, and two decades in international corporate law, make her of tremendous value for scholarly research projects on a global scale."