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Adriana  Sanford

Adriana Sanford

Chilean-American Influencer, Award-Winning Global Threats Expert, International TV Commentator & Former Fortune 10 Regional Counsel


Adriana Sanford, J.D., dual LL.M, is a Chilean American influencer and global threats expert who reaches 159+ million throughout North America and Europe. She is an international television commentator, international corporate lawyer, educator, author, and humanitarian. She is also an award-winning cybersecurity and global privacy laws expert with senior leadership experience, who appears regularly as a CNN Español analyst to 93+ million Spanish-speaking viewers and provides keynote addresses at some of the world's top technology, IT, security, legal, and compliance industry conferences. In addition to being Corporate Counsel's keynote to hundreds of General Counsel and senior legal leaders from Fortune 1000 companies at the 19th Annual SuperConference, she is Private Equity International’s keynote to hundreds of Chief Compliance Officers and compliance professionals for the upcoming Private Fund Compliance Forum in 2021. Read More >

With multiple law degrees, fluency in four languages, and globally recognized for "magnetic and suspenseful delivery," the former Fortune 10 Regional Counsel has served as a keynote or featured speaker at more than 140 industry conferences. Her research, scholarly work, and publications focus on laws at the international level, where multijurisdictional laws conflict and possible outcomes for corporate non-compliance includes high penalties, criminal liability, and physical danger for executives in foreign territories. In her professional career, Dr. Sanford has had to face times of tremendous adversity while confronting international organized crime and its links to corporate fraud and other forms of business malfeasance. Her extensive experience with global threats spans well over two decades and includes a foreign drug cartel and an illegal scheme involving Russian loans that resulted in the arrest and 30-year imprisonment of her former employer's CEO, as well as her abduction while on company business. With this setback, the former Regional Counsel came back stronger, and the world’s largest institute for supply chain leaders adopted two books she coauthored with other globally recognized threat experts.

She then further distinguished herself by serving on the Advisory Committee of the World Economic Forum’s Partnering Against Corruption Initiative, serving a two-year-term on the board of directors of Amnesty International USA, and educating tens of thousands of corporate executives, thousands of college students, and the public at large, on the dangers of corporate corruption. She is frequently described as “an audience grabber.”

In addition to serving as Of Counsel with a leading Chilean law firm recently ranked Best Lawyers for 2021, Puga Ortiz, she also an international resource for the global community at the University of Oklahoma where she founded and presides over an internationally recognized virtual conference series. The OU Global Risks & Threats Series Leadership Forum has brought together world leaders from the intelligence, finance, law enforcement, corporate and cyber sectors to discuss COVID-19 pandemic-related challenges. International coverage about the OU GRTS leadership conferences reached 55+ million through 100+ news and media outlets.

At the university, she is also Senior Fellow at the OU Center for Intelligence and National Security, Acting Director of Executive Education at OU’s Gene Rainbolt Graduate School of Business, and a faculty member at the Michael F. Price College of Business. She also produces and co-hosts another virtual series, The Sanford & Hall Report, with retired U.S. Navy Rear Admiral Garry E. Hall, where she discusses global security concerns, remote workforce solutions, and economic recovery in a post-COVID-19 world.

Adriana Sanford has “the unique ability to speak to captains of industry, college students, and academicians all in the same audience,” book her to speak at your next event. Read Less ^

Speaker Videos

GDPR and Global Privacy Laws

OU Global Risks & Threats Leadership Forum Reel

Hybrid Workforce Solutions

Keynote Testimonials

On Cyber Security and Global Privacy Laws

ISC2 Security Congress Highlight

On Data Brokers

On Cryptocurrency

On Data Protection Reform

Speech Topics

What Boards Should Be Thinking About / Dangerous Legal & Compliance Issues

Examine the breadth and depth of legal and compliance pandemic-related challenges that have risen to the top of the C-Suite agenda and are necessary for effective board meeting preparation. As businesses address compliance risks and anticipate new regulations and reforms, boards should ensure they understand the potential multijurisdictional conflicts that may arise to develop policies and procedures that are consistent with the organization's strategy and risk appetite. particularly when some outcomes for corporate non-compliance create high penalties or potential criminal liability.

Data Privacy & Security Boot Camp/ What You Need to Know About CCPA, GDPR & Other Global Privacy Laws for Remote & Hybrid Teams

Global privacy and data protection laws have far-reaching implications on how personal data is being collected, stored, and accessed.  Noncompliance due to competing and conflicting standards relating to workplace privacy and employee tracking or monitoring creates challenges that require effective communication and escalation to the board. Learn also how new ways of working remotely, re-acclimating onsite workforces, and new technologies impact GDPR and CCPA compliance, as well as how to boost employee productivity and humanize the digital experience.

Building Resilient Leaders & Emotional Intelligence in Time of Crisis / Former Runaway Teen Faces Adversity & Barriers with Success

In our complex world, there are many barriers ranging from pandemic-related difficulties and challenging co-workers to an ever-changing legal and regulatory la, Dr. Sanford motivates the next generation of leaders with her inspiring story of hard work, perseverance, and grit.  A barrier-breaker working in top-tier large law firms and with several multinational corporations, she has firsthand experience overcoming challenges and tremendous adversity. Her extensive experience with global threats in her professional career spans well over two decades and includes a foreign drug cartel and an illegal scheme involving Russian loans that resulted in the arrest and 30-year imprisonment of her former employer's CEO, as well as an overseas abduction while on company business. The Latina with multiple law degrees and a single mother of two was repeatedly placed in harm’s way while confronting international organized crime and its links to corporate fraud. Despite this setback, she came back stronger and published books on global threats. She then further distinguished herself by educating tens of thousands of corporate executives, thousands of college students, and tens of millions of viewers on the dangers of corporate corruption. Dr. Sanford takes control of the dynamics of change while creating the opportunity to experience something different, rather than being a victim of circumstances.