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Adriana  Sanford

Adriana Sanford

Award-Winning Cybersecurity & Privacy Law Expert, International Advocate, International TV Commentator, CNN Español Analyst


Adriana Sanford, J.D., dual LL.M., is a Senior Fellow at University of Oklahoma Center for Intelligence and National Security (OU CINS) and a global keynote speaker with the American Program Bureau. She is a Chilean American expert practitioner with extensive experience advising, training, and educating Executive Management. She currently serves as the Assistant Director of Executive Education at OU’s Gene Rainbolt Graduate School of Business (RGSB).  Dr. Sanford is a visionary thinker with rare intellect and multiple law degrees.  She provides the keynotes to some of the world’s top conferences, including to hundreds of General Counsel and senior legal leaders from Fortune 1000 companies at the Corporate Counsel's 19th Annual SuperConference. Dr. Sanford has been featured in “Women in Security: Changing the Face of Technology and Innovation” and she was named “Cybersecurity Woman Law and Privacy Professional of the Year,” which celebrates the “female cybersecurity leaders changing the world.” Dr. Sanford is also an international television commentator who appears regularly as a CNN Español analyst to over 90 million viewers throughout the United States and Latin America. Read More >

With fluency in four languages, she has lectured at more than 140 industry conferences. As the Director of The Global Risks and Threats Series, a joint program between OU CINS and RGSB, Dr. Sanford recruits top-tier decision-makers, visionary entrepreneurs, and world leaders to promote cooperation among industrial groups and solid build foundations of trust. She is also the Executive Producer of "Global Risks & Threats Perspectives with Dr. Adriana Sanford" on Manufacturing Talk Radio.  Dr. Sanford has previously served on the Advisory Committee of the World Economic Forum’s Partnering Against Corruption Initiative, as a member of the Board of Directors and the Governance Committee of Amnesty International USA, and as an international delegate to the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) CEO Summit.

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 substantial 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 in-house counsel of a Fortune 50 came back stronger and co-authored two books on global threats that were adopted by the largest institute in the world for supply chain leaders. She then further distinguished herself by educating corporate executives, thousands of college students, and the public at large, on the dangers of corporate corruption.

Dr. Sanford is frequently described as “an audience grabber” and as having “the unique ability to speak to captains of industry, college students, and academicians all in the same audience." Read Less ^

Speaker Videos

GDPR and Global Privacy Laws

On Cyber Security and Global Privacy Laws

ISC2 Security Congress Highlight

On Data Brokers

On Cryptocurrency

On Data Protection Reform

Speech Topics

Regulatory Divergence & the Future of Regulation

Learn how emerging technologies such as artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning, the Internet of Things (IoT), distributed ledger technology, and big data analytics impact global regulatory and privacy risks. The era of rapid technological change continues to create new regulatory challenges for governments. Read More >

Regulators around the globe strive to create, modify and enforce new regulations to protect national security, while machines teach themselves to learn and smart devices respond to consumer requests. Private companies partner with regulatory agencies to develop appropriate rules and regulations for emerging products and services. Read Less ^

Data Security, Data Privacy CCPA & GDPR: Complexities of Transferring Personal Data

Landmark rulings and new laws in the US and foreign territories have far-reaching implications on how personal data is being collected, stored, accessed, and used in the United States. As outsourcing and innovative technology continues to sweep the world, many small and medium-sized businesses are looking to one another for guidance on how to adapt their policies to suit the current environment and comply with Data Security, Data Privacy, upcoming CCPA, GDPR and variations therefrom.

Global Threats, Corporate Exposure, Ransom Demands & National Security Risks

Learn how to build awareness and develop guiding principles to combat global threats and navigate through the critical challenges in the age of terrorism. Product counterfeiting and human trafficking sabotage global supply chains, create barriers to corporate profitability, and endanger national security interests. The expectation that a ransom payment can be reimbursed sometimes facilitates the payment by executives; paying ransoms for cyber-attacks, however, fuels terrorist activity and encourages further attacks.

Senior Executive & Corporate Exposure in Foreign Territories: Surviving the New Security Landscape

Significant progress has occurred through the sharing of practices and lessons learned. Consistent legislation in geopolitical areas, however, is not always available. Learn how to ethically protect your company and your team against non-compliance when US laws does not mesh with foreign laws, as decisions may carry personal criminal liability or have strong repercussions on a global scale. Executives need clear guidance as to the way forward when the US and foreign governments fail to endorse consistent principles in the new security landscape.

Breaking a Glass Ceiling While Standing on a Sticky Floor

Resiliency & Grit: Overcoming the Obstacles to Success

Removing Blind Spots: Empowering Women Leaders in the Workplace