Adriana Sanford

Deputy Secretary


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. She is a Georgetown Law Dean’s Visiting Scholar and a leading expert on transatlantic relations. She also serves as Deputy Secretary and as an Amnesty International USA board member; AI USA is the largest country section of the world’s largest grassroots human rights organization. Through education, outreach, speaking engagements and the advocacy of human rights, she continues to build awareness of women in leadership and advancement for social justice and corporate responsibility.

Sanford delivered the keynote address for the “Information Security, Privacy and Legal Collaboration” conference sponsored by Hewlett-Packard Company at the 2017 ISSA CISO Executive Forum. ​She was recently featured along with a dozen female professionals in the industry in the “Women in Engineering” book series in “Women in Security Changing the Face of Technology and Innovation”. She also delivered two keynote addresses for “Sociedad sin corrupción: el rol de las empresas y la politica'” for the 2017 UTALCA/ CIEPLAN international seminars held in Talca and Santiago, Chile. The events were sponsored by one of Chile’s (and Latin America’s) leading think tanks, Corporación de Estudios para Latinoamérica and the Universidad de Talca. In 2015, she delivered the keynote address for the Conferencia Latinoaméricana CACS/ISRM, one of the largest IT, telecom, technology and security conferences in Latin America for Spanish-speaking professionals specializing in audit, security, cyber ethics, cyber security, governance and IT risk. . Sanford is a regularly featured subject matter expert (SME) on CNN Dinero at CNN en Español, the network’s 24-hour Spanish language television broadcasting to more than 24 million viewers in the United States and throughout Latin America. She is also the executive producer and host of “A Global Perspective with Dr. Adriana Sanford”, where she interviews seasoned thought leaders and executives from some of America’s leading corporations about theory and practice of data security, privacy, and safety in an interconnected world. The program is sponsored by Willis Towers Watson, which is a leading global advisory, broking and solutions company.

Sanford also serves on the advisory committee of the World Economic Forum’s Partnering Against Corruption Initiative (PACI), a leading international foundation and business voice on anti-corruption and transparency. Among her current research projects, she worked with the World Economic Forum on exploring levels of trust in the infrastructure and urban development industries. Last year, she worked on Building Foundations for Trust and Integrity, which is a new World Economic Forum report to help address corruption in Latin America. The report featured Mexico as a case study—as a potential regional model for reform.

Sanford chairs the advisory board for the International Institute of Management’s think tank research. Her current scholarly research project focuses on the challenges in managing intellectual property in the new age of internet publishing. Previously, she served as a delegate to the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation CEO Summit. In 2011, she also served on ASU’s advisory board of the Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering EPICS Gold program, a national award-winning social entrepreneurship program designed to provide real world opportunities for undergraduate students to change their world.Sanford’s particular EPICS project focused on technology and sustainability to address social challenges in connection with 8.8 Richter scale earthquake that struck in February 2010 in south-central Chile.

She is the lead author of two business ethics books that provide critical insight for current and aspiring security, business, and supply chain professionals, “Business Ethics: A Guide to Surviving Storms, Challenges, and Ethical Risks” and “Ética Empresarial: Una perspectiva global”. Sanford also lectures for numerous non-profit organizations, regularly collaborates with the private sector, and presents at numerous events on global issues, including keynote adresses through the American Program Bureau. She has published a number of articles with the Institute for Supply Management™ that cover important and timely aspects of global corporate ethics and compliance.

She is a former Visiting Professor at the Universidad de Talca in Chile. For five years, she also taught business law, ethical leadership, ethical issues of managers, and international management at Arizona State University to more than 1,600 graduate and undergraduate students on an annual basis. In 2015, she served as ASU’s Lincoln Professor of Global Corporate Compliance and Ethics to 85,000 students and faculty and as ASU’s residential college faculty fellow for the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences.

Prior to teaching, Sanford served as the primary US counsel to several multinational businesses, including one of the largest international trading companies in the Southern Cone region — Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Paraguay and Uruguay. Her clients also have included, among others, one of the world’s leading security companies, one of Mexico’s largest infrastructure companies, and one of Chile’s largest fisheries. Among her in-house positions, she has served as the Assistant General Counsel of a trade finance bank, as well as lead counsel for Latin America and US commercial law counsel for four divisions of a Fortune 50 company.

Academically, Sanford completed six years of law school, receiving a Juris Doctor degree from the Notre Dame Law School and a dual Masters of Law (LL.M.) degree from Georgetown University Law Center in taxation and international and comparative law. She was the first Latin American woman accepted into Georgetown’s dual LL.M. program and the only dual LL.M. in her graduating class. Sanford also studied international and comparative law in the year-long Concannon Program of International Law at the Notre Dame London Law Center in London, England. She then attended Thunderbird School of Global Management for post-graduate studies in global management. Sanford attended an all-girl’s academy in Chile, Villa Maria Academy before receiving her B.A. in political science from Arizona State University, where she focused on comparative politics. She is fluent in English, Spanish, Portuguese and French and regularly does media interviews in English and Spanish.