Dr. Adriana Sanford, J.D., dual LL.M., is Senior Fellow, University of Oklahoma Center for Intelligence and National Security and the Dean’s Visiting Scholar of Cybersecurity and Global Privacy Laws, Price College of Business. Dr. Sanford is an award-winning Chilean American cybersecurity and global privacy law expert, an international corporate lawyer, educator, author, and international television commentator, who appears regularly as a CNN Español analyst to over 90 million viewers throughout the United States and Latin America. Her expertise is on global threats and laws at the international level, where the costs of non-compliance can present potentially enormous risk and expose executives to lengthy prison sentences in foreign territories.
The international advocate’s extensive experience addressing international organized crime and its links to corporate fraud, bribery, and other forms of business malfeasance span well over two decades, including 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. During her professional career, Dr. Sanford has faced times of tremendous adversity, including being abducted 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.
With multiple law degrees and fluency in four languages, Dr. Sanford works with diverse audiences, leading think tanks, and multinationals around the world. Over the last decade, she has also taught more than 7,300 graduate and undergraduate students in the United States and abroad. 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." Among her leadership roles, Dr. Sanford has served on the Advisory Committee of the World Economic Forum’s Partnering Against Corruption Initiative, as a delegate of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) CEO Summit, and on the Board of Directors and Governance Committee of Amnesty International USA.
A global keynote with the American Program Bureau, Dr. Sanford has been asked to provide the keynote address at 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, to CCOs and senior compliance professionals at Private Equity International’s Private Fund Compliance Forum, and to IT, technology, telecom, and security professionals at ISACA’s Latin American conference in Mexico City.
A multidimensional expert with “magnetic and suspenseful delivery,” Dr. Sanford has lectured at over 150 industry conferences and continues to shatter barriers for females. She is also an advocate, champion, global influencer, and mentor in the STEAM (STEM + the Arts) and cyber fields and co-authored Women in Security Changing the Face of Technology and Innovation, which is part of the Women in Science and Engineering book series. More recently, Dr. Sanford received the 2019 Cybersecurity Woman Law and Privacy Professional of the Year Award that celebrates “female cybersecurity leaders changing the world.”