Professor Adriana Sanford

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Prof SanfordManufacturing Talk Radio is proud to announce that Professor Adriana Sanford has joined our program as our Senior International Correspondent for Corporate Compliance and Ethics. Professor Sanford will be a regular contributor to our shows.

About Professor Sanford

Specialization: Comparative Law, Corporate Law, Transparency, Accountability, and Social Responsibility

Adriana Sanford is currently a Visiting Professor at the Universidad de Talca in Chile and a Dean’s Visiting Scholar with Georgetown University Law Center. She is an internationally-recognized privacy and cybersecurity scholar and leading expert on transatlantic relations.

Dr. Sanford is a Chilean-American author, professor, and international corporate lawyer who has worked with a broad range of global organizations to strengthen responsibility and transparency. She was 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”. Through education, outreach, speaking engagements and the protections of rights, she continues to build awareness of, and advancement for, women in leadership as well as social justice and corporate responsibility.

Dr. 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. In 2015, she delivered the keynote address for the largest IT, telecom, technology and security conference in Latin America for Spanish-speaking professionals specializing in audit, security, cyber ethics, cyber security, governance and IT risk. Dr. 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.

Dr. 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, Dr. Sanford 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.

In July 2017, she will deliver the keynote address for a seminar co-sponsored by the Universidad de Talca and Corporación de Estudios para Latinoamérica, which one of Chile’s and Latin America’s leading think tanks. Dr. Sanford also 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.  Dr. Sanford is also a member of the board of directors of Amnesty International USA, which is the largest country section of the world’s largest grassroots human rights organization. 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. Dr. 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”. Dr. Sanford also lectures for numerous non-profit organizations, regularly collaborates with the private sector, and presents at numerous events on global issues, including keynote addresses 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.

Dr. Sanford also served as a Visiting Research Professor at the Universidad de Talca’s School of Business and Economics, on a scholarly research project involving the low female labor participation in Chile.  For five years, she taught business law, ethical leadership, ethical issues of managers, and international management at Arizona State University to more than 1,700 graduate and undergraduate students on an annual basis. In 2015, she also 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, Dr. 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, Dr. 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. Dr. 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. Dr. 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 a 14th generation Chilean and a direct descendant of one of the oldest families of Cologne, Germany. Dr. Sanford is a member of the Overstolz dynasty, which was the ancestral family of Cologne patricians.  She is fluent in English, Spanish, Portuguese and French and regularly does media interviews in English and Spanish.


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Below are episodes of Manufacturing Talk Radio to which Professor Sanford has contributed her expertise and insight. New episodes featuring Professor Sanford will be added to this page as they are broadcast.

S7-E5 What does Brexit mean for your data’s privacy?

Professor Adriana Sanford, Mfg Talk Radio’s Senior International Correspondent for Corporate Compliance and Ethics, and Clinical Associate Professor at the W.P. Carey School of Business, visiting research professor of the Universidad de Talca, Facultad de Economia y Negocios, and a Dean’s Visiting Scholar of Georgetown University Law Center will be with us to discuss the legal and ethical issues behind Brexit, privacy, data protection and the transatlantic flow of data.

S6-E5 Apple vs The FBI

We discuss the potential ramifications of Apple vs the FBI with Adriana Sanford, Senior International Correspondent for Corporate Compliance and Ethics. Where will it lead us as the FBI looks for an encryption breaker, or weaker encryption, that could be hacked? Would releasing to China, the NSA, the CIA, other countries, other agencies and state and local law enforcement be next? If you think your privacy is at risk, you need to listen as Dr. Sanford discusses the international ramifications for personal privacy if the FBI prevails.

S4-E17 ISM Report on Business for July 2015 & Prof Sanford on Dodd-Frank

Brad Holcomb, Committee Chair of the Institute for Supply Management’s Manufacturing Report on Business puts into context the ISM’s Purchasing Managers Index number for July 2015. Although the substantial majority of the provisions of the Dodd-Frank Act apply to public companies, many small and mid-sized companies are also implementing similar controls because their investors or executives demand it.

Prof. Sanford provides insights as to why the average whistle-blower might blow the whistle and strategic steps that should be considered when one stumbles upon the tip of the iceberg or the entire iceberg. Small and medium-sized businesses must appreciate the closer scrutiny that will be brought on by whistle-blowers, particularly regarding FCPA matters. Whether you are on the manufacturing floor, a supply chain professional, in receiving, or a corporate executive, doing the right thing is the right thing to do.

Prof. Sanford on Dodd-Frank starts around 32:00

S4-E13a Senior International Correspondent Professor Adriana Sanford Speaks on Microsoft US Court Case RE “Dublin Emails”

Every manufacturer in the U.S. could be adversely affected by the outcome of the Microsoft case and the Dublin emails. Learn why ten briefs have been signed by 28 leading technology and media companies, 35 leading computer scientists, and 23 trade associations and advocacy organizations that together represent millions of members on both sides of the Atlantic from Senior International Correspondent Professor Adriana Sanford as she explains what this case is about and why it could negatively touch every manufacturer across America.

S4-Ea1Corporate Ethics with Prof. Adriana Sanford

Sanford’s area of expertise centers on global security and compliance issues in multinational businesses and cross-border financial transactions, which range from sophisticated money laundering or product counterfeiting schemes to online data privacy and the cultural challenges associated with international expansions. She has worked extensively throughout Latin America, as well as Canada and Europe and was a  delegate to the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) CEO Summit in Santiago, Chile. Sanford assumed a front-line role when she orchestrated meetings between government officials, the Chairman of the Summit, and several US-based Fortune 500 companies.May 19th – Professor Adriana Sanford, Senior International Correspondent for Corporate Compliance and Ethics.  Professor Sanford, who teaches at Arizona State University, discusses several topics that can impact U.S. manufacturers, especially those sourcing raw materials or component parts overseas or in Latin America, as well as companies who have goods assembled offshore or near shore.