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Adriana Sanford

Clinical Associate Professor

Office:BA 367L
Mailing Address:
Main Campus
PO BOX 874006
Tempe, AZ 85287-4006

Phone: 480-727-7004
Fax: 480-965-8314
Email: adriana.sanford@asu.edu
Adriana Sanford

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Chilean-American author, professor, media personality, corporate lawyer

Adriana Sanford is a Clinical Associate Professor of Management at W. P. Carey School of Business, Arizona State University.  She provides face-to-face, hybrid, and online instruction to more than 1,300 graduate and undergraduate students on a yearly basis, including candidates for the MBA and the Master of Science in Management. Her courses include ethical leadership, law and ethics for managers, international management, and ethical issues for managers.

Currently Sanford is also a Dean's Visiting Scholar at Georgetown University Law Center and a Visiting Research Professor at the Universidad de Talca in Chile.

She has coauthored two business ethics books, "Business Ethics: A Guide to Surviving Storms, Challenges, and Ethical Risks" and "Ética Empresarial: Una perspectiva global,” which were adopted by the Institute for Supply Management to commemorate their 100th anniversary.  

Sanford is also a regular on-air contributor to numerous television and radio programs in both English and Spanish and is a global-issues speaker for American Program Bureau. She is frequently a featured guest on CNN Dinero at CNN en Español, and serves as a Senior International Correspondent for Corporate Compliance and Ethics for Manufacturing Talk Radio.  She previously served as a weekly ethics expert for MoneyRadio and as the executive producer and co-host of a live talk radio program, "Beyond the Curve," on an NBC news affiliate.

Sanford holds a Juris Doctor degree from Notre Dame Law School and a dual Masters of Law (LL.M.) degree from Georgetown University Law Center. She is fluent in four languages, and developed an expertise in international and comparative law starting with her yearlong Concannon Programme in International Law in the Notre Dame London Law Center.  Her area of expertise focuses on global security and compliance issues in multinational businesses and cross-border financial transactions, which range from sophisticated money laundering, fraud, and product-counterfeiting schemes to online data privacy, cyber security, and the cultural challenges associated with international expansions.

Sanford was the first Latin American woman to be admitted to Georgetown’s dual LL.M. program and the only dual LL.M. in her graduating class. The dual Masters of Law degree in Taxation and International & Comparative Law required the completion of specialized course work in two separate disciplines, including writing research papers in both fields. Prior to joining ASU, Sanford served as legal counsel to several foreign multinationals.  Among her in-house positions, she served as the assistant general counsel of a publicly traded trade-finance institution and as Lead Counsel for Latin America/US Commercial Law Counsel for four divisions of a Fortune 500 company. 

Sanford is an ASU alumna, and previously served as ASU’s Lincoln Professor of Global Corporate Compliance and Ethics to 85,000 students, as an ASU's residential college faculty fellow for the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences, and as ASU’s advisory board member for the Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering EPICS Gold program.

In addition to teaching, Sanford regularly collaborates with the private sector on EU data-protection reform, anti-corruption practices, and human-right related risks in the global supply chain.  She is a frequent writer and regular contributor to the Institute for Supply Management's Inside Supply Management magazine and Forward Scan.    In 2015, Sanford served as the keynote speaker for ISACA's Latin American Conference (Conferencia Latinoaméricana CACS/ISRM) in Mexico City --- among the largest IT/telecom/security conferences in the region for Spanish speaking professionals that specialize in audit, security, cyber security, governance and IT risk.

Sanford also lectures for the Institute for Supply Management, ISACA (previously known as the Information Systems Audit and Control Association), Chautauqua Institution, Society of Corporate Compliance and Ethics, Information Systems Audit and Control Association(ISACA), Phoenix Rotary 100, ASU's Consortium for Science, Policy & Outcomes (CSPO), Information Systems Security Association (ISSA), Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) Executive Forum, ASU's Lincoln Center of Applied Ethics, and Arizona Ethics & Compliance Council. 

In July 2014, Phoenix Rotary 100 made a donation in her honor to the Rotary Kenya Water Project. She is a candidate for the 2016 Amnesty International USA Board of Directors. 



Privacy and Technology, EU-US Privacy Shield, and Data Protection Reform

Meeting Proliferating Anti-Corruption Standards from New and Diverse Legislation 

Human Rights-Related Risks in Global Supply Chain


ASU is a tier 1 research university and W. P. Carey is proud of its strong tradition of teaching and classroom excellence. Our students directly benefit from the research and theories our faculty brings into the classroom. Below is a list of courses being taught during the current semester by this faculty member. Click a course to view it in the ASU course catalog.

LES 305 - Business Law&Ethics for Mgrs
Legal theories, ethical issues, and regulatory climate affecting business policies and decisions.

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