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Announcement: We have now made this conference a virtual event. All speakers, attendees and sponsors will be able to access the full conference and its materials and will be able to log on remotely via the internet. Please contact a member of the SMi Team for more information customerservices@smi-online.co.uki

SMi Group are proud to announce the 14th Border Security Conference, taking place virtually on the 10th and 11th of February 2021.

With COVID-19 spreading across the globe, the security and integrity of a nation’s borders has rarely been more important than now. Security protocols have been thrust into the global spotlight as border professionals have had to adapt and change their usual approaches while ensuring that their effectiveness is not compromised; a successful response has frequently hinged on the ability of a nation to prevent infected individuals from entering the country.

Amid this disruption, the problems of migration, cross-border criminality, and smart-borders have become even more critical as rogue elements seek to exploit the situation. These issues need to be addressed urgently by the international community.

In its fourteenth year, the Border Security Conference is moving online as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic; this will enable worldwide border professionals to meet these issues head-on. Bringing together border forces, airport and port personnel, industry leaders and key international agencies, the conference provides an excellent opportunity to meet with key industry stakeholders and to hear from some of the world’s leading voices. Border Security 2021 is a truly global event firmly established in the market – it is not to be missed.
 

Border Security 2020 is the perfect occasion to learn from and network with the most informed and renowned experts in the field of border protection. Tune into the two-day conference and benefit from insights delivered by first-class professionals, scientists, border force officers, and industry figures.

Themes for 2020:

  • COVID-19 and ensuring a safe, hygienic security protocols
  • Migration and the effects of COVID-19 on legal and illegal movement
  • “Smart Border” systems, including the EES and biometric scanners
  • Airport-specific security protocols
  • Automation, AI and Big Data: feasibility and uses at the border

The SMi Virtual Conference Platform will deliver the following benefits:

  • Live and On-Demand speaker content: Get online access to the latest strategies and case studies from your market!
  • Network with all event attendees: Connect, see who’s attending, chat and share contact details with all online delegates, speakers and sponsors
  • Exhibit a Virtual Booth: Pack your customized booth full of documents and videos, and even show who is manning the booth during the event and who is hosting meetings
  • Host & Join Meetings & Socials: Join preferred speaking sessions, host your own meetings and even host virtual networking socials with inbuilt Zoom functionality

Embassy of Canada, Rome, Italy; Advantech Wireless; Aeroporti di Roma; AREA SPA; Bartington; Borders & Immigration; Bundespolizei; C.I.E.R. srl; CAA; Camtech Consulting; Canada Border Services Agency; Department of Homeland Security; DHS/NPPD/OBIM; Directorate-General of Maritime Authority/Legal Office; Dutch Border Police; Embassy of Ecuador in Italy – Defence Aattache; Embassy of Ukraine in Italy ; ENANA; EU Satellite Centre (EU SatCen); Eu-lisa; EUNAVFOR MED – operation Sophia; European Commission – Joint Research Centre; Federal Custom Administration (Swiss Border Guard); Federal Police, German Embassy; FLIR Systems Inc; Griaule S.A.; Hard Head Veterans LLC; Hermes Airports Ltd; Hungarian National Police; Idemia; Identity for Services; INTERPOL; Italian Coast Guard; Italian Coast Guard Headquarters; Italian Defence; Italian Navy; Italian Navy General Staff; Italian Navy HQ; Leonardo S.p.a.; Marina Militare Italiana; Maryland Test Facility; Miami International Airport; National University of Service; NATO STO CMRE; NEOM; Portugese Navy; ReadID (Innovalor); Science Media Partners; Susteen; Susteen Inc; Swedish Police Authority; The University of Reading ; TNO; UAE GHQ; UN Migration Agency (IOM) ; United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime; United States Border Patrol; US dept Homeland Security; USA Department of Homeland Security; Vancouver Airport Authority; Vision Box; YVR;

Conference programme

10:00 Chairman's Opening Remarks

Mr John Vine CBE QPM

Mr John Vine CBE QPM, Former Chief Inspector of Borders, UK Home Office

10:15 Czech Republic Response to COVID-19 and Working with Schengen

Mr Jiri Celikovsky

Mr Jiri Celikovsky, Head of Unit for Coordination of Schengen Cooperation and Border Control, Department for Asylum and Migration Policy, Interior Ministry, Czech Republic
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  • Czech Republic border protection history and approach: rich emigration past v restrictive present
  • Emphasizing the capacity of the security apparatus
  • Evaluating the Czech Republic’s response to COVID-19 border closures: capacity and responsiveness
  • Future of Czech Republic border technology and techniques
     
  • 10:45 Behavioural Detection and High Footfall Screening

    Mr Andy Palmer

    Mr Andy Palmer, Border Security Manager, Gatwick Airport
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  • The creation and development of Behavioural Detection & Analysis programmes
  • The value and limitations of high footfall screening technologies
  • 11:15 Staying Vigilant with Border Security During Global Emergencies

    Mr Didier Clergeot

    Mr Didier Clergeot, Coordinator Integrated Border management Task Force, Interpol

  • An insight into how criminal organisations have been exploiting widespread disruption during the COVID-19 pandemic and what this tells us about the weaknesses in our border security systems
  • Success stories and the lessons we can learn
  • 11:45 Morning Break

    12:15 Estonian Police and Border Guard COVID-19 Response

    Mr Egert Belitsev

    Mr Egert Belitsev, Head of Integrated Border Management Bureau, Estonian Police and Border Guard Administration
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  • Overview of the Estonian response to the pandemic and the technical means to monitor travellers
  • Measures taken to monitor the quarantine regime
  • Changes to the structure of the Police and Border Guard and future modernization plans
  • 12:45 Combatting Child Trafficking with Field Forward Rapid DNA and a Comprehensive Reach back Solution

    Mr Dane Plaza

    Mr Dane Plaza, Director of Federal Operations, Bode Technology, Bode Technology
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  • Bode Technology has successfully developed and implemented a rapid DNA reach back center that supports Applied Biosystems RapidHIT ID instruments, from Thermo Fisher Scientific, across the country.
  • The comprehensive program encompasses geographically separated rapid DNA facilities, all of which rely on Bode's accredited laboratory that is staffed with trained analysts who are providing 24/7/365 reach back support.
  • Dane Plaza, director of federal operations at Bode Technology, will discuss challenges and successes with deploying instruments, training end-users, and providing real-time support to deliver scientifically supported results.
  • These principles can be applied to applications supporting law enforcement agencies utilizing this technology.
  • 13:15 Lunch Break

    14:00 Happy Flow 2.0 Project Updates and How the use of a Digital Identity can Mitigate the Impact of COVID-19 on Smart Border Processes and Passenger Facilitation

    Ms Annet Steenbergen

    Ms Annet Steenbergen, Happy Flow Project Lead, Government of Aruba
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  • Updates on the Happy Flow project and progress towards the One ID vision
  • Mitigating COVID-19 risks: how have we adapted Happy Flow and what have we learned? What will this mean for our customers moving forward?
  • The future of Happy Flow and plans to bring in more partners to develop the experience
  • 14:30 Smart Borders Package: A German Perspective

    Dr Norbert Wilfried Reez

    Dr Norbert Wilfried Reez, Project Leader Smart Borders, Bundespolizei
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  • “EU Border Management 2.0” - How to get prepared for this
  • Digital Transformation - New challenges for border guards & border authorities
  • Border Security & Data Protection – Disentangling basic conflicting goals
  • 15:00 Afternoon Break

    15:30 US Biometric Identity Operations for the 2020s: Looking Ahead

    Mr Patrick Nemeth

    Mr Patrick Nemeth, Director of Identity Operations Division, US Department Of Homeland Security
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  • Overall US biometric identification systems and main lines of effort to provide a comprehensive and robust service
  • Where our adversaries are pushing ahead and how DHS is fighting back. How do we need to adapt for the future?
  • COVID-19 biometric experiences and lessons learned from the US to maintain homeland security whilst protecting civilians and staff from unnecessary transmission
  • 16:00 Combatting Fraud and Criminality During the COVID-19 Crisis: The US Experience

    Mr Jason Thompson

    Mr Jason Thompson, Assistant Chief e3/Biometrics, United States Border Patrol
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  • How cross-border criminal activity has changed and adapted during the COVID-19 crisis – what has the DHS done to combat these new approaches?
  • Safety of biometric scans and mitigating chances of transmission while processing
  • Safeguarding security personnel: our experience and what changes we are making in future
  • 16:30 Countering Terrorism at the Border: Best Practice for 2020 and Beyond

    Mr Rocco Messina

    Mr Rocco Messina, Head Border Security and Management, United Nations Counter-Terrorism Centre
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  • How cross-border terrorism has changed and adapted to the COVID-19 crisis, including shifting to digital
  • Post-COVID business-model adaptation for border security experts
  • Other countermeasures, both technological and procedural, needed to thwart terrorism beyond COVID-19 considerations
  • 17:00 Chairman’s Closing Remarks and Close of Day One

    Mr John Vine CBE QPM

    Mr John Vine CBE QPM, Former Chief Inspector of Borders, UK Home Office

    10:00 Chairman's Opening Remarks

    Mr John Vine CBE QPM

    Mr John Vine CBE QPM, Former Chief Inspector of Borders, UK Home Office

    10:15 Technological Actions in Spain in the European Framework of Interoperability

    Dr Enrique Belda

    Dr Enrique Belda, Deputy Director General of Communications and Information Systems for Security, Spanish Ministry of Interior
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  • Update on the Spanish border response processes and operational decision-making
  • Lessons learned and how we have performed as a protective force
  • Future border projects and how we will continue to modernize our borders
  • 10:45 Threats to EU Borders and the Frontex response

    Mr Carsten Simon

    Mr Carsten Simon, Head of Risk Analysis Unit, Frontex
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  • Threats to External EU Border in 2020 and into 2021 under COVID-19
  • Response including Standing Corps Deployment
  • Outlook in reference to Agency’s work on strategic foresight and multi-annual policy cycle
     
  • 11:15 Session Reserved for Swedish Police Authority

    Superintendent Patrik Engstrom

    Superintendent Patrik Engstrom, Head of National Border Policing Section, Swedish Police Authority

    11:45 Morning Break

    12:15 Airpol: Airport security in a Changing World

    Police Commissioner Peter Nilsson

    Police Commissioner Peter Nilsson, Head of Airpol, Airpol
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  • Airpol’s work to prevent breaches of security
  • After the pandemic -what is the new normal?
  • 12:45 The Airport Communication Project (AIRCOP): Safeguarding the Border at the Airport

  • Description of the project, structure and working methodology
  • Best practices for the implementation of Joint Airport Interdiction Task Forces
  • Connection between Joint Airport Interdiction Task Forces and PIUs
     
  • Moderator: Mr Cristian Fanelli

    Moderator: Mr Cristian Fanelli, Law Enforcement Expert and AIRCOP Regional Coordinator for South-Eastern Europe, United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime

    Mr Manu Niinioja

    Mr Manu Niinioja, Law Enforcement Expert (Airports/Passenger Data), United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime

    Senior Representative

    Senior Representative, Name Witheld for Security Reasons, INTERPOL

    Mr Ousmane Coundoul

    Mr Ousmane Coundoul, Drugs Programme Team, World Customs Organization

    13:30 Lunch Break

    14:15 Entry/Exit System (EES) Progress and Implementation

    Mr Uku Sarekanno

    Mr Uku Sarekanno, Head of Executive Support and Stakeholder Management Unit/Head of Cabinet of Executive Director, Eu-lisa
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  • Overview of EES progress and its intended effect to prevent irregular immigration, manage migration flows, and detect criminal activity
  • Integration with security databases: progress in creating standardized and effective connections with JHA Agencies
  • User-experience considerations: how is this being approached?
  • 14:45 Incorporating API-PNR Into Luxembourg’s Border Security

    Mr Stephane Levy

    Mr Stephane Levy, Director of the Information Processing, Police Grand-Ducale, Luxembourg
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  • Overview of API-PNR gateway and advantages for secure passenger data-sharing across partner organisations
  • Govlink: building an agile and appropriate data-sharing system for smaller airlines and private flights
  • Data security considerations and how these are inbuilt in API-PNR processes
     
  • 15:45 Afternoon Break

    16:15 Challenges of African Border Security

    Mr Peter Omurangi Otim

    Mr Peter Omurangi Otim, Expert Common African Defence and Security Policy, Peace and Security Department, African Union Commission
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  • The Africa-specific challenges of securing national borders and preventing illegal movement
  • The African Union’s role in supporting national security for member states and an overview of current initiatives
  • Looking ahead: what technological innovations and cultural shifts will affect border security in Africa and what are we doing to stay ahead?
  • 16:45 Cross Border Human Mobility Amidst COVID-19: Promoting International Cooperation and Digital Solutions

    Mr Baptiste Amieux

    Mr Baptiste Amieux, Regional Immigration & Border Management Specialist to the EEA/EU, International Organization for Migration
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  • How COVID-19 has changed mobility across the EEA region
  • How to coordinate and cooperate for border opening/closing
  • Preparing for the “new normal”: how technology and policy will need to adapt to work with COVID-19
  • 17:15 Chairman’s Closing Remarks and Close of Day Two

    Mr John Vine CBE QPM

    Mr John Vine CBE QPM, Former Chief Inspector of Borders, UK Home Office

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    FEATURED SPEAKERS

    Dr Enrique Belda

    Dr Enrique Belda

    Deputy Director General of Communications and Information Systems for Security, Spanish Ministry of Interior
    Mr Baptiste Amieux

    Mr Baptiste Amieux

    Regional Immigration & Border Management Specialist to the EEA/EU, International Organization for Migration
    Mr Didier Clergeot

    Mr Didier Clergeot

    Coordinator Integrated Border management Task Force, Interpol
    Mr Egert Belitsev

    Mr Egert Belitsev

    Head of Integrated Border Management Bureau, Estonian Police and Border Guard Administration
    Mr Jason Thompson

    Mr Jason Thompson

    Assistant Chief e3/Biometrics, United States Border Patrol
    Mr Jiri Celikovsky

    Mr Jiri Celikovsky

    Head of Unit for Coordination of Schengen Cooperation and Border Control, Department for Asylum and Migration Policy, Interior Ministry, Czech Republic
    Mr Patrick Nemeth

    Mr Patrick Nemeth

    Director of Identity Operations Division, US Department Of Homeland Security
    Mr Rocco Messina

    Mr Rocco Messina

    Head Border Security and Management, United Nations Counter-Terrorism Centre
    Mr Uku Sarekanno

    Mr Uku Sarekanno

    Head of Executive Support and Stakeholder Management Unit/Head of Cabinet of Executive Director, Eu-lisa
    Ms Annet Steenbergen

    Ms Annet Steenbergen

    Happy Flow Project Lead, Government of Aruba

    Dr Enrique Belda

    Deputy Director General of Communications and Information Systems for Security, Spanish Ministry of Interior
    Dr Enrique Belda

    Dr. Enrique Belda-Esplugues, Ph. D. at Polytechnic University of Valencia (UPV) and a MSc. Civil Engineer at Polytechnic University of Valencia (UPV). He has completed postgraduate courses at the Polytechnic University of Catalonia, the Pompeu Fabra University of Barcelona, the Polytechnic University of Valencia, the École Nationale des Ponts et Chaussées of Paris, the École Nationale d'Administration (L'ENA) of Paris, the IESE Business School and the University of Navarra, as well as the National Institute of Public Administration (INAP) and the Spanish Diplomatic School (Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation).

    Civil Servant in the General State Administration; he is currently the Deputy Director General of Communication and Information Systems for Security in the Spanish Ministry of Interior. He has also held the position as: Deputy Director General on Road Traffic Technologies in the Ministry of Interior and Lecturer in the Superior Technical School of Civil Engineers of the Polytechnic University of Valencia; he has also worked in the private sector as Chief Engineer for the construction of public works and project management.

    Dr Belda-Esplugues has received 11 personal awards and recognitions, both national and international, throughout his professional career.

    He has written seventeen (17) technical articles in several domains in national publications and six (6) articles in international publications
     

    Dr Norbert Wilfried Reez

    Project Leader Smart Borders, Bundespolizei
    Dr Norbert Wilfried Reez

    Norbert Reez is currently working with the Federal Police in Germany. He is head of the Project Group „Smart Borders“. Until end of 2018, he was commissioner for Foresight at the Federal Academy for Security Policy (BAKS) in Berlin. Before joining the BAKS he was head of the National Crisis Management Exercises LÜKEX (Länderübergreifende Krisenmanagement-Übungen/Exercises) at the Federal Office of Civil Protection And Disaster Assistance (BBK) in Bonn. Norbert Reez is a graduated criminologist and holds a Ph. D. in Law.

    Moderator: Mr Cristian Fanelli

    Law Enforcement Expert and AIRCOP Regional Coordinator for South-Eastern Europe, United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime
    Moderator: Mr Cristian Fanelli

    Mr Andy Palmer

    Border Security Manager, Gatwick Airport
    Mr Andy Palmer

    Having previously served in the British military as a counter terrorism specialist, Andy Palmer went on to spend several years in the immigration field before joining the Gatwick Airport security team. Whilst at the airport Andy has led the introduction and development of a Behavioural Detection capability which is now considered by many to be leading best practice in the subject. Internationally recognised as a subject matter expert on behavioural detection and security awareness, Andy is Chief Operating Officer for the International Association of Behaviour Detection and Analysis, has spoken globally on the topic and advised various critical national infrastructure and crowded place sites on the matter.
    Andy is also currently supporting UK Government led trials in High Footfall Screening, developing future strategies and tactics for widespread implementation. He has recently been ranked number one on the IFSEC Global list of Influencers in Security Management and is a member of the International Association of Critical Infrastructure Protection Professionals with further expertise in areas including Border and aviation security.
     

    Mr Baptiste Amieux

    Regional Immigration & Border Management Specialist to the EEA/EU, International Organization for Migration
    Mr Baptiste Amieux

    Baptiste Amieux is the regional thematic specialist on the immigration and border management (IBM) unit at the International Organization for Migration (IOM), based in Brussels, and covering the European Economic Area. The IBM mandate of IOM supports national governments to facilitate safe and regular migration, as well as enhancing border security, and border communities’ resilience. Prior to this position, Baptiste served as an IBM programme manager in Niger for 5 years. Before that, Baptiste served with IOM and other UN Agencies in Kosovo, Lao PDR, Tunisia and Burkina Faso.

    Mr Carsten Simon

    Head of Risk Analysis Unit, Frontex
    Mr Carsten Simon

    Carsten Simon joined Frontex, the European Border and Coast Guard Agency, as Head of Risk Analysis Unit in 2019. At the agency’s headquarters in Warsaw, he manages a team of analysts who assess the risks to EU’s border security by building up a picture of trends and patterns in irregular migration and cross-border crime at the external borders.
    Mr Simon started his professional career in 1993 at the German Federal Police, where he occupied different post as Commander and in Police Training. From 2010-2012 he was the Head of the Federal Police Inspectorate Offenburg at the German-French Border.
    He subsequently gained experience in an international environment while working in the Palestinian Territories between 2013-2016, leading an international team that established the Palestinian Officers Academy and a Leadership Training Course based on international standards. He later became Senior Adviser in Ramallah, supporting the Palestinian Ministry of Interior and the Civil Police in security matters and developing training courses for local police officers.
    Before joining Frontex, Mr. Simon served as Deputy Head of the Strategic Analysis Center on Irregular Migration at the Federal Police Headquarters in Germany, where he was responsible for an area of activities ranging from the analysis of irregular migration towards Europe and Germany, the development of the national integrated border management strategy, through to the creation of new risk analysis products.
     

    Mr Dane Plaza

    Director of Federal Operations, Bode Technology, Bode Technology
    Mr Dane Plaza

    Mr. Dane Plaza is the Director of Federal Operations at Bode Technology located in Lorton, Virginia. Mr. Plaza is responsible for the technical oversight and program management of numerous federal forensic research and operations programs supporting various groups with the United States Government. He is currently serving as the Program Manager for a program that is providing services to a USG entity that is utilizing rapid DNA along the Southwest US border to identify and deter possible child trafficking by identifying fraudulent family units attempting to cross the border. He possesses over ten years of program management experience and 17 years of experience in plant, bacterial, and human genomics including several publications and presentations at various national forensic conferences. Mr. Plaza holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from Viterbo University in LaCrosse Wisconsin.

    Mr Didier Clergeot

    Coordinator Integrated Border management Task Force, Interpol
    Mr Didier Clergeot

    Mr Egert Belitsev

    Head of Integrated Border Management Bureau, Estonian Police and Border Guard Administration
    Mr Egert Belitsev

    Egert Belitšev is currently Deputy Director General for Border Management of Estonian Police and Border guard Board. Following the studies in University of Tartu, he obtained Master of Laws degree in 2013. Starting his professional career in 2006 he has thorough experience of policymaking in the field of irregular migration, Schengen issues and integrated border management. He has also extensive knowledge with business side of software development in the areas of his responsibility.

    During the Estonian Presidency of the Council of the EU, he was directly responsible for the areas of return, frontiers and Schengen among which also proceeding of SIS package and proposal for amending the Schengen Borders Code. Currently as Deputy Director General for Border Management he is in charge for the development and strategic planning of all border related activities in Estonian Police and Border Guard Board. He is also responsible for overall crisis response planning in relation to Police and Border Guard Boards tasks. Few of the outstanding goals in this area for near future in Estonia are the development of Estonian external border and gradual automatization of border control process.
     

    Mr Jason Thompson

    Assistant Chief e3/Biometrics, United States Border Patrol
    Mr Jason Thompson

    Jason Thompson is an Assistant Chief with the United States Border Patrol, he has over 25 years of law enforcement and public safety experience. He currently serves as the biometrics program manager for the Enforcement Systems Division, at Border Patrol Headquarters. Mr. Thompson and his team have modernized the Border Patrol’s processing and biometric systems, continuously improving these systems based on the needs of the end-users and situational workloads. Nationwide, Mr. Thompson deploys, and trains field Agents in the use of, current biometric technologies, as well as processing, targeting and intelligence systems. Some of his more notable accomplishments include overseeing the development of Border Patrol’s mobile biometric collection device, e3 Mobile, and the implementation of Border Patrol’s DNA collection efforts for the FBI's Combined DNA Index System (CODIS).

    Mr Jiri Celikovsky

    Head of Unit for Coordination of Schengen Cooperation and Border Control, Department for Asylum and Migration Policy, Interior Ministry, Czech Republic
    Mr Jiri Celikovsky

    Jirí Celikovský stood at the forefront of the accession of the Czech Republic to the European Union in the area of Schengen cooperation. Throughout his 30-year experience in the area of border policy, Jirí gathered a unique experience in this field. First, as deputy head of Border Police and later head of Schengen Unit at the Ministry of the Interior, he acquired in-depth knowledge in both implementing border control as well as abolishing it. Jirí was at the core of drafting and implementing some of the most important pieces of European and national legislation related to Schengen cooperation and is recognized for his efforts during the Czech Presidency of the Council of the European Union in 2009. With the Ministry of the Interior, as head of a respective Schengen unit, Jirí has built a reputation for his extensive knowledge Schengen standards gained through years of participation in the Schengen evaluation missions. These standards are now included in Government-approved strategies known as National Schengen Plan and Integrated Border Management which Jirí supervises.

    Mr John Vine CBE QPM

    Former Chief Inspector of Borders, UK Home Office
    Mr John Vine CBE QPM

    Mr Manu Niinioja

    Law Enforcement Expert (Airports/Passenger Data), United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime
    Mr Manu Niinioja

    Mr Ousmane Coundoul

    Drugs Programme Team, World Customs Organization
    Mr Ousmane Coundoul

    Mr Patrick Nemeth

    Director of Identity Operations Division, US Department Of Homeland Security
    Mr Patrick Nemeth

    Patrick J. Nemeth is the Director of the Identity Operations Division (IOD) in the Office of Biometric Identity Management (OBIM) for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). OBIM is the lead entity in DHS for biometric identity management services across Government. OBIM is the lead entity in the DHS for biometric identity management services across Government. Mr. Nemeth’s responsibilities include managing delivery of current identity services through operation of the Automated Biometric Identification System (IDENT), fingerprint verification services, and information sharing to ensure a safe, secure, and resilient homeland.
    Previously, Mr. Nemeth served as Deputy Assistant Director of US-VISIT’s Identity Services Branch where he led the delivery of biometric and biographic services to Department of Homeland Security and other interagency and international partners, including customer engagement, fingerprint verification, overstay analysis, watch list management, reporting and analysis, and business operation of the IDENT and ADIS systems.
    Before joining US-VISIT, Mr. Nemeth was a Senior Intelligence Policy Analyst for the Under Secretary of Defense for Intelligence, developing policy for identity intelligence, conducting interagency outreach to refine biometric enabled intelligence sharing processes; and resolving forensic intelligence policy gaps.
    Mr. Nemeth retired from the U.S. Coast Guard in 2009 after a distinguished 30 year career. He served in various homeland security, law

    Mr Peter Omurangi Otim

    Expert Common African Defence and Security Policy, Peace and Security Department, African Union Commission
    Mr Peter Omurangi Otim

    Mr. Otim holds an M.Phil. in Social Anthropology from the University of Bergen, Norway.
    As Expert Common African Defence and Security Policy, Mr Otim has handled various portfolios, including Weapons of Mass Destruction, disarmament and nonproliferation, prevention and combating of terrorism, and fight against illicit Small Arms and Light Weapons.
    Mr. Otim is the Focal Point in the Commission for the African Union Mechanism for Police Cooperation (AFRIPOL), which is the AU’s specialized institution on police cooperation for AU Member States. Mr Otim played a key role leading to the establishment of AFRIPOL, and was deployed to Algeria for the start-up of the AFRIPOL Secretariat.
     

    Mr Rocco Messina

    Head Border Security and Management, United Nations Counter-Terrorism Centre
    Mr Rocco Messina

    Messina Rocco professional background is mainly based on Border Security and Counter-Terrorism at operational and strategic level. He started his professional career in 1990 after a two-year military police academy training with the Italian Guardia di Finanza. During his 25-year long career he was deployed in several strategic scenarios both national and international focusing mainly on border security and surveillance. From 2011 to 2017 he was deployed at UN/DPKO MINUSTAH in Haiti as Border Management senior officer in charge of the Border Management Section with a portfolio regarding the Haitian national border policy and the implementation of the Border and Customs police. He holds a Master Degree in literature and a Degree in international law from two Italian Universities.

    Mr Stephane Levy

    Director of the Information Processing, Police Grand-Ducale, Luxembourg
    Mr Stephane Levy

    Stéphane Levy is a civil servant at the Luxembourg Police he has joined in February 2016. His first position was as project manager at the Department for International Matters, where he was responsible for international systems like the Schengen Information System, Interpol, Europol and from February 2017 the Passenger Name Record. From the beginning of the PNR project, he had the idea of an API-PNR Gateway to facilitate the collection of PNR data between the air carriers and the States and co-founded an Economic Interest Group “PaXGov” (Passenger data Exchange for Governments) to promote this gateway not only meant for European countries but with the ambition to be a world hub for States and Airlines.

    Mr Uku Sarekanno

    Head of Executive Support and Stakeholder Management Unit/Head of Cabinet of Executive Director, Eu-lisa
    Mr Uku Sarekanno

    Uku SÄREKANNO serves as Head of Cabinet in the European Union Agency for the Operational Management of Large-Scale IT Systems in the Area of Freedom, Security and Justice (eu-LISA).
    After graduation of Tallinn University in 2004 (Public Administration, with a specialisation on the ICT policy) he started his career in the Estonian Government Office coordinating EU related IT developments, relevant databases and document management systems.
    During 16-year-long career he has worked for the European Commission, Estonian Ministry of the Interior, Estonian Permanent Representation to the EU and Estonian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
    Before joining eu-LISA he served as Deputy Director General of the Estonian Information System Authority, which is an agency responsible for the operational management of key components of the Estonian e-governance system - electronic identity management, governmental network, X-road, CERT-EE, cyber security framework.
    Earlier he has worked on various positions, including Head of Department for Law Enforcement and Criminal Policy in the Ministry of the Interior, Chief of Staff in the Estonian Permanent Representation, Justice and Home Affairs Counsellor and a member of Mr Michel Barnier´s Task-Force 50 (Brexit).
    He has been awarded a Medal of Honour of the Estonian Border Guard.

    Ms Annet Steenbergen

    Happy Flow Project Lead, Government of Aruba
    Ms Annet Steenbergen

    Annet Steenbergen is co-founder/initiator of the Aruba Happy Flow project for the Government of Aruba. The Happy Flow project is the first single token initiative that creates a seamless flow of passenger facilitation from curb to gate through the reuse of biometrics and advanced cooperation through datasharing between the public and the private sector in the travel eco system. Currently the Aruba Happy Flow project has started a second phase of innovations, with one of the aims to connect off-airport stakeholders like a hotel and a car rental to the seamless and contactless travel experience. The use of digital identity will be a central part to this second phase.

    In 2016 Annet took on the chair of IATA's Facilitation Working Group (FWG) and is a member of IATA's OneID Advisory Board. Since 2017 IATA started the One ID task force, residing under the FWG that is looking at creating interoperability between airports eco systems with a seamless passenger facilitation. This task force is working on creating standards and best practices to prepare the aviation industry for cross-border seamless travel.

    Besides her work for the Government of Aruba she is a consultant on seamless passenger facilitation with a strong focus on digital identity in the travel eco system, stakeholder identity management cooperation, data sharing solutions and data privacy/GDPR.

    Annet has 25 years international experience working in the field of border management (Dutch Immigration and Naturalization Service) and public private cooperation at airports. She has previously worked in i.e. the Netherlands, Suriname and South Africa.
     

    Police Commissioner Peter Nilsson

    Head of Airpol, Airpol
    Police Commissioner Peter Nilsson

    Mr Nilsson (1963) is a Police Commissioner and Head of Airpol since 2016. Airpol is the European network, financed by the European Commission, for Airport Police and Border Guard organizations at EU airports. Airpol has seven expert groups ongoing and has issued handbooks supporting policing/security, insider threat mitigation and behaviour detection in the airport community.
    Nilsson has a Law Degree from the University of Uppsala and a Master Degree in Sociology and Political Science from University of Leeds and University of Lund. He graduated at the Swedish Police College in 1991. After various positions both within and outside the police he was appointed Head of Border Police in Stockholm, Sweden, in 2005. He managed successfully this unit (485staff/30 M Euro) for ten years.
    Nilsson has a vast experience of airport security and airport policing, working with it for the last 17 years in an international context.
    Nilsson was in 2016 awarded the International Police and Public Safety Medal by the 9/11 Award Committee at a ceremony in San Diego, US.
    The same year he was awarded the PPA Cross, Medal of Merit by the Estonian Ministry of Interior for services made to Estonia and the Estonian Police.
     

    Senior Representative

    Name Witheld for Security Reasons, INTERPOL
    Senior Representative

    Superintendent Patrik Engstrom

    Head of National Border Policing Section, Swedish Police Authority
    Superintendent Patrik Engstrom

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    Speaker Interview with Ms Annet Steenbergen, Government of Aruba

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    Thermo Fisher Scientific

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    https://www.thermofisher.com/rapiddna

    As a worldwide leader in forensic DNA testing, Thermo Fisher Scientific has been supporting the criminal justice community for nearly 30 years. We are proud to introduce our latest crime fighting and border control tool, the FBI NDIS approved RapidHIT™ ID System, which enables law enforcement and border force officers to verify identification and familial relationships using DNA. Now you can generate forensic quality DNA profiles in virtually any setting in as little as 90 minutes—and no technical expertise is required.

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    Defence and Security Alert

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    http://www.dsalert.org

    Defence and Security Alert (DSA) is the first and only ISO 9001:2015 certified, world-class monthly Indian magazine in defence and security journalism. Covering a strictly research based spectrum of dynamic scenarios in India and challenging horizons beyond national borders, DSA is the only Indian defence magazine available on the intranets of Indian Air Force (IAF) and Border Security Force (BSF). DSA is an ideal platform in this domain to showcase your products, services and cutting-edge technologies. DSA is very extensively circulated among key policy and decision makers in the federal and 28 state governments and corporate world in India and worldwide through print and online editions.


    Satellite Evolution Group

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    http://www.satellite-evolution.com

    The Satellite Evolution Group delivers a portfolio of must-read publications including; Satellite Evolution Asia; Satellite Evolution EMEA; and Satellite Evolution Global. Containing news, analysis, case studies, and renowned Q&As - the magazines are a must-read. In addition to print magazines, the Satellite Evolution Group delivers products across a complete multimedia platform including email, CD, HTML, audio, and video streaming.


    Aerospace Technology

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    http://www.aerospace-technology.com/

    Leading aerospace organisations use Aerospace-technology.com on a daily basis to ensure they keep up to date with the latest industry specific news and developments. As a result, Aerospace-technology.com attracts a high quality and loyal user base of the most influential decision makers and aerospace industry leaders. For more information please contact antonio.rossi@verdict.co.uk or call +44 207 936 6806


    CSO Alliance Ltd

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    http://www.csoalliance.com

    At CSO Alliance Ltd our aim is to be your one-stop-shop for your maritime security risk management needs. We can achieve this by providing you with an online platform to facilitate the secure reporting of incidents, a reliable and a secure collaboration tool and an advanced database that can push relevant information and alerts directly to the user. This is supported by our analysis team with decades of experience in the maritime intelligence and security fields. By improving awareness of the threat and providing best management practice we can help mitigate the risks to Company and Port Security officials within the maritime industry. Working as one we provide security through community. This is the aim of the CSO Alliance. The new Superyacht Alliance will be rolled out later in 2019 aimed at Superyacht captains, managers and owners. Delegates can register to receive our weekly threat and activity report on the website.


    Maritime Security Review

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    http://www.marsecreview.com

    Maritime Security Review is the premier, free-to-consume resource for maritime professionals to keep up to date with industry news. We provide an overview of the top stories, along with unique insights into areas of particular interest. Visit us at www.marsecreview.com, or subscribe to our email mailing list at www.marsecreview.com/why-subscribe/.


    Security Document World

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    http://www.securitydocumentworld.com

    SecurityDocumentWorld.com is the premier website worldwide for providing cutting-edge and fully-researched news and information to all those involved in the security document business. The site’s main focus is on the design, manufacture, personalization and use (including fraudulent use and counterfeiting) of documents such as passports, ID cards (of all varieties), visas and driving licences, but it also covers a host of other security documents and vertical markets such as border control. Visit now – www.securitydocumentworld.com. Subscribe to our free weekly newsletter at www.securitydocumentworld.com/subscribe


    Actualidad Maritima y Portuaria

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    http://actualidadmp.com/

    Oferta diaria de empleos en los sectores marítimo-portuario y logístico Noticias, Buques, Empresas, Puertos, Aduanas, Eventos … Daily Offer of jobs into the maritime, port and logistics sectors News, Vessels, Companies, Ports, Customs, Events … Más información: www.actualidadmp.com (http://www.actualidadmp.com/)


    Airforce Technologies

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    http://www.Airforce-technology.com

    Used daily as means of creating partnerships and as a point of reference by professionals within the air force industry, this comprehensive resource supplies the latest news releases, detailed information on industry projects, white papers, event information and a thorough breakdown of products and services.


    Asian Military Review

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    http://www.asianmilitaryreview.com/

    Asian Military Review is ABC audited publication, read & discussed by key decision makers & advisors to Asia Pacific militaries. Published since 1993 it’s widely recognised as authoritative provider of unbiased & objective information to Asian military. Editorial content comprises capability analysis, special reports & relevant news coverage from the region. AMR provides information, opinion & facts allowing military professionals to track & understand defence developments worldwide, concerning equipment, training, organisation & doctrine issues. The magazine is a proven source keeping military professionals up to date on national & international defence & security issues.


    Armada International

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    http://armadainternational.com

    ARMADA INTERNATIONAL is leading defence magazine which reports on and analyses defence systems, equipment and technology. Together with its Compendium supplements, ARMADA provides defence planners in the militaries, in government, in procurement and in the defence industry itself with the information they need to plan their strategies.


    Airport Suppliers

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    http://www.airport-suppliers.com

    Airport Suppliers is the global airport industry’s number one meeting place for buyers, vendors, specifiers, decision makers, architects, consultants and system integrators. The portal encompasses all aspects of airport equipment, technology, design and services. We provide a comprehensive breakdown of products and services from leading industry contractors, with up-to-date news and press releases when exciting developments occur. With links to the most important airport related organisations and governing bodies in the world


    Defence Today

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    http://defencetoday.com

    Defence Today is an online publication covering the latest in global defence and security news, defence intelligence and strategic insight. Terrorism and emerging threats, defence industry coverage, the latest technology developments and emerging platforms and systems. Military equipment profiles and industry showcases. Advertising, press releases and event listings are available.


    Biometrie-Online.Net presentation

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    http://www.biometrie-online.net

    Biometrie-Online.Net is a French portal designed to encourage and support the exchange of information on biometric technologies. The aim of Biometrie-Online.Net is to act as a platform for the promotion and understanding of biometrics technologies. Biometrie-Online.Net provide: free information on biometric solutions, vendor list, news, useful links, events list… Biometrie-Online.Net manage the most important biometrics social network group on LinkedIn 'Biometrics Network & Forum'


    Defense Express

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    http://www.defense-ua.com

    Limited Liability Company “DEFENSE EXPRESS MEDIA AND CONSULTING” highlights events in security, defense and military cooperation areas. Regular information products of the company: - Daily News Wire and Analysis on http://www.defense-ua.com; - Weekly newsletter “Ukrainian Defense Survey”; - “DEFENSE EXPRESS” Magazine; - “Ukrainian Defense Review” Magazine (in English); - Book series “Weapons of Ukraine”. Company also provides advice and assistance based on deep analytical skills and knowledge of the conditions and characteristics of Ukrainian military market to companies, government bodies and intermediaries in the implementation of their strategy, relating to finding new partners and interests promoting.


    Military Systems and Technology

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    http://www.militarysystems-tech.com

    Military Systems & Technology is a comprehensive web portal, design agency and publication designed for the International Defence & Aerospace Industry. It is a source of daily information for Manufacturers, OEM’S, System Integrators and Contractors. We even have Government & Military Readers. The portal encompasses all aspects of Military equipment, technology, design and services. www.militarysystems-tech.com info@militarysystems-tech.com +44 (0)1392 881545


    Biometric Update

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    http://www.biometricupdate.com

    BiometricUpdate.com is the leading news property that publishes breaking news, analysis, and research about the global biometrics market.


    Global Military Communications

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    http://www.globalmilitarycommunications.com

    Global Military Communications is a publication that tracks the trends, drivers and technology that fuel the military communications sector. Communications continue to be the lynchpin of modern warfare and is crucial to any military campaign. The sector is going through unprecedented change as militaries and governments across the world move towards a network centric approach to their communications. From operations in war zones to homeland security and disaster recovery operations, Global Military Communications provides you with the latest communications developments on land, sea, and in the air.


    Homeland Security Research Corporation

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    http://www.homelandsecurityresearch.com

    HSRC provides premium off-the-shelf market reports on present and emerging technologies and industry expertise, enabling global clients to gain time-critical insight into business opportunities. All reports include in-depth information and analysis of emerging markets, technologies, and industries broken down by geography, market, vertical, technology, product, and revenue stream. Our reports support Homeland Security & Public Safety communities worldwide in their strategic decision-making process, providing up-to-date market knowledge, analysis, and insights. HSRC offers customized research services geared towards providing our clients with clear, actionable recommendations designed to empower decision-making and to help exploit emerging opportunities in the market. The customized research services provide a deep analysis of specific markets and eco-systems, target geographies, strategic segments and verticals, competitor analysis and technological benchmarks. The custom research services are provided as an ad hoc assignment or as an ongoing service.


    SecurityClearedJobs.com

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    SecurityClearedJobs.com is an on-line job board designed and marketed to attract candidates who work within Defence, Government and Nuclear sectors. We advertise 1000’s of job opportunities both on a Permanent and Contract basis covering opportunities within all industry sectors. Visit our site www.SecurityClearedJobs.com to search for your next job opportunity.


    Airline-Suppliers.com

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    Airline-Suppliers.com is the global airline industry's fastest growing meeting place for Airline CEOs, Directors, Food/Beverage Managers, Purchasers, Catering Companies, Flight Kitchens, OEMs, MROs, Ground Handlers, Cargo Carriers, Airside Managers, Contractors, Consultants and System integrators. The portal encompasses all aspects of airline equipment, technology, design and services and allows potential buyers to connect with suppliers the world over. We provide a comprehensive breakdown of products and services from leading industry contractors, with up-to-date news and press releases when exciting developments occur. With links to the most important airline related events, organisations and governing bodies in the world.


    Crisis Response Journal

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    http://www.crisis-response.com/

    Crisis Response Journal is the international publication focusing on response, resilience, continuity and security issues arising from large scale natural and man-made disasters, emergencies and terrorist attacks. CRJ analyses past events to draw vital lessons for the future, while constantly scanning the horizon to identify and help mitigate new threats.


    Planet Biometrics

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    http://www.planetbiometrics.com

    Planet Biometrics is a biometrics, global web portal that offers readers more interactive features, better news coverage, exciting interviews and information about the burgeoning biometrics industry. Planet Biometrics is renowned throughout the industry for breaking more news stories than anyone else – and then following up those stories with deeper and bolder coverage. The acclaimed team of editors is guided by a highly-respected panel of expert contributors who have accumulated decades of experience at the highest levels within the biometrics sector. The website can be visited at www.planetbiometrics.com

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    WHAT IS CPD?

    CPD stands for Continuing Professional Development’. It is essentially a philosophy, which maintains that in order to be effective, learning should be organised and structured. The most common definition is:

    ‘A commitment to structured skills and knowledge enhancement for Personal or Professional competence’

    CPD is a common requirement of individual membership with professional bodies and Institutes. Increasingly, employers also expect their staff to undertake regular CPD activities.

    Undertaken over a period of time, CPD ensures that educational qualifications do not become obsolete, and allows for best practice and professional standards to be upheld.

    CPD can be undertaken through a variety of learning activities including instructor led training courses, seminars and conferences, e:learning modules or structured reading.

    CPD AND PROFESSIONAL INSTITUTES

    There are approximately 470 institutes in the UK across all industry sectors, with a collective membership of circa 4 million professionals, and they all expect their members to undertake CPD.

    For some institutes undertaking CPD is mandatory e.g. accountancy and law, and linked to a licence to practice, for others it’s obligatory. By ensuring that their members undertake CPD, the professional bodies seek to ensure that professional standards, legislative awareness and ethical practices are maintained.

    CPD Schemes often run over the period of a year and the institutes generally provide online tools for their members to record and reflect on their CPD activities.

    TYPICAL CPD SCHEMES AND RECORDING OF CPD (CPD points and hours)

    Professional bodies and Institutes CPD schemes are either structured as ‘Input’ or ‘Output’ based.

    ‘Input’ based schemes list a precise number of CPD hours that individuals must achieve within a given time period. These schemes can also use different ‘currencies’ such as points, merits, units or credits, where an individual must accumulate the number required. These currencies are usually based on time i.e. 1 CPD point = 1 hour of learning.

    ‘Output’ based schemes are learner centred. They require individuals to set learning goals that align to professional competencies, or personal development objectives. These schemes also list different ways to achieve the learning goals e.g. training courses, seminars or e:learning, which enables an individual to complete their CPD through their preferred mode of learning.

    The majority of Input and Output based schemes actively encourage individuals to seek appropriate CPD activities independently.

    As a formal provider of CPD certified activities, SMI Group can provide an indication of the learning benefit gained and the typical completion. However, it is ultimately the responsibility of the delegate to evaluate their learning, and record it correctly in line with their professional body’s or employers requirements.

    GLOBAL CPD

    Increasingly, international and emerging markets are ‘professionalising’ their workforces and looking to the UK to benchmark educational standards. The undertaking of CPD is now increasingly expected of any individual employed within today’s global marketplace.

    CPD Certificates

    We can provide a certificate for all our accredited events. To request a CPD certificate for a conference , workshop, master classes you have attended please email events@smi-online.co.uk

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