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SMi Group are proud to announce the 14th Border Security Conference, taking place in Prague, Czech Republic, 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 to Prague, Czech Republic, 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 meet the most informed and renowned experts in the field of border protection. Attend 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

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;

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 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
Mr Yiannis Harpas

Mr Yiannis Harpas

Senior Manager Operations Pafos International Aiport, Hermes Airports Ltd
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
 

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 Didier Clergeot

Coordinator Integrated Border management Task Force, Interpol
Mr Didier Clergeot

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 Jason Thompson

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

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 Patrick Nemeth

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

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 Uku Sarekanno

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

Mr Yiannis Harpas

Senior Manager Operations Pafos International Aiport, Hermes Airports Ltd
Mr Yiannis Harpas

Yiannis Harpas, is the Senior Manager Operations of Pafos International Airport at Hermes Airports Ltd. Prior to his current appointment he served as the Aerodrome Contracts and Compliance Manager at Larnaka International Airport. Yiannis has a vast experience of over 27 years in the aviation industry with strong emphasis in Airport and Airline operations.

He graduated the International Institute of Science and Tourism in Rome and Technikon Natal in South Africa in Tourism & Hotel Management and Business Management respectively.

Among his goals is to support the organization achieve its strategic priorities by ensuring that Pafos International Airport operates safely, efficiently and securely while complying with all international and national regulations, standards and policies and applying modern best practices in airport management. In parallel the implementation of the organization’s commercial strategies to maximize revenue and profitability is also among his top priorities.

Professionals choose to work with Yiannis for his exceptional character and high sense of integrity, reliability and positive outlook. Due to his extensive experience and strengths that include high collaborative tactics and an ability to build rapport with a diverse workforce in multicultural settings, his associates consistently consider his advice and trust his judgement on critical valued matters.

Yiannis prides himself for delivering and achieving successful results within short and predefined timeframes, his most recent accomplishment was the successful implementation of the BorderXpress operation in Cyprus.

An individual who is passionate in exploring the world and constantly learning from the global cultural diversity.
 

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.
 

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Angelo Hotel

Radlicka 1g, 150 00, Prague, Czech Republic

The Czech capital is where tradition meets modernity. Located on the left bank of the Vltava river in the modern quarter of Andel, angelo’s by Vienna House Prague is situated in Prague's bustling 5th district. Getting here couldn't be easier, thanks to the hotel's close proximity to bus and tram stops and Andel metro station. One of the best shopping centres in the city, with over 130 shops and restaurants, is equally close by.

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Angelo Hotel

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Czech Republic

Angelo Hotel

The Czech capital is where tradition meets modernity. Located on the left bank of the Vltava river in the modern quarter of Andel, angelo’s by Vienna House Prague is situated in Prague's bustling 5th district. Getting here couldn't be easier, thanks to the hotel's close proximity to bus and tram stops and Andel metro station. One of the best shopping centres in the city, with over 130 shops and restaurants, is equally close by.

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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.

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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.

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