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SMi Group are proud to announce the 15th Border Security Conference, taking place on the 7th and 8th of February 2022.

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.

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 2022 is a truly global event firmly established in the market – it is not to be missed.

Border Security 2022 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 2022:

  • 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;

Conference programme

8:00 Registration & Coffee

8:50 Chairman's Opening Remarks

Mr John Vine

Mr John Vine, Former Chief Inspector of Borders, Borders & Immigration

9:00 Host Nation Address: Independent Assurance of the UK’s Borders and Immigration Functions

Mr David Neal

Mr David Neal, Independent Chief Inspector of Borders and Immigration, Independent Chief Inspector of Borders and Immigration
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• Insights into how UK Borders and Immigration is independently assured.
• Strengths and weaknesses of the current system
• Plans for modernisation after Brexit and Covid-19
 

9:30 Behavioural Detection & Analysis - The Advancement of Understanding, Recognition and Standards

Mr Andrew Palmer

Mr Andrew Palmer, Director General, International Association of Behaviour Detection and Analysis
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• The benefits and limitations of utilising Behavioural Detection
• Tackling myths and misconceptions
• Measuring the success of a disruption effects approach to security
 

10:00 Optimising Security at British Ports

Mr Andrew Billings

Mr Andrew Billings, Group Head of Security, Associated British Ports
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• Overview of the changes being made by Associated British Ports to secure UK borders during a global pandemic
• Challenges of searching passengers and vehicles in a COVID compliant manner
• Working with regulators and adapting quickly to a rapidly changing regulatory environment
 

10:30 Morning Coffee

11:00 A Systems Engineering Approach to Borders

Mr Richard Gutsell

Mr Richard Gutsell, Borders, Identity and the Digital Economy, Atkins Ltd

• Delivering a systematic and strategic approach to Border security
• Meeting Digital, Infrastructure and Operational challenges,
• Deploying a multilayer strategy
• Modelling Borders in Digital environments
 

11:30 Improving the EU’s Visa Information System (VIS) for the post-COVID era

Mr Uku Sarekanno

Mr Uku Sarekanno, Head of Cabinet of the Executive Management, Eu-lisa
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• The modifications being made to the VIS in response to emerging challenges in migration and security
• Extending the scope of VIS to cover longstay visas and residence permits
• Challenges of integrating the VIS into the overall database framework of the EU and how it will assist other systems such as the Entry and Exit System and the European Travel Information Authorisation System
 

12:00 Panel Debate: Reacting to Diverse Migration & Border Management Challenges: Technology, Legislation and Structures

Mr John Vine

Mr John Vine, Former Chief Inspector of Borders, Borders & Immigration

12:30 Networking Lunch

13:30 Combatting Migrant Smuggling in Europe

Mr Damien Thuriaux

Mr Damien Thuriaux, Head of Immigration and Border Management, IOM

• Overview of IOM’s efforts to assist Member States in building and strengthening their capacities to directly intervene in migrant smuggling operations
• Implementing effective border control measures and ensuring the concerted action of law enforcement agencies
• Assisting in enhancing regional and international cooperation among key States and advocating for the exchange of best practices
 

14:00 Adopting an Interagency Approach to Fight Transnational Organized Crime and Terrorism at the Air Borders

Mr Cristian Fanelli

Mr Cristian Fanelli, AIRCOP Regional Coordinator for South-Eastern Europe, United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime
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• The AIRCOP concept: notes on the implementation of JAITFs and AIRCOP/CCP Interagency Groups
• Interagency cooperation’s added values within the border clearance process
• Operational integration of JAITFs and PIUs
 

14:30 UN Countering Terrorist Travel Programme

Ms Christine Bradley

Ms Christine Bradley, Chief of Section, Countering Terrorist Travel, United Nations Office of Counter Terrorism (UNOCT)
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Strategic context and international framework for passenger data
Overview of the UN Countering Terrorist Travel Programme
Key areas of support: legal, operational, transport industry engagement, technical
 

15:00 Afternoon Coffee

15:30 Training and On-the-Ground Programmes in Africa to Boost Border Management Skills

Mr Didier Clergeot

Mr Didier Clergeot, Operations Coordinator, Interpol
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• INTERPOL-led border management operations in West and East Africa highlight the importance of strong security measures to detect individuals using fraudulent travel documents
• Accessing INTERPOL’s I-24/7 secure police communication system outside the INTERPOL National Central Bureaus (NCBs) for direct access to the Organization’s criminal databases
• Reinforcing frontline officers’ knowledge and skills

 

16:00 Combatting Transnational Organised Crime in Southeast Asia

Mr Esteban Felipe De La Torre

Mr Esteban Felipe De La Torre, Regional Coordinator, Policy and Outreach, United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime
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• The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime’s (UNODC) collaboration with the Association of Southeast Asia Nations’ (ASEAN) efforts to improve border security
• Expanding and strengthening Border Liaison Offices in Thailand
• Promoting multilateral approaches to border management in the Mekong region in the form of cross-border information sharing
 

16:30 D4FLY: Enhancing the Efficiency and Security of Identity Verification at Border Crossings

Mr James  Ferryman

Mr James Ferryman, Project Coordinator, The University of Reading
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• Biometric technologies for the verification of traveller’s identity on-the-move through 3D face, iris, and somatotype recognition
• Smartphone applications for enhanced traveller verification
• Advanced face morphed attack detection
 

17:00 Chairman’s Closing Remarks and Close of Day Two

Mr John Vine

Mr John Vine, Former Chief Inspector of Borders, Borders & Immigration

8:00 Registration & Coffee

8:50 Chairman's Opening Remarks

Mr John Vine

Mr John Vine, Former Chief Inspector of Borders, Borders & Immigration

9:00 CBP’s Efforts to Innovate the Future of Travel through Facial Biometrics and Public-Private Partnerships

Ms Diane J. Sabatino

Ms Diane J. Sabatino, Deputy Executive Assistant Commissioner, US Customs and Border Protection
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 • Expanding the use of facial biometrics to further secure and streamline travel at air, land, and sea while protecting the privacy of all travellers
• Ensuring the use of biometric facial comparison technology is secure and touchless and seamlessly integrates into the travel journey wherever identity verification is required and supports the travel recovery efforts
• Working closely with a variety of travel stakeholders and international partners to reimagine the future of travel using biometrics, mobile options, and other innovative processes

 

9:30 Modernising Biometrics in the US Department of Homeland Security

Mr Patrick Nemeth

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

• Progress of the US Office of Biometric Identity Management’s (OBIM) efforts to transition from the Automated Biometric Identification (IDENT) System to the Homeland Advanced Recognition Technology (HART) System
• Mitigating the privacy risks of HART’s implementation, such as those posed by deepfakes and the unintended sharing of sensitive information
• OBIM’s ambitions for HART, including its ability to perform multiple matching operations and store a more diverse range of biometric data (DNA, palm, voice, scar and tattoo etc.) in support of the DHS’s strategic goals
 

10:00 Session Reserved for Sponsor

10:30 Morning Coffee

11:00 Airport Security in a Changing World

Mr Peter Nilsson

Mr Peter Nilsson, Head of Airpol, Police Commissioner, Airpol
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• Airpol’s work to prevent breaches of security during a pandemic and other disruptions
• How Airpol's network helps secure airports and ensure that new threats are mitigated - Airport security internal and external threats
 

11:30 Aruba Happy Flow 2.0 and Aruba’s Post-Covid Smart Border Vision

Mrs Annet Steenbergen

Mrs Annet Steenbergen, Project Lead Aruba Happy Flow 2.0 , Government of Aruba
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• Updates on the latest from Aruba’s Happy Flow 2.0 and what was done to mitigate the need for Covid health credentials from travelers
• How will the acceleration of the digitization of passenger data impact border security and passenger facilitation?
• The use of a digital wallet and digital identity will change the passenger experience

 

12:00 Optimising Heathrow Airport’s Security

Mrs Kirsty Lockie

Mrs Kirsty Lockie, Border Force & Corporate Security Manager, Heathrow
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Overview of Heathrow’s efforts to refresh
and transform its security operations during
and after a global pandemic
• Implementing Passenger Self Service and
adopting the latest biometric technology
• Developments on the Heathrow Passenger
Identity Project

12:30 Airport Operations after COVID-19

Mr Derek Provan

Mr Derek Provan, CEO, AGS Airports
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• The changing market environment
• The purpose of airports
• Technology aligned with service
 

13:00 Networking Lunch

14:00 Session Reserved for US Border Patrol

Chief Raul Ortiz

Chief Raul Ortiz, Chief, US Border Patrol, US Customs and Border Protection

• Insights into the US Customs and Border Patrol’s adoption of sUAS for airbourne reconnaissance, surveillance and tracking
• Comparing the efficacy of vertical landing vs fixed wing sUAS for different border operations
• Case Studies of success on both the Southern and Northern borders
 

14:30 FOLDOUT: Making Border Surveillance Smart and Seamless

Mr Georg Melzer-Venturi

Mr Georg Melzer-Venturi, CEO, Eutema Research Services
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• Overview of the EU’s FOLDOUT project, which aims to provide effective surveillance technology for foliage penetration
• Combining the latest machine learning algorithms and multi-altitude sensor platforms under a single, simple user interface
• Developing border surveillance technologies in compliance with legal and ethical requirements
 

15:00 Changing the Border: The Dutch Border Police’s Perspective

Lieutenant Bartjan Van Duijvenbode

Lieutenant Bartjan Van Duijvenbode, Innovation Manager, Dutch Border Police

• Lessons from the ongoing Dutch response to the pandemic
• Future proofing Schiphol
• Managing border security bottom up
 

15:30 Afternoon Coffee

16:00 Successes of the iMARS Project in Developing Counter-Morphing and Fraud Technology

Ms Frøy Løvåsdal

Ms Frøy Løvåsdal, Senior Adviser, National Police Directorate, Norway
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• Aims of the iMARS project
• Developing document verification, fraud detection (DVFD) tools and providing training to humans to improve the checking of identify documents
• Benchmarking technology and algorithms against human performance in detecting morphs
 

16:30 Implementing ABC Gates and a New Passport Solution in Estonia

• Insights into the Estonian Police Border Guards’ collaboration with HID Global to produce Estonia’s new passport and accompanying software
• The automation of border crossing and the creation of Estonian national facilitation programme
• Increasing the efficiency of border crossing and the security of travel documents
 

Ms Karoline Paide

Ms Karoline Paide, Adviser-expert, Estonian Police and Border Guard Board
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Kerstin Kirsel

Kerstin Kirsel, Leading border officer, Estonian Police and Border Guard Board

17:00 Chairman’s Closing Remarks and Close of Day Two

Mr John Vine

Mr John Vine, Former Chief Inspector of Borders, Borders & Immigration

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FEATURED SPEAKERS

Mr Andrew Billings

Mr Andrew Billings

Group Head of Security, Associated British Ports
Mr David Neal

Mr David Neal

Independent Chief Inspector of Borders and Immigration, Independent Chief Inspector of Borders and Immigration
Mr Derek Provan

Mr Derek Provan

CEO, AGS Airports
Mr Peter Nilsson

Mr Peter Nilsson

Head of Airpol, Police Commissioner, Airpol
Mr Uku Sarekanno

Mr Uku Sarekanno

Head of Cabinet of the Executive Management, Eu-lisa
Mrs Kirsty Lockie

Mrs Kirsty Lockie

Border Force & Corporate Security Manager, Heathrow
Ms Diane J. Sabatino

Ms Diane J. Sabatino

Deputy Executive Assistant Commissioner, US Customs and Border Protection
Ms Frøy Løvåsdal

Ms Frøy Løvåsdal

Senior Adviser, National Police Directorate, Norway

Babatunde Olomu

Deputy Comptroller, Nigeria Customs Service
Babatunde Olomu

Olomu, Babatunde Olukayode was born on the 6th of August, 1968 at Ibadan, Oyo State to Dr.& Mrs Olomu, both of blessed memory. He holds a B.Sc. degree in Political Science from Ondo state University, Ado Ekiti, an M.Sc. degree in International Relations from Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife bagged in 1990 and an MPA degree from the University of Calabar, Calabar. He thereafter proceeded to Babcock University, Illishan-Remo in Ogun State and bagged a Ph.D. in Political Science (with spcialisation in Peace and Conflict Studies).
He enlisted in the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) in September, 1991 and rose to the rank of a Deputy Comptroller of Customs in January, 2017. He had served at several Commands all over the federation including Borno State Command, Cross Rivers State Command, Zonal Headquarters, Minna, Seme Area Command, Federal Operations Unit, Ikeja and the NCS Headquarters, Abuja. He has a total of 15 published papers in international journals of repute in the field of Border Security as well as three books published in Nigeria.
He had attended and participated in over fifty(50) training events hosted in the United States of America (USA), Singapore, Spain, Malaysia, United Arab Emirates (UAE), United Kingdom, South Africa and Nigeria. He recently bagged the prestigious fellowship of the National Institute for Security Studies (fsi) at the Executive Intelligence Management Course (EIMC-12).
He is happily married and blessed with children.

 

Chief Raul Ortiz

Chief, US Border Patrol, US Customs and Border Protection
Chief Raul Ortiz

Kerstin Kirsel

Leading border officer, Estonian Police and Border Guard Board
Kerstin Kirsel

Lieutenant Bartjan Van Duijvenbode

Innovation Manager, Dutch Border Police
Lieutenant Bartjan Van Duijvenbode

Mr Andrew Billings

Group Head of Security, Associated British Ports
Mr Andrew Billings

left school at the age of 16 and joined the Royal Navy in 1986 as a Junior Naval Airman (Aircraft Handler) (2nd Class), performing duties as fireman and aircraft movement specialist. After serving at various UK Air Stations and in HMS INVINCIBLE, Andy served as part of the United Nations Protection Force (UNPROFOR) during an operational land tour of Bosnia in 1993 serving with 845 (Commando) Naval Air Squadron. In 1994 Andy transferred to the Regulating (Royal Navy Police (RNP)) Branch. After training and working at a number of shore establishments, including a short operational tour in Northern Ireland, he served in HMS IRON DUKE, where in 1999 he was involved in OP ALLIED FORCE with NATO (Kosovo) off the Adriatic coast. Following promotion, he was assigned to Scotland before joining HMS LIVERPOOL in 2002 as the Ship’s Senior Policeman where he was employed conducting police duties, Ship’s Security Officer, Customs Officer and Chief Flight Deck Officer. This led to an operational deployment in OP TELIC, during the Iraq invasion of 2003.

Andy commissioned in 2005. After Officer training at Britannia Royal Navy College Dartmouth and specialist detective training, he was appointed as the Deputy Officer in Charge of the Royal Navy Police Special Investigations Branch (RNP SIB), providing a deployable investigative capability for serious and complex crime committed by servicemen globally. During this assignment, he led the largest ever RNP investigation into the deaths of two sailors who died from an explosion on board a UK submarine and he introduced contingency plans for dealing with Major Incidents. After a brief period at HQ RNP as the RN Police Policy Officer, Andy worked at the Defence College of Policing and Guarding (DCPG) as the Deputy Officer in Charge of Advanced Police Training, where he was involved in managing the delivery of investigator and specialist training to all three-service police forces, including Crime Scene and Airport Security courses. He also personally instructed Major Crime and Investigative Doctrine and project managed the restructuring of the detective’s course.

In 2010 he deployed to Afghanistan during OP HERRICK as the HR, Recruitment and Personnel Mentor to the Afghan National Police in Helmand Province. During this tour, he assisted in improving the deployment of police throughout the province as well as overseeing the recruitment of 1500 new Police Officers in a 6-month period. He was awarded the US Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal and UK Joint Chiefs Commendation for these achievements.

On returning to the UK, he undertook a further short spell at DCPG before being appointed as the Establishment Security Officer at HMS SULTAN, where he was responsible for all aspects of security management, including armed and unarmed guarding, vetting, physical and personnel security and coordinating security exercises as well as leading a team of Army and RNP personnel. In 2013 he was promoted to Lieutenant Commander and appointed as the Naval Provost Marshal (Regional Police Commander) for Western UK, responsible for the conduct of all criminal and disciplinary investigations and delivery of policing across the Western Region. Whilst there, Andy restructured the Regional HQ and introduced Intelligence led policing throughout the Region. In 2015 Andy returned to RNP SIB, this time as the Officer in Charge, where he headed the organisation before retiring from active service in 2017, after more than 30 years-service.

In March 2017, he joined Associated British Ports (ABP) as the Head of Security and Contingency Planning at Southampton Port. The port is the premier cruise port in Northern Europe, which handles in excess of 2 million passengers travelling on more than 500 cruise ships per annum. He performed the duties of the Port Security Officer, Port Facility Security Officer and Chairman of the Port Security Authority and contract manager for 400 contracted security staff. He also acted as the Emergency Planning and Data Protection Coordinator. His responsibilities included strategic security direction of Hams Hall International Rail Terminal and two UK bonded warehouses.

In February 2020, Andy was promoted to become the Group Head of Security for ABP. In this role he was responsible for setting policy and direction for security across the company. He was also accountable for ensuring compliance and annually auditing all ISPS Ports and other regulated sites within the company. During his tenure he project managed a multi-million pound Security Guarding Project for all regulated sites and is currently coordinating a company-wide Access Control Project, which is in the process of implementing a single integrated security system across ABP with significant enhancements to CCTV, ANPR and access control.

Andy was admitted to the Register of Chartered Security Professionals (CSyP) in August 2020. He currently chairs ABP(Security) as the Senior Director. He is actively involved in enhancing security standards across ABP Group and has regular interaction with Government regulatory bodies and organisations. He sits as a member of the IFSEC Transport Security Council and is an assessor for applicants wishing to become CSyP.


 

Mr Andrew Palmer

Director General, International Association of Behaviour Detection and Analysis
Mr Andrew Palmer

Having previously served in the British military as a counter terrorism specialist, Andrew Palmer went on to spend several years in the immigration field before joining the Gatwick Airport security team. Within his role as Border Security Manager, he was responsible for the introduction and development of a Behavioural Detection capability which is regarded as having spearheaded the advancement of the industry.
Recognised as an international authority on the subject, Andrew has developed Behavioural Detection programmes across the globe, for both government and corporate organisations at a range of locations including international airports, major sporting and entertainment venues and various critical infrastructure sites. He has delivered briefings and keynote talks at international events and summits including at The Hague and to the EC in Brussels and continues to work closely with government agencies to support the development of their understanding of Behavioural Detection both at an academic and operational level.
Andrew is now Director General of the International Association of Behaviour Detection and Analysis, a non-profit organisation whose purpose is to support the Behaviour Detection and Analysis industry through the advancement of understanding, recognition and standards.
 

Mr Cristian Fanelli

AIRCOP Regional Coordinator for South-Eastern Europe, United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime
Mr Cristian Fanelli

Mr. Cristian Fanelli is Italian national, 43 years old, and he’s currently the AIRCOP Regional Coordinator in South-Eastern Europe since January 2020. He is equipped with a degree in Business and Economics and a with a Master in Criminology and Juridical Forensic Science, with specialization in behavioral analysis, interrogation techniques and information recovery.


He has in-depth law enforcement background, having been an officer of the Italian Guardia di Finanza for 22 years (1997 – 2019), role from which he resigned in 2020. During his career within the law enforcement sector, he has been entitled with numerous awards for conducting relevant operations against drug trafficking, money laundering and organized crime and from 2006 to 2019, he led the Analysis and Profiling Unit in Milan Malpensa airport, where he fostered a strong risk-based approach to address threats targeting airports. In 2013 he was appointed as International Expert by the Italian Guardia di Finanza and he contributed to the development of numerous capacity building activities and international operations led by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime – the United Nations Counter-Terrorism Centre - INTERPOL – World Custom Organization and OSCE in Africa, Latin America and Caribbean, Middle East and Asia (Ghana – Nigeria – Senegal – The Gambia – Kenya – Ethiopia – Tunisia - Dominican Republic – Lebanon – Jordan – Kazakhstan – Turkmenistan – Uzbekistan – Tajikistan and Iraq).
 

Mr David Neal

Independent Chief Inspector of Borders and Immigration, Independent Chief Inspector of Borders and Immigration
Mr David Neal

As the former head of the Royal Military Police and Army Brigadier, Dave has extensive global experience of security, criminal investigations, Close Protection and detention operations. In particular, complex and sensitive national security and criminal investigations and Cross Whitehall (xWH) engagement at Ministerial and Senior Official levels.

In the military, Dave’s personal experience ranges from a reviewing physical and personal security in Kenya post the Westgate Mall attacks, to building new business for military Close Protection teams in Brussels, the Sahel and training delivery teams worldwide – including the first all-female Close Protection training team deployed to the Gulf in 2019.

As a former member of the National Police Chiefs’ Council Dave is well known and widely connected across the National Policing network. As a founding member of the Protective Services Route Panel at the Institute for Apprentices and Further Education.

Dave is former Directing Staff and Mentor at the Joint Services Command and Staff College where he taught strategy, planning and operational art to senior leaders across Defence in both UK and NATO. He has been a member of National and International Experts’ Panels as varied as the Women Peace and Security Faculty at the London School of Economics to the International Committee of the Red Cross in Vienna.

With Bachelor and Master’s degrees, a graduate of the Defence Strategic Leadership Programme, Chartered Security Professional (CSyP) Chartered Manager (CMgr), ASIS Certified Protection Professional, Fellow of the Security Institute, Fellow of the Worshipful Company of Security Professionals and Freeman of the City of London.

Since leaving the Army in October 2019, Dave has partnered with Blackstone Consultancy as the Strategic Security Advisor, leading on several projects including writing the overall security strategy for a United Nations Heritage Site, introducing Hostile Vehicle Mitigation (HVM) and Marauding Terrorist Attack (MTA) measures with the Centre for the Protection of National Infrastructure (CPNI) and Counter Terrorist Security Advisors (CTSAs).

Dave was appointed by Home Secretary Pritti Patel, in Mar 2021 as the Independent Chief Inspector of Borders and Immigration.

Dave lives with his wife and family in Surrey. He is keen runner and long-lapsed rugby player. Unusually for a former senior military Officer Dave is a former Police Officer (West Yorkshire Police), nightclub doorman and gentleman’s valet. In the distant past he has performed on stage, TV and radio as a stand-up comedian.
 

Mr Derek Provan

CEO, AGS Airports
Mr Derek Provan

Derek Provan joined AGS Airports, which owns Aberdeen International, Glasgow and Southampton airports, as Chief Executive Officer (CEO) on 16 April 2018.
As the second-largest airport group in the UK, AGS carried over 15 million passengers in 2018 and directly supports approximately 10,000 jobs.
Born in Glasgow, Derek has over 20 years’ experience in aviation and joined AGS from Heathrow, Europe’s largest airport, where he was latterly Chief Operating Officer.
During his time at Heathrow, Derek also held the position of Director, Future Heathrow. He was responsible for the future design of an expanded Heathrow to include surface access, terminals, airfield and airspace design and the creation of the hub’s master plan and future operating models.
Derek joined Heathrow in 2013 having spent three years as Managing Director of Aberdeen International Airport. Derek started his aviation career in 1998 at Glasgow Airport where he went on to hold a series of senior roles. He has a BSc in Fire Risk Engineering, Masters Degrees in Risk Management and Business Management and Research.
Derek is a founding member of the Performance-Based Regulation Industry Group working with the CAA to ensure that the industry forms an integral part of future regulation in UK Aviation. He holds a number of positions outwith AGS Airports including Council Director with Glasgow Chamber of Commerce, member of the Airport Operators Association’s board and a member of the Department for Transport’s Aviation Security Council.

 

Mr Didier Clergeot

Operations Coordinator, Interpol
Mr Didier Clergeot

Mr. Didier CLERGEOT is a police captain with over 28 years of expertise in border management and in international cooperation.
Seconded by the French Border Police, he joined INTERPOL in 2018, and currently is the coordinator of the Integrated Border Management Task Force (IBMTF) at the INTERPOL General Secretariat based in Lyon (France). In this role, he assists member countries to enhance their border security and, most importantly, integrate their efforts with those of their neighbors and the international community.
Mr. CLERGEOT supports law enforcement officers working at the frontline of border security by:
- Running operations at air, land, and sea border points during which he provides access to INTERPOL databases that are not regularly available and focuses enforcement efforts on certain crime areas.
- Delivering capacity building training courses related to crime areas often seen at border points.
- Improving worldwide border management policy through direct and indirect partnership with member countries and international organizations.
Between 2016 and 2018, Mr. CLERGEOT was deployed as Immigration Liaison Officer to the French Embassy in Sofia-Bulgaria, in charge of the operational cooperation between France and Bulgaria where he directly coordinated human trafficking and organized migrant smuggling cases primarily with a cross-border dimension.
From 2010 – 2016 he was seconded to INTERPOL, where he first served as the IBMTF Coordinator. Prior to INTERPOL, he managed the departure and entry flow at the Lyon Saint Exupéry airport.
 

Mr Esteban Felipe De La Torre

Regional Coordinator, Policy and Outreach, United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime
Mr Esteban Felipe De La Torre

Esteban Felipe De La Torre
Esteban Felipe De La Torre was born in Quito, Ecuador. He is a Lawyer and holds a master’s
degree in public administration from the Complutense University in Madrid, Spain.
Esteban Felipe joined the UNODC Anti-Trafficking Section in Vienna headquarters in 2004.
In 2006 he was transferred to the Mexico Office where he occupied various positions of
increasing responsibility. He undertook extensive work in the areas of human trafficking and
migrant smuggling, and more recently in wildlife crime and fisheries. Esteban Felipe led
fundraising efforts, provided policy advice and generated numerous partnerships with law
enforcement, migration and border management authorities to consolidate UNODC as a
trustworthy broker in the region.
In 2010 he steered the articulation of the Blue Heart campaign in Mexico, the first country in
the world to embrace this initiative, followed by Spain, Belgium, Brazil and many other
countries. In parallel to programme management duties, Felipe and his team developed the
#DeadlyBusiness campaign against migrant smuggling and other communication products for
UNODC headquarters and field offices in Latin America.
In May 2020 he joined the UNODC Regional Office for Southeast Asia and the Pacific (duty
station Bangkok) from where he coordinates a multi-country programme on border
management (policy/outreach affairs) and a joint project with UNWomen on women in law
enforcement in the ASEAN region.

Mr Georg Melzer-Venturi

CEO, Eutema Research Services
Mr Georg Melzer-Venturi

Georg Melzer-Venturi holds an engineering degree from the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna. He is an experienced facilitator of many international RTD projects and has an in-depth knowledge of ICT in combination with Life Science, e.g. AAL or e-Health. He is an experienced organizer of events - ranging from topical seminars to sports events for more than 2000 people. He has been involved in the EU Framework Programme since 2001 and has experience as a coordinator, a partner as well as a consultant on the preparation of proposals from FP5 to Horizon Europe. From 2000-2002 he was active at the NCP in Austria. Since 2003 he is active as Evaluator for the EC. Georg Melzer-Venturi has a Masters Degree in Biotechnology, as well as in Engineering Management and in Pedagogics. He has successfully managed several EC Projects and Tenders including FOLDOUT, EPIC, eCAIMAN, EcoWeb, CoFET and FLEET

Mr James Ferryman

Project Coordinator, The University of Reading
Mr James  Ferryman

Prof. Ferryman is a computer scientist and leads the Computational Vision
Group within the Department of Computer Science, School of Mathematical,
Physical and Computational Sciences (SMPCS), University of Reading. His
current research interests include multimodal biometrics, automated video
surveillance and benchmarking. He is the author of more than 100
scientific publications. He has participated in a wide range of UK and EU
funded research programmes including, under border security, the EU
EFFISEC project (FP7-217991) on efficient integrated security checkpoints,
the EU IPATCH project (FP7-60756) on automated surveillance and decision
support system for detection and classification of piracy threats to
shipping, and the EU FastPass project (FP7-312583) on development of a
harmonised modular reference system for all European automated crossing
points, the latter of which he led the largest technological workstream on
traveller identification and monitoring. Prof. Ferryman coordinated the EU
PROTECT project (H2020-700259, 2016-2019) on exploration of current and
future use of biometrics in border security. Prof. Ferryman is a member of
the British Computer Society and has acted as the Director of both the
British Machine Vision Association and the Security Information Technology
Consortium. Since 2000, he has been a Co-Chair of the IEEE International
Workshop on Performance Evaluation of Tracking and Surveillance.
 

Mr John Vine

Former Chief Inspector of Borders, Borders & Immigration
Mr John Vine

Mr Patrick Nemeth

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

Mr Peter Nilsson

Head of Airpol, Police Commissioner, Airpol
Mr 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 is working specifically with counter terrorism and
airport policing/security in general for law enforcement, first response. Airpol collaborates
with a large number of law enforcement organizations globally to develop working methods
and is also a discussion partner for the industry that develops new technology solutions.
Nilsson has a Law Degree (LL.M.) 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 more
than 15 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

Mr Richard Gutsell

Borders, Identity and the Digital Economy, Atkins Ltd
Mr Richard Gutsell

Mr Uku Sarekanno

Head of Cabinet of the Executive Management, 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 TaskForce 50 (Brexit).
He has been awarded a Medal of Honour of the Estonian Border Guard

Mrs Annet Steenbergen

Project Lead Aruba Happy Flow 2.0 , Government of Aruba
Mrs Annet Steenbergen

Annet Steenbergen is co-founder/initiator of the Aruba Happy Flow project for the Government of
Aruba. The Happy Flow project was the first single token initiative that created 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 is developing 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, digital health credentials and privacy and security by design 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 she
actively participates in several working groups on creating standards and best practices to prepare the
aviation industry for cross-border seamless and contactless travel.
In 2020 Annet was a awarded the Women in Biometrics Award.
Besides her work for the Government of Aruba she is a consultant on seamless and contactless
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 to counter illegal
immigration and human trafficking. She has, besides Aruba, previously worked in i.e. the Netherlands,
Suriname and South Africa.
Furthermore she also enjoyes public speaking engagements, writing articles and thought leadership on
the topic of contactless travel

Mrs Kirsty Lockie

Border Force & Corporate Security Manager, Heathrow
Mrs Kirsty Lockie

order Force & Corporate Security Manager, Kirsty Lockie has worked at Heathrow airport for 24 years, starting
her career as a Frontline Security officer while studying at University. In her current role, Kirsty is responsible for
border security, policy and strategy in partnership with the UK government and law enforcement partners. whilst
also being responsible for the corporate security strategy and insider threat.
My role includes working with Border Force and law enforcement partners to deter criminality and assess risks to
security. I also work with the Metropolitan Police to create an environment that is safe and secure for passengers,
whilst deterring hostile individuals from committing crimes. One way that we identify, or report criminals is
through behavioural detection.
I work side by side with the Government to see how Heathrow can help influence different forms of security
across industries. We’re a forward-thinking airport, who also focus on adapting to any evolving threats, as the
way crimes are planned and carried out continues to change over time.
I have also worked with new technology and lead on the introduction of new security screening equipment
including body scanners, trace detection and behavioural detection

Ms Christine Bradley

Chief of Section, Countering Terrorist Travel, United Nations Office of Counter Terrorism (UNOCT)
Ms Christine Bradley

Ms. Bradley is the Chief of the Countering Terrorist Travel Section within the United
Nations Office of Counter-Terrorism (UNOCT). Within this role, Ms. Bradley is the officer-incharge (OiC) of the UNOCT’s flagship global initiative, the UN Countering Terrorist Travel
Programme, as well as managing programming of the UNOCT Addressing Counter Terrorism
within Aviation Security (ACTAS) portfolio.
Prior to her appointment as Chief of Section within UNOCT, Ms. Bradley managed a
global programme on Border Security and Management (BSM) within the United Nations
Counter-Terrorism Centre (UNCCT). Ms. Bradley has also worked with the United Nations Office
on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), Regional Office for Eastern Africa, serving as Head of Office and
Programme Coordinator for the country programme in Ethiopia. Her work in this regard included
leading national projects relating to criminal justice reform, better migration management and
countering transnational organized crime and terrorism.
Ms. Bradley’s professional career includes more than twenty years with the Government
of Canada working within the fields of border security, migration management, and national
security intelligence. This includes more than ten years within diplomatic missions managing
border security and migration integrity programming in Southern and Eastern Africa and Eastern
Europe.
Ms. Bradley holds a postgraduate diploma/M.Litt in Terrorism Studies from the Centre for
the Study of Terrorism and Political Violence (CSTPV) at the University of St. Andrews, and a
bachelor’s degree in criminology from the University of Calgary, Canada.

Ms Diane J. Sabatino

Deputy Executive Assistant Commissioner, US Customs and Border Protection
Ms Diane J. Sabatino

Diane J. Sabatino became the Deputy Assistant Commissioner of Office of Field Operations in July 2020.

In this role, Mrs. Sabatino oversees nearly 31,250 employees including approximately 25,400 CBP Officers and CBP Agriculture Specialists that protect U.S. borders. An annual operating budget of $6.5 billion provides for operations at over 330 ports of entry, and many programs that support the national security, immigration, customs, and commercial trade-related missions of CBP.
Prior to her current assignment, Mrs. Sabatino served as the Director, Field Operations of Miami and Tampa Field Offices for nearly five years starting in August 2015. As the DFO, she had a workforce of over 2,800 employees with oversight of all inspectional operations throughout the State of Florida encompassing 12 seaports, including the top 3 cruise ship ports in the world; and 19 airports, to include Miami International Airport. While serving as the DFO, she was also designated as the Lead Field Coordinator for Incident Response charged with managing the response to multiple hurricanes for all U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) resources that comprise FEMA Region IV.
From September 2011 to August 2015, Mrs. Sabatino served as the Port Director for CBP at the Port of Miami managing complex operations for maritime cargo and the largest cruise passenger port in the country. Prior to her appointment as the Port Director, Mrs. Sabatino was the Assistant Port Director, Passenger Operations, at Miami International Airport. In that capacity, she was responsible for the oversight of all international passenger inspections and enforcement activities.
A native of New Jersey, Mrs. Sabatino graduated from Fordham University, New York City, with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Sociology and a minor in Philosophy. She began her Federal Law Enforcement career in 1998 as an Immigration Inspector at John F. Kennedy International Airport. Mrs. Sabatino has also attended the John F. Kennedy School of Government, Senior Executives in National and International Security Program; and the Department of Homeland Security, Partnership for Public Service Fellows Program.

 

 


 

Ms Frøy Løvåsdal

Senior Adviser, National Police Directorate, Norway
Ms Frøy Løvåsdal

Frøy Løvåsdal has worked for the Norwegian Government for 21 years, in different agencies, in several areas, often encompassing innovation, technology and identity.

She has worked with biometrics for 11 years and was the first person to train as a forensic face examiner in Norway. In 2013 she headed the first pilot project in the Norwegian public sector on automated facial recognition. Two years later, she implemented forensic facial comparison in the Norwegian Police.

She has headed, and worked in, several pilot projects aimed at improving quality, security, efficiency and user experience in different areas of Immigration, Law Enforcement and Public Administration. Today, she spends most of her time working in the (EU) Entry Exit Project and the iMARS project.
 

Ms Karoline Paide

Adviser-expert, Estonian Police and Border Guard Board
Ms Karoline Paide

Karoline Paide is responsible for identity document production at the Estonian Police and Border Guard Board since 2019, including ID-1 format documents, passports and mobile-ID. On 2018 Karoline started at the Estonian Police and Border Guard Board as a project manager of the implementation of 4th generation ID-1 format documents. Currently Karoline’s tasks include the preparation of procurement documents (including technical specifications), the execution of the procurement and the coordination of the implementation of the Contract. In addition, Karoline is an authorized person representing Police and Border Guard Board in above mentioned identity document Contracts, which includes day-to-day communication with Contractors and various private and public sector entities in Estonia and outside.

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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.

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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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