Day Three


Thursday 7th October 2021

9am – 10.30am
Plenary Session – The developing role of Biometrics in identity management & document fraud

Formal identification is a prerequisite for effective border control. Document fraud has become an enabler of terrorism and organised crime and is linked to the trafficking of human beings and migrant smuggling. Facial recognition, fingerprinting and iris scan are now maturing technologies with increasing accuracy and performance. What is the developing and future role of biometrics in managing identity and our borders, and how are associated technologies best utilised to bridge the gap and underdocumentation, so widespread in the developing world?

The Malpensa e-Gates Project – A user perspective on e-Gates security and usability at the Malpensa Airport
Jan Loeschner, Scientific Officer, European Commission – Joint Research Centre

Biometrics on the Move and SEF Mobile
Helio Freixial, IT Expert – Smart Borders PT Project manager, Portuguese Immigration and Borders Service

Project Hotspot
Karel Pelan, Assistant Director, Terrorist Networks Sub-Directorate, Counter-Terrorism Directorate, INTERPOL

Image Manipulation Attack Resolving Solutions (iMARS)
Dinusha Frings, Chief Operations Officer, European Association for Biometrics & Froy Lovasdal, Senior Adviser at National Police Directorate, Norway

The key role of digitalization of immigration and identity management authorities – Baptiste Amieux, Regional Immigration and Border Management (IBM) Specialist, IOM

Angelisa Corbo, Border Adviser, OSCE

Nosakhare Igbiniere – Executive Director, The Major Resources Nigeria

9.15am - 10.30am AIRPOL Workshop - Insider Threat at Airports and Ports - setting up an insider mitigation program
A step-by-step discussion to setting up an insider mitigation program, including risk assessment/vulnerabilities according to the AIRPOL model and what co-operation is required when setting up the insider mitigation program.

Host: Peter Nilsson, Head of AIRPOL

10.30am-11.15am – Networking Coffee Break

Breakout Session – Smuggling & Trade in Illicit Goods, Antiquities and Endangered Species

The global trade in endangered species, over 1.5million transactions per year, will drive some species to extinction if the trade is not stopped. The cultural damage inflicted by the global trade in antiquities, valued over $20 billion, cannot be quantified but is all too easily understood. So, what can the border community do to stem the flow and illegal trade of illicit goods, antiquities and endangered species?

Chair: Orfeas-Konstantinos Sotiriou

Antiquities Smuggling as Transnational Threat
Orfeas-Konstantinos Sotiriou, National Centre for Public Administration and Local Government

Trafficking of Underwater Cultural Heritage
Peter Campbell, Assistant Director: British School at Rome

Internet and Dark Web in Antiquities Smuggling Phenomenon
Vassiliki Simi, MSc of Laws, International Law and Legal Studies, National School for Public Administration and Local Government student

Borderline” Exhibitions: Ephemeral Museum Displays as Tools for Raising Awareness Against Trafficking Of Antiquities
Katerina Koukouvaou, Archaeologist, Hellenic Ministry of Culture and Sports, General Directorate of Antiquities and Cultural Heritage, Directorate of Prehistoric and Classical Antiquities

Education and Training Responding to Operational Needs and Practices in Law Enforcement Units : Cultural Heritage Protection
Angeliki Aloupi, Director of the Committee of Prevention and Management of Social Exclusion – Hellenic Community for Behavior Analysis

11:15am-12:30pm – Closed Agency Only Workshop
Biometrics – next steps
Biometrics are here to stay and are an increasingly valuable tool in making borders secure. But what are the next steps and developments and implementation in biometric technology and how biometrics is lawfully used to help on the border, considering aspects such as GDPR and travel document security.
Chair: Organization for Security & Co-operation in Europe (OSCE)
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12.30pm-2pm – Networking Lunch

2:00pm – 4:00pm
Plenary Session – The Future Trends and Approach to Alternatives for Securing Borders
Brexit, the US/Mexico Wall, Greek/Turkish borders are forcing the debate about future border developments. But could any or all of them really supply the blue print for the future of borders for land, sea and air? Has Integrated Border Management (IBM) proven successful? What’s the latest thought leadership in enhancing border protection and management to counter the ever changing challenges?

– The Role of Gender Equality in BSM
Inesa Nicolaescu, Associate Border Security Officer, OSCE

– Health and Humanitarian border management programs
Judith Knöpfli, Project Manager, IOM / Immigration and Border management unit, Niger

– Use of Technology for Security and Development of South Asian Borders
Manoj Kumar, Second in Command, Indian Border Security Force
Strengthening Trust and Cooperation at the Eastern Border of the EU.

– Achieving Effective Border Security in Nigeria: A Sustainable Social, Economic and Infrastructural Development Approach
Captain Junaid Abdullahi, Executive Secretary, Border Communities Development Agency, Nigeria

– Non-governmental participation in integrated border management
Iryna Sushko, Executive Director, Europe Without Borders

Comprehensive Border Governance – Tony Stefan Mihaitoaia, Senior Border Management and Security Adviser, International Centre for Migration Policy Development (ICMPD)

4:00pm Congress Round Up and Close