Day Two


Wednesday 18th May 2022

Plenary Session – Latest Threats and Challenges at the Border: Serious Organised Crime – Drugs & Weapons
A major event of 2021 was the US and coalition withdrawal from Afghanistan, the world’s largest producer of opium, and the Taliban are deeply involved in the trade. Therefore, in the near future, we should anticipate a significant increase in opium-based drugs finding their way onto the international market. As illicit drug use in the US and Europe shows no sign of dropping, the continents will continue to remain the primary markets for organised crime groups involved in drug trafficking and associated trafficking in weapons. Criminal actors continue to be incredibly creative in developing new methodologies, vehicles, and techniques. This session will discuss some of the evolving threats facing the enforcement community.

Trafficking in the Golden Triangle – Jeremy Douglas, Regional Representative, United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) for Southeast Asia and Pacific
Project Sagamore: The Chemsex context and cross border drugs trafficking – Allen Davis, Co-lead of the London Chemsex Working Group and MPS Operational Lead for Chemsex, Met Police, UK
Illicit Arms Trafficking and Seizures: The Nigeria Customs Phenomenon – Sadiq Misbau Murtala, Deputy Supt. of Customs/Illicit Trade Data Desk Officer & Sanusi Tasiu Saulawa, Superintendent of Customs, Nigeria Customs Service
– Gonzalo Lafita Becerril, Commander in the Coordination Centre for Maritime Surveillance of Coasts and Borders, Guardia Civil, Spain
– Femi Babafemi, Spokesperson, National Drug Law Enforcement Agency Nigeria
– Sh Pankaj Kumar Singh IPS, Director General, Border Security Force, India 

9.00am - 10.30am - Technology Workshop
See some of the latest border tech solutions demonstrated and discussed during the Technology Workshop.

  • Commercialisation of EU funded research for border security: obstacles and opportunities – Guido Ferraro, Project Manager, European Commission (Joint Research Centre)
  • Project FOLDOUT – Detecting Illegal Cross Border Activities – Urszula Młodziejowska-Seredyn, Border Management Dept., Polish Border Guards
  • Mobility in biometrics is key – but does it work? – Roberto Wolfer, CEO, Jenetric
  • DNA-based biometrics for human identification and verification purposes – use case for border control and migration management – Stefan Sauter, Senior Product Manager, Veridos GmbH
  • Why governments should adopt Digital Travel Credentials to Accelerate Border Controls – Nesan Jegasothy, Senior Product Manager, SITA
  • Solve the problem before it appears at your borders. With biometric self-identification of travelers – Alan Henderson, Business Development Manager, Innovatrics
  • How Latest Biometrics Innovations address 21st Century Transnational Border Problems? – Juan Manuel Segura, Director of Innovation, Securiport LLC

  • 10:30am-11:15am – Networking Coffee Break

    Breakout Session – Health at our Borders
    The global COVID pandemic remains with us and is likely to remain with us for the foreseeable future. It is now also obvious that border control is the first and best option when it comes to controlling the international spread of pathogens, which gives the medical community the time to create the vaccines necessary to protect the global population from the worst effects of the disease. Whilst the World Health Organisation (WHO) takes the lead in developing the new protocols required to contain new COVID variants and other future pandemics, this session will look at the adoption and implementation of new protocols, health certification systems and associated technologies on land, sea and airport borders.

    • Health Certification – Visible Digital Seals (“VDS-NC”) for Travel-Related Public Health Proofs – Dr Narjess Abdennebi, Chief Facilitation Section (C/FAL), Aviation Security and Facilitation (ASF), ICAO
    • Addressing crisis at the border – Inesa Nicolescu, Associate Border Secureity Officer, OSCE Transnational Threats Dept
    • Senior Representative, Guardia Nacional Republicana (GNR), Portugal
    • COVID-19: Its Effect on Contact Identity Solutions – David Gerulski, Integrated Biometrics
    • Medical Support in High Risk Scenarios – Sandra C. Ejekwu, Superintendent Pharmacist, H Medix Abuja, Nigeria
    Closed Agency Only Workshop Information Sharing and Inter-Agency Collaboration in the new Digital Age Moderator: Rocco Messina, Programme Management Officer, United Nations Center for Counter Terrorism, Border Security & Management The importance a sharing information and collaboration across borders in the digital age is lost on no one. But in implementation, it is developing the methodology and culture of cooperation that is key to making sharing information work. And, it is not just about digital information systems, it is about developing professional contacts with counterparts in other agencies both at home and around the world. The advent of remote meeting systems like Zoom and Teams make it entirely practical and financially viable for agency personnel around the world to hold regular meetings with other stakeholders to share practical information about new trends and techniques employed by traffickers, that they are seeing on the ground. This session will focus on practical ways in which digital and operational information sharing can be implemented. For further details click here >

    12:30pm-2:00pm – Networking Delegate Lunch

    2:00pm – 3:30pm
    Plenary Session – Countering Terrorism & Cross Border Crime
    The Taliban’s clear inability to stamp out the terrorist groups within Afghanistan means it is probable that the country will once again become a safe haven for terrorists. The continuing conflicts in the Middle East will also continue to provide a fertile breeding ground for terrorism and cross border crime. Cross border criminal activities also continue unabated worldwide, as organised gangs handsomely profit. The UN mandated adoption of API and PNR, in combination with the more widespread use of watchlists, will be a key factor in countering the movement of FTF’s. This session will discuss detecting and countering terrorists and cross border crime through techniques and technologies.

    • Information Sharing Through Creation of a Terrorist Watchlist to Improve Border Security – Daniel Guerrero, Watchlisting Assistance and Support Program Advisor, ICITAP/US Department of Justice and the Counterterrorism Bureau/US Department of State
    • Combating terrorism in the airport environment. What Airpol does and some examples of new challenges – Peter Nilsson, Head of AIRPOL
    • Esther Zubiri, Coordinator, United Nations ISIL-Al-Qaeda-Taliban Analytical Support and Sanctions Monitoring Team
    • Migration and cross border crime: the GNR experience – Lieutenant Colonel Marco António Ferreira da Cruz, Guarda Nacional Repubilcana (GNR)
    • The Involvement of Border Communities in the Management of Kenya-Somalia Cross Border Terrorism: A Case of Garissa County Kenya – Constance Ayabei, Lecturer, Rongo University
    2pm - 3.30pm - Technology Workshop
    See some of the latest border tech solutions demonstrated and dicussed during the Technology Workshop.
    • Promoting and Sustaining Innovation: The Critical Interface Between Government and the Private Sector – Kay Olive, Founder & Technical Advisor, Border Security Technology Consortium
    • What You Are Seeing Is not Exactly What Was Scanned: The Challenges of X-ray Image Analysis and the Value of Training – Sara Bracceschi, Head of Consulting Services, Customs, CASRA
    • Enhancing security at the border with biometric technology and automation – Jean-Francois Lennon, Vice-President Strategic Sales and Global Partnerships, Vision-Box
    • Border clearance new paradigm – Nicolas Phan, Market manager, Border Control, IDEMIA
    • Leveraging Technology & Data for Smarter Border Security – Thierry Ball, Ports and Borders, Global Business Development Manager, Smiths Detection
    • Passenger screening in the new normal: advance health and security risk assessment for greater facilitation and secure borders – Renaud Irminger, CEO, Travizory

    3:30pm-4:15pm – Networking Coffee Break

    4:15pm – 5:30pm
    Breakout Session – Combating Cultural Heritage & Wildlife Trafficking
    UNESCO reports that the illicit trade in cultural goods – of which antiquities trafficking is just a part – is worth $10bn a year and, according to UNODC, wildlife crime is worth between $8-10 billion annually, ranking both alongside human trafficking, and arms and drug dealing in terms of profits. But the damage to the worlds cultural and environmental heritage is far beyond any financial valuation. This session will discuss what tools and techniques are important in the suppression of this transnational crime and, how awareness and training are key in recognising trafficked goods and spotting the associated fake provenance documents and export certificates. And finally, the importance of sharing information and intelligence across borders about the traffickers and their methods.

    • Trafficking in Cultural Property – Cameron Walter, Border Security and Management Unit, OSCE
    • Azzedine Downes became President and CEO of the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW)
    • TBC
    Closed Agency Only Workshop
    Biometrics, Travel Document Security & ID fraud
    Moderator: Angelisa Corbo, Border Adviser, OSCE Transnational Threats Department
    Increasing document fraud continues to hinder border agencies speedy approvals of legitimate travellers. Biometrics is one technological development that can help reduce document fraud whilst improving traveller ID. How can agencies develop systems, build capacity and provide appropriate training to better identify document and ID fraud.
    For further details click here >

    5.30pm – Networking Reception

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