Ivanka Spadina

Ivanka Spadina

  • IBM Programme Coordinator for Turkey
  • International Organization for Migration (IOM)

Ivanka Spadina started her professional career as Forensic Expert for Documents at the Forensic Institute, Criminal Police, Croatian MoI, followed by 11 years appointment at the INTERPOL Secretariat General (IPSG), Lyon France. At INTERPOL IPSG was the manager of SLTD/MIND/FIND projects, creating integrated solutions for enhanced border security and real-time automated access to INTERPOL databases, that was recognized by all relevant international partners/authorities (UN SC Resolution 1617, EU Common Position, resolutions from OSCE, OAS, APEC…) as the mandatory tool for combating transnational crime and terrorism.
In addition, served as global INTERPOL official representative /Border Management Coordinator at the Executive Police Director Office and as such acted as INTERPOL representative at ICAO New Technologies Working Group (NTWG) where worked on creation of standards for e-Passports/e-ID and update of the ICAO Doc 9303. In addition to ICAO, was INTERPOL’ liaison/PoC with UNCTED, UNCTITF, EU, OSCE, OAS, APEC on subjects of border management, integrated border management, identity management, travel documents issuance and protection.
Worked as expert consultant on various international projects: e-Passport System Project and Automated Biometric Information System (ABIS) Project for the Royal Omani Police/Sultanate of Oman, Project on Compliance of the Turkish e-Passport with EU standards/requirements (within the Turkish accession to the EU process), just to name a few.
At IOM, prior to present role as Immigration and Border Governance (IBG) Senior Programme Coordinator at the IOM Mission in Turkiye, was short-term acting Head of IBG at IOM Mission in DRC and Head of IBG at IOM Mission in Nigeria. During the tenure in Nigeria the largest and most complex IOM’ Border Management Information System (MIDAS) has been successfully implemented.


  • ID / Document Fraud

    Criminals and terrorists historically often make use of fake and genuine identity and travel documents to enable their illegal activities. The adoption of Entry/Exit systems and data will no doubt make this more difficult but we should anticipate that criminals and terrorists will use their undoubted ingenuity and considerable resources to circumvent this problem. So, what is the future of identity fraud and how do we put in place mechanisms to identify the vulnerabilities. And once identified the vulnerabilities in the systems how do we plug the gaps and ensure that those gaps and plugs are shared with colleagues worldwide? With different agencies having developed different programs, how can these work together to the benefit of the international border management community?