2018 Conference Outline

*As of April 9, 2018. Please continue to check back for updates.

DAY 1: TUESDAY, JUNE 19
7:30am - 3:00pmRegistration Open
8:30am - 9:15amOpening Keynote
Dimitris Avramopoulos, Commissioner, Migration, Home Affairs and Citizenship, European Commission (Confirmed)
9:15am - 10:10amSession
Threats and Trends Assessment
Moderator: Jayson Ahern, Principal, The Chertoff Group; Former Acting Commissioner, U.S. Customs and Border Protection
Panelists:
• Seth Stodder, Former Assistant Secretary, Department of Homeland Security (Confirmed)
• Tim Morris, Executive Director Police Services, INTERPOL General Secretariat (Confirmed)
• Robert E. Perez, Executive Assistant Commissioner, Operations Support (Acting), U.S. Customs & Border Protection(Confirmed)

The panel will identify and assess current threats and trends facing border agencies worldwide, including the different types of non-military threats, terrorism, mass migration (economic and refugee), transnational organized crime, drugs, weapons and contraband smuggling, as well as other trends of note in global trade and travel.
10:10am - 10:30amMeet the Sponsors Networking Break
10:30am - 11:25amSession
Securing Land Borders: Walls and Barriers Do They Work
Moderator: David Aguilar, Partner, GSIS; Former Acting Commissioner, U.S. Border Patrol
Panelists:
• Antti Hartikainen, Director General, Finnish Customs (Confirmed)
• Ronald D. Vitiello, Acting Deputy Commissioner, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (Confirmed)

This panel will explore the daunting challenges of securing and controlling land borders between official ports of entry against various types of threats, but particularly focused on the unlawful and unauthorized movement of economic migrants, refugees and asymmetrical threats posed by potential transnational, foreign trained terrorists.

This panel will cover:
• Types of civilian border forces that are most effective, training, detection technology and response capabilities.
• Discussion of infrastructure, including fences, walls and other physical barriers needed to secure land borders and best practices for border control.
11:30am - 12:25pmSession
Biometrics & Borders: Seamless Travel - Implementing New Effective Technologies
Moderators:
• Thomas Winkowski, President, Global Border Solutions, LLC; Former Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement; Former CBP Acting Commissioner
• Helen Marano, Government and Industry Affairs Senior Vice President, World Travel & Tourism Council
Panelists:
• John P. Wagner, Deputy Executive Assistant Commissioner, Office of Field Operations, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (Confirmed)
• Jean-François (Jeff) Lennon, Vice-President Sales & Marketing, Executive Board Member, Vision-Box HQ – Lisbon, Portugal (Confirmed)
• Paul A. Steele, SVP Member & External Relations and Corporate Secretary, International Air Transport Association (Confirmed)

Making the journey through various means of entry more seamless for travelers is a goal shared by both land and air entry points, but with multiple checkpoints managed by various stakeholders, and stringent security measures in place, it is an ambition that has proved difficult to achieve. Biometric technology has, however, emerged as a key tool in this bid to expedite processing while maintaining the highest levels of security. This session will look at the use of biometric technology, personal data and pre-registration to deliver seamless arrival process.
• Organizing a new level of airport stakeholder cooperation
• IT Infrastructure
• Governance and Mandate
12:30pm - 1:00pmMeet the Sponsors Networking Break
1:00pm - 2:00pmLuncheon Keynote

Michael Pezzullo, Secretary, Department of Home Affairs, Immigration and Border Protection, Australia (Confirmed)
2:00pm - 2:55pmLeaders Dialogue
Moderator: Robert Bonner, Senior Principal, Sentinel Strategy & Policy Consulting; Former Commissioner, U.S. Customs and Border Protection; Former DEA Administrator; Former U.S. District Judge
Panelists:
• Clarence Yeo, Commissioner, Singapore Immigration & Checkpoints Authority (Confirmed)
• Kevin McAleenan, Commissioner, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (Confirmed)
• Michael Pezzullo, Secretary, Department of Home Affairs, Immigration and Border Protection, Australia (Confirmed)

This leaders dialogue will discuss the border of the future and the desirability for greater multinational cooperation.
3:00pm - 3:55pmSession
Targeting and Data Analytics: Emerging Tech to Improve Risk Assessment
Moderator: Jim Canham, Managing Director, Border Services, Accenture
Panelists:
• H.E. Ahmed Alhakbani, Director General, Saudi Customs (Confirmed)
• Troy Miller, Executive Director, National Targeting Center, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (Confirmed)
• Krum Garkov, Executive Director, eu-Lisa (Confirmed)

Effective Border Management requires the identification of people and goods, and the collection and analysis of relevant information at the earliest possible point in the travel and trade continuum. The “business” of modern border management organizations has evolved, and is now driven by the active use of advanced data. The discussion will include the power of predictive analytics and AI in the border control and facilitation environment and info on screening environment and how to handle Big Data. What is being done now? What is likely the future?
4:00pm - 4:20pmMeet the Sponsors Networking Break
4:30pm - 5:30pmSession
Human Smuggling & Trafficking
Moderator: Gil Kerlikowske, Former Commissioner, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (retired)
Panelists:
• Sheriff Jim McDonnell, Los Angeles County, CA (Confirmed)
• Annick Febrey, Formerly Human Trafficking, Human Rights First (Confirmed)
• Sophie Otiende, Awareness Against Human Trafficking, (HAART), Kenya (Confirmed)

This session will examine actions taken and gaps in responses to human smuggling as well as explore the crime of human trafficking including for sexual exploitation, forced labor, servitude and slavery, and related exploitative practices.

The panel will discuss:
• Emerging trends and patterns of human trafficking and migrant smuggling
• Implementation of the definitions and the related obligations and commitments of international law
• Best practices for improving border security and building cooperative relationships with respect to investigations, prosecutions and protection of victims
• Preventative impact of measures such as coordinated cross-border action against transnational trafficking networks; initiatives to address exploitative labor practices within supply chains, or consumer-based action against products or services resulting from trafficked labor.
5:30pm - 6:30pmNetworking Reception
DAY 2: WEDNESDAY, JUNE 20
7:30am - 12:00pmRegistration Open
8:30am - 9:15amKeynote
Enrique Canon, Director General, Uruguay Customs (Confirmed)
9:15am - 9:30amMeet the Sponsors Networking Break
9:30am - 10:30amSession
Biosecurity
Moderator: Martyn Dunne, Director General (CEO), Ministry for Primary Industries, New Zealand
Panelists:
• Kevin Harriger, Executive Director, Office of Agriculture Programs & Trade Liaison in the Office of Field Operations (OFO), U.S. Customs and Border Protection (Confirmed)
• Dr. John Coyne, Head, Border Security, Australian Strategic Policy Institute (Confirmed)

A panel discussing the issues surrounding keeping out contraband, pests and diseases. It will include a discussion of protection of nations and areas against harmful biological agents injurious to agriculture and the environment, but will also consider the techniques for identify threats of contraband, to include drugs, weapons and biological agents as well as disease (pandemics) control. What intelligence is needed and used to identify and interdict such threats at border entry points, what technology, resources and expertise is necessary, etc. The panel will include discussion of the economic harm caused by failure “to keep out bad stuff.”
10:30am - 11:30amSession
Automation and Technology: Managing Impact on Human Capital - “Border Officer of the Future”
Moderator: Luc Portelance, President and CEO CrossPoint Integrated Strategies, Inc., Former President of the Canada Border Services Agency
Panelists:
• Jacques Cloutier, Vice President, Operations Branch, Canada Border Services Agency (Confirmed)
• Sree Ramaswamy, Partner, McKinsey Global Institute, Washington, DC (Confirmed)
• Angela Bailey, Chief Human Capital Officer, U.S. Department of Homeland Security (Invited)

Automation, digital platforms, and other innovations are changing the fundamental nature of work. This panel will discuss the Human Workforce vs. Emerging Technology at the border.

• What will the Border Force Officer of the Future look like?
• What is the impact of technology on human capital in terms of training, skills and workforce deployment?
• How do we manage workforce transitions?
11:30am - 12:00pmMeet the Sponsors Networking Break
12:00pm - 1:00pmLuncheon Keynote
Thomas Homan, Acting Director, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (Confirmed)
1:00pm - 2:00pmSession
Border Cities: Cross Border Urban Areas
Moderator: Ambassador Arturo Sarukhan, Former Ambassador from Mexico to the U.S.
Panelists:
• Alan Bersin, Former DHS Assistant Secretary for International Affairs; Former CBP Commissioner (Confirmed)
• Dr. Katy Hayward, Reader in Sociology, School of Social Sciences, Education and Social Work, Queen's University Belfast (Confirmed)
• Brian Masse, Member of Parliament, Windsor West, Canada (Confirmed)

This panel will focus on the impact of border controls on urban and other populated areas that straddle international borders.

Panelists will:
• Discuss how perceived national level threats impact on cross border dynamics and how such impacts have or could be ameliorated.
• Explore trans-border metro areas and the impact of security and border controls on the interdependent economies in these borderland regions and other historic ties between these closely connected border communities.
• Touch on how the facilitation of cross-border movement of people and trade has been and can be facilitated by segmentation of traffic, technology and smart border initiatives.
2:00pm - 3:00pmSession
Maintaining Integrity of Border Agencies
Moderator: Dr. Lars Karlsson, Managing Director, KGH Global Consulting; President KGH Border Services, KGH Group; Former WCO Director for Capacity Building and DG Swedish Customs
Panelists:
• David M. Luna, CEO and President, Luna Global Networks & Convergence Strategies LLC, former U.S. State Department (Confirmed)
• Erich Kieck (Director, World Bank and former official of the South African Revenue Service) (Confirmed)
• Dr. Enrique Canon, Chair, WCO Council and DG Uruguay Customs (Confirmed)

A discussion of what steps are necessary to assuring integrity and professionalism in border control agencies.

• Is Corruption on of the largest risks in relation to organized crime and terrorism?
• What are the successful anti-corruption techniques and best practices?
• Anti-corruption programming, training, and capacity-building matters in developed countries and developing countries, are there really any differences ? If so, what are they?
• The susceptibility of fledging democratic instructions in developing countries
• Geographic and territorial perspective on integrity and corruption
• The way forward, how do secure the integrity of future global value and supply chains?
3:00pmAdjourn