2018 Conference Outline

*As of June 5, 2018. Please continue to check back for updates.

7:30am - 3:00pmRegistration Open
8:30am - 9:15amOpening Keynote
Kevin K. McAleenan, Commissioner, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (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
• Seth Stodder, Partner, Holland & Knight; Former Assistant Secretary, Department of Homeland Security (Confirmed)
• Fabrizio Di Carlo, Forensic and Police Data, INTERPOL
• Judson Murdock, Acting Assistant Commissioner, Office of Intelligence, U.S. Customs and 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, David Aguilar, Principal, GSIS; Former Acting Commissioner, U.S. Customs and Border Protection; Former Chief of the U.S. Border Patrol
• Antti Hartikainen, Director General, Finnish Customs (Confirmed)
• Ronald D. Vitiello, Acting Deputy Commissioner, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (Confirmed)
• Colonel (Res.) Nir Solomon, Senior Director, C4ISR & HLS Systems - Elbit Land and C4I Division (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 at 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.
• Lessons learned.
11:30am - 12:25pmSession
Biometrics & Borders: Seamless Travel - Implementing New Effective Technologies
• Thomas Winkowski, President, Global Border Solutions, LLC; Former Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement; Former CBP Acting Commissioner
• Helen Marano, Executive Vice President of External Affairs, World Travel & Tourism Council
• 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, 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
• Clarence Yeo, Commissioner, Singapore Immigration & Checkpoints Authority (Confirmed)
• Kevin K. McAleenan, Commissioner, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (Confirmed)
• Michael Pezzullo, Secretary, Department of Home Affairs, 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
• 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
4:20pm - 5:30pmSession
Human Smuggling & Trafficking
Moderator: Gil Kerlikowske, Former Commissioner, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (retired)
• Sheriff Jim McDonnell, Los Angeles County, CA (Confirmed)
• Annick Febrey, Director of Government and Corporate Relations, The Human Trafficking Institute (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
6:30pm - 8:30pmBorder Patrol Foundation Reception
Elephant & Castle
1201 Pennsylvania Ave, NW Washington D.C.

Share an evening of great food and cocktails while catching up on everything Border Patrol Foundation has planned this year! Join us in raising funds and awareness for those that protect our front lines every day.
7:30am - 12:00pmRegistration Open
8:30am - 9:15amKeynote
Enrique Canon, Director General of Uruguay Customs, Chairperson of the World Customs Organization Council (Confirmed)
9:15am - 9:30amMeet the Sponsors Networking Break
9:30am - 10:30amSession
Border Management: From Biosecurity to Pandemic Threats - in the 21st Century
Moderator: Martyn Dunne, Director General (CEO), Ministry for Primary Industries, New Zealand
• John Sagle, Director of Safeguarding Division, U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Department of Homeland Security (Confirmed)
• Dr. John Coyne, Head, Border Security, Australian Strategic Policy Institute (Confirmed)
• Dr. Ciro Ugarte, Regional Emergency Director, Pan American Office, World Health Organization (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: Doug Browning, Former Deputy Commissioner, U.S. Customs; Former Assistant Commissioner for International Affairs
• 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 (Confirmed)

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
1:00pm - 2:30pmSession
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
• David M. Luna, CEO and President, Luna Global Networks & Convergence Strategies LLC, former U.S. State Department (Confirmed)
• Erich Kieck, Senior Trade Facilitation Specialist, World Bank (Confirmed)
• Dr. Enrique Canon, Director General of Uruguay Customs, Chairperson of the World Customs Organization Council (Confirmed)
• Dato’ Seri Haji Mustafar Bin Haji Ali, Director General, Immigration Department of Malaysia (Confirmed)

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

• Is corruption one 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 fledgling 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?
2:30pm - 3:30pmSession
Border Cities: Cross Border Urban Areas
Moderator: Ambassador Arturo Sarukhan, Former Ambassador of Mexico to the U.S.
• Alan Bersin, Senior Advisor, Covington & Burling, LLP; 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.