2019 Conference Agenda

7:30am - 3:00pmRegistration Open
8:30am - 9:15amOpening Keynote
Kevin K. McAleenan, Acting Secretary, Department of Homeland Security (Confirmed)
9:15am - 10:15amSession
Threats and Trends Assessment
The panel will identify and assess current threats and trends facing border agencies worldwide, including the threats posed by terrorism, drug smuggling and transnational organized crime, as well as trends in trade and travel impacting border flows.

• 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)
• Robert E. Perez, Deputy Commissioner, U.S. Customs & Border (Confirmed)
• Clarence Yeo, Chief Executive, Home Team Academy, Former Commissioner Singapore Immigration & Checkpoints Authority (Confirmed)
10:15am - 10:30am Networking Break
10:30am - 11:45amSession
Managing Land Borders: A United States and European Perspective

This panel will discuss the complexities of managing land border operations in the United States and Europe. Specific focus will be directed at the Port-of-Entry (POE) and between the POEs. Both the US and European models will be highlighted and will highlight the challenges of achieving a unified and integrated approach toward border enforcement.

• Thomas Winkowski, President, Global Border Solutions, LLC; Former Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement; Former Acting Commissioner, U.S. Customs and Border Protection

• Sidney Aki, Port Director San Ysidro and Otay Mesa, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (Confirmed)
• Ciaran Carolan, Director External Affairs and Capacity Building, EU LISA (Confirmed)
• Chief Brian Hasting, Chief Law Enforcement Operations Directorate, U.S. Border Patrol (Confirmed)
• Ana Cristina Jorge, Director Operational Response Division of the European Border and Coast Guard Agency, Frontex (Confirmed)

11:45am - 12:15pmBreak

12:15pm - 1:00pmLuncheon | Speaker: Congressman Mike Rogers
1:00pm - 1:30 pmPlenary Keynote: Gloria Guevara Manzo, President & CEO, World Travel and Tourism Council (Confirmed)
1:30pm - 2:45pmSession

Toward Seamless Travel: Automated Pre-Travel Risk Assessment

This panel will focus on the cutting edge technology being used or piloted in the border environment. How can digital technology at the visa / ESTA / pre-entry stage, coupled with biometric identity assurance – help us to automate the end to end journey through borders in the future? How can industry and government work more effectively together in support of this mission? Where Can We Go from Here?

• Helen Marano, Founder and President, Marano Perspectives

• Jim Canham, Managing Director, Border Services, Accenture
• John P. Wagner, Deputy Executive Assistant Commissioner Office of Field Operations U.S. Customs and Border Protection (Confirmed)
• Solomon Wong, President and CEO of InterVISTAS (Confirmed)
• Douglas Lavin, Vice President, Member and External Relations, North America, International Air Transport Association (Confirmed)
2:45pm - 3:45pmSession
Implementing Smart Borders: An EU Perspective

The panel will focus on how the EU is to deliver smarter border control in the air, land and sea environments, e.g. through implementing the Entry/Exit System and ETIAS System for Third Country Nationals, and the import and export control systems (ICS and ECS) for goods. The discussion will include:

• Organising new levels of stakeholder cooperation
• IT Infrastructure
• Governance and Mandate’

• Antonis Kastrissianakis, Former Director of TAXUD of the European Commission

• Philip Kermode, Director for Customs Policy, European Commission Taxation and Customs Union (Confirmed)
• Krum Garkov, Executive Director, EU-Lisa (Confirmed)
• Rodolphe Gintz, Director General, French Customs and Excise Administration
3:45pm - 4:45pmSession
Leaders' Dialogue
• Luc Portelance, President and CEO CrossPoint Integrated Strategies, Inc., Former President of the Canada Border Services Agency

• John Ossowski, President, Canada Border Services Agency
• John Sanders, Acting Commissioner, U.S. Customs & Border Protection (Confirmed)
4:45pm - 5:30pmNetworking Reception
7:30am - 12:00pmRegistration Open
8:30am - 9:15amKeynote
Rodolphe Gintz, Director General, French Customs and Excise Administration (Confirmed)
9:15am - 10:30amSession
Transnational Organized Crime
The panel will discuss the nature of and problems caused by Major International Criminal Organizations (building off of the Threats Panel) and the strategies being used to weaken and defeat them. The panel will discuss best practices and need for, improvements in and examples of multinational cooperation against this threat.

• Juan C. Zarate, Chairman and Co-Founder of the Financial Integrity Network

• Nick Fishwick, Advisory, HSBC (Confirmed)
• Alberto Bazbaz, Former Head of Mexico Intelligence Agency (Confirmed)
• Michael Braun, President, SAVA Workforce Solutions; Former Chief of Operations, U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (Confirmed)
10:30am - 10:45amNetworking Break
10:45am - 11:45amSession
Invisible Borders and the Movement of Goods: AEOs and the Future of Government/Private Sector Partnerships

This panel will discuss border development and government-private sector partnerships to facilitate movement of goods, including Authorized Economic Operators (AEO) programs and progress under the SAFE Framework. The panel will include a discussion on the Iceberg Theory of border control, i.e., alternative compliance measures, inspections and controls away from the frontier in the light of major Customs challenges like Brexit. 

• Dr. Lars Karlsson, CEO & Managing Director, KGH Global Consulting; President KGH Border Services, KGH Group; Former WCO Director for Capacity Building and DG Swedish Customs

• Dr. Katy Hayward, Queens University, Belfast (Confirmed)
• Shanker Singham, Head of Trade for the IEA; Director of International Trade and Competition Unit, Institute of Economic Affairs (Confirmed)
• Ernani Checcucci, Senior Trade Facilitation Specialist, World Bank (Confirmed)
• Ronaldo Medina, Tax and Customs Attache of Brazil to the United States, Former Under Secretary (DG) of Receita Federal (Confirmed)
11:45am - 12:15pmNetworking Break
12:15pm - 1:15pmNetworking Luncheon: Keynote: Karen Tandy, Former DEA Administrator
1:15pm - 2:30pmSession
E-Commerce’s Impact on Border Management

This panel will consider the impact of the explosion in e-commerce on the cross-border movement of goods and packages, the implications for security and contraband smuggling, and the challenges and opportunities for traders and regulators. It will discuss the measures that have facilitated e-commerce, including development and sharing of data with border authorities, etc., by e-commerce companies, service providers and express carriers.

• Doug Browning, Principal, D M Browning & Associates, LLC;
Former Deputy Commissioner, U.S. Customs and Border Protection

• Norman T. Schenk, Vice President, Global Customs Policy & Public Affairs, UPS (Confirmed)
• Dana L. Lorenze, Senior Vice President Global Customs, Expeditors (Confirmed)
• Christa Brzozowski, Deputy Assistant Secretary, Trade & Transport Policy, Department of Homeland Security (Confirmed)
• Kevin Willis, Director - Global Trade Services, Amazon (Confirmed)
2:30pm - 3:30pmSession
Managing Migration Flows Across Borders
• Seth Stodder Partner, Holland & Knight; Former Assistant Secretary, Department of Homeland Security

• Andrew Selee, President of the Migration Policy Institute (Confirmed)
• Ambassador Martha Barcena, Mexico (Confirmed)
• Demetrios Papademetriou, Migration Policy Institute (Confirmed)