2019 Speakers *as of May 6, 2019

Jason Ahern

Jayson Ahern
Principal, The Chertoff Group
Former Acting Commissioner, U.S. Customs and Border Protection


At the time of his retirement in 2010, Mr. Ahern had served for nearly a year as Acting Commissioner of U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP

On January 2, 2010, Jayson P. Ahern retired from 33 years of federal service to both the U.S. Customs Service and U.S. Customs and Border Protection.

At the time of his retirement, he had served for nearly a year as Acting Commissioner of U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and was responsible for securing, managing and controlling our Nation’s borders. He has served as CBP’s Deputy Commissioner, the highest career position in the agency. During his interim appointment as Acting Commissioner, Mr. Ahern continued to serve as Chief Operating Officer, overseeing the daily operations of CBP’s 58,000 employee workforce and managing an operating budget of over $11 billion. Mr. Ahern’s primary focus was keeping terrorists and terrorist weapons out of the country, while also carrying out CBP’s other border-related responsibilities.

From June 2002 until August 2007, Mr. Ahern served as the Assistant Commissioner for CBP’s Office of Field Operations, a position he also held with the former U.S. Customs Service. As Assistant Commissioner, Mr. Ahern managed all Field Operations in domestic and foreign locations, as well as critical national security and operational programs. In 2003, when the Department of Homeland Security was created, Mr. Ahern presided over the historic merger of personnel from three of CBP’s legacy agencies and ensured mission continuity during the largest government reorganization in the last 50 years.

David Aguilar
David Aguilar
Principal, GSIS
Former Acting Commissioner, U.S. Customs and Border Protection
Former Chief of the U.S. Border Patrol


Commissioner David V. Aguilar is a Partner at GSIS. He was appointed Acting Commissioner of U. S. Customs and Border Protection on December 30, 2011.

As Commissioner Mr. Aguilar led the United States government’s largest law enforcement organization with a workforce of 60,000, including 43,000 uniformed law enforcement officers. He strategically planned, formulated, and executed a yearly budget of nearly 12 billion dollars and was responsible for the management of the largest civilian Law Enforcement Air Force in the world.

Prior to being named Acting Commissioner Aguilar had been CBP Deputy Commissioner since April 11, 2010. As Acting Commissioner and as Deputy Commissioner of the Department of Homeland Security’s agency responsible for leading the world’s only unified integrated border management agency, Aguilar was responsible for securing the over 6,000 miles of land border between the ports of entry against the smuggling of illegal entrants into the United States, illicit goods, narcotics, and weapons for use against the population of the United States.

Mr. Aguilar also served as Chief of the U.S. Border Patrol. During that time, he oversaw the largest expansion of the Border Patrol in its 88-year history, doubling its size to over 21,000 Agents. Prior to his becoming Chief of the Border Patrol, Mr. Aguilar was Chief Patrol Agent of the Tucson Sector the largest and most active Border Patrol Sector in the nation.

His leadership has earned him numerous awards, including the Presidential Rank Award in 2008, the President’s Meritorious Excellence Award in 2005, the Department of Homeland Security Distinguished Service Medal, the Washington Homeland Security Roundtable Lifetime Achievement Award, and the Institute for Defense and Government Advancement Lifetime Achievement Award.

At GSIS, Mr. Aguilar advises clients on a broad range of national homeland and international security matters including border operations, security management, global trade and commerce, supply chain management and security, critical infrastructure protection, risk management, viability assessments, and strategic planning and implementation.

Aguilar retired from government service on March 31, 2013, after a 35-year career with U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP). Mr. Aguilar holds an associate degree in accounting from Laredo Community College and attended Laredo State University and the University of Texas at Arlington. He is a graduate of the Senior Executive Fellows program at Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School of Government.

Sidney K. Aki
Port Director, San Ysidro/Otay Mesa Port of Entry
San Diego Field Office, U.S. Customs and Border Protection


Since July 2013, Mr. Aki has served as the Port Director for the San Ysidro/Otay Mesa Port of Entry...

…San Diego Field Office, U.S. Customs and Border Protection. His responsibilities include running the operational activities/administrative oversight of two major locations; and directing more than 1,200 employees. With a daily volume of more than 60,000 passenger vehicles, 30,000 pedestrians, approximately 200 buses, and arriving general aviation aircraft; the San Ysidro/Otay Mesa is the largest and the busiest land port of entry in the world.

In July 2011, Mr. Aki has served as the Service Port Director, Laredo Port of Entry, Laredo Field Office, U.S. Customs and Border Protection. His responsibilities include the operational and administrative oversight of six major operational locations in the State of Texas, and directing approximately 1,000 employees. He manages the day-to-day operations of the largest inland port of entry (Laredo Port of Entry), which process the most commercial truck traffic on the U.S.-Mexico border; in fiscal year 2012, the port processed over 3 million pedestrians, over 1.7 million commercial trucks, 4.8 million privately owned vehicles, 39,862 commercial buses, 392,084 rail cars, and 3,364 commercial aircrafts.

In September of 2008, Mr. Aki has served as the Assistant Director, Border Security at the Detroit Field Office, U.S. Customs and Border Protection. His responsibilities included assisting with the operational oversight of seven major ports of entry in the State of Michigan, assisting with the direction of more than 1,300 employees. In this capacity, Mr. Aki’s responsibilities included: implementing anti-terrorism and anti-smuggling initiatives; traveler admissibility policies; managing the overall passenger operations (air, sea, and land); non intrusive inspection technology; liaison with public/private stakeholders; intelligence gathering/sharing; and special enforcement operations to ensure optimal border integrity.

In September of 2006, Mr. Aki served as the Port Director at the Detroit Metropolitan Airport, Romulus, Michigan, for U.S. Customs and Border Protection. He managed an operating budget of over $10 million and directed the activities of over 260 employees. His responsibilities included oversight of the operational activities at the Detroit Metropolitan Airport, Oakland-Pontiac Airport, Lansing International Airport, Grand Rapids International Airport, Battle-Creek Airport, and the Willow Run Airport.

Mr. Aki also previously served as a Policy Advisor for the Under Secretary of Policy, Department of Homeland Security from September 2005 through July 2006. In that capacity, he provided assistance and oversight in the development of policy for border security-related issues. Prior to this role Mr. Aki also served as a Policy Advisor for the Commissioner’s Office of Policy and Planning (September 2004 – September 2005).

Additionally, Mr. Aki also served in the following positions on a temporary basis: In 2012, Acting Director, Field Operations for the San Diego Field Office; in 2010, Acting Port Director, JFK International Airport; and the Acting Director, Field Operations for the Miami and Tampa Field Offices.

Mr. Aki began his career in 1996 as an Inspector with the former Immigration and Naturalization Service at the Port of Calexico, California.

Mr. Aki believes in building a solid foundation of efficient “teamwork” concept throughout his workforce. Additionally, he believes in leading by example and providing clear and concise direction toward attainable goals, which are commensurate with the mission of CBP to effectively secure our Nation’s borders, while at the same time facilitating legitimate trade and travel into the United States.

Mr. Aki is a native of Honolulu, Hawaii and is a graduate of Saint Martin’s College (1990), Lacey, Washington, and has a Bachelors Degree in Criminal Justice. Mr. Aki is a senior executive fellow at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government and the National Defense University’s CAPSTONE Program. He is married and has two sons.

Rober BonnerRobert Bonner
Senior Principal, Sentinel Strategy & Policy Consulting
Former Commissioner, U.S. Customs and Border Protection
Former Administrator, U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration
Former U.S. District Judge for California’s Central District


As the Commissioner of CBP, Mr. Bonner led the largest merger of personnel and resources associated with the creation in 2003 of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

Mr. Bonner was appointed as the Commissioner of the U.S. Customs Service in September 2001. From March 2003 until December 2005, Mr. Bonner served as the first Commissioner of U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), the agency of the Department of Homeland Security responsible for managing and securing the United States’ borders, while facilitating global trade and travel.

As the Commissioner of CBP, Mr. Bonner led the largest merger of personnel and resources associated with the creation in 2003 of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. CBP was created by merging personnel from U.S. Customs, the Immigration and Naturalization Service, including the entire Border Patrol, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Quarantine inspectors from the Agriculture and Plant Health Inspection Service.

This included the merger of approximately 22,000 Customs personnel, 18,000 Immigration personnel, and 2,000 Agriculture personnel, and the creation of “One Face at the Border” -the integration of customs, immigration and other frontline border authorities into one primary inspection agency at border Ports of Entry and a unified border management agency for the United States.

Following the terrorist attacks of 9/11, Mr. Bonner led efforts to modernize supply chain security so as to optimally address post-9/11 threats without damaging the U.S. and global economies. Mr. Bonner pioneered the use of advanced electronic information and automated risk assessment as counter-terrorism tools and created the National Targeting Center, Container Security Initiative (CSI) and Customs-Trade Partnership Against Terrorism (C-TPAT) – all of which revolutionized the security and more efficient movement of trade around the world. He oversaw the implementation of the Automated Commercial Environment as well as whole-of-government efforts to achieve a ‘single window into government’ for reporting import and export data.

While Mr. Bonner focused on securing international supply chains from the terrorist and other transnational threats, he simultaneously pursued and implemented a national border control strategy to secure U.S. borders between its official ports of entry. This strategy consisted of a centralized command structure, rapid response capability, and a defense-in-depth, while relying upon highly-trained personnel, strengthened border infrastructure and detection technology.

In addition, Mr. Bonner expanded the development of automated risk-assessment systems (and related policies and concepts of operation) for both people and cargo. Immediately following 9/11 and under Commissioner Bonner’s leadership, CBP sought and obtained the authority to require advanced electronic data on all cargo entering the U.S. as well as passport and reservation data on virtually all people flying to the U.S from aboard. From 2001 – 2003, CBP put in place the policies and targeting systems needed to use this data to assess all arriving cargo and people for risk, thereby developing the type of border screening system recommended by the 9/11 Commission.

Further, Mr. Bonner was the driving force behind many international efforts to adopt customs policies and operations to the post-9/11 era. In particular, Mr. Bonner led the effort to develop and ratify the World Customs Organization SAFE Framework – the principles guiding customs modernization efforts designed to combat terrorism and other transnational threats.

These principles are, to a great extent, based on the policies and initiatives Mr. Bonner implemented at CBP. Under Mr. Bonner’s leadership, the combination of advancements enhanced U.S. security and facilitated legitimate trade and travel. They included: automated risk-assessment and targeting, “One Face at the Border”, and “smart border” programs such as C-TPAT, CSI, NEXUS and NEXUS Air, Global Entry (trusted international traveler programs), the Free and Secure Trade (FAST) program, U.S. VISIT and the Immigration Advisory Program.

Mr. Bonner’s other U.S. government service included serving as Administrator of the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) from 1990 -1993 where he developed and implemented the Kingpin Strategy, a strategy for destroying large-scale, international drug trafficking organizations. He also oversaw the regulation of controlled substances under the Controlled Substances Act. Mr. Bonner also served as a U.S. District Judge for the Central District of California from 1989-1990 and as the U.S. Attorney for the Central District of California from 1984-1989. He served on active duty in the U.S. Navy from 1967-71.

Mr. Bonner was a partner in the international law firm of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher from 1993 to 2001 and again from 2005 to 2008. He is a fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers and a member of the Board of Trustees of the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) and Chair of Caltech’s Audit & Compliance Committee.

He is chair of the Homeland Security Council for Region One, and a member of Secretary Napolitano’s Southwest Border Task Force, under the national HSAC. He is a former Chair of the California Commission on Judicial Performance where he oversaw the implementation of judicial ethical rules and presided over judicial misconduct proceedings.

In January 2008, Mr. Bonner became senior principal of the Sentinel HS Group, a homeland security consulting firm based in the Washington, D.C. area. He is regularly invited to Brussels to speak to members of the World Customs Organization on all aspects of customs modernization and SAFE implementation.

He is also an authority on U.S.-Mexico bilateral relations and has written articles for Foreign Affairs and other journals. He is regularly called upon to speak on international trade, counter-terrorism, customs, immigration policy, drug control, Latin America and other issues.

Mr. Bonner graduated magna cum laude with a B.A. from the University of Maryland and holds a Juris Doctor degree from Georgetown University. He is a member of the California and D.C. Bars.

Michael BraunMichael Braun
General Manager
SAVA Workforce Solutions
Former Chief of Operations, U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration


Michael Braun retired from the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) in 2008 as DEA Chief of Operations.

In this role, Special Agent Braun was responsible for leading the worldwide drug enforcement operations of the Agency’s 227 domestic and 86 foreign offices, as well as the Special Operations Division, the Aviation Division, the Office of Financial Operations, the Office of Operational Support and the Office of Diversion Control.

He was appointed to this position in February 2005 and was the longest-serving principal advisor to the DEA Administrator on all enforcement-related matters. During his tenure, Mr. Braun became widely recognized as an expert on the growing nexus between drugs and terrorism, and for focusing the agency’s efforts on the Global War on Terrorism. He forged strong relations with the Department of Defense (DoD) and provided a clear vision to Combatant, Unified and Specified Commanders on the important role that the DEA plays in supporting DoD’s counter-insurgency and irregular warfare doctrine.

After leaving the DEA, Mr. Braun co-founded Spectre Group International, an organization focused on supporting counter-narcotics, law enforcement, and intelligence operations around the world. From 2003 to 2005, Mr. Braun headed the multi-agency Office of Special Intelligence and later led the entire Intelligence Division. He was also appointed by the Deputy Attorney General to serve as the first Interim Director of a new Department of Justice (DoJ) Drug Intelligence Fusion Center supporting the war on terrorism and drugs.

In 2001, Mr. Braun was appointed to the Senior Executive Service (SES) and assigned as the Special Agent in Charge (SAIC) of the Detroit Division, where he oversaw all of the DEA’s operations and programs in Michigan, Ohio, and Kentucky. Shortly after Coalition Forces invaded Iraq in June 2003, Mr. Braun was detailed to DoD to serve on special assignment in Iraq as the Chief of Staff for the Interim Ministry of Interior, Coalition Provisional Authority. He assisted in creating the new Iraqi National Police Service and Customs and Border agencies, as well as developing plans to rebuild the public safety segment of the Iraqi security infrastructure.

Mr. Braun began his DEA career in 1985 when he served as a Special Agent in the St. Louis Field Office. From 1991 until 2001, Mr. Braun rose steadily through the ranks of the agency and served in several key roles. In Latin America, he led specially trained and equipped host nation counterparts and DEA Special Agents on paramilitary drug enforcement operations in the jungles of South and Central America in support of U.S. foreign drug policy. In the Houston and Los Angeles divisions, his teams targeted some of the world’s most notorious drug trafficking cartels and gangs.

Douglas M. Browning
Principal of DM Browning & Associates;
Former Deputy Commissioner, U.S. Customs and Border Protection


Douglas M. Browning is Principal of DM Browning & Associates; Former Deputy Commissioner, U.S. Customs and Border Protection.

He provides counsel and consulting serves to meet international domestic clients’ needs to move their goods and services across international borders in an efficient, seamless and compliant manner to meet the demands of global trade.

Between 2004 – 2018 Mr. Browning has provided Global Customs and Border Modernization and Strategic Trade and Supply Chain Solutions. As Senior Corporate Executive for Sandler and Travis Trade Advisory he managed international business development efforts and overseeing the global expansion of customs modernization and border security initiatives to foreign governments and multinational business interests. Also responsible for delivering STTAS’ suite of comprehensive international trade and customs consulting services, project management, customs and trade compliance programs, data management and information services, and training programs to both the public and private sectors.

During this time Mr. Browning also served as Of Counsel for Sandler, Travis and Rosenberg, P.A., a leading customs and international trade law firm; Global Customs Counsel, Tax Staff, Office of Finance, General Motors Corporation.

From 2002 to 2004 he served as Deputy Commissioner, U.S. Customs and Border Protection. In a newly formed agency he was responsible for a budget of $5.1 billion and over 40,000 employees combining the functions formerly performed by customs, immigration, Border Patrol and agricultural authorities. Leading the organization’s executive management team and overseeing the process for identifying, training and selecting individuals to be part of that team. He was also responsible for the development, implementation and evaluation of agency-wide programs, policies and procedures as they relate to our border security, law enforcement, and trade compliance and facilitation missions.

James-CanhamJames Canham
Managing Director
Border Services

Jim Canham is managing director for Border Services.

His role focuses on helping clients to tackle the issues around facilitating travel, speeding up processing and aiding security at the world’s borders. His responsibilities involve customs, border and identity management and the increasing virtualization of physical borders.

He spends a good proportion of his time in the sky, traveling to client teams around the world to discuss organizational design and digital transformation. His passion is to ensure Accenture’s clients are getting the very best of Accenture. This means sharing knowledge and innovations from other parts of our client portfolio. It also means thinking about how the changing world, particularly changing technology, will impact our clients and, indeed the users of their services.

In addition to his current role, Jim also serves as a member of the Confederation of British Industry’s London Council. He has also written and contributed to a number of publications on customs and border management and advised the World Bank in developing its Border Management Handbook. A keen blogger, Jim champions initiatives related to mental health and wellbeing.

Jim gained a Bachelor of Arts in Geography from Kent University, a Master of Science in Environmental Economics at the University of London and an MBA from the ENPC International School of Business Management in Paris. After a number of years living and working in Mexico, Brussels, and Australia, Jim now lives in London with his family, the language of the household is a bizarre mix of French and English, his passions include rugby and skiing.

Ciaran Carolan
Director External Affairs and Capacity Building

Dr. Ciarán Carolan is the Research and Development Officer and Head of the External Affairs and Capacity Building Sector at eu - LISA.

Dr. Ciarán Carolan is the Research and Development Officer and Head of the External Affairs and Capacity Building Sector at eu-LISA, the Agency responsible for operating EU large-scale IT systems for border management. In these roles, he works at the interface of policy, research, external relations, and technological evolution.

As well as supporting overall technological and strategic system evolution, he is also involved in technical and operational projects, many focussed on identity and border management issues. Ciarán currently chairs eu-LISA’s internal Task Force on Interoperability, driving the evolution of new paradigms for improved capability provision to IT system end users. He is also involved in several technical working groups examining innovations relevant for borders and security.

Ciarán has BSc and PhD qualifications from Trinity College Dublin, Ireland. Prior to joining eu-LISA, he worked on software design and development as well as IT system administration at the European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL) in Hamburg, Germany.

Ernani CheccucciErnani Checcucci
Senior Trade Facilitation Specialist
World Bank


Ernani Checcucci is an engineer with over 24 years of solid experience on customs and border management, capacity building and development...

both at national and global levels and has recently joined the World Bank Group to provide support and advisory services to the implementation of trade facilitation, customs, and border management reforms.
From 2016 to January 2019 Ernani served as Director Capacity Building for the World Customs Organization (WCO), leading a dynamic team responsible for multiple capacity building initiatives, providing support to more than 110 beneficiary countries, mobilizing expertise in a global scale and addressing various agendas, as trade facilitation, integrity and fight of corruption, customs professionalism, enforcement and revenue collection.

From 2011 to 2015, he served as Undersecretary of Customs and International Relations for the Secretariat of Federal Revenue of Brazil (RFB) and was responsible for major development initiatives as the Brazilian Trade Single Window, business process reengineering in partnership with the private sector, the establishment of National Targeting Center and enhancement of risk management function.

Ernani worked for the World Customs Organization (2005-2011) and his international experience includes diagnostic missions, technical consulting, strategic and project planning and training in more than 40 countries in the Americas, Africa, Middle East, Europe, Asia, and the Pacific. He also took part in joint missions organized by the World Bank, the Inter-American Development Bank, the International Monetary Fund and the World Trade Organization.

He joined the Secretariat of Federal Revenue of Brazil in July 1995, as Customs and Tax Auditor. He started his career working at ports, airports and border points in the northern region of Brazil, and from 1998 to 2005, held various management positions within the Organization.

Nick Fishwick
Dr. Nicholas Fishwick CMG
HSBC Holdings


After obtaining a doctorate in social history at Oxford University in the 1980s, Nick Fishwick joined the British Foreign Office where he served for 29 years

He served in Lagos (Nigeria), Istanbul (Turkey) and Kabul (Afghanistan) before retiring from UK public serviced in 2012. He is a national security specialist, with deep experience of security, counter-terrorism, and regional stability issues.

Nick also spent three years in the UK’s then premier law enforcement organisation, Customs and Excise, focusing on international drug trafficking, money laundering and tax fraud.

He was awarded a CMG by Queen Elizabeth II in 2009 for services to UK national security.
Since retiring he has been an adviser to HSBC on financial crime matters and is a frequent visitor to Argentina and Mexico where he is a member of the HSBC boards.

He is also a contributing adviser to the US national security forum The Cipher Brief and lectures at Kings College London.

He lives near London with his family.

Rodolphe Gintz
Rodolphe Gintz
Director General, French Customs and Excise Administration


Rodolphe Gintz was appointed Director General of the French Customs and Excise Administration (DGDDI)...

…by the Council of Minister of February, 6th 2017.

As head of this Administration, Rodolphe GINTZ oversees 17 000 employees, manages a budget of €1.6 billion and ensures the effective implementation of the French Customs’ efforts to protect national security while promoting economic prosperity and security.

The DGDDI is a trade regulation administration that is responsible for facilitating and securing flows of goods. It facilitates trade, prevents and fights fraud, and collects excise duties on tobacco, alcohol, oil products and electricity, VAT on imports from countries outside the European Union and customs duties on imports entering the EU.

Prior to joining the DGDDI, Rodolphe GINTZ worked for 10 years in the Budget Directorate at the Ministry of Finance (2002-2012). He held various positions, particularly focusing on transport, education and social policies. As such, he was a board member of many publicly-owned companies and public institutions.
Rodolphe GINTZ was also a lecturer in public finances at the Ecole Nationale d’Administration, the top French public affairs school.

He was then appointed senior advisor to the French Prime Minister, heading up the public finances team of his private office (2012-2014). He was in charge of his fiscal agenda, especially for defining public expenditure savings.

From 2015 to 2017, Rodolphe GINTZ advised President HOLLANDE on his financial, fiscal and tax agenda. He oversaw the preparation of the budget bills and the 2016 transparency, anti-corruption, and economic modernisation bill. His work focused on cutting both corporation tax and personal income tax, income tax withholding at source and the implementation of OECD Base Erosion and Profit Shifting (BEPS) measures.
Rodolphe GINTZ graduated with a master’s degree in science and engineering from the Ecole Polytechnique (1999) and the Ecole des Ponts ParisTech (2002).

He is married and has two children.

Krum-GarkovKrum Garkov
Executive Director, eu-LISA


Krum has more than 15 years of cross-cultural experiences spanning the public and private sectors.

Prior to taking up the Executive Director post in eu-LISA in November 2012 Mr Garkov was the Operations Director for Experian Group ltd., a leading global information provider serving the finance industry. Prior to that, he was a Program Manager at Hewlett Packard. Mr Garkov has also served the National Revenue Agency and the Centre for Mass Privatization in Bulgaria. Krum holds a M.Sc. in Computer Technologies from Technical University (Varna, Bulgaria) and an MBA in Information Systems from Stevens Institute of Technology (New Jersey, United States).He received executive education from the London School of Business & Finance (London, United Kingdom) with a Master of Business Administration in Management Consulting.

Krum is a goal-oriented, innovative technology strategist that likes to drive large-scale global operations in order to optimize IT portfolio management and operational efficiency.

Dr-Katy-HaywardDr. Katy Hayward
Reader in Sociology, School of Social Sciences, Education and Social Work
Queen’s University Belfast


Dr. Katy Hayward is Reader in Sociology, a Fellow of the Senator George J. Mitchell Institute for Global Peace, Security and Justice and a member of the Centre for International Borders Research at Queen’s University Belfast.

She has twenty years’ research experience on the impact of the EU on the Irish border and peace process, including as part of the EU FP5-funded EUBorderConf [EU and border conflicts] project and the current SSHRC-funded ‘Borders in Globalization’ programme. She is the author of over 100 publications, including most recently Bordering on Brexit (2017), Dynamics of Political Change in Ireland (2017), UK Withdrawal and the Good Friday Agreement (2017, with David Phinnemore). Katy has presented widely on the topic of Brexit and Northern Ireland/Ireland, and has given evidence on this before parliamentary committees in both the UK and the Republic of Ireland. Outside the University, she is a Board Member of the Centre for Cross Border Studies and Conciliation Resources.

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

Lars Karlsson is President and CEO of KGH Border Services, Managing Director Global Consulting and Vice President of the KGH Group.

KGH is an international border consultancy company with 750 experts in 40 offices in 12 countries. KGH has Government clients in more than 50 countries and more than 14.000 private sector clients.

Lars Karlsson is also one of the most well-known customs leaders in the world and has an extensive background in Customs and international trade policy. Mr. Karlsson has outstanding experience from Government capacity building, reform, and modernization.

Lars Karlsson has written several books on Customs topics. He is a well-known respected speaker and conference chairperson, having visited 164 countries and have worked in 120 around the world.

In 2001 Lars Karlsson received Her Royal Highness the Swedish Crown Princess’ Gothia Prize for the best innovation of the year. In 2003 Lars Karlsson was nominated as Swedish Manager of the Year.
In 2016 Lars Karlsson was awarded a Doctor of Education (Honoris Causas) by Charles Sturt University, Australia. Citation for the conferral: “Mr Lars Karlsson is one of the most renowned customs leaders in the world who has made a significant contribution to the public good through his outstanding input and influence in the professional practice of customs education and capacity building”.

Lars Karlsson holds a Masters in International Customs Law and Administration, a Post Graduate Diploma in International Customs Law and Administration from Canberra University. He has academic merits in the fields of Management (Universities of Uppsala, Sweden/Cranfield University, UK) and ICT (University of Lulea, Sweden).

Dr. Karlsson is an honorary fellow of the International Network of Customs Universities (INCU) and is Member of the International Advisory Board of International Network of Customs Universities (INCU).
Former positions:

2010-2012 Lars Karlsson served as Director of Customs in Sweden.

In 2005 Lars Karlsson was elected Director for Capacity Building of the World Customs Organization (WCO) and for a five-year term he was leading reform and modernization projects in more than 120 countries. In the WCO he managed the capacity building, technical assistance, ICT & technical developments, border coordination, HR developments, Leadership, management and organizational development, education, integrity & anti-corruption matters, as well as the implementation of international standards like i.e. the SAFE Framework of Standards in 180 member countries. He was also the WCO contact point for coordination of and cooperation with international institutions and organizations, like EU, WTO, OECD, UN, IMO, Interpol, OESC, WorldBank, IMF and others.

In 2004, Lars Karlsson was appointed Deputy Director General (Commissioner) of Swedish Customs. From 1996-2004 he was Deputy Chairman of ICT & Development (HQ). Prior to this, he served for more than 15 years as manager and project manager within Swedish Customs. Mr. Karlsson was a permanent member of the Management Board of Swedish Customs 1996-2005, 2010-2012.

Lars Karlsson is the architect behind the 1st AEO programme in the world, the Stairway Concept. The Stairway outlined the principles for Authorised Traders and Authorised Economic Operator programmes. Lars Karlsson has been responsible for the development and implementation of a range of pioneer projects and systems such as the EU Risk Management Model, Paperless processes, the Stairway®, StairSec®, the Green Corridor®, Authorised Economic Operator (AEO), EMPACT – the EU model for Customs-Trade partnerships and cooperation, Result Based Management models, One-Stop-Show, Single Window and the Virtual Customs Office (eGov). He was a permanent member of the Swedish e-Government Board 1999-2005.

Lars Karlsson has been working internationally in projects and committees for decades. In the World Customs Organization, he initiated and developed the Columbus programme, the largest capacity building program to date. Under this programme Lars Karlsson met with Presidents, Ministers and Directors General from all around the world, leading and monitoring Government reform and modernization projects in all regions of the world.

A KastrissianakisAntonis Kastrissianakis
Former Director in the European Commission
Directorate General for Taxation and Customs Union (TAXUD)


From 1981 to 2018 Antonis Kastrissianakis was a European Union (EU) official serving in the European Commission.

In 2007, he became Director in the Directorate General for Taxation and Customs Union (DG TAXUD). He was responsible for customs reforms in the EU to deliver secure trade and consumer protection, uphold intellectual property rights, and promote trade facilitation. He was also responsible for EU international relations in the customs area overseeing the negotiation and implementation of relevant provisions in EU customs and trade agreements including rules of origin.

He led the EU side in the negotiation of customs chapters in the EU-Canada Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA), in the EU-Japan Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) and in the aborted EU-U.S. Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP). He handled EU customs relations and agreements with other main partners such as China, Russia, Switzerland, Turkey, and Morocco. He represented the EU in meetings of senior officials in international bodies including the World Customs Organization (WCO).

From 2001 to 2006, Antonis Kastrissianakis was Director for coordinating EU Member States employment policies. Prior to this, he held numerous managerial and other positions in relation to the design and implementation of EU regional, urban and social policies and support programs and to EU development cooperation. He also served in the Cabinet of the EU Commissioner for Regional Policy and participated in the European Commission Task Force for Administrative Reform.

From 1979 to 1981, Antonis Kastrissianakis was Assistant in the European Economic Studies section of the College of Europe, Bruges, Belgium, where he also lectured on European Regional Policy for several years.

He read Philosophy, Politics, and Economics (PPE) at Oxford University in the early 1970s, European Economic Studies at the College of Europe in Bruges in the late 1970s, and studied Law at the University of Athens in between. Before university, he went to school in Athens and at the United World College of the Atlantic in South Wales.

From 1976 to 1978 he served in the Greek Navy.

Philip KermodePhilip Kermode
Director for Customs Policy
European Commission Taxation and Customs Union


Philip Kermode is director for customs policy in the Directorate General for Taxation and Customs Union at the European Commission.

He is responsible for the Commission’s legislative work on the Union Customs Code and is
heavily involved, together with the Member States, in pushing forward the implementation of
this legislative framework which seeks to ensure a fully effective and coherent Customs
Union across the EU-28. He also is guiding the work on risk management and simplification
as well as the application of customs tariff measures.

Prior to taking up his role in customs, Philip was the director for Direct Taxation where he worked
on a variety of issues including automatic exchange of savings income, the CCCTB, and
harmful tax practices. In previous positions in the Commission, Philip dealt with indirect
taxation issues and anti-fraud activity. He was also a member of the Commission’s Impact
Assessment Board for a number of years.

Philip is a graduate of Trinity College Dublin.

Douglas LavinDouglas Lavin
Vice President, Member & External Relations, North America
International Air Transport Association


Doug Lavin represents the interests of IATA’s 290 international airline members both in the United States and Canada...

…and is the head of IATA’s Washington, D.C. office. He and his team address a variety of issues impacting IATA member airlines, including safety, security, facilitation, environment, consumer protection, economic regulation, charges, taxes, and distribution.

Doug’s career has included work in both the public and private sectors. He joined IATA from the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) where he was the Assistant Administrator for International Aviation from 2003 to 2005. Immediately prior to the FAA, Doug was Vice President of Portfolio Management for American Express. Previous to that he was Director of Corporate Strategy and New Business Development at AT&T. His public service includes several political appointments at the U.S. Department of Commerce during the first Bush Administration. Doug has also practiced law in Washington, D.C. where he focused on international trade, legislative, and technology issues.

Doug is a graduate of the Boston University School of Law, where he was a member of the Boston University Law Review and the University of New Hampshire.

Dana Lorenze
Dana Lorenze
Senior Vice President Global Customs


Dana Lorenze is responsible for the policy, structure, and strategy of Expeditors Global Customs product.

She has extensive experience in international trade, compliance, and operations, and currently serves as the Senior Vice President of Global Customs at Expeditors Headquarters in Seattle, WA.

Dana joined Expeditors in January 1995 in the Los Angeles office. She has held numerous positions including District Sales Manager, Customs & Import Manager, and District Manager of Expeditors Salt Lake City and Portland. In 2011, she relocated to Seattle as Director of Global Customs, further developing Expeditors Global Customs offering worldwide.

She holds a B.S. in International Business with a minor in Political Science from the University of Colorado and obtained a certificate in Executive Leadership from the Stanford Graduate School of Business.

Dana is a licensed U.S. Customs Broker and IATA/FIATA certified “with Distinction.” She has previously served as a Director on the Board of the Foreign Trade Association of Southern California and is currently a Trustee on the Board of Directors for the Arts Fund. Dana happily lives in Seattle with her husband Roger and son Max.

Gloria Manzo
Gloria Guevara Manzo
President & CEO
World Travel and Tourism Council


Gloria joined the World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) in August 2017, following a varied career in Travel & Tourism.

WTTC is the global body that represents travel & tourism worldwide. A sector that generates 10% of GDP and employs circa 300 million jobs.

Recognized as one of the most influential women in Mexico by CNN and Expansion, Gloria began her professional career in 1989 at NCR Corporation working in the Latin America, Middle East, and Africa regions. She holds a BS in Computer Science from Anahuac University and an MBA from Kellogg School of Business, Northwestern University.

Since 1995 she has worked for the travel industry, starting at the Sabre Travel Network and Sabre Holdings, she was later CEO of JV Sabre Mexico reporting to a board of directors from Aeromexico, Mexicana, and Sabre. In March 2010 President Calderon appointed her as Minister of Tourism and two weeks after she was given in addition the full responsibility of the Mexican Tourism Board. Under her leadership, the “National Agreement for Tourism” in Mexico was created in 2011 and for the first time “the importance of Travel & Tourism” was included in the G20 declaration of leaders in Los Cabos.

Gloria received the Good Neighbour Award from the US-Mexico Chamber of Commerce and Virtuoso awarded Mexico the best tourism board in the world due to her successful branding and repositioning efforts. In addition, Gloria has been Special Advisor on Government Affairs to Harvard University, and part of the Future for Travel, Tourism and Aviation Global Agenda Council of the World Economic Forum (WEF).

Helen-MaranoHelen Marano
Founder and President
Marano Perspectives
Special Advisor, World Travel & Tourism Council


Helen Marano launched her new company in January 2019 to further the value and importance of Travel & Tourism for the economic development and social benefits of global communities.

Her experience and expertise in policy development, government, and industry relations encourage thought leadership and cooperation among stakeholders for improving the environment for Travel & Tourism to flourish sustainably. She serves as a Special Advisor for the World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC). Helen is an experienced speaker and passionate advocate on the value of the industry.

Previously, Helen served as Executive Vice-President of the World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC) and continues to serve as Special Advisor. She built the Government and Industry Affairs Department for the advocacy efforts of WTTC in presenting the industry perspective to government leaders and organisations. In forming the External Affairs Department, she expanded the engagement of WTTC and the T&T industry with academia and other key tourism stakeholders.

Helen is a seasoned leader, having previously led the National Travel & Tourism Office of the United States for over a decade. This involved industry relations, policy formation, and oversight and interpretation of the statistical system for T & T for the USA. Her key accomplishments included overseeing negotiations for the opening up of Chinese group travel for the USA, building the first US Travel & Tourism Satellite Account for measuring the economic impact of the sector, serving as the Chair for the Tourism Working Group of APEC, and collaborating in the formation of the Brand USA Corporation for marketing the USA.

Her career spans key positions in a top destination management organisation (Orlando), a leading market research firm (The Gallup Organisation), and ten years in the financial services industry.

Helen was recognised at ITB with 2019 Celebrating Her Award by the International Institute of Peace Through Tourism for building global alliances that promote Tourism as a force for good.

Helen serves on: the Independent Experts Group for Child Protection and Human Trafficking in Travel and Tourism; the Advisory Board of the International Border Management and Technologies Association; the Advisory Board for the University of Surrey School of Hospitality and Tourism Management; the Executive Advisory Board for the International Transportation Security Leadership Forum; and the Advisory Board for the International Summit on Borders.

John OssowskiJohn Ossowski
President, Canada Border Services Agency / Président, Agence des services frontaliers du Canada


John Ossowski was appointed President of Canada Border Services Agency on December 7th, 2016.

Prior to this appointment, John was Deputy Commissioner of Canada Revenue Agency from July 2015 to December 2016. He has also held senior positions as Associate Deputy Minister of Public Safety Canada and also as Assistant Secretary, International Affairs, Security and Justice Sector, at the Treasury Board Secretariat. He has also worked at Communications Security Establishment Canada (CSEC) where he was Director General, Policy and Communications and then Deputy Chief, Corporate Services.

Before joining CSEC, John was Assistant Director, Government Relationships and Communications at the Financial Transactions and Reports Analysis Centre of Canada, which is Canada’s financial intelligence unit. Prior to this, John spent a number of years at TBS in the Government Operations Sector and finally as the Executive Assistant to the Secretary.

John has a bachelor’s degree in Economics from the University of Victoria.

Demetrios PapademetriouDemetrios Papademetriou
Distinguished Transatlantic Fellow
Migration Policy Institute


Demetrios G. Papademetriou is a Distinguished Transatlantic Fellow at the Migration Policy Institute, which he co-founded and led as its first President until 2014

…and where he remains President Emeritus and a member of the Board of Trustees. He served until 2018 as the founding President of MPI Europe, a nonprofit, independent research institute in Brussels that aims to promote a better understanding of migration trends and effects within Europe; he remains on MPI Europe’s Administrative Council and chairs its Advisory Board.

He is the convener of the Transatlantic Council on Migration, which is composed of senior public figures, business leaders, and public intellectuals from Europe, the United States, Canada, and Australia. He also convened the Regional Migration Study Group in 2011–15, an initiative that has proposed and is promoting multi-stakeholder support for new regional and collaborative approaches to migration, competitiveness, and human-capital development for the United States, Canada, Mexico, and Central America.

Dr. Papademetriou co-founded Metropolis: An International Forum for Research and Policy on Migration and Cities (which he led as International Chair for the initiative’s first five years and where he continues to serve as International Chair Emeritus); and has served as Chair of the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on Migration (2009-11); Founding Chair of the Advisory Board of the Open Society Foundations’ International Migration Initiative (2010-15); Chair of the Migration Committee of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD); Director for Immigration Policy and Research at the U.S. Department of Labor and Chair of the Secretary of Labor’s Immigration Policy Task Force; and Executive Editor of the International Migration Review.

He has published more than 270 books, articles, monographs, and research reports on a wide array of migration topics, lectures widely on all aspects of immigration and immigrant integration policy, and advises foundations and other grant-making organizations, civil-society groups, and senior government and political party officials, in dozens of countries (including numerous European Union Member States while they hold the rotating EU presidency).

Rober PerezRobert E. Perez
Deputy Commissioner
U.S. Customs & Border Protection


Robert E. Perez was named as the Deputy Commissioner for U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP).

In this role, he serves as the agency’s senior career official, with a primary focus of working closely with the Commissioner to ensure that CBP’s mission of protecting our Nation’s borders from terrorists and terrorist weapons is carried out effectively in partnership with other Federal, state, local, and foreign entities. Other top CBP priorities for which Mr. Perez is responsible include securing and facilitating legitimate global trade and travel, keeping illegal drugs and illegal aliens from crossing our borders, and protecting our Nation’s food supply and agriculture industry from pests and disease.

Additionally, he provides executive leadership in planning short and long-range strategies, activities, and projects. Mr. Perez analyzes project proposals and develops recommendations for implementation and action, including proposals for assignment of resources necessary for the completion of projects having a national and international impact.

Mr. Perez was recently selected as the Executive Assistant Commissioner for Operations Support (OS) and has been acting in this capacity since February 27, 2017. Within OS, Mr. Perez provides oversight and executive direction to experts, analysts, and innovators who enable front line operators and strengthen mission execution of CBP.

Prior to coming to OS, Mr. Perez served as the Director of Field Operations (DFO) for CBP’s New York Field Office, where he directed the activities of nearly 3,000 CBP employees and oversaw the arrival of more than 21 million international travelers and over $240 billion in imported goods. Mr. Perez has also held the positions of DFO and Port Director in Detroit, Michigan, leading the activities of more than 1,100 CBP employees throughout the state at seven ports of entry, which included three international bridges, the busiest commercial truck border crossing in North America, and the busiest privately owned vehicle border crossing between the U.S. and Canada.

Prior to his arrival in Michigan in 2005, Mr. Perez served as the first Director of the Customs-Trade Partnership Against Terrorism (C-TPAT) in Washington, DC, a position he held for three years beginning in 2002. In that role, he oversaw the development and implementation of all the anti-terrorism industry partnership programs for CBP. Mr. Perez held various positions as a Program Manager in CBP headquarters from 1997 through 2001 and began his career with the U.S. Customs Service in 1992 as a Customs Inspector in Newark, New Jersey.

Mr. Perez has represented the Department of Homeland Security and CBP as a border security expert throughout the globe at scores of international business conferences, on official assignments alongside senior figures in U.S. and foreign government, and in the national and international press. He has been a guest lecturer at the Georgetown University Law Center, Michigan State University Law School, the International Law Enforcement Academy in Budapest, Hungary, and the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy. Mr. Perez also served on the Advisory Board of the Criminal Justice Department at Madonna University in Livonia, Michigan.

Mr. Perez has been widely recognized throughout his career for his accomplishments and contributions to international border and trade security, including being named “Person of the Year” by the Maritime Security Council, receiving the “Keys to the City” by the Mayor of Cartagena, Colombia, and receiving the “True American Hero, Lifetime Achievement Award” from the Federal Drug Agents Foundation.

Luc PortelanceLuc Portelance
President and CEO CrossPoint Integrated Strategies, Inc.
Former President of the Canada Border Services Agency


Luc Portelance is a seasoned executive with extensive experience leading large, complex, and high-profile operational organizations in the field of public safety and national security.

His 36-year career with the Canadian Government is highlighted by seven years with the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) where he served as President between 2010 and 2015 and Executive Vice-President from 2008 until 2010.

Previously, he spent 24 years with the Canadian Security Intelligence Service (CSIS) including key leadership positions such as Assistant Director Corporate, Assistant Director Operations, and, finally, Deputy Director Operations.

Luc Portelance began his career in 1979 with the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) prior to joining CSIS in 1984.

His expertise in border management, intelligence, law enforcement, and public policy is the result of hands-on experience leading Canada’s most sensitive national security operations, and his role in modernizing the border agency. Over the years, Luc Portelance has developed a proven track record in delivering organizational change and transformation including business re-engineering, IT-enabled transformation, operational efficiency, downsizing, service orientation, and culture change.

In December 2015, Luc Portelance founded CrossPoint Integrated Strategies, Inc. where he now provides consulting services in a variety of fields associated with his area of expertise.

Andrew SeleeAndrew Selee, President
Migration Policy Institute


Dr. Selee’s research focuses on migration globally, with a special emphasis on immigration policies in Latin America and in the United States.

Andrew Selee has been President of the Migration Policy Institute, a nonpartisan institution that seeks to improve immigration and integration policies through fact-based research, opportunities for learning and dialogue, and the development of new ideas to address complex policy questions, since August 2017.

Prior to that, he spent 17 years at the Woodrow Wilson Center, where he founded the Center’s Mexico Institute and later served as Vice President for Programs and Executive Vice President. He has also worked as staff in the U.S. Congress and on development and migration programs in Tijuana, Mexico.

Dr. Selee’s research focuses on migration globally, with a special emphasis on immigration policies in Latin America and in the United States. He is the author of several books, including, most recently, Vanishing Frontiers: The Forces Driving Mexico and the United States Together (PublicAffairs, 2018) and What Should Think Tanks Do? A Strategic Guide to Policy Impact (Stanford University Press, 2013). He is also coauthor of the MPI policy reports Trump’s First Year on Immigration Policy: Rhetoric vs. Reality (January 2018), Creativity amid Crisis: Legal Pathways for Venezuelan Migrants in Latin America (January 2019), and Changing Patterns of U.S.-Mexico Migration (forthcoming).

He has published opinion articles in the Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, Dallas Morning News, San Francisco Chronicle, San Diego Union Tribune, CNN.com, Foreign Affairs, and Foreign Policy, and he writes a regular column in Mexico’s largest newspaper, El Universal. He has been an Adjunct Professor at both Johns Hopkins University and George Washington University and was a visiting scholar at El Colegio de México.

Dr. Selee was a Co-Director of the Regional Migration Study Group, convened by MPI with the Wilson Center to look at regional migration flows among the Central American countries, Mexico, and the United States, and was part of the steering committee for MPI’s Independent Task Force on Immigration and America’s Future, which helped lay an important conceptual foundation for immigration reform efforts in recent years. He was also a member of the Council on Foreign Relation’s Task Force on Immigration. In the late 1990s and early 2000s, he served on the Board of Directors of the YMCA of the USA, the nation’s largest membership organization, and on several committees of the Geneva-based World Alliance of YMCAs.

He holds a Ph.D. in policy studies from the University of Maryland, an MA in Latin American studies from the University of California, San Diego, and a BA, Phi Beta Kappa, from Washington University in St. Louis. He was selected as an Andrew Carnegie Fellow for the 2017-18 period.

Seth-StodderSeth Stodder
Partner, Holland & Knight;
Former Assistant Secretary, Department of Homeland Security


Seth Stodder is a partner at Holland & Knight LLP, where he represents clients on a wide variety of matters involving international trade and cross-border transactions, proceedings before the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS), immigration and visas, cybersecurity and data privacy, civil and criminal government investigations, and national/homeland security.

He also teaches national security law at the University of Southern California Gould School of Law, and is a frequent writer, speaker, and media commentator on national and homeland security, foreign policy, immigration and border security, international trade, CFIUS, cybersecurity, data privacy, constitutional law, and human rights issues.

Previously, he served in the Obama Administration as Assistant Secretary of Homeland Security for Border, Immigration & Trade Policy and, prior to that, as Assistant Secretary of Homeland Security for Threat Prevention & Security Policy. In those roles, he led teams advising DHS leadership and developing policy on border security, immigration and visa policy, trade, screening and vetting of individuals for national security purposes, law enforcement matters, cyber encryption and surveillance issues, and the negotiation of international information sharing agreements aimed at interdicting the movement of foreign terrorist fighters through global transportation systems. He oversaw the U.S. Visa Waiver Program, represented DHS on the Committee on Foreign Investments in the United States (CFIUS), and served as Co-Chair of the DHS Task Force on the use of social media for vetting purposes, consistent with privacy rights and civil liberties, stood up in the wake of the San Bernardino terrorist attacks. He also oversaw all DHS diplomatic engagements with the countries of the Western Hemisphere, as well as other countries around the world, leading negotiations and bilateral discussions with various countries, including Cuba, Mexico, Canada, Singapore, Australia, Germany, and the Five Eyes countries, among others.

Earlier in his career and in the immediate wake of the 9/11 attacks, he served in the George W. Bush Administration as Director of Policy and Planning for U.S. Customs and Border Protection and Counselor/Senior Policy Advisor to Commissioner Robert C. Bonner.

Mr. Stodder is a Member of the Pacific Council on International Policy, serves on the Alumni Leadership Council for the German Marshall Fund of the United States, was a Marshall Memorial Fellow in 2008, and also is a member of the Truman National Security Project. He is admitted to practice law in California and is a member of the U.S. Supreme Court Bar. He received his J.D. from the University of Southern California Law School, and his B.A. from Haverford College.

Karen TandyKaren Tandy
Homeland Security Advisory Council


Karen Tandy was appointed to the Homeland Security Advisory Council in May 2016.

John-P-WagnerJohn P. Wagner
Deputy Executive Assistant Commissioner
Office of Field Operations, U.S. Customs and Border Protection


John P. Wagner has been the Deputy Executive Assistant Commissioner for the Office of Field Operations since April of 2014.

In this role, Mr. Wagner oversees nearly 30,000 employees including approximately 23,000 CBP Officers and over 2,400 CBP Agriculture Specialists that protect U.S. borders. An annual operating budget of $4.8 billion provides for operations at over 330 ports of entry, and many programs that support the national security, immigration, customs, and commercial trade-related missions of CBP.

In his 25 plus years of service, Mr. Wagner has worked on a wide variety of operational and policy issues. Mr. Wagner has been a leader in developing many successful transformative efforts for the organization, including the development of the internationally acclaimed Global Entry program and the Automated Passport Control kiosks for international travelers. He is recognized as a driving force behind many of CBP’s resource saving and time saving initiatives, while simultaneously enhancing security operations at the ports of entry.

A native of Long Island, NY, Mr. Wagner graduated from the State University of New York at Albany, with a Bachelors of Arts degree in Psychology. He began his Federal law enforcement career in 1991 when he joined the U.S. Customs Service as a Customs Inspector, and has worked at the New York/New Jersey seaport and the land border port of Laredo, TX before being assigned to Headquarters. Mr. Wagner is a graduate of the Senior Executive Fellows course at the JFK School of Government at Harvard University, and was honored as a finalist for a Service to America’s medal in 2015.

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


Thomas S. Winkowski was appointed the Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement on March 16, 2014.

As ICE’s Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary, Mr. Winkowski leads the largest investigative agency within the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. Created in 2003, ICE has a budget of $5.6 billion and has nearly 20,000 employees in offices in all 50 states and 48 foreign countries.

In this role, Mr. Winkowski advances ICE’s mission to promote homeland security and public safety through the criminal and civil enforcement of approximately 400 federal laws governing border control, customs, trade, and immigration.

Mr. Winkowski brings deep law enforcement and customs-related experience to the job, having filled various positions of leadership during his nearly 4 decades with U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and its predecessor agencies, including as Acting Commissioner.

Mr. Winkowski has worked side-by-side with ICE personnel while managing CBP’s mission. As the Deputy Commissioner, Mr. Winkowski oversaw the daily operations of CBP’s 60,000-employee workforce. Mr. Winkowski also served as Assistant Commissioner in CBP’s Office of Field Operations where he managed the largest division within CBP. Prior to his service at CBP headquarters in Washington, D.C., Mr. Winkowski served as the Director of Field Operations in Miami from 2002 to 2007, as well as Port Director in Miami and the Los Angeles International Airport. Mr. Winkowski joined the U.S. Customs Service in 1975 as a cooperative education student. Upon graduating from Boston’s Northeastern University in 1978, he was assigned to Los Angeles where he became a customs inspector.

Mr. Winkowski’s service has been recognized by multiple presidents and administrations, including being awarded the Meritorious Presidential Rank Award by President Bush in 2004 and the Distinguished Executive Presidential Rank Award by President Obama in 2009.

Solomon WongSolomon Wong
President and CEO of InterVISTAS


Solomon is a multidisciplinary expert on transportation policies, facilities, and innovations.

He is dedicated to helping clients improve processes for goods and passengers. From re-engineering flows of people and goods through a journey to newer ways of navigating through a risk-managed environment, Solomon has helped to implement solutions for a range of private/public sector clients. He sits on the Board of the Airport Consultants Council and the Canadian/American Border Trade Alliance. As well, he is active on several committees for Airports Council International (World) and IATA. Solomon has a Master of Science in Planning from the University of Toronto.

Clarence-YeoClarence Yeo
Commissioner Immigration & Checkpoints Authority (ICA) Singapore


Mr. Clarence Yeo has been the Commissioner of the Immigration & Checkpoints Authority (ICA), Singapore, since September 2010.

His knowledge and expertise extend beyond operations and security areas as he oversaw and drove the key areas of policy formulation, planning and technology, corporate services, manpower, and corporate communications during the early years of ICA’s formation. Mr Yeo previously held the appointments of Deputy Commissioner (Policy & Administration) and Deputy Commissioner (Operations).

Mr Yeo’s career span in ICA has been extensive and wide. Early in his career, Mr Yeo was appointed Director (Tuas Joint Operations Command) of the then Singapore Immigration & Registration (SIR) where he saw to the successful opening of Singapore second land crossing with Malaysia in January 1998. Mr Yeo’s depth of command and control experience also covers the field of enforcement and intelligence operations. His vast experience in handling and driving operations and security-related issues came in handy upon the formation of ICA in April 2003, when he headed the Checkpoint Security Operational Master Plan and was responsible for conceptualising policies, frameworks and masterplans for various immigration and checkpoint matters. With his in-depth knowledge and expertise running the full gamut of developing, leading and managing operational projects, Mr Yeo was instrumental in spearheading the BioPass project which led to the successful public launch of Singapore’s first biometric passport in August 2006.

Under Mr Yeo’s visionary leadership, ICA has been conferred with numerous accolades and awards for its various achievements and strive for organizational excellence, and amongst which, these include the Singapore Quality Award in 2009 as well as the prestigious Singapore Quality Award (with Special Commendation) in 2015. In recognition of attaining global standards in operational excellence as well as being a global benchmark of Border Management excellence, BORDERPOL had also conferred ICA with the inaugural Excellence in Border Management Award in 2014, and appointed Mr Yeo as a Member in the BORDERPOL Common Council in 2015. Mr Yeo is also a member of the Biometrics Institute Borders Group. More recently in November 2016, ICA was also awarded the Global Performance Excellence Award (World Class) by the Asia Pacific Quality Organisation for its organizational excellence.

Mr Yeo’s academic qualifications include a Master in Public Policy and a BSc (Hons) 2nd Class Upper in Economics. Mr Yeo has received several awards, including the National Day Public Administration Medal (Silver) in 2006 and the Public Administration Medal (Gold) in 2013. Mr Yeo was also awarded the Medal of Commendation by the Singapore National Trade Union Congress in May 2017 in recognition of his significant contributions towards good labour-management relations.

Juan ZarateJuan C. Zarate
Chairman and Co-Founder
Financial Integrity Network


Juan Zarate is the Chairman and Co-Founder of the Financial Integrity Network, the Senior National Security Analyst for NBC News, and a Visiting Lecturer of Law at the Harvard Law School.

Mr. Zarate also serves as the Chairman and Senior Counselor for the Foundation for Defense of Democracies’ Center on Economic and Financial Power, a Senior Adviser at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), and a Senior Fellow to the Combating Terrorism Center at West Point.

Mr. Zarate served as the Deputy Assistant to the President and Deputy National Security Advisor for Combating Terrorism from 2005 to 2009 and was responsible for developing and implementing the U.S. Government’s counterterrorism strategy and policies related to transnational security threats. Mr. Zarate was the first-ever Assistant Secretary of the Treasury for Terrorist Financing and Financial Crimes where he led domestic and international efforts to attack terrorist financing, the innovative use of Treasury’s national security-related powers, and the global hunt for Saddam Hussein’s assets. Mr. Zarate is a former federal prosecutor who served on terrorism prosecution teams prior to 9/11, including the investigation of the USS Cole attack. Mr. Zarate has earned numerous awards for his work, including the Treasury Medal.

Mr. Zarate sits on several boards, including the Vatican’s Financial Information Authority (AIF), the Board of Advisors to the Director of the National Counterterrorism Center (NCTC), HSBC’s Financial System Vulnerabilities Committee, the America Abroad Media (AAM) Board of Advisors, the RANE Network Board, the Aspen Institute’s Homeland Security Group, the Coinbase Board of Advisors, and George Washington University’s Center for Cyber and Homeland Security. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.

Mr. Zarate is the author of Treasury’s War: The Unleashing of a New Era of Financial Warfare (2013), Forging Democracy (1994), and a variety of articles in The New York Times, Financial Times, Washington Post, Wall St. Journal, LA Times, the Washington Quarterly and other publications.