2017 Speakers

*as of May 24, 2017 and subject to change. Please check back for updates and additions as they are announced.

Edward-AldenEdward Alden
(Author) Bernard L. Schwartz Senior Fellow,
Council on Foreign Relations


Edward Alden is the Bernard L. Schwartz senior fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR), specializing in U.S. economic competitiveness.

He is the author of the new book Failure to Adjust: How Americans Got Left Behind in the Global Economy, which focuses on the federal government’s failure to respond effectively to competitive challenges on issues such as trade, currency, worker retraining programs, education, infrastructure, and support for innovation. In addition, Alden is the director of the CFR Renewing America publication series and coauthor of a recent CFR Discussion Paper “A Winning Trade Policy for the United States.”

Alden’s previous book, The Closing of the American Border: Terrorism, Immigration, and Security Since 9/11, was a finalist for the Lukas Book Prize, for narrative nonfiction, in 2009. The jury called Alden’s book “a masterful job of comprehensive reporting, fair-minded analysis, and structurally sound argumentation.”

Alden was the project co-director of the 2011 CFR-sponsored Independent Task Force on U.S. Trade and Investment Policy, which was co-chaired by former White House chief of staff Andrew Card and former Senate majority leader Thomas Daschle. Alden was the project director of the 2009 CFR-sponsored Independent Task Force on U.S. Immigration Policy.

Alden was previously the Washington bureau chief for the Financial Times and prior to that was the newspaper’s Canada bureau chief, based in Toronto. He worked as a reporter at the Vancouver Sun and was the managing editor of the newsletter Inside U.S. Trade, widely recognized as a leading source of reporting on U.S. trade policies. Alden has won several national and international awards for his reporting. He has done numerous TV and radio appearances as an analyst on political and economic issues, including on PBS NewsHour, NPR, BBC, CNN, Fox News and MSNBC. His work has been published in the New York Times, Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, Los Angeles Times, Foreign Policy, Foreign Affairs, Fortune, and Toronto Globe and Mail.

Alden earned a master’s degree in international relations from the University of California, Berkeley, and pursued doctoral studies before returning to a journalism career. He has a bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of British Columbia. Alden was the winner of numerous academic awards, including a Mellon fellowship in the humanities and a MacArthur Foundation graduate fellowship.

Alan-BersinAlan Bersin
Former DHS Assistant Secretary for International Affairs;
Former CBP Commissioner (retired)


Bio coming soon.
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.

James-CanhamJim 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 their 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.

Maurice-ChenierMaurice Chénier
CIO, Canada Border Services Agency


As Chief Information Officer and Vice‑President of the Information, Science and Technology Branch, Mr. Maurice Chénier provides strategic direction and management for the implementation...

…maintenance and evolution of information, science and engineering, and technology solutions in support of the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) and its program delivery. Maurice has held Senior Assistant and Assistant Deputy Minister level positions with Shared Services Canada and Public Works and Government Services Canada, respectively. His experience as the President of the Association of Public Sector Information Professionals from 1999 to 2000 has helped him maintain a strong focus on the growth and contributions of Information Technology professionals.

Maurice also held several leadership positions at Citizenship and Immigration Canada, Justice Canada, and Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat. He is an industry and Government recognized seasoned expert in the field of relationship management, program and project management towards predictable service delivery performance.

Maurice joined the CBSA in April 2013 and is a strong advocate of bilateral internal communication.

Maurice holds a Master’s of Business Administration from the University of Ottawa.

Jacques Cloutier
Associate Vice-President, Operations Branch
Canada Border Services Agency


Jacques Cloutier was appointed Associate Vice-President of the Operations Branch in July 2016.

Prior to joining the Agency as the Director General for the International Region, Jacques held a number of senior executive positions related to national security at Public Safety, the Privy Council Office and the Communications Security Establishment.

He began his professional career in 1987, and as a reservist deployed to the former Yugoslavia as part of the United Nations Protection Force Canadian contingent. Upon completion of this mission he joined the United Nations Volunteers and later the UN Department of Peace Keeping Operations as a civilian member and as a technical advisor in the context of peacekeeping missions in Africa’s Great Lakes region and in Angola.

In 1995, Jacques joined the Organization of American States and was part of the joint OAS/UN human rights mission in Haiti. His work involved the investigation of human rights violations alleged to have been committed by Agents of the State, capacity building and strengthening of government structures, principally in the policing, judicial and detention sectors.

He is a graduate of the Université de Sherbrooke and joined the Public Service in 2002, after completing a Master’s Degree in Business Administration.

Bram-De-RidderBram De Ridder
Postdoctoral Researcher, University of Leuven (Belgium);
Visiting Scholar, Harvard University


Bram De Ridder is a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Leuven (Belgium) and a visiting scholar at Harvard University. He recently defended his Ph.D. titled ‘Lawful Limits.

Border Management and the Formation of the Habsburg-Dutch Boundary, ca. 1590-1665’, wherein he investigated the emergence of the border between Belgium and The Netherlands during and after the Eighty Years War (1568-1648). More particularly, his research focused on the different political and legal strategies by which different actors shaped the territorial separations that divided them. He also contributed to the transregional history project at the University of Leuven, which developed a distinct methodological approach to the study of early modern borders. He recently submitted a follow-up project that will engage with the Belgian Customs services and aims to translate the historical study of border management to the tackling of contemporary issues.

Tom-DowdallTom Dowdall
Deputy Director, Border Policing Command,
National Crime Agency, UK


Tom is Head of the Border Policing Command in the National Crime Agency, leading on criminal investigations at the border, establishing joint intelligence units with border partners and co-ordinating the UK law enforcement response to serious and organised crime at the border.

He is also the national UK lead for Organised Immigration Crime (OIC) and Gold Commander for the UK OIC Taskforce on people smuggling.

Tom has considerable experience of law enforcement and operations at the border. He has held senior roles in Border Force including Director of Customs and National Operations where he was the national lead for Customs matters, Border Force Intelligence and targeting including the National Border Targeting Centre based in Manchester. He was also responsible for the Watchlisting Information and Coordination Unit (WICU) and led on counter-terrorism and border security issues.

Internationally, Tom has been the UK representative on Frontex Management Board, the EU agency responsible for coordinating activity on the external EU border. Between 2007 and 2010 Tom was responsible for leading border control operations at the unique juxtaposed controls in France and Belgium covering the cross channel and channel tunnel routes to the UK, this included leading the delivery of the Evian Agreement with France. From 2004-2007 he had responsibility for the UK’s overseas Airline Liaison Officer (ALO) network leading it through a major international expansion programme.

In his earlier career he led UK Immigration Service operations at Heathrow and other UK airports and worked for HM Customs and Excise for fifteen years in a variety of roles.

Maria-FernandezMaria Fernandez
Deputy Secretary of Intelligence and Capability,
Department of Immigration and Border Protection, Australia


Maria Fernandez commenced in the role of Deputy Secretary Intelligence and Capability Group in the Department of Immigration and Border Protection in April 2015.

In this role, Maria is responsible for the intelligence, identity and biometrics, major capability and ICT activities that enable the Department’s core operations.

From 2012, Maria was the first woman head of an Australian Intelligence Agency, as the Director of the Australian Geospatial-Intelligence Organisation. In this role Maria was responsible for the provision of geospatial-intelligence to the Government, the Australian Defence Force (ADF) and National Security Agencies to provide operational and contingency support, emergency management support and for national security purposes.

Prior to this, Maria was First Assistant Secretary Capability, Investment and Resources Division. In this role she was responsible for managing the Defence Capability Plan (Defence’s major capital equipment plan of $260 billion over 10 years) and the provision of independent advice to the Chief of the Defence Force and the Secretary of Defence on capability related matters, including the overall balance of investment on current and future capability and major investment proposals and priorities.

Maria also served as Deputy Director of the Australian Signals Directorate (ASD) responsible for providing all signals intelligence for Defence and national security purposes. She has considerable experience in the Defence portfolio, principally at the strategic level. Prior to joining ASD, she was First Assistant Secretary Defence White Paper responsible for the overall management of several reviews into the enabling and support functions of the Defence organisation and for the coordination of the costing of the 2009 Defence White Paper.

Maria served as Chief of Staff to both the Minister for Defence and the Minister of Education where she worked closely with senior leadership to deliver significant outcomes. For Defence, this included the acquisition of multibillion dollar defence capabilities, favourable changes to funding arrangements, important policy changes in defence industry and ADF recruitment and retention and international defence negotiations. For Education, this included outcomes in school standards and funding reforms, an $8.5 billion science innovation package, values education, reform of the training sector and complex changes to the higher education and research sector.

Maria spent several years as a senior consultant and manager with a software development firm and worked in the United Kingdom (UK) for two years consulting to the UK government on the design, development and implementation of financial systems.

Maria is a graduate of the Harvard Business School Advanced Management Program and was awarded the Public Service Medal in the Australia Day 2017 Honours List.

Maria is married with two sons and enjoys skiing, traveling and spending time with her family. Born in Spain, she speaks Spanish.

Jose M. Garcia
SAT Attaché, Mexican Embassy to the U.S.



Bio coming soon.
Krum-GarkovKrum Garkov
Executive Director, eu-LISA


Mr Krum Garkov is the Executive Director of eu-LISA since 1 November 2012.

He has more than 15 years of cross-cultural experiences spanning the public and private sectors, complemented by two Master degrees in the area of information technology and a MBA.

Mr Garkov is a goal-oriented, innovative technology strategist driving large-scale global operations to optimize IT portfolio management and operational efficiency.

From 2007 until taking up the ED post in eu-LISA Mr Garkov was Operations Director for the Experian Group ltd., a leading global information provider serving the finance industry. He commanded all delivery centre operations and ensured the alignment of technology solutions with business objectives across Europe, Middle East, Africa and India.

Prior to that, Mr Garkov worked as a Program Manager at Hewlett Packard, a major technology company, where he was responsible for key program initiatives, including a large-scale data centre consolidation and application portfolio consolidation and integration.

From 2003 to 2006 he served the Bulgarian National Revenue Agency as a CIO, where he delivered several successful initiatives, including country-wide implementation of a new core revenue management system and infrastructure. He also led the agency to receive recognition as the first-class ICT organization.

In 1996 Mr Krum joined the Centre for Mass Privatization (Bulgaria), the specialized government agency overseeing privatization of public assets in Bulgaria. In the Centre Mr Krum shared various responsibilities. Initially he was appointed National Coordination Senior Expert to manage information technology strategy and operations. Within two years he was named Deputy Director of ICT.

Krum Garkov 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 London School of Business & Finance (London, United Kingdom) with a Master of Business Administration in Management Consulting.

About the Agency
eu-LISA, with its seat in Tallinn, fulfils the operational management tasks for the second generation Schengen Information System (SIS II), Visa Information System (VIS) and EURODAC. The Agency thereby supports the implementation of the EU’s border management, asylum and migration policies. The Agency started its operations on 1 December 2012.
The headquarters of the Agency is in Tallinn (Estonia), while the operational management of the large-scale systems is carried out in Strasbourg (France) with a backup site in Sankt Johann im Pongau (Austria).

Isabel-HillIsabel Hill
Director of the National Travel and Tourism Office
U.S. Department of Commerce


Isabel Hill is Director of the Office of Travel and Tourism Industries at the U.S. Department of Commerce and Chairs the Tourism Committee for the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD).

As Deputy Director for Policy and Planning, Ms. Hill and her team work to promote policies that foster the competitiveness of U.S. travel and tourism industries, in collaboration with the private sector and federal agencies. Her team is responsible for developing a national tourism strategy, informed by the private sector Travel and Tourism Advisory Board, and by 17 federal agencies through the Tourism Policy Council, both under the leadership of the Secretary of Commerce.

Ms. Hill also represents U.S. in bilateral discussions to remove barriers to trade in tourism services, and in multilateral fora on issues of importance to the global travel and tourism industry. She leads the U.S. team of the China-U.S. Joint Commission on Commerce and Trade Tourism Working Group and represents the U.S. in OECD and APEC.

Ms. Hill was director of the U.S. International Tourism Promotion Program demonstration project, which won the Odyssey Award from the U.S. Travel Association. Based on the platform “You’ve Seen the Films, Now Visit The Set,” the campaign was noted for its innovative partnerships with the entertainment industry, comprehensive strategic and accountability research, and high return on investment.

Previous to her federal service, Ms. Hill was the Director of Policy and Business Development for the South Carolina Department of Parks Recreation and Tourism. Her Division included the offices of Heritage Tourism Development, Business Development, and Tourism Research. She and her team created the first sustainable tourism framework for development incentives. Ms. Hill also served as the Film Commissioner for the State of South Carolina. During her tenure, this program generated over $1 billion dollars from location filming.

Ms. Hill has been honored to receive the Silver Medal Award from the U.S. Secretary of Commerce, the South Carolina Governor’s Award for the Arts, and the Crystal Vision Award from the Association of Film Commissioners International. She holds an MA in Media from the University of South Carolina, and a BFA from New York University, a certificate in Destination Marketing and Management from George Washington University. She also is a graduate of the South Carolina Executive Institute and a Toll Fellow at the Council of State Governments.

Ana-HinojosaAna B. Hinojosa
Director, Compliance and Facilitation Directorate,
World Customs Organization


Director Hinojosa assumed her elected post in the Compliance and Facilitation Directorate of the World Customs Organization (WCO), effective January 1, 2016, after serving nearly 29 years with the United States Custom Service/Customs and Border Protection (CBP).

She leads the WCO directorate that is responsible assisting Members in implementing effective and efficient controls, ensuring fair and accurate revenue collection, and protecting society by intercepting and suppressing illicit and criminal activities. The directorate has the twin goal of securing and facilitating legitimate global supply chains through the simplification and harmonization of Customs procedures. In order to accomplish this, the Directorate, working with WCO Members, develops international standards covering all aspects of trade processes, which encompass the cross border movement of people and goods, and manages a number of international conventions.

Throughout her career with CBP, she held a number of leadership positions in a several different geographic locations in the United States. Although she served most of her career along the US/Mexico land border, she also served in several key leadership positions overseeing major airport operations in the Los Angeles, California, Las Vegas, Nevada, and Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas areas. Following her service as the Director, Field Operations (Regional Director) in the El Paso, Texas region, she served as the Deputy Assistant Commissioner for International Affairs, in Washington, DC through December 2015.

She is fluent in English and Spanish, and is currently studying French.

John-F-KellyHon. John F. Kelly
Secretary, U.S. Department of Homeland Security


Bio coming soon.
Kevin-K-McAleenanKevin K. McAleenan
Acting Commissioner,


Kevin K. McAleenan became Acting Commissioner of U.S. Customs and Border Protection January 20, 2017.

As the agency’s chief executive, Mr. McAleenan oversees 60,000 employees, manages a budget of over $13 billion, and ensures the effective operations of CBP’s efforts to protect national security while promoting economic prosperity and security. Mr. McAleenan directs CBP’s three core missions, counterterrorism, border security, and trade enforcement, while facilitating $4 Trillion in trade and facilitating travel of over 365 million people through ports of entry. He oversees the largest law enforcement agency and the second-largest revenue collecting source in the federal government.

Mr. McAleenan previously served as Deputy Commissioner from November 2, 2014, until his appointment to Acting Commissioner. In this role, he served as the agency’s Chief Operating Officer and senior career official. Under Mr. McAleenan’s leadership, CBP has developed strategies that protect the nation’s borders from terrorism and attack transnational criminal networks. Mr. McAleenan has also implemented innovations that have facilitated the U.S. international arrival and departure process, saving the government and travel industry millions of dollars. He has also advanced the development of CBP’s trade transformation agenda, designed to help America compete in the global economy.

Mr. McAleenan has previously held several leadership positions at CBP and one of its legacy agencies, the U.S. Customs Service. From 2006 to 2008, Mr. McAleenan served as the Area Port Director of Los Angeles International Airport, directing CBP’s border security operations at LAX and 17 other airport facilities in one of CBP’s largest field commands. In December 2011, Mr. McAleenan was named acting Assistant Commissioner of CBP’s Office of Field Operations. In this position, he led agency operations to secure the U.S. border while expediting lawful trade and travel at 329 ports of entry in the United States and 70 international locations in more than 40 countries.

Mr. McAleenan received a 2015 Presidential Rank Award, the nation’s highest civil service award. He also received the Service to America Medal, Call to Service Award, in 2005 for spearheading efforts to develop and implement a comprehensive antiterrorism strategy in the border security context after September 11, 2001.

Mr. McAleenan has been a member of the U.S. Government’s Senior Executive Service since 2006. Prior to government service, Mr. McAleenan practiced law in California. He received his Juris Doctor degree from the University of Chicago Law School and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Amherst College.

Javier-MolinaJavier Esteban Guillermo Molina
Head of International Affairs and Cooperation Unit,
Ministry of Tourism, Mexico



From a very young age, Javier Esteban has been interested in tourism. Growing up in Cozumel Island, during and very close to the development of Mexico´s premier tourist destination, Cancun, gave him a front row seat in the shaping of the tourism business of today.

After graduating as a Public Accountant from the prestigious Anahuac University in nearby Merida, Yucatan, he worked for three years in International tax consulting at the worldwide firm KPMG in Mexico City. During this period he realized that tourism was his passion and moved back to Cozumel to start his own business that survived to hurricanes, Emily and Wilma.

It was during this period that the former Minister of Tourism of Quintana Roo asked him to join his team as State Promotion Director; a position that he held for a year before he was named State Undersecretary of Promotion. During this appointment he worked in modernizing the ministry´s promotional strategies like the creation of a cultural destination in the state, “The Mayan Zone”; created its online and social media strategy; and redesigned its promotional materials.

On May 1st 2011 he started working as International Affairs advisor to the Minister of Tourism of Mexico, and, from January 2014, he became the Chief of the Unit of International Affairs and Cooperation.

Currently following directions from Minister Enrique de la Madrid Cordero, he is in charge of the Ministry’s Cooperation Strategy and represents Mexico´s Ministry of Tourism in international forums, communicating with various international organizations, like the UNWTO and WTTC.

Javier Esteban has studies in Marketing, Negotiation, and Finance.

Olivier-OnidiOlivier Onidi
Deputy Director General of the Directorate General Migration and Home Affairs
European Commission


Olivier Onidi is Deputy Director General of the Directorate General Migration and Home Affairs at the European Commission, in charge of Security since 1st December 2016.

His last assignment was Deputy Director General of Directorate General Migration and Home Affairs, with the specific task to coordinate the Commission-wide work related to the Central Mediterranean Route in the context of the refugees crisis.

Previously, he was Director for the “European Mobility Network” within Directorate-General for Mobility and Transport, responsible for the development of the Trans-European Transport network infrastructure, the implementation of the Connecting Europe Facility funding instrument and the creation of a Single European Rail area. Prior to this, he was Director for Innovative and Sustainable Mobility within the same Directorate-General, in charge of clean and urban transport, intelligent transport systems and road safety.

He also worked as Deputy Head of Cabinet of the Energy Commissioner, Mr Günther H. Oettinger, as Head of Unit for air transport, aviation safety and environment and Head of the satellite navigation system programme – GALILEO.

His first posts in the Commission were assistant to Directors-General in the areas of Energy & Transport, External Relations, the Secretariat General and in the cabinet of the Commissioner for Research and Development, innovation, education and training.

Before joining the Commission, he worked as adviser to the Executive Committee of Belgacom and as public policy Manager at American Express International. Mr Onidi holds Master degrees in Economics, in European Studies and in Business Administration.

Akshay-PottahilAkshay Pottahil
Co-Director, Center for Information Convergence & Strategy (CICS),
San Diego State University


Akshay Pottathil has been involved in the tourism, hospitality, security and trade industry since 2001.

He has taught as a Lecturer in the College of Sciences, the College of Business Administration, and the College of Arts and Letters. In 2013, Pottathil was honored as “Faculty of the Year” in Homeland Security and granted the second Presidential Leadership Fund Award. His lectures in data fusion and pattern recognition have been offered to Senior Government officials in North America, Europe, South East Asia, and the Middle East. Pottathil serves as co-director of San Diego State University’s Center for Information Convergence & Strategy (CICS), among other academic and non-academic appointments.


Akshay Pottathil
Center for Information Convergence & Strategy (CICS)
Co-Principal Investigator
Behavior Intelligence Gateway : Domain Analysis & Threat Assessment (BIG:DATA)
San Diego State University

Christian-RousseauChristian Rousseau
Executive Director, Canadian Integrated Terrorism Assessment Centre (ITAC)


Christian Rousseau is the Executive Director of the Canadian Integrated Terrorism Assessment Centre (ITAC).

ITAC is the Government of Canada’s Centre for the independent production of integrated, comprehensive and timely assessments on terrorism threats to Canada and Canadian interests, at home and abroad.

Prior to that, as a member of the Canadian Forces, he had served as Chief of Defence Intelligence and Founding Commander of the Canadian Forces Intelligence Command (2010-2014), Director of Operations (Defence and International Security) within the Privy Council Office (2009-2010) and Director General Military Engineering and Chief Engineer of the Canadian Forces (2005-2007).

His international operational assignments include Afghanistan (2007-2008), East Africa (1996) and the Middle East (1990-1991). He has been appointed to the Canadian Order of Military Merit at the rank of Commander and the US Legion of Merit at the rank of Officer.

Christian Rousseau est le Directeur exécutif du Centre intégré d’évaluation du terrorisme (CIET). Le CIET est le centre au sein du gouvernement du Canada chargé de la production d’évaluations de la menace terroriste qui pèse sur le Canada et les intérêts canadiens au pays et à l’étranger.

Avant cela, il a servi au sein des Forces canadiennes comme Chef du renseignement de la défense et Commandant fondater du Commandement du renseignement des Forces Canadiennes (2010-2014), Directeur des opérations (défense et sécurité internationale) au Bureau du Conseil Privé (2009-2010) et Directeur général – Génie Militaire et Ingénieur en chef des Forces Canadiennes (2005-2007).

Ses affectations opérationnelles internationales incluent l’Afghanistan (2007-2008), l’Afrique de l’est (1996) et le proche Orient (1990-1991). Il a été reçu au sein de l’Ordre du mérite militaire du Canada au grade de Commandeur et à la Legion of Merit États-Unienne au grade d’Officier.

VADM-Karl-SchultzVice Admiral Karl L. Schultz
Commander, Atlantic Area; Commander, Defense Force East;
Director, DHS Joint Task Force East


Before assuming command of LANTAREA, Vice Admiral Schultz served as the Director of Operations (J3), U.S. Southern Command in Doral, Florida where he directed joint service military operations across the Caribbean Basin, Central and South America.

Prior flag officer assignments were Commander, Eleventh Coast Guard District where he was responsible for multi-mission operations from California to Peru, and Director of Governmental and Public Affairs at Coast Guard Headquarters in Washington D.C., where he was responsible for external engagement with Congress, the media, and inter-governmental entities.

Vice Admiral Karl Schultz assumed the duties as Commander, Coast Guard Atlantic Area (LANTAREA) in August 2016, where he serves as the operational commander for all U.S. Coast Guard missions from the Rocky Mountains to the Arabian Gulf, spanning across five Coast Guard Districts and 40 states. In addition to his duties at Atlantic Area, he serves as Commander, Defense Force East and provides Coast Guard mission support to the Department of Defense and Combatant Commanders. He concurrently serves as Director, DHS Joint Task Force East, responsible for achieving the objectives of the DHS Southern Border and Approaches Campaign Plan throughout his Joint Operating Area.

Previous operational assignments include Sector Command in Miami as well as command tours aboard Cutters VENTUROUS, ACACIA and FARALLON. Staff assignments include Chief of the Office of Congressional and Governmental Affairs; Congressional Liaison Officer to the U.S. House of Representatives; Liaison Officer to the U.S. Department of State, Bureau for International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs; Assignment Officer at the Coast Guard Personnel Command, and Command Duty Officer in the Seventh Coast Guard District Operations Center in Miami.

Seth-StodderSeth Stodder
Former Assistant Secretary,
Department of Homeland Security


Seth Stodder is a lawyer, writer, law professor, and frequent commentator on national security issues, borders and immigration, international trade, privacy, and constitutional law.

Until recently, 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 international 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, 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, in the immediate wake of the 9/11 attacks. He currently teaches national security and counterterrorism law at the University of Southern California Law School, and in between tours of government service, has practiced law in the private sector and led a homeland security consulting firm. He is a Senior Associate with the Center for Strategic and International Studies, was a German Marshall Memorial Fellow, and is a Member of the Pacific Council on International Policy and 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.

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


John P. Wagner became Deputy Executive Assistant Commissioner, Office of Field Operations (OFO), on April 6, 2014.

He has been assigned to U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) at Headquarters in Washington DC since 1999, and has worked on numerous policy and operational issues.

Mr. Wagner has been a leader in developing many of OFO’s successful business transformation efforts. These include the deployment of the internationally acclaimed Global Entry program and the Automated Passport Control kiosks for international travelers.

OFO includes nearly 29,000 employees with more than 22,000 CBP Officers and CBP Agriculture Specialists that protect U.S. borders. An annual operating budget of $3.2 billion provides for operations at 328 ports of entry, and many programs that support the national security, immigration, customs, and commercial trade-related missions of CBP.

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.

Mr. Wagner worked at the New York/New Jersey seaport and the Port of Laredo, TX before being assigned to Headquarters. He is a graduate of the Senior Executive Fellows course at the JFK School of Government at Harvard University.

Royce-WaltersRoyce Walters
Assistant Director


Royce Walters is a Federal Officer with Department of Homeland Security (DHS), U.S Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and currently serves as the Assistant Director detailed to the INTERPOL U.S. National Central Bureau, responsible for the day to day operation of the Terrorism and Border Security Directorate.

He is a member of the White House National Security Council, Counterterrorism Security Group and serves on various Department of State and Department of Homeland Security committees tasked with addressing the threat posed by terrorist and foreign fighters.

Prior to his assignment to INTERPOL Washington, Royce served as CBP’s Executive Director for the International Operations where he developed international strategies; negotiated bilateral and multi-lateral instruments in direct support of U.S. Government’s objectives in anti-terrorism, border security, customs, immigration, and the facilitation of legitimate trade and travel.

From 2009-2011, Royce served as the Department of Homeland Security Attaché assigned to the US Embassy in Baghdad, Iraq. As Secretary Napolitano’s representative and senior DHS official in-country, he oversaw and coordinated activities for all DHS components operating in Iraq.

Royce has previously served in several leadership positions at CBP Headquarters including as the Executive Director in CBP’s Office of Intelligence and Operations Coordination and acting Director for CBP’s Canine Academy in Front Royal, Virginia.

He is a native of San Antonio, Texas. After attending the University of Texas, he joined the US Navy and served in several locations around the world. Upon leaving active duty he joined the former U.S. Customs Service and worked along the U.S./Mexico border in San Diego, CA before being assigned to Headquarters in Washington, DC.

David-WiddowsonProfessor David Widdowson
Charles Sturt University Australia


Professor David Widdowson is the Chief Executive Officer of the Centre for Customs and Excise Studies at Charles Sturt University, Australia.

He is the founder and president of the International Network of Customs Universities, founder and Editor-in-Chief of the World Customs Journal, a member of the World Customs Organization’s Partnership in Customs Academic Research & Development, a member of the Scientific Board for the World Customs Organization and a founding director of the Trusted Trade Alliance.

David holds a PhD in Public Sector Management and has 40 years’ experience in international trade regulation, including 21 years with the Australian Customs Service. His research areas include Trade Facilitation, Regulatory Compliance Management, Risk Management and Supply Chain Security.

Clarence Yeo
Commissioner Immigration & Checkpoints Authority (ICA) Singapore


Bio coming soon.
Andris-ZarinsAndris Zarins
Acting Chief Superintendent, Director General, Federal Coordination Centres and Covert Operations, Federal Policing Special Services, Royal Canadian Mounted Police


Superintendent Andris Zarins has been a member of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) since 1980, progressing through the ranks from Constable to Superintendent and serving in the Province of Newfoundland and Labrador and Province of Ontario.

He has extensive criminal investigational and protective policing experience, as well as significant involvement in the international policing realm.

Supt. Zarins is the Acting Director General of the Federal Coordination Centres and Covert Operations, and has oversight of the numerous areas of Financial Integrity and Organized Crime, Canada – United States initiatives, and Federal Litigation and Policy.

In his previous role as the Director of the International Liaison and Deployment Centre, his responsibilities included the oversight of International Operations and Policing Development, INTERPOL Ottawa, Europol, the International Police Peacekeeping and Peace Operations Program, and the provision of direct input into the decisions to deploy Canadian police to address the security needs of fragile and conflict-affected states, which includes international security sector reform initiatives.

Supt. Zarins had been the Officer in Charge of the Federal Coordination Centre – Canada / United States, accountable for numerous marine, land and Arctic initiatives, such as Integrated Cross-border Maritime Law Enforcement Operations (“Shiprider”), Integrated Border Enforcement Teams, and the Border Integrity Technology Team. Although primarily focused on partnerships with U.S. law enforcement agencies, his role included representing Canada at the North Atlantic and North Pacific Coast Guard Forums, working on multi-national initiatives.

Supt. Zarins had been deployed as the RCMP’s Liaison Officer to the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade (DFAIT) in 2009. He was responsible for developing and maintaining mechanisms for the timely exchange of information and intelligence between the RCMP and DFAIT, and for facilitating the interaction between the appropriate bureaus, programs and divisions of the partners.

Prior to his transfer to RCMP National Headquarters, Supt. Zarins traveled the world extensively for over four years, conducting war crimes/crimes against humanity investigations. With respect to protective policing, Supt. Zarins served on Emergency Response Teams, the Special Emergency Response Team (anti-terrorist team) and the Prime Minister’s Protection Detail. He has also held a command role on the Tactical Troop (public order unit).