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Conference Agenda

At the International Summit on Borders conference, you will hear from visionary security leaders from across the globe as they address pressing issues and delve into front-page topics impacting trade, travel, and transnational security. Check out this year’s unparalleled agenda and register before August 28 to save with early-bird rates.

Note: Below is the conference agenda based on previously-scheduled June event dates. We will update the information as we confirm speakers and panelists.


Tuesday, September 29

7:30 am – 3:00 pm Registration Open
8:30 am – 9:15 am

Opening Keynote: Mark Morgan, Acting Commissioner, U.S. Customs and Border Protection

Opening Remarks by

9:15 am – 10:15 am

Panel Discussion: Threats and Trends Assessment

The panel will identify and assess current threats and trends facing border agencies worldwide, including the threats posed by terrorism, drug smuggling and transnational organized crime, and irregular migration, as well as trends in trade and travel impacting border flows.


  • Seth Stodder, Partner, Holland & Knight; Former Assistant Secretary for Policy, Department of Homeland Security
10:15 am – 10:30 am

Meet the Sponsors Networking Break

10:30 am – 11:45 am

Panel Discussion: The Future of Customs & Border Agencies

This panel will discuss the future of customs and border administrations and the movement toward single, multi-functional border agencies, the future of international organizations such as the WCO and ICAO, and best practices regarding the upskilling of border control personnel to meet future challenges.


  • Lars Karlsson, Managing Director, KGH Global Consulting; former Director World Customs Organization and Swedish Customs


  • Ana Hinojosa, Director, Compliance and Facilitation Dir., World Customs Organization
  • Clarence Yeo, Chief Executive, Home Team Academy, Singapore
11:45 am – 12:15 pm

Meet the Sponsors Networking Break

12:15 pm – 1:00 pm

Keynote Luncheon: Margaritis Schinas, Vice President for Promoting the European Way of Life, European Commission (Invited)

1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Panel Discussion: Seamless Travel: A Way Forward

A discussion building upon the IBMATA call for action for Border Agencies to adopt a set of international standards for expedited border clearance, using mutual recognition agreements to facilitate the movement of pre-vetted passengers. What will the Border of the Future look like? What will the Border Officer of tomorrow be doing, and what new skills will they need? How can we motivate Border Agencies worldwide to collaborate with each other, and with the private sector, to develop a new model of border control that is safe and secure, but is able to cope with ever increasing numbers of passengers at our borders?

Opening Remarks by:



  • Tony Smith, Managing Director, Fortinus Global; Former Director General, U.K. Border Force


  • Krum Garkov, Executive Director, EU LISA
  • Gloria Guevara, President and CEO, World Travel and Tourism Council
  • Olivier Onidi, Deputy Director General, Home Affairs, EU Commission
  • John Wagner, Office of Field Operations, CBP
2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Panel Discussion: Post-Brexit: Where have the chips fallen?

This panel will focus on the aftermath of the UK’s exit from the EU, including the handling of the Republic of Ireland-Northern Ireland border, changes regarding movement of people from Europe to the UK, impacts on trade and potential new trade arrangements, etc.


  • Shanker Singham, Director, International Trade and Competition Unit, Institute of Economic Affairs


  • Lars Karllson, Managing Director, KGH Global Consulting; former Director World Customs Organization and Swedish Customs
  • Cristina Kopitopoulos, Director for Customs Affairs at Office of the United States Trade Representative
3:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Panel Discussion: Use of Big Data and Data Analytics for Smarter Border Control

The panel will focus on how big data, data analytics and artificial intelligence are facilitating the cross-border movement of goods and people, while adding to more secure movements.


  • Jim Canham, Managing Director, Border Services, Accenture


  • Donald Conroy, Executive Director, National Targeting Center (NTC), U.S. Customs and Border Protection
  • Krum Garkov, Executive Director, EU LISA
4:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Discussion: The Department of Homeland Security: A Dialogue with a Former Secretary

The creation of the department of homeland security in the aftermath of 9/11 and the story behind the scenes.


  • Robert Bonner, Principal, Bonner ADR & Consulting


  • Tom Ridge, Former Secretary, U.S. Department of Homeland Security
5:00 pm – 5:30 pm

Networking Reception


Wednesday, September 30

7:30 am – 12:00 pm Registration Open
8:30 am – 9:15 am

Morning Keynote: To be Announced

9:15 am – 10:30 am

Panel Discussion: Human Smuggling Organizations: Toward a Better Coordinated International Law Enforcement Effort

This panel will discuss human smuggler organizations, how they work, and how they may best be disrupted. The association between human smuggling and transnational organized crime will be explored and explained. The discussion will include the dangerous rise in use of containers and trucks/trailers to smuggle people across borders and the role of human smuggling networks in large scale migration from Central America and the exploitation of asylum laws. The panel will also consider what kind of coordinated international approach is currently being implemented to disrupt and destroy human smuggling and those who profit from it and how these efforts must be improved.


  • David Aguilar, Partner, GSIS; Former Chief, U.S. Border Patrol


  • Ana Cristina Jorge, Director, Operational Response Division, FRONTEX (Invited)
  • Tom Dowdall, Director, UK National Crime Agency (Invited)
10:30 am – 10:45 am

Meet the Sponsors Networking Break

10:45 am – 11:45 am

Panel Discussion: Climate Change: Impact on Borders?

This panel will discuss the current and future impacts of climate change from a national security and mass migration perspectives.


  • Martyn Dunne, Former Director General, Ministry for Primary Industries New Zealand; Former Head of NZ Customs Service; Former Chair WCO; Former NZ Ambassador to Australia


  • Alice Hill, Senior Fellow for Climate Change Policy, Council on Foreign Relations
  • Julie Arrighi, Manager, Urban and Disaster Risk, Red Cross (Invited)
  • Derek Benner, Acting Executive Associate Director, Homeland Security Investigations (HSI)
11:45 am – 12:15 pm

Meet the Sponsors Networking Break

12:15 pm – 1:15 pm

Luncheon: eCommerce: Where are We? An Update

This panel will update developments regarding the impact of the explosion in cross-border movement of goods resulting from e-Commerce and measures taken by Customs and border authorities that have impeded and/or facilitate the flow of e-Commerce. It will include an update on the actions of the WCO to come to grips with this issue and create common standards for Customs organizations.


  • Doug Browning Principal, D.M. Browning & Associates, LLC; Former CBP Deputy Commissioner


  • Dana Lorenze, Senior Vice President Global Customs, Expeditors
  • Norman T. Schenk, Vice President, Global Customs Policy & Public Affairs, UPS
  • Brenda Brockman Smith, Executive Assistant Commissioner, Trade, U.S. Customs and Border Protection
1:15 pm – 2:15 pm

Panel Discussion: Handling Mass Migration: Best Policies and Practices

The panel will discuss the reality of mass irregular migration, which includes economic migrants as well as legitimate refugees and asylum claimants. What are the best practices for dealing with these flows, disincentivizing them, preventing entry, providing a sound system for refugee relocations. What is the rile of interior immigration enforcement and deportations, etc.


  • Seth Stodder, Partner, Holland & Knight; Former Assistant Secretary for Policy, Department of Homeland Security


  • Andrew Selee, President of the Migration Policy Institute (Invited)
2:15 pm – 3:15 pm

Panel Discussion: Use of NII Technology to Prevent Contraband and Human Smuggling

This panel will describe and explore the remarkable advances in the use of large-scale NII detection equipment and other technology to transform the historic inspectional processes at official points of entry at the border. We will also answer the questions: How has NII revolutionized ConOps at ports of entry? What more is possible?


  • Robert Watt, Director for the Non-Intrusive Inspection Division (NIID), Retired


  • Joris Groeneveld, Senior Advisor, X Ray Scanning and Radiation Detection, Dutch Customs (Invited)
  • Chris Sullivan, Director Non-Intrusive Inspection (NII) Division, Cargo and Conveyance Security, Office of Field Operations, U.S. Customs and Border Protection
3:15 pm Conference Adjourns

Agenda as of 3/3/20; subject to change