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Director-General, DG HOME, European Commission
Mr. Manservisi, a Commission official of Italian nationality and a law graduate, joined the Commission in 1983 from the Italian Institute for Foreign Trade. He has been working in the European policy field for more than 25 years.
From 1983 to 1991, Mr. Manservisi worked as Administrator in DG Agriculture and DG Development. He then served as Cabinet Member of Vice-President Filippo Maria Pandolfi, responsible for research, innovation, and telecommunications, and afterwards of Commissioner Raniero Vanni d’Archirafi, responsible for the Internal Market. In 1995, he was appointed Deputy Head of Cabinet and then Head of Cabinet to Commissioner Mario Monti, responsible for the Internal Market, taxation and customs, and later for competition.
Mr. Manservisi served as the Head of Cabinet to President Prodi from June 2001 to November 2004. He was Director General of DG Development from November 2004 to June 2010. In July 2010, he became the Director General for Home Affairs.
Mr Manservisi lectures at the University of Bologna, Padova and Rome, as well as at the European College in Parma.
Global Managing Director, Accenture, Defence & Public Safety
Ger Daly is Accenture’s managing director for Border Management and Public Safety, focusing on helping organizations that monitor the movement of people across borders, provide national and international security, and manage criminal justice systems.
Ger is responsible for Accenture’s Border Management work at programmes such as US Visit, the EU Biometric Matching Programme, eBorders and Automated Border Clearance in the UK and Immigration Case Management projects in Ireland, Netherlands and Finland.
His remit also covers Public Safety work at the Departments of Homeland Security, Justice and State in the US, the 311 project in New York City, and key projects at police forces in Spain, Portugal, Ireland, Finland and Sweden.
The work at these clients ranges from strategy through to delivery and support of mission-critical operational systems that facilitate immigration case management, registered traveler, PNR, biometric identification, operational policing and national security.
Prior to his current position, Ger managed Accenture’s Public Service business in Ireland, and led the Border Management and Public Safety industry group in Europe, Africa and Latin America (EALA). In addition to his work for government clients, Ger has also worked on a number of Accenture projects in banking and retail.
Ger joined Accenture in 1988, and lives in Dublin, Ireland.
Acting Head of Unit, Modernised Customs Code, DG Taxation and Customs Union, European Commission
Frank Janssens studied economics, with a specialisation in international trade. He worked in private business, later in Belgian customs where he became a Head of a Customs Office and joined the European Commission over 20 years ago. Frank started as a Fraud investigator (on international trade in agricultural goods), then later on specialised in technical assistance to customs, project and process management, both on the Customs and IT side. He started some 18 months ago the BPM implementation in Customs in order to fully chart all customs processes.
He is now acting head of Unit.
Head of Unit, Risk Management and Security, DG Taxation and Customs Union, European Commission
Ms. Cabral is currently working as Head of the Unit on Risk Management and Security at the European Commission-DG Taxation and Customs Union (TAXUD). She is responsible for the coordination of customs risk management related to international trade, for the enhancement supply chain security and trade facilitation through management of the EU Authorised Economic Operator programme, international mutual recognition thereof and the development and use of innovative technology to detect illicit cargo.
She has a thorough professional experience as a Head of Unit in charge of customs policy and electronic customs (until 01.02.2012), as a Head of Unit in charge of Transit, suspensive regimes and supply chain security (until 16.04.2006), as a Head of Unit in charge of transit and economic tariff questions (until 15.09.2004). Ms. Cabral has also three years experience the Office of Commissioner Vitorino. Prior to that she worked in the European Commission mainly in the origin area and the Ministry of Finance of Portugal where she was responsible for the coordination between Customs and Taxation, the implementation of export procedure, the Free zones, free shops and inward processing, preparation for accession etc.
Ms Cabral is graduated of Lisbon's Catholic University in the field of Business and Administration. She speaks fluently English and French.
Head of Operational Centre and Coordination Unit, Europol
Zoltan Nagy has 20 years of professional experience, working in the field of international law enforcement cooperation and dealing with serious international crime. Following his assignments as Head of Interpol National Central Bureau and later as International Director of the Hungarian National Police he joined Europol in 2008 and now he is in charge of the operational coordination activities within the Department of Operations. As such, he is in charge of maintaining the operational information hub service of Europol on a 24/7 basis, managing key operational partnerships with EU and international agencies, and ensuring a coordinated approach towards operational support from Europol to its member states.
Mr. Nagy has participated in several international programs and activities, including the United Nations mission in Western Sahara, the Pearls in Policing program, the ILEA International Law Enforcement Executive Forum and the CEPOL Top Senior Police Officers Course. He is currently a member of the International Association of the Chiefs of Police.
Research Officer, Frontex
Rasa Karbauskaite joined Frontex RDU in 2006. She works as a Research Officer and mainly deals with projects in the field of border checks. She manages the Automated Border Control (ABC) project in the unit and has established and is leading Frontex ABC Working Group tasked to elaborate best practice guidelines for ABC. She is also involved in a number of international working groups in the field of biometrics, passenger facilitation and border control. Rasa has lead the BIOPASS I and II studies on ABC systems in Europe. Prior to joining Frontex in 2006, Rasa has worked at DePaul University (United States) on research projects related to US-Mexico migration and immigrants in the labour force. She holds a MA in International Studies (United Sates) and a BA in Social Geography (Lithuania). She has received training in Military Operational Research from Cranfield Academy (United Kingdom) and in Geodemography from Charles University (Czech Republic).
Project Manager, No-Q, Dutch Ministry of the Interior, Netherlands
Kier-co Gerritsen (38), currently Projectleader of No-Q. A initiative taken by the Dutch Ministry of Justice department to redesign Bordermanagement in the Netherlands. No-Q foresees in a largescale implementatie of ABC-gates first at Schiphol Airport, Amsterdam.
Mr Gerritsen is senior projectmanager and has proven his quality in the last years by doing several projects for the Dutch government e.g. Visa, Asylum and changemanagementprograms with several projects. His specialty is Changemanagement (PD University of Amsterdam) and proves itself by managening the context in a smooth way and to set his goals with achieving results.
Before working for the Dutch Government (1999) he worked in the Public Health sector.
Branch Chief, Emerging Technologies, U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Consular Affairs
Ms. Miller currently serves as Branch Chief for the Emerging Technologies Branch in the Bureau of Consular Affairs, Consular Systems and Technology at the U.S. Department of State. In this role, she oversees implementation of biometric technology for the issuance of visas and passports. She has successfully deployed and maintained the largest Facial Recognition system in the world for the last four years. She is also responsible for aligning biometric technology with DOS’ strategic business objectives. Her primary focus is leading and implementing effective and efficient acquisition and management of biometric technology solutions across the department. She has successfully implemented Iris pilots in Iraq, Afghanistan and India. Ms. Miller is active in the Federal IT community and is currently serving as the Government Chair of the 2012 Management of Change Conference. She is a frequent speaker to government and industry groups domestically and internationally, on the use of biometric technology to improve service and operations for border security for the Federal government. Ms. Miller began her career at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, where she spent several years as a technical trainer and programmer. With more than 10 years of experience in the high tech sector and a background in leadership and management, Ms. Miller is known for her ability to implement organizational change and using technology to achieve business and mission goals. Ms. Miller is a native of Ohio and graduated from Central State University University with a bachelor's degree in computer information systems and a master’s degree in management information systems from the George Washington University in Washington, DC.
Head of Section, The Danish Ministry of Justice
Lawyer by profession. Joined the Danish Ministry of Refugee, Immigration
and Integration Affairs in 2008, and was transferred to the Danish
Ministry of Justice, when the Ministry of Refugee, Immigration and
Integration Affairs was discontinued in October 2011. Currently working as
head of section in the International Division with inter alia tasks
related to the Danish Presidency of the Council of EU. Has among her
responsibilities the Smart Borders Package and was from the Danish side in
charge of organising the joint Danish-Dutch EU Conference on Innovation
Border Management, which took place in Copenhagen in February 2012.
US Department of Homeland Security, US-VISIT Program
Matt Schneider is currently on secondment to the United Kingdom Government from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) US-VISIT program.
In support of the United Kingdom Border Agency, Mr. Schneider is responsible for sharing information, lessons learned, and providing guidance on implementing large scale biometric programs and systems for immigration and border management. Mr. Schneider is also working with other governments as they develop their own biometric immigration and border management systems.
In the U.S., Mr. Schneider supports the development of the DHS biometric screening and vetting capability, as managed by the US-VISIT program. He has served as Chief of the US-VISIT Biometric Services Section, charged with both daily operations of DHS biometric capability, as well as development of the US-VISIT community of users requiring or benefiting from biometric services. Furthermore, he has supported initiatives and pilots aimed at sharing of fingerprints or other biometric data internationally.
Prior to US-VISIT, Mr. Schneider performed contract work for both DHS and the former U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS). In this capacity, Mr. Schneider specialized in network security and wide-area communications, including design and deployment of the first infrastructure at INS providing secure connectivity with external organizations.
Border and Identity Management Lead, Europe, Africa and Latin America, Accenture
Richard Camman is Border and Identity Management lead for Europe, Africa and Latin
America (EALA), focusing on helping organizations that manage the movement of people
across borders and providing national and international security.
Richard is responsible for Accenture's Border Management work in the region such as
the Automated Border Clearance project in the Netherlands, No-Q. In addition to
Border and Identity Management, Richard manages Accenture's Defence business in the
Prior to joining Accenture, Richard led Public Service Business Consultancy at an
international Systems Integrator and owned an IT-company, which focused on
Infrastructure Sourcing Strategy.
Richard joined Accenture in 2008, and lives in Rotterdam, The Netherlands.
Chief Executive, British Chamber of Commerce
An expert in EU policy-making and economic development, Glenn has worked in Brussels since 1995. As Chief Executive of the British Chamber of Commerce in Belgium since 2008, he has led the business to a growth of more than 50% in the last three years. The Chamber’s 300 member companies include a wide range of multi-nationals from Europe, North America and the Far East. In 2011 it was voted the Best British Chamber of Commerce in Europe and European Trade Association of the Year at the European Public Affairs Awards.
He regularly works with major international companies and senior policy makers on policies affecting the environment for business, as well as helping to grow internationalized businesses in Belgium and British-Belgian trade and investment. Glenn has advised businesses, public agencies and scientific organizations on EU policy and funding. He was part of the small Brussels team that successfully lobbied for €2bn EU funding for Wales and was later MD of the Brussels-based Wales European Centre until 2005,
Global Lead, Border and Identity Management, Accenture
Mark Crego is the global lead for Border and Identity Management in Accenture. He is an Accenture Certified Master Technology Architect with specialized skills in biometrics, identity management, eBusiness, database, and legacy systems modernization.
Since arriving at Accenture in 1998, he has also most recently served as lead architect on the India Unique ID Aadhaar program and chief architect of US-VISIT/IDENT, the identity management system for the US Department of Homeland Security. Mark was responsible for the US-VISIT architecture that implemented competitive fusion reducing overall vendor costs by 60%, scaled US-VISIT from 7 million to over 120 million subjects, and decreased error rates significantly.
He has also led Accenture's Identity & Access Management service line, the eBusiness architect of the United States Postal Service, the legacy systems model lead for IBM, the North American director of the Global Billing Association and the chairman of the Spectrum Institute for Legacy Systems Modernization.
Mark has over 23 years of systems engineering and management experience, including twelve in identity management and biometrics.
Lead Customs and Border Management Specialist, Accenture
Tom has spent some 35 years working within the domain and Customs and Border Management where he has held a number of positions within the Irish Revenue Commissioners, the European Commission, the Cyprus Government, the World Bank and within the International consultancy company Accenture. During this time he has worked extensively in all areas of Customs Policy and Strategy but is best known for his work within the ICT environment where he has provided technical assistance support to a number of countries in Asia, Africa and Europe as an official and as a consultant. He has also authored a number of papers including ‘Customs 2020, ‘Outsourcing as a Strategic Deliver Option for Customs, Collaborative Border Management, co-authored the World Bank's Border Management Handbook - " A Guide for Reformers' and more recently Achieving Excellence in Customs through Knowledge Management
Tom is now Accenture’s Lead Customs and Border Management Specialist globally where he is responsible for
- the research and development of new knowledge tools for dissemination internally and externally to clients;
- Development of a new suite of client engagement and support tools to assist country teams to identify new business development opportunities; and
- Support the strategic development and implementation of Accenture’s border management business through the provision high level strategic and technical advice.
Tom studied Commerce at University College Dublin and holds
• BComm (Intermed)
• Certificate in Public Administration
• Certificate in Advanced Project Management
• NCC Certificate in Systems Analysis
Vice-President, British Chamber of Commerce and Chair of the Business Security Task Force
Sean Murray has 25 years’ experience in communications and public affairs with multinational companies and in consultancy. He is Vice President of the British Chamber of Commerce in Belgium and set up EUK Consulting’s Brussels office in 2003. Sean chairs the Chamber’s Business Security Task Force which was set up to combat contraband, counterfeit and organised crime. The Task Force brings together a number of global and multinational companies which seek to support the EU institutions in developing effective policies in a number of areas including border management.