• Alexander Betts

    IS A UNIVERSITY LECTURER IN REFUGEE STUDIES AND FORCED MIGRATION, AND A FELLOW OF GREEN TEMPLETON COLLEGE AT THE UNIVERSITY OF OXFORD, WHERE HE WAS PREVIOUSLY THE HEDLEY BULL RESEARCH FELLOW IN INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS

    He received his MPhil (in Development Studies, with Distinction) and DPhil (in International Relations) from the University of Oxford. His research focuses on the international politics of asylum, migration, and humanitarianism, with a geographical focus on Sub-Saharan Africa. He is author or editor of numerous books, including Protection by Persuasion: International Cooperation in the Refugee Regime (Cornell University Press, 2009), Global Migration Governance (Oxford University Press, 2011), Refugees in International Relations (with Gil Loescher, Oxford University Press, 2011), UNHCR: The Politics and Practice of Refugee Protection (with Gil Loescher and James Milner, Routledge, 2012), and the forthcoming Survival Migration: Failed Governance and the Crisis of Displacement (Cornell University Press, 2013). Alexander is Director of Oxford’s new Humanitarian Innovation Project and has held positions with UNHCR, and as a consultant to the Council of Europe, IOM, UNDP, and the Commonwealth Secretariat. He has also held teaching and research positions at University of Texas at Austin, Université Libre de Bruxelles, and Stanford University.

  • Gervais Appave

    IS THE SPECIAL POLICY ADVISER TO THE DIRECTOR GENERAL OF THE INTERNATIONAL ORGANIZATION FOR MIGRATION.

    He is the also the Co-Editor in Chief of IOM’s World Migration Report. His professional responsibilities have revolved around the analysis of trends in international migration, and the search for effective strategies and policies for the management of migratory flows as well as balancing facilitation of travel with effective border control.
    He was the founding Director of the Migration Policy, Research and Communication Department at IOM between 2001 and 2006. During that time he was also the Encyclopaedia Britannica’s Year Book consultant author on International Migration.
    Between 1997 and 2001 he was the Head and Co-ordinator of the Intergovernmental Consultations on Asylum, Refugees and Migration. Prior to that he was a senior public servant with the Australian Department of Immigration.

  • Ioanna Kotsioni

    HAS BEEN WORKING WITH DOCTORS WITHOUT BORDERS (MSF) SINCE 2009 ON PROJECTS PROVIDING MEDICAL AND RELIEF ASSISTANCE TO MIGRANTS AND REFUGEES IN GREECE.

    Currently she holds the position of Migration Referent. Other responsibilities include research on migrant health in cooperation with the Athens Medical School, the National School of Public Health and the University of Copenhagen.
    Ioanna wrote her PhD on the access and use of healthcare services by migrants in Athens.

  • Ilkka Laitinen

    HAS BEEN FRONTEX EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR SINCE THE AGENCY WAS INAUGURATED IN 2005.

    Born on 22 August 1962, he has dealt with border control issues both at national and European level for the past 30 years. Since joining the border guard in his home country, Finland, at the age of 17, he rose systematically through the hierarchy to reach the rank of Brigadier General.
    Following active border control activities, Ilkka Laitinen continued as the Finish Permanent Representation in Brussels where he was deeply involved in Schengen evaluation procedures. He served as co-chairman of the Council Working Party Frontiers and as a director of the EU Risk Analysis Centre in addition to serving in a wide range of capacities in public office between 1998 and 2005 when he took up the challenge of creating a new EU border security agency.

  • Agostino Miozzo

    IS THE MANAGING DIRECTOR OF THE CRISIS RESPONSE DEPARTMENT IN THE EUROPEAN EXTERNAL ACTION SERVICE (EEAS).

    He has been General Director of the Voluntary Service and International Relations Office of the Italian Civil Protection Department (2002-2010). He was responsible in particular for emergency operations carried out abroad. He has coordinated many relief programs in: Sri Lanka, following the 2004 Tsunami, South Sudan, Iran-Bam, Indonesia, Algeria, Morocco, Ossetia-Beslan, Lebanon, United States-New Orleans, Haiti and Chile.
    He has had extensive experience in the international and humanitarian fields. He has worked with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs for almost 20 years, beginning as a volunteer doctor in Zimbabwe and Ethiopia. He was Coordinator of emergency relief operations organized by the General Directorate Development Cooperation from 1991 to 2001. During this period he was involved in emergency relief programs throughout the world, particularly in the following areas: the Balkans, Africa, the Middle East, America and Asia.
    For his achievements, Dr Miozzo was awarded the Gold Medal of Merit for Public Health of the Italian Republic and the Order of Friendship of the Russian Federation as well as an appointment as Knight Officer and Commander in the Order of Merit of the Italian Republic.

  • Angela Pria

    IS HEAD OF THE DEPARTMENT FOR CIVIL LIBERTIES AND IMMIGRATION AT THE ITALIAN MINISTRY OF THE INTERIOR.

    After graduating with a degree in law from the University of Rome in 1977, she began her career in the Ministry in 1979. Angela has held a number of posts within the Secretariat for the Head of Police, Cabinet of the Minister of the Interior as well as served as Director for Immigration and Border Police within the Department for Public Security.

  • Paweł Świeboda

    IS PRESIDENT OF DEMOSEUROPA – CENTRE FOR EUROPEAN STRATEGY.

    A graduate of the London School of Economics and the University of London, he served as EU Advisor to the President of Poland in the years 1996-2000. He then headed the Office for European Integration in the Chancellery of the President. Between 2001 and 2006 he served as Director of the Department of the European Union in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. He is a Member of the Lisbon Council, Member of the Advisory Board of the European Policy Centre, Member of the Advisory Board of the Baltic Development Forum, and a Member of the Advisory Group which assisted the Polish government in its preparations for the EU presidency in 2011. Author of numerous articles on European integration and international relations, he has a column on foreign policy in Gazeta Wyborcza.

  • Tim Bohmann

    IS A POLICE INSPECTOR (BORDER POLICE) AT THE INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT FOR COLOGNE/BONN, GERMANY.

    In 2012, he graduated from Police Inspector training with the German Federal Police. He has also taken part in the programme “Police Cooperation in Europe”, organized through the University of Malta in cooperation with the Netherlands Royal Marechaussee and the Malta Police Force.

  • Denis Cenusa

    IS CURRENTLY A MASTERS STUDENT AT THE COLLEGE OF EUROPE, NATOLIN CAMPUS.

    Since 2003 he has been involved in different national and international projects. He worked with a range of organizations, think-tanks from Moldova and other European countries on issues covering civil society, mass-media, domestic politics, conflict settlement and security. His Masters thesis is focused on EU visa dialogue with Russia and Moldova.

  • Romain Foucart

    IS A MASTERS STUDENT AT THE COLLEGE OF EUROPE, NATOLIN CAMPUS.

    He holds a Bachelors and Masters in Law from the Aix-Marseille University and the University of Copenhagen. Currently he studies European Interdisciplinary Studies and is writing his thesis on “Respect for fundamental rights by Frontex in its mission to control external borders of the EU”.

  • Laura Tihonova

    IS INSPECTOR OF THE VENTSPILS SECTION FOR THE STATE BORDER GUARD OF LATVIA.

    After graduating with a Bachelors degree in translations/interpreting (Latvian, English, Russian), she attended the State Border Guard College, where she graduated in 2011. During her training she took part in number of different training programmes including topics such as Sea Borders, profiling and interviewing and document examination.

  • Milo Jones

    IS A VISITING PROFESSOR AT IE IN MADRID, WHERE HE TEACHES GEOPOLITICS AND STRATEGY.

    He is also founder of Inveniam Strategy, and a Managing Director at Insight Advisory Partners. Later this year, Stanford University Press will publish his book Constructing Cassandra: Reframing Intelligence Failure at the CIA, 1947-2001, which focuses on four strategic surprises: the Cuban Missile Crisis, the Iranian Revolution, the collapse of the USSR, and 9/11.
    In addition to his PhD, Milo holds an MBA from London Business School, an MA with Distinction from the University of Kent, and a BA from Northwestern University. In the past, he served for four years as an officer in the US Marine Corps, and graduated from the US Army’s Airborne Course. He is a Fellow of the Salzburg Global Seminar and a member of IISS.

  • Jonathan Cave

    IS SENIOR RESEARCH FELLOW AT RAND EUROPE AND SENIOR TUTOR IN ECONOMICS AT THE UNIVERSITY OF WARWICK.

    He is an applied game theorist with extensive experience in financial economics and policy, regulation and law. He also holds economics degrees from Yale, Cambridge and Stanford. His recent policy work has covered many aspects of regulation as well as economic and societal policy in relation to commercial and networked interactions and more generally on such issues as privacy, security, public health, migration, organised crime and consumer behaviour. He also serves on advisory bodies on issues ranging from information assurance to exotic disease.

  • Rey Koslowski

    IS ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR OF POLITICAL SCIENCE, UNIVERSITY AT ALBANY, STATE UNIVERSITY OF NEW YORK (SUNY).

    He also directs a Research Program on Border Control and Homeland Security and a research project on the International Context of Immigration Reform: US, Mexico and Beyond. Koslowski is the author of The Evolution of Border Controls as a Mechanism to Prevent Illegal Immigration (Migration Policy Institute, 2011) and co-editor (with David Kyle) of Global Human Smuggling: Comparative Perspectives 2nd ed. (John Hopkins University Press, 2011). He is often interviewed and widely quoted in the media, including the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, International Herald Tribune, National Public Radio, the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) and the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC).

  • Antonio Saccone

    IS THE HEAD OF OPERATIONAL ANALYSIS AND EVALUATION SECTOR WITHIN THE FRONTEX RISK ANALYSIS UNIT

    After the Police Academy, spent time as a commander of several police units dealing with border control, crime prevention and investigation. In 1980, he became an officer in the Guardia di Finanza. In 1996 he joined the Europol Drug Unit. Later he became Head of the Analysis Unit in Europol. In 2007 he joined Frontex, where he is currently leading a team of analysts supporting joint operations on border control at the external borders of the EU, in the Risk Analysis unit. Antonio has a Masters degree in law and another in Intelligence Analysis.

  • Sarah Webb

    IS A SOCIAL RESEARCHER WITH TWENTY YEARS EXPERIENCE OF UNDERTAKING RESEARCH INTO ALL ASPECTS OF THE CRIMINAL JUSTICE SERVICE AND SECURITY.

    She has a particular interest in organized crime and has conducted a number of studies in this area on behalf of the UK Home Office. ‘Organised Immigration Crime: a post conviction study’ was published by the Home Office in 2009, following a series of interviews with offenders convicted of immigration crime including human trafficking into the UK.

  • Brooks Tigner

    IS CHIEF EDITOR OF SECURITY EUROPE, THE MONTHLY ANALYTICAL NEWSLETTER ON EU CIVIL SECURITY POLICY, RESEARCH AND TECHNOLOGY.

    The publication closely follows policy and operational issues, as well as the outcome of EU-funded security research projects.Based in the Belgian capital, Brooks has analysed and reported on security and defence issues across Europe for nearly two decades – from the post-Cold War era impact on NATO and its subsequent expansion to the EU’s growing role in security and defence.
    Formerly Bureau Chief for Defense News in Brussels, he has reported extensively across East and Central Europe throughout the1990s, followed by three years in Washington DC where he was the newspaper’s International Editor. He returned to the Belgian capital in 2001 as the paper’s EU/NATO affairs correspondent - a position he held until launching SECURITY EUROPE in January 2007.

  • Andrea Niculiu

    HAS WORKED FOR 18 YEARS WITHIN THE ROMANIAN MINISTRY OF INTERIOR WITH A DIVERSIFIED POLICE EXPERIENCE BOTH WITHIN THE NATIONAL POLICE AS WELL AS THE BORDER POLICE.

    Having started her activity in the early 90’s, Mrs. Niculiu climbed the steps of her career from the very basic level of policing to her current position as Head of the International Relations and European Affairs Service within the General Inspectorate of the Romanian Border Police (GIBP). Part of the Ministry of Home Affairs, the GIBP is the specialized state agency entrusted with the border control and therefore, the role of the International Relations and European Affairs Service spans from networking and development to very operational aspects with a strategic impact on general policing and security of the borders, from the national and European perspective.

  • Henrik Nielsen

    HAS BEEN WORKING FOR THE EUROPEAN COMMISSION SINCE 1998 AND WITH JUSTICE AND HOME AFFAIRS ISSUES SINCE 2000.

    He is currently Head of Unit for Border Management and Schengen governance in DG Home Affairs. Mr Nielsen holds a Masters degree in law and a Bachelors degree in economics, both from Uppsala University.

  • Rosa Maria Preteroti

    IS CHIEF OFFICER OF THE ITALIAN STATE POLICE AND HAS BEEN IN ACTIVE SERVICE SINCE 1988. SHE HOLDS A DEGREE IN LAW AND IS A QUALIFIED LAWYER.

    Between 1989 to 2007 she worked in training before joining the traffic corps and subsequently working in the Department of Public Security of the Ministry of the Interior. She has trained State Police personnel ranging from student officers to senior officials in legal and professional subjects.
    Since 2007 she has been Head of Division of the Immigration Service, (Department of Public Security – Ministry of the Interior) with responsibilities including FRAN-member risk analysis and the National Coordination Centre. She has been a member of the EUROSUR expert working group and is head of related Italian pilot projects as well as being involved in the development of national and European policy on integrated maritime surveillance and related European pilot projects. She is an Italian expert in international working groups dealing with illegal immigration matters.

  • Klaus Roesler

    IS DIRECTOR OF THE OPERATIONS DIVISION AT FRONTEX IN WARSAW, POLAND.

    Since 1974, he has developed his career with the German Federal Police as well as carried out senior management functions for more than 20 years. He has dealt with border control issues both on national and European level.
    Before joining Frontex he inter alia was Head of the Federal Police Office at Munich airport, senior consultant with the DG Federal Police in the Ministry of Interior, Head of the Crime Investigation Department with Federal Police regional HQ in Munich as well as Head of the Federal Police District Office Schwandorf/Bavaria, managing 11 subordinated local offices with a total of 1800 staff responsible for border surveillance at the border to Czech Republic and railway policing in Northern Bavaria.