• Anna Mrozek, Ph.D

    Research Assistant, Faculty of Law from University of Leipzig

    Anna Mrozek (Ph.D, Leipzig University) is an research assistant to Prof.Dr. Christoph Enders at the Chair of Public and Constitutional Law and an attorney. She studied Law in Berlin and Dublin (1998-2005). Her current research focuses on legal aspects of the supranational border regime, migration law and human rights. She also teaches at the Europa-Kolleg Hamburg and supervices a DAAD-funded german-indonesian project "Exploring Legal Cultures" between the Universities of Leipzig, Malang and Jakarta.

  • Benjamin Tallis

    Researcher at University of Manchester & Lecturer in International Politics at Anglo-American University, Prague

    Benjamin Tallis is currently finalising a UK government funded research project into EU borders in Central and Eastern Europe. Looking at the interaction between security, mobility and identity, the project examines where and how different people experience borders in the enlarged Schengenzone and the EU’s Eastern Neighbourhood. He previously worked as a Strategic Analyst and Project Manager for EUPOL ‘Proxima’ and on strategy, planning and performance issues for the EU Border Assistance Mission to Moldova and Ukraine. He is also a freelance writer – his blog on Central & Eastern European politics, societies and cultures, ‘Torn Curtain’ is at http://ceethrough.wordpress.com

  • Cristina Jorge

    Head of Joint Operations Unit, Frontex

    Ana Cristina is the Head of Joint Operations Unit of Frontex Agency, in Warsaw, since November 2012. The Joint Operations Unit covers four Sectors – Air, Land and Sea Borders Sectors and the Return Operations Sector, and is responsible for the planning, implementation and evaluation of the joint operations carried out at the European External Borders under the coordination of Frontex and support on the organization of joint return activities.
    She started working with Frontex in October 2009 being seconded as Liaison Officer of the Agency in Brussels, ensuring representation and contacts with other European Institutions and with organizations represented or based in Brussels.
    Ana Cristina joined the Portuguese Immigration and Borders Service in November 1990. In this organization she carried out functions as Head of Borders Division and Director of the Central Directorate for Borders. She participated in many International “fora” related to Border Management and chaired the Frontiers WP from the EU Council during the Portuguese Presidency in 2007.

  • David Rios Morentin

    Contract Manager at ISDEFE, Intelligence and Homeland Security Division - Border Management Area

    MsC in Telecommunications Engineering and Master in Defence and Security Business Administration, David Ríos is a Senior Consultant and Contract Manager in Border Surveillance projects at ISDEFE’s Intelligence and Homeland Security Division. Having worked as a consultant for Guardia Civil in the definition, development and integration of the spanish Integrated Maritime Border Surveillance System (SIVE), he currently supports Spanish and EU Users and institutions in the definition, testing and validation of innovative border surveillance systems and in the drafting of new procedures, strategies and concepts of operation.

  • Edgar Beugels

    Head of Research and Development Unit, Frontex

    Edgar Beugels is a lawyer by education. He worked for 15 years for the Immigration Service (IND) of the Netherlands before joining Frontex (the European Union’s External Border Agency), right from its foundation in 2005. Initially, he worked there as the acting security officer, but since 2007 he is active for the Research and Development Unit. At present Edgar is the Head of that Unit.

    His unit contributes to and follows up on research and developments that is of relevance for the security of the external border of the EU. This is done for the benefit of the member states of the European Union and the European Commission. The unit also participates in short, mid and long term border security related projects being executed at the EU level. The development of best practice guidelines, common (technical) requirements and standards at the EU level for technical equipment to be used for border checks and border surveillance is one of the focal points of the unit. During the past years the Research and Development Unit of Frontex built up and rolled out the EUROSUR Communication Network which forms the back bone of the EUROSUR system.

  • Gavin McCairns

    First Assistant Secretary , Department of Immigration and Citizenship, Australia

    Gavin migrated to Australia in 1991, after a distinguished career in the UK and Europe in the public, private and community sectors.

    In Australia, Gavin has worked in both the State and Federal Governments in policy, operational and corporate roles. He joined the Department of Immigration in 2005 and prior to his current role was the State Director of Immigration for NSW.

    His division in DIBP covers immigration intelligence; identity; fraud investigations and prosecutions; on and off shore integrity; and risk analytics and monitoring.

    Recent initiatives include building both Immigration and Whole of Government analytical capabilities intended to detect, at an early stage, irregular or anomalous behaviour or patterns in people intending to travel to Australia from immigration, security, harm or criminal perspectives.

  • Dr. Gil Ad Ariely

    Liron Systems Ltd., and Lauder School of Government Diplomacy and Strategy, Interdisciplinary Center Herzliya (IDC)

    Dr. Gil-Ad Ariely is a leading expert on managing operational knowledge and adaptation in critical environments, crisis management, futures and security studies. He was visiting scholar at California State University (teaching Cyber-Security, and International-Relations) and CKO (Chief Knowledge Officer) at the International Policy Institute for Counter-Terrorism (ICT), teaching e-Government at Lauder School of Government Diplomacy and Strategy, of The Interdisciplinary Center (IDC) Herzliya. Within his consulting firm Liron Systems Ltd. Dr. Ariely led futures studies in government sector (including for Frontex, on Futures of Borders), and consulted in the US, Europe, Israel and Asia, to government organizations such as Parliament, Military and Police/BG. Dr. Ariely serves on editorial boards of academic journals, and was a founding member of ICTAC (International Counter Terrorism Academic Community), a member of Proteus USA group (an international forum exploring Future Geo-Strategic security challenges, joint effort of the Office of the Director of National Intelligence and Center for Strategic Leadership), and Associate Fellow of ICSR (International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation and Political Violence), King’s College, London.

  • Giorgos Tsarbopoulos

    Head of UNHCR Office, Greece

    Giorgos Tsarbopoulos was born in Athens, Greece, where he worked as a lawyer. As a human rights officer, he joined several UN High Commissioner for Human Rights missions: in Rwanda (1995-1997), Angola (1998), East Timor (2001-2002) and Colombia where he coordinated the Medellin sub-office for four and a half years (2002-2006). Since December 2006 he is the Head of UNHCR office in Greece. Along with his professional activities he has published the photo books “Rwanda, To Live” (Athens, 1998), Five and a Half Nights and Days in Bahia (Athens, 2007) and “From the Hills” (Colombia, 2009).

  • Henrik Nielsen

    Head of Unit, Directorate General Home Affairs, Border Management and Schengen Governance/Relations with Frontex, European Commission

    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/relations with Frontex in DG Home Affairs. Mr Nielsen is a Swedish citizen and holds a Master degree in law and a bachelor degree in economics, both from Uppsala University.

  • Prof.Dr. Marc Cools

    Professor of Criminology, Department of Criminal Law and Criminology, Vrije Universiteit Brussel

    Cools Marc (°1962) holds a PhD in Criminology (Free University of Brussels) and certificates in Business Economics (IPO Management School- Antwerp University) and International Management in the Telecommunications Industry (London Business School).

    He has held different higher-management and board positions in the private security services industry: Bell Telephone ITT nv, Alcatel Bell nv, Shield nv and Faceo Security & Prevention nv. Currently, he is a member of the board at Securitas Training nv and member of the Mont Pèlerin Society.

    He lectured at the Antwerp Police Academy and at the School for Criminology of the Justice Department. He was advisor for the former Belgian Justice Minister, Mr. Marc Verwilghen.

    Today he is Professor of Criminology at the Free University of Brussels and at Ghent University, he is also Visiting Professor at the Nyenrode University and Paris X University. He also lectures at Antwerp Management School and at the Intelligence & Security School of the Ministry of Defence.

  • Mari Juritsch

    Head of Analysis and Planning Sector, Frontex

    Mari Juritsch is responsible for Frontex strategic risk analysis activities, which in particular include joint analytical work and knowledge sharing within Frontex-coordinated risk analysis networks, the monitoring of the security environment in the context of the EU’s external borders, as well as the development of risk analysis methodologies (such as the Common Integrated Risk Analysis Model). She supervises the preparation of multiple strategic risk analysis products tailored to serve the needs of Frontex senior management, the Management Board, the European Commission and the Council.

    Mari Juritsch joined Frontex in 2007 after more than six years with Europol, where she managed operational projects related to major event security, contributed to EU Organised Crime Report and developed the EU Terrorism Situation and Trend Report. She comes from Finland, where she worked with the Finnish Security Intelligence Service and the University of Helsinki. She holds a PhD in political science.

  • Lt Marvin Ingólfsson

    Special Operation and Bomb Disposal Unit, Icelandic Coast Guard

    Lt Marvin Ingólfsson is the second in charge of the Icelandic Coast Guard Special Operation and Bomb Disposal Unit. Since 1996 he has been performing duties as a Rescue Diver, Emergency Medical Technician, Navigation Officer and Bomb Disposal Officer (EOD/IED) in the Icelandic Coast Guard. He graduated as a navigation officer 2005 from the Icelandic Navigation Officers Academy in Reykjavík. He established his EOD training in the Defense Explosive Ordnance Disposal School in the United Kingdom and Improvised Explosive Disposal training and Maritime IED in the Danish military. He graduated with the International Project Management Association Level D from the University of Iceland 2012. He has twice participated in bomb disposal missions with UNIFIL in Lebanon and as a Naval Monitor in the Nordic verification Sri Lanka Monitoring Mission. In FRONTEX he has been in operation Poseidon and Hera as a Navigation and security officer onboard the ICG OPV and twice in operation Indalo as a National Officer in the ICC in Madrid.

  • Patryk Pawlak, PhD

    Senior Analyst, EU Institute for Security Studies

    Patryk Pawlak is a Senior Analyst at the European Union Institute for Security Studies (EUISS) in Paris where he currently leads the EUISS Cyber Task Force. Before joining the EUISS, Patryk has worked with numerous research institutions, including the Center for Transatlantic Relations at Johns Hopkins University, the Center for Peace and Security Studies at Georgetown University and the Centre for European Policy Studies in Brussels. He is also a fellow in the European Foreign Policy Studies Programme. During his career, Patryk was engaged in a number of research projects on data protection, the use of personal information for security purposes and smart borders. Patryk’s current research interests include cybersecurity, the linkages between border management and CSDP operations as well as the ethical aspects of security and surveillance technologies. He holds a PhD in Political Science from the European University Institute in Florence.

  • Paweł Świeboda

    President of demosEUROPA

    Paweł Świeboda is President of demosEUROPA – Centre for European Strategy. Graduate of the London School of Economics and the University of London. He served as the 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. In the years 2001-2006 he served as Director of the Department of the European Union in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs where he was responsible for EU accession negotiations and subsequently institutional reform in the EU and negotiations on the Financial Perspective. Member of the Board of Directors of the Lisbon Council (Brussels), the Council of the European Council on Foreign Relations, the Advisory Board of the European Policy Centre (Brussels), the European Steering Committee of Notre Europe (Paris), the Advisory Board of the Baltic Development Forum (Copenhagen), the International Advisory Board of the Central European Policy Institute (Bratislava) and the Global Agenda Council on Europe of the World Economic Forum. Paweł Świeboda served on the Aviva / Economist Intelligence Unit Future Prosperity Panel. He was a member of the Advisory Group which assisted the Polish government in its preparations for the EU presidency in 2011. In 2010-2011 he chaired one of the four task forces of Poland‘s Strategic Review of National Security. He is now a member of the group of foreign policy advisors to the President of Poland. He also serves as a member of the Reflection Group on the „New Pact for Europe“ created by the King Baudouin Foundation. He is a Rapporteur of the Review of European Innovation Partnerships. Columnist of "Gazeta Wyborcza".

  • Raphael Ron

    President and Chief Executive Officer, New Age Security Solutions

    Mr. Ron is a world-leading expert on Counter terrorism, Aviation Security and Law enforcement with more than 40 years of Israeli, U.S. and world wide security related experience.
    Mr. Ron is the former Director of security at Tel-Aviv Ben-Gurion International Airport and the Israeli Airport Authority and is currently the President of New Age Security Solutions. This company conducts security related projects in Israel, the US and other countries world wide.
    In this capacity he has been working at airports in Israel, the US, Europe Middle east and Africa. His company was hired by leading law enforcement agencies to develop a counter terrorist training curriculum.
    Mr. Ron has testified before U.S. House of Rep and Senate committees and provides professional advice to Senators, Congressman and their staff. He is also recognized by the GAO as an important professional resource for their investigations and reports to Congress.
    Mr. Ron provides regular interviews and articles to national and international media (including CNN, NBC, FOX, BBC, NPR, NYT, FT, WSJ West Point Sentinel, and others).

  • Richard Warnes

    Doctoral Researcher, University of Surrey and part-time Analyst, RAND Europe

    Richard Warnes is a part time PhD candidate with the University of Surrey, currently finishing doctoral research on comparative counter-terrorism and also works part time as an Analyst on the Defence and Security Team at RAND Europe, Cambridge, UK. He previously served in both the Army Intelligence Corps and Metropolitan Police Special Branch. His interests include border security, counter-terrorism, counter-insurgency, policing, intelligence and organised crime. Since 2007 he has worked on numerous research projects, including the ‘Futures of Borders’ with Liron Systems for FRONTEX, and in addition has conducted extensive field research on capacity building in Iraq and Afghanistan. He is a member of the European Experts Network on Terrorism (EENeT) and International Counter Terrorism Academic Community (ICTAC) and holds an MA in Criminal Justice Studies from Brunel University and a BSc (Honours) in International Politics from the University of Portsmouth.

  • Ruben Zaiotti

    Director of the European Union Centre of Excellence and Assistant Professor of the Political Science Department, Dalhousie University, Halifax

    Ruben Zaiotti is Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science and director of the European Union Centre for Excellence (EUCE) at Dalhousie University (Canada). He holds a PhD from the University of Toronto, a Master of Studies from the University of Oxford and a BA from the University of Bologna. His main areas of interest are international security, border control, migration policy and European Union politics. Recent publications include the monograph "Cultures of Border Control: Schengen and the Evolution of European Frontiers" with University of Chicago Press and articles for Review of International Studies, European Security, Journal of European Integration, Journal of Borderland Studies, International Journal of Refugee Law. He is the former editor in chief of the Journal of International Law and International Relations.

  • Sadhbh McCarthy

    Director of Centre for Irish and European Security

    Sadhbh McCarthy is co-founder and director of the Centre for Irish and European Security (CIES). With a background in IT, she worked for IBM and Diageo before establishing the European Biometrics Forum in 2004 and the CIES in 2009.

    Sadhbh has been instrumental in advancing debate on European security policy. She has chaired European Commission policy groups and led projects within the European Security Research Programme (ESRP). Her most notable achievement in this context was her role in spearheading the creation of the Societal Impact Expert Working Group and the guidelines that followed.

    Sadhbh is a regular contributor to radio and television on European policy and development issues, and is a strong advocate for gender balance in science and technology fields. On top of her CIES FP7 security research commitments including the ABC4EU project, Sadhbh also works on the board of a number of European projects, NGOs and private companies.

  • Ilkka Laitinen

    Executive Director, Frontex

    lkka 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 on 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 at the Finnish 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.

  • Dr. Frank Paul

    Adviser to the Director-General, Head of the Task Force Irregular Migration, Head of Unit a.i. "Transeuropean Networks for Freedom and Security and Relations with eu-LISA"

    Dr. Frank PAUL was appointed Adviser to the Director-General and Head of the Task Force Irregular Migration of the European Commission's Directorate-General for Home Affairs on February 1st, 2013. Since January 2014, he also heads the Unit "Transeuropean Networks for Freedom and Security and Relations with eu-LISA" which is responsible for the Smart Borders Package.
    Dr. Paul has both a linguistic and legal background (in German, French and International Law) obtaining a PhD "summa cum laude" from Passau University, Germany, in 1993.
    He joined the European Commission in 1993 and has been, since 2003, in various managerial positions. Among other projects, he managed the successful development of the second-generation SIS (Schengen Information System) and the VIS (Visa Information System, which allows the exchange of alphanumeric and biometric visa data among Member States).

  • Prof. Dr. Henrik Rudolph

    Dean of the Faculty of Military Sciences (FMS), Netherlands Defence Academy

    Professor Dr. Henrik Rudolph is the Dean of the Faculty of Military Sciences (FMS) which is part of the Netherlands Defence Academy. The FMS offers three academic bachelor’s programs and one academic master’s program for (candidate) officers of the Dutch armed forces. These degree programs are also open for non-military defence personnel and civilians. The researchers at the FMS focus their studies primarily on military relevant disciplines.

    Professor Rudolph received his MSc. in Physics from the University of Copenhagen (1984) and his Ph.D. in Molecular Physics (Chemistry) from the California Institute of Technology (1989). Previously (2001- 2010) he worked as a full Professor of Physics at Utrecht University, the Netherlands, in the Department of Physics and Astronomy. He started his career at the California Institute of Technology, in the Chemistry department where he worked as a (senior) research assistant.

    His research interests include, amongst others, non-linear optics and spectroscopy, laser plasmas and multiphoton ionization. He has held visiting professorships at the University of Bergen (Norway), the University of Copenhagen (Denmark) and University Catholique Louvan-la-Neuve (Belgium).

    Professor Rudolph is also the Editor in Chief of Applied Surface Science (ELSEVIER), which is the largest scientific journal in surface science with more than 7500 submissions per year.

  • Professor Bairbre Redmond

    Dean of Undergraduate Studies and Deputy Vice President of Teaching and Learning at University College Dublin, Ireland.

    Professor Redmond is responsible for the development and maintenance of high-quality teaching and learning across the university and for strategic teaching and learning initiatives. In her role as the Dean of Undergraduate Studies she has the strategic oversight of the structure and quality of local, national and cross-national programmes which are developed and delivered, both in and with, University College Dublin.

    Professor Redmond takes an active role in forging international, cross-institutional links within the Universitas 21 Group, a network of 27 international research-intensive universities, developing collaborative educational proposals on an international basis. She has recently been appointed to the role of Academic Lead for Educational Innovation for the Universitas 21 network. Amongst her publications, she is the author of ‘Reflection in Action’ (Ashgate 2006) and she is a recognised expert on reflective teaching and learning, particularly in the area of health science and medicine.

    Professor Redmond became one of Ireland’s Bologna Experts in 2007. In this role she has been invited to give the keynote addresses at a number of national and international events. In 2013 she was the only Irish academic invited to address the EU High-Level Group on the Modernisation of Higher Education. Professor Redmond is the Deputy Chair of the Irish National Forum for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning and she was a member of the National Training & Development Review Group on Irish Police Training for An Garda Síochána (2008-2010).