TONY SMITH is a global expert in border management and security.
Tony retired as Director General of the UK Border Force in March 2013, after completing over 40 years’ service in the UK Home Office.
Tony has the unique distinction of having served as Head of Borders in 2 different countries – Citizenship and Immigration Canada (2000 – 2003) and the UK Immigration Service / UK Border Force (2005 – 2007, and 2012 – 2013). He played a significant role in the operational response to the terrorist attacks in North America on 9/11 and in the UK on 7/7.
Tony (full name Anthony John Smith) was awarded the prestigious title of Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in the UK New Year’s Honours List 2013, for his services to the safety and security of the London 2012 Olympics. Upon his retirement, Prime Minister David Cameron said “I have no doubt that all you have achieved will serve as a fitting legacy to your long and distinguished career.” Home Secretary Theresa May said “Your commitment to our border security has been exemplary and your knowledge and experience have not only been invaluable to Border Force but have been recognised around the world.”
Tony is now a global border security consultant, Managing Director of Fortinus Global Ltd, and chairman of the International Border Management and Technologies Association (IBMATA). He is a regular commentator on UK national TV radio and news channels on border and aviation security; and chairs international conferences and expert panels on various aspects of border control including integrated border management, multiple borders strategies, automated border controls and identity management at the border.
Since retiring from government service, Tony has provided strategic and operational advice to senior officials and Ministers on modern border management techniques and immigration reform programmes and strategies in Australia, Malaysia, Canada, and the United Kingdom. He is also on the UKTI list of expert security adviser s, supporting the GREA T campaign to e xport British e xcellence in his field.
Matthew has been working in the field of government security for 25+ years. He is a leading authority on transportation security and continues to advise ministers, senior government officials and the leadership teams of technology firms on security and terrorism-related matters.
Matthew began his career at the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) where he served as a Security & Information Liaison Officer until moving to New York in 1998 to take up a post advising the Chief Executive Board of the United Nations, working in the Office of the Secretary General In 2001, Matthew joined the aviation telecommunications firm, SITA, and developed the company’s Government & Security business. Matthew went on to create AUGMENTIQ, a consultancy firm specializing in border, aviation, transportation and homeland security.
Today, Matthew advises Chief Executives and the leadership teams of many of the industry’s highest profile security companies. He briefs ministers and politicians on homeland security policy and is a regular commentator on security and terrorism-related issues in the media.
In addition to his role leading the AUGMENTIQ group of companies, he is the Non-Executive Director of Strategy at the International Border Management & Technologies Association; Editorial Advisory Board Member of Aviation Security International; Strategic Advisor to and Chairman of SDW 2018; and Council Member of the IFSEC Transport Security Council. Matthew is also the Founder & Sponsor of the Security Leadership Summit.
Steven Grant began his career in government procurement with the Canadian Federal Government in Ottawa. This was followed by one year in international procurement as a professional staff member with the United Nations Peacekeeping Mission in Cambodia. Management postings followed in Singapore and then Switzerland with a Dutch-Swiss manufacturer of uninterruptiple power supplies. Upon returning to Canada, Steve worked for several years with AiT and 3M Canada in the field of border security and passport issuance systems.
Steve currently works for WorldReach Software based in Ottawa, Canada where he is their Director of Business Development. He has extensive experience in identity document systems, border security, consular management software, civil registries, voter registration and biometrics. Over the past 18 plus years he has worked as a subject matter expert with multiple international organizations and governments.
In 2018 he was appointed as the Non-Executive Director of Stakeholder Engagement with the International Border Management and Technologies Association (IBMATA). Steve is also member of the ICAO Implementation and Capacity Building Working Group of ICAO where he supports deployment of standards-compliant passport and border management technologies.
Steve has a degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of New Brunswick in Canada and he is a licensed professional engineer in Ontario, Canada. He is fluent in English and French, but continues to struggle in Italian and Spanish.
Paul, a Certified Member of the International Association of Airport Executives, has over 30 years of aviation and border related experience.
Beginning with his career at American Airlines, Paul became thoroughly engaged in all facets of the Airport Operation and was later assigned to oversee multiple “new city start-ups” throughout American’s system. In 2001, Paul transitioned his career to a senior role at Vancouver Airport Authority where he gained a reputation for consistently delivering industry leading facilitation initiatives. Most recently, Paul’s innovation of Automated Passport Control (APC) for US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) was seen as an industry game changer. Notably, in 2015, CAPA (Centre for Aviation) named this border solution the Airport Innovation of the Year.
Paul now holds an executive role with AirPortr, a start-up enterprise in London UK, where he engages with numerous airport and airline stakeholders as well as various levels of government. Having previously been an active participant in IATA’s Simplified Passenger Travel Interest Group (SPTIG), Paul’s focus is and always has been that of creating an ‘end to end’ travel experience that includes expedited border facilitation upon arrival for both passenger & baggage.
In addition to his current role at AirPortr, Paul regularly uses his knowledge and experience to advise senior officials globally on how to best utilise innovation in the area of border facilitation.
Lars Karlsson is CEO and Managing Director of KGH Global Consulting. KGH is an international border consultancy company with 750 experts in 40 offices in 12 countries. KGH has Government clients in more than 50 countries and more than 14.000 private sector clients, from multinationals to SMEs.
Lars Karlsson is also one of the most well-known customs leaders in the world and has an extensive background over three decades in Customs and international trade policy. Mr. Karlsson has outstanding experience from Government capacity building, private sector consulting, research, reform and modernization.
Before joining KGH, Mr. Karlsson was Director of the Word Customs Organization (WCO) and prior to that Deputy Director General and Managing Director of Swedish Customs. As the first Director of the WCO Capacity Building Directorate Lars Karlsson lead the work of developing and implementing the SAFE Framework of Standards and the Columbus programme, as well as introducing WCO programmes like e.g; the PICARD Academic programme, e-learning and leadership development programme. During his time in Swedish Customs he was the architect behind the Authorized Economic Operator concept, the first AEO model and the first Single Window. He has worked with AEO design, development and implementation in 45 countries.
He presently serves as Senior Advisor on Customs and Security matters to Governments in more than ten countries, including Australia, Brazil, Saudi Arabia, UAE the United States.
In 2017 Lars Karlsson was commissioned by the European Parliament Constitutional Committee to write a report on technical possibilities for border solutions in the post-Brexit environment: SmartBorder 2.0, what is now the basis for the UK so called MaxFac Border solution. Since then he has also testified about the report and how to design the future UK-EU borders to the UK House of Commons, Exiting the EU Committee and to the UK House of Lords, External Affairs Committee.
Lars Karlsson has written several books and academic articles on Customs and Trade topics. He is a respected speaker and conference chairperson, having visited 164 countries and have worked in 120 around the world.
In 2001 Lars Karlsson received Her Royal Highness the Swedish Crown Princess’ Gothia Prize for the best innovation of the year. In 2003 Lars Karlsson was nominated as Swedish Manager of the Year.
In 2016 Lars Karlsson was awarded a Doctor of Education (Honoris Causas) by Charles Sturt University, Australia.
Lars Karlsson holds a Masters in International Customs Law and Administration.
Mr. Karlsson is an honorary fellow of the International Network of Customs Universities (INCU) and is Member of the International Advisory Board of International Network of Customs Universities (INCU).
Sanjiv is a Border Security and Management professional with 38 years of experience.
Having joined The BSF as an Assistant Commandant in March 1977, he rose to the rank of Additional Director General before Retiring on 30th April 2015.
Sanjiv has a unique distinction of having served both on the Indo-Pak and Indo-Bangladesh borders in various capacities at operational and policy making levels.
He also has extensively operated in curbing militancy in Jammu & Kashmir, Manipur and Central India.
An outstanding trainer, he has the distinction of having served as instructor at three training institutions of BSF which have been declared as centers of excellence by the Government of India.
Compiled a Hand book on guarding of Indo-Pakistan and Indo-Bangladesh borders which is approved as a reference book by The Director General for border- men of BSF.
He has been awarded prestigious “Police Medal for Meritorious Service” in the year 2001 besides being awarded with the “Commendation Role of Director General” on several occasions for Bravery, Operational excellence and Administrative efficiency.
Since retirement, Sanjiv is involved in writing columns and Research Articles for various News Portals, Newspapers and Strategic Journals on Security, Border Management, Armed Forces and Current issues. He has presented papers in several seminars and conclaves on above topics. He also is on the panel of several Prominent TV Channels of India where he is invited to speak on issues mentioned above.
Ian Neill is an expert on Border Systems and has been at the forefront of the development of international passenger data standards. Ian has over 35 years in border management having delivered Border systems for the UK and advised other governments on the development of their systems.
Ian has held a variety of senior roles in the United Kingdom Border Force, including leading Heathrow as well as holding a variety of posts in the criminal and enforcement arena. He was responsible for spearheading the development of the worldwide Airline/Immigration Liaison Officer network. Ian was responsible for the UK’s Project Semaphore, the first EU state to capture passenger data automatically, he established the UK’s targeting centre. The Joint Border Operations Centre, which evolved into the National Border Targeting Centre.
Ian has worked widely with industry having chaired the International Air Transport Association’s Control Agency Working Group and Passenger Facilitation Working Group. Together with Australia, Canada, the USA, IATA, and the airline industry he delivered the new passenger data message standard PNRGOV as a free to use product for governments and carriers. Ian was the UK’s representative on the Frontex research and development board and has contributed to work on analysis of passenger data and Automated Border Controls. He has worked as an advisor to The International Civil Aviation Organisation’s facilitation panel and is a regular contributor to work on travel documents. As part of the World Customs Organisation’s Contact Committee he has played role in ensuring clear guidelines on the implementation and use of both Interactive and standard advance passenger information have been agreed between IATA, ICAO, WCO industry and governments. Ian is a member of the Global Initiative against transnational and organized crime and continues to speak and moderate at international events on data and border security and has provided advice and support to a number of governments since leaving the Home Office in 2014.
Founder and President, Marano Perspectives Special Advisor, World Travel & Tourism Council
Helen Marano launched her new company in January 2019 to further the value and importance of Travel & Tourism for the economic development and social benefits of global communities. Her experience and expertise in policy development, government and industry relations encourages thought leadership and cooperation among stakeholders for improving the environment for Travel & Tourism to flourish sustainably. She serves as a Special Advisor for the World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC)
Previously, Helen served as Executive Vice-President of the World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC) and currently serves as Special Advisor. She built the Government and Industry Affairs Department for the advocacy efforts of WTTC in presenting the industry perspective to government leaders and organisations.
She also expanded the engagement of WTTC and the T&T industry with the academia, other key tourism stakeholders and non-traditional organisations from the supply chain.
Helen is a seasoned leader, having previously led the National Travel & Tourism Office of the United States for over a decade. This involved industry relations, policy formation, and oversight and interpretation of the statistical system for T & T for the USA. Her key accomplishments included negotiating the opening up of Chinese group travel for the USA, building the first Travel & Tourism Satellite Account, serving as the Chair for the Tourism Working Group of APEC, and collaborating in the formation of the Brand USA Corporation for marketing the USA.
Her career spans key positions in a top destination management organisation, a leading market research firm, and ten years in the financial services industry.
Helen serves on: the High Level Task Force for Child Protection in Travel and Tourism; the Advisory Board for the International Summit on Borders; and the Advisory Board for the University of Surrey School of Hospitality and Tourism Management.