Border Management & Technologies Summit 2018

Zagreb, Croatia

16th – 17th May 2018

IBMATA are pleased to announce that our inaugural international conference will take place in Zagreb, Croatia from 16-17 May 2018.

With a complex border comprised of a long coastline and a land border shared with both EU and non-EU states, Croatia illustrates some of the challenges facing border management today.

As well as in-depth presentations from the Croatian government, delegates will also hear presentations from other Balkan states discussing topics including cross-border smuggling and trafficking, managing migration through the region, and regional cooperation on border security matters.

There will also be representation from western European nations providing an update on current security challenges faced at their borders and transportation hubs.

With around 150 participants from across EMEA and North America, the event also provides vendors with the perfect opportunity to showcase the latest technologies to an international audience.

The event will be chaired by the IBMATA Chairman, Mr Tony Smith, the former Director-General of UK Border Force.

If you are interested in speaking, sponsoring or exhibiting at the event please contact Martyn Hill:  or +44 7792 473246.

Date Description
Wednesday 16th May 2018 Conference and Exhibition Day One
Thursday 17th May 2018 Conference and Exhibition Day Two

Download the conference programme here.

  • Zoran Niceno, Head, Border Police, Croatia
  • Vesko Damjanovic, Chief, Border Police, Montenegro
  • Rose Marie Davis, Director in Planning, Program Analysis and Evaluation, U.S. Customs and Border Protection
  • Nina Gregori, Director General, Migration and Naturalization Directorate, Ministry of Interior, Slovenia
  • Barbara Wilson, Assistant Director, Business Change Projects, UK Border Force
  • Ciaran Carolan, Head of the External Affairs and Capacity Building Sector, EU-LISA
  • Mariko Kocovski, Assistant Director, Head of Border Police, Ministry of Interior, Macedonia
  • Samy Gardemeister, Director of Enforcement, Finnish Customs
  • Lidija Pentavec, Head, Department for the execution measures in the Service for Illegal Migration, Border Police, Croatia
  • Gordon Wilson, President, WorldReach Software
  • Robert Crepinko, Head of the European Migrant Smuggling Centre, Operations Department, Europol
  • Gavin Watts, Business Growth Executive, Yoti
  • Christopher Gilliland, Director, Innovative Travel Solutions, Vancouver Airport Authority, Canada
  • Jiri Celikovsky, Head of Unit for Coordination of Schengen Cooperation and Border Control, Ministry of Interior, Czech Republic
  • Chris Brown, Vice President of International Sales, Basis Technology
  • Michael Rupp, Head of Section OPS 1, Delegation of the European Union to Turkey
  • Zoran Lasica, Commander, Unit for Electronic Surveillance and Operational Support, Border Police, Montenegro
  • Tony Smith, Chairman, International Border Management and Technologies Association (IBMATA)
  • Arabelle Bernecker-Thiel, Consultant, Border Management, Visa and Migration, Austria

Hotel: Sheraton Zagreb Hotel,  Ul. kneza Borne 2, 10000, Zagreb, Croatia

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