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Smarter Borders 2017 Conference

7 November, 2017 - 9 November, 2017, London, United Kingdom

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The Future of Border Management

As the international gathering of border security policy makers, experts and stakeholders, Smarter Border Managment 2017 will consider the operational and practical relationship between maintaining the flow of people and cargo around the world, whilst prioritising safety against terrorism, trafficking and smuggling.

The challenge of unprecedented demographic trends, irregular migration patterns and the complexity of the geopolitical context in 2017 aligned with extensive technological developments in the implementations of "smart" border systems delivers an exciting and challenging background to the established forum for border security professionals from government, NGOs and the private sector.

Featuring policymakers from across the European continent and beyond, this year's conference will aim to advance discussions across a whole range of issues, ensuring that we solve the crises of today and plan for the challenges of tomorrow.

New for 2017:

  • Full debrief in the wake of the UK's decision to withdraw from the European Union
  • Reform to preserve: Protecting the Schengen agreement through the full roll out the European Commission's Entry-Exit System
  • Coherent security: border control from beyond the border and the 'whole of government approach' to border security
  • Cargo management at the border across all ports-of-entry


Radisson Blu Edwardian, Heathrow
140 Bath Rd Hayes
Middlesex UB3 5AW
United Kingdom
Phone: 020 8759 6311

Travel and accommodation are not included in the conference fee; however we have put together a HotelMap that displays discounted accommodation for hotels in the area near to Smarter Border Management 2017. The map displays live availability and allows you to book directly with each hotel:

Please note
: We will never recommend, approve or appoint any third party rooming service to act on our behalf. Please be extremely wary if you are approached by any such companies. We will always endeavour to negotiate the best available rates for you so please use the Hotel's website link provided.Pre-Conference Workshops - 7th November 2017

Main Conference Day One
- 8th November 2017

Main Conference Day Two
- 9th November 2017

The agenda is available as PDF under download at the right side of the page.

Confirmed 2017 Speakers:

  • Minister Rt. Hon Brandon Lewis, Minister of State for Immigration, United Kingdom
  • Rear Admiral Patrick Augier, Deputy Secretary General for the Sea, France
  • Mr Sebahattin Öztürk, Deputy Interior Minister, Government of Turkey
  • Janek Mägi, Head of the Border Guard Policy Department, Ministry of Interior Estonia
  • Krum Garkov, Executive Director, eu-LISA
  • Jari Liukku, Head of European Serious and Organized Crime Centre, Europol
  • Kenneth Sava, Director, Trusted Traveller Programs, US Customs and Border Protection
  • Mr Antonis Kastrissianakis, Director, Security, Safety, Trade Facilitation, Rules of Origin & Internati, DG Taxation and Customs Union, European Commission
  • Captain lic. iur. Daniel Anrig, Head Airport Police Staff Division, Cantonal Police Zurich
  • Jiří Čelikovsky, Head of Schengen Cooperation, Czech Republic Ministry of the Interior
  • Samy Gardemeister, Director of Enforcement, Finnish Customs
  • Mark Branchflower, Head of Unit, Police Forensics Sub-Directorate, INTERPOL
  • Fares Rahmun, VIS Project Manager, German Federal Office of Administration (BVA)
  • Hervé Mathevet, Customs Attaché, Ambassade de France
  • Willem S.C. Mudde, Head Targeting Centre Borders, Royal Netherlands Marechaussee
  • Thomas Hoff Andersson, Director, Passenger & Terminal Services, Copenhagen Airports A/S
  • Gonzalo Vargas Llosa, Senior Policy Advisor, UNHCR
  • Kristof Tamas, Director, Delmi: the Migration Studies Delegation, Regeringskansliet, Government of Sweden
  • Lieutenant Colonel Rebekka Straessle, Chief of Staff, Swiss Border Guard
  • Cosmin Floroiu, Border Security Advisor- EUCAP Sahel Mali, European External Action Service
  • Dr. Michael Rupp, Head of Section C – Civil Society, Fundamental Rights, Judiciary and Home, Delegation of the European Union to Turkey
  • Ms Maegan Hendow, Research Officer, International Centre for Migration Policy Development (ICMPD)
  • Dr. Enrique Belda Esplugues, Deputy Director General of Communications and Information Systems for Security, Ministry of Interior
  • Ms Barbara Kostuk, Managing Director, Airlines for America
  • Matthew J. Cornelius, Vice President, Air Policy, Airports Council International – North America


Event details

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7 November, 2017
9 November, 2017
Radisson Blu Edwardian, Heathrow
United Kingdom


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