Mr. Vitorino succeeds the United States' William Lacy Swing, who is leaving IOM after serving two five-year terms as Director General. Mr. Vitorino's directorship begins on 1 October 2018.
The latest IOM director general is a former European Commissioner for Justice and Home Affairs (1999-2004) and former Minister of the Presidency and National Defence (1995-1997). He has also enjoyed a distinguished career in Portugal as a lawyer as well as in electoral politics.
Mr. Vitorino was elected to Portugal's Parliament in 1980. In 1983 he became Secretary of State for Parliamentary Affairs. He later served as Deputy Secretary for the Governor of Macau until 1989, when he returned to Lisbon to become a judge of the Constitutional Court, a term that ended in 1994. He subsequently served as Minister for National Defence and Deputy Prime Minister within the government of António Guterres, now the United Nations' Secretary General.
Manager, Product Development, Identity and Life Events, Department of Internal Affairs, New Zealand
Dion Chamberlain is the Manager Product of Development for Identity and Life Events at the Department of Internal Affairs (DIA). He has worked for DIA since 2003 in advisory and managerial roles spanning Passports, Citizenship, Digital Identity and Civil Registration.
Dion is responsible for the development of new identity products for New Zealanders - a function that includes systems thinking and user-based design to put customer at the centre of development. His role also oversees business intelligence and innovation, new product and service development, information sharing services, and working in public and private sector partnerships. He has been closely involved in the development and delivery of highly successful initiatives, including RealMe digital identity, the introduction of e-Passports, the use of facial recognition technology in automated issuance processes, and the world's first fully online Passport renewal service. He also holds technical programme governance roles, and is a standing DIA member on New Zealand's Pacific Security Coordinating Committee, and the Border Sector Governance Group.
Dion has led assistance missions in the South Pacific, focussing on the implementation of new passport and civil registration systems, and supporting legislative and operational policy change in developing nations. Dion is currently the Secretary of the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) Implementation and Capacity Building Working Group (ICBWG), which is focussed on improving capability of travel document issuance authorities and border control agencies globally.
Senior Regional IBM Specialist, IOM Regional Office for Asia and Pacific
Donato is the "Regional Immigration and Border Management (IBM) Specialist" at the IOM Regional Office for Asia and Pacific, based in Bangkok, Thailand. He provides to IOM offices and Governmental counterparts expertise, planning and guidance in the development, coordination, and implementation of capacity building initiatives, in particular on border and migration management including Integrated Border Management and data collection and analysis. He assists IOM Country Offices and Governmental counterparts in developing, implementing and monitoring IOM's capacity building strategy and training activities, at national as well at regional level, undertaking, when requested, technical field assessments.
With the IOM IT-Expert, he provides technical support for assessing, budgeting, installing and training on Border Management Information System (BMIS) and trains on various IBM topics including passport examination procedures. Prior he was Project Manager of two CBMM programs in Africa before being appointed as "Migration Management Specialist" at the African Capacity Building Centre (ACBC), in Moshi (Tanzania), IOM's center of excellence for capacity building.
With UN he was Police Commander of the international airport of Pristine seconded from the Italian Police Department (Polizia di Stato) to the UN Mission in Kosovo (UNMIK). In Italy, he is a Police Officer from the Central Directorate of Immigration and Border Police of the Italian Ministry of Interior, currently on special leave for serving IOM as expert on migration management issues.
Greg is Chairman of the Asia Pacific Smart Card Association (APSCA), the Asia Pacific division of an international affiliation of Smart Card associations established around the world by the Smartex organisation. The aim of the Asia Pacific Smart Card Association is to promote the adoption of smart card technology, under suitable standards, for all relevant private sector and public sector applications across the Asia Pacific region including China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Japan, Korea, Malaysia and Singapore.
APSCA offers an unparalleled opportunity for corporations and government organisations, including smart card scheme operators and suppliers, to network, share news and views and promote new ideas, products and applications. APSCA is focused on the commercial and technical aspects of smart cards, and encourages organisations to examine the business case and financial considerations of smart card schemes, as well as technical issues.
Greg has over thirteen years of experience in the electronics and software industry in Asia, in hardware and software design, manufacturing and business development for companies based in Australia, Canada, Hong Kong and China. He holds a BSc in Computer Engineering from the City University, London.
Mrs. Der Markar joined ICAO 22 years ago. She currently works in the ICAO Facilitation Section of the ICAO Air Transport Bureau. In her current capacity as the ICAO Traveler Identification Programme (TRIP) Technical Officer, she leads and coordinate the work for the development and implementation relating to the ICAO TRIP Strategy and its five elements, i.e. Evidence of Identity, MRTDs, document issuance and control, inspection systems and tools and interoperable applications.
Before her involvement with the TRIP Programme, Mrs. Der Markar assumed different roles and positions with increasing responsibility within ICAO, notably she had been in charge with the implementation and operation of the ICAO Public Key Directory (PKD). For 12 years her main role was to manage the ICAO PKD and act as the Secretary of the PKD Board.
Mrs. Der Markar is a Certified Professional Accountant (CPA), speaking four languages.
Senior Coordinator Forensics and Police Data Management, INTERPOL
Mr. Fabrizio Di Carlo is Senior Coordinator of Police Data Management at the INTERPOL General Secretariat.
He supervises the Database and Criminal Data Management Branches of the Organization, while also serving on the Committee for the Revision of the INTERPOL Rules on the Processing of Data. He is in charge of INTERPOL’s main border management databases, in particular FIELDS (Frontex INTERPOL Electronic Library Document System) - focusing on bringing fraudulent travel document information to first line border/police officials. Mr. Di Carlo also represents the organization within international fora to strengthen the security of international borders and to prevent counterfeiting, forgery or fraudulent use of identity papers and travel documents by enhancing passenger security procedures (SLTD, EDISON, DISCS etc.). He holds a master degree in Strategic Border Management, university degrees in both Political Science and Law, and a Junior degree in Engineering focusing in Telecommunication. Before joining INTERPOL he worked in Italy for the Polizia di Stato from 1993 to 2009 where he held numerous roles in international cooperation and operational areas.
Regional Manager, Operations, Safety and Security, Asia-pacific International Air Transport Association (IATA)
Younkyung (Youn) Kim is currently responsible for IATA’s Passenger Experience and Facilitation agenda in Asia-Pacific. She has been with IATA since 2015 and has been involved in various initiatives, such as One ID, passenger data programs (API/PNR), Automated Border Control (ABC), visa and travel authorization, etc. Youn has about 16 years of aviation experience including a 7-year stint in Japan Airlines that included airport passenger handling and sales & marketing.
Youn holds a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from the University of Geneva in Switzerland and a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Ewha Womans University in the Republic of Korea.
Head of the Border Security and Management Unit at the United Nations Counter-Terrorism Centre (UNCCT) within the United Nations Office of Counter-Terrorism (UNOCT)
Mr. Rocco Messina manages a multi-year global programme mandated to support the inclusion of counter-terrorism elements in the UN Member States' border security strategies through technical assistance and capacity-building activities. Prior to this appointment, from 2011 to 2017, Mr Messina served as Head of the Border Management Section at the United Nations Department of Peace Keeping Operations (DPKO) United Nations Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH), managing a portfolio to design and implement a comprehensive Haitian national border policy. His leadership and expertise were instrumental to the creation of the Haitian Technical Border Commission, the Customs Police, and a specialised branch of the Haitian National Police in charge of securing the land borders. Between September 2006 and May 2007, During his deployment in Herat Afghanistan with NATO's International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) Mission as Training Programme Manager, he developed training curriculums for the Afghan Border Police. Mr Messina started his professional career in 1990 after a two-year military police academy training with the Counter-terrorism branch of the Italian Guardia di Finanza (Italian Military Police). During his 25-year-long career, he was deployed to several field missions in national and international locations, focusing mainly on counter-terrorism and border security matters. He has been decorated with national and international honorifics for his leadership and the successful discharge of his duties. Mr Messina holds a master's degree in literature and a bachelor's degree in international law. He speaks fluently Italian, English, Spanish and French.
Director, Fijian Immigration Department, Government of Fiji
Ms. Komaisavai is responsible for delivering Immigration services through the respective laws and legislation that governs the operation and administration of the Department, including Border Security and Enforcement. As part of her role, Ms Komaisavai coordinates with international and local stakeholders on Migration management and policy matters.
Prior to joining the Department, she has worked in key strategic areas for the Fijian Government and private sector. She was the Director for Monitoring and Evaluation before joining the Policy Division as Chief Assistant Secretary and Chief Policy Research Officer, at the Office of the Prime Minister.
Ms. Komaisavai has vast experience in the civil service and continues to serve through the ranks. She has also served more than 10 years in the private sector.
Ms. Komaisavai had graduated with a Professional Diploma in Business Leadership, Bachelor of Arts (Management/Geography) and Masters in Business Administration from the University of the South Pacific.
Apart from her professional engagements, Ms. Komaisavai is also a Negotiator for the COP23 Presidency Team. Member of the Food Security Committee, Champion for Service Excellence, Team Leader for the Evaluation of Fiji Business Excellence Awards and trained and worked with UNDP COP Advisors on Negotiation and Preparation of COP23 for Fiji.
Principal Secretary for Civil Aviation, Ports & Marine, Seychelles Government
Alan Renaud is Seychelles’ Principal Secretary for Civil Aviation, Ports & Marine since November 2018. Prior to his appointment, Alan was General Manager for Alliances, Revenue Management and Aeropolitical Affairs at Air Seychelles, capping a 15 year career at the national airline where he served in a number of executive positions.
Raymond is currently a part-time Professor with the Hong Kong Polytechnic University and few universities in China; as well as Fellow of the Hong Kong Institution of Engineers and Fellow of the Hong Kong Computer Society.
He is also the editor-in-chief for the Annual Report on Identity Management of the Keesing Journal of Document & Identity.
He served the Hong Kong Immigration Department for 35 years and retired as the Assistant Director of Immigration as the Head of the Information System Branch.
Robiya, an expert in the field of launching new projects from "0". Head of the first and only full-cycle biotechnological industrial agro cluster in Central Asia for the cultivation and processing of industrial hemp.
Her knowledge of strategic and tactical management, financial management, marketing, economics of the enterprise and immersion in the specifics of the market made it possible to develop and implement a development strategy for the enterprise, and experience in interaction with government agencies and authorities to create a national legal framework that regulates the activities of an enterprise for growing industrial hemp and the industry in general.
The skills of personnel management and the ability to quickly make decisions in difficult situations allow Robiya to currently successfully manage JV LLC “RS SUCCESS AGRO”, an enterprise with more than 300 employees.
Member of the European Commission's Support Group for Ukraine, E.U Commission
Dr Frank PAUL is a member of the European Commission's Support Group for Ukraine since September 2014. The Support Group for Ukraine provides strategic advice to the Government of Ukraine on implementing reform and in particular the EU-Ukraine Association Agreement, streamlining the on-going multi-billion support packages and providing concrete support to key initiatives through various instruments. With his team, he supports Ukraine in the area of Governance and Digital matters, including border and identity management.
Former Deputy Minister of Digital Transformation, Government of Ukraine
Liudmyla Rabchynska is a former Deputy Minister of Digital Transformation of Ukraine, a current OECD Consultant, and CGI Executive Consultant. Liudmyla increased public services customer satisfaction rate to 94% in Ukraine, launched numerous citizen-centered services, and helps to improve and transform processes and culture in business and government organisations. Liudmyla has 18 years of legal experience, 10 years in strategy and business development, 9 years in IT, 7 years in project management, 5 years in international development, and 3 years in government.
Eswatini Chief Immigration Officer, Eswatini Immigration department
Mr. Makhosi Goodwill Simelane is a Civil Servant in the Kingdom of Eswatini who joined the Civil Service starting off as a Police Constable which is where he cut his teeth as a law enforcer. He was then to take an interest in Migration and joined the Immigration Department at entry level just a little over 2 decades ago. During this time, he attended many migrations related trainings offered by international organizations such as the International Organization for Migration (IOM), United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), International Law Enforcement Academy (ILEA), Institute of Development Management (IDM) LEA under the auspices of the United States Government.
Director of Business Development and Strategic Alliances for Identity Verification, Entrust
Over the past 20 plus years, Steve Grant has worked as a subject matter expert with multiple international organizations and governments applying his extensive experience in identity document systems, border security, consular management software, civil registries, voter registration and biometrics.
In addition to his role at Entrust as the Director of Business Development and Strategic Alliances for Identity Verification, Steve is very active in the identity and travel standards industry. He is a Non-Executive Director with the International Border Management and Technology Association (IBMATA); a member of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) Implementation and Capacity Building Working Group (ICBWG); a Canadian representative to the ISO SC17 WG3 standards group for Travel Documents; and is active in various traveller facilitation initiatives including the World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) Safe & Seamless Traveller Journey.
Mr. Wilhelm Faul is Vice President for South-East Asia at Laxton Group. Mr. Faul has been working with e-government systems for more than 2 decades. Mr. Faul started his work with e-government systems in the healthcare sector. For Siemens and Fresenius Group, he advised several countries on the implementation of their national health information systems. For the Austrian State Printing House (OeSD), Mr. Faul consulted countries on their strategies for highly secure identity documents, national identity systems, functional identities, and related topics. At Laxton Group, he assists countries in South-East Asia with their national identity, election management and security projects, with a particular focus on multimodal biometrics.
As a specialist in biometric systems, Mate has over 10 years of experience leading the analysis, proposal, implementation and delivery of digital identity solutions. Not being an office person, he spends the majority of his time in the field helping people facing challenges with biometrics. Mate's activities mostly include consultancy, data analysis, integration design and technical preparation of biometric solutions. His career is devoted to traveling, finding pain points and solving problems using biometrics all over the globe. In the last few years, Mate proposed and delivered 10+ large scale systems in several countries of the world. In his current role, Mate is in charge of pre-sales in the APAC region. Apart from taking care of key accounts and large scale government projects, he is actively seeking for new ways of using biometric technologies to bring value and innovation into our everyday lives.
Matthias works as a Segment Marketing Manager for NXP Semiconductors’ secure identification and authentication solutions based in Hamburg, Germany. As a Marketing Manager, Matthias is responsible for the development and growth of the market segment, as well as to develop and deploy the segment strategy He started his career two years ago as a Junior Product Manager at NXP Semiconductors where he was responsible for secure microcontrollers used in EMV payment cards and eGovernment solutions. Matthias holds a Master’s degree in Electrical Engineering, Information Technology and Business Management from the University of Kiel.
Global Vice President – Head of Business Line Verification, Veridos
Corinna joined Veridos in 2016 (Veridos – a Joint Venture between Giesecke + Devrient and Bundesdruckerei). She joined G+D in 2008 in various positions. She holds a degree of Business Administration at Ludwig Maximilian’s University in Munich.
Eric joined STMicroelectronics in 2022 and is responsible for the Identity & eGovernment business at STMicroelectronics in France. Previously, he worked in the semiconductor industry for Smartcard market, for more than 20 years. Starting from R&D Engineering, Eric took over positions in Application Engineering, Marketing Management and Business Development. He holds a Master of Science and Engineering, specialized in Electronics, at Junia-ISEN, French graduate school (1999).
Haddon Wright brings over 30 years expertise via his previous Australian Immigration and overseas advisory roles, and subsequent consultancy activity via his own business Primary Line. He has delivered strategic and change-management advice, border management assessments, legislative and policy review and reform, training and capacity development program design and implementation in the Pacific, Afghanistan, Vietnam, Lao PDR, Thailand, and Timor-Leste, working with the private sector, bilaterally or with regional and UN agencies.
He has an abiding interest in the nexus between human capability and technology in the management of borders and migration, and related developments in managing the identity and intent of travellers.
Vice President, Public Sector Solutions, Industrial Innovation Group LLC
An expert in secure identity technologies with 20 years of experience, Ihar leads Public Sector Solutions segment within Industrial Innovation Group. He focuses on developing projects and creating ecosystems of partners in the areas of national identity and travel documents’ programs.
Prior joining IIG in 2018, Ihar had been working for NXP, the global leader for secure smart card solutions, in EMEA and SAPAC regions at various business development and general management positions.
Ihar’s track record includes several major success stories with both public and private customers, including the worldwide biggest Secure Identity and Smart Ticketing projects.
Paul Cross has over 20 years of experience in developing and managing Immigration and Border Protection systems and is an expert in the fields of identity management and biometrics.
Paul has led development and delivery of major national and international border management capabilities, chairing committees responsible for the related policy, development, and operational functions. He is a Director on the Board of the Biometrics Institute, leader of the Institute’s Future Directions Group, and previously leader and founder of the Borders Group.
Paul’s background includes roles with responsibility for managing system development, IT operations, security, disaster recovery, IT change management, information management, biometrics, and identity policy. He has managed border Advance Passenger Processing and Entry-Exit capabilities, risk and intelligence systems, and alert list services.
Isabelle has been working with the Biometrics Institute since May 2002 and, after almost 10 years in Australia, she is now based in London. She has played a key role in the establishment of the Biometrics Institute, the independent and international impartial membership organisation which is promoting the responsible and ethical use of biometrics worldwide.
She has created a global network of diverse stakeholders bringing together technical, research, privacy and public policy people all joining forces to make the world a better place through the responsible use of biometrics.
Isabelle has successfully managed many government-funded projects in this field, including the Biometrics Vulnerability Assessment Project, the Biometrics Institute Privacy Guidelines, the Three Laws for Biometrics, Ethical Principles for Biometrics, the Good Practice Framework and the UN Counter Terrorism Compendium on Good and Recommended Practices for the Use of Biometrics in Counter-Terrorism, where the Institute was the penholder.
Director of Operational Response Division, FRONTEX
Ana Cristina is since 2018 the Director of Operational Response Division of the European Border and Coast Guard Agency – Frontex. Before, since 2012, she was the Head of Joint Operations Unit. The Operational Response Division includes Field Operations Unit, Coast Guard and Law Enforcement Unit and Centre of Excellence for Combating Document Fraud. The Division is also in charge of the Frontex Operational Coordination Centre. She started working for Frontex in October 2009 being seconded as Liaison Officer of the Agency in Brussels.
Senior Lead Officer - Centre of Excellence for Combating Document Fraud, FRONTEX
Claudio joined Frontex in July 2007 and until January 2018 worked in the Operations Division of Frontex as Head of Air Border Sector, leading external border operations the EU airports.
Since he started the Centre of Excellence in Frontex, he participates regularly in ICAO, European Commission and INTERPOL meetings related to document and identity fraud.
Professor in Computer Engineering, University of Moratuwa, Sri Lanka
(Dr) Chathura de Silva is a professor in Computer Engineering attached to the University of Moratuwa, Sri Lanka. He has been the main process architect and solution designer for several government process automation projects, especially in the immigration and identity management domains in Sri Lanka and other countries. He has obtained his Master of Engineering Degree front the Nanyang Technological University and the Doctor of Philosophy degree from the National University of Singapore. He is also a Charted Engineer and a corporate member of the Institution of Engineers, Sri Lanka.
Shantha Kulasekara is the Head of Migration Governance at the International Organization for Migration (IOM) in Colombo. He is an experienced migration management professional, a strategic thinker with proven track records in migration policy advocacy, technical expertise in migration and security, border management and migration development. He has more than 25 years of extensive experience working with the Governments, diplomatic missions, international organizations, academia and the UN system. He holds master’s degree in Economics from Kiev University of National Economics and a winner of Chevening fellowship in migration management, University of Sussex.
Senior Registration and Identity Management Officer, UNHCR
Amalina Majid is currently working with the United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR) as Senior Registration and Identity Management Officer with the Regional Bureau for Asia & the Pacific. She has been working with UNHCR since 2008, in matters related to refugee registration and status determination in field operations in Malaysia, Tunisia, Syria and Turkey. In her current capacity, Amalina supports 45 country operations in the region on refugee registration and identity management activities, including support to Government and partners in responding to refugee crises in Bangladesh, Pakistan, Iran and Central Asia. Amalina previously worked with the Global Data Service of UNHCR Headquarters, during which she deployed UNHCR’s corporate biometric identity management system (BIMS) to field operations and developed identity management guidance and data protection standards around the use of biometrics in refugee and humanitarian contexts.
Mr. Garkov has more than 25 years of cross-cultural experiences spanning the public and private sectors. He took up the Executive Director post at eu-LISA in November 2012 and has lead the Agency for 10 years with the vision to promote digital technologies as a key success factor for integrated border and migration management and law enforcement cooperation in the EU. He sees digitalization of border and migration management as one of the key success factors to keep Europe open, safe and strong.
Chief Resilience Officer, Solomon Islands Ministry of Environment, Climate Change Disaster Management and Meteorology
Malachi is currently the Chief Resilience Officer within the Solomon Islands Ministry of Environment, Climate Change, Disaster Management and Meteorology, where he oversees the Human Settlement portfolio. He has over five years of experience in the fields of environment and marine fisheries, and over the past two years has been working in the area of climate change adaptation and vulnerability. In his current role, he is actively working at the community level, engaging in climate change vulnerability assessment processes.
Vice President for Scientific Research, Naif Arab University for Security Sciences (NAUSS)
Dr. Fahad Alharby, is the Vice President of Naif Arab University for Security Sciences for Scientific Research, has an outstanding administrative and research career in the field of computer science and information security that spanned nearly twenty-five years. He received his PhD in Computer Science from the Informatics Research Institute at the University of Bradford, United Kingdom, and MSc in software systems for e-commerce from the same University. He published several peer reviewed articles and participated in international forums and conferences. His institutional experience also extended during this period to occupy several administrative positions in the Ministry of Defense and the National Center for Financial and Economic Information at the Ministry of Finance. Dr. Alharby is also the founder and Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Information Security and Cybercrimes Research JISCR.
For more than 20 years, Stephan has been an expert in ISO (SC17 WG3), CEN (TC224 WG 18 Biometrics, 19 Breeder Documents, 20 SSI eWallet) and ICAO working groups on identity. He is the editor for the CEN TC224 WG18 Breeder Document Policy Standard. He has been seconded by IOM, UNDP, ICAO, ICRC and others to various advisory missions in Brazil, South Sudan, Malawi, Azerbaijan, Armenia, Democratic Republic of Congo, Burkina Faso and other countries. He is co-author of the IOM Guide to Free Zones and a guide on biometrics to be published in early 2023.
Leading Law Enforcement Officer, Estonian Police and Border Guard Board
Vaiko Vaher is the leading law enforcement officer in the C Estonian Police and Border Guard Board (EPBG) Crisis Preparedness Bureau. He has more than 10 years of experience in the fields of security and law enforcement. Before joining the law enforcement sector, Vaiko worked for the Estonian Defence Forces and deployed to Mali under the UN led MINUSMA operation.
Currently his main responsibility is to participate and lead creation of crisis-solving mechanism in the EPGB. In the past Vaiko has led different tactical and strategic law enforcement and military operations, from high-threat arrests to receiving Ukrainian refugees to Estonia. Starting from 2023, Vaiko will start a new chapter as a head of the Operational Bureau in the EPBG. His main interest is how we can create balance between creating a safe and secure environment without invasion of privacy.
As the former Manager of the IOM African Capacity Building Centre, Nelson developed the IOM training manuals on Border Management: The Passport Examination Procedure Manual (PEPM); and the Document Examination Laboratory Manual for the Immigration Environment (DELMIE) and coordinated the design and the roll out of Facial Matching Systems and the PEPM II App, the new IOM On-device computation App to verify MRP’s and e-MRP's integrity and identity matching, by performing facial recognition.
Section Chief of Residency Support Division, Immigration Services Agency, Ministry of Justice, Government of Japan
Ms. Erika Noda is the Section Chief of Residency Support Division, Residency Management and Support Department in Immigration Services Agency (ISA), Ministry of Justice (MOJ), Government of Japan.
She works in the Foreign Residents Support Center (FRESC).