20-21 February 2017
Dusit Thani, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Conference Day One: Monday, 20 February 2017

8:00 am - 8:30 am Conference registration and welcome refreshments

8:30 am - 8:45 am Opening remarks from IQPC and introduction to session Chair

H.E. Ahmed Mahboob Musabih

Director General
Dubai Customs


Judge Hatem Aly

Head of Office - GCC Region
UN Office on Drugs & Crime, UAE

KEYNOTE AWARD ACCEPTANCE SPEECH: Award of Excellence to appreciate the superior efforts of Abu Dhabi Police in its commitment to thwart any attempts that threaten the security and safety of the UAE through cross-border crimes

H.H. Brigadier Mohamed bin Tahnoon Al Nehayan

Head of Ports and Security
Abu Dhabi Police

9:30 am - 9:40 am AWARD ACCEPTANCE: Award of Excellence to appreciate the superior efforts of Dubai Customs Airport Department in the protection of the UAE against narcotics smuggling bids

H.E. Ahmed Mahboob Musabih, Director General,Dubai Customs

H.E. Ahmed Mahboob Musabih

Director General
Dubai Customs

Jose James Pardo

Advisor - Process Excellence and Customs Project Management
Abu Dhabi Customs

Abdulrahman Hassan A. Awadh

Information Technology Division - Strategic Planning, Senior Analyst - Syst
Abu Dhabi Customs


9:50 am - 10:20 am EU policy and vision for detection technology to support customs controls and facilitate global trade Wil van Heeswijk, DG Taxation and Customs Union, Unit B2 Risk Management and Security,European Commission
  • The role of the ‘Customs Detection Technology Expert Group’ in the development of standardised (technology-neutral) quality descriptions of individual customs detection technologies
  • An update on the ‘Horizon 2020’ programme

Wil van Heeswijk

DG Taxation and Customs Union, Unit B2 Risk Management and Security
European Commission

  • An overview of international cargo regulation standards being developed in the UAE
  • Understanding the challenges involved in implementing cargo security regulations

Nicoletta Mazzoleni

Senior Aviation Security Policy Specialist, AVSEC Policy, Regulations and P
General Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA)

10:50 am - 11:20 am Enabling efficient and sustainable global cargo supply chains through modernisation and reform of border management

Clayton Kerswell, Senior Customs & Border Management Specialist,World Bank
  • Overview of the World Bank Group ‘Trade Facilitation Programme’
  • Balancing trade facilitation with national security considerations
  • Assessing the key components of a risk-based regulatory compliance management strategy

Clayton Kerswell

Senior Customs & Border Management Specialist
World Bank

11:20 am - 11:50 am Networking and refreshment break

11:50 am - 12:20 pm Driving cargo screening technology innovation to support a secure supply chain

Linda Ristagno, Manager - Cargo Border Management,International Air Transport Association (IATA)
  • Developing specific cargo screening technology to address the needs of air cargo supply chain stakeholders
  • Understanding the importance of rigorous training programmes for cargo screeners
  • An overview of the latest technologies capable of detecting Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs)

Linda Ristagno

Manager - Cargo Border Management
International Air Transport Association (IATA)

12:20 pm - 12:50 pm The effective use of border personnel screening technology on the prevention of migrant smuggling

Franz Prutsch, Senior Regional Immigration and Border Management (IBM) Specialist,International Organisation for Migration
  • Creative approaches to preventing the smuggling of migrants

Franz Prutsch

Senior Regional Immigration and Border Management (IBM) Specialist
International Organisation for Migration

12:50 pm - 1:20 pm Electronic Airway Bill (e-AWB), Advance Cargo Information (ACI) and electronic Consignment Security Declaration (e-CSD) initiatives

Mazen Al Homsi, Manager - Cargo, Gulf Area and Yemen,International Air Transport Association (IATA)
  • To what extent does the e-AWB improve supply chain efficiency compared to the paper AWB?
  • Assessing the effect of the e-AWB on the acceleration of information flow, in particular information related to shipment prior to arrival or information required for security assessment of cargo security with ACI and e-CSD

Mazen Al Homsi

Manager - Cargo, Gulf Area and Yemen
International Air Transport Association (IATA)

1:20 pm - 2:30 pm ROUNDTABLE SESSIONS: Delegates will spend ten minutes in each roundtable session focusing on understanding the latest innovations and benefits of the following technologies

  • 3D X-ray systems
  • Explosives detection systems
  • Cargo screening systems
  • CT in-line machines for baggage screening
  • Radiation detection
  • Remote screening technology

2:30 pm - 2:45 pm Chairman’s closing remarks

2:45 pm - 3:45 pm Networking lunch break

3:45 pm - 11:59 pm End of conference day one

The programme is correct at time of publishing. However, given the seniority of our speakers and the nature of their roles, speakers may subsequently substitute or remove themselves from the programme. This is always regrettable, and we will always try to replace the speaker with a speaker with equivalent insight. You can find the most up-to-date programme on this website.