The forthcoming Future of Borders GDRFA International Conference in Dubai has firmed up its speaker list. The event scheduled to take place from 11-12 March will 24 experts and top officials from across 12 countries.
Angela Gittens, director general of Airports Council International (ACI) will utilize the knowledge sharing platform to share insights into challenges faced by travellers’ in terms of facilitation and the challenges of border control in an increasingly mobile world.
The event will be held under the patronage of HH Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, president of Dubai Civil Aviation Authority (DCAA), chairman of Dubai Airports and chairman and chief executive of Emirates Airline and Group. The conference will have five sessions on airlines, airports, technology, government and border control sector. Sheikh Ahmed will open the conference.
The conference will highlight a balance between need to strengthen security and accelerate travel facilitation while maintaining services provided to travellers at airports, seaports and land border crossings.
The international speakers include lieutenant-general Dr Hans Leijtens, general director Royal Marechaussee, Netherlands, Eric Chan Kwok-Ki, director of immigration, Hong Kong, Michael Herrero, Gulf area manager, IATA, Fergus Wilson, chief operating officer, Aer Lingus, Paul Moultrie, head of marketing, Airbus Middle East, John P Wagner, assistant commissioner, Office of Field Operations, US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and Teresa Hartley, independent chief inspector, Borders and Immigration, UK Home Office.
More than 500 delegates are expected to attend the conference, including a large number of interior ministers, heads of border control authorities, airlines CEOs, airports operators and representatives of international organizations such as the International Air Transport Association (IATA), International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) and Airports Council International (ACI).