Antonio J. Arrieta started his career as a Production Manager in different industrial companies and joined the Directorate Banknotes R&D team at the European Central Bank (ECB) in 2000.
During his time here he filed eight patents. In 2008, he moved within the ECB to Budget, Controlling and Organisation to develop and implement the KPIs system in 2008 and again in 2011, to Currency Management, where he coordinated the accreditation of euro banknote manufacturers.
Since 2020 Antonio monitors all activities related to the eco-design of future euro banknotes in Currency Development.
Antonio holds a BEng in Chemical Engineering, an MEng in Printing and Papermaking, an MBA and a PhD in Economic Analysis.
During his free time, he presides Eurhope, the ECB staff’s charity initiative.
The European Central Bank (ECB) is an environmentally conscious institution pioneering on environmental initiatives in all its activities, including those related to euro banknotes. In 2004, the ECB concluded the first-ever Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) along the whole cash cycle of banknotes and in 2022, completed the first-ever Product Environmental Footprint (PEF) on banknotes. The ECB is committed to improve the environmental performance of future euro banknotes in comparison to those currently in circulation. Antonio’s presentation will describe the whole journey to integrate all lessons learnt from past environmental activities and to improve the environmental performance of future euro banknotes under the principles of eco-design.
Having accumulated 21 years of experience across various positions at Banco de España, spanning departments such as Market Operations and Payment Systems, and taking on roles including Project Manager for pivotal Eurosystem market infrastructure projects like TARGET2-Securities and ECMS, Mayte Arraez joined the General Directorate Market Infrastructures and Payments at the European Central Bank (ECB) in 2018.
Over the course of three years, she has held the position of Deputy Head within the Market Infrastructures Support division. In this capacity, she has shouldered the responsibility for various facets of Eurosystem projects, encompassing Eurosystem acceptance and user testing, migration planning, and the oversight of budgetary and project management matters.
Since November 2021, the initiation of the investigative phase, she has taken on the role of Digital Euro Project Manager.
Richard Boden is a recent recruit to DG press Services B.V., further strengthening their international sales team with a specific focus on the sale of the company’s hybrid web offset security printing presses, including inline combination solutions of other printing processes and finishing equipment.
Richard has a wealth of both technical and commercial experience gained after spending the first part of his career as an Offset printer and demonstrator before moving into sales of presses and post-press equipment. For the last decade, Richard has been focused on bespoke solution projects for the Central Bank and private security printing works for the production of currency, passports and other secure documents.
Richard holds a BA Honours degree in International Business Administration with Spanish from Newcastle Business School.
A short insight into DG press’s web offset technology for a variety of security printing applications, including the many benefits behind the DG-Vision. And a sneak peek of the ongoing technical developments for high-security printing.
After diplomatic posts in Germany and Romania, Dominique Bulcke held several positions at the Belgian Federal Public Service in Brussels, in the Nationality Department and as the Head of Population and Electoral Affairs.
In 2007, he acted as expert at the Coordination Unit for Threat Analysis. Dominique has been Director of Travel & Identity Documents at the Belgian Federal Public Service as well as a member of the Belgian Federal Taskforce Identity Fraud since autumn 2008.
The Belgian passport project was ranked 28th in the Project Management Institute list of 50 Most Influential Projects worldwide for 2022. Dominique’s presentation will explain how to overcome challenges of combining a bold innovative design with top-notch security and why design has gained all the positive attention.
Santiago Calvo Valladares is an accomplished professional with an impressive career spanning over four decades.
He embarked on his journey in 1982 as a member of the esteemed Spanish National Police, dedicating himself to public service.
With a wealth of experience and expertise acquired over 40 years on duty, Santiago has consistently demonstrated his commitment to excellence.
Presently, Santiago serves as the esteemed Secretary General of the Documents Division.
This presentation explores the pioneering projects undertaken by the Spanish National Police, a global benchmark, in revolutionizing the issuance process of identification and travel documents for Spanish citizens. Focusing on key initiatives such as the Express ID (automatic issuance system), mobile units for instant issuance (equipped vehicles), and mobile ID, this session showcases the cutting-edge advancements that have transformed the document issuance landscape.
Alenka Colja joined the Slovene Ministry of Interior in 2000 and became Head of the Department for Public Documents in 2007.
Since 2008, she heads the Population Registration and Public Documents Division.
Alenka has participated in several important governmental projects and in the preparation and implementation of Slovenian legislation in the field of public documents, registration of residence, civil status and voting rights.
With her work, Alenka has been pursuing the streamlining of various procedures which contribute to the modernisation of public administration, identity management and document issuance.
Alenka and Aleš will discuss Slovenia’s new biometric ID cards introduced on 28 March 2022, currently the most state-of-the-art technology in this field, which will enable secure and reliable electronic identification and electronic signatures. It is a major step towards secure and reliable digitalisation.
Ruth Euling was appointed Managing Director of the Currency Division of De La Rue in November 2019 having joined the business as a graduate in 1988. She was appointed Executive Director to the Board of De La Rue plc on 1 April 2021.
Ruth’s diverse career at De la Rue has included a number of senior leadership roles where she has managed international commercial and manufacturing businesses and has gained expertise across multiple disciplines and functions including Sales, Human Resources, Marketing, Manufacturing and General Management.
She has wide experience in the international government sector and has lived and worked in Mexico, Colombia, Spain and Malaysia.
Ruth sits on the Advisory Board of the International Currency Association, helping lead the currency industry in creating a single, cohesive voice. She also sits on the Advisory Council for Commonwealth Enterprise and Investment Council.
Jason Fensome previously worked at Heathrow and Bristol Airports, delivered identity document security training and border management capacity building abroad on several occasions.
He is currently working in HM Passport Office focusing on supporting the security of the UK’s national identity system, after having spent 18 years in the Home Office working in a variety of operational roles.
Jason became an EU-qualified Security Sector Reform Advisor and a member of the Biometrics Institute in 2022.
Counter-Fraud training is pivotal to ensuring the security of the UK’s national identity system. HMPO have a progressive training programme which is carefully designed to minimise the business impact to staff in frontline roles, while upskilling them and raising awareness of threats.
With over 23 years of experience in the ID card industry, Ricard Ferrer is part of the EMEA Application Marketing Group at Infineon Technologies for ID and Payment solutions.
Ricard holds a degree in Computer Science from the UPC (Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya) and has cumulated experience in the ID market in several roles in Sales, Marketing and Product Management responsibilities during his career.
Once available with sufficient computing power, quantum computers can solve certain calculations much faster than today’s computers. They are disruptively threatening current security algorithms such as RSA (Rivest Shamir Adelman) and ECC (Elliptic Curve Cryptography), which are used in almost all electronic ID documents. In this presentation, we will summarize the key facts of post-quantum cryptography and the consequences for ID documents, sketch future scenarios, propose mitigation actions and provide some recommendations.
Anna Maria has been working in the security document business for 10 years.
As Head of R&D and Quality Center at the Austrian State Printing House (Österreichische Staatsdruckerei GmbH), she is responsible for the development of security features for passports and other identity documents, and for their implementation into the production process.
Anna Maria advises customers and project partners on counterfeit protection, on quality requirements for identity documents and other high security products, and on the fulfilment of ICAO requirements.
She belongs to the Austrian Standards team and committee responsible for the processing of standards in Austria and internationally, and is also a member of Fogra’s Technical Committee for ID cards.
Anna Maria studied Chemistry at the University of Vienna. She holds a PhD in Analytical Chemistry, as well as an MBA in General Management from the Technical University of Vienna.
Dinusha Frings is the CEO of the European Association for Biometrics (EAB). The EAB is a non-profit, nonpartisan association whose mission is to amplify the European Union's voice and values on issues connected to biometric and digital identity technologies by fostering connections and knowledge exchange among all relevant stakeholders in those sectors, including industry experts, policymakers, end-users, and academia.
Dinusha leads the strategic and operational activities of the EAB with the goal of supporting the biometrics and digital ID community. She is also involved in several Horizon2020 and Horizon Europe projects.
Before joining the EAB, she coordinated multiple innovative projects in the field of biometrics, digital identity and secure ID documents on behalf of the Ministry of the Interior and Kingdom Relations of the Netherlands.
Prior to this, she worked for the Government Identity Solutions division of technology at IDEMIA.
Péter Faykiss graduated in 2009 from Corvinus University of Budapest and worked at the Central Bank of Hungary (Magyar Nemzeti Bank - MNB) from 2009 to 2013, focusing on financial stability and Basel III regulations.
In 2013, he assumed the role of Head of Division for Banking Regulations in the Ministry for National Economy, overseeing the implementation of the European CRD IV regulations and the development of Hungary's new Banking Act.
In 2014, he became the Head of the MNB's Macroprudential Policy Department, progressing to Director of the Macroprudential Directorate in 2017 and Director of the Digitalization Directorate in 2019.
Jared Goodwin joined U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services in February 2008 as an IT Specialist in the Office of Information Technology. He served as the Chief Information Officer’s liaison with the DHS Intelligence Enterprise, including supporting the Information Sharing mission of the Department. His role eventually expanded into being the lead IT Project Manager for all IT services and applications for the USCIS Fraud Detection and National Security Directorate.
In December 2012, he started working as the Chief of the USCIS Document Production Division, where he was responsible for the acquisition, design, and production of all U.S. immigration documents. When his Division was renamed the Document Management Division, Jared assumed additional responsibilities for the printing, inventory management and distribution of all USCIS public use and secure forms. Additional lines of business were added to his division and today, is also responsible for the printing and mailing of most of the agency’s correspondence, all undeliverable and returned documents, and several other centralized adjudicative support services.
In 2020, Jared served as the Acting Deputy Federal Security Director at Newark Liberty International Airport where he oversaw the passenger screening operations with approximately 1100 security officers.
U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Service’s Document Management Division recently introduced their newly redesigned immigration documents, the Permanent Resident Card and Employment Authorization Document. Document Management Division’s innovative design model implemented in 2014 has now produced two sets of the most secure and cost-effective identity documents in the world today.
As the Chief Payments Executive for Federal Reserve Financial Services, Mark Gould is responsible for the Federal Reserve System’s full portfolio of retail payments, wholesale payments, and cash services provided to financial institutions across the United States.
Mark is based in San Francisco with diverse teams in each of the twelve Federal Reserve Banks, and he is a frequent speaker at industry events and conferences around the world.
Mark has provided executive leadership to a range of Federal Reserve Bank and System functions at the intersection of payments, technology, strategy, and operations throughout his career.
On the way to his current role, he previously served as CIO, COO, and interim CEO for the San Francisco Federal Reserve, and led its national cash business.
Instant payments are emerging, the role of cash is evolving, and consumer expectations are rising for payments that are safe, easy, and broadly accessible. Navigating the dynamic decade ahead will require coordinated effort and creativity by all parties in the cash and payments ecosystem.
Vincent Gourmelen is the Government marketing director at Linxens. Vincent is working in the Government identity industry for more than 10 years.
Prior to joining Linxens, Vincent worked for other major players of the industry such as HID Global and Arjo Systems.
To fight against counterfeiting and fraudulent attacks, new generation identity documents need to be protected by different levels of security features integrated with one another. Different levels means that they must be overt, covert and forensic; but it also means that they must be visual, tactile and structural. The inner layers of an identity document (cards or passport) need to contribute effectively to guaranteeing the integrity and the authenticity of the document.
Recently, counterfeited documents have been intercepted with fake operating system, chip, and inlay (containing the RFID antenna). We know that counterfeiting masterminds exploit every weakness of an identity document. Today, an inlay that does not bring any additional security features is a potential weakness. Inlays need to include security features and/or structural specificities which will be combined to other level of security features and work harmoniously with the overall security design of the document. This presentation will illustrate different way to secure an ID document from its core to stay one step ahead of counterfeiters.
Since joining NPA in 2005, Michael Griggs has served as the main technical and engineering authority, offering essential technical expertise and credibility to the Australian Passport.
He has overseen the creation and production of the previous four versions of the passport, including the newly introduced R Series.
Leveraging his expertise in processes, materials, industry trends, and counterfeiting techniques, he plays a vital role in translating customer needs and aspirations into resilient and feasible deliverables and has been instrumental in generating a host of innovative and fact-based solutions.
He is a member of ISO/IEC JCT1/SC17 WG3, the Australian Society of Forensic Document Examiners (ASFDE), and the Reserve Bank of Australia's R&D Project Review Committee.
Aspiration feeds inspiration. Collaboration breeds innovation. Michael will showcase the Australian R Series Passport, the embodiment of what can be accomplished when an issuing authority commits to a vision, and a document designer & manufacturer and courageous technology partners dedicate and commit themselves to that vision.
Stefan Hardt trained as a bank clerk and worked as a loan consultant before joining the Deutsche Bundesbank in 1985. After graduating in Business Administration from the Bundesbank's University of Applied Sciences, he held various positions in cashless payments and banking supervision at the Central Office in Frankfurt am Main.
In 1996, having successfully completed the civil servant training programme for admission to the Higher Service, Stefan was appointed Deputy Head of the Internal and External Procedures in Cash Payment Operations Division, and subsequently promoted Head of the Future of Cash Office in 2005.
Stefan became Head of the Cash Payments and Automated Cash Processing Division in 2006 and Deputy Director of General Cash Management in 2009. He was then named President of the Bundesbank's Regional Office in Rhineland-Palatinate and Saarland.
Since January 2015, Stefan is Director General of Cash Management.
Jan Hofmann holds a diploma in Printing Engineering and Economics from the printing university in Stuttgart, Germany.
After working some years as a Producer in the commercial printing and packaging business for international clients he made the step into the banknote industry in 2006.
As Regional Sales Director at Giesecke & Devrient GmbH he was responsible for sales of banknotes to central banks and commodities and machinery to state print works.
In 2015 he joined Hueck Folien GmbH as Head of Sales for their Security Division being now responsible for sales of high security threads and foils.
Hueck Folien – partner of the world’s most secure currencies – presents Optomove: Brilliantly new. Brilliantly innovative. A new era of security.
Claudio Kavrecic joined Frontex in July 2007 and worked in the Operations Division of Frontex as Head of Air Border Sector, leading external border operations the EU airports until January 2018.
Since, he started the Centre of Excellence in Frontex and participates regularly in ICAO, European Commission and INTERPOL meetings related to document and identity fraud.
Prior to joining Frontex, he served as Chief of Operations of the Italian Polizia di Stato, leading 200 officers at the Venice border police.
His background encompasses police and frontier control, incorporating integrated border management, transnational-criminal investigations, counter-terrorism, asylum/refugee management, and international cooperation.
Thomas graduated from the University of Applied Sciences for Electronics in 2002 with a master's thesis on the implementation of a serial number tracking system in the banknote finishing department at OeBS.
After that he joined the R&D team at OeBS as a project manager and software developer for high security feature detection systems.
Since 2007 he was responsible for the industrialisation of the Direct Laser Engraving process for intaglio plates before he took over the management of the Research & Development department in 2011.
Since then, Thomas was part of several breakthrough developments like Common Detector Interface or direct laser engraving of steel plates.
His main focus today is security feature detection as well as production process innovation and digitalisation.
We want to share the results collected by our early stage prototype of optical sheet counting. We are capable of counting the amount of banknote sheets from a small stack, purely optical, without any mechanical manipulation. The unique combination of correct illumination, good image quality and a novel counting algorithm enables us to determine the correct amount. However this is only the beginning and more should follow, if the device is able to deliver consistent and exact counting results. It is our goal to develop it further and integrate it as a reliable tool for our production process.
John Kiff worked at the Bank of Canada for 25 years, managing the funding and investment of the government’s foreign exchange reserves, including running its interest rate and currency swap book.
From 2005 to 2021, he was a Senior Financial Sector Expert at the International Monetary Fund (IMF), where he was part of the team that produces the semi-annual Global Financial Stability Report and heavily involved in the institution’s fintech and digital currency work.
He is currently Research Director at SODA (Sovereign Official Digital Association), Head of CBDC/Digital Capital Markets Advisory at Satoshi Capital Advisers, and Advisor to WhisperCash and shifted his focus to fintech issues, digital currencies, OTC derivative market infrastructure, and longevity risk transfer markets.
The state of play of the Retail Central Bank Digital Currency (CBDC) landscape will be assessed through the lenses of the CBDC project management frameworks of the International Monetary Fund and the World Economic Forum.
Beatrice holds degrees in Business Administration, European Studies and International Management from universities in Germany and France. She has lived and worked in Germany, the USA, France and Belgium.
In 2001 she started working for Intergraf, Brussels, the European trade association promoting and protecting the interests of the graphic industry, and took over the position of Secretary General in 2003.
At Intergraf, Beatrice focuses on environmental issues, competitiveness of the industry as well as standardisation and social issues, and runs the security printing section which offers a platform for security printers, suppliers and customers worldwide via Intergraf Currency+Identity.
Her involvement in the development of security printing certifications dates back to 2001 with the set-up of the first CWA Certification, followed by CWA for suppliers and the ISO 14298 standard in 2013.
Beatrice has spoken on the development of the graphic industry at numerous conferences.
Nana has worked as Head of Cash Circulation and Currency Production Division at the National Bank of Georgia (NBG) since 2010.
In this capacity, she is responsible for all strategic management issues in banknote and coin production and handling, as well as for the legal framework and stakeholder management of the Georgian cash cycle.
In addition to this, Nana is actively involved in the decision-making process when selecting suitable designs for circulation, commemorative and collector banknotes and for coin projects, and in developing the Money Museum founded by NBG with a view to popularising Georgian currency locally and across the globe.
Prior to joining the NBG, Nana acquired wide-ranging experience in commercial banks and insurance companies in operational, sales and management roles.
Nana holds a master’s degree in Philology from the Sukhumi Branch of Ivane Javakhishvili Tbilisi State University.
Uta Kohse, Managing Partner at the ARC, holds an engineering degree in architecture and has more than 22 years of experience in the airport business.
She covers many fields around airport planning and operation, such as development of airport concepts and process analysis, capacity assessment and optimisation as well as design and development of passenger flow simulation models.
Uta is an expert of passenger flow simulation with CAST Terminal. She leads project teams that test and validate future terminal designs, find and solve bottlenecks, as well as test and identify operational strategies that help airports to optimise existing terminal infrastructures.
How can scenario analyses and what-if tests support decision makers to ensure a smooth EES integration and continued high passenger handling quality? Uta will explain how the operational impact of the upcoming entry-exit system can be assessed based on an airport's digital twin simulation model.
Silvia Kolligs-Tuffery is a team leader for document security in the Unit for Schengen and External Borders of the Directorate for Schengen, Borders and Visa in Directorate General Migration and Home Affairs at the European Commission.
As such, her main task is to define, implement and co-ordinate policy, and to develop legislative and operational measures regarding document security policy and, in particular, the harmonisation and security standards of travel documents.
Silvia chairs the committee created by Article 6 of Regulation (EC) 1683/95 on a uniform format for visa, which is composed of experts from Member States and responsible to develop technical specifications for the uniform format for visas, residence permits for third country nationals, passports, and other travel documents issued by Member States.
She also represents the European Commission at other international institutions, such as ICAO.
Erick Lacourrège joined the Banque de France in 1991 and has held different positions since then: from Chief Project Manager for the Euro changeover, Managing Director of the Directorate General - Banknote Manufacturing of the Bank to Managing Director in charge of Cash, Branches and Services to the Economy.
He became the Head of the DG-Cash and Retail Payments in January 2023.
Erick is also the Chairman of the Executive Committee of the Central Bank Counterfeit Deterrence Group (CBCDG), a G-10 Organization, and is a member of the Banque de France’s Managing Board, the High-Level Task Force on a digital euro and of the Banknote Committee at the European Central Bank.
Managing director & founder of JYFEL Corporation SARL, Manager of HIROX EUROPE, Emilien Leonhardt is a specialist in 3D Digital Microscopy since nearly 20 years.
He has been advising, producing custom solutions, training and supporting the most prestigious European customers including national banks, banknote printing institutions, national mints, document specialists, but also museum, universities, TV documentaries, aerospace, microelectronic or semiconductor producers.
High-resolution inspection and analysis on Intaglio plates, IDs, coins or banknotes with a unique combination of technologies allowing fast and accurate results.
Lior joined the Bank of Israel in 1995 and brings 25 years of varied central banking experience.
During his first 12 years at the Bank, Lior served as an Economist in the Banking Supervision Department, performing various roles towards the public and Israeli commercial banking system.
In November 2007, he took over the issuance of banknotes, coins and commemorative coins.
In this role, he headed Israel’s New Series of Banknotes project and was responsible for the budget, planning, design, security concept, selection of suppliers, materials and security features, printing, and all other production steps, as well as legal aspects, logistics, launch and information campaigns.
During this project, Lior acquired extensive expertise in banknote printing, including all related technical aspects and intricacies.
The successful launch of all four denominations (NIS20, NIS50, NIS100 and NIS200) was completed in late 2017.
The banknotes were internationally recognised and rewarded for high standards of security, innovation and accessibility.
Lior is a member of the management team of the Currency Department and also has responsibility for R&D of new products, and for maintaining and establishing both domestic and international relationships with state institutions, police and law enforcement authorities, suppliers, and other central banks.
Lior completed his academic studies in Israel, graduating with honours. He holds a first and second degree in Business Administration.
Jan Malmendier assumes the pivotal position of Chief Operating Officer (COO) on the executive board of Allianz Versicherungs-AG.
With a distinguished career spanning over a decade at Allianz, Jan has demonstrated remarkable expertise and leadership qualities, culminating in his latest role as Head of Business Process & IT Transformation.
Zbigniew Matera joined PWPW in 2002, starting as Marketing and Development specialist.
ZM was involved in Polish biometric passport project since 2004, taking part in introduction of new series of Polish biometric passports and travel documents while working as senior product manager in Strategic Customers & Products Division.
Since 2011 he has been concentrated on international markets, including project management for passport projects conducted by PWPW in Lithuania, Bangladesh, Armenia and Moldova.
Following the recent release by PWPW of latest promotional passports and house banknotes the ambiguous title of the panel covers a short presentation devoted to selected group of security features implemented therein, the effects of which are visible in different ways depending on the angle of observation.
Melvyn Mengot has extensive experience in central bank and in human resources (HR) consulting and has served at The Bank of Central African States (BEAC) since 2015.
He has been working as the Head of Monetary Emission at the Cameroonian Headquarters since 2017 and is responsible for implementing the bank's monetary policy and overseeing the effective distribution of currency in the region.
The BEAC issued its new series of banknotes on 15 December 2022, more than 20 years after its previous release. Melvyn invites you to discover this new series that perfectly reflects the sub-regional integration and the economic and social development of its six member states.
Kuben Moodley has 24 years of experience within the engineering and operations management & development fields.
His skills span across the private and public sectors, in food, chemical, mining and print manufacturing.
Kuben is currently Chief Director of Manufacturing & Engineering at the Government Printing Works (GPW), within the South African Ministry of Home Affairs.
Since 2011 he has been responsible for the manufacturing of travel and identity documents, security certificates, examination material and general government stationery.
As part of modernisation efforts, he participates in the technological innovation of the country’s civic registration and immigration processes.
Furthermore, he represents South Africa at the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) TAG/TRIP and participates in the New Technologies (NTWG) and Implementation and Capacity Building (ICBWG) working groups.
How does South Africa balance the challenges of countermeasures and efficiency in enrolment and issuance? A journey into the country’s modernisation efforts of civil registration and security documents.
After having worked for 11 years as a bank supervisor at the Central Bank of Lesotho, Fusi Morokole became the bank’s Insurance and Pension Supervisor.
He was appointed its Head of Banking Operations and Currency Management in 2013 and has been working there since.
Francisco Pardo Piqueras has a degree in Law from the University of Murcia and a Master’s Degree in European Community Law from the University of Castilla-La Mancha.
He has been advisor and Chief of Staff of the Department of Agriculture and General Director of Institutional Relations of the Junta de Castilla-La Mancha.
Between 1999 and 2004 Francisco was Director of the Cabinet, Secretary General and adviser to the Presidency of Castilla-La Mancha.
In 2004, he was appointed Secretary of State for Defense until 2007, the year in which he was elected deputy and, later, president in the Cortes of Castilla-La Mancha.
Francisco started as Director General of the Police in July 2018.
Aleš Pelan graduated as a Master of Science at the University of Ljubljana and joined the Governmental Center for Informatics as a technical advisor for governmental network services in 1997.
He is currently employed at the Ministry of Digital Transformation as a head of the Trust Services Division responsible for issuing national e-identification and operates national Certification Authorities.
He is furthermore acting as a national representative in several EU working groups dealing with e-identities and trust services.
Alenka and Aleš will discuss Slovenia’s new biometric ID cards introduced on 28 March 2022, currently the most state-of-the-art technology in this field, which will enable secure and reliable electronic identification and electronic signatures. It is a major step towards secure and reliable digitalisation.
Tony has more than 20 years’ experience in government business development, marketing, management and public policy.
As an expert in counterfeit deterrence technologies, he leads AJW’s Document Security practice and supports industry leading companies in formulating and implementing strategies for the development, introduction, and adoption of high security production equipment and sophisticated anti-counterfeit security devices/documents for major agencies of the United States Government.
Leveraging his counterfeit deterrence expertise, Tony has been an active member of the Document Security Alliance for over a decade; prior to his current position as President, he served as Industry Board Member for two terms and as Chairman of DSA’s Program Committee.
Tony is a member of the Advisory Board of ID and Secure Document News.
He co-founded the Banknote Conference and served as Director for more than 14 years.
Tony holds a Bachelors in Business Management degree from James Madison University.
Flavio Ramon Brocca has worked on identity issues for 25 years, first on civil registration and then on digital identity, leading Argentina’s National Identity Document project which enabled Argentina to process its entire population (45 million citizens) using biometric techniques.
Flavio has also been a guest speaker on Digital Identity at numerous international events and consulted on several projects abroad on this matter.
In his presentation Flavio will cover identity lifecycle management, which ranges from birth registration, biometric identification and the use of public or private digital identity services, especially in KYC (Know Your Customer) and AML (Anti-Money Laundering).
Caroline Rechner works as a Policy Officer at the Federal Ministry of the Interior and Community in Berlin.
Until August 2023 she was responsible for contract management and legislation around German passports and ID cards. As of now, she focuses on police information systems and data protection by security authorities.
Before completing her legal traineeship, Caroline studied Law at the University of Münster, Germany and at the American University, Washington D.C.
Additionally, she holds an LL.M. in International Law and Security from the University of Glasgow, Scotland.
Dieter studied Physics at the University of Tübingen and the University of Stuttgart.
From 1996 to 2000, he worked as a Scientific Assistant at the Institute for Nonmetallic Inorganic Materials, University of Stuttgart and joined the Bundesdruckerei GmbH, Berlin as a Project Manager, Research & Development Division in 2000, becoming Product Manager, Process Engineering at Robert Bosch GmbH, Reutlingen in 2002.
Between 2005 and 2006, Dieter worked as a Patent Coordinator in the Banknote Printing Division of Giesecke & Devrient GmbH, München. In 2007 he took over as Regional Sales Director of the Southern & Eastern Africa Banknote Printing Division.
From 2011 to 2018, Dieter was Head of Research & Development at Orell Füssli Security Documents Ltd, Zurich. He also was appointed Head of Security Printing Division and Chief Technology Officer of the Orell Füssli Group on 1 April 2014.
Dieter took over as Chairman of Intergraf's Committee of Experts in October 2016. In 2019, he became Vice President & General Manager of the Business Unit Value Printing at the Bundesdruckerei GmbH, Berlin.
Doris Schneeberger has been the Director Banknotes at the European Central Bank in Frankfurt since February 2022.
Before that, she was the Head of the Currency Management Division in the Directorate Banknotes at the European Central Bank.
Prior to 2015, Doris held several positions at the Austrian National Bank in Vienna, mainly focusing on cash and payments strategy.
The euro cash changeover in 2002 was a significant event in Europe’s history and a major technical achievement. Today, the euro is the currency of 20 EU countries and over 346 million Europeans. This presentation will dive deeper into some of the challenges faced since 2002 and will give insights into the lessons learnt.
Matthias Schroth possesses a doctoral degree in law and a Master in European Business Law. He is currently the Director of the Cash Management, Equity Interests, and Internal Services Department at the Oesterreichische Nationalbank (OeNB).
In this role, he is responsible for the development of cash payment systems, for business policy strategy matters and for the management of shareholdings.
Additionally, he assumes the responsibility for strategic planning and operational activities related to the Austrian banknote printing facility and the Austrian Mint.
Furthermore, he is responsible for procurement, sales, and administration of insurance matters as well as for the operation of banking facilities and security matters.
Are you curious to know the recent efforts undertaken by Oesterreichische Nationalbank to safeguard and reinforce cash as a viable form of payment? In his presentation, Matthias will provide a comprehensive overview of specific actions taken, including press conferences, TV/Radio spots, and OeNB's comprehensive 360-degree platform. Moreover, he will delve into the detailed outcomes achieved and share them with you.
Uwe studied experimental physics and optics at the University of Jena and the York University, Toronto.
After some years in industry with the AGFA-Gevaert company, he joined the Forensic Science Institute of the German Federal Criminal Police Office (Bundeskriminalamt) as an ID document expert in 2000 and is now heading the BKA’s IT Forensics and Document section.
Uwe was actively involved in various projects dealing with the introduction of biometric technology into German travel documents, the development of the electronic ID card and recently, the new German EU passport.
He is an active member of ICAO's New Technology Working Group and of the ICAO Technical Advisory Group TAG/TRIP.
Professor Franz Seitz teaches Economics with a special focus on Monetary Policy and Financial Markets at Weiden Technical University of Applied Sciences in Germany.
He specializes in monetary theory and policy, financial markets, and payment markets, with a particular emphasis on cash in circulation.
He has served as a consultant for central banks, commercial banks, and financial and non-financial corporations on various projects over the years. Furthermore, he is the author of numerous articles in national and international journals.
From a societal standpoint, a proficient payment system must include cash. Thus, the availability and acceptability of cash hold significant importance during regular circumstances. However, how does the evolution of cash play out in times of uncertainty and crises?
Jennifer is the Head of Division, Notes Operations at the Bank of England. Her team is responsible for leading the operations that fulfils the Bank’s obligations as the sole issuer of banknotes in England and Wales as well as its statutory responsibility to ensure public confidence in banknotes issued by Scottish and Northern Irish banks.
She oversees a multi-disciplined team across several sites with expertise in fields as diverse as economic and quantitative modelling, risk analysis, operations, and science to meet a range of challenges, from developing high quality, secure new notes, forecasting demand and managing their efficient production and distribution across the UK.
Jennifer is passionate about diversity and inclusion. She is the current Co-Chair of the Bank of England’s gender network, Women in the Bank; and has received awards and recognition for her achievements, including her leadership skills.
The passing of HM Queen Elizabeth II on 8 September 2022, marked a significant moment in the recent history of the United Kingdom. She was the first monarch to appear on the Bank of England banknotes. Therefore, the Bank faced a unique challenge in transitioning to a design that would honour the new monarch. In this presentation, we will outline the Bank's methodology in designing and developing a new series of banknotes that aptly reflects the new monarch, HM King Charles III.
Gary Spinks is the owner and Managing Director of SFUK, the leading innovators and manufacturers of Rainbow fibres, Multi-colour fibres and other security inclusions for paper.
Gary is the author of a large number of patents in the field of security features and continues to develop new and exciting solutions for paper makers
New developments in security features for paper.
Anna Stratmann works for the German Federal Office for Information Security (BSI) and heads the ‘Biometrics for Public Sector Applications’ team.
With her expertise in biometrics and process management, her responsibilities include the development and maintenance of the BSI technical guideline that specifies requirements and definitions for biometric systems relevant for German Identity Documents and Border Control as well as for the activities in standardisation and harmonisation in these contexts.
Anna has a strong background in software engineering and holds master’s degrees in both business information systems and applied computer science.
Facial image quality affects the recognition performance of biometric systems. Therefore, a common approach to facial image quality assessment is important: how do we decide when an image is good enough to ensure high system efficiency and short capture processes?
With a background in printing technology and a master’s degree in industrial and systems engineering, Sarun boasts a remarkable 28-year career with the Bank of Thailand.
Over the years, he has held various key roles within the organization, including Production Engineer, Design and Origination Specialist, and Supply Chain Management Expert.
Throughout his tenure, he has contributed to the bank's operational excellence, leveraging his expertise in both technology and engineering to drive efficiency and innovation.
Join Sarun for an enlightening presentation on the evolving cash usage landscape pre- and post-COVID, alongside the pressing challenges confronting the printing industry. Explore how the surge in alternative payments and digital currencies is reshaping transactions and production and gain valuable insights into how to navigate these changes.
Ulrich Walter has been the Managing Director of Gleitsmann Security Inks (GSI) since 2019.
Before joining GSI, he was Managing Director of De La Rue’s ID and Security Feature business, Head of the Business Unit Security at Rolic in Switzerland, and General Manager at L-1 Identity Solutions, Germany.
He started in the high security printing industry in 2000 when he worked for Giesecke & Devrient as Sales Manager before moving to Bundesdruckerei International Services as Sales Director.
Ulrich holds a degree in Business Management from the University of Applied Sciences in Munich.
A brief overview on recent developments in optical security features of level 1 and 2. Special focus will be on alternatives to patented features which thereby enable Central Banks and Security Printers to implement a second source strategy.
Douglas ‘Doug’ Ward joined the US Government Publishing Office in the fall of 2001. As a specialist, with a strong technical background in printing technology and printing management, he was assigned to work on the team developing the ePassport in conjunction with the Department of State.
During the development of the US ePassport Program, the GPO’s Security & Intelligent Documents division was formed with a focus on having dedicated security printing, manufacturing, engineering, and issuance experience available to all agencies in the US Federal Government.
In addition to the US ePassport and the US NexGen Passport, Douglas has been involved in or directed and managed the development and production process for many US Federal Identity Documents, such as The Department of State’s Emergency Passport, The Customs and Border Protection’s Trusted Traveler Cards, The Transportation Security Administration’s Transportation Workers Identity Card (TWIC), the redesign and production of the last 3 prior US Citizenship and Immigration Service’s Travel Document Books, The US Coast Guard’s Merchant Mariner Credential, The Veterans Affair’s Veterans Health ID Card (VHIC), The Department of Homeland Security Employee ID’s (HSPD-12 PIV Card), The US Capitol Police & Senate Rules Committee’s Inauguration Tickets and Credentials, The Department of Defense Pentagon Force Protection Agency’s PFAC Card, and of course traditional Law Enforcement Credentials for numerous Federal Agencies.
Along with engineering and implementing secure documents at GPO, Douglas also acts as an advisory resource for any Federal Agency in the realm of high security document design, feature evaluation, production and issuance.
In early 2023, Douglas was promoted to Senior Technology Program Manager focusing on all card-based identity document development and issuance projects.
Douglas holds an Associate’s of Applied Science and a Bachelor’s of Applied Science, both degrees majoring in Printing Technology and Printing Management, from Ferris State University in May of 2000.
Law Enforcement Credentials are a complicated and varied family of documents in the US Federal Government. How the US GPO was able to fulfill the varied needs of customers by developing a common standardized document platform with 3 up to 60,000 agents, while maintaining an efficient document issuance production workflow.
From billion-dollar cyber heists to global money laundering rings and crypto-gangsters – Geoff White has covered it all. As an author, speaker, investigative journalist and podcast creator, his work’s been featured by BBC News, Audible, Sky News, The Sunday Times and many more.
He has given keynote talks for some of the world’s biggest brands, including Microsoft, Mastercard, Atos, Orange, and Bank of America.
His latest book, The Lazarus Heist – From Hollywood to High Finance: Inside North Korea’s Global Cyber War was adapted from the hit BBC podcast and published in June 2022. His next book, Rinsed, will reveal technology’s impact on the world of money laundering.
Author and investigative journalist Geoff White takes a deep dive into the long-running criminal campaigns attributed to the “Hermit Kingdom”, from historic allegations of counterfeiting to cutting edge cryptocurrency heists.
Michelle Wilson is a Senior Technical Advisor with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Transportation Security Administration, in the Office of Enrollment Services and Vetting Programs.
A graduate of the University of Michigan with a concentration in Biochemistry, she began her career as an inkjet chemist and joined the federal government in 2005 as a Chemist at the Government Publishing Office.
She previously worked at the U.S. Department of State as the Document Design Officer leading their Next Generation Passport design process.
She currently leads an effort to improve the ability of TSA to identify Fraudulent I.D.s at their checkpoints and serves as a subject matter expert to TSA in biometrics and digital and physical credentials.
What steps is TSA taking to enhance its ID verification capabilities in light of the coexistence of physical and digital credentials? The U.S. Transportation Security Administration is at the forefront of adopting biometric and mobile device technologies to facilitate greater accuracy in identity verification capabilities at TSA checkpoints. Physical credentials will remain an acceptable form of ID as digital credentials become more prevalent.
In 2005, Berk began his journey at the Central Bank of the Republic of Türkiye, joining the Issue Department, where he became instrumental in two pivotal currency transformations: the removal of six zeros in 2005 and the elimination of the 'New' expression in 2009.
His career path led him to the Open Market Operations Division of the Markets Department, where he developed and refined his expertise in monetary market operations and banking system liquidity management.
In 2018, he assumed the role of Director of the Banknote Technologies Division, overseeing a vast array of machinery crucial to the Central Bank's operations, including banknote processing systems, coin sorting machines, packaging, and destruction equipment.
Since 2020, Berk has served as the Director of the Banknote Circulation Division, actively shaping cash management strategy, banknote design, production programs, and transportation plans between the Head Office, Printing Plant, and branches.
Binur Zhalenov is an accomplished executive with a wealth of experience in the digital strategy domain. With a background in Information Systems and an MBA from NYU Stern, Binur has worked with public institutions, consulting companies like Accenture, and top tech companies like IBM.
He is a co-author of several strategic documents for fintech and financial market infrastructure development in Kazakhstan and has played a key role in initiating strategic initiatives like Digital Tenge, Open Banking, and the National Payment System in Kazakhstan.
Currently, Binur is the CEO of the National Payment Corporation of Kazakhstan, where he leads the team in providing digital financial infrastructure and national payment systems to Kazakhstan. With his extensive experience and strategic vision, Binur is driving the growth and development of digital finance in Kazakhstan.
Sabelo is a versatile lawyer with over a decade of experience in Financial Sector regulation, market development and authority he gained while working at the Registrar for Insurance and Retirement Funds in Eswatini, the Financial Ombudsman Service in the United Kingdom, the Financial Services Regulatory Authority, and the Central Bank of Eswatini (CBE).
As an Engagement Manager for Cenfri, Sabelo leads and manages projects across several thematic areas, including but not limited to Regulation for Innovation, Fintech and CBDC.
In his previous employment as Deputy Director for Fintech and Innovation, Sabelo oversaw the implementation of the Fintech and Innovation Strategy of the CBE which aimed to encourage the adoption of fintech. At the same time, he was the Project Manager for the CBE’s CBDC project, where he collaborated with project technical partners Giesecke & Devrient (G+D) to investigate, explore, and research the feasibility of implementing a retail CBDC in the Kingdom of Eswatini.
Sabelo has experience in directing research on emerging technologies to better understand and identify innovations that can help promote financial inclusion and increase efficiency in the financial sector.
Djanira da Silva is the Head of the Processing Division within the Currency Management Department at the National Bank of Angola (BNA).
With 15 years of experience at BNA, she worked in the technical division from 2008 to 2012 and then led the Counterfeiting and Projects Sector from 2012 to 2020. Since 2020, Djanira has been responsible for overseeing the efficient processing of currency at BNA.
Her expertise and leadership have made her a respected authority in the field of currency management in Angola.
The cash center in Angola has undergone a remarkable development over the past 20 years, emphasizing innovation, sustainability, and organizational strength. Its primary objective is to ensure an efficient circulation of banknotes and coins nationwide.
After working as a Director for Diplomatic Security at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and as an ambassador in Trinidad and Tobago, Jeroen de Graaf is currently Program Director Borders & Security at the Ministry of Justice and Security in The Netherlands.
His responsibilities include executing the Interoperability regulations package in The Netherlands, alongside pioneering Border management initiatives.
This presentation focuses on the opportunities and challenges of public-private partnerships evaluating the effectiveness of the ICAO DTC standard in the context of airplane boarding and border crossing, co-funded by the European Commission.