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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Alan Newman is the Currency Product Director at De La Rue where he is responsible for the Research & Development of material science and the delivery of new innovative banknote security features, together with Currency Design, Customer Technical support, and Product Marketing.
He has over 35 years’ experience in the banknote industry and held a number of senior positions in a range of banknote manufacturing processes, from concept design right through to finished banknotes delivered to customers.
Including Manufacturing Director at De La Rue Kenya and Sri Lanka, and Advanced Manufacturing Engineering Director responsible for the efficient introduction of new banknote series into manufacturing.
He has led the De La Rue design team in the design and realisation of over 500 new banknote designs worldwide, including winning 14 international design awards since 2008, launching into circulation 30% of the world’s new banknote designs.
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 in Division DV I 4 –Passports and Identity Documents; Identity Management at the Federal Ministry of the Interior and Community in Berlin.
Her focus includes contract management and legislation around passports and ID cards.
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.
After several years at the Federal Chancellery of Austria working on the online Citizen Service Portal, Johannes Rund started working at the Federal Ministry for Digital and Economic Affairs and transferred to the Federal Ministry of Finance in 2022 where he has been responsible for the integration of online procedures, web content/chatbot for the online Citizen Service Portal and mobile App “Digitales Amt”.
Customer cards, admission tickets and vaccination certificates can already be stored and presented digitally. Digital ID cards are the logical next step when it comes to rolling out digital services for citizens in the administrative sector.
Gerhard Roesl is a Professor of Economics at the University of Applied Sciences (OTH) Regensburg with a special focus on Monetary Theory and Policy.
His research interests include seigniorage, complementary currencies, and cash in circulation.
Professor Roesl published several articles in national and international journals and continues to participate in projects with commercial banks and central banks.
He is speaker of Aktionskreis Stabiles Geld, an association of Economics professors who were formerly employed by the Deutsche Bundesbank.
In uncertain times, the demand for cash usually increases considerably. What types of crises can be distinguished and how did demand for domestic and foreign cash respond to these over the past 30 years?
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.
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?
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?
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 answer a need by developing a common standardized document platform to fulfill the varied needs of customers with 3 agents up 60,000 agents, while maintaining an efficient document issuance production workflow.
Christian Weigand joined the department of Questioned Documents, ID Systems of the Forensic Science Institute of the German Federal Criminal Police Office (Bundeskriminalamt-BKA) in 2016.
He is the head of the security document specimen collection at the BKA and is involved in topics of machine authentication, information exchange and teaching in the field of DOVIDs for security documents.
His latest work focuses on systematic studies of document examination using video and still image recordings, the development of DOVIDs for German security documents, as well as digital reference databases and information exchange platforms.
Some online identification services rely on video calls using a smartphone camera or webcam. But how reliably can security features of ID-cards or passports even be verified during such video calls?
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.
Sabelo is a versatile lawyer with over a decade of experience in Financial Sector regulation, growth, and enforcement. Competent in legal analysis and drafting, public speaking, project management, policy development and stakeholder management.
He is currently in charge of implementing the Fintech and Innovation Strategy of the Central Bank of Eswatini (CBE) which aims to encourage the adoption of fintech.
He also directs research on emerging technologies in order to better understand and find innovations that can help promote financial inclusion and increase efficiency in Eswatini's financial sector.
Sabelo, a market development enthusiast, contributes to this goal by supervising the CBE's Regulatory Sandbox. He is also the current Project Manager for the Bank's CBDC project, where he collaborates with project technical partners Giesecke & Dievrent (G+D) to investigate and research the feasibility of implementing a Digital Lilangeni in the Kingdom of Eswatini.
Sabelo holds a Bachelor of Laws from the University of East London in the United Kingdom, as well as professional certificates in Disruption in Finance from the University of Cape Town and the Fintech and Regulatory Innovation programme from the University of Cambridge.
For over 35 years, René van Eert’s primary area of expertise has revolved around enhancing competences in the field of identity authentication technology, addressing identity-related concerns, and ensuring the security of printed documents.
Over the course of his career, he has actively participated in significant national and international projects focused on competence development and capacity building.
He is the founder of the Media Institute and the owner/CEO of IDcentre, The Netherlands, an official Frontex Partnership Academy. He played a key role in developing the basic training programme for examiners of security documents in 1992 and the programme for international identity specialists and identity document processing in 1994.
Even today, these training programmes serve as a blueprint for Frontex and other (inter)national law enforcement agencies.
Furthermore, René has served as a didactical advisor in Frontex projects, contributing to the development of educational tools for various courses, including ALDO and CSID.
In light of the continuous (r)evolution and digitalization of identity, how can we ensure that the individuals responsible for authenticating and verifying identities, always possess the latest necessary competencies and knowledge? René van Eert will shed a light on IDcentre’s viewpoint on how to tackle this challenge by implementing PKI-structures in the verification processes of IDs and related documents.