Mr. Vitorino succeeds the United States' William Lacy Swing, who is leaving IOM after serving two five-year terms as Director General. Mr. Vitorino's directorship begins on 1 October 2018.
The latest IOM director general is a former European Commissioner for Justice and Home Affairs (1999-2004) and former Minister of the Presidency and National Defence (1995-1997). He has also enjoyed a distinguished career in Portugal as a lawyer as well as in electoral politics.
Mr. Vitorino was elected to Portugal's Parliament in 1980. In 1983 he became Secretary of State for Parliamentary Affairs. He later served as Deputy Secretary for the Governor of Macau until 1989, when he returned to Lisbon to become a judge of the Constitutional Court, a term that ended in 1994. He subsequently served as Minister for National Defence and Deputy Prime Minister within the government of António Guterres, now the United Nations' Secretary General.
Manager, Product Development, Identity and Life Events, Department of Internal Affairs, New Zealand
Dion Chamberlain is the Manager Product of Development for Identity and Life Events at the Department of Internal Affairs (DIA). He has worked for DIA since 2003 in advisory and managerial roles spanning Passports, Citizenship, Digital Identity and Civil Registration.
Dion is responsible for the development of new identity products for New Zealanders - a function that includes systems thinking and user-based design to put customer at the centre of development. His role also oversees business intelligence and innovation, new product and service development, information sharing services, and working in public and private sector partnerships. He has been closely involved in the development and delivery of highly successful initiatives, including RealMe digital identity, the introduction of e-Passports, the use of facial recognition technology in automated issuance processes, and the world's first fully online Passport renewal service. He also holds technical programme governance roles, and is a standing DIA member on New Zealand's Pacific Security Coordinating Committee, and the Border Sector Governance Group.
Dion has led assistance missions in the South Pacific, focussing on the implementation of new passport and civil registration systems, and supporting legislative and operational policy change in developing nations. Dion is currently the Secretary of the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) Implementation and Capacity Building Working Group (ICBWG), which is focussed on improving capability of travel document issuance authorities and border control agencies globally.
Director General, Department of Consular Affairs, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Thailand
Mr. Chatri Archjananun is currently the Director General of Department of Consular Affairs, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Thailand.
He joined the Ministry of Foreign Affairs as Third Secretary, Legal Affairs Division, Department of Treaties and Legal Affairs. He was a Counseller, a Director and a Minister of this department before transferring to the Ministry of Commerce as Minister, the Permanent Mission of Thailand to the World Trade Organization, Geneva.
Mr. Chatri holds a Bachelor of Laws, a Master of Laws and a Diploma in International Trade Law.
Regional Director, IOM Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific
Dr. Maria Nenette Motus is currently the Regional Director at IOM Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific.
Prior to this, she held the position as the Regional Migration Health Adviser for Asia and the Pacific based in Bangkok, Thailand.
Her responsibilities include overseeing the activities of the IOM Regional Office and providing guidance and support to IOM country missions in the Asia-Pacific region. This includes accountability for the successful execution of ongoing operational programmes such as emergency and post crisis response, migration health, labour migration, migrant assistance, migration, environment and climate change as well as immigration and border management, and the development of new initiatives for the region that are consistent with the Organization's policies and strategies.
Ms. Renate Held is currently a Director of IOM's Department of Migration Management.
During her career with IOM she served in various capacities, among them: Regional Representative, IOM Mission with Regional Functions for the Andean States in Lima, Peru (2010 until present); Inspector General responsible for oversight, project rapid assessment, audit, evaluation and investigation at IOM Headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland (2000-2010); Regional Representative, Mission with Regional Functions for the European Union (EU) Member States and the Baltic States with additional responsibility for fundraising and liaison with the European Union in Brussels, Belgium (1998-1999) and various functions of ascending responsibility in the IOM Bonn field mission in Germany and participation in IOM operations in Turkey, Northern Iraq, Tanzania, Mozambique and Bosnia & Herzegovina (1987-1998).
Ms. Held holds a Master's degree in Social Science and Psychology from the University of Bonn.
Senior Regional IBM Specialist, IOM Regional Office for Asia and Pacific
Donato is the "Regional Immigration and Border Management (IBM) Specialist" at the IOM Regional Office for Asia and Pacific, based in Bangkok, Thailand. He provides to IOM offices and Governmental counterparts expertise, planning and guidance in the development, coordination, and implementation of capacity building initiatives, in particular on border and migration management including Integrated Border Management and data collection and analysis. He assists IOM Country Offices and Governmental counterparts in developing, implementing and monitoring IOM's capacity building strategy and training activities, at national as well at regional level, undertaking, when requested, technical field assessments.
With the IOM IT-Expert, he provides technical support for assessing, budgeting, installing and training on Border Management Information System (BMIS) and trains on various IBM topics including passport examination procedures. Prior he was Project Manager of two CBMM programs in Africa before being appointed as "Migration Management Specialist" at the African Capacity Building Centre (ACBC), in Moshi (Tanzania), IOM's center of excellence for capacity building.
With UN he was Police Commander of the international airport of Pristine seconded from the Italian Police Department (Polizia di Stato) to the UN Mission in Kosovo (UNMIK). In Italy, he is a Police Officer from the Central Directorate of Immigration and Border Police of the Italian Ministry of Interior, currently on special leave for serving IOM as expert on migration management issues.
Greg is Chairman of the Asia Pacific Smart Card Association (APSCA), the Asia Pacific division of an international affiliation of Smart Card associations established around the world by the Smartex organisation. The aim of the Asia Pacific Smart Card Association is to promote the adoption of smart card technology, under suitable standards, for all relevant private sector and public sector applications across the Asia Pacific region including China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Japan, Korea, Malaysia and Singapore.
APSCA offers an unparalleled opportunity for corporations and government organisations, including smart card scheme operators and suppliers, to network, share news and views and promote new ideas, products and applications. APSCA is focused on the commercial and technical aspects of smart cards, and encourages organisations to examine the business case and financial considerations of smart card schemes, as well as technical issues.
Greg has over thirteen years of experience in the electronics and software industry in Asia, in hardware and software design, manufacturing and business development for companies based in Australia, Canada, Hong Kong and China. He holds a BSc in Computer Engineering from the City University, London.
Ana Cristina is currently the Director of Operational Response Division of the European Border and Coast Guard Agency - Frontex. Before, since 2012, she was the Head of Joint Operations Unit (named Field Deployments Unit since February 2018). The Operational Response Division includes, the Field Deployments Unit, a Coast Guard and Law Enforcement Unit, a Return Support Unit and a Centre of Excellence for Combating Document Fraud.
She started working for Frontex in October 2009 being seconded as Liaison Officer of the Agency in Brussels. Ana Cristina joined the Portuguese Immigration and Borders Service in November 1990. There she carried out functions as Head of Borders Division and Director of the Central Directorate for Borders. She participated in many International "fora" related to Border Management and chaired the Frontiers WP from the EU Council during the Portuguese Presidency in 2007.
She holds an University Degree in International Relations.
Head of Centre of Excellence for Combating Document Fraud, Frontex
Claudio Kavrecic as of 1st of February 2018 Head of Frontex Centre of Excellence for Combating Document Fraud.
From 2007 July until 2018 January, Claudio Kavrecic was the Head of Air Borders Sector in the Operations Division of Frontex. Air Borders Sector led operational activities between border guards for enhancing the security of the EU external borders. About 130 airports were regularly involved in Frontex Air Border activities in 2017. Mr. Kavrecic entered the Italian Polizia di Stato in March 1989. He is a Lieutenant Colonel who prior to join Frontex was chief of operations at Venice border police.
Former handball player, he has background in police and frontier control, incorporating integrated border management, transnational criminal investigations, counter terrorism, asylum/refugee management and international cooperation. He holds a master degree in Political Science/Public Administration at the University of Trieste (Italy), the post-graduate training at the Superior Police Academy in Rome and an Executive MBA from the Canadian Universities of Quebec (UQAM) and the Polish Warsaw School of Economics (SGH).
Mr. Rocco Messina is a programme officer in charge of the Border Security Management Programme at the United Nations Centre for Counter-Terrorism (UNCCT) which is the capacity building branch of the United Nation Office of Counter-Terrorism.
Prior to this appointment, Mr. Messina served as Head of the Border Management Section at the United Nations Department of Peace Keeping Operations (DPKO) and the United Nations Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH), from 2011 to 2017, leading a capacity-building portfolio on Haitian national border policy. His leadership was instrumental to the creation of the Haitian Technical Border Commission, the Customs Police, as well as a specialized branch of the Haitian National Police in charge of securing the land borders. Mr. Messina started his professional career in 1990 after a two-year military police academy training with the Counter-terrorism Branch of the Italian Guardia di Finanza (Italian Military Police). During his 25-year long career he was deployed to several strategic missions, at both national and international levels, focusing mainly on counter-terrorism issues. Between September 2006 and May 2007, Mr. Messina was deployed in Herat Afghanistan with NATO's International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) Mission as Training Programme Officer, where he developed a training programme for the Afghan Border Police. He also served as a trainer during the same period.
Mr. Messina holds a master's degree in literature and a bachelor's degree in international law, both from Italian Universities.
Ross Greenwood works as a consultant - primarily undertaking border, passport and civil registration assessments for IOM, ICAO, OSCE and other international organisations. Ross was contracted as the lead author of the ICAO TRIP Guide on Border Control Management - which was published by ICAO earlier in 2018.
Until 2010, Ross was a senior executive in the Australian Passport Office with responsibility for the design of Australian passports; the application of biometrics in passport issuance; and preventing deterring and investigating passport fraud.
Ross was Australia's delegate to the ICAO Machine Readable Travel Document TAG from 2007 to 2010 and the inaugural Chairperson of ICAO's Public Key Directory Board. Ross worked for the Australian Department of Immigration from 1977 to 2007 where he worked in border control and identity management roles.