Under the high
patronage of:
22-23 November 2016, The Square, Downtown Brussels

Conference Programme

As a result of this year’s heightened security situation in Europe and beyond, underlined by the attacks on the airports in Brussels and Istanbul, ACI EUROPE and ACI Asia-Pacific have decided to stage a special “Security & Crisis Management Special Summit” which will be held over two days in central Brussels, 22-23 November, hosted by Brussels Airport.

The event will bring together the most senior security, transport and counter-terrorism officials and experts in the capital of Europe. It will include case studies from the most recent and historical security events, in-depth analysis on current terrorist threats, and presentations from a powerful selection of top airport security experts and the leading security technology companies.

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09:00 - 10:30

Welcome & Keynote Addresses

Welcome Address

Olivier Jankovec
Director General,

Industry Keynote Addresses

“The Brussels Airport & Istanbul Atatürk Attacks”

Arnaud Feist
Brussels Airport and Immediate Past President of the ACI EUROPE Board

Dr Sani Şener
TAV Istanbul Atatürk Airport

Keynote Address from the Belgian Deputy Prime Minister & Minister of the Interior and Security

Belgium’s anti-terrorism strategy: where we come from & where we are going

Jan Jambon
Deputy Prime Minister, and Minister of the Interior and Security

10:30 - 11:15

Coffee break on the Exhibition Floor

11:15 - 12:45

First Working Session

The Global Security Leaders Assembly: In-depth discussion of UN Security Council Resolution 2309: “More should and could be done to improve aviation security across the world.”


Bart Mos
Senior Security Officer,
Amsterdam Airport Schiphol,

and Member,
ACI EUROPE Aviation Security Committee
and ACI World Security Standing Committee


Huban A. Gowadia
Deputy Administrator,

Henrik Hololei
Director General DG Move,
European Commission

Cristóbal León Martinez
Specialist, European Counter Terrorism Center,

Francis Morgan
Director of Security,
Council of the European Union

12:45 - 14:00

Lunch on the Exhibition Floor

14:00 - 15:15

Second Working Session

Landside Security Part l:
The Vital Case Studies

Proportionately enhancing control while avoiding over-reaction and gridlock


Airports can be designed with security in mind (and how this can please commercial and operational stakeholders)

Stacey Peel
Global Lead Strategic Aviation Security,


The Brussels Airport Attack March 2016 – why airport security will never be the same again

Wilfried Covent
Security Expert,
Brussels Airport,

and Vice-Chair,
ACI EUROPE Aviation Security Committee

Evolving Themes in Landside Security

Alexis Long
Head of Security Policy,
Heathrow Airport

and Member,
ACI EUROPE Aviation Security Committee and ACI World Security Standing Committee

The 2011 Moscow Domodedovo Airport suicide bombing and the measures taken to prevent future attacks

Daniel Burkard
Deputy Airport Director,
Moscow Domodedovo Airport

and Member,

15:15 - 16:15

Coffee break on the Exhibition Floor

16:15 - 17:30

Second Working Session - Continued

Landside Security Part ll:
People, processes, and practical solutions to appropriately manage risk

Proportionately enhancing control while avoiding over-reaction and gridlock


Philipp Kriegbaum
Vice President, Security and Quality Management,

and Member,
ACI EUROPE Aviation Security Committee


Extending the airport security boundary: “Security should no longer be confined to the limits of the security check-point but become embedded in the entire passenger process beginning from home.”

Bert Willemsen
EVP Security,
Scarabee Aviation Group

and Member,
ACI EUROPE Aviation Security Committee

Does Intelligent Video Analysis (IVA) really work in detecting suspicious behaviour and packages in a crowded airport landside environment?

Denis Castanet
Director, Business Development EMEA, Bosch Security Systems

and Member,
ACI EUROPE Aviation Security Committee

Does the single biometric token really bring the best of both worlds? Does it really mean seamless, hassle-free processing for the passenger AND enhanced security? How is “robust risk management through stakeholder collaboration” actually delivered?

Pedro Torres
Director of Product,

What more can we learn from others? Could the licence plate recognition technologies used at borders (which can now be combined with facial recognition) potentially have a major new role in enhanced landside security?

Pedro Casatejada Herrera
Global Solution Director for Border Control,
Atos SE

18:30 - 20:30

Evening Networking Event

Hosted By

09:00 - 10:15

Third Working Session

Crisis management and crisis communications: Part l

Emergency planning imperatives – for operational and security priorities


The high profile of aviation, and the highest priority given to maximising standards in safety and security must be mirrored by equally robust crisis communication strategies. What is the gold standard for awareness and preparedness, and how well have these theoretical processes performed in response to actual real events?

Ground to cover: Risk mapping. Control of messaging and narrative when reputation is king. The importance of “all hands on deck” and all-stakeholder inclusiveness.

Daniel de Carvalho
Former Lead Spokesman and Communications Strategist at Wizz Air and Ryanair; Principal, DDC Communications

Defining presentation

Come the day when disaster strikes: Airport corporate cultures must be aware and sympathetic to emergency planning imperatives and must plan for crises.

Abigail Pollard
Managing Director,
Blake Emergency Services

Ground to cover:

Crisis management: Emergency response planning

Devising procedures, contingency plans, and emergency response manuals, auditing and amending existing plans, training senior and middle management and staff, and staging exercises to rigorously test procedures.

Crisis communications: social media moves to centre stage

Incidents are rare, but happen without warning; only the very largest airports will have the resources to cope with a full-scale emergency in house – even then they will be in unfamiliar territory. Posts on Twitter and Facebook can misinform and cause severe chaos. But used well, these platforms are a powerful tool.

Case studies and best practice – real crisis management and communications in the current security climate

Analysis of previous incidents and the media and crisis management strategies which proved effective.

Additional case study

The shooting down of MH17 – Amsterdam Schiphol’s leadership role through crisis management and crisis communication: A post-event analysis of a major emergency of global importance

Mirjam Snoerwang
Senior Officer, Safety, Security & Environment
Schiphol Group

Gerrie van de Weide
Airport Manager,
Schiphol Group

10:15 - 10:45

Coffee on the Exhibition Floor

10:45 - 12:00

Third Working Session Continued

Crisis management and crisis communications: Part ll


Daniel de Carvalho
Former Lead Spokesman and Communications Strategist at Wizz Air and Ryanair; Principal, DDC Communications


What are the big threats? Terror? Pandemics? Cyber attacks? Other? How can the aviation community coordinate management of response to events affecting the entire aviation network in Europe?

Zarko Sivcev
Advisor to the Director,

Crisis Leadership and Protecting Credibility in the Face of Extreme Disruption

Caroline Sapriel
Managing Partner,
CS&A International

What can airports learn from incidents such as the 2013 shootings at Los Angeles and Houston Bush Airports, and the recent false alarms at JFK and LAX that triggered mass self-evacuations? (Or do we each have to learn these lessons for ourselves?)

Michael Cardarelli
Director,Transportation Practice

12:00 - 13:00

Lunch on the Exhibition floor

13:00 - 14:30

Fourth Working Session

Deepening cooperation between technology providers and airport stakeholders


Johnnie Müller
Security Director,
Copenhagen Airport and Immediate Past Chair,

ACI EUROPE Aviation Security Committee and Current Vice Chair of ACI World Security Standing Committee

  • Panel


Happy Flow™ the 100% self-service curb-to-boarding biometrics system pioneered by the Government of Aruba, Queen Beatrix International Airport, Schiphol Airport, KLM and Vision-Box – is one of many seamless flow/end-to-end solutions/single token initiatives being implemented at several airports. This transformation requires airports, airlines and other stakeholders, including the control authorities, to work together in entirely new partnerships and with new ways of working and thinking. Is this really possible?

Annet Steenbergen
Chair of the Aruba Happy Flow Board and Coordinator of Preclearance,
Government of Aruba

Case Study: Bristol Airport West Terminal Extension – A future proof checkpoint security transformation. The new West Terminal at Bristol Airport follows an integrated checkpoint security approach to enhance security effectiveness, operational efficiency and passenger satisfaction. It combines a streamlined process with the latest generation of security technology as well as an upgrade path to meet new regulatory requirements.

Chris Morgan
Head of Security,
Bristol Airport

Tony Tielen
Vice President EMEA,
Smiths Detection

Creating a Robust Checkpoint Security Solution

Ian Hutcheson OBE
Advisor, L-3 Communications - Security and Detection Systems,
Formerly Security Director BAA/London Heathrow (1997-2012), London Metropolitan Police Commander Heathrow Airport (1991-97)

Live data modelling assists airports in understanding the benefits and operational considerations of remote screening and new checkpoint technologies. What are the major improvements and challenges that can be identified, and which problems should be addressed?

Gunther Van Adrichem
Managing Director Point Forward, Consultant to Optosecurity

14:30 - 15:00

Coffee on the Exhibition Floor

15:00 - 17:00

Fifth Working Session

Radicalised employees: Understanding the threat; reducing the risk


Mats Paulsson
Corporate Security and Safety Director,

Defining Presentation

Professor Andrew Silke
Head of Criminology / Director Terrorism Studies, University of East London

Additional case studies

G4S provides security at Brussels Airport, at EU buildings near Maelbeek Metro Station, and employs over 600,000 worldwide. Has there recently been a systematic transformation in how it perceives the threat from radicalised employees?

Ronald Engels
Director Aviation,
G4S Aviation Security

and Member,
ACI EUROPE Aviation Security Committee

The European response to terrorism

Gijs de Vries
Former European Union Counter-Terrorism Co-ordinator and Senior Visiting Fellow,
London School of Economics (LSE)