• Fabrice Leggeri

    Fabrice Leggeri

    Fabrice Leggeri, as of 16 January 2015 Frontex's Executive Director.

    He was born on 28 March 1968. He joined the French Ministry of Interior as Deputy Head and later the Head of a unit dealing with cross border traffic, borders and visas. He has an extensive background in working with various levels of government on issues related to the Schengen agreement, migration and international law.

    Following his first assignment at the Ministry of Interior, he served as a national expert seconded to the European Commission in 2000-2003, where he contributed to drafting the Commission Communication COM(2002) 233 "Towards an integrated management of the EU external borders", which was endorsed in 2002 and recommended the creation of Frontex. Between 2003 and 2007, he represented the State in two French regions holding the office of Vice-Prefect. In 2007, Mr. Leggeri joined the French Ministry of Defence to head the division of International and European Law, a position he left in 2011 when he moved to Seoul to become the deputy head of the French Embassy in the Republic of South Korea. In August 2013, he returned to the French Ministry of Interior to run the Division on Irregular Migration, with key responsibilities arising from Schengen-related public policies and illegal immigration.

    He also managed annual budgets of domestic and EU source. He holds a Postgraduate Degree in Contemporary History from the University of Paris. He is also a Graduate of Ecole Normale Supérieure (ENS) and Institut d'Etudes Politiques de Paris.

  • Rear Admiral Peter Brown

    Rear Admiral Peter Brown

    Rear Admiral Peter Brown serves as Commander of the Seventh Coast Guard District, headquartered in Miami, Florida - a domain that encompasses Coast Guard operations in Central and South America, the southeastern United States and the entire Caribbean Sea Basin.

    In addition to search and rescue, marine safety and environmental protection, Rear Admiral Brown is responsible for all maritime law enforcement in the region to include counter-narcotics, illegal migration, and weapons, currency and human smuggling. In addition to these responsibilities, Rear Admiral Brown is appointed by the President to serve as Commander of Homeland Security Task Force Southeast, the United States' interagency organization charged with responding to a mass maritime migration. Rear Admiral Brown has extensive maritime law enforcement experience over the course of his 33-year career, including aboard four different cutters and three tactical law enforcement teams.

  • Judite Couto

    Judite Couto

    Ms Judite Couto is Head of Intelligence Division at Customs Antifraud Services - Portuguese Tax and Customs Authority. Graduated in 1988, in Finance and working since 1986 in Portuguese Customs' administration.

    With over 30-years-experience in Customs, she has been responsible, for the last 10 years, for the implementation of methods of customs risk management, leading the team responsible for risk analysis in matters of security and safety. Under her responsibility also falls the cooperation and mutual assistance between customs administrations and with other law enforcement agencies.

    Before her current responsibilities, she worked as international joint operations coordinator and as a criminal investigator. During the last 2 years, she also had the privilege of chairing the EU Council Customs Cooperation Working Party on "Illicit Trafficking in Firearms", tackling fraud and promoting cooperation between Customs and other law enforcement, including EU agencies. She is an accredited trainer for English speaking trainers under the UNODC-WCO Container Control Programme.

  • Disma Malgarini

    Disma Malgarini

    Disma is a former military pilot, currently employed in Frontex Situation Center as Acting Head of Command and Control Centre, in charge of the operational execution of several monitor and surveillance tools such as Multipurpose Aerial Surveillance and Tracking Vessel of Interest.

    During his previous job, Disma worked as Search and Rescue Mission Coordinator at the Maritime Rescue Coordination Center in Rome where his responsibilities included the monitoring of vessel traffic inside the Italian region of competence, and coordinating the fast-deployment of multiple naval aerial and naval assets for sea rescue.

    Previous deployments include the participation to many Frontex-coordinated Joint Operations, several missions in Lampedusa and 8 years as aircraft Pilot in the Italian Coast Guard Air Base of Catania. A Bocconi University of Milan alumnus, Disma holds a Master Degree in Business Administration.

    As a pilot, he qualified as Naval Aviator after completing the US Navy flight school program in Corpus Christi, Texas.

  • Klaus Rösler

    Klaus Rösler

    Born on 21 August 1955, he has developed his carrier with the German Federal Police (FP) since 1974 with various managerial functions related to operations and training as well as policy officer in the Ministry of Interior.

    He graduated to senior management level in 1989 and since that carried out several managerial functions, dealing with border control issues both on national and European level.

    Before joining Frontex he inter alia was Deputy Head of a Border Police District Authority, lecturer on operations and management at the FP Academy, Head of the FP Office at Munich airport, Head of crime investigation Department with Regional Authority Munich, Head of the Border Police Branch of the EUPOL Mission PROXIMA 2003/2004 in FYROM, and Head of the FP District Authority Schwandorf/Bavaria, managing 11 subordinated local offices with total 1800 staff in charge for border surveillance at the border to Czech Republic, Railway Policing in Northern Bavaria, and investigation of related crime.

    More than 9 years heading the Frontex Operations Division he was responsible for the comprehensive operational information management and Frontex Situation Center, including the operational implementation of Eurosur business framework, the strategic and operational risk analysis on illegal migration and related crime at External borders of the EU as well as the planning, implementation and evaluation of border control Joint Operations and other activities, thus providing adequate operational responses to migration challenges, and also the planning and implementation of return activities, altogether supporting the Member States on the implementation of the EU Integrated Border Management.

    After restructuring of Frontex as from 01.02.2018 he is now Director of Situational Awareness and Monitoring, responsible for operational information management, Frontex Situation Center, Risk Analysis and a new unit on Vulnerability Assessment, analyzing the capacities for border management in EU Member States.



  • Robert Črepinko

    Robert Črepinko

    Robert Črepinko is the designated Head of the European Migrant Smuggling Centre within the Operations Department at Europol.

    Prior to his appointment at Europol, Mr Črepinko held a post of an Assistant director of the National Bureau of Investigation in Slovenia. Mr Črepinko has 20 years of experience in criminal investigation, coordination and supervision. He has a strong expertise in threat/security assessment in perspective of crime prevention and suppression, strong expertise in strategies on fighting criminal phenomena, including organised crime and terrorism, expertise in criminal investigations, police management, crisis management, human rights, rule of law, criminal police, security, leadership, supervising and training.

    Since his arrival to Europol, Mr Črepinko managed the Organised Crime Networks team, supporting the member states activities against organised crime in some key priorities including migrant smuggling, trafficking in human beings, organised property crime, drugs smuggling, mafia type organised crime and firearms trafficking.

    In addition to his Diploma from the College for Police and Security Studies, Mr Črepinko holds a university degree in Law.

  • Salvatore Lo Bue

    Salvatore Lo Bue

    Major Salvatore Lo Bue, PhD is an associate professor in the Department of Behavioral Sciences of the Royal Military Academy of Belgium.

    He is Doctor in the Psychology and Doctor in the Military and Social Sciences. He teaches classes in Military Psychology, Human Factors in Engineering, Communication Psychology, and Military Professional Learning. He is currently the Vice-Chair of the International Military Testing Association. His current research interests are the sense of agency of military personnel, usability testing of military weapon systems, and the reintegration of military personnel after a deployment.

  • Berndt Körner

    Berndt Körner

    Berndt Körner, as of 4 January 2016 Frontex's Deputy Executive Director.

    He was born on 21 April 1961. He graduated in Law at the University in Graz. He started his professional career in 1991 as a civil servant working in the Aliens Department in the government of the province of Burgenland.

    In 1994, Mr. Körner became a legal expert in Austria's federal chancellery. Two years later, he joined the Ministry of Interior, where he was a member of a team preparing Austria's accession to Schengen. At the ministry, Mr. Körner worked with Austria's neighbours on improving border control, leading to the signing of bilateral agreements and opening of new border crossing points. He later headed the Ministry of Interior's department responsible for general security matters and then the department responsible for migration, visa matters and legal aspects of border control.

    During the Austrian EU Presidency in 2006, Mr. Körner chaired the Council Working Groups "Schengen evaluation" and "Frontiers". In 2010, he joined the Council of the EU, where he worked as a seconded national expert for Schengen evaluation until 2013. For nearly two years before taking up his post at Frontex, Mr. Körner served in Albania as an expert on Integrated Border Management at PAMECA IV, an EU-funded technical assistance project that assists key Albanian law enforcement agencies by offering expertise drawn from EU Member States.

  • 09:00 - 09:10 Welcome and administrative information
  • 09:10 - 09:55 Opening addresses
  • 09:55 - 10:00 Introduction of speakers
  • 10:00 - 11:00 Speeches by guests
  • 11:00 - 11:30 Coffee break
  • 11:30 - 12:30 Speeches by guests
  • 12:30 - 14:00 Lunch break
  • 14:00 - 14:10 Final administrative information
  • 14:10 - 14:25 Summary and closing speech
  • 14:40 - 16:00 Transportation to the port of Gdynia, boarding of catamarans, family photo
  • 16:00 - 17:00 Transportation on board of catamarans to the Maritime Exercise area /or/ transportation to the Emigration Museum in Gdynia
  • 17:00 - 18:30 Maritime Exercise /or/ Emigration Museum
  • 18:30 - 19:15 Transportation on board of catamarans to Sopot pier, disembarkation /or/ Transportation from the Emigration Museum to Sopot
  • 19:15 - 20:00 Break
  • 20:00 EBCG Day dinner and Photo Competition award ceremony