Sir Graham Watson MEP

Member, European Parliament Foreign Affairs Committee

Graham Watson was the first British Liberal Democrat ever to be declared elected to the European Parliament, winning the Somerset & North Devon constituency with a majority of over 22,500. In June 1999 Graham was elected to represent the new enlarged South West of England constituency, which covers Bristol, Gloucestershire, Somerset, Dorset, Wiltshire, Devon and Cornwall and which he has held since then.

From 1994 to 1999, Graham was a member of the Committee for Economic & Monetary Affairs and Industrial Policy and the Budgets Committee. From July 1999 to 2002 he served as Chairman of the Committee on Citizens' Freedoms and Rights, Justice and Home Affairs. In January 2002 Graham Watson was elected as Leader of the European Parliament's Liberal Democrat group, the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe. During his tenure, the Liberal group grew to become the largest ever 3rd force in the European Parliament. Graham stood down from this role after the European Election in June 2009 to return to the back benches. He sits on the Foreign Affairs Committee. He is a member of the European Parliament's delegations to China and India, the latter of which he chairs. Beyond Parliament, Graham is chairman of the global e-Parliament.

Graham's publications include 'The Liberals in the North-South Dialogue' (1980), 'To the Power of Ten: UK Liberal Democrats in the European Parliament' (2000), '2020 Vision: Liberalisation and Globalisation' (2001), 'Liberal Language' (2003), 'EU've got mail!' (2004), 'Liberal Democracy & Globalisation' (2006), 'Liberalism - something to shout about' (2006) and 'The Power of Speech' (2006). Graham has also edited and published 4 cross-party pamphlets; 'The Case for Global Democracy' (2007), 'Making Migration Work for Europe' (April 2008), 'The Lisbon Strategy: Mode d'Emploi' (July 2008) and 'Making the Green Energy Switch at a Time of Crisis' (2009). His latest book, 'Building a Liberal Europe: The ALDE Project', was published by John Harper Publishing in October 2010. See below for more details.


Cecilia Malmström

European Commissioner for Home Affairs

Cecilia Malmström was born in 1968. Today she lives in Brussels with her husband and their twins. She has a Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Gothenburg, where she worked for a number of years as a researcher and taught European politics, among other things.

Cecilia Malmström was a Member of the European Parliament from 1999 to 2006, working mainly on foreign affairs, human rights, EU enlargement and constitutional issues. After the Swedish national elections of 2006, she was appointed EU minister by the Swedish government. She was responsible for EU issues like the Lisbon Treaty, the EU strategy for growth and employment, the review of the EU-budget. It was also her job to build support for the EU among Swedish citizens. In the second half of 2009, she coordinated the preparatory work and implementation of the Swedish Presidency of the EU.

Since February 2010, she has been European Commissioner in charge of Home Affairs. President Barroso has given her responsibility for EU work on police cooperation, border control, asylum and migration. This means that she is in charge of EU's fight against serious international crime and trafficking. She is also striving for a common asylum and migration policy in Europe. She is trying to give the EU a clearer role in the event of a Member State being hit by a catastrophe or a crisis.

Cecilia Malmström spent some of her youth growing up in France. She has lived and worked in Stuttgart and Barcelona. These experiences awakened her interest in other countries and in European politics.

When she was a child her parents took her to Normandy to see the enormous cemeteries of the soldiers who fought in World War II. Some of her classmates' family members were buried there.

When she lived in Barcelona her friend Blanca told her how her grandmother took her down to the cellar to sing Catalan children's songs, which was not allowed under Franco's fascist dictatorship. These experiences have been decisive in forming her strong pro-European stance.


Mr. Ilkka Laitinen

Executive Director of Frontex

Ilkka Laitinen, Frontex Executive Director since May 2005. Born on 22 August 1962, he has dealt with border control issues both on national and European level for the past 30 years. In his home country Finland, he has reached the rank of Brigadier General.

He started his career with the Finnish Border Guard working on the border with the USSR. He later joined the Finnish Permanent Representation to the EU in Brussels and was heavily involved in the performance of Schengen evaluations. He was co-chairman of the FRONTIERS Council Working Party and a director of the EU Risk Analysis Centre.

Ilkka Laitinen frequently travels between Warsaw and Helsinki, where he enjoys spending time with his family and participating in sports activities.


Alain Barbier

Deputy Special Representative of INTERPOL to the European Union

Mr Barbier is Deputy Special Representative of Interpol to the European Union. The Interpol EU Office offers visibility of Interpol‘s activities to the variety of departments and services from the European Union Presidency, the Council, the Commission and the Parliament. Working together for the internal and external security of the European Union is the aim of all undertaken initiatives towards stepping up synergies and avoiding duplication (Stockholm Programme). Mr Barbier works in security and policing areas since 1988 and has been Assistant Director for Databases Development and Forensic Support at Interpol headquarters from 2003 to 2007.


Dr Amanda Klekowski von Koppenfels

Lecturer, University of Kent in Brussels

General Research Interests

My general research interests are, first, in the areas of ethnically privileged migration and citizenship and, second, in the political participation of migrants in their home countries and/or host countries.

More specifically, I am interested in the post-war evolution of German citizenship policy, particularly in light of Aussiedler migration to and integration in Germany. I am also interested in the question of political participation of migrants both in their host societies as well as their home countries. The links between political transnationalism and integration, whether political or social, is another one of my key areas of interest. I am also interested in the interaction between formal and substantive citizenship and successful integration.

I have conducted research in the past on human trafficking and regional consultative processes.

I am currently carrying out a research project on the involvement of Americans in US domestic politics – the involvement of one emigrant group in homeland politics. The project seeks to look at political transnationalism from a somewhat different perspective, It is based upon surveys administered to Americans living in Belgium September-November 2007.

I am currently involved in a project led by Andreas Wüst and Thomas Saalfeld: “Migrants as Political Actors.” I am also carrying out a research project on immigrant integration in Belgium, focusing in particular on the policy differences between integration in Flanders and in Wallonia and practical outcomes of these policy differences.


Dr. Don-Terry Veal

Director of The Center for Governmental Services, Auburn University

Dr. Don-Terry Veal is Director of Auburn University’s Center for Governmental Services having previously served at the Center’s Associate Director. He serves as chief administrator of several statewide governmentally mandated and professional credentialing associations.

Dr. Veal led applied research activities related to the rebuilding efforts of the New Orleans-area business communities following Hurricane Katrina. He speaks nationally and internationally to public and private organizations on issues dealing with excellence in government and on entrepreneurship. Dr. Veal recently made the keynote address on Transparency in Government and Community Development in the city of Gangwon-do, South Korea, for the International Local Government Symposium. Dr. Veal is Founder and Chairman of the Auburn University national conference: Governmental Excellence and Best Practices. Veal was Director of the African-American Entrepreneurship Summit, served as the Editor-in-Chief of the Entrepreneurship Policy Journal, and is co-author of Entrepreneurship in South Africa and the United States and co-author of Public Opinion in Alabama: Looking Beyond the Stereotypes. He is also the author of many publications in the areas of public finance.

Veal served on the Rural Entrepreneurship Initiative Advisory Board of the Kellogg Foundation. He has also been selected as a Global Fellow by the IC² Institute at the University of Texas at Austin, appointed as a Foreign Honorary Fellow of the Korea Research Institute for Local Administration, and is listed as a member of Who’s Who in America. Dr. Veal earned his Ph.D. in areas of Public Administration/Public Finance from Northern Illinois University.


Hugo Brady

Senior Research Fellow, Centre for European Reform

Hugo Brady joined the CER in May 2005, as a research fellow on EU institutions and justice and home affairs.

Hugo previously worked as a desk officer in the political division of the Irish Department of Foreign Affairs and as a research associate on the constitutional treaty at the Institute for European Affairs in Dublin. He has also worked as a journalist and sub-editor with the Sunday Business Post, an economic and financial newspaper, and the Irish national broadcaster RTÉ.

He holds a M.Econ.Sc (European Economic and Public Affairs) from University College Dublin and a Diploma in European Law from the Law Society of Ireland. He has a degree in journalism from Dublin City University.

Main areas of expertise: Institutional reform, EU external border policy, immigration and asylum, policing and criminal justice.


Troels Oerting

Assistant Director – Europol, Operations Department

Previous posts of Assistant Director Troels Oerting at Europol include Deputy Head of Information Management and Technology Department. He has held posts in Denmark including Director, Head of Operations, Danish Security Intelligence Service; Director, Head of SOCA (Serious Organized Crime Agency).

Assistant Director Troels Oerting has resumed the role of Chairman of the HENU (Heads of Europol National Units) – Europol; Chairman of the PTN cooperation (Nordic Police Task Force Cooperation) – Europol and Chairman of the DK National Commissioners special advisory group on OC.

He has also held the role of Head of Delegation from DK in Police Chief Task Force, International working group (IWG) in UC agents, EU working group on witness protection and is currently a member of the delegation for Baltic Sea Task Force on OC.


Gillian Ormiston

Global Market Manager for Border Solutions, Morpho Detection

Ms ORMISTON has held positions in both the private and government sectors involving solutions design, project management and consulting over the past 21 years. Her current post involves ensuring that border solutions involving biometrics (face, finger, iris) meet and anticipate future operational requirements. Over the past 5 years, she has been involved in a number of key government projects in Europe such as biomeric enrolment solutions for e-passport and visas, the creation of an identity assurance solution across a Ministry of Justice information chain, Mobile Border Control solutions, the development of a facial recognition solution for driving licences, a biomeric identifcation solution for the banking industry and a border passenger identification solution.

Before joining Morpho through the acquisition of the Motorola Biometrics Business Unit known as Printrak, she worked for almost 6 years in the capacity of Deputy Programme Officer for the European Commission DG Justice, Freedom and Security Large Scale IT unit.


Norica Nicolai MEP

Vice Chair, European Parliament Sub-Committee on Security and Defence

Committee on Foreign Affairs
Delegation to the EU-Russia Parliamentary Cooperation Committee

Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs
Committee on Women's Rights and Gender Equality
Delegation for relations with the NATO Parliamentary Assembly

Curriculum vitae
University of Bucharest, Faculty of Law (1983); Doctoral studies, University of Wallachia; Prosecutor (1983-1991); Lawyer (1992-2007); Lecturer, 'Spiru Haret' University (2007).
President, Organisation of National Liberal Women (2003); Vice-President, National Liberal Party (PNL) (2007-2009).
Senator and Vice-President, Committee on Defence Policy (2000-2004); Vice-President of the Romanian Senate (2007-2008); President, Senate Committee on Legal Affairs (2008).
State Secretary, Ministry of Employment and Social Solidarity (1997-2000).
Knight of the National Order of Romania ('Faithful Service').


Dr Steve Purser

Head of Technical Competence Department, ENISA

Dr Purser is heading the Agency’s Technical Competence Department. This Department manages technical, security competence issues.

Where the technical, methodological and organisational aspects of Network and Information Security are concerned, the Department analyses problem areas, provides advice, demonstrates its proposed solutions and disseminates its work to maximize the impact of the solutions proposed. These activities are closely interlinked and are all based on a direct involvement of the most relevant experts in Europe and beyond.

The Department is responsible for awareness raising, and liaision with the computer incident response community. By bringing together stakeholders with differing perspectives and needs, activities in this area enable ENISA to produce recommendations that reflect the needs of both the public and private sectors.