Krum Garkov (Executive Director, eu-LISA)
Mr Garkov has more than 20 years of cross-cultural experiences spanning the public and private sectors.
He took up the Executive Director post at eu-LISA in November 2012 and has lead the Agency with
the vision to promote information and communication technologies as a key success factor for
integrated border management and law enforcement at the EU level. He sees eu-LISA’s mission in
helping Members States in their efforts for safer Europe and ensuring the continuous and stable
service delivery to them in the ever evolving digital environment.
Before eu-LISA, he was the Operations Director for Experian Group Ltd., a leading global
information provider serving the finance industry. Prior to that, Mr Garkov was Program Manager at
Hewlett-Packard. He has also served the National Revenue Agency, as well as the Centre for Mass
Privatization in Bulgaria. Mr Garkov holds an M. Sc. in Computer Technologies (Varna), an MBA in
Information Systems (Stevens Institute of Technology, New Jersey) and has received executive
education from London School of Business & Finance with an MBA in Management Consulting.
Nina Gregori (Executive Director of EASO)
Nina Gregori is the Executive Director of the European Asylum Support Office (EASO), based in Malta. She took over her duties on 16 June 2019.
Ms. Gregori previously worked at the Ministry of the Interior of the Republic of Slovenia for over 20 years, occupying the Senior Management post of Director General (or Deputy Director General) for over a decade, responsible for asylum, migration, integration and internal administrative affairs.
She was actively involved in the drafting of Slovenian positions for dossiers on migration, asylum, the Schengen area and visas for the relevant working bodies of the European Union since 1999. During the Slovenian Presidency of the Council of the EU in 2008 she chaired the Strategic Committee on Immigration, Frontiers and Asylum (SCIFA), in which she was also a national delegate until becoming the Executive Director of EASO.
Ms. Gregori has participated in more than 80 Justice and Home Affairs Ministerial meetings as leader (in the absence of the Minister) or as a member of the Slovenian delegation, and has been a member of the Slovenian delegation in meetings of the European Council.
Ms Gregori also served as a national delegate in the Expert Working Group Migration at the OECD and as a member of the Advisory Board of the International Centre for Migration Policy Development (ICMPD).
Long a member of the Slovenian Interdepartmental Commission on Human Rights, she was a permanent member of various delegations of Slovenia in procedures and instruments of the United Nations and the Council of Europe.
Ms. Gregori has been actively involved in the development and work of EASO since its beginning. She was a member of the Agency’s Management Board from 2015 until taking up her duties as the Executive Director.
She has a University degree in Political Science from the University of Ljubljana.
Richard Rinkens (Coordinator for Biometrics and Identity Management, DG HOME, European Commission)
After implementing the Biometric Matching System (BMS) for the Visa Information System (VIS), he worked on a variety of strategic ideas and concepts involving biometrics and identity management such as the Smart Borders initiative, the SIS AFIS, the Schengen Masterlist, EES and ETIAS. He was involved in the Interoperability programme from the start. Richard has an academic background in electronics, informatics and artificial intelligence.
Jesse Seppälä (Co-Chair of the Working Party on Frontiers, Finland’s Presidency of the Council of the European Union)
Mr Jesse Seppälä is currently the Coordinator for the EU matters in the Border Guard Department of the Ministry of the Interior of Finland. As the Co-Chair of the Frontiers WP, he is representing the Finnish Presidency. Additionally, he is Finland’s representative to the Smart Borders Committee, upcoming European Border and Coast Guard Committee and other Commission’s expert groups.
Mr Seppälä has been working 20 years in multiple positions in both operational and administrational management of the Finnish Border Guard. He has served in the Border and Coast Guard Academy, Southeast Finland Border Guard District, Lapland Border Guard District and the Finnish Border Guard Headquarters. Among other positions, he has been the Head of the National Point of Contact to Frontex, the National IBM Coordinator, the National Schengen Coordinator for external borders and a trainer and training developer for Frontex in these matters. He has more than five years of experience of international assignments in border management related missions and projects in third countries for the European Commission, European External Action Service, EU Council and OSCE.
Mr Seppälä holds M.Sc in Economics (Lappeenranta University of Technology, Finland) and a degree of General Staff Officer (National Defence University, Finland).
He has been appointed as a Chief of the ICT Unit of the Finnish Border Guard as from 1.1.2020, looking soon into the implementation of European information systems and the development of the next generation surveillance technologies in Finland.
Bernd Zenker (Lead Senior Experts – Big Data Analysis, Central Office for Information Technology in the Security Sector (ZITiS))
I currently lead the application development team in the Big Data analysis division at the Central Office for Information Technology in the Security Sector. This agency centralizes and coordinates the research and the development of the law enforcement agencies in Germany in the fields of lawful interception, digital forensics, crypto analysis and Big Data analysis. Before that, I have spent several years in designing and implementing storage systems and platforms for processing massive data. During that time I learned that making systems compliant for hundreds or thousands of analysts is one of the key features that is often ignored in the designing phase and became very challenging at the end of the development process.
Luis de Eusebio Ramos (Deputy Executive Director of Europol, Capabilities Directorate)
Mr de Eusebio was born in 1962 in Madrid, Spain.
In 1988 he graduated with Honours from the Polytechnic University of Madrid as a Telecommunications Engineer. He also holds several masters and certifications in ICT and Public Management.
He has worked in the ICT industry since 1987. His first jobs were in the private sector as an electronic warfare engineer and afterwards as a radio communications systems engineer.
In 1992 he became a Member of the Senior Body of State Civil Administrators and began working for the Spanish Government in the Ministry of Industry.
From 1994 he began what would become a constant theme in his career: the modernisation of administrative processes by means of large ICT projects involving human resources (HR) and financial management. He was appointed to positions in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (1994), Ministry of Health (1995) and the Telecommunications Market Agency (1999).
Between 2002 and 2006 he was Deputy Director of the Ministry of Public Administration where he was responsible for the overall e-Government strategy of the Spanish Administration and the coordination of all Spanish Ministries. He also contributed to some major ICT projects.
In 2006, Mr de Eusebio was promoted to the position of Chief Information Officer of the Road Traffic National Agency in the Ministry of Interior, working in close cooperation with both the Policía Nacional and the Guardia Civil. He was responsible for streamlining all the services of the Agency and their delivery to millions of citizens.
Mr de Eusebio was appointed Executive Advisor to the General Director of the Spanish National Police in 2012. In this role he was responsible for planning and evaluating the National Police Information and Communications systems as well as for their implementation and evaluation under the ICT part of the National Police Strategic Plan 2013-2016. He also oversaw the participation of the National Police in a number of EU security-related projects.
Mr de Eusebio took up the position of Deputy Director of Europol (now Deputy Executive Director) as Head of the Capabilities Department (now – Directorate) in August 2015, where he directly manages staff from ICT, HR and finance.
Mr de Eusebio speaks Spanish and English; his interests include classical music and photography.
Ann‐Charlotte Nygård (Head of Unit, Technical Assistance and Capacity Building, FRA)
Ann-Charlotte Nygård oversees the Agency’s work of making FRA expertise, findings and opinions available to stakeholders through providing real-time practical assistance and support. Her areas of expertise with respect to FRA’s work are asylum, migration, borders and visas. She managed FRA’s multiannual project on EU information technology systems and the use of biometric data in the areas of borders, visas and asylum. She has also worked on fundamental rights aspects in the context of return and rights of migrants in an irregular situation. Before joining the Agency she managed project teams in the areas of capacity-building and research, as well as inter-governmental policy dialogues to strengthen migration governance at the International Centre for Migration Policy Development (ICMPD). She has also worked at the United Nations Centre for Human Settlements (UN-HABITAT) in Nairobi, Kenya and at the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). She holds a master’s degree in international relations, with a major in public international law and a specialisation in human rights law.
Theofanis Syrigos (Head of Business Relations Management Sector, eu-LISA)
Mr Syrigos is appointed as Chair of the EES-ETIAS Advisory Group responsible for the coordination of all end-user activities related to the implementation of both Entry Exit and ETIAS systems at European level.
In this capacity, he also chaired and coordinated the activities of the Working Group on ICT Solutions for Member States with External Land and Sea Borders and, together with the European Commission, the Working Group for Carriers, an entity responsible for the coordination of all activities related to the carriers’ compliance with the provisions of the legal base.
Mr Syrigos has more than 20 years’ of experience in the field of large scale IT systems in the area of freedom, security and justice, he served in numerous diplomatic missions of his home country, as well as a National Expert at the European Commission, DG Home Affairs.
Ana Maria Ruginis Andrei (Head of Architecture Sector, eu-LISA)
Mrs Ruginis Andrei joined eu-LISA in 2012 when the Agency was established and since then she was part of the Operations Department focusing her activities mainly on IT infrastructure-related projects and architectural requirements.
Being an active member of the eu-LISA’s Interoperability Team and the lead of the Architecture Team she coordinated several related work streams and architecture studies.
Before joining eu-LISA, Mrs Ruginis Andrei worked as a senior consultant supporting the European Commission (DG TAXUD) in their Customs large scale IT systems management activities.
In her career-heritage she carries a banking management and IT support background experience in addition to a MA in Translation/Interpretation, a Master’s Degree in Banking Management & Marketing and an MSc in Biometrics.