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.

Dragoș Tudorache (MEP Renew Europe)

Dragos Tudorache is a Renew Europe Member of the European Parliament and the Executive President of the PLUS party in Romania. He is the Chair of the Special Committee on Artificial Intelligence in a Digital Age and deputy Coordinator of the RE LIBE Group and the AFET rapporteur on the Republic of Moldova.

He began his career in 1997 as judge at the Galati court. Between 2000 and 2005 he built and led the legal departments at the OSCE and UN missions in Kosovo. After working on justice and anticorruption at the Commission Representation in Romania, supporting the country’s EU ascension, he joined the Commission and, subsequently, qualified for leadership roles in EU institutions, managing a number of units and strategic projects such as the Schengen Information System, Visa Information System, and the establishment of eu-LISA.

During the migration crisis, he was entrusted with leading the coordination and strategy Unit in DG-Home, until he joined the Government led by Dacian Ciolos. Between 2015 and 2017, in Romania, he was Head of the Prime Minister’s Chancellery, Minister of Communications and for the Digital Society, and Minister of Interior. His current interests in the European Parliament include Artificial Intelligence and new technologies, the Republic of Moldova, internal affairs, security, and transatlantic issues.

Monique Pariat (Director-General for Migration and Home Affairs, European Commission)

Since January 2020, Monique Pariat is the Director-General for Migration and Home Affairs (DG HOME) in the European Commission. She leads the adoption, implementation, and monitoring of the EU’s legislation and policy on migration and asylum as well as on internal security.

Between 2015-2020, Monique Pariat was the Director-General responsible for European Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations (DG ECHO). In this role, she oversaw the development and implementation of the EU’s humanitarian aid, which each year helps over a hundred million people in need across the globe. She also oversaw the Union’s civil protection mechanism which aims at protecting people, the environment and property in the aftermath of disasters both inside and outside the EU.
Previously, Monique Pariat held numerous senior management posts in the European Commission, in the departments dealing with agriculture and rural development, fisheries and maritime affairs, as well as justice, freedom and security.

Monique Pariat joined the European Commission in 1987. She graduated from the Institute of Political Studies of Strasbourg and obtained a master’s degree from the College of Europe in Bruges.

Matthias Oel (Director for Borders, Interoperability and Innovation in DG Migration and Home Affairs, European Commission)

Before assuming this position in May 2017 he was Director for Migration and Security Funds in the same DG from January 2016, Head of Unit for Asylum (as of April 2012) and Special Adviser in the Cabinet of the President of the European Council Herman Van Rompuy (as of January 2010).
Matthias Oel started his career in the German Federal Ministry for Economics and joined the European Commission for the first time in 1995 as Seconded National Expert in the Cabinet of Commissioner Dr. Monika Wulf-Mathies (Regional Policy). In 1997 he moved to the Permanent Representation of Germany to the EU where he worked as Counselor for Industry and Regional Policy during the German EU-Presidency 1999. Afterwards he became a Commission official and worked as Parliament and Council coordinator and Assistant to the Director General for Personnel and Administration. From 2004 to 2006 he was Member of the Cabinet of Vice-President Günter Verheugen mainly covering the Industry Policy dossier.
In 2006 he was seconded to Berlin where he worked as Head of the Task Force “2007 EU-Presidency” and subsequently Director for European Union Affairs

Jürgen Ebner (Deputy Executive Director of Europol, Governance Directorate)

Jürgen Ebner was born in Germany in 1966. He joined the police in 1988, where he occupied various operational positions at the Federal Criminal Police and reached a post at the Cabinet of the President.
Between 2001 and 2006, Mr Ebner worked at Europol, starting as Seconded National Expert followed by three years as Head of Unit
Directorate Support and reaching the post of Acting Assistant Director Corporate Governance.
Between 2006 and 2019, he served at the BKA, starting with five years as Head of Section, planning, strategy and future oriented analysis. In 2011 he became Deputy Head of the Personal Protection Division, responsible
for commanding and implementing state visits to Germany, and as Deputy
Commander for major events. In 2016, he reached the rank of Head of Division Central Information Management, leading a large and diverse division (650 law enforcement officers, public servants and scientists) with a focus on
Information Management, Business related development of national and international Police ITsystems, biometric systems in order to improve identification and identity management. He furthermore was responsible for the development of national and international search systems such as Schengen Information System, Interpol Search Systems and the establishment of the Passenger Information Unit. His responsibilities included developments such as the EU-regulations on SIS, interoperability and Eurodac.
In 1988 Mr Ebner studied at the University of Applied Administration Sciences – Departmental Branch of the Criminal Police, where he obtained Bachelor’s degree in Public Administration. In 1995, he obtained a Master’s degree in Business Administration/Political Economics from the University of Bonn, followed in 1999 by a Master’s degree in Public Administration – Police Management, Training for the Higher Police Service at the German Police University. He also attended advanced training at the Federal Academy for Security Policy and in Pearls in Policing. Mr Ebner was appointed by the Council of the EU to his current post as Deputy Executive Director of Europol with specific responsibility for Governance matters, including as Europol’s Security Coordinator. He took up his functions in November 2019.

Herbert Reul (Minister of the Interior of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia)

North Rhine-Westphalia with its 18 million inhabitants is the largest state in Germany. It has far-reaching legislative powers, the vast majority of police competence lies at state level of the German Länder.

Since June 2017 Herbert Reul has been Minister of the Interior of North Rhine-Westphalia, being responsible for the state’s internal security, the police, the Office for the Protection of the Constitution, the fire brigades and civil protection. To fulfill these tasks he ended his mandate as Member of the European Parliament, of which he was a member from 2004 to 2017. There he was, among others, chairman of the German members of the EPP parliamentary group and from 2009 to 2012 chairman of the Committee on Industry, Research and Energy.
From 1985 to 2004 Reul was a member of the North Rhine-Westphalian state parliament.

“When things are going wrong, the citizens have to be assured that the state acts determinately”, is his credo as minister.
In 2018, he launched a broad-based initiative to convince his colleagues, the interior ministers of the German states of the need for interoperability of security authorities‘ data systems. This was subsequently unanimously adopted by the German Bundesrat, the second parliamentary chamber in Germany.

Dieter Schürmann (State Director of Criminal Investigation of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia)

Dieter Schürmann joined the police service of the state of North Rhine-Westphalia in 1976. He gained practical experience at the beginning of his career as an investigator in homicide and in organized crime.

In 1990 he moved to the higher police service.
Until 2005 he held various management and leadership positions in the spectrum of special police units, the fight against organized crime, police evaluation and analysis as well as crime prevention. At the district government of Düsseldorf, he was responsible for the criminal police supervision of the police authorities of the administrative district and finally he was head of department at the State Office of Criminal Investigation NRW.

In 2005, he moved to the Ministry of the Interior of North Rhine-Westphalia as a consultant for crime and police state security matters and as a representative of the State Director of Criminal Investigation.

Since 2010, he has been the State Director of Criminal Investigation, the highest ranking criminal police officer in the State of NRW, and thus advisor to the Minister in all matters of preventive and repressive crime control.

In addition to the specialist criminal police supervision of the State Office of Criminal Investigation and the 47 district police authorities of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia, this includes in particular the design and implementation of the crime strategy of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia within the framework of the security policy programs and decisions of the State Government.

Birgit Sterzenbach (Senior Police Officer, State Police of North Rhine-Westphalia)

Birgit Sterzenbach is a senior police officer with the state police of North Rhine-Westphalia (NRW).

She joined the police service in 1999 and following basic studies and training, she was assigned to the uniformed police service in Cologne where she worked as a patrol officer and with the anti-riot unit until 2006.

Subsequent assignments followed in the district of Oberberg and the State Bureau for Education and Training NRW where she served as a police trainer on various subjects.

In 2010 she passed her diploma at the Public Administration College in Cologne and her master in public administration and police management at the German Police University in 2020. Her master thesis outlined the “Interoperability of the european information systems”, focussing on the added value of the interoperability regulations in the field of combating terrorism and other serious crimes for law enforcement authorities in NRW.

Since October 2020, Birgit Sterzenbach is heading the „Joint Counter Terrorism Center – NRW“ at the State Bureau of Criminal Investigation NRW (Landeskriminalamt).

Adriano Silvestri (Programme Manager in the Asylum and Migration, Technical Assistance and Capacity Building Unit, FRA)

Adriano Silvestri’s areas of expertise with respect to the FRA’s work include international human rights and refugee law as well as the EU acquis relating to asylum, borders and immigration. Before joining the FRA he was at the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), where he worked in the field for several years (Armenia, the Russian Federation and Austria) as well as at UNHCR headquarters. He worked on a wide range of activities, both legal as well as operational, relating to asylum, the protection of internally displaced persons and statelessness. He was involved in the development of UNHCR tools and guidelines, for example on the best interests of the child or on assessing protection gaps for internally displaced persons. He also worked for the World Wide Fund for Nature in the Altai-Sayan region. He studied law in Italy and international law in Geneva.

Jeroen de Graaf (Program Director Borders & Security, Ministry of Justice and Security, The Netherlands)

Jeroen de Graaf started in May 2018 as Program Director Borders & Security within the Ministry of Justice and Security in The Netherlands. The years before he was posted as ambassador in Port of Spain (Trinidad and Tobago) and was acting as a Director for Security and Crisis Management in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Jeroen de Graaf started his career as a lawyer for the Immigration- and Naturalization Service, worked as Head of the Policy Department and as Director for International Cooperation. Jeroen de Graaf has a master degree in International Law and Public management.