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Tony Smith CBE

Former Director General, UK Border Force & Managing Director, Fortinus Global, UK


PANEL:  Entry/Exit: Stronger, smarter borders for a changing world

For many years, border security professionals have advocated the need to know exactly who and what is crossing the border. From an immigration perspective, this demands a system and set of capabilities to ‘count people in and count people out’ of a country. In 2016, after its initial proposal in 2013, the European Commission issued a legislative proposal for a package of measures known as ‘Smart Borders’, recommending the creation of a European Entry/Exit System and Registered Traveller Programme. Meanwhile, the USA has indicated its conviction to add an Exit capability to its border management processes.

Against this backdrop, this session adopts a global view and considers the latest policy developments, as well as the challenges and practical realities of establishing identity and improving border control effectiveness by recording the time and place of people crossing borders around the world. 


Tony Smith was the Senior Responsible Owner and gold commander for the UK Border Agency’s London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Programme. Tony was awarded the prestigious title of Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in the UK New Year’s Honours List 2013, for his services to the safety and security of the London 2012 Olympics.

Tony started his career as an immigration caseworker in 1972 and has a long and distinguished career in the UK Immigration Service, having served at all grades from immigration officer through to Director General, culminating in his appointment as Director General of UK Border Force in 2012.

Tony has the unique distinction of having served as Head of Borders in two different countries – Citizenship and Immigration Canada (2000 – 2003) and the UK Immigration Service (2005 – 2007). He played a significant role in the operational response to the terrorist attacks in North America on 9/11, and in the UK on 7/7; and was the first Regional Director for London and outh ast England in the UK Border Agency.

He is now a global border security expert and Managing Director of Fortinus Global Ltd.






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