Speakers 2022 – Session V

Viola Soranzo | IT Officer – Programme and Project Management eu-LISA

Keynote session V

Viola Soranzo is a Project Manager in the Programme and Project Management Sector of eu-LISA. Since January 2021, she has been managing the EES and ETIAS Web Service project, aiming to enable the connection of Carriers and Third Country Nationals to the Entry/Exit System and the European Travel Information and Authorisation System. She holds a BSc in Economics from Bocconi University of Milan and a MSc in Finance and Risk Management from the University of Parma (IT), as well as a Prince2 Practitioner certification since 2017. She has previously worked in the Information Technology Consultancy field in various roles, such as project manager, Project Management Accountant and Controller, and Business Analyst.


European Union Agency for the Operational Management of Large-Scale IT Systems in the Area of Freedom, Security and Justice (eu-LISA) was established to provide a long-term solution for the operational management of large-scale IT systems, which are essential instruments in the implementation of the asylum, border management and migration policies of the EU. The Agency currently manages Eurodac, the second-generation Schengen Information System (SIS II) and the Visa Information System (VIS). Further to these, eu-LISA is developing the Entry/Exit System (EES), the European Travel Information Authorisation System (ETIAS) and the European Criminal Records Information System – Third-Country Nationals (ECRIS-TCN). These systems and the pre-existing ones are being built/adapted to ensure Interoperability – improved access to information stored in EU information systems and identity management at an EU level.

SAS Institute

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Brecht Seifi | Technical Account Manager

Brecht Seifi started his career in analytics consulting where he combined his passion for leveraging data with Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning to improve the technological & sustainability capabilities of large public sector organizations. Today, Brecht supports the European Union’s public sector helping the European Institutions to become more data driven by leveraging SAS technology.


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Daniel Bachenheimer | Digital Identity Innovations Tech Lead

Daniel Bachenheimer, an Electrical Engineer by training, is Accenture’s Digital Identity Innovations technical lead and has been designing and delivering solutions for various clients for over 30 years. For the past 20 years, Dan has focused on Border Management and Identity Management solutions and has been involved in large-scale Identity systems including US-VISIT and UIDAI, Trusted Traveler Programs, Multimodal Biometric systems integration, RFID implementations, along with Identity, Credential and Access Management solutions. He also participates in biometrics and blockchain standards.


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Carl Gohringer | Digital Identity Innovations Tech Lead

Carl has more than 20 years of experience in the application of digital identity, biometrics, and electronic travel documents to borders, immigration, government identity schemes, and counterterrorism. He’s undertaken international business development activities for organizations such as NEC, De La Rue, Crossmatch (acquired by HID Global), Tygart Technology, and WorldReach Software (an Entrust company) and has developed strong networks into the global system integrator and identity management communities. He is now responsible for spearheading Paravision’s expansion into the UK and European market.


WCC is a leading provider of advanced data matching solutions for Public Employment Services and Staffing Agencies, ID/Security government agencies, and Enterprises. WCC is a global leader providing advanced search & match software and consultancy. WCC combines domain knowledge and best-of-breed technology to deliver enterprise grade software solutions for Public Security, Civil Identity, and Border Management. WCC delivers advanced name matching capabilities & fuzzy matching of biographic data for the Visa Information System (VIS) established by the European Commission. WCC is providing consultancy services to implement several other solutions for the Finnish Police.

Amr el Rahwan | Sr. Solution Architect

Amr is experienced in supporting international organizations, border security, and police for solving the issues related to physical security and public safety by studying the security gaps in the information systems, building capacities, applying standards & regulations and converting them into technologies, providing feasibility studies & roadmaps, and providing exceptional global solutions for preventing, detecting, and investigating terrorism and serious crime. He has two research papers about Artificial Intelligence and Interoperability selected by FRONTEX and CEPOL.
Amr is based in the Netherlands, and he was a former Police Officer Engineer in Egypt.

Luca Tagliaretti | Deputy Executive Director, eu-LISA

Closing remarks 12 October

Mr Tagliaretti has more than 20 years of experience working with European Institutions and International Organisations. From 2011 until taking up the Deputy Executive Director post at eu-LISA, in 2020, he led the Technical Centre of the Central Bank Counterfeit Deterrence Group (CBCDG), a global association of Central Banks that supports and deploys technologies that deter the use of digital equipment to counterfeit currencies. Prior to that, Mr Tagliaretti worked as a Senior Expert at the European Central Bank (ECB), focusing on setting the common quality and technical standards for banknote production and protecting the integrity of banknotes against counterfeiting.

Mr Tagliaretti holds an Engineering Degree from the Polytechnic of Milan, a Master´s Degree from the School of Management of the Polytechnic of Milan (MIP) and an MBA from Oxford Brookes University. He has also completed the Advanced Leadership and Management Programme (OALMP) at Saïd Business School, Oxford University and the Program of Negotiation (PON) at Harvard University.