Mr. Javier Quesada Javier Quesada is the head of Research and Innovation in the European Border and Coast Guard Agency, Frontex. In support of EU Member States and developing the Agency’s own capabilities, his main goal with Frontex is to foster and implement technology foresight and research for border management and border security through its recently created Border Security Research Observatory. Also, Quesada leads on European innovation insertion for borders, with the performance of pilot projects, trials and competitions where innovative solutions of high TRL related to surveillance, border checks, identification and intelligence analysis, amidst others, are tested in a real operational environment. He chairs conferences, meetings and events where the dialogue with industry, academia and the community of border and security experts/users happens on a frequent basis. His department is actively involved in establishing and harmonising European technical standards applicable, for instance, to the acquisition of border control equipment, owned and used by the Member States or the Agency. These standards also target harmonised technical training and methodologies, such as the assessment of vulnerabilities of installed technical equipment.
Prior to that, also at Frontex he was responsible for intelligence and risk analysis with the operations division. Before joining Frontex in 2006, he developed his career as a criminal and strategic analyst in the Spanish National Police, being frequently engaged as expert in EU Council working groups and committees, and other international fora. In the period 2000-2004 he was EU Twinning Advisor in Bulgaria, supporting the reforms of the Ministry of Interior in the process of EU accession. In 2005-06 he was advisor on migration and borders in the Cabinet of the Spanish Minister of Interior. He studied Law in Madrid, and Criminal Science in Salamanca.
“Frontex role in research and innovation in the border security domain”
Frontex is tasked to proactively monitor and contribute to research and innovation activities relevant for border control and to keep the EBCG community informed of new developments – including advanced technology – in the field of border management. The presentation will focus on Frontex strengthen role in the area of research and innovation in the light of the new EBCG Regulation, Frontex capability-based approach for the security research and its function as a link connecting the research and development community with the end users and policy makers involved in border management issues to ensure that the needs and challenges faced daily at the EU borders are taken into account.