Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) to Keynote Travel Promotion & National Security Conference at CSIS

  • Jun 18, 2012

    WASHINGTON, June 18, 2012 – The Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) Homeland Security and Counterterrorism Program and the International Security Program will co-host a half day conference entitled “Promoting Travel while Protecting National Security.” The agenda is below.


    Tuesday, June 19

    B1 Conference Center

    CSIS 1800 K. St. NW, Washington, DC 20006

    Credentialed members of the press who would like to attend must RSVP to


    1:00 – 1:30pm: Registration

    1:30 – 2:40pm: Panel 1: The Economics of Travel:

    Moderated by:

    Honorable C. Stewart Verdery, Jr.

    CSIS Senior Associate and former Assistant Secretary of Homeland Security for Border and Transportation Security Policy

    Panel Members:

    Julie Heizer

    Acting Director, Office of Travel and Tourism Industries, U.S. Department of Commerce

    Steven Hacker
    President, International Association of Exhibitions and Events

    Elliott Ferguson
    President and CEO, Destination DC

    Kathleen Ruiz

    Vice President of Marketing, Saks Fifth Avenue

    2:55 – 3:10pm: The Way Forward: Increasing Travel While Ensuring Security

    Keynote Address:

    Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-MN)
    3:25 – 4:25pm: Panel 2: Encouraging Travel by Streamlining Visa Processing

    Moderated by:
    Rick “Ozzie” Nelson

    Director, CSIS Homeland Security and Counterterrorism Program

    Panel Members:

    David T. Donahue

    Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Visa Services

    Geoff Freeman

    COO and Executive Vice President, US Travel Association

    Edward Alden
    Bernard L. Schwartz Senior Fellow, U.S. Economic Competitiveness, U.S. Trade Policy, Visa and Immigration Policy, Council on Foreign Relations
    4:30 – 5:30pm: Panel 3: Expanding the Visa Waiver Program

    Moderated by:

    Norma Krayem
    Senior Policy Advisor, Patton Boggs LLP

    Panel Members:

    Mark Koumans

    Deputy Assistant Secretary, Office of International Affairs, Office of Policy, Department of Homeland Security

    Scott Payne

    Legislative Assistant, Senator Barbara Mikulski

    Marc Frey

    Senior Director, Steptoe & Johnson and former Director of the Visa Waiver Program, Department of Homeland Security

    Pawel Kotowski

    First Counselor and Head of Political Section, Embassy of the Republic of Poland

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