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13 June 2024, 15:00 - 16:30 Indochina Time / Bangkok | Open meeting


In the era of digitalization, cross-border trade has increasingly moved towards paperless processes. This transition offers numerous benefits including enhanced efficiency, reduced costs, and minimized environmental impact. However, it also introduces significant challenges related to cybersecurity and data protection. The global nature of digital trade necessitates robust measures to protect sensitive information from cyber threats and ensure compliance with diverse data protection laws.


  1. Educate stakeholders on the importance of cybersecurity and data protection in cross-border paperless trade.
  2. Highlight the challenges faced by businesses and governments in securing digital trade channels.
  3. Showcase best practices and innovative solutions for cybersecurity and compliance with data protection regulations.
  4. Foster dialogue among policymakers, industry experts, and trade facilitators on enhancing security measures.
  5. Promote international cooperation in establishing standardized cybersecurity norms and data protection laws for digital trade.

Key Topics

  1. Overview of Cybersecurity in Cross-Border Paperless Trade: Understanding the cyber threat landscape in the context of cross-border paperless trade.
  2. Data Protection Laws and Compliance: An analysis of global data protection regulations affecting digital trade, including GDPR, CCPA, and others.
  3. Technological Solutions for Secure Trade: Exploring technologies such as blockchain, AI, and encryption that enhance security and privacy in paperless trade.
  4. Case Studies: Lessons learned from successful implementation of cybersecurity and data protection strategies in cross-border digital transactions.
  5. Policy and Regulation: The role of international bodies and agreements in harmonizing standards for cybersecurity and data protection in trade.

Target Audience

  • Government officials and policymakers in trade, cybersecurity, and data protection
  • IT and cybersecurity professionals in the trade industry
  • Compliance and legal officers in multinational corporations
  • Academic researchers and students specializing in cybersecurity, data protection, and international trade
  • Trade facilitation organizations and logistics service providers

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Yann Duval
Yann Duval
Chief, Trade Policy and Facilitation Section, ESCAP
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Dr. Yann Duval is currently Chief of Trade Policy and Facilitation at ESCAP, the regional branch of the United Nations Secretariat for Asia and the Pacific. Over the past 20 years at UN ESCAP, Mr. Duval has conducted research and delivered technical assistance and advisory services on trade policy and facilitation throughout Asia and the Pacific, including on the WTO Agreements. He spearheaded the development of the Asia-Pacific Research and Training Network on Trade (ARTNeT), as well as the creation of the ESCAP-World Bank Trade Cost Database and the UN Global Survey on Digital and Sustainable Trade Facilitation. Mr. Duval was instrumental in the development and negotiation of the Framework Agreement on Facilitation of Cross-Border Paperless Trade in Asia and the Pacific, a UN treaty which entered into force in 2021. He has actively promoted the use of advanced information and communication technologies for research and building capacity in policy making, including through the launch of the online Trade Intelligence and Negotiation Adviser (TINA), a tool aimed at supporting developing countries in preparing for trade negotiations.


Aleksei Bondarenko
International consultant, ESCAP
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Calvin Chan
Programme Administrator, International Telecommunication Union
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Sheikh Sufyan Ali
Head of Information Security, Pakistan Single Window
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Timea Suto
Global Digital Policy Lead at the International Chamber of Commerce
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Gizem Kayisoglu
Maritime cyber security specialist, Istanbul Technical University
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Max J. Bobys
Vice President, HudsonAnalytix’ Cybersecurity Practice
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Khalid Hasan Ali Al Marzooqi
Director of Development and Strategic Planning Division, Abu Dhabi Customs 
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He is responsible for leading strategic initiatives and programs in Abu Dhabi Customs related to digitization, security, revenue Management and Trade Facilitation, including innovative solutions, Process Excellence, and Customs foresight. He is also a member of Trade Facilitation Committee in Abu Dhabi. 

He has an MBA in Project Management from Abu Dhabi University and BSc in Management from Higher Colleges of Technology, Certified in Six Sigma, and Abu Dhabi Government Future Leaders Program. 

Thomas Dempsey
Cyber Risk Management at U.S. Customs and Border Protection
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Thomas Dempsey joined the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Office of Information and Technology (OIT) as the Branch Chief of Cyber Threat Intelligence (CTI) in October 2019. He was selected as the Director of Cyber Risk Management (CRM) in April of 2022. Prior to joining CBP, Thomas was assigned to a Marine Corps Cyber Protection Teams (CPTs) as a Civilian Marine. He has an extensive and diverse background in cybersecurity and information systems encompassing experience from the military, public, and private sectors. Thomas served as an enlisted Marine in the U.S. Marine Corps and has held roles in information systems security, cyber network defense, and security authorization with components in the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). He has worked for Marine Corps Cyber Command as the Chief Information Systems Security Manager, and he has also worked for SE Solutions as a Lead Information Systems Security Officer.

Thomas established the CRM Division through the implementation of a strategy that aligns to the CBP cybersecurity strategy to identify and address cyber risks. CRM is responsible for the identification, communication, and distribution of cybersecurity risks and actionable mitigations or remediations at the tactical and strategic levels within the CBP information technology environment. Leading the CRM Division, Thomas has established a Component Cyber Acquisition Risk Management (C-CARM) Integrated Product Team (IPT) to integrate cybersecurity into information systems early in the Acquisition Lifecycle Framework (ALF) and has developed and is implementing a quantitative risk assessment process to identify new and existing risks for the CBP information systems.

While working as the Branch Chief for CTI, Thomas developed and implemented a cyber threat hunting capability to proactively search the CBP enterprise for Advance Persistent Threats (APTs), initiate incident response activities, and develop analytics to further detect advanced cyber threat actor. Thomas has also served as a Security Assurance Manager (SAM) supporting Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Homeland Security Investigation (HSI) Information Technology Portfolio. He oversaw the implementation and continuous monitoring of the Risk Management Framework required security controls and ensured that all systems maintained an Authority to Operate (ATO) while staying compliant with all applicable federal laws and regulations.

Thomas holds multiple industry certifications including Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) and has earned a Bachelor of Science in Information Technology Management, a Master of Cybersecurity.

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