Event: Leveraging Security Technologies To Combat Environmental Crimes with The World Bank Group

The World Bank is hosting an event through its Environment  & Natural Resources Group on utilising technology in supply chain management. It is highlighting trade in ivory and timber as a means of using echnology for conservation. The webinar will be February 16th.

Date published: 2017/02/08

This virtual knowledge exchange session will present information on how innovative technologies can help organizations enhance supply chain integrity, with examples of application in ivory and timber. Mr. Jose Gasqué, Operations Manager at Stardust Materials, will provide an overview of its forensic, covert, and overt technology solutions used to authenticate products and help government and commercial clients reduce counterfeit risk. Mr. Gasqué will present potential applications of these technologies to combat environmental crime. A discussion will follow on key issues to consider when leveraging supply chain technologies and risk-based solutions to enhance traceability of shipments and minimize the risk of commingling of illicit goods with legitimate products.


Simon Robertson, Senior Governance Specialist, World Bank Group

Simon has a Masters (MA) degree in Criminal Intelligence Analysis at Manchester University, England. He has worked in (law) enforcement for over 36 years. From 1994 to 2002, Simon was Head of (Intelligence) Analysis at Europol after which he joined the World Bank within the Integrity Vice Presidency Unit (INTVP); the unit responsible for investigating allegations of fraud and corruption in Bank financed projects. Simon is a Senior Expert representing the World Bank for the International Consortium on Combating Wildlife Crime (ICCWC).

Guest Speaker

José Gasqué, Operations Manager, Stardust Materials

Jose is Operations Manager at Stardust Materials. He has coauthored several patents related to nanotechnology and security applications. He earned a BS from Portland State University in Applied Physics with an emphasis on ceramic characterization.

His area of focus is solutions development for traceability of natural resources and protection against substitution and diversion in supply chains.

Stardust Materials is a Research and Development firm whose mission is to protect the integrity of your brand through full-service strategic and technological solutions. With the combined experience, the Stardust Materials team of physicists, engineers, supply-chain experts, and investigators possess the passionate drive necessary to combat the ever-encroaching problem of global counterfeiting and diversion.


Clayton Kerswell, Senior Customs & Border Management Specialist, World Bank Group

Clay is a senior customs and border management special for the World Bank in Washington D.C. Prior to joining the Bank, Clay worked in the Trade Facilitation section of UNCTAD in Geneva, focusing on South Asia. He has also worked as a Customs and Border Management adviser to the Ministries of Finance & Interior for a Middle East government and for two years he led a customs reform project in a post-conflict, Pacific Island state (The Solomon Islands). He served as an officer of the Australian Customs Service for 23 years in a range of policy and operational roles and holds a Master’s Degree in International Customs Law and Administration from the University of Canberra, Australia and has another post-graduate degree in Policing, Intelligence and Counter Terrorism studies.  

To Participate

You can access it by going to this link via WebEx, the meeting password is 2KfYfm3P.You can also join by phone at 1-650-479-3207 Call-in toll number (US/Canada), Meeting number (access code): 732 201 542. If you are internationally calling in, please use this directory.

The Global Wildlife Program (GWP) is a seven-year Global Environment Facility (GEF) funded program developed as a response to the growing crisis of illicit wildlife trade.