Meet the Members

Sven Bergmann


Ohio, USA

Sven Bergmann is a Managing Partner for the boutique strategy consulting firm Venture Global, which specialises in advising Fortune 500 companies and trade associations on corporate, marketing, communications and anti-­‐illicit trade strategies. Among his clients is the Global Intellectual Property Center of the US Chamber of Commerce.

Previously, Sven was an Executive with Altria for over ten years. In his most recent assignment he led External and Government Affairs for Altria’s Brand Protection Group, where he engaged with industry partners and government officials to shape trademark protection and enforcement policy in the US and abroad.

His accomplishments include building effective coalitions to influence the Intellectual Property Enforcement Coordinator of the White House and ensuring the passage of landmark federal and state anti-­‐illicit trade legislation.

Over the years, he has become a scholar and recognised expert in illicit trade markets, as well as in strategies and technologies to fight illicit trade – including those related to track and trace.


Pierre Bertrand


Ottawa, Canada

Pierre Bertrand, a graduate of the University of Ottawa, has, prior to his retirement in January 2012, worked for the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) for 32 years.

His last position was Director General of the Excise and GST/HST Rulings Directorate, in the Legislative Policy and Regulatory Affairs Branch of the CRA. As such, he was responsible for the GST/HST Rulings programme, and all matters that relate to the Excise Division, such as the federal taxation regime that applies duties to alcohol, spirit and tobacco products.

Pierre also took a leading role for the CRA in high profile issues, such as the Comprehensive Settlement Agreements between Canada and tobacco companies, and the government’s Contraband Tobacco Task Force.

He also had a leading role in issues with an international dimension, such as the World Health Organisation’s Framework Convention on Tobacco Control, where he represented CRA at the International Negotiating Body (INB), responsible for elaborating the Protocol to eliminate illicit in tobacco products as well as the various sub-­‐committees put in place under the INB process.

John W Colledge III


Montana, USA

John Colledge is an independent consultant to businesses, governments, intergovernmental institutions, and non-governmental groups for trade fraud matters such as tobacco and liquor smuggling, trafficking in counterfeit merchandise, related money laundering and public corruption.

John has more than 33 years of law enforcement experience, with, among others, the US Customs Service and the Department of Homeland Security.

In the Fraud Investigations Branch of US Customs, John managed and directed worldwide investigative programmes, and was a frequent participant in the World Customs Organisation’s cigarette smuggling experts group and the former G-­‐8 Lyon Sub-­‐Group on Transnational Organised Crime.

John has experience in the drafting and review of illicit tobacco trade legislation at the state and national level, as well as legislation in other countries.

Chander S Jeena


New Delhi, India

Chander Shekhar Jeena joined Authentication Solution Providers’ Association – ASPA (formerly known as Hologram Manufacturers Association of India) as Secretary in 2006.

Additionally, he has been Editor of The Authentication Times for the last eight years, as well as a member of the FICCI Committee against Smuggling and Counterfeiting Activities Destroying Economy, and member of the Bureau of Indian Standards Publication and Graphic Technology Sectional Committee, MSD 6.

He is also affiliated with the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners and the Global Association of Risk Professionals.

Since 2006, he has represented ASPA at various national and international forums like The Holography Conference, High Security Printing Asia Conference, and several conferences organised by industries across the globe. Chander holds a Masters Degree in Mass Communication and Public Relations.

Ian Lancaster


London, UK

Ian Lancaster is co-­‐founder and former Managing Director of Reconnaissance. This year, Ian is stepping down from a full-­‐time position and from the Board of Reconnaissance – as well as from the position of General Secretary of the International Hologram Manufacturers Association, a position that he has held for 22 years.

Ian will have a continuing position with Reconnaissance as an Associate, working on special projects including the ISO standard for tax stamps, the Access to Safe Medicines Forum, the Holography Conference, which he founded in 1990, and the Optical Document Security conference.

Glenn Wood


Pennsylvania, USA

Glenn Wood is the President of Wood & Associates, a sales, marketing and consulting company specialising in advanced optical technology for the print and packaging industry. The company has four operating divisions aimed at generating wealth for its clients through technology transfer, exports, consulting and investments.

Through its Shenzhen, China office, the company offers a unique platform to generate business between Asia and the west. Previously, Glenn held the position of Vice-­‐President Business Development for OpSec Security Inc. He holds a PhD in Photochemistry from the University of Oxford.

Astrid Mitchell


London, UK

Astrid Mitchell is the new Managing Director of Reconnaissance and Editor of Currency News.

She has been with the company since 2002, having previously held positions with De La Rue, Applied Holographics and Bundesdruckerei.

Nicola Sudan


Cape Town, South Africa

Nicola Sudan is the Editor of two of Reconnaissance’s newsletters (Tax Stamp News and Authentication News), as well as the Director of the Tax Stamp Forum 2015.

She also takes care of business development for the African region on behalf of the company. Prior to joining Reconnaissance, Nicola held marketing and communication positions with SICPA and JT International, both in Switzerland.