Roman Vanek was born on November 25th, 1968 inPrague. After graduating from the University of Fribourg with a law degree, he joined the Swiss Federal Administration, where he has held various positions. In December 2003, he joined the Federal Office of Police. Today, he is the Chief of the Division Identity Documents & Special Tasks. Aside from his responsibilities in other areas (Measures against Hooliganism, Central Bureau for Firearms and Explosives), he is also responsible for the Swiss Passport and the Identity Card. This includes the project for the introduction of biometrics in the Swiss Passport. In this function, he is the representative of Switzerland at the Technical Advisory Group on Machine Readable Travel Documents (TAG-MRTD) of ICAO and the Article 6 Committee of the European Commission. In May 2012 he became Chairman of the ICAO PKD Board.
Mr. Vanek speaks German, French, English and Czech. He grew up close toZurichand is currently living in Fribourg, in the French part ofSwitzerland.