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Executive Director of Europol
Rob Wainwright is the Executive Director of Europol. Appointed in 2009 he has led the transformation of the agency into a world-class security institution. Today Europol is the primary intelligence-sharing and operational coordination centre in Europe, connecting over 1,000 law enforcement agencies and supporting almost 50,000 cross-border investigations each year against transnational threats from crime and terrorism. Rob led the establishment of the European Cybercrime Centre (EC3) in 2013 and the European Counter Terrorism Centre in 2016, both of which have become key pillars in Europe’s response to more serious and complex security threats facing citizens and businesses today. He has also expanded Europol’s global footprint through the negotiation of over 20 new international cooperation agreements and the development of major new relations with US federal agencies and government departments.
Under Rob’s leadership Europol has pioneered the use of data and technology in new ways to better identify and respond to cross-border criminal and terrorist activity, developing transformational systems and networks that have significantly enhanced Europol’s information reach and operational impact. Europol now carries the reputation of being a major innovator in the global security community.
Rob is one of the EU’s leading executives on security issues. He also leads many public-private partnership initiatives, including through the World Economic Forum on cyber issues and the Institute of International Finance on efforts to improve the global anti-money laundering regime.
Earlier in his career Rob occupied several positions in the UK’s intelligence and law enforcement communities, including the post of Director International of the Serious Organised Crime Agency between 2006 and 2009.
Rob is a graduate of the London School of Economics (1989) and an honorary fellow with the University of Exeter and University of Cardiff. He is a member of the European Council on Foreign Relations and a member of the UK Prime Minister’s Modern Slavery Taskforce.
Rob was born in Wales in 1967. He is married with three children.
- Rob Wainwright and Ben Waites, “The Changing Face of Organised Crime: Can Europol keep up?” in Organized Crime, Corruption and Crime Prevention: Essays in Honor of Ernesto U. Savona, Ed. Stefano Caneppele & Francesco Calderoni, Springer, 2014
- Rob Wainwright, “Police Cooperation” in The Regent’s Report – The UK and Europe: Costs, Benefits, Options, Ed. John Drew and Martyn Bond, Regent’s University London, 2013
- Rob Wainwright and Frank J. Cilluffo, “Responding to Cybercrime at Scale: Operation Avalanche – A Case Study”, Issue Brief # 2017 – 03, George Washington University Center for Cyber and Homeland Security, 2017
- Frank J. Cilluffo, Alec Nadeau and Rob Wainwright, “Police around the world learn to fight global-scale cybercrime”, The Conversation, 26 April 2017
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