Rob Wainwright

Director, Europol

After graduating from the London School of Economics, Rob’s career began as a British intelligence analyst, focusing on counterterrorism and organised crime. He served as Head of the UK Liaison Bureau at Europol and subsequently as Director International of the UK Serious Organised Crime Agency from its creation in 2006. In 2009, he returned to The Hague to serve in his current position as Director of Europol. Having overseen Europol’s transition from intergovernmental organisation to EU agency status in 2010, Rob ensured Europol’s position in the EU Policy Cycle for serious and organised crime and secured the establishment at Europol of the European Cybercrime Centre (EC3, 2013), the European Counter Terrorism Centre, and the European Migrant Smuggling Centre (both in 2016)