Rob Wainwright was born in 1967 in Carmarthen, Wales, UK. Having graduated from the London School of Economics, University of London with a BSc, he worked for the following 10 years as an intelligence analyst in the fields of counter-terrorism and organised crime.
Between 2000 and 2003, he was the Head of the UK Liaison Bureau at Europol. In 2003, he was promoted to the position of Director International of the National Criminal Intelligence Service, where he was responsible for its international operations and for developing and implementing the UK strategy against facilitated illegal immigration.
Between 2006 and 2009, he was Chief of the International Department of the UK Serious Organised Crime Agency (SOCA). In this role he established the international strategy and operational capabilities of the newly formed agency, and oversaw the global network of SOCA liaison officers and the UK’s engagement with Interpol and Europol.
Mr Wainwright was appointed Director of Europol in April 2009. He was reappointed for a second term in 2013, having overseen Europol’s transition from intergovernmental organisation to EU agency in 2010, ensured Europol’s pivotal position in the new EU Policy Cycle for serious and organised crime from 2011, and secured the establishment of the European Cyber Crime Centre (EC3) in 2013.
His main priorities have been to focus Europol’s efforts on operational impact in priority crime areas. During his tenure, the number of cases initiated at Europol has more than doubled, to over 20,000 in 2014. He has twice chaired the World Economic Forum’s ‘Global Agenda Council on Organised Crime’ and is currently a member of its Cybercrime Steering Committee.
Rob is married with three children. He speaks English, Welsh and Spanish. His interests include running, history and literature.