Outgoing Europol executive director Rob Wainwright joins RUSI as Senior Associate Fellow

Rob Wainwright

Rob Wainwright

The Royal United Services Institute (RUSI) has appointed Rob Wainwright to the position of Senor Associate Fellow. Wainwright is the outgoing executive director of Europol, having led the organisation for the past nine years.

Wainwright transformed Europol into the primary intelligence-sharing and operational co-ordination centre in Europe. Prior to joining Europol, he 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.

As reported by Risk UK on 27 March, Wainwright will join Deloitte on Friday 1 June 2018 as senior partner for the company’s cyber practice in Europe.

Karin von Hippel, RUSI’s director general, said: “Rob will be an excellent addition to our Senior Associate Fellow network. He brings senior international policing expertise to RUSI, in particular benefiting our work on counter-terrorism, serious and organised crime, financial crime, cyber threats and cyber security. We’re delighted that he will be contributing to our research programmes going forward.”

Wainwright stated: “Building on its long-standing reputation for defence and security expertise, in recent years RUSI has produced forward-looking, cutting-edge research on terrorism and organised crime with an increasingly international outlook. Having encouraged fruitful collaboration between Europol and RUSI over the years, I very much look forward to contributing more personally to RUSI’s work in my role as a Senior Associate Fellow.”

Primary intelligence-sharing centre

Today, Europol is the primary intelligence-sharing and operational co-ordination centre in Europe, connecting over 1,000 law enforcement agencies and supporting myriad cross-border investigations each year against transnational threats from crime and terrorism. Wainwright led the establishment of the European Cyber Crime Centre (EC3) in 2013 and the European Counter-Terrorism Centre three years later, both of which have become key pillars in Europe’s response to more serious and complex security threats facing citizens and businesses.

Wainwright has also expanded Europol’s global footprint through the negotiation of over 20 new international co-operation agreements and the development of major new relations with US federal agencies and Government departments alike.

Under Wainwright’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 the organisation’s information reach and operational impact. Europol now carries the reputation of being a major innovator in the global security community.

Leading executive on security issues

Wainwright is one of the European Union’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 specifically designed to improve the global anti-money laundering regime.

Wainwright is a graduate of the London School of Economics and an Honorary Fellow with the University of Exeter and University of Cardiff. He’s a member of the European Council on Foreign Relations and also a member of Prime Minister Theresa May’s Modern Slavery Task Force.

About the Author
Brian Sims BA (Hons) Hon FSyI, Editor, Risk UK (Pro-Activ Publications) Beginning his career in professional journalism at The Builder Group in March 1992, Brian was appointed Editor of Security Management Today in November 2000 having spent eight years in engineering journalism across two titles: Building Services Journal and Light & Lighting. In 2005, Brian received the BSIA Chairman’s Award for Promoting The Security Industry and, a year later, the Skills for Security Special Award for an Outstanding Contribution to the Security Business Sector. In 2008, Brian was The Security Institute’s nomination for the Association of Security Consultants’ highly prestigious Imbert Prize and, in 2013, was a nominated finalist for the Institute's George van Schalkwyk Award. An Honorary Fellow of The Security Institute, Brian serves as a Judge for the BSIA’s Security Personnel of the Year Awards and the Securitas Good Customer Award. Between 2008 and 2014, Brian pioneered the use of digital media across the security sector, including webinars and Audio Shows. Brian’s actively involved in 50-plus security groups on LinkedIn and hosts the popular Risk UK Twitter site. Brian is a frequent speaker on the conference circuit. He has organised and chaired conference programmes for both IFSEC International and ASIS International and has been published in the national media. Brian was appointed Editor of Risk UK at Pro-Activ Publications in July 2014 and as Editor of The Paper (Pro-Activ Publications' dedicated business newspaper for security professionals) in September 2015. Brian was appointed Editor of Risk Xtra at Pro-Activ Publications in May 2018.

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