Sir Rob Wainwright KCMG

Distinguished Fellow


Sir Rob Wainwright is a Senior Partner at Deloitte, helping to lead client engagements and identify new market opportunities on cyber and financial crime. Rob maintains a large network of Supervisory and Executive Board members in a large number of global clients, with a focus on FSI.

Until June 2018, Rob Wainwright was the outgoing Executive Director of Europol. He joined Europol 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.

Transatlantic Response to Illicit Finance Taskforce Member

Thoughts on the Taskforce:

The global system to fight financial crime is not effective and requires serious reform efforts. That can only happen by activating strong partnerships across multiple communities and geographies. Leveraging the extraordinary influence and reach of RUSI this new taskforce can play a vital role in making that happen.

Sir Rob Wainwright KCMG

Distinguished Fellow

Taskforce on a Transatlantic Response to Illicit Finance

TARIF aims to strengthen global democracy by identifying viable ways in which the UK and US can combine efforts in tackling illicit finance.


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