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Sir Rob Wainwright KCMG

Sir Robert Wainwright is a senior partner and head of Deloitte’s North-West Europe cyber security practice. He leads board-level engagements with global clients in multiple sectors on cyber and financial crime and is a highly experienced security professional with a global profile and reputation.

Prior to joining Deloitte in 2018, Sir Rob was Executive Director of Europol, where he is credited with leading the transformation of Europol into a world-class security institution and centre of innovation on cyber security, terrorism and financial crime. He has also held senior positions in other national law enforcement agencies in the UK.

Sir Rob was awarded a knighthood by HM the Queen in 2018 for services to policing and security.

"I am a strong advocate for close cooperation between academia and government. Government agencies need access to the latest evidence to support their policies and can increasingly benefit from a wide range of academic disciplines in trying to find innovative responses to modern policy challenges. Particularly in the fields of law enforcement and national security, policy makers need access to a broad base of evidence as terrorist, cyber and crime threats expand, diversify and become more interlinked. Meanwhile the academic community is increasingly benefiting from breaking down the walls between ‘researchers’ and ‘practitioners’, with a growing number of experts pursuing careers which bridge this divide. This positive trend is epitomised by the University of Exeter and in particular the Strategy and Security Institute". Sir Robert Wainwright