Rob is the former Director of the Centre for Fraud and Financial Crime and Reader (Associate Professor) in Fraud and Financial Crime at Teesside University in the UK and is currently a Visiting Professor at Universiti Teknologi MARA (UITM) in Malaysia, the External Examiner for two UK Universities in the areas of corruption and cybercrime, respectively, and the Research and Evaluation Consultant for a review of the global impact of the UN Convention Against Corruption for the UN Development Programme.
Rob was the former Transnational Crime Analyst at the Australian Institute of Criminology (part of the Attorney-General’s Department) and was recognised by the UN as an expert in economic crime (including money laundering) and transnational crime, respectively, for the 2005, 2010 and 2015 Congress on Crime and Criminal Justice.
Rob has provided strategic and policy advice on transnational crime threats (including human trafficking, organised crime, drug trafficking and money laundering) to a range of organisations including AUSTRAC (Australia’s Financial Intelligence Unit), the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development, the Council of Europe and the European Commission. In addition, Rob has provided policy advice to government departments in the UK, USA, Thailand, New Zealand, the Pacific Islands, New Zealand, Europe, Malaysia, Hong Kong and Indonesia and to the Australian Government Inter-Departmental Committee on the establishment, role and operation of the Anti-Money Laundering Assessment Team (AMLAT) for the Pacific Islands.
Rob has also provided anti-corruption training to delegates from a number of countries including Nigeria (including for ten members of the Independent Corrupt Practice and Other Related Offences Commission - ICPC), PRC, Gambia, Somalia, Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Mexico, Singapore and Denmark. In addition, Rob has advised Members of the Delta State House of Assembly, Nigeria, on enhancing their country’s anti-corruption efforts. He is also the consultant to, and co-author of, the OECD’s forthcoming study on ‘Criminal Economies and Illicit Financial Flows in West Africa’ for which he advised on illicit resource extraction (gold and diamonds, IUU fishing and oil theft and diversion) and money laundering, border control issues and predatory Multi-National Enterprises.