Pablo Peláez Europol Representative to the United States
Pablo Peláez is a Chief Inspector from the Spanish National Police with nearly twenty years of
experience. He was appointed as Europol Representative to the USA on December 1st 2013 where
he serves as Deputy Head of the Europol Liaison Bureau until July 2018 when he will take over the role of Senior Representative. He is also the current ILEA (International Law Enforcement Attaches Association) Chairperson.
He manages a wide portfolio that includes USA, Canada, Central and South America. He was
appointed Senior Specialist within the Serious and Organised Crime Department of Europol on
December 1st 2011 and was the leader, till his posting to the US, of two relevant European
Multidisciplinary Projects against Criminal Threats (EMPACT): Cocaine trafficking via West Africa and weapons trafficking. He set up the Firearms related project at Europol and was also the EMPACT Project Manager for West Africa, aimed at countering the cocaine trafficking towards the European Union via West Africa. He is also the Europol Contact Point for Ameripol.
Prior to this, he was Liaison Officer and Deputy Head of the Spanish Desk at Europol between 2007 and 2011. His main tasks were related to both counterterrorism and drugs trafficking. As Spanish representative he collaborated actively with Europol in the drafting of the two Europol flagship strategic products in the area of terrorism (TESAT) and organised crime (SOCTA).
Between 2002 and 2007 he served as Group Leader within the Counterterrorism Department of the
Spanish National Police, and was one of the leader investigators during the Madrid bombing attacks, carried out by international terrorists on 3/11, 2004. His police career, since he joined the Spanish National Police in 1998, has been devoted to the fight against international terrorism and transnational organized crime. Pablo Pelaez has two Master degrees, Information Sciences (University of Madrid) and Police Sciences (University of Salamanca). Graduated from the FBI National Academy in 2005, he was awarded with a Diploma on Criminal Justice by the University of Virginia, having also attended other relevant international CT courses, inter alia, the Advanced Course on Religious Extremism imparted by the Institute of Strategic Sciences of El Cairo, Arab Republic of Egypt.