Robert Ireland

Title: Head of the World Customs Organization Research Unit

 Academic status: B.A. Political Science;  M.A. Public Administration

 The field of professional competences: Research and policy analisys on Customs and international trade matters

Robert Ireland is Head of the World Customs Organization’s (WCO) Research Unit within the Office of the Secretary General in Brussels, Belgium.  From 2005 to 2009 he was an international development adviser in the WCO’s Capacity Building Directorate. Before his WCO employment, he worked as a policy analyst at US Customs and Border Protection, Office of International Affairs, where he focused on national security policies.  Prior to his US Customs employment he was a fraud investigator with the US Federal Trade Commission. He has a BA in Political Science with an emphasis on International Relations from Drew University, Madison, NJ, and an MA in Public Administration with an emphasis on Policy Analysis and Program Evaluation from George Washington University, Washington, DC.  His current research interests include counter-terrorism, carbon tariffs, tobacco control, and wildlife protection