Michael Moran

Assistant Director of the Vulnerable Communities Sub-Directorate, Interpol Unit, Interpol

Michael Moran joined the An Garda Síochána (Ireland’s National Police Force) in 1990 as a uniformed officer in Dublin before moving onto work in various specialised units including Drugs and Serious Crime.  He then began to work online in the development of operation capacity in relation to Child Exploitation on the Internet as part of the National Domestic Violence and sexual assault team. On promotion in 2002 he worked as a Court Presenter and subsequently as a frontline supervisor in Dublin’s inner city. In 2004, he moved to the Computer Crime Unit at the Garda Bureau of Fraud Investigation where he worked as a forensic examiner and team leader.

In June 2006, he moved to Lyon in France as a Criminal Intelligence Officer specialising in online child exploitation cases. In 2010, he was promoted to Coordinator within the Executive Directorate of Police Services and appointed to the crimes against children team, based within the Specialized Crime and Analysis directorate at INTERPOL. The team specialises in all aspects of international criminality against children and especially in online child sexual exploitation. During this period he also took a temporary role as the acting Assistant Director of Cyber Security and Crime.

In 2013, Michael he became Assistant Director of the Vulnerable Communities Sub-Directorate which includes trafficking in human beings, people smuggling and child exploitation.

Michael has an MSc. in Forensic Computing and Cybercrime Investigation from UCD (MSc FCCCI) and a BA (Hons) IT, from IPA as well as a diploma in Project Management from UCC. He also has a higher Diploma in Information Systems.

Michael is an external advisor to the University College Dublin Centre for Cybercrime Investigation at the School of computer science and informatics. He is the designer of a module on online child exploitation at the University and continues to lecture there.  He is a member of the Advisory Board of InHope and WeProtect.