Ronald Noble

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Ronald Noble
Ronald K. Noble.jpg
Secretary-General of the International Criminal Police Organization (INTERPOL)
In office
President Mireille Balestrazzi
Preceded by Raymond Kendall
Succeeded by Jürgen Stock
Personal details
Born 1956
Fort Dix, New Jersey, U.S.
Alma mater University of New Hampshire
Stanford Law School

Ronald Kenneth Noble (born 1956, at Fort Dix, New Jersey) is an American law enforcement officer, and a former Secretary-General of Interpol.

Academic career[edit]

He is a 1979 graduate of the University of New Hampshire[1] with a bachelor's degree in economics and business administration in the Whittemore School of Business and Economics, and also a 1982 graduate of Stanford Law School. Noble also is a tenured professor at the New York University School of Law, on leave of absence while serving at Interpol.

Early law enforcement career[edit]

From 1993 until 1996, Noble was the Under Secretary of the Treasury for Enforcement, and as such he was in charge of the United States Secret Service, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms, the U.S. Customs Service Office of Enforcement, the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center, the Office of Foreign Assets Control, and the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network.[2] He was head of the Department's "Waco Administrative Review Team" which produced a report on the ATF's actions against the Branch Davidians leading to the Waco Siege.[3]


He was elected the first American Secretary General by the 69th Interpol General Assembly in Rhodes, Greece, in 2000, was unanimously re-elected to a second five-year term by the 74th Interpol General Assembly in Berlin, Germany, in 2005 and was unanimously re-elected to a third five-year term by the 79th INTERPOL General Assembly in Doha, Qatar, in 2010. Interpol is the largest international police organization, with 190 member countries and a budget of approximately $103 million at the time of Noble's departure in 2014.[4][5]

Under Secretary-General Noble's leadership, Interpol developed the world's first global database of stolen or lost travel documents (i.e., passports) from more than 120 countries and the first global police communications system, called I-24/7 as part of its international screening process for terrorists and dangerous criminals.

He supervised the creation of the world's first international automated DNA database and another automated database aimed at fighting the sexual exploitation of children on the Internet.


Noble now runs a global security consulting firm based in Dubai, RKN Global DWC LLC. [6]


In 2008, he was awarded the Légion d'honneur by French President Nicolas Sarkozy.[7]


Government offices
Preceded by
Raymond Kendall
Secretary-General of the International Criminal Police Organization (INTERPOL)
Succeeded by
Jürgen Stock