Bob Dewar

Associate Fellow, Africa Programme


Robert Dewar was formerly a UK diplomat and served predominantly in sub-Saharan Africa, including as high commissioner to Nigeria and permanent representative to ECOWAS, ambassador to Ethiopia and permanent representative to the AU, high commissioner to Mozambique and ambassador to Madagascar.

He was awarded a CMG in 2006.

Past experience

2013-19 Trustee, British Red Cross
2007-11 British High Commissioner to Nigeria and Permanent Representative to ECOWAS
2004-07 British Ambassador to Ethiopia and Permanent Representative to the African Union
2000-03 British High Commissioner to Mozambique
1999 Short attachment to Centre for Study of African Economies
1996-99 Ambassador to Madagascar
1973-98 Successive assignments in Colombo, FCO (Commonwealth, Zimbabwe, Nigeria relations), Luanda, FCO (Pakistan and Afghanistan relations), Dakar, Harare
1972-73 Scottish Education Department, Scottish Office, Edinburgh
1971-72 VSO Teacher, Government Secondary School, Port Sudan