Associate Fellow, Africa Programme
Bob Dewar
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Robert Dewar has been an associate fellow of the Africa Programme at Chatham House since 2011. He 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. He is currently also a trustee of the British Red Cross and a member of Oxfam’s Association.


  • Sub-Saharan Africa, including governance and development
  • Climate change and Africa
  • Marine conservation, illegal unreported and unregulated fishing and impacts on coastal communities
  • Humanitarian issues


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

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