Bob Dewar

Former Ambassador to Ethiopia and Madagascar

Biography

I’ve spent most of my life living and working in Africa. Having been brought up in Nigeria and Malawi and after being a teacher for Voluntary Service Overseas in Sudan, I was lucky enough to work as a diplomat in seven sub-Saharan countries (Angola, Senegal, Zimbabwe, Madagascar, Mozambique, Ethiopia and Nigeria) including four times as Ambassador or High Commissioner. I also represented the UK at the African Union and the Economic Community of West African States. I’ve always been fascinated by Africa and take a deep and positive interest in the continent, including its prospects, governance and sustainable development, looking also at the underlying issues including climate change. I enjoy talking frankly about my experiences and having a dialogue with British students about the need to look outwards to the world, to understand our interconnectedness and to be global citizens.

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