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Assistant Director, Head of Middle East and North Africa Division

Robert Watkins became Assistant Director and Head of the Middle East and North Africa Division on 15 October 2018. Robert has forged a long career in international organizations, beginning with the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies in 1989, then the European Commission, from 2000 to 2005, and the United Nations from 2006 to 2017. He began working at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, in Geneva, in early 2018, at the Centre for Conflict, Development and Peacebuilding, before joining DCAF.  

His assignments over the past 20 years have taken him to Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Djibouti, Dominican Republic, Georgia, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, and Turkey.
A British and Canadian national, Robert is married with three children, and speaks English, French, Spanish, and some Arabic.