Robert Fairweather OBE


Robert Fairweather was the UK Special Representative for Sudan and South Sudan from March 2019 to October 2023.

Robert has been a British diplomat since 1997. He has worked in The Netherlands, Switzerland and Nepal. Among various roles in the Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO) in London, he worked as Private Secretary to the Political Director and in The Common Foreign and Security Policy Department. He returned to the FCO after 7 years as Chief of Cabinet at the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) in The Hague. He has also worked for the Government of Australia in Beijing.

Robert started his career in Her Majesty’s Customs and Excise. He was awarded an OBE in 2018 for ‘Services to International Relations’.

Robert is widowed and has 2 children.

Previous roles in government

  • Special Representative for Sudan and South Sudan