Special guest to the “Meaningful Meetings” initiative of the Association of Honorary Consuls in Bulgaria was H.E. Dr Rob Dixon, UK Ambassador to Bulgaria
Current topics for Bulgaria and the Balkan region were discussed and the pressing subjects of the day in world foreign policy. The consistent bilateral relations were emphasized, such as NATO partners and working in security and rule of law. Ambassador Dixon expressed his high opinion for the stable development of the economy in Bulgaria. The United Kingdom is the country's fifth largest trading partner and possibilities for increase in bilateral trade cooperation lay in innovation, the green economy and the food industry. The changes after Brexit and the situation of Bulgarian citizens on the island were also discussed. Mr Paul Clark, Consular Regional Operations Manager, was guest to the meeting as well.
Dr Rob Dixon was appointed Her Majesty’s Ambassador to Bulgaria in March 2020 and took up his post in September 2020.
Before his appointment in Sofia, Rob was Deputy Director for Africa in the FCO between 2016 and 2020, focusing on West Africa. He was previously Deputy Head of Mission at the British Embassy in Israel, 2012-2016, and between 2010 and 2012 he was the Private Secretary to the UK National Security Adviser, having previously served as Private Secretary to the Head of the Diplomatic Service. Rob’s first overseas posting was to the UK Mission to the UN in Geneva, where he worked on human right issues.
Rob was born in Birmingham. He was awarded a doctorate in International Relations, by the University of Wales, Aberystwyth and is married to Dòra Blazsek-Dixon. They have one son.