Rob Waller assumed charge of U.S. Consulate General Erbil on July 1, 2020. A career member of the Senior Foreign Service, Mr. Waller previously served as the Director of the Office of Iraq Affairs and as the Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary for Iraq and Iran. Prior to joining the Iraq office, he served as Minister-Counselor for Political and Economic Affairs at the U.S. Mission to the United Nations at Geneva (2015-2018) and spent his last year there as Acting DCM. He was the U.S. Consul General in Dubai (2012-2015) and served as Director for Israeli, Palestinian and Jordanian Affairs at the NSC (2011-2012). His other overseas assignments include Paris, Baghdad, Jerusalem, FSI Tunis, and Jeddah. In 2010 he received the Department’s James Clement Dunn Award for Excellence in mid-career officers. Mr. Waller holds a DPhil in Mediterranean Studies from King’s College, University of London, and a BA in Near Eastern Studies from Brigham Young University, where he graduated summa cum laude. His languages are Arabic, French and Spanish.