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A member of the Senior Foreign Service, Robert Wilson has spent his career at several overseas posts. In March 2011, Mr. Wilson began his tour as USAID Mission Director to Yemen, where he has led an innovative strategy designed to increase stability in highly vulnerable areas of the country.
From May 2009 – October 2010, Mr. Wilson served as the USAID Mission Director to Pakistan, where he oversaw a $1.1 billion program focused on improving education and health care, expanding political participation, increasing economic growth and job creation, and improving administration of justice. After heavy monsoon flooding struck Pakistan in July 2010, Mr. Wilson directed the U.S. Government’s nearly $550 million relief and recovery effort that delivered essential supplies and services to affected individuals and helped communities rebuild after the waters receded.
Prior to Pakistan, Mr. Wilson served in Georgia, first as deputy mission director and then as mission director. In August 2008, when Russia invaded and occupied Georgian territory, Wilson directed the U.S. Government’s humanitarian assistance and began implementing the$1 billion post-war recovery program for Georgia.
Wilson was also the deputy mission director in Afghanistan from late 2002 to mid-2004, where he managed the completion of the Kabul-Kandahar highway and oversaw the expansion of the full range of USAID’s development assistance programs and staff.
He entered USAID as an international Development Intern Agricultural Economist in 1982 and has since served in Kosovo, Mozambique, Peru, Barbados, Honduras, and Haiti. Mr. Wilson was a Peace Corps volunteer for rural development in Togo, West Africa from 1976 – 1978.
Mr. Wilson was born in Groton, Connecticut, and he remains a resident of the state. He obtained a B.A. degree from Boston College and an M.S. in agricultural economics from Purdue University. He has two children.
Last updated: June 28, 2013