Robert Hilton currently serves as the Chargé d’Affaires of the U.S. Embassy to the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka and concurrently to the Republic of Maldives. Mr. Hilton served as the Deputy Chief of Mission at the U.S. Embassy in Colombo, Sri Lanka, from June 2016 until he began his tenure as Chargé d’Affaires on July 15, 2018 upon the departure of Ambassador Atul Keshap.
A career Foreign Service Officer, Mr. Hilton was previously Director of the Office of Press and Public Diplomacy for the Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs at the U.S. Department of State, Washington DC. He served as Spokesperson for the U.S. Embassy in Kabul, Afghanistan, in 2013-2014, and Counselor for Public Affairs at the U.S. Embassy in Stockholm, Sweden, 2006-2009.
Among Mr. Hilton’s other assignments at the Department of State, he has been Director of Public Diplomacy Training at the Foreign Service Institute, Coordinator for the Enhanced Partnership in Northern Europe, and Special Assistant to the Assistant Secretary of State for Oceans, Environment and Science.
Mr. Hilton’s Foreign Service career began in the Near East with service in Tunisia, Yemen, and Saudi Arabia. He subsequently held positions at the U.S. Embassies in Dhaka, Bangladesh, and Moscow, Russia. During his career he has spoken Arabic, French, Russian, and Swedish.
A native of Marquette, Michigan, Mr. Hilton studied at Northern Michigan University and the University of Kuwait; he holds degrees from the University of Michigan and the U.S. Army War College. His hobbies include choral singing, baking, and board games. He also enjoys fishing and reading.