Robert DIETER assumed office as Deputy Permanent Representative of the Federal Republic of Germany to NATO in August 2020. Prior to this assignment, he was Minister (Economic Affairs) at the German Embassy in Beijing, China. From 2015 to 2018 he served at the Federal Foreign Office in Berlin as Head of Division for the Common Foreign and Security Policy of the European Union and as European Correspondent. He previously served as the German member of the Antici Group and Special Adviser to the COREPER Ambassador at the Permanent Representation of the Federal Republic of Germany to the European Union in Brussels. In the course of his diplomatic career, he was posted to diplomatic missions in Bulgaria and Brazil. From 2000 to 2004 he was a member of the German Delegation to the UN Human Rights Commission in Geneva.
Prior to joining the Federal Foreign Office he earned a doctorate in International Public Law at the University of Tübingen, Germany, and attended the College of Europe in Bruges, Belgium.