Cameron R. Hume was U.S. Ambassador to Indonesia from 2007 to 2010. He retired from the Foreign Service with a rank of Career Minister. His earlier assignments included Italy, Tunisia, Syria, Lebanon, the United Nations, and the Holy See. More recently, he served as Ambassador to Algeria and to South Africa, and as Charge d’Affaires to Sudan. While Ambassador to Indonesia, he focused on oceans, climate changes, and education as elements of “soft power” diplomacy. He has published three books and numerous articles on foreign policy, and has been a fellow or guest scholar at the Council on Foreign Relations, Hard University’s Center for International Affairs, and the United States Institute for Peace. He is a lawyer and admitted to practice in New York and the District of Columbia. His foreign languages include Arabic, French, and Italian.
Ambassador Hume led the effort to bring the NOAA ship Okeanos Explorer to Indonesia for the Indonesia-U.S. ocean exploration partnership expedition—the first ever such joint expedition in Indonesia. He considers the U.S. Indonesia ocean exploration partnership and the Okeanos Explorer visit to Indonesia as a defining event of his tenure there.
Since leaving the Foreign Service, Ambassador Hume has served as a consultant to various interests based in Indonesia. He brokered a settlement between Greenpeace and Sinar Mas, one of the world’s largest palm oil producers, that committed the company to less disruptive forestry practices. He also served as a panelist on the Decadal Independent Review of the NOAA ocean exploration program.
Ambassador Hume will serve an initial five-year term.