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Change of Her Majesty’s Ambassador to Kazakhstan

Mr Michael Gifford has been appointed Her Majesty's Ambassador to the Republic of Kazakhstan.

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Mr Michael Gifford has been appointed Her Majesty’s Ambassador to the Republic of Kazakhstan in succession to Dr Carolyn Browne, who will be transferring to another Diplomatic Service appointment. Mr Gifford will take up his appointment in early 2018.

Curriculum Vitae

Full name Michael John Gifford
Married to Patricia Anne Gifford
Children Two
2016 - present Full-time Russian language training
2012-2015 Pyongyang, Her Majesty’s Ambassador
2008-2011 FCO, Deputy Head of Asset Management, Estates and Security Directorate
2004-2007 Sana’a, HM Ambassador
2001-2004 Cairo, Deputy Head of Mission
1999-2000 FCO, Deputy Head of Counter Terrorism Policy Department
1996-1999 FCO, Head of Gulf Section, Middle East Department
1993-1996 Riyadh, First Secretary (Economic)
1991-1993 FCO, Desk Officer, European Community Department (External)
1990-1991 Secondment to Secretariat-General, European Commission, Brussels
1988-1990 Oslo, Second Secretary (Chancery)
1983-1987 Abu Dhabi, Third Secretary (Economic)
1981-1982 FCO, Desk Officer, South Asian Department

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Published 20 January 2017