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Denis Keefe took over as Her Majesty's Ambassador to Serbia

Mr Denis Keefe has presented his letter of credentials to the President of Serbia

This was published under the 2010 to 2015 Conservative and Liberal Democrat coalition government


Mr Denis Keefe, on 16 June 2014, presented his credentials to the President of the Republic of Serbia, Mr Tomislav Nikolic as Her Majesty’s Ambassador.

Mr Keefe joined the FCO in 1982 and has spent much of his career developing British and EU relations with the countries of Eastern and Central Europe. After a Cold War posting in Prague, he returned there as the Czech Republic was preparing to join the EU and NATO.

As Ambassador in Tbilisi he worked to integrate Georgia into Euro-Atlantic structures and deal with long-standing conflicts, before moving to Moscow as Deputy Head of Mission covering the full range of regional and international issues.

He has also worked in Africa and on the Far East, and at the Cabinet Office.

On his appointment as Her Majesty’s Ambassador to Serbia, Mr Keefe has said:

I am delighted to be taking up this challenge as Serbia begins negotiations to join the European Union.

I look forward to working with the Serbian government and people as Serbia modernises its economy, society and institutions and integrates into the European family.

2014 is also the year in which we commemorate the outbreak of the First World War, reminding us of the history that we share. I look forward to strengthening the links between us.

Curriculum vitae

Personal details  
Full name: Denis Edward Peter Paul Keefe
Married to: Catherine (Kate) Keefe
Children: Three daughters, three sons
Period Post
2010 – present Moscow, Minister and Deputy Head of Mission
2007 – 2010 Tbilisi, Ambassador
2006 – 2007 Full-time language training (Georgian and Russian)
2004 – 2006 FCO, Head of Far Eastern Group
2003 – 2004 FCO, Head of China Hong Kong Department
2002 – 2003 Cabinet Office, Team Leader, Counter-Terrorism Strategy
1998 – 2002 Prague, Deputy Head of Mission
1997 – 1998 FCO, Head of ASEM Unit
1996 – 1997 FCO, Deputy Head of South Asia Department
1992 – 1995 Nairobi, Head of Political Section
1991 – 1992 FCO, CFSP Department – European Correspondent
1990 – 1991 FCO, Western European Department
1988 – 1990 FCO, EU (Internal) Department
1984 – 1988 Prague, Second Secretary
1984 Full-time language training (Czech)
1982 – 1984 FCO, Southern European Department

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Published 15 January 2014