Director General, Economic and Global Issues

Deborah Bronnert CMG


Deborah Bronnert was appointed Director-General Economic and Global Issues at the Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO) in April 2017. As part of this role, she has responsibility for Global Britain.

Previous to her current post, Deborah was the FCO’s Director-General for Economic and Consular and its Chief Operating Officer from September 2014 to March 2017. She was the Ambassador to Zimbabwe from 2011 to 2014.

Deborah has also served in Moscow as Counsellor Economic (2002 to 2005), been a member of a Commission Cabinet (1995 to 1999) and worked in the UK Permanent Representation to the EU in Brussels (1991 to 1993). In London she served as Director Global & Economic Issues, and the G8 Foreign Affairs Sous-Sherpa, and prior to that as a Head of Department on Europe. Deborah has also worked in the Department of the Environment.

Deborah’s first degree is in Mathematics (from Bristol) and she has a Masters in Political Economy of Russia and Eastern Europe (SSEES/UCL). She speaks French and Russian. Deborah was awarded the CMG in 2012. Deborah is a member of the British Council Board of Trustees.

Director General, Economic and Global Issues

Board members give corporate leadership to the FCO by ensuring that the department meets the foreign policy priorities, Public Service Agreements targets and service delivery targets set by ministers. The Director General, Economic and Global Issues has the following areas of responsibility:

  • Africa
  • Americas
  • Asia Pacific
  • economic diplomacy
  • India
  • migration
  • Overseas Territories

Previous roles in government

  1. Chief Operating Officer

    • 2014 to 2016
  2. British Ambassador to Zimbabwe

    • 2011 to 2014