Director General, Economic and Global Issues

Deborah Bronnert CMG


Deborah Bronnert was appointed Director-General Economic and Global Issues at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in January 2016.

Previous to her current post, Deborah was the FCO’s Chief Operating Officer from September 2014 to December 2015. She was HM Ambassador to Zimbabwe from 2011 to 2014.

Deborah has also served in Moscow as Counsellor Economic (2002-2005), been a member of a Commission Cabinet (1995-1999) 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.

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