Giles Lever


Giles Lever took up his appointment as Deputy Ambassador to Afghanistan at the British Embassy Kabul in July 2018.

Mr Lever joined the FCO in 1990 and has worked in a wide range of roles, including in Africa, on the Middle East and North Africa, and on security issues. He has particular experience of East Asia, with previous postings in Vietnam and Japan.

Curriculum vitae

Full name: Mr Giles Lever

Married to: Gill Lever

Children: One daughter, one son

July 2014 - June 2018: Vietnam, Her Majesty’s Ambassador

October 2011 – May 2014: Abuja, Deputy High Commissioner

2009 – 2011: Department for International Development, Head, Middle East and North Africa Department

2009: FCO, Strategy Development, Counter-Terrorism Department

2009: Erbil, Acting Consul General

2006 – 2009: FCO, Deputy Head, Iraq Group

2002 – 2006: Tokyo, First Secretary (Political), later Head, Political Section

2000 – 2002: Full-time language training (Japanese)

1997 – 2000: FCO, Head, Export Control Policy Section, Non-Proliferation Department

1993 – 1997: Hanoi, Second Secretary (Political)

1991-1992: FCO, Desk Officer, Thailand/Vietnam/Laos/Cambodia Team, South East Asia Department

1990: Joined FCO

Previous roles in government

  1. Deputy Head of Mission, British Embassy Kabul
  2. Deputy Head of Mission, British Embassy Kabul
  3. British Ambassador to Vietnam


  1. UK-Vietnam work together to tackle illegal wildlife trade: Article by Giles Lever