Mr Michael Gifford has been appointed Her Majesty’s Ambassador to the Republic of Kazakhstan in 2017 and took up his appointment in January 2018.
Mr Gifford joined the FCO in 1981 and served overseas in Abu Dhabi, Oslo, Brussels and Pyongyang.
Full name: Michael John Gifford
|From 2018||Her Majesty’s Ambassador to the Republic of Kazakhstan|
|2016||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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British Ambassador to Kazakhstan
The Ambassador represents Her Majesty The Queen and the UK government in the country to which they are appointed. They are responsible for the direction and work of the Embassy and its Consulates, including political work, trade and investment, press and cultural relations, and visa and consular services.
Previous roles in government
British Ambassador to Democratic People’s Republic of Korea
- 2012 to 2015