British Ambassador to Kazakhstan

Michael Gifford


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 FCDO in 1981 and served overseas in Abu Dhabi, Oslo, Brussels and Pyongyang.

Curriculum Vitae

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 consular services.

Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office

Previous roles in government

  • British Ambassador to Democratic People’s Republic of Korea