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Denis Keefe re-joins ECP's Board of Governors

Denis Keefe CMG



Denis Keefe is a member of the Senior Directing Staff at the Royal College of Defence Studies, established in 1927 by Winston Churchill, which provides strategic education for officers of the UK and other Armed Forces and civil servants. He joined HM Diplomatic Service in 1982 after grammar school in Essex, an MA in Classics from Cambridge and post-graduate research in Hellenistic Poetry at Oxford.

His first posting was to Prague during the Cold War, where he managed the Embassy’s contacts with dissidents including Václav Havel. He has served in Nairobi, Prague (as Deputy Head of Mission during the Czech Republic’s preparations to join NATO and the EU), Tbilisi (as Ambassador) and Moscow (as Minister). He has worked in London on the EU Single Market, German Unification and relations with China, Japan, India and other countries of the Far East and the Subcontinent. At the Cabinet Office in 2002-3 he led the team drawing up the UK’s first Counter Terrorism Strategy. His last posting was as British Ambassador to Serbia, from 2014-2019.

Denis was a Governor of the ECP from 1998-2002, and is Chairman of the Honorary Patrons Committee of Belhospice, the campaign to establish the first Hospice in Serbia. Denis has six children (four of whom attended primary school in Prague), and speaks Czech.