H.E. Mr. Denis Edward Peter Paul KEEFE
Denis Keefe has been Ambassador to Serbia since June 2014, following 3 years as Ambassador to Georgia, and 4 years as Minister and Deputy Head of Mission in Moscow.
Denis Keefe joined the UK Foreign Office in 1982. At the British Embassy in Prague from 1984-88 he built a network of contacts with Charter 77 and other dissidents. He returned to London to work on European social policy and the Single Market, and in 1990 joined the team working on German Unification, taking part in the 2+4 talks and becoming Head of the German Desk. In 1991-2 as European Correspondent he worked on the EU’s new Common Foreign and Security Policy, taking part in the Maastricht European Council. He then joined the British High Commission in Kenya, concentrating on helping Kenya hold its first multi-party elections and on political development thereafter. In 1996 he was appointed Deputy Head of the Foreign Office South Asia Department and in 1997-8 he led the team preparing for the London Asia-Europe Summit, ASEM 2.
Denis Keefe returned to the British Embassy in Prague in 1998, and spent four years helping the Czech Republic prepare to join NATO and the EU. In 2002 he was seconded to the Cabinet Office to lead the team drawing up the UK’s national Counter Terrorism Strategy, CONTEST. He returned to the Foreign Office in 2003 as Head of China Hong Kong Department, and then Far Eastern Group, dealing with China, Japan, Korea and Mongolia.
Denis Keefe was Ambassador to Georgia from 2007-2010, helping Georgia to implement reforms, bringing it closer to the EU and NATO, and to deal with the consequences of conflict, including the 2008 war with Russia. He then moved to Moscow from 2010- 2014, representing the UK as Deputy to the Ambassador, and working with Russia both on major international issues and on bilateral relations, including during the Sochi Winter Olympics and Paralympics.
Denis Keefe was born in Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, England in 1958. He and his wife Kate have six children. He studied Classics at Churchill College Cambridge, gaining an MA, and then spent 3 years at Hertford College Oxford studying Hellenistic Greek poetry. His personal interests include sailing, walking, singing and playing the recorder. He speaks Serbian, besides a number of other languages, including Russian, Czech and Georgian.
Details announced of The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall’s visit to Croatia, Serbia, Montenegro and Kosovo.
British Embassy Belgrade
The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall will visit Croatia, Serbia, Montenegro and Kosovo from 14th – 19th March 2016. Their Royal Highnesses will undertake a broad range of engagements to celebrate peace, reconciliation, youth empowerment and restoration.
On 16th March, Their Royal Highnesses will arrive in Belgrade, Serbia, where they will start their programme by laying wreaths at the Serbian WW1 memorial to the liberators of Belgrade and the Commonwealth War Graves Cemetery in order to remember the British, Commonwealth and Serbian soldiers who fought alongside each other in the First World War.
The Prince of Wales will call on the Serbian Patriarch Irinej and attend a meeting of faith leaders from the Orthodox, Catholic, Anglican Muslim and Jewish communities in Belgrade. The Duchess of Cornwall will visit a family care project supported by both UNICEF and the Novak Djokovic Foundation.
The following day Their Royal Highnesses will visit the historical city of Novi Sad where they will enjoy Serbian food, arts and cultural heritage. They will visit the Matica Srpska Gallery where representatives from the British Council will present their “Moving Museums” programme and demonstrate how the UK and countries across the Western Balkans are working together to attract new audiences to museums. The Prince will then visit the 700 year-old Kovilj Monastery. Originally built in the 13th Century and renovated in the early 18th Century, the Monastery was revived in the late 1990s and has a thriving monastic community that runs a sustainable business selling honey and brandy to local and international markets. The Prince will also meet those going through the monastery’s “Land of the Living” rehabilitation programme for recovering addicts. The Duchess will attend an event to showcase Serbian food and meet local British and Serbian food and drink producers.
Later that evening, Their Royal Highnesses will attend at a reception hosted by the President of the National Assembly of Serbia at the Parliament building, which will be attended by a range of guests from culture, entertainment, sport and civic society.