Denis Keefe

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Denis Edward Peter Paul Keefe CMG (born 29 June 1958) is a British diplomat who is Ambassador to Serbia.

Keefe was educated at Campion School, Hornchurch and studied Classics at Churchill College, Cambridge and Hellenistic Greek poetry at Hertford College, Oxford. He joined the Diplomatic Service in 1982 and served at Nairobi and twice at Prague as well as at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) in London. In 2007 he studied Georgian and Russian at Malmö University in preparation for his appointment as ambassador.

Keefe was Ambassador to Georgia 2007–10 including the Russo-Georgian war in 2008. He was one of the victims of the 2010 Georgian news report hoax.

Keefe was Minister and Deputy Head of Mission in Moscow 2010–14. During this time, Russian media harassed him and accused him of being a MI6 officer, possibly because of his supposed actions in Georgia.[1]

Keefe was appointed Ambassador to Serbia from June 2014.[2] He was appointed Companion of the Order of St Michael and St George (CMG) in the 2016 New Year Honours.[3]


  1. ^ Spying claims against top British diplomat threaten Anglo-Russian détente, The Telegraph, London, 9 March 2013
  2. ^ Denis Keefe, Ambassador to Serbia,
  3. ^ "No. 61450". The London Gazette (Supplement). 30 December 2015. p. N4.
Diplomatic posts
Preceded by
Donald MacLaren
Ambassador to Georgia
Succeeded by
Judith Gough
Preceded by
Michael Davenport
Ambassador to Serbia