Ian Cliff

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Ian Cliff

Ian Cameron Cliff CMG OBE (born 11 September 1952) is a British diplomat who has been ambassador to Bosnia and Herzegovina, Sudan, the OSCE and Kosovo, now chargé d'affaires in Croatia.


Cliff was educated at Hampton Grammar School and Magdalen College, Oxford where he gained a degree in modern history. He taught history for four years at Dr Challoner's Grammar School, Amersham, before joining the Diplomatic Service in 1979. After Arabic language training at St Andrews University and in Damascus he served at Khartoum and in Middle East-related posts in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, in the UK mission to the United Nations in New York and as deputy head of mission in Vienna before being appointed ambassador to Bosnia and Herzegovina 2001–05, ambassador to Sudan 2005–07, head of the UK Delegation to the OSCE in Vienna (with personal rank of ambassador) 2007–11, and ambassador to Kosovo 2011–2015.[1][2] In May 2015 he was appointed to be chargé d'affaires to Croatia for a year.[3]

In 1991, while he was in New York, Ian Cliff was appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE).[4] He was appointed Companion of the Order of St Michael and St George (CMG) in the 2017 New Year Honours.[5]


  1. ^ "Ambassador's career history". Archived from the original on 27 January 2012. Retrieved 18 March 2014. , British Embassy Pristina, 7 October 2011
  2. ^ "Arrival of the new British Ambassador to Kosovo". British Embassy Pristina. 11 April 2015. 
  3. ^ "Chargé d'Affaires to Croatia appointed". British Embassy Zagreb. 15 May 2015. 
  4. ^ "No. 52588". The London Gazette (Supplement). 29 June 1991. p. 29. 
  5. ^ "No. 61803". The London Gazette (Supplement). 31 December 2016. p. N3. 
Diplomatic posts
Preceded by
Graham Hand
Ambassador to Bosnia and Herzegovina
Succeeded by
Matthew Rycroft
Preceded by
Sir William Patey
Ambassador to Sudan
Succeeded by
Dame Rosalind Marsden
Preceded by
Colin Munro
Head of UK Delegation to the OSCE
Succeeded by
Dominic Schroeder
Preceded by
Andrew Sparkes
Ambassador to Kosovo
Succeeded by
Ruairí O’Connell
Preceded by
David Slinn
Chargé d'Affaires to Croatia