Transcript of interview: Denis Keefe, 2023
Scope and Contents
The programme comprises transcripts of interviews with senior diplomats.
Conditions Governing Access
The collection is open for consultation by researchers using Churchill Archives Centre, Churchill College, Cambridge.
Material in this collection is open to researchers unless otherwise marked in the catalogue.
Biographical / Historical
Denis Keefe was born 29 June 1958, the son of Dr John Victor Keefe and Dr Oonagh Rose Keefe (née McAleer). He was educated at Campion School, Hornchurch; Churchill College, University of Cambridge (MA Classics); Hertford College, University of Oxford and Malmö University. In 1983, he married Catherine Ann Mary Wooding, having three sons and three daughters.
Keefe joined the Diplomatic Service in 1982 and his diplomatic career included: Foreign and Commonwealth Office, 1982–84; Second Secretary, Prague [Czechoslovakia], 1984–88; First Secretary: FCO, 1988–92; Nairobi [Kenya], 1992–95; Deputy Head, South Asian Department, FCO, 1996–97; Head, Asia-Europe Meeting Unit, 1997–98; Deputy Head of Mission, Prague [Czech Republic], 1998–2002; on secondment as Counter Terrorism Strategy Team Leader, Cabinet Office, 2002–03; Head, China Hong Kong Department, 2003–04, and Far Eastern Group, 2004–06, FCO; Ambassador to Georgia, 2007–10; Deputy Head of Mission, Moscow [Russia], 2010–14; Ambassador to Serbia, 2014–19; Director, Faculty for National Security, Royal College of Defence Studies, 2019-22.