Dame Deborah Bronnert

Former British Ambassador to the Russian Federation at Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO)

Former British Ambassador to the Russian Federation
Policy Leaders Fellow Alumna, Centre for Science and Policy

Dame Deborah Bronnert, DCMG was Her Majesty’s Ambassador to the Russian Federation from January 2020 to October 2023.

Previously, Deborah Bronnert was Director General, Economic and Consular, at the FCO from 2017-2019, including responsibility for Europe and Asia. Prior to that, she was the FCO’s Chief Operating Officer, from 2014-2016, responsible for delivering the staff, estate, tools, services and the events the Foreign and Commonwealth Office requires to achieve its Foreign Policy Priorities. Deborah was also a Trustee of the British Council (2015-2019).

Before joining the FCO Board as COO, Deborah spent three years in Zimbabwe as UK Ambassador (2011-14). She has also served in Moscow (2002-05), been a member of a European Commissioner’s Cabinet (1995-99) and served at the UK Representation to the EU in Brussels (1991-93). In London, Deborah has been Director Global and Economic Issues, then Prosperity, the UK’s G8 Foreign Affairs Sous Sherpa, as well as Head, Deputy Head and Desk Officer in various Departments. She started her career in the Department of the Environment. She was a non-Executive Director for the charity Merlin from 2010-13.

Her first degree is in Mathematics (Bristol University); she also has a Masters in the Political Economy of Russia and Eastern Europe (UCL).

  • 24 April 2024, 5:30pm

    2024 CSaP Annual Cleevely Lecture: Dr Dave Smith, National Technology Adviser

    The Government, science policy, and products - from concept to consumer: After six months as the first full time National Technology Adviser, Dave Smith will reflect on how UK government investment in the science base supports our private sector and how the Science and Technology Framework guides government innovation policy today.

  • 21 October 2021, 3pm

    CSaP annual meeting & reception 2021

    On 21 October 2021, CSaP hosted its first in-person networking event since the COVID-19 pandemic began. The annual meeting and reception, held at the Royal Academy of Engineering in London, provided an opportunity for 115 public policy professionals, industry leaders, and researchers to meet and share their experiences to improve decision-making.

  • In news articles

    CSaP Annual Reception 2017: From artificial brains to academic silos

    CSaP's 2017 annual reception saw Deborah Bronnert from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, and Professor Jaideep Prabhu from Cambridge Judge Business School, speak about the impact their CSaP connections had had on their work.