Giles Lever

Giles Lever

British Ambassador to Vietnam

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18th February 2018 Hanoi, Vietnam

Giles Lever

by Giles Lever

British Ambassador to Vietnam

Year of the Dog – Day of the Pangolin

The lunar new year is here. And along with everyone else in Vietnam, I’m celebrating the start of the Year of the Dog. But I’m also thinking this week about another more exotic animal. 17 February is World Pangolin day. And pangolins, whether in Vietnam or elsewhere, badly need our help. Some INGOs estimate that […]

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31st October 2017 Hanoi, Vietnam

Giles Lever

by Giles Lever

British Ambassador to Vietnam

Which part of my job I enjoy the most, and which is the hardest part

People sometimes ask me which part of my job I enjoy the most, and which is the hardest part. For both questions, the answer often relates to our role in providing consular services to British people overseas. I get a particular sense of professional satisfaction when our consular teams in Hanoi or HCMC are able […]

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28th September 2017 Hanoi, Vietnam

Giles Lever

by Giles Lever

British Ambassador to Vietnam

Be slow… to go fast!

Did you know that 28 September is International Right to Know Day? No? Neither did I until one of my colleagues suggested I write a blog. For most civil servants in the UK sharing information with the public is second nature. This is because the UK Parliament passed a Freedom of Information Act in 2000 […]

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15th September 2017 Hanoi, Vietnam

Giles Lever

by Giles Lever

British Ambassador to Vietnam

The spirit of democracy is more important than the form

Today is the UN’s International Day of Democracy (IDD). Time flies – it seems like much less than two years ago that I marked IDD in 2015 by meeting with civil society representatives to discuss the development of civil society in Vietnam. This year, the IDD again represents an opportunity to step back from our daily work […]

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4th July 2017 Hanoi, Vietnam

Giles Lever

by Giles Lever

British Ambassador to Vietnam

The smarter the journalists are, the better off society is

Those of you who follow our UKinVietnam Facebook page closely will know that the UK believes strongly in the value of a vibrant and dynamic media. The media plays a vital role in providing reliable and accurate information, and giving people the opportunity to discuss and debate issues freely. That is why I’m proud of […]

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24th January 2017 Hanoi, Vietnam

Giles Lever

by Giles Lever

British Ambassador to Vietnam

My ambitions and commitments for 2017

Happy new year to all of you! That’s something I expect to be saying for most of this month: the buzz of welcoming in a new calendar year will barely have worn off before it’s time to celebrate the lunar new year – the Year of the Rooster – in late January. In the west, […]

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8th August 2016 Hanoi, Vietnam

Giles Lever

by Giles Lever

British Ambassador to Vietnam

Dentistry and defence engagement in Da Nang

Last week I was down in the coastal city of Da Nang in central Vietnam, braving the blistering summer heat to celebrate a “first” in UK defence engagement in the Asia Pacific, and with Vietnam. Pacific Partnership (PP) is an annual US-led multinational defence engagement, focusing on humanitarian assistance and disaster relief with allies and […]

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27th May 2016 Hanoi, Vietnam

Giles Lever

by Giles Lever

British Ambassador to Vietnam

Son Doong – a Jewel in Vietnam’s crown

Ambassadors to Vietnam enjoyed the trip to Son Doong

Last week I was fortunate enough to enjoy an amazing adventure, joining a group of fellow ambassadors on a five-day expedition to the world’s largest cave, Son Doong in Quang Binh province’s Phong Nha-Ke Bang national park. (Although the trip was organised by the Vietnamese government, let me assure readers that I took the time […]

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17th March 2016 Hanoi, Vietnam

Giles Lever

by Giles Lever

British Ambassador to Vietnam

GREAT British Food and Drinks Festival in Vietnam

The classic British scone - added some Vietnamese twist with pomelo flowers.

Although I sometimes watch cookery contests like Master Chef on TV, I never imagined I would take part in one.  But life is full of surprises.  And on Monday, instead of chairing the usual start-the-week meeting at the Embassy, I was at Hanoi’s famous Metropole Hotel rolling up my sleeves, putting on an apron, and […]

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13th January 2016 Hanoi, Vietnam

Giles Lever

by Giles Lever

British Ambassador to Vietnam

Youth Parliament programme

First of all, let me take this opportunity to wish everyone a healthy and successful New Year. “Chuc mung nam moi”! For my first blog of 2016 I thought I’d try something a little different so I invited Nguyen Ngoc Lan, a student at the Hanoi Law University, to share this blog with me. Lan […]

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About Giles Lever

I’ve been ambassador to Vietnam since July 2014. It’s a great privilege to serve as ambassador anywhere, but I’m particularly delighted to be back working for British interests in a…

I’ve been ambassador to Vietnam since July 2014. It’s a great privilege to serve as ambassador anywhere, but I’m particularly delighted to be back working for British interests in a country and a region I know well.

My very first job in the FCO, in 1991, was in the Southeast Asia Department, and that was followed by a posting to Vietnam from 1993-97 – an exciting time, as the “doi moi” process of economic reform and opening up gathered pace.

East Asia has been a bit of a theme in my career, as I also worked at the British Embassy in Tokyo from 2002-2006 (preceded by two years learning Japanese). But I’ve also been fortunate enough to work on a lot of other interesting regions and issues, including on the Middle East and North Africa, international development, and arms control/security. Immediately before coming back to Hanoi, I was Deputy High Commissioner in Abuja, Nigeria.

Outside of work, when I have time, I like running, reading, exploring, and trying to stay in touch from afar with the fortunes of Bolton Wanderers FC. Many of my Vietnamese friends love Premier League football, and are invariably disappointed to hear that the team I support is not in the Premiership!

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