Kevin Rudd

Senior Adviser, Chatham House; Prime Minister of Australia (2007-10, 2013)

Biography

Kevin Rudd is Senior Adviser to Chatham House. He served as Australia’s 26th Prime Minister, from 2007 to 2010 and in 2013, and as Foreign Minister from 2010 to 2012. He led Australia’s response during the global financial crisis and helped found the G20. As Prime Minister and Foreign Minister, he was active in global and regional foreign policy leadership. He was a driving force in expanding the East Asia Summit (EAS) to include both the US and Russia in 2010. He served as Chair of the Independent Commission on Multilateralism, a two-year review of the UN system, releasing his Chair’s Report in August 2016. In January 2015 he joined the Asia Society Policy Institute as its inaugural President. He is a Distinguished Statesman with the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington, and a Distinguished Fellow at the Paulson Institute in Chicago. He serves as a Visiting Professor at Tsinghua University in Beijing and as Co-Chair of the World Economic Forum’s China Council. He also remains actively engaged in indigenous reconciliation in Australia.