Senior Adviser, Chatham House; Prime Minister of Australia (2007-10, 2013); Minister for Foreign Affairs, Australia (2010-12)
Kevin Rudd

Summary

Kevin Rudd served as Australia’s 26th Prime Minister (2007 to 2010, 2013) and as Foreign Minister (2010 to 2012).

He led Australia’s response during the global financial crisis - the only major developed economy not to go into recession - and helped found the G20.

As Prime Minister and Foreign Minister, Mr. Rudd 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 U.S. and Russia in 2010.

He also initiated the concept of transforming the EAS into a wider Asia-Pacific community to help manage deep-rooted tensions in Asia by building over time the institutions and culture of common security in Asia.

He served as Chair of the Independent Commission on Multilateralism, a two-year review of the UN system, releasing his Chair’s Report (UN 2030: Rebuilding Order in a Fragmenting World) in August 2016.

In 2014, Mr. Rudd was a Senior Fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School where he completed a major policy paper U.S.-China 21: The Future of U.S.-China Relations Under Xi Jinping.

Mr. Rudd joined the Asia Society Policy Institute as its inaugural President in January 2015.

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.

Mr. Rudd is a member of the Comprehensive Nuclear Test-Ban Treaty Organization’s Group of Eminent Persons. He is proficient in Mandarin Chinese and serves as a Visiting Professor at Tsinghua University in Beijing, and he co-chairs the World Economic Forum’s China Council.

Mr. Rudd is proficient in Mandarin Chinese and is a Visiting Professor at Tsinghua University. He co-authored a report of the United Nations Secretary-General's High Level Panel on Global Sustainability and chairs the World Economic Forum's Global Agenda Council on Fragile States.

He also remains actively engaged in indigenous reconciliation in Australia.