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

Summary

Kevin Rudd was prime minister of Australia (2013, and 2007-10). From 2010-12 he served as Australia's foreign minister. Mr Rudd was elected as leader of the Labor Party in 2006 and was only the third Labor leader to win government from opposition since the Second World War. 

Mr Rudd is internationally recognized as one of the founders of the G20, the premier global economic decision-making institution. He is recognized as a major driving force behind the 2010 decision to expand the East Asia Summit to include the United States in this important regional institution.

This was a major step forward to realizing his longer term vision for an Asia Pacific Community which he first proposed in 2008. In his first term as prime minister and then foreign minister, Mr Rudd also oversaw the doubling of Australian foreign aid over five years, making Australia the seventh-largest aid donor in the world.

Mr Rudd remains engaged in major international challenges including global economic management, the rise of China, and the global challenge of sustainable development.

He was a co-author of the 2012 report of the United Nations Secretary General’s High Level Panel on Global Sustainability Resilient People, Resilient Planet.

Nationally, he remains deeply engaged on the questions of Australia's strategic and economic future in Asia, aboriginal reconciliation, the teaching of Asian languages, homelessness and organ donation.