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.