20 June 2014

Chatham House is pleased to announce the appointment of Kevin Rudd as a Distinguished Visiting Fellow. His role at Chatham House will be to contribute to the institute's research, output and activities relating to Asia, the G20 and climate change.


Kevin Rudd comes to Chatham House after serving as prime minister of Australia (2007-10, 2013) and foreign minister (2010-12). At Chatham House, he will contribute to the institute’s analysis on the Asia-Pacific region, including China and its international relations; the role of the G20 in managing the global economy; and strategies to combat and confront climate change. He has served on Chatham House’s Panel of Senior Advisers since 2012 and will continue in this role.

Kevin Rudd is currently leading the Harvard Kennedy School project on the future of US-China relations and is a distinguished statesman at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington DC.

Robin Niblett, director of Chatham House, said: 'I am delighted to welcome Kevin Rudd to Chatham House as a Distinguished Visiting Fellow. The combination of his deep and substantive knowledge combined with policy experience at the highest levels means that he is ideally placed to contribute to Chatham House's work at this pivotal moment in international affairs. On China, Mr Rudd fields a unique skill set having graduated in modern Chinese language and history from the Australian National University, having lived and worked in China as a diplomat and later businessman, and having dealt with the Chinese government at its most senior levels as prime minister and foreign minister, with the rare benefit of being able to speak Chinese fluently.’

Kevin Rudd said: 'I am delighted to be joining Chatham House where I will be able to make a serious contribution to its output. I have always valued expertise that Chatham House brings to the debate on international affairs. I look forward to helping to shape the institute's work in areas that have been the focus of my efforts in government, both as an elected politician and as a civil servant, and that remain of deep personal interest.’

Editor's notes

Kevin Rudd

Mr Rudd served as Australia’s 26th prime minister (2007-2010, 2013) and as foreign minister (2010- 2012). He led Australia’s response during the GFC – the only major developed economy not to go into recession – and helped found the G20. A senior fellow with Harvard University’s John F Kennedy School of Government, he is undertaking a major research project on US-China Relations. Mr Rudd is a distinguished statesman with the Center for Strategic and International Studies, and was recently appointed to the Concordia Leadership Council. He is proficient in Mandarin Chinese and a visiting professor at Tsinghua University. He co-authored a report of the UN secretary general's High Level Panel on Global Sustainability and chairs the WEF's Global Agenda Council on Fragile States.


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