Former Prime Minister and Foreign Minister of Australia, President of the Asia Society Policy Institute
The Honorable Mr Kevin Rudd served as Australia’s 26th Prime Minister (2007-2010, 2013) and as Foreign Minister (2010- 2012). He led Australia’s response during the Global Financial Crisis, reviewed by the IMF as the most effective stimulus strategy of all major economies. Mr Rudd was a co-founder of the G20, established to drive the global response to the crisis and which, through its actions in 2009, prevented the global economy from spiraling into depression. Mr Rudd is President of the Asia Society Policy Institute in New York. ASPI is a think-do tank dedicated to track two diplomacy to assist governments and businesses on policy challenges within Asia, and between Asia, the US and the West. He is Chair of the Independent Commission on Multilateralism, a two-year review of the United Nations system under the aegis of the International Peace Institute.