The Honorable Kevin Rudd served as Australia’s 26th Prime Minister (2007-2010, 2013) and as Foreign Minister (2010- 2012).
Mr. Rudd is the inaugural President of the Asia Society Policy Institute in New York. ASPI is a “think do tank” dedicated to second track diplomacy to help governments and businesses on policy challenges within Asia, and between Asia, the US and the West. Mr. Rudd is a Senior Fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School where in 2014-15 he completed a major policy report on the Future of U.S.-China Relations Under Xi Jinping. He is currently chair of the International Peace Institute, and previously served as Chair of the Independent Commission on Multilateralism where in 2015-16 he led a review of the UN system.
He is a Distinguished Fellow at Chatham House in London, 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 Test Ban Organization’s Group of Eminent Persons. He has studied China for over 30 years, is proficient in Mandarin Chinese, serves at the international advisory board of the Schwartzman Scholars program at Tsinghua University, and as an honorary professor of Peking University. He is currently undertaking a major research project at Oxford on the rise of China and its impact on world order.
Mr. Rudd recently published two volumes of his autobiography: Not For the Faint-Hearted & The PM Years.