The Institute is delighted to announce we will be conducting a webinar on 27 October at 0800hrs (GMT) with the Honourable Kevin Rudd AC, Former Prime Minister of Australia and now among other appointments President of the Asia Society Policy Institute. Following introductions by the Institute Chairman, Lord Robertson of Port Ellen will put questions to Kevin on a variety of contemporary topics affecting Australia, the United States, Europe and Asia. Following this discussion there will be the opportunity for audience questions.
The Honourable Kevin Rudd AC 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—the only major developed economy not to go into recession—and helped found the G20. Mr Rudd joined the Asia Society Policy Institute in New York as its inaugural President in January 2015. In 2015-16, Mr Rudd led a review of the UN system as chair of the Independent Commission on Multilateralism. He is Chair of the Board of the International Peace Institute, Chair of Sanitation and Water for All, and was recently appointed to the IMF Managing Director’s new External Advisory Group. He is a Senior Fellow with Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government, a Distinguished Fellow at Chatham House in London and a Distinguished Statesman with the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington DC. Mr Rudd is proficient in Mandarin Chinese. He also remains actively engaged in indigenous reconciliation.
Lord Robertson was the tenth Secretary General of the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation, between 1999 and 2004. He served as UK Defence Secretary from 1997 to 1999. He is Special Advisor to BP plc and Chairman of BP Russian Investments Ltd. He was Shadow Secretary of State for Scotland 1993 to 1997 and served as Vice-Chairman of the British Council from 1985 to 1994. He has held and continues to hold many significant Board appointments. He has received honours from many countries including the US Presidential Medal of Freedom. He is one of the 16 Knights of the Thistle and Chancellor of the Order of St Michael and St George. He served two terms as a President of Chatham House and is a member of the Institute’s International Advisory Council.