Chair of SWA, the Hon Mr. Kevin Rudd


Kevin Rudd is President of the Asia Society Policy Institute. He served as Australia’s 26th Prime Minister (2007-2010,2013) and as Foreign Minister (2010-2012). In 2016, he led a review of the entire UN system as Chair of the Independent Commission on Multilateralism. He is the Chair of Sanitation and Water for All, a member of the Comprehensive Test Ban Organization’s Group of Eminent Persons, a Distinguished Fellow at Chatham House in London, a Distinguished Statesman with the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington D.C., and a Distinguished Fellow at the Paulson Institute in Chicago. He is proficient in Mandarin Chinese and serves as a Visiting Professor at Tsinghua University in Beijing, and co-chairs the World Economic Forum’s China Global Affairs Council

“Sanitation, water and hygiene are basic human rights. As Foreign Affairs Minister I commissioned a review to determine what areas of aid spending were most beneficial, and it became clear that investments in water and sanitation make a real difference to people’s lives and also present a significant opportunity for economic growth.

Every day, a lack of clean water and sanitation contributes to the death of 1,000 children under-five. Through SWA we have the opportunity to change that, as well as help to address countless other health and societal challenges in some of the world’s communities most in need.” 

– The Hon Mr. Kevin Rudd