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High-level Chair & Global Leadership Council

The Global Leadership Council is a high-level group of appointed SWA leaders who mobilize wider political commitment around the aims of the SWA partnership. The Council is led by the High-level Chair.


The Hon. Kevin Rudd

High-level Chair of SWA’s Global Leadership Council

The Hon. Kevin Rudd is the High-level Chair of SWA’s Global Leadership Council. He is also the President of the Asia Society Policy Institute. He served as Australia’s 26th Prime Minister (2007-2010,2013) and as Foreign Affairs Minister (2010-2012).

In 2016, he led a review of the entire UN system as Chair of the Independent Commission on Multilateralism. He is 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.