Breakfast Meeting Number 5 | Kevin Rudd

Wednesday, 17 October 2018
The International House of Japan

Kevin Rudd
Kevin Rudd

[Guest Speaker]

The Honourable Kevin Rudd

President, Asia Society Policy Institute


Asia Society Japan Center was delighted to host a breakfast meeting with guest speaker Kevin Rudd, currently the President of Asia Society Policy Institute. Mr. 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—the only major developed economy not to go into recession—and co-founded the G20.


Mr. Rudd joined the Asia Society Policy Institute as its inaugural President in January 2015.


Mr. Rudd is Chair of the Board of the International Peace Institute, and Chair of Sanitation and Water for All. He is a Senior Fellow at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government, a Distinguished Fellow at Chatham House in London, a Distinguished Statesman with the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington DC, and a Distinguished Fellow at the Paulson Institute in Chicago. Mr. Rudd is a member of the Comprehensive Nuclear Test-Ban Treaty Organization’s Group of Eminent Persons.

He serves on the International Advisory Board of the Schwarzman Scholars program at Tsinghua University, and is an Honorary Professor at Peking University. Mr. Rudd is proficient in Mandarin Chinese.

He remains actively engaged in indigenous reconciliation.


[L-R]  Christopher P. Wells and Kevin Rudd
[L-R] Christopher P. Wells and Kevin Rudd


During the breakfast meeting Mr. Rudd covered a broad range of topics on China and the United States relationship along with the global economic costs in the future.


Please see attached a detailed transcript of the discussion published by the Asia Society Policy Institute :
Resolution of the U.S. – China Trade War


Mr Rudd wrote an op-ed based on the event, first published in the Australian Financial Review newspaper:

Kevin Rudd: China and the US seek the impossible compromise


Kevin Rudd Attendees



[Australian Embassy]
Mr. Bassim Blazey, Chargé d'Affaires, Australian Embassy Tokyo
Mr. Martin Walker, Minister-Counsellor (Political), Australian Embassy Tokyo

[Asia Society Policy Institute]
Mr. Patrick Ingle, Special Assistant and Senior Advisor to the President, Asia Society Policy Institute 

[Asia Society Japan Founding Members]

Ms. Rika Beppu, Partner, Squire Patton Boggs

Mr. Daniel Fujii, Trust Capital

Mr. Glen Fukushima, Center for American Progress

Mr. Kenji Govaers; Partner, Bain & Company Japan

Mr. Kosei Kobayashi, President & CEO KK Holdings.Inc

Mr. Sanjeev Sinha, President, India Japan Partnership Group – Fund

Ms. Minako Suematsu, Chairperson & Publisher, Japan Times, Ltd

Mr. Shoji Tsuboyama, President, CapitaLink Inc.

Mr. Christopher Wells, Partner, Morgan Lewis


[Asia Society Japan Center]

Sawako Hidaka, Executive Director