The Hon Mike Rann AC CNZM.
'The Hon Mike Rann AC is the CEO of Rann Strategy Group, a business and political consultancy based in London with affiliates in Milan, Rome, Sydney and Washington DC. He is also of the Chair of the international charity Power of Nutrition and a board member of the UK headquartered The Climate Group. Mike is also Visiting Professor at the Policy Institute of King's College London and a member of the King's Commission for London chaired by Lord Adonis. From 2014 to 2016 he was Australian Ambassador to Italy, San Marino, Albania and Libya. He was also Australia's Permanent Representative to the UN World Food Programme and the UN Food and Agricultural Organisation. Mr Rann was previously Australia's High Commissioner to the United Kingdom, Commonwealth War Graves Commissioner and Trustee of the Imperial War Museum. He was also Australia's Permanent Representative to the UN's International Maritime Organisation.
From March 2002 to October 2011 Mr Rann was Premier of South Australia. He was leader of the South Australian Labor Party for a record 17 years, until October 2011. Mr Rann Served for 26 years in the South Australian Parliament, including 22 years on the front bench. While Premier he was also Minister for Economic Development, Minister for the Arts, Australia’s first Minister for Social Inclusion and Australia’s – and one of the world’s – first Ministers for Climate Change.
Mr Rann was National President of the Australian Labor Party during the Prime Ministership of Kevin Rudd and was the inaugural Chair of the Council of the Australian Federation representing all States and Territories.
Following his retirement from Parliament, Mr Rann was appointed by former British Prime Minister Tony Blair to the International Leadership Council of the Climate Group. He also joined the International Advisory Board of the UK-based Ecological Sequestration Trust. In 2012 Mr Rann was appointed Chair of Low Carbon Australia and then Australia's 'green bank' by the Federal Government. He was also Co-Chair of the Australia-Canada Economic Leadership Forum and a member of the Australian Government’s Urban Policy Forum until his appointment as High Commissioner in December 2012.
In 2012, Mr Rann was Professorial Fellow in Social and Policy studies at Flinders University and was Visiting Senior Research Fellow in Political Studies at the University of Auckland. He is adjunct Professor in Public Policy at Carnegie Mellon University and was a Senior Fellow for Democracy and Development at the Center for National Policy, Washington DC, from 2012 to 2014. Mr Rann has been awarded honours by the governments of New Zealand, Greece, Poland and Australia.