Biography

The Hon Mike Rann CNZM.

Mike Rann is Australia's Ambassador to Italy, San Marino, Albania and Libya. He is also Australia's Permanent Representative to the United Nation's Food and Agricuture Organization and World Food Programme. He is based in Rome. 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 Representive 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 June 2012 Mr Rann was appointed Chair of Low Carbon Australia.  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.

Mr Rann is Professorial Fellow in Social and Policy studies at Flinders University, adjunct Professor in Public Policy at Carnegie Mellon University and Visiting Senior Research Fellow in Political Studies at the University of Auckland.  He is a Senior Fellow for Democracy and Development at the Center for National Policy, Washington DC.  Mr Rann has been awarded honours by the governments of New Zealand, Greece and Poland.