High-level Chair & Global Leadership Council

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

High-level Chair

The Hon. Kevin Rudd

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.

SWA Leaders

Dr. Mushtaque Chowdhury Vice Chairperson of BRAC

Dr. Mushtaque Chowdhury is also Professor of Clinical Population and Family Health at Columbia University, having joined the School of Public Health there in 2004. . During 2009-2012, he served as senior advisor at the Rockefeller Foundation, Thailand, overseeing the health portfolio of the Foundation in Asia. Dr. Chowdhury is the founding Dean of BRAC University’s James P. Grant School of Public Health in Bangladesh. He also founded the Research and Evaluation Division of BRAC, an NGO which is particularly concerned with poverty alleviation, education, and health. He is the current Vice Chairperson of BRAC in Bangladesh.