Foreign Policy Association honors Kevin Rudd at its annual World Leadership Forum Luncheon
Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd was greeted by over 650 enthusiastic guests at the Waldorf Astoria in New York City on September 23rd 2009. Theodore Roosevelt IV presided over the luncheon. In the keynote address, Prime Minister Rudd reflected on the strength of the American and Australian relationship, often quoting Teddy Roosevelt. Mr. Rudd made a call for a re-invigoration of world bodies and argued the case for making the G20 the prime driver of global politics.
Co-Chairs for the event included:
James R. Blackwell, President, Chevron Asia Pacific Exploration and Production Company
Klaus Kleinfeld, President & Chief Executive Officer, Aloca, Inc.
Joseph Duffy, Senior Vice President, Laureate International University
Andrew N. Liveris, Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer, Dow Chemical
Michael W. Hodin, Vice President, Corporate and International Affairs, Pfizer Inc.
Jeremy Philips, Executive Vice President, News Corporation
Hugh Killen, Global Head of Spot FX, Westpac
Irene D. Pritzker, President, IDP Foundation, Inc.
Richard G. Kirkland, President, South Asia, Lockheed Martin Global, Inc.
Bruce T. Richards, Managing Director, Head of Wholesale Banking Americas, National Australia Bank
Other notable guests in attendance were Henry Kissinger, Senator Penny Wong (Australian Minister for Climate Change and Water), Robert Thomson (Editor-in-Chief, Dow Jones & Company and Managing Editor of The Wall Street Journal), Irene Pritzker from the IDP Foundation and Barbara Walters.
Anthony Pratt, Chairman of Pratt Industries and Visy Industries and H. Fisk Johnson of SC Johnson both personally accepted awards from the FPA for their leadership in corporate and social responsibility.
The Association co-hosted a table with Dow Chemical, welcoming patrons Doug Daft AC and John Merow AC along with Advisory Council members David Anstice, Leon Hertz and Jerome Kenney.