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Kevin Rudd lands a new job with IMF’s COVID-19 team

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Lessening the economic impact of COVID-19 is now on Kevin Rudd's to-do list. Photo: ABC Photo: ABC
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Kevin Rudd has a new international gig.

The former Australian prime minister has joined an International Monetary Fund external advisory group to tackle issues including the coronavirus and its global economic impact.

“Even before the spread of Covid-19 and the dramatic health, economic, and financial disruptions it has brought, IMF members confronted a rapidly evolving world and complex policy issues,” IMF managing director Kristalina Georgieva said.

“To serve our membership well in this context, we need top-notch input and expertise from the widest range of sources, inside and outside the Fund.

“Toward this end, I am proud that an exceptional and diverse group of eminent individuals with high-level policy, market, and private sector experience has agreed to serve on my external advisory group.”

The group’s other members include former United Nations deputy secretary-general Lord Mark Malloch Brown, former Nigerian finance minister Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Monetary Authority of Singapore chairman Tharman Shanmugaratnam, Massachusetts Institute of Technology professor Kristin Forbes and Guggenheim Investments chief investment officer Scott Minerd.

Mr Rudd has held numerous international roles since resigning from Australian parliament in 2013, including senior fellow at Harvard University’s John F Kennedy School of Government, the Center for Strategic and International Studies and president of the Asia Society Policy Institute.

The IMF, based in Washington DC, said the group will meet “a few times a year” with the IMF’s managing director, deputy managing directors and a sub-set of IMF department directors.

-AAP