The Hon Mike Rann was appointed Australian Ambassador to Italy in March 2014.
Mr Rann most recently served as Australia’s High Commissioner to the United Kingdom where he made a significant contribution to strengthening this important relationship. Mr Rann has established a wide range of valuable connections across politics, government and business and pursued with particular energy the promotion of trade and investment links between Australia and the UK.
His political career was notable for his long service as Premier of South Australia from 2002 to 2011. In 22 years in the South Australian Parliament, he held ministerial portfolios including Economic Development, Social Inclusion, Sustainability and Climate Change and the Arts. He concurrently held academic positions including Professorial Fellow in Social and Policy Studies at Flinders University; Adjunct Professor in Public Policy at Carnegie Mellon University; and Fellow for Democracy and Development at the Centre for National Policy in Washington DC.