Gail Kelly and Haruhiko Kuroda Join the Group of Thirty

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The Group of Thirty announced today that Gail Kelly, CEO & Managing Director of Westpac, and Haruhiko Kuroda, Governor of the Bank of Japan, have joined the membership of the Group.

The Group of Thirty (G30) announced today that Gail Kelly and Haruhiko Kuroda have accepted invitations to join the membership of the G30. Gail Kelly is the CEO and Managing Director of Westpac Group in Australia, and Haruhiko Kuroda is the Governor of the Bank of Japan.

Dr. Jacob A. Frenkel, Chairman of the Board of Trustees, stated: "We are delighted to welcome Gail Kelly and Haruhiko Kuroda to the Group. Mrs. Kelly brings to the Group a wealth of experience from her decades at the top of commercial banking in Australia, and we look forward to her collaboration on the G30 work program. Mr. Kuroda brings with him unique insights reflecting his experience as Vice Minister of Finance for International Affairs at the Ministry of Finance in Japan, as President of the Asian Development Bank and from his current key role as Governor of the Bank of Japan.”

Dr. Frenkel continued: “The effectiveness of the G30 depends fundamentally upon the diverse experiences and stature of the Group’s members. We look forward to the contributions of Mrs. Kelly and Mr. Kuroda to the policy deliberations of the G30."

Jean-Claude Trichet, Chairman of the G30, said: “I am extremely pleased to extend membership to Gail and Haruhiko. Gail is bringing a wealth of experience gained in her very active and successful involvement in the private sector. Haruhiko has an exceptional national and international public sector experience; I had the privilege to follow his action during the last 16 years. I look forward to the engagement of both of them with the Group, through all our events, work program, and meetings."

Chairman Trichet continued: “I am sure they will add great additional value to the intellectual life of the G30 in the years ahead.”

Gail Kelly responded: “I am honored to have been invited to join the Group of Thirty. The G30 has an illustrious membership and is influential in shaping debate on international economic and financial policy matters. I look forward to bringing a commercial banking perspective to discussions and supporting the ongoing work program of the G30.”

Haruhiko Kuroda stated: “I thank both Jacob and Jean-Claude for inviting me to join the distinguished membership of the Group. I look forward to collaborating on topics of common concern in the years to come and to continuing the great tradition of engagement between the G30 and the Bank of Japan.”

The Group of Thirty was founded in 1978. The Group is a private, nonprofit, international body composed of senior participants from the private and public sectors and academia. The Group aims to deepen understanding of international economic and financial issues, to explore the international repercussions of decisions taken in the public and private sectors and to examine the choices available to market practitioners and to policymakers. The Group is led by Jacob A. Frenkel, Chairman of its Board of Trustees, and Jean-Claude Trichet, Chairman of the Group.

Bios for Gail Kelly and Haruhiko Kuroda, as well as a full membership list, are available at

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