Dr Kennedy was appointed Secretary to the Treasury with effect from 2 September 2019.
Prior to his appointment as Treasury Secretary, Dr Kennedy was Secretary of the Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Cities and Regional Development between September 2017 and August 2019.
During his nearly 30 years in the public service, Dr Kennedy has held other senior positions including Deputy Secretary at the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet; Deputy Secretary at the Department of Industry, Innovation and Science; Deputy Secretary at the Department of the Environment; Deputy Secretary at the Department of Climate Change and Energy Efficiency, and the Head of Secretariat of the Garnaut Climate Change Review – Update 2011.
Dr Kennedy began his public service career in 1992 as a cadet at the Australian Bureau of Statistics. Prior to joining the public service, he trained and worked as a nurse.
Dr Kennedy has served on a number of boards and is a member of the Reserve Bank Board, Council of Financial Regulators, Trans-Tasman Council on Banking Supervision, Board of Taxation, New Zealand Treasury Board, the Sir Roland Wilson Foundation and the Centre for Market Design Advisory Board.
He is also the Institute of Public Administration Australia (IPAA) ACT President.
Dr Kennedy was awarded a Public Service Medal in 2016 for outstanding public service in the area of climate change policy.
Dr Kennedy holds a PhD and a Masters in Economics from the Australian National University, and a Bachelor of Economics (First Class Honours) from the University of Sydney.
Robert Milliner is an independent director of AusNet Services Ltd., an independent director of the Global Infrastructure Hub Ltd (a G20 initiative), Chairman of the Australian Payments Council and a member of the APEC Business Advisory Council.
He is also a Senior Adviser at UBS and a Senior Adviser to the Secretary General of the International Chamber of Commerce.
He was the B20 Sherpa for Australia for 2014, a member of the Steering Committee for Turkey B20 2015, Senior Adviser to China B20 2016, Special Adviser to Germany B20 2017 and Senior Director B20 Saudi Arabia 2020.
From 2004-2011 he was Chief Executive Partner of Australia's pre-eminent international law firm Mallesons Stephen Jaques (now King & Wood Mallesons). In his role as Chief Executive he lead the merger of Mallesons and King & Wood (a PRC firm), which was a world first. He was a partner of Mallesons for 28 years and specialized in mergers & acquisitions, infrastructure and was recognized as one of the world’s leading energy lawyers.
Robert is an Honorary Member of the Business Council of Australia and member of the Economic Policy and Competitiveness and Energy and Climate Change Committees; he was a director of the Business Council 2005-2011.
He has a Bachelor of Commerce and Bachelor of Laws (Hons) from the University of Queensland and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Western Australia and has attended the Advanced Management Program at Harvard Business School.
Katherine Sierra is a non-resident Senior Fellow of Global Economy and Development at The Brookings Institution.
Previously Ms Sierra held senior leadership positions at the World Bank, including Vice President for Sustainable Development (2007-2010); Vice President, Infrastructure (2004-2007): Vice President, Human Resources
(2001-2004); and Vice President for Operational Core Services (1999-2000).
Ms Sierra is a member of the External Advisory Council for the Ingersoll Rand Center for Energy Efficiency, and is on the Sustainability Advisory Committee for the FMC Corporation. She is the Chair of the Gold Medal Jury for the World Environment Center's Corporate Sustainability Leadership Award. She co-chaired an external task force which addressed issues of Gender Based Violence in World Bank Investment Projects, and is currently co-chair of the Oxfam Independent Commission addressing Sexual Misconduct and Culture Change at that organization.
Ms Sierra has a Bachelor of Arts (Anthropology and Hispanic Civilization), University of California Santa Barbara (1976), a Masters in City and Regional Planning from the Graduate School of Design at Harvard University (1978) and has also completed the General Managers Program at the Harvard Business School (1998).
Ms. Katharine Rechico is the Assistant Deputy Minister of International Trade and Finance at the Department of Finance Canada, since April 2019. Ms. Rechico has substantial international finance and economic policy experience.
Previously, Ms. Rechico was the Assistant Secretary to the Cabinet, Liaison Secretariat for Macroeconomic Policy at the Office of the Privy Council of Canada.
Ms. Rechico also held other senior positions in the Department of Finance, including Director General of International Finance and Development and Acting Director General of Federal Provincial Relations.
From 2002-2005, Ms. Rechico was the Economics and Finance Counsellor at the Canadian Delegation to the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) in Paris, France.
Ms. Rechico holds a Master’s degree in Economics from Queens University, and a Bachelor of Arts with Honours in Economics from the University of Alberta.
Yoshiki Takeuchi is currently serving as Vice-Minister of Finance for International Affairs, Ministry of Finance (MOF) of Japan. Since he joined the MOF in 1983, he has held many senior positions in the Ministry, including Director for Policy Co-ordination Office, Policy Planning and Research Division (2003-2004), Director of International Tax Policy Division, Tax Bureau (2004-2006), Budget Examiner, Budget Bureau (2006-2007), Director for Foreign Exchange Markets Division, International Bureau (2007-2009), Deputy Director-General, International Bureau (2012-2014), Senior Deputy Director-General, International Bureau (2014-2015), Director of the Kinki Local Finance Bureau (2015-2016), and Director-General of the International Bureau (2016-2019).
He also has extensive experience outside the MOF including Secretary at Embassy of Japan in United States of America (1992-1995), and Visiting Fellow, Royal Institute of International Affairs (Chatham House) in United Kingdom (2009-2012).
He holds a BA from University of Tokyo (Law Faculty) and M.Phil. in Economics from the University of Oxford, United Kingdom.