Malcolm Turnbull

Former Prime Minister of Australia


Malcolm Turnbull is the former Prime Minister of Australia, having led the country between 2015 and 2018. Prior to his elevation to Prime Minister he held key Ministerial Portfolios in Communications, the Environment and Water Resources. Among his many achievements, he salvaged the Trans Pacific Trade Partnership after the US pulled out of the Agreement at the last minute by ensuring all the other countries continued to support the initiative and he also forged new free trade agreements with Indonesia, Singapore and Peru. At a time of growing nationalist sentiment across the world, his leadership was epitomised by a commitment to inclusiveness and tolerance.

He entered politics in 2004 after a highly successful business career, in which he co-founded the first big Australian internet company, Ozemail, listing it on the Nasdaq in 1996 and selling it to Worldcom three years later. He has had a very prominent banking career, both as a partner and head of Goldman Sachs‘ Australian business, and also established his own investment banking firm in 1987, specialising in the media and technology sectors.

Prior to his banking career he practiced law and was a journalist. He is a Rhodes Scholar.