Helping you win and create value with strategies that work.

 

Rann Strategy Group (RSG) is a London-based strategic advisory service with extraordinary global reach.  Whether you are in business or government, we can help through our extensive global network of business affiliates in the UK, US, Canada, Italy, Scandinavia, Australia, New Zealand and India. 

RSG offers clients the advice of a team of respected international leaders in their fields with decades of experience and contacts.  We work to ensure maximum impact through strategic advice and messaging and sound political and commercial judgements.

We operate in a range of sectors including renewable energy, defence, government relations, international banking, strategic infrastructure and cities, but our unique offering remains steadfast: RSG is about smart advice, proven ideas that work and strategies that win honed over decades in politics, business and international diplomacy. 

 

 
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What we do

Rann Strategy Group creates value for our clients. We provide smart advice, unique situational analysis, new ideas and winning strategies to help you successfully enter new markets, boost existing market penetration and enhance your reputation.

We make introductions that will help you transform your business, create opportunities to attract new investment and promote your product or brand.

Rann Strategy Group helps you manage business and political risk and navigate unfamiliar terrain.  We understand the regulatory environment and how governments work and think. Our government engagement strategies and shrewd political analysis will ensure you successfully achieve your business objectives in the shortest time possible.  

Our services include:

  • Strategic advice
  • Strategic messaging
  • Government engagement and business breakthrough
  • Political campaign strategy
  • Political analysis
  • Market development
  • Brexit advice

Our clients are located all over the world in sectors as diverse as: 

  • Renewable energy
  • Infrastructure
  • Defence
  • Mining
  • Advertising and marketing
  • Retail
  • Manufacturing

Who we are

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Hon Mike Rann AC, CNZM
Chief Executive Officer

Mike Rann is Chief Executive Officer of the Rann Strategy Group (RSG), based in London and Rome, with affiliates in Washington. Milan and Sydney.  He is also a Visiting Professor at the Policy Institute of King’s College London.  Mike was recently appointed Chairman of the Power of Nutrition UK and to the Board of The Climate Group.

Mike Rann is former Premier of South Australia and a former Australian Ambassador to two G8 nations. RSG draws on his nearly 40 years in government and working with business in Australia and internationally. He has the most extraordinary international network in business and politics that spans a broad range of sectors including renewable energy, climate change, sustainability and urban planning, defence and education. 

As one of Australia’s most successful state Premiers (2002 to 2011), Mike Rann also held a range of portfolios as a Cabinet Minister including Economic Development; Business and Regional Development; Tourism; Arts; Employment and Further Education; and Social Inclusion. 

The Rann Government invested strongly in re-vitalising South Australia’s capital city, Adelaide, through new approaches to planning and urban design, as well as large investments in transformational infrastructure, high tech precincts and transport oriented developments, and major events and festivals.  

As one of the world's first Climate Change Ministers his leadership saw South Australia become a world leader in renewable energy which was recognised by Mike's appointment by former British Prime Minister Tony Blair to the International Leadership Council of UK-based The Climate Group, and by his appointment in 2012 by the Australian Government as Chair of Low Carbon Australia Ltd, Australia’s “Green Bank”. 

Mike Rann was National President of the Australian Labor Party during the Prime Ministership of Kevin Rudd.  He was also elected by all other Australian Premiers and Chief Ministers to be the inaugural Chair of the Council of the Australian Federation, a policy think-tank for Australian States and Territories.

In late 2012, Mike Rann was appointed by Australia's Federal Labour Government as High Commissioner to the UK (2012-2014) and subsequently by the Abbott Government as Australia's Ambassador to Italy, Libya, Albania and San Marino and as Australia’s Permanent Representative to the UN agencies based in Rome (2014-2016). He served four Australian Prime Ministers in senior Ambassadorial roles in two G8 countries. 

Mike Rann has been honoured by the Governments of Australia, New Zealand, Greece and Poland. 

To learn more about our CEO, Mike Rann, follow him on Twitter or visit his blog at mikerann.net .

 

 

Liesl Jordan

Liesl Jordan
Chief Operating Officer

Liesl Jordan has had 25 years of experience working in the senior executive of government, in the private sector and with multi-lateral organisations. She is an experienced business consultant and program manager having worked in senior management consulting roles for global organisations Ernst & Young and EDS.  

A qualified lawyer and program manager, for three years Liesl was based in New Delhi, India where she led the delivery phases of a regional governance program for the United Nation's Development Program (UNDP).  Working with government and non-government organisations, Liesl’s role was to implement a range of regional capacity-building projects to support the UN’s objectives to decrease the spread of HIV and AIDS in South and Southeast Asia by building the capacity of NGOs and government organisations to tackle the underlying social, cultural and economic factors influencing health outcomes.   Although based in New Delhi her focus was Asia-wide. 

Between 2012 and 2016 served as the Attorney-General's Department senior representative in the Australian High Commission, London,where she was responsible for working with local partners to ensure a coordinated bilateral and multi-lateral responses to complex national security issues.  

Liesl now lives in London where, as a partner in the Rann Strategy Group, she draws on her wide ranging business and government experience to deliver strategic business advice to large multi-national corporations with a focus on the UK, Italy and Australia.  She has lived and worked in Japan and has a good command of the Japanese language.  Liesl regularly works in Italy and speaks conversational Italian. 

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Global Reach

The Rann Strategy Group is London-based but has a global reach. The Group has extensive affiliations with a range of globally recognised and respected individuals.  These affiliations increase our reach and ability to meet client needs wherever they are in the world.  They allow us to deliver unparalleled business advice whenever and wherever needed. 

  • Bruce Hawker is Rann Strategy Group's key affiliate in Australia. Bruce is one of Australia's pre-eminent strategists in politics and business. Over many decades he has managed election campaigns at Federal and State level around Australia.  He was a key adviser to Prime Minister Kevin Rudd and a series of State leaders, including New South Wales Premier Bob Carr, Queensland Premiers Peter Beattie and Anna Bligh, and South Australian Premier Mike Rann. Between 1998 and 2007 the Australian Labor Party won every State and Territory campaign Mr Hawker worked on as a strategist. In 2007, he was the key strategist for the Federal campaign which saw the election of Kevin Rudd as Prime Minister and the defeat of the Howard Government. Based in Sydney,  Mr Hawker has been named by the media as one of Australia's most influential power brokers.  He is the Managing Director of Campaigns and Communications specialising in corporate as well as political campaigns. Prior to that he was the founder of Australia's largest business government relations practice, Hawker Britton. Bruce is a well-known writer and political commentator, including as a regular guest on Sky News.  Mike Rann and Bruce Hawker have known and worked together for almost 30 years.

  • General Sir Adrian Bradshaw KCB OBE was until August this year Deputy Supreme Allied Commander Europe and the senior NATO military link man with the EU, being also Operational Commander of EU Stabilisation operations enabled by NATO.   Amongst his several senior British Army posts he has been Commander of UK Land Forces, involving leadership of 80,000 personnel.   Other senior positions included Deputy Commander of NATO forces in Afghanistan, responsible for the command, forward planning and strategy development of 140,000 NATO and Coalition personnel and around 350,000 Afghan National Security Forces.  He was Director of UK Special Forces for 3 years of intense operational engagement in Iraq, Afghanistan and worldwide, and Commander of the UK's 1st Armoured Division in Germany.  Sir Adrian is highly respected internationally for his leadership of multinational and multidisciplinary teams, as well as an innovator and senior strategist with significant experience of working under extraordinary pressure in complex and often chaotic environments.  In NATO Sir Adrian worked with the civilian as well as military leaders of 29 member nations and its multiple international partners. He also has extraordinary contacts at the highest level in the Middle East and is Strategic Adviser to a Middle East Head of State. Over decades, in a variety of leadership roles, Sir Adrian has developed extraordinary geopolitical experience and expertise and works with Rann Strategy Group internationally.

  • Daniele Mancini is Rann Strategy Group's key affiliate in Milan. Daniele is Managing Partner of the GoNextGroup (www.gonextgroup.com) an investment and advisory business.  He was previously General Manager, International Expansion of REA Group, majority owned by Rupert Murdoch's News Limited, the Australian subsidiary of News Corporation.   Previously, Daniele was European General Manager of REA Group,  a leading player in online real estate. Daniele has 20 years experience in Internet and media, 'disrupting' traditional markets in areas such as real estate and travel.  He has experience in managing large organisations as well as start-ups, specialising in the digital transformation of businesses.   Under his leadership REA's revenue in Europe increased substantially and he drove its websites, such as Casa.it from their infancy to positions of market leadership.   Mr Mancini has held senior managerial positions in travel and technology companies. Daniele was a board member of the IAB (the Internet Advertising Bureau) which promotes links between between media and marketing organisations while providing guidance on how traditional players can thrive in the digital age. Daniele has a degree in business and economics from the University of Pescara and a Masters in Tourism Management from a university in Venice.

  • Dr. Alessandro Aresu is our key affiliate and strategic adviser based in Rome.  He was an adviser to former Italian Prime Minister Enrico Letta; current Economy and Finance Minister Pier Carlo Padoan and to current Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni when he was Minister of Foreign Affairs. Alessandro is a member of the board of directors at the Italian Space Agency (Agenzia Spaziale Italiana). He has served on several governmental committees on Italian and European economic policy,  specialising on financial incentives business growth and investment.   He is member of the Scientific Board at Limes (the Italian Review of Geopolitics) and General Manager of the geopolitical research company MacroGeo.
    Alessandro is also a member of the advisory board and of the executive board at the European Policy School, founded in 2015 by former Italian Prime Minister Enrico Letta, and teaches there.  Alessandro advises Rann Strategy Group on Italian politics and current affairs, and economic developments.  

Through our affiliations and extensive network of international business and political contacts, we will help you win and create long-term value.

Contact us

Rann Strategy Group

 

Mike Rann
Chief Executive Officer
E: mike@rannstrategygroup.com

Liesl Jordan
Chief Operating Officer
E: liesl@rannstrategygroup.com

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