Billionaire Clive Palmer has been appointed to a key position at a new organisation that will advise the Brisbane G20 Summit and counts former US presidents Bill Clinton and Jimmy Carter among its members.
The mining magnate is the joint secretary-general of the World Leadership Alliance, which has been formed in America as a joint effort between Club de Madrid and the World Economic Council.
The announcement was made in Little Rock, Arkansas, by former Dutch prime minister Wim Kok, who is also the president of Club de Madrid, which includes Mr Clinton and Mr Carter as members, along with Burmese opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi.
Mr Palmer said the alliance would be a key adviser to the next G20 Summit. Arkansas Online reported that one of several goals of the new partnership was to boost sustainable technology use globally.
The former LNP life member shares the post of joint-secretary general with former Spanish foreign minister Carlos Westendorp.
Mr Palmer called the appointment significant and said he was honoured to be given the role.
“The alliance will draw on the individual and collective leadership experience as well as its members' profiles to support current leaders who are facing challenges of democratic development in a turbulent environment,” he said.
He said he was very passionate about the role and was looking forward to contributing to democratic leadership on a "global scale".
It was announced in July that Brisbane would host the 2014 G20 Summit. Southern states criticised the decision, saying it was purely a political move by Prime Minister Julia Gillard.
Mr Kok said the alliance played an important role by allowing countries access to more than 90 former world leaders.