Executive Director


Fiona Cooper is the Executive Director of the NZUS Council.

Fiona is a consultant on trade policy and government relations, drawing on 26 years of experience in the private and public sectors.  She served on the Executive Committee of the Council from 2008 to early 2014, and earlier was a member of the Council’s Advisory Board.

Fiona was previously Head of Corporate Relations at Bank of New Zealand (2007-09).  Prior to that she held a range of trade policy leadership roles during more than a decade with Fonterra Cooperative Group, New Zealand Dairy Board and the Dairy Companies Association of New Zealand.

Before joining the private sector Fiona served for nine years in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade including a trade policy posting to Washington DC in the early to mid 1990s.

Through her company Cooper Clarke Consulting Ltd, Fiona also provides the Secretariat for the Australia - New Zealand Leadership Forum, in conjunction with Business New Zealand, and is Associate Director of the New Zealand International Business Forum.