Fiona Cooper Clarke

Fiona Cooper Clarke

Fiona Cooper Clarke

Associate

Fiona is a consultant on trade policy and government relations, drawing on 27 years of experience in the private and public sectors.   She is Associate Director of the New Zealand International Business Forum.  She provides the Secretariat for the Australia – New Zealand Leadership Forum, in conjunction with Business New Zealand.  She has served as Lead Staffer for APEC Business Advisory Council members in New Zealand and for ABAC’s Regional Economic Integration Working Group.  In October 2014, as Principal of Cooper Clarke Consulting Ltd, Fiona was appointed Executive Director of the NZUS Council, having previously served on its Executive Committee and Advisory Board.

Fiona was formerly Head of Corporate Relations at Bank of New Zealand and before that held a range of trade policy leadership roles with Fonterra Cooperative Group, NZ Dairy Board and Dairy Companies Association of New Zealand.  Before joining the private sector Fiona served in the NZ Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade including a trade policy posting to Washington DC, two secondments to Parliament and a year on exchange in the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

Before joining the private sector Fiona served for nine years in the New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade including a trade policy posting to Washington DC.  While in Washington she represented New Zealand at the FAO Consultative Subcommittee on Surplus Disposals and was elected to chair that body in 1995.  During her time in the Ministry Fiona was seconded to Parliament as Private Secretary (Trade) to the Minister of Trade Negotiations, and served as junior foreign policy advisor to the Prime Minister.  She spent a year on exchange in the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade in Canberra in 1989.

She has a BA (Hons) in Political Science from the University of Canterbury and has also studied leadership with INSEAD, the US Center for Creative Leadership and the Institute of Strategic Leadership in New Zealand.