The ANZLF Policy Group, co-chaired by John Paitaridis and Greg Lowe, meets every six to eight weeks to review progress on the policy agenda, discuss strategy and update on the Sector Group work programmes. The Policy Group is supported by the Australia and New Zealand Directors, who provide policy support and carry out the ANZLF strategy as directed by the Policy Group.
Currently, the ANZLF Policy Group is comprised of the Sector Group Co-Chairs and partners of ANZLF.
John Paitaridis (JP) is the Chief Executive Officer and Founder of CyberCX.
CyberCX is the leading cyber security organisation in Australia and New Zealand, with a growing global presence and offices in the UK and USA. CyberCX has a workforce of more than 1,400 cyber security and cloud services professionals, and offers the most comprehensive services in market, including Strategy and Consulting, Security Testing and Assurance, Governance, Risk and Compliance, Managed Security Services, Network and Cloud Security, Identity and Access Management, Incident Response and Cyber Education & Training.
John is a recognised leader in the technology industry and business community. He is committed to the digital future of Australia and New Zealand, with a proven ability to translate vision and strategy into execution and results.
Prior to his role with CyberCX, John spent seven years as Managing Director at Optus, where he was responsible for Optus’ enterprise and business group and subsidiaries, one of Australia’s leading Information Communications and Technology (ICT) organisations.
Previously, John was Executive Director at Telstra where he was leading scale telecommunications and services organisations in the Australian and international markets. John has a strong track record of driving financial and business outcomes, with a committed focus on serving customers and building high performance teams.
With 30 years’ experience in the technology industry, including almost 10 years based in Europe and Asia, John has been responsible for enabling the digital transformation and cyber security strategies for some of the most significant public-sector organisations and global enterprises, across banking and financial services, retail, logistics, media, infrastructure, energy, health, and mining sectors.
John holds a Bachelor of Economics degree and is a graduate member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. In 2012, he was appointed to the Australian Information Industry Association (AIIA) National Board of Directors and was Chairman of AIIA between 2016 and 2019. In 2017, John was appointed National Board Director, Business Higher Education Round Table (BHERT). John currently serves as the Executive Chairman of high growth cyber technology SAAS companies Airlock Digital, and Phriendly Phishing.
In 2023 John was named as one of Australia’s top 100 Innovators “The Australian”.
Greg became the Strategic Growth Advisor in October 2023 where his focus is on making an impact on emerging strategic growth initiatives that will enhance future business. Prior to this he was the CEO of the Beca Group since April 2012, responsible for business operations and delivery of strategic objectives group-wide. Joining Beca in 2004 as Wellington Regional Manager, he became Managing Director Australia in 2006 and was appointed to the Beca Group Board in 2010.
Greg has wide experience in large project delivery and multi-disciplinary consultancy services and previously held senior management roles in asset management and information technology consultancies. His early career with the Royal New Zealand Navy culminated in senior roles covering operations, policy and major project delivery.
Greg is an Officer of the NZ Order of Merit, a Fellow of Engineering New Zealand (IPENZ), a Chartered Member of the Institute of Directors in New Zealand and holds a Master’s degree and First Class Honours degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Auckland.
Fiona Cooper is New Zealand Director of the Australia New Zealand Leadership Forum, a role she has performed on behalf of BusinessNZ since 2018, having been involved in the ANZLF Secretariat since it was established in 2011. Fiona is also an Associate Director of the New Zealand International Business Forum. Fiona advises clients on government relations, trade policy and communications, drawing on 34 years of experience in the private and public sectors. She was Executive Director of the NZ-US Council 2014-18; Vice-Chair of the East Asia Business Council’s Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership Working Group 2013-2020 and Lead Advisor for NZ’s APEC Business Advisory Council members 2011-14. Fiona previously worked for Bank of New Zealand, Fonterra and New Zealand Dairy Board and was involved in setting up the Dairy Companies Association of New Zealand. Her career began in the New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade including a secondment to the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade in 1989 and a trade policy posting at the New Zealand Embassy in Washington DC 1992-1996. She has a BA (Hons) in political science and history from the University of Canterbury and has undertaken leadership programmes with INSEAD and Institute for Strategic Leadership.
Ranj Samrai is the Australian Director of the Australia New Zealand Leadership Forum (ANZLF), commencing in December 2022. Prior to joining the ANZLF, Ranj was the Program Director for the Australian American Leadership Dialogue, a strategic role she held for five years. Ranj has worked in the private diplomatic sector for over a decade managing bi-lateral and multi-lateral engagement programs to advance Australia’s interests around the world. Earlier in her career, Ranj worked in senior roles with large global health and international development organizations. Personally, Ranj is an avid supporter of the Hawthorn Football Club and is on the Board of the Chamberlain Foundation, a Charitable Trust focused on suicide prevention. Ranj has a master’s degree from Monash University.