Russell Craig

National Technology Advisor

Microsoft New Zealand

New Zealand

Russell Craig is Microsoft New Zealand’s National Technology Officer (NTO).  Based in Wellington, he works with both public and private sector stakeholders on matters related to technology strategy and policy.

Russell brings significant public sector and private sector experience to his role. From the mid-1990’s he worked at the State Services Commission where he played a lead role in development and implementation of the New Zealand e‑government programme.

He also worked in the NZ Ministry of Health where he was responsible for development of health sector information strategy and policies, as was the privacy officer for the national health information collections.

Russell also spent 2004 & 2005 working in Paris as part of the OECD’s e‑Government project.

In 2007 Russell joined Cisco Systems. Based in Hong Kong and then London, he worked as a strategic business consultant and trusted advisor to the company’s top public and private sector customers, with a significant focus on cloud-enabled innovation.

In 2014 Russell and his family returned to New Zealand and he took up the NTO position at Microsoft – the ideal role to allow him to bring his experience to bear in support of Microsoft’s customers, partners and stakeholders in New Zealand. In his role, Russell focuses on helping customers understand and realise the broad transformational opportunities enabled by Microsoft’s cloud platform, on working with policy makers and regulators requiring assurance about cloud services, driving cloud-enabled innovation, and addressing matters related to cybersecurity at both a customer and national level.