Renai LeMay is an Australian writer and technologist.
He currently works for Canberra-based strategic ICT consultancy CTO Group. This role allows him to advance his long-term interest in the governance, assurance and project management of major digital transformation projects.
In his spare time, Renai is writing two books, both of which will be published in 2017.
The first, The Frustrated State: How terrible tech policy is deterring digital Australia, will be the first in-depth examination of how Australia’s political sector is systematically mismanaging technological change.
The second, No Brother, is a science fiction novel which offers a vision of a future where martial arts discipline intersects with power, youth and radical technological change.
Renai is best known for founding Delimiter, one of Australia’s largest technology communities.
In this role, Renai spent time as part of the Federal Parliamentary Press Gallery in Canberra, reporting on the intersection between Federal politics and technology policy. Other past roles have included technology reporting and editing positions at The Australian Financial Review newspaper and popular technology news site ZDNet.
His journalistic roles led Renai to be regarded as one of Australia’s highest-profile and most influential technology journalists and commentators, as well as a noted media entrepreneur.
Renai is also known for a stint working in Parliament House in Canberra as an advisor to Greens Deputy Leader, Senator Scott Ludlam. In this role, Renai ran Senator Ludlam’s parliamentary business on a day to day basis — working with Senate staff, other parties and stakeholders at all levels — and acting as the Australian Greens’ lead policy advisor on Technology, Defence and Nuclear issues.
Renai grew up in a series of small towns throughout rural South Australia, before completing most of his primary and high school education in Broken Hill in far west New South Wales.
He went on to study for a Bachelor of Science in Business Information Technology at the University of New South Wales, before dropping out after two years. He then completed a Bachelor of Arts (English, Government and International Relations) from the University of Sydney.
Renai also holds qualifications in Project Management and IT Service Management.