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Worldwide Vision - From Syria to Poverty In the Pacific


Tue 28 Mar 2017, 5:30pm–7:00pm

Where: The Rees Hotel, 377 Frankton Road, Queenstown

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Admission: Free


Listed by: Catalyst Trust

As CEO of World Vision, Chris Clarke has spent seven years focusing on world crises and how to help mitigate their effects. His Catalyst talk will focus on two examples he can speak to from personal experience - the crisis in Syria and poverty in the Pacific.

How do NGOs like World Vision build resilience in a war zone? He will speak of Syrian politics and shed light on where the future might lie for the Syrian people. Coming closer to home, Chris will focus on the field work perspective in our own back yard, including Timor Leste, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands and Vanuatu. What are the challenges and why do these ongoing crises get virtually no media headlines, despite their proximity to New Zealand?

On being appointed CEO of World Vision in January 2010, he said "We are on the cusp of a unique period in history. For the first time the world community has the technology, know-how and capacity to eradicate extreme poverty. The question is: do we have the moral and political will?” Chris's talk will include opportunities for Q & A.

Register at Please carpool as parking is limited. Donations at the door will be given to World Vision.

Chris Clarke graduated from Canterbury University in 1986 with Bachelor’s degrees in commerce and law. He has had a varied career in the New Zealand health sector, plus experience working in Europe with the World Health Organisation. From 2003 to February 2009, he was CEO of the Hawke's Bay District Health Board.