Chris Clarke is the CEO of World Vision New Zealand, an international faith-based humanitarian organisation that works in over 90 countries around the world. Chris has travelled extensively with World Vision, including this past year having been to Israel, Palestine and Jordan where he visited one of the largest refugee camps in the world, as well as Nicaragua, Honduras and Colombia.
Chris is passionate about growing a generation of young New Zealanders who have a world vision – a generation that imagines a world where people can flourish irrespective or race, gender, religion, or where they were born.
His interest in leadership dates back to his own experiences working in health management in New Zealand, the United Kingdom and with the World Health Organisation in Europe. Prior to joining World Vision, he was CEO of the Hawke’s Bay District Health Board. He also has strong ties to Oxford University and is the first Praxis Visiting Scholar at Green Templeton College Oxford University where his main focus is on leadership development.
Chris holds a number of community roles including Trustee of Te Whakaora Tangata, Trustee of the Arrow Leadership Programme and Vice President of Tertiary Students Christian Fellowship.
Growing up in a Christian home, Chris has been a Christian as long as he can remember, but his faith came especially alive to him as a 14 year old at a Youth For Christ rally in Christchurch. He’s a keen tramper, runner, photographer, and when he gets the time, cyclist. For Chris, his special place in New Zealand is Golden Bay, at the top of the South Island.
He is married to Karen, and they have two young adult sons, Zachary and Oscar.