He Momo - Dr Clarence Brown takes his expertise worldwide

By Taiha Molyneux

Over 16 thousand employees depend on the guidance and health support provided by a descendant of Ngāti Hine at the World Bank in America. Dr Clarence Brown is the main point of contact for the majority of staff under the bank and although he holds a high ranking position he maintains his humility.

The World Bank is an organisation known across the world and this Ngāti Hine Descendant holds a core position within it.

Dr Clarence Brown says, “Advising staff and management on issues associated with long term disability. Sick leave, sick leave management and fitness for duty, adjudication on various requests that come through the department. Facilitating workplace health and safety, implementing an overall occupational programme that encompass my role.

It’s not an easy job as essentially thousands of people rely on his guidance.

“In total the bank has approximately 16-17 thousand employees in which maybe 50 percent are here, sometimes it's a 40- 60 split in terms of their distribution that fluctuates depending on short term consultants excreta but generally there’s about 17 thousand employees. For me it’s quite an enormous number because Im the point of contact for the whole of the world bank group and that includes just to review the world bank is the international bank for reconstruction and development the international finance corporation IDA and MEGA and their various institutions and basically I’m the point of contact for all of those institutions.”

His pursuit of taking care of others began in Northland prior to a move to the army which took him around the world on various missions. The big thing for him in his current role is its focus remains on helping and taking care of others.

Coming to the world bank and then that's also a part of that component because now the mission here is ridding the world of poverty and so in my mind I think it goes right back to my army days where there was international peace keeping. I think a lot of people don't realise how important we are our little country in contributing to major world issues there’s a lot of kiwi veterans out there who have done a lot of stuff.

Although he and his family live in America he holds true to his Māori heritage, and says Māori and New Zealanders alike are making a difference across the world.

I think sometimes because we are so small people sort of forget that we have a major contribution. In fact I have a lot of colleagues in mostly international organisations throughout the world now and you can be guaranteed that there’s a kiwi amongst them for sure.”