Martin Brash

South-South Fellow

Papua New Guinea

Biography

Martin Brash lives in and works as a consultant and company director in his home country; Papua New Guinea.  In 1994, along with family members he established Tanorama Limited, a PNG for-profit company. The company has successfully managed a variety of private sector, donor and government projects with particular expertise in capacity development, community engagement, community development and socio-economic policy and program advice.  Whilst his initial focus was on establishing Tanorama, Martin has since gone on to work as a practitioner on a variety of projects across all provinces in PNG.  His clients include Government, communities, civil society organisations, universities, private sector companies (notably in the resource industry) and donor organisations.

As a mediator and agreement builder, Martin’s assignments have included:

  • Independent facilitator, Ok Tedi Community Mine Continuation Agreement review process where new agreements were developed to resolve outstanding issues
  • Independent assessor and mediator engaged by the Compliance Advisory Ombudsman of the International Finance Corporation to support stakeholders in dispute resolution on the Pacific Marine Industrial Zone project in Papua New Guinea
  • Chairman Ramu Nickel Mine Memorandum of Agreement review process between State, private sector and community parties
  • Review of the Joint Understanding on the Kokoda Track between the Governments of Australia and Papua New Guinea, this included chairing meetings to help resolve the Tourism versus mining predicament faced by stakeholders
  • Facilitator to establish the CSO component of the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative in PNG

As a capacity builder Martin’s work has included:

  • Capacity Development Adviser for the Strongim Pipol Strongim Nesen Program, a major nationwide community driven development program
  • Trainer and mentor on conflict management and agreement building for community leaders in the hidden valley mine area in Papua New Guinea
  • Program and Organisational reviews for a variety of programs and agencies, including: PNG Electoral Commission, Peace Foundation Melanesia (a major dispute resolution CSO)…
  • Team Leader, design on a new entity to manage community development and compensation benefits resulting from environmental damage to the Ok Tedi and Fly Rivers
  • Various facilitation assignments, including stakeholder consultation processes for PNG social protection and National Disability policies amongst others.

Martin is married with two kids, all of whom currently live in Vanuatu where his wife holds a Directors’ post with the Pacific Institute of Public Policy. Martin has completed Diplomas in business and economics and was awarded the British Empire Medal for services to project management in PNG.