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Dr. Samantha Nutt (Sam) is a medical doctor with more than fifteen years of experience working in war zones. Committed to peace, human rights and social justice, she has worked in some of the world's most violent flashpoints with War Child, the United Nations and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) in Darfur, Iraq, Afghanistan, The Democratic Republic of Congo, Liberia, Sierra Leone, Somalia, Burundi, northern Uganda, Ethiopia and the Thai-Burmese border.
Over the course of her professional career and as the Founder and Executive Director of War Child, Samantha has spearheaded efforts to provide direct humanitarian support and long term programming to war-affected children and their families, and to promote greater awareness in Canada concerning the rights of children everywhere.
Samantha’s work on behalf of war-affected communities around the world has been widely recognized. Samantha is a recipient of “Canada’s Top 40 under 40 Award” (Globe and Mail). She was designated by Time Magazine as one of “Canada’s Five Leading Activists.” CBC News has profiled her as a “Canadian Leader.” CTV National News has declared her a “Canadian Success Story” and Maclean’s Magazine featured her in their annual Honour Roll as one of “Twelve Canadians Making a Difference.” Global TV has declared her a “National Trailblazer.” Chatelaine Magazine has named her one of “Twelve Canadian Women Who Should Run for Politics”. She has been described by Hello Magazine as one of “Canada’s Top Ten Outstanding Women,” and has been featured as a guest on CBC Television’s “The Hour.” Samantha was chosen as “Personnalité De La Semaine” by La Presse and CBC Radio Canada, and as one of “200 Young Global Leaders” in the world by the World Economic Forum. The Globe and Mail has profiled her as a nominee for “Nation Builde of the Year,” and she has also been honoured as one of “Canada’s Top 100 Most Powerful Women.” In July 2011, Samantha was appointed to the Order of Canada, one of the highest civilian honours in Canada.
Samantha has written for Maclean’s Magazine covering war-related issues, is a published author and frequently appears on Canadian television and radio as an expert commentator on war and human rights issues. She is also a highly sought after keynote speaker on the impact of war, human rights, social justice and on public engagement in global issues, inspiring others to make a difference. She writes and is featured in online segments for Discovery Chanel (discovery.ca)and was also an on-air panelist in the 2010 CBC Radio Canada Reads.
She graduated Summa Cum Laude from McMaster University, earned an MSc with distinctionfrom London University, and holds a Fellowship in Community Medicine (FRCPC) from the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. She is further certified by the College of Family Practice (CCFP) and completed a sub specialization in women’s health through the University of Toronto as a Women’s Health Scholar. Dr. Samantha is the recipient of several honourary doctorates from universities in Canada and the USA.
Samantha is bilingual, and is on staff at Women's College Hospital in Toronto. She is also an Assistant Professor at the University of Toronto in the Department of Family and Community Medicine. In addition, she is on the Board of Directors of the David Suzuki Foundation, and is an Advisor to the Canadian Museum for Human Rights.
Lorna Read is Chief Operating Officer at War Child, based in Toronto. Lorna has 20 years of experience in international development and humanitarian work that includes 10 years of field work in Latin America. She is dedicated to ensuring investment in programs where children and youth are both the implementers and the beneficiaries, as this is invaluable to capture the engagement of these future generations in their own development.
Lorna's experience has included program implementation, advocacy, policy development and applied research in the sector. Immediately prior to joining War Child, she was Vice President of International Programs at Right To Play International. She has led research and development projects in Latin America for university consortia and government agencies, worked for the Institute of Latin American and Iberian Studies at Columbia University, and held consultancies for Canadian Embassies, UNICEF, INSTRAW and the MacArthur Foundation. Lorna has served as an adjunct professor and taught courses related to community and global development at universities in Canada and the US. She currently holds an adjunct position at Saint Mary’s University in the Department of International Development.
Lorna holds a Ph.D. in Political Science from Columbia University, with a concentration in Latin American Political and Socio-Economic Development. She also has a Master’s degree in International Development Studies from Saint Mary’s University. She was the recipient of a postdoctoral fellowship, and fellowships from Fulbright and the Tinker Foundation. She has been published in topics related to sustainable community development and international relations, with a focus on the participation of civil society in the development process and institutional capacity-building. She frequently gives keynote addresses related to development and human rights at conferences and seminars. She has lived and worked in five countries outside of Canada and has travelled extensively for work to more than 20 countries across Latin America, Africa, Asia and the Middle East.
Richard is responsible for the international programs department at War Child. Richard has worked in a number of program management, organizational development and senior executive positions within the non-profit sector internationally for the past 12 years. This includes the management of a range of community-based youth, education and HIV/AIDS programs.
James is responsible for North American communications at War Child, based out of Toronto. Before moving to Canada, James worked at War Child in London, England, doing much the same job but with slightly more irony.
Before becoming charitable, James ran Brian Eno’s management company, working on projects including a David Bowie album, a fashion show, a computer program for generating music, an aborted magazine and a 3’ x 3’ representation of the dance floor from Saturday Night Fever.
He once accidentally put the phone down on Bono. Bono was very gracious about it.
Barbara’s previous life was that of a Television Journalist/Producer with Global TV, CBC and CHUM TV among others. She was introduced to War Child in 2004 as the Producer of the Gemini nominated documentary Rocked: Sum 41 in Congo. Barbara returned to War Child in 2006 and is currently its Director of Music and Special Initiatives.