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National Director of The Global Poverty Project, 2010 Australian Youth Representative to the UN


Samah Hadid is a social justice campaigner. The National Director of The Global Poverty Project, an organisation that campaigns to end extreme poverty, she was selected as the 2010 Australian Youth Representative to the United Nations and completed a fellowship with the United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights.

Current work

Samah is a regular commentator on the ABC's Newsmakers and Q&A programs, and has also published several opinion pieces for Fairfax media as well as co-authored the book The Future by Us.

Samah is also a performance artist and playwright and is currently developing The Burqa Monologues.

Previous experience

Roles: Samah has advised national governments and international organizations on youth policy, multiculturalism and human rights issues. Her advisory roles have included Youth Representative on the Australian National Commission for UNESCO, member of Amnesty International's Diversity Steering Committee, Action Partner for Oxfam International Youth Partnerships, and member of the National Youth Roundtable. She was also selected as a participant to the Prime Minister's 2020 Summit and a member of the UN Expert Group on Youth.

Education: She has completed a Bachelor of Economics and Social Sciences (Political Science) at the University of Sydney and is currently completing her Masters in Human Rights Law.

Recognition: She has been recognised for her volunteer work as the CRC Young Volunteer of the Year, finalist for NSW Young Australian of the Year and has received a human rights commendation award. She was also voted as one of the top 100 Leaders of Tomorrow by the St Gallen Institute and one of the 50 Women We Must Admire by the Herald Sun.


Politics & Advocacy

  • Human Rights
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