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


Samah Hadid is a global human rights campaigner, advocate and writer. Samah is a regular commentator on women’s rights globally and the need to protect children and civilians in conflict. She grew up in western Sydney and has worked all around the world.

Current Work

Samah Hadid is the National Director of The Global Poverty Project, an international campaigning organization aimed at ending extreme poverty. She has also recently taken on the role of the Middle East Director of Campaigns for Amnesty International based in the Beirut regional office. Samah has worked throughout the Middle East and Africa in advocacy roles with feminist organization Nazra and Oxfam International.

Previous Experience

Roles: She has also advised international organizations and national governments on human rights issues, development policy and conflict resolution through her roles with the National Commission for UNESCO, a member of the UN Experts Meeting Group on Youth and Amnesty International's Diversity Steering Committee. Samah has worked in diplomacy and within the UN system as an adviser.

Media: Samah has been a regular commentator on CNN, BBC and other international news outlets. She has published regular op eds for The Guardian, News Limited and Fairfax publications, and has co-authored several books including - The Future by Us and Future Chasers in which she has discussed the need for multiculturalism and the anti-racism movement in Australia.

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.

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