Dr. Samantha Nutt

Renowned humanitarian and international activist for peace, human rights and social justice, Dr. Samantha Nutt has been at the front-line of many of the world's major crises for the past fifteen years, from Iraq to Afghanistan, Somalia to the Congo, and Sierra Leone to Darfur. These experiences have given her a unique insight into the brutality of modern conflict -- why it begins, what sustains it and what we can and should do to prevent it.

As the Founder and Executive Director of War Child North America, Dr. Nutt has inspired thousands of people across the continent to see global conflict as a problem that can and must be solved. With her focus on education, child rights, and poverty reduction, she has helped to give voice and dignity to innocent people ravaged by circumstances beyond their control. For all her practical implements, Dr. Nutt provides, above all, a sense of hope.

Dr. Samantha Nutt was recently named one of Canada's 25 Transformational Canadians by The Globe and Mail. Time Magazine named her one of Canada's Five Leading Activists, and the World Economic Forum recognized her as one of 200 Young Global Leaders. Dr. Nutt is a staff physician at Women's College Hospital in Toronto and an Assistant Professor of medicine at the University of Toronto. A recipient of the Order of Ontario, she has also written about war-related issues for Maclean's, and is an expert commentator on war and human rights issues, appearing on Canadian, American and International news outlets. Her debut book, Damned Nations, was released in October 2011.