Samantha Nutt


One of the most original and influential voices in the humanitarian space, Dr. Samantha Nutt, a medical doctor and a founder of the internationally renowned non-profit War Child, has been a key instigator of positive change for the world. For over 15 years, she has been at the front lines of many of the world’s major crises, in countries such as Iraq, Afghanistan, Somalia, and Darfur. These experiences have given her unique insights into the brutality of modern conflict: why it begins, what sustains it, and what must be done to prevent children being held in its terrifying grip.

War Child works to provide humanitarian assistance and long-term rehabilitative support for children and youth. War Child’s international projects promote and protect children’s rights, improve access to education, strengthen livelihoods and build capacity throughout war-affected communities around the world. Much of War Child’s success has come from Dr. Nutt’s involvement in the arts, humanities and popular culture. The organization boasts a multitude of partnerships with world-renowned artists such as Kate Hudson, Alicia Keys, Coldplay, Bob Dylan and U2. War Child has also released two very successful TV documentaries and two music records with tracks by the likes of Paul McCartney, David Bowie, Stevie Wonder and Bruce Springsteen.

In addition to overseeing War Child, Samantha is a staff physician at Women’s College Hospital in Toronto, and an Assistant Professor of Medicine at the University of Toronto. She is also the author of the #1 national best-selling book Damned Nations, a distillation of her observations from providing hands-on care in some of the world’s most violent flashpoints.