Job Title: Scholar in Residence


Kim Samuel conducts research, writes and lectures on the subject of isolation, shame and humiliation as a critical experiential and measurable component of multi-dimensional poverty, human dignity and human rights struggles everywhere. She is actively engaged in three joint programmatic and research efforts on children in Southern Africa in partnership with the Synergos Institute, Nelson Mandela Children’s Foundation in South Africa and the Foundation for Community Development in Mozambique; people living with intellectual disabilities globally in partnership with Special Olympics International; and with indigenous youth in Canada in collaboration with the Assembly of First Nations.

She is a Chair of the External Advisory Board of the Yale Center for Environmental Law and Policy, a Founding Member of the Global Philanthropists Circle; a Policy Advisor to the Oxford Poverty and Human Development Initiative (OPHI); a Director of Synergos Institute, Quincy Jones Music Consortium, the Temenos Academy and the Prince’s School for Traditional Arts; a Member of the Dean’s Council of Harvard Kennedy School, the Clinton Global Initiative, the TED conference, the Africa Advisory Committee of Human Rights Watch, the Chairman’s Council of Conservation International; and an Advisory Board Member of Fair Trade USA and TakingItGlobal.

Ms. Samuel is also President of The Samuel Family Foundation which actively engages in a number of collaborative partnerships directed toward global poverty alleviation, global environmental sustainability and conservation, youth empowerment, human rights advocacy, preservation of traditional arts and wisdom, disability rights and family support. She is active in the business arena too, as an Owner and Director of The Samuel Group of Companies, her family’s business founded in 1855, which comprises a network of operations across North America, engaged in the processing, manufacturing and distribution of steel and other metals.


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