Kim Samuel

Job title: Visiting Scholar


Kim is a Visiting Scholar at OPHI.  Kim spearheaded the enquiry into the ‘missing dimensions’ of poverty data at OPHI in order to consider social isolation, social connectedness, and belonging, and their linkages to multidimensional poverty. 

Kim has been 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. The second focuses on people living with intellectual disabilities globally in partnership with Special Olympics International; and the last is 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 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.

Kim is also President of The Samuel Family Foundation which actively engages in a number of 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 Owner and Director of The Samuel Group of Companies, her family’s steel and metal business founded in 1855.