Samah Hadid

Advance Awards Social Impact GameChanger

A fearless campaigner, advocate and writer, Samah Hadid connects her own proud Arab and Muslim heritage to the global fight for greater equality.  Samah is as articulate as she is outspoken. Finding the fuel for her fire in the Arab Spring of 2010, Samah’s leadership has burned bright in roles for Amnesty International, The Global Poverty Project, feminist organisation Nazra and Oxfam International. Her vision for social justice has taken her from Australia to the Middle East and Africa, engaging in grassroots activism for the empowerment of women and girls through Egypt, Lebanon, Yemen, and South Sudan. 

Samah is the Head of Advocacy, Media and Communications for the Middle East and North Africa with the Norwegian Refugee Council. She completed a fellowship with the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights. Her advisory roles include working with UNESCO, the National Red Cross, Oxfam International, Amnesty International and the UN Experts Group on Youth. As the Australian Youth representative to the UN in 2010, Samah spoke for young people at the world stage of the UN. Samah has published regular op-eds for The Guardian, News Limited and Fairfax publications, CNN, The Independent, and has co-authored several books including – The Future by Us and Future Chasers. Her campaigns have created positive change for vulnerable communities.