For more than 20 years, Dr. Samantha Nutt has been on the frontlines of many of the world’s major crises. A medical doctor and founder and president of the internationally renowned non-profit organizations, War Child Canada and War Child USA, she is one of the most intrepid and recognized voices in the humanitarian arena and a leading authority on current affairs, public health, war, and foreign policy. Nutt draws on her incredible wealth of experience to share unique insights into global issues and what they mean to her audiences.
Nutt is a respected authority for many of North America’s leading media outlets. She is a regular foreign affairs panelist on the acclaimed news program, CBC’s The National, and a contributor to NowThis News. Her written work has been published by TED Ideas, Reuters, The Globe and Mail, The National Post, The Toronto Star, Maclean’s Magazine, The Ottawa Citizen, The Huffington Post, and many others. She has also been featured in AP News, Forbes, TIME, Chatelaine, and More magazine, and on NBC Nightly News, BBC World News Service, America’s Radio News Network, NPR, CTV’s Power Play, CTV National News, Global TV News, and CBC Radio, to name a few.
In addition, Nutt is a staff physician at Women’s College Hospital in Toronto and an assistant professor of medicine at the University of Toronto. She also authored the critically acclaimed and #1 bestselling book, Damned Nations: Greed, Guns, Armies, and Aid, which is a bracing and uncompromising account of her work in some of the most devastated regions of the world. In 2016, Nutt spoke at the TED Talks Live “War and Peace” event at The Town Hall Theatre in New York, which aired on PBS. Her talk on the deadly impact of small arms has since garnered over a million views on TED.com.
Named one of Canada’s “25 most influential figures” by The Globe and Mail and one of “Canada’s Five Leading Activists” by TIME magazine, Nutt was recognized as a Young Global Leader by World Economic Forum and has been appointed to both the Order of Ontario and the Order of Canada. Most recently, she was awarded the prestigious Loyola Medal by Concordia University.
Nutt graduated summa cum laude from McMaster University, earned a M.Sc in Public Health with distinction from the University of London, and holds a Fellowship in Community Medicine (FRCPC) from the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. She is further certified by the College of Family Practice and completed a sub-specialization in women’s health through the University of Toronto as a Women’s Health Scholar. Nutt is also a senior fellow at University of Toronto’s Massey College and a former board member of the David Suzuki Foundation.