Samantha Nutt is an award-winning humanitarian, bestselling author and acclaimed public speaker. A medical doctor and the founder of the renowned international humanitarian organizations War Child USA and War Child Canada, Dr. Nutt has worked with children and their families at the frontline of many of the world’s major crises – from Iraq to Afghanistan, Somalia to the Democratic Republic of Congo, and Sierra Leone to Darfur, Sudan. A leading authority on current affairs, war, international aid and foreign policy, Dr Nutt is one of the most intrepid and recognized voices in the humanitarian arena and is amongst the most sought-after public speakers in North America. With a career that has spanned more than two decades and dozens of conflict zones, her international work has benefited millions of war-affected children globally.
Dr. 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 TV NEWS The National with Peter Mansbridge. Nutt’s written work has been published by TED Ideas, Maclean’s Magazine, Reuters, The Globe and Mail, The National Post, The Ottawa Citizen and The Huffington Post, among many others, and she has appeared on NBC Nightly News, BBC World News Service, WGN-TV, WGN-Radio (Chicago), America’s Radio Network News and NPR, to name just a few. In November 2015, Dr. Nutt spoke at TED Talks Live “War & Peace” at The Town Hall Theater in New York, which aired on PBS in May 2016. Dr. Nutt’s TED Talk garnered over one million views in just six months.
Dr. Nutt’s critically-acclaimed debut book, entitled Damned Nations: Greed, Guns, Armies and Aid, was released in October 2011 and was a #1 national bestseller in both hardcover and paperback. Damned Nations is a bracing and uncompromising account of Dr. Nutt’s work in some of the most devastated regions of the world.
Dr. Nutt was nominated for the prestigious 2016 DVF People’s Voice Award, and has been named one of Canada's 25 Transformational Canadians by the Globe and Mail. She has been recognized as a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum, and Time Magazine has featured her as one of Canada's Five Leading Activists. In July 2011, Dr. Nutt was appointed to the Order of Canada, Canada’s highest civilian honour, for her contributions to improving the plight of young people in the world's worst conflict zones.
Samantha Nutt graduated summa cum laude from McMaster University, earned an 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.
Dr. Nutt is a staff physician at Women's College Hospital in Toronto and is an Assistant Professor of Medicine at the University of Toronto. She is the Founder of War Child Canada and U.S.A., is a Senior Fellow at Massey College, University of Toronto and is on the board of the David Suzuki Foundation.
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