Kim Samuel is 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. Ms. Samuel conducts research, writes and lectures on the subject of isolation as a critical experiential and measurable component of multi-dimensional poverty, human dignity and human rights struggles everywhere.
She is Chair of the External Advisory Board of the Yale Center for Environmental Law and Policy, Founding Member of the Global Philanthropists Circle; Policy Advisor to the Oxford Poverty and Human Development Initiative (OPHI); Director of Synergos Institute, Quincy Jones Music Consortium, and the Temenos Academy; Member of the Dean’s Council of Harvard Kennedy School, Africa Advisory Committee of Human Rights Watch, Chairman’s Council of Conservation International and Advisory Board Member of Fair Trade USA and TakingItGlobal.
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. It is a Canada-based company which comprises a network of operations across North America, engaged in the processing, manufacturing and distribution of steel and other metals. Kim is also Director of The Samuel Group’s CSR Program, which comprises the corporate philanthropy and community outreach activities of the company.