Samir Chalhoub is a Lebanese human rights researcher and social justice activist based in Beirut. He was born in August 23, 1994 in the Lebanese village of Deir El Qamar. Samir is engaged in several social movements advocating for the rights of vulnerable and marginalized communities including refugees, children, migrant workers, and LGBTQI+.
In 2015, Samir graduated from the University of Saint Joseph's school of social work with a bachelor degree in community organization.
In 2017, he enrolled in a postgraduate program at the Institute of Political Science to specialize in foreign policy and international cooperation during which he developed a particular interest in international law and international relations theory.
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In 2013, Samir joined War Child Holland to provide psychosocial support for Syrian children arriving to Lebanon following the Syria outbreak. He later becomes a trainer on psychosocial support in emergencies. He kept close relations with the Dutch organization in an advisory capacity.
As a consultant, Samir organized advocacy and communications workshops for International Medical Corps in partnership with the Lebanese Ministry of Public Health, and the Bahrain Center for Human Rights.
In 2018, he worked with World Vision, an international humanitarian, development and advocacy organization as national policy and advocacy coordinator for Lebanon with a focus on the child rights portfolio.
Samir is now leading policy advocacy with the Danish Refugee Council and the Danish Demining Group for conflict-affected communities in Lebanon, focusing on protection, economic recovery, social stability, and risk education.
Samir worked for a private school as head of student affairs from 2014 to 2016.
He was hired by the University of Balamand as co-curricular programs coordinator for its Faculty of Health Sciences for the academic year of 2016-2017. He was mandated to motivate and engage students and faculty in community engagement programs.
Samir hosed 'Debrief', a weekly talk show on sociopolitical issues aired on local television.
During an offensive against extremist groups at the Lebanon-Syria borders in 2016, deep tensions have risen between refugees and the host community catalyzed by biased media. As a result, Samir produced and hosted a talk show 'Displaced, But' on experiences faced by Syrian and Lebanese populations.
He launched a nonprofit online magazine in 2017, Middle East Sight, covering local and regional political and human rights issues. The magazine is currently run by several volunteer contributors.
In 2019, Samir becomes the campaign and political adviser to Joumana Haddad, a writer, prominent advocate for human rights and freedoms as well as an independent candidate to the 2018 parliamentary elections who initially won her seat but was reportedly victim of a falsified vote count.
Samir is committed to include the voices of young people in decision-making processes. He is invited as a moderator, guest and motivational speaker. He firmly stands for the rights of marginalized communities and groups subject to chronic neglect or discrimination.