Samir Jacques Chalhoub is a Lebanese human rights researcher and social justice activist based in Beirut. He was born on 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 marginalised communities including refugees, children, migrant workers, and LGBTQI+. Samir currently leads humanitarian policy and advocacy with the Danish Refugee Council in Lebanon.
In 2015, Samir graduated from the University of Saint Joseph's School of Social Work with a bachelor's degree in community organisation.
In 2017, he enrolled in postgraduate studies at the Institute of Political Science to specialise in foreign policy and international cooperation.
International Non-Profit Organisations
In 2013, Samir joined War Child Holland to provide psychosocial support services for refugee children arriving in Lebanon from Syria at the early years of the outbreak. He later becomes a trainer on psychosocial support in emergencies. He kept close relations with the Dutch organisation in an advisory capacity as an advocacy and communications consultant.
Samir organised advocacy and communications workshops for International Medical Corps, the Lebanese Ministry of Public Health, the Bahrain Center for Human Rights, and national civil society organisations.
In 2018, Samir was hired by World Vision, an international humanitarian, development and advocacy organisation as their national policy and advocacy coordinator for Lebanon with a focus on the child rights portfolio.
In Lebanon, Samir currently leads humanitarian policy and advocacy with the Danish Refugee Council for conflict-affected communities, focusing on protection, economic recovery, and humanitarian accountability.
Samir worked for a private school in Beirut as head of student affairs from 2014 to 2016.
He was hired by the University of Balamand as co-curricular programmes coordinator for its Faculty of Health Sciences for the academic year of 2016-2017 and continues to deliver advocacy and communications training to healthcare practitioners.
During an offensive against extremist groups at the Lebanon-Syria borders in 2016, tensions between refugees and host Lebanese were catalysed by a politically-driven anti-refugee rhetoric. In an attempt to counter widespread misinformation, Samir produced and hosted a weekly talk show, 'Displaced, But', on experiences faced by refugees and the host community.
In 2017, Samir launched a non-profit online magazine, Middle East Sight, touching on local and regional socio-political and human rights issues. The magazine is currently run by several volunteer contributors.
In 2018, Samir hosed 'Debrief', a weekly talk show tackling human rights and corruption aired on local television.
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 a victim of a falsified vote count.
Samir is committed to ending all forms of discrimination and social and economic exclusion based on nationality, race, ethnicity, gender, and sexual orientation. He is invited as a moderator, guest and motivational speaker. He firmly stands for the rights of marginalised groups subject to chronic neglect and abuse.