Mr Sam Gregory


Sam is a human rights activist, advocacy trainer and video producer.

He is currently the Program Director of WITNESS. WITNESS uses video and online technologies to open the eyes of the world to human rights violations. It empowers people to transform personal stories of abuse into powerful tools for justice, promoting public engagement and policy change.

Sam has worked in collaboration with WITNESS partners in Indonesia, the Philippines, Guatemala, Argentina, Burma, and USA, supporting advocacy and outreach campaigns centered around videos including 'Behind the Labels: Garment Workers on US Saipan' (2001), 'Rule of the Gun in Sugarland' (2001), 'Following Antigone: Forensic Anthropology and Human Rights' (2002), the Henry Hampton Award-winning 'Forgotten People' (2000), 'Entrenched Abuse: Forced Labour in Burma' (2004), 'Season of Fear: Internally Displaced People in Burma Call for International Action' (2006) as well as the recent ‘Shoot on Sight: The Ongoing Military Junta Offensive against Civilians in Eastern Burma’ (2007).

In 2005 he was the lead editor on ‘Video for Change: A Guide for Advocacy and Activism’ (Pluto Press) and in 2007 he designed the curriculum for WITNESS’ first two-week global Video Advocacy Institute. Videos he has produced have been screened at the US Congress, the United Nations and at film festivals worldwide. In 2004 he was a jury member for the IDFA Amnesty International/Doen Award. Sam joined WITNESS after completing a Master's Degree in Public Policy as a Kennedy Scholar at Harvard's John F. Kennedy School of Government, where he specialized in international development and media. He has worked as a television researcher/producer in both the UK and USA, and for development organizations in Nepal and Vietnam, and holds a BA from Oxford University in History and Spanish.