Siamak Sam Loni
SDSN Youth, Melbourne, Australia
Siamak Sam Loni is a recent Monash graduate and is now an Officer with MSDI’s Sustainable Development Program. In 2015 he was appointed as the inaugural Global Coordinator of SDSN Youth – an initiative of the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN). In that capacity Sam serves as a member (ex-officio) of the SDSN Global Leadership Council. Additionally, he is an Executive Member of SDSN Australia/Pacific Regional Centre which is hosted by the Monash Sustainable Development Institute (MSDI). Finally, Sam is an advisor of the Alpbach-Laxenburg Group (ALG), an expert group led by IIASA, in the development of the ‘World in 2050’ project.
Sam previously co-founded and coordinated an Australia wide campaign to raise awareness about human rights abuses in Iran during the post-2009 election violence and to put pressure on the Iranian government to respect human rights.
He was later elected as the first President of the Monash International Affairs Society (MIAS). In his capacity as the President of the MIAS, he secured the rights to host “world’s most prominent international student conference” (UK Times), Harvard World Model UN. The conference brought together over 2,000 young people from 80 countries to discuss prominent issues and devise solutions to global problems.
Sam worked closely with the United Nations and the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (AusAID division) to host a special summit in Melbourne – High Level Youth Summit on the Millennium Development Goals – which brought together young people from 22 countries and all 7 UN designated regions to put forward their perspectives on the future of the MDGs and their transition to a new set of goals and targets post-2015.
Sam has received a number of awards for his leadership in these areas, including the John Bertrand Leadership Series, the Harvard WorldMUN Diplomacy Award and the Resolution Project’s Social Venture Challenge. In 2015, he was shortlisted for the Victorian Student of the Year Award – Internationalisation.