Alex Sampson, 28
Alex Sampson has seven years of experience as a journalist, and recently earned a Master of International Relations from the University of Melbourne, majoring in food security, human trafficking and international trade. Alex volunteers at Australian nonprofit the Youth Food Movement, working to educate young people about their food choices and ways to make the food system more sustainable. In her role as agribusiness journalist for Australia’s leading rural affairs newspaper "The Weekly Times" Alex has won awards for uncovering stories on urban and rural food insecurity, the trafficking of people for forced labor on Australian farms, and the exploitation of international farm workers in Australia. Alex works closely with workers’ unions, human rights agencies, human security networks, and human trafficking justice programs. She has excellent contacts within the media, marketing, advertising, government, business, education, and nonprofit sectors. During her career as a journalist there’s hardly a round Alex hasn't covered, creating a vast array of valuable connections in nearly every area. During her undergraduate degree in communications (journalism) Alex worked as a dental nurse and infection control officer at an HIV/Hepatitis C dental clinic. Here she became familiar with and helped raise awareness of the challenges of providing public health care for minority groups.