Sam Brakarsh is the Africa Regional Representative for the Artists at Risk Connection. He is from Zimbabwe where he co-founded the Chikukwa Research Trust and Culture Centre and previously worked with the Clinton Health Access Initiative. Sam is a Theatre of The Oppressed (ToTO) practitioner, having conducted trainings across Zimbabwe, Ghana, Kenya, the United States, the Philippines, and Ramallah. He currently sits on the Mind and Life Institute’s Young Adult Advisory Council and is a published short story writer, poet, actor, and proud high school drama teacher. He has been awarded the Dalai Lama Fellowship, ORISHA Fellowship, and Howland Fellowship for his work and research. Sam holds a BA in Social Psychology and Global Health from Yale University and an MSc in African Studies from Oxford University.