sam perkins

director education & research

With experience in the academic, humanitarian and private sectors, Sam brings a diverse set of skills, knowledge and experience to the EWB team, which will be pivotal for the continued advancement of EWB's Education and Research work.

"I have a long-term and passionate interest in the application of appropriate technologies to create sustainable and grass-roots engineering solutions – particularly in development and humanitarian contexts." says Sam "And I am driven by a simple philosophy: until everyone would be willing to trade places with anyone or anything, there is still work to be done."

Sam Perkins holds a PhD in Aeronautical Engineering from the University of Tasmania and Cambridge University, and has also completed a Post-doctorate with Hydro Tasmania. Having lectured in Fluid Dynamics, Thermodynamics and Communication and Design at the University of Tasmania, in 2012 Sam moved from academia to the humanitarian sector, joining UNHCR as Energy Lab Coordinator and leading the development of UNHCR’s energy programme for field operations and headquarters.

Since then, he has worked in 8 countries in Europe, Africa and Asia and has professional experience across: Camp Coordination and Camp Management, Shelter, WASH, Energy and Environment, and Innovation Management. 

Most recently, Sam has been Director of Innovation at Bright Products, a Norwegian company which develops sustainable energy solutions including solar products for off-grid communities.