Sam Johnson is a social entrepreneur based in Christchurch, New Zealandwho rose to prominence as the founder of the internationally acclaimed Student Volunteer Army and was named 2012 Young New Zealander of the Year. Johnson was reported in 2012 as having a 98% approval rating in Christchurch by The Press and is ranked number 22 on the New Zealand Readers Digest top 100 trusted people list. Johnson has presented as a keynote speaker worldwide with highlights being in London at the 2012 World Volunteer Conference,in Saudi Arabia as a guest of Princess Al Alnoon Foundation for Youth Development, and Japan at the Google Big Tent on Technology in Disasters.
Johnson is an advocate and ambassador of several causes and actively volunteers his time to work with youth on disaster resilience and community development. In New Zealand he is a Hello Sunday Morning Ambassador, promoting sensible consumption of alcohol, and works closely with the United Nations International Strategy for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNIDSR) on building disaster resilience. Recently, Johnson was successful in getting Christchurch City Council to sign up to the UNISDR Making Cities Resilient Campaign.