Born in England in 1945, Shimon Samuels has a B.A. in political science and history from Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and a M.Sc. in international relations from the London School of Economics. He studied with the combined University of Pennsylvania/Paris Sorbonne doctoral program in Latin American studies and earned a diploma in holocaust studies from Yad Vashem in Jerusalem.
Currently, Samuels is director for international liason of the Simon Wiesenthal Centre, based in Paris and responsible for issues of contemporary racism and anti-semitism in Europe, Latin America and international organizations, including the UN, UNESCO, OSCE and the European Institutions.
Samuels is involved with containing resurgent anti-semitism in the former Soviet Union, restitution claims against banks and insurance companies, Vatican diplomacy and other issues. He is the author of a chapter on "Applying the Lessons of the Holocaust" in the book Is the Holocaust Unique?
He has been a lecturer on international politics at the Colegio de Mexico, Sophia University in Tokyo, Pennsylvania Military College and Bar-Ilan University in Israel. He has been a researcher at the Foreign Policy Research Institute in Philadelphia and was deputy director of the Leonard Davis Institute for International Relations in Jerusalem.