Thaima Samman is an attorney-at-law, registered to the Paris and Brussels Bars and founding partner of SAMMAN Law & Corporate Affairs. She holds a specialized postgraduate diploma (DESS) in Banking and Finance Law as well as a professional postgraduate diploma (DEA) in Criminal Policy and Law in Europe. Ms. Samman began her career as a founding member of a prominent French NGO, SOS Racisme, whose main goal is to fight against all forms of discrimination, before being appointed as a staff member of MP Claude Bartolone, former member of the French Government and current President of the National Assembly.
Afterwards, Thaima entered successively the law firms Gillot & Associates and August & Debouzy where she created their Corporate Affairs Departments.
In 2000, Ms. Samman made the leap into the business world by creating a start-up prior to working for Philip Morris, as Head of the Communications, Public and Regulatory Affairs Department in France. In 2003, Thaima joined Microsoft France as the Head of the Legal and Public Affairs Department, before being appointed Associate General Counsel within Microsoft EMEA, where she leaded an international team in charge of elaborating and conducting the company’s Institutional Relations as well as Public Affairs and Corporate Social Responsibility Policy for the EMEA area.
Thaima is one of the founders of the European Network for Women in Leadership (WIL), a blue-ribbon panel of high-level women coming from the business sector, EU institutions, national government, academic and NGOs. She also sits on the boards of Women Equity for Growth, the first private equity program in Europe focusing on women-led SMEs, and the Chamber of Commerce and Industry (CCI-France), which gathers representatives of French private and public interests to the European Institutions, with the mission to create exchange platforms on European issues with stakeholders involved in the European Union's construction.
Since 2014, Thaima is part of the pool of experts of the Law and Economics European Center (CEDE) at ESSEC, the French Business School, where she is an acting professor in law matters, and launched with other consultants the Financial Policy Advisers network, gathering experts in financial policy and regulation within the EU. Ms. Samman is also an acting Professor at the French Bar School (EFB), teaching courses on the role of lawyers in public affairs.
Ms. Samman authored several publications, and was named “Chevalier de l’Ordre National du Mérite” and “Chevalier de l’Ordre National de la Légion d’Honneur” of the Republic of France.
Thaima is married with 3 children.