Thaima Samman is an attorney-at-law, registered to the Paris and Brussels Bars and founding partner of SAMMAN Law & Corporate Affairs. She is also on the board of FIPRA International.
She holds a specialised postgraduate diploma (DESS) in Banking and Finance Law as well as a professional postgraduate diploma (DEA) in Criminal Policy and Law in Europe. Thaima began her career as a founding member of a prominent French NGO, SOS Racisme, before being appointed as a staff member of MP Claude Bartolone, former President of the French National Assembly. After this, Thaima entered the law firms Gillot & Associates and August & Debouzy where she created their Corporate Affairs Departments.
In 2000, Thaima 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 led 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, and President, of the European Network for Women in Leadership. She also sits on the boards of Women Equity for Growth and the Chamber of Commerce and Industry.
Since 2014, Thaima has been part of the pool of experts of the Law and Economics European Centre 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. Thaima is also an acting Professor at the French Bar School, teaching courses on the role of lawyers in public affairs.
Thaima 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 three children.