The Team

Thaima Samman

Founder and Partner - Corporate Affairs

Thaima Samman

Attorney-at-law, Member of the Paris Bar and the Brussels Bar, Thaima 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. She 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 member of staff for MP Claude Bartolone, former member of the French Government and current President of the National Assembly.

She then entered the law firm Gillot and Associates, before joining August & Debouzy to develop their Corporate Affairs Department.

In 2000, she made the leap into the business world by creating a start-up before joining Philip Morris as Head of the Communications, Public and Regulatory Affairs Department in France. In 2003, she joined Microsoft France as the Head of the Legal and Public Affairs Department, before being appointed Associate General Counsel within Microsoft International, where she leads 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 from business, EU institutions, national government, academic and NGO sectors. She also sits on the boards of Women Equity for Growth, the first private equity program in Europe focusing on women-led SMEs, and of the French Permanent Delegate Circle (Cercle des Délégués Permanents Français), organization created by the main French Employers' Union, MEDEF, 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 the stakeholders involved in the European Union's construction.

In 2014, Thaima joined the pool of experts of the Law and Economics European Center (CEDE) at the French ESSEC Business School, and launched alongside with other consultants the Financial Policy Advisers network, gathering experts in financial policy and regulation within the EU. She is an acting Professor at the French Bar School (EFB), teaching courses on the role of lawyers in public affairs.

Thaima authored several publications, and was named “Chevalier of the Ordre Nationale du Merite” and “Chevalier de l’Ordre National de la Légion d’Honneur” for the Republic of France.

She is married with 3 children.