Samir held senior management positions at Asea and ABB Power Generation between 1983 and 2000, before moving to Alstom where he served as Chief International Operations Officer and Senior Vice-President, and CEO of Alstom Kraftwerke in Germany. In 2003, he became CEO of ABB Lummus Global and in 2005 he was appointed to the Group Executive Committee of ABB Ltd, and served as Head of the Power Systems Division at ABB Group. From 2006 to 2016, Samir was CEO of Amec Foster Wheeler (formerly Amec), where he was widely credited with the company’s financial recovery. He is a non-executive director of Skandinaviska Enskilda Banken (SEB) and a member of the advisory board of Stena. Samir serves as a UK Business Ambassador, and is co-chair of both the UK-UAE CEO Forum and the UK-Korea CEO Forum. A member of the advisory board of LIFE Lebanon and a member of the advisory board of SOAS University of London, Samir was also the 2009 and 2016 chair of the World Economic Forum’s Engineering and Construction Board. He served as chair of the Forum’s Disaster Resource Partnership and is currently co-chair of the Forum’s Infrastructure & Urban Development Industries Committee.
Samir holds a Master of Science degree in Thermal Technology from the Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm, Sweden. He received an Honorary Doctorate from the Cranfield University in the UK. He is also a graduate of the Young Managers Programme at INSEAD and the Senior Executive Programme at Stanford University.