Samir Selman, ISC-Choueifat, Class of 2004

Jun 2015 #AlumniInTheSpotlight


Samir Selman

Samir Selman is a talented and successful young man. From his school desk at the International School of Choueifat (ISC-Choueifat) in Choueifat, Lebanon, to a senior position in one of the world’s leading social media companies, this is Samir’s story of success.

Samir Selman joined ISC-Choueifat as a tenth grader in 2001.  The rigorous science program at the school appealed to his interest in math and physics and motivated him to rise to the challenge.  Drawing on his strong academic record, Samir became very involved in SLO® study groups and peer tutoring and was committed to helping others achieve their full potential. Through his support of fellow students, Samir also learned the value of teamwork and developed his leadership skills. He believes that his experiences at ISC-Choueifat contributed to the successes he enjoyed later on in life.  “ISC-Choueifat prepared me for university through the advanced math and physics material we learned. It also helped me develop my leadership skills. ISC-Choueifat offers a great culture that sets a motivated student up for success.”

Samir graduated from ISC-Choueifat in June of 2004. He was accepted to the American University of Beirut (AUB) in Lebanon, where he obtained a bachelor’s degree in computer and communications engineering, consistently ranking among the top students in his program.  After completing his degree at AUB, Samir moved to the U.S. to complete a research internship at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).  This experience opened the door to a fully-funded merit scholarship to pursue a master’s degree at Stanford University, which he maintained with high grades while balancing an internship at Microsoft®. Upon graduating from Stanford, Samir secured a full-time position at Microsoft® as a software engineer.  Three and a half years later, he joined Twitter and is now is a Technical Lead, running the Twitter Commerce Engineering Team.  He also runs his own online security consulting company, which advises top commercial and private clients on how to make sure that their systems are safe from online sabotage.

Reflecting on his alma mater, Samir comments: “ISC-Choueifat provided me with a very strong academic background and helped me build my analytical skills. This continues to pay off.”

On April 30, 2015, Samir appeared on “Talk of the Town,” one of the top-rated talk-shows in the Middle East, to talk about his experience working in Silicon Valley,  his vision for Lebanon as a technical hub in the Middle East, and the global phenomenon of computer hacking.  To watch the full episode, click here

Samir Selman is one of over 22,500 alumni in the SABIS® Network. We wish Samir the best of luck and are eager to hear about what his future holds. 


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