Samira obtained an Advanced Materials engineering degree from Chalmers University of Technology in Sweden, and subsequently earned a PhD in Materials Science from the Applied Physics Department of the same University, specialising in superconducting quantum devices, nanoelectronics and materials characterisation.
After her postdoctoral fellowship in nanoelectronic devices, she became an R&D project manager in one of the leading firms in the semiconductors industry in Sweden, where she developed the expertise to create proof-of-concept of innovative piezoelectric sensors and energy harvesting devices. Samira learned even more about the practical obstacles that scientists and startups face through her role in the cleanroom management team in one of the largest nanoelectronics hubs in Europe, IMEC, Belgium.
Samira transitioned from technical to policy work with becoming Project Manager - Innovation in the European Standardisation Organisations (CEN-CENELEC). In this role, she worked very closely with the EC JRC, specifically on the initiative “Putting Science into Standards” - aiming to enable and bring scientific outcomes to market. Alongside this collaboration, Samira got involved in Making Quantum Technology Ready for Industry action, which was followed by creating a new standardisation Focus Group for Quantum Technologies.