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Samir Mayekar

About

Samir is the co-founder and CEO of SiNode Systems, a venture-backed company developing advanced materials for the lithium-ion battery industry. Samir previously served as deputy chief of staff of the Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC), the U.S. government's development finance institution. He joined OPIC after serving as the national security director of the Presidential Personnel Office at the White House, where he managed all presidential appointments at the Pentagon, U.S. Department of State, Department of Homeland Security and Central Intelligence Agency. Prior to his time at the White House, he served as a budget manager for Obama for America, where he managed more than $800 million for the campaign. Samir graduated summa cum laude with a bachelor’s degree from Northwestern and an MBA with distinction from Kellogg, where he was a Paul and Daisy Soros Fellow. He is a guest lecturer on energy and entrepreneurship at Northwestern, the University of Chicago, and the University of Illinois. Samir is very active in the community, serving as the board president of two Chicago nonprofits and president-elect for the board of directors of the Northwestern Alumni Association.  He is a current trustee of Northwestern University.
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