Samir Aita was born in Damascus (Syria) in 1954 and is an alumnus of the Ecole Polytechnique and Ecole Nationale des Ponts et Chaussées. He obtained DEA postgraduate qualifications from the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales (EHESS) and Institut National des Sciences et Techniques Nucléaires (INSTN). He also graduated from HEC Management (CPA-HEC). He started his career at the Atomic Energy Commission (CEA) and its subsidiaries, prior to going to the private sector. In 1994, he joined an Arab group as advisor to the CEO, and at the same time became CEO of Framasoft during its restructuring. In 1999, he set up a consulting company in economics and information technologies: A Concept. For two years, he was advisor to the Chairman of Société Générale in Lebanon, then technical director at the ERF economic research center in Egypt. From 2005 to 2013, he was Editor-in-Chief and Managing Director of Le Monde Diplomatique Arabic Editions. Samir Aita is also economist and international consultant, Chair of the Arab Economists Circle.