First Language(s): Arabic
Second Language(s): English, Norwegian
Sami Mahroum is an international academic and a socio-economic researcher from Norway of Lebanese origins. He studied English Language Studies at the University of Oslo in the 1990s, where he also majored in Political Science. Sami went on to live and work in Europe, Canada, and the UAE, where he on several occasions collaborated with Norwegian embassies and representations at the OECD, Toronto and Abu Dhabi. His writings on technology and society have appeared in the Financial Times, Harvard Business Review and Project Syndicate. Currently, he is a professor at the Solvay Brussels School of Economics and Management and previously he served as a Senior Lecturer and an Academic Director for INSEAD, one of the top business schools in the world.
Sami has written literary prose since childhood and has decided recently to start publishing his work to celebrate turning 50.
What was your favorite book as a child?
Graham Greene's Travels With my Aunt. The book opened my eyes to the beauty of travel and experience in life. It made me want to ride trains and go to far places and experience the different flavours of life and places.
Do you remember the original reason or motivation why you started writing creatively?
I believe writing is my vehicle to myself. When I write I am completely alone with myself and yet not lonely at all. I am my true self and at my best.
What was the most adventurous or thrilling thing you ever did/experienced?
Crossing an international border secretly at the age of 17 under the suspecting eyes of border guards. It was out of necessity and when you are 17, you are fearless.
Do you listen to music while reading or writing?
I do it while writing. It inspires me and helps me write more fluently.
Homeland of Boats
Issue Fall '21