Samir is world-famous in 15 minutes

In 1968, Andy Warhol famously said that “In the future, everyone will be world-famous for 15 minutes”. With the Internet and other social media platforms, Warhol’s visionary statement has been proven true. And these days, you’re not restricted to seeking fame in your own home town, city or country. The world has opened up. So, it shouldn’t come as too much of a surprise that we have someone with a distinctly foreign accent standing for elections in Singapore, where many nationalities converge and nest.

Samir Salim Neji speaks with an accent. He first set foot on Singapore soil in 1996 on a training stint. Struck by the city’s dynamism and the multi-racial diversity, he grew to like the city and applied for Singapore citizenship. In 2000, he successfully procured his pink identity card.

Samir reckons politics is in his blood. Samir paternal grandfather was in politics.

Salim hails from Trivandrum, the capital of Kerala where he was the son of a professor who taught business studies.

Salim is already a busy man as the Managing Director for the Asia-Pacific region for Anaplan, an IT company with more than 500 employees worldwide.

After work, his two daughters, aged 11 and 13 who attend CHIJ Kellock and ACS (International), keep him busy. Despite his hectic schedule, he says that Singapore is home for him and for the children, adding that he wanted to contribute in the technology and startup space.

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Samir’s Paternal grandfather was in politics.