Pillar Chair - Impact & Philanthropy
Founder & CEO Salman Solutions
Samira Salman is a leading strategic advisor, an expert in private direct investments, and a sought-after thought leader. Currently, she is the COO of Heathside Ventures, a single-family office, and the Founder and CEO of Salman Solutions, a strategic advisory firm. The firm offers proprietary end-to-end solutions for investors and/or management teams requiring expertise or augmented capabilities to grow their companies and portfolios. Ms. Salman has a $5.5 billion track record of structuring, funding, growing, and exiting global ventures, both private and institutional.
Since founding Salman Solutions she has developed its proprietary business growth methodology and has executed numerous global transactions in a variety of asset classes including luxury and consumer goods, lifestyle brands, consumer tech, sustainable tech, healthcare, biotech, and energy. Ms. Salman’s ability to blend strategic vision with efficient execution positions the firm as a valued partner for high-potential businesses, family offices, Fortune 500 companies, NGO’s, non-profits, VC/PE firms, and high net worth individuals. Ms. Salman’s specialties include facilitating co-investment and capital, structuring organizations and transactions, improving operations, identifying underutilized assets, increasing revenues, and being a board leader and trusted advisor.
Salman Solutions’ success results from the unique combination of legal, financial, due diligence, and transactional skills with proven capabilities to help companies achieve growth and profit. Ms. Salman, having grown up in multiple countries and cultures (Europe, USA, Middle East), brings a particular awareness that enables her to facilitate better collaborations between investors, founders, and management based on shared motivations, values, and vision, ultimately generating more strategic value to all parties.
Ms. Salman’s training as a mergers and acquisitions tax attorney, formerly in-house at Shell Oil Company and Vice-Chair of the American Bar Association Energy and Environment Taxes Committee, provides the structural and technical detail of transactions necessary in today’s dynamic business climate. Her business acumen combined with superb communication skills have made her an industry expert in areas such as family offices with private direct investments, private equity, mergers and acquisitions, and other business-critical issues of strategic change.
Through her diverse relationships, NGO, and non-profit board memberships, Ms. Salman contributes to strengthening local and global organizations and their ability to create impact. She is an active leader in the women's economic development and entrepreneurship ecosystem. Her involvement ranges from working as an Honorary Advisor to the UN (Project Director Social Impact Projects/NGO Committee on Sustainable Development) to serve on the board of several cultural institutions (Houston Ballet Guild, Center for Contemporary Craft, Fresh Arts) as well as the board of the Bilateral Chamber of Commerce, to providing financial leadership to a private family foundation supporting basic human needs (The Seraph Foundation).
Ms. Salman has an LL.M. in taxation from the University of Houston, a JD and BS in international trade and finance with a minor in economics from Louisiana State University, and is licensed to practice law in Texas, Louisiana, and before the U.S. Tax Court.