Samia Guessabi-Colombijn

Advisory Board Member

Samia Guessabi-Colombijn is the Vice President Legal Excellence at Accor Northern Europe region, which comprises 31 countries. Accor is the market leader in augmented hospitality in Europe. “I am happy to be a lawyer for a global player within a “blessed industry”.

Never has it become more imperative for the compliance teams and functions to entrench themselves in the very business they enable, support, guide and guard! Therefore, Samia truly believes in the added value of a strong legal function.

Besides her daily work, she is committed to making a valuable contribution in bridging the gender gap at the top and encouraging more diversity and inclusion in the C-suites of internationally operating organizations.

Her motto is “raise your hand, be visible but do not show off, share your knowledge whenever you can offer help and consistent support to those who have to master the skills you spent energy developing. Focus on understanding the environment you are in so you can be effective. Corporate life is not fair so whenever you are hurt about it: accept, adapt and move on.”