Samir began his career with the General Electric Company (GE) graduating from its highly regarded Information Management Program (IMLP). After IMLP, he assumed numerous leadership roles at GE headquarters in Fairfield, CT and its Energy division based in Atlanta, GA. While at GE Energy, Samir took his first divisional CIO role at age 25 supporting a $250M temporary power business called GE Energy Rentals. Following this role, he was positioned to build an internal IT shared services organization providing centralized Oracle ERP implementation services to GE Energy Services, the largest business unit under GE Energy.
Following his 9-year career with GE, Samir worked as the VP for Corporate Systems for MGM Resorts International (MGM) and CIO for the Atlanta Housing Authority (AHA). Samir is currently the Commissioner and CIO for the City of Atlanta. As CIO, Samir is accountable for information technology services for all 25 city departments to include Public Safety, Justice, Operations, Administration, and Hartsfield-Jackson Int’l Airport.
David Lightburn is co-founder and President of Atlanta Tech Village – a 103,000 square foot building that houses 300+ startups and 1000+ members. David leads the Village management team developing and implementing the Village’s vision, mission, culture and strategic goals. Intimately involved with the creation and growth of Atlanta Tech Village, David has overseen the transformation of a run-down 1980s office building into America’s 4th largest tech hub.
In 2009 he co-founded Clickscape, a real estate technology company focused on lead generation and lead management software for real estate agents, and later Village Realty, a consumer-first, tech-enabled real estate brokerage.
David has played prominent roles in early stage tech startups in the goal management and business intelligence space, was a Techstars Mentor, and pays it forward by mentoring and advising several startups in Atlanta. David is a graduate of Rhodes College and lives in Alpharetta with his wife and 3 kids.