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Innovation & Entrepreneurship
Adjunct Lecturer of Innovation & Entrepreneurship
Samir Mayekar is the co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of NanoGraf Corporation, a global manufacturer of advanced materials for the lithium-ion battery industry.
A tri-sector leader, Samir has served in executive capacities in the public, private, and nonprofit sectors. He served in the U.S. government during the Obama Administration, where he worked on the White House's national security team and on the executive staff at the Overseas Private Investment Corporation. In the private sector he founded a technology company and also worked in investment banking at Credit Suisse and management consulting at Marakon Associates. He is deeply involved in the Chicago nonprofit community, where he serves as President of the Northwestern Alumni Association, a trustee of Northwestern, and the chair of the Albany Park Theater Project.
Samir holds a BA from Northwestern University (summa cum laude) and a MBA with distinction from the Kellogg School of Management. He is a recipient of the Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowship for New Americans and the Marshall Memorial Fellowship.