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Born and raised in Dubai with Greek and Palestinian roots, Samia is a design entrepreneur, fitness instructor and Ninja Warrior with a passion for social impact. A former basketball player who is passionate about sports and fitness, she’s focused on making training approachable and accessible to everyone. 

In November 2016, she took take part in the first season of the televised reality obstacle course competition, Ninja Warrior in Arabic, making her the UAE’s first Ninja Warrior. She is now a calisthenics certified trainer and fitness instructor focusing on strength and conditioning and ninja training, with the ambition of growing fitness and sports participation in the region. This experience has led her to the intersection of sports and design, and the aspiration for constantly challenging herself and the world around her.  

Samia holds a BFA in Design from York/Sheridan’s joint program in Toronto, and a MFA in Design Entrepreneurship from the School of Visual Arts in New York City. She runs her own design studio by day that focuses on social and community impact, and spends the rest of her time challenging Orangetheory Fitness members to help them reach their fitness goals.