Samir grew up in Newington Green and lives in Holloway. After studying Classics at Wadham College, Oxford University, he became assistant curator at Islington Museum before moving to set up the museum at Arsenal F.C.
In 2007, he joined Arsenal in the Community and still works there in a community development role overseeing equalities programmes. He continued as AFC’s Museum Curator until 2014. He is a committee member of Islington Archaeology and History Society and a 2015 Fellow of the Clore Social Leadership Programme.