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Saba Al Mubaslat

Regional Director, MENA, Ford Foundation

Saba joined the Asfari Foundation as CEO in May 2019 and has over 25 years of experience in the humanitarian and development sector. Before joining the Foundation, Saba was CEO at the Humanitarian Leadership Academy, where she established a global network of Academy Centres and over 80 organisational partners committed to leading the humanitarian sector’s localization agenda. Before this, Saba was the Country Director for Save The Children International in Jordan, where she was a strong advocate for disadvantaged communities and ensured the rights and futures of children and young people were at the forefront of the humanitarian agenda. During this period, Saba also played a crucial role in coordinating the response of 45 humanitarian organizations to the Syrian crisis.

Saba studied at Jordan University and the University of Framingham in Boston, USA. Throughout her career in engineering, development, and humanitarian response, Saba has worked in some of the most challenging countries and territories globally, including Lebanon, Jordan, Egypt, Palestine, Yemen, Tunisia, Libya, and Azerbaijan. In addition, she has worked with different government entities in the Middle East to shape their national agendas and redefine their focus on resilience, youth, and communities’ positive engagement and leadership.

Saba also serves as a trustee on the Board of Humentum UK.