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MALINI SABA Founder, Saba Fam­ily Foun­da­tions & Saba In­dus­tries

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Malini Saba, Founder, Saba Fam­ily Foun­da­tions & Saba In­dus­tries

Malini Saba is a self-made busi­ness­woman and ar­dent phi­lan­thropist. Born in Malaysia to a fam­ily of mod­est means, Ms Saba spent her early life in Sri Lanka and Aus­tralia. Later, she mi­grated to the USA and, along with her hus­band, learnt the nu­ances of busi­ness. In 2002, she launched The Saba Fam­ily Foun­da­tion to serve as an um­brella or­gan­i­sa­tion for all her phil­an­thropic works. Through the foun­da­tion, she has helped mil­lions of un­der­served women and chil­dren in South and South-East Asia, South Amer­ica, Africa and the US gain ac­cess to life-sav­ing med­i­cal and ed­u­ca­tional ser­vices and achieve eco­nomic sta­bil­ity. Fund­ing for her phil­an­thropic works comes from Saba In­dus­tries, a group of com­modi­ties com­pa­nies that she has founded in Asia. Tak­ing time off her busy sched­ule, Ms Saba has penned The Ab­bre­vi­ated Cook, a book of quick and easy recipes that of­fer a twist on tra­di­tional South and South-East Asian dishes. Sharmila Chand catches up with Ms Saba to know more about the busi­ness woman phi­lan­thropist.

What is your phi­los­o­phy of life?

I be­lieve that what goes around comes around, for I have lived long enough to see it be­ing very true.

What is your pas­sion in life?

My pas­sion and my call­ing in life are to help oth­ers and thus the foun­da­tion.

What is your man­age­ment

mantra?

Never, never, never give up

What would you like to say about your work?

My work is my baby. It is what I wake up to ev­ery­day. It does not de­fine me, but it gives me great chal­lenges, over­com­ing which gives me im­mense joy.

Your strength...

Never giv­ing up

A busi­ness Leader you ad­mir the most...

I ad­mire Steve jobs. He was re­lent­less with his vi­sion to suc­ceed.

Your weak­ness...

Never giv­ing up

Your kind of mu­sic...

I love Bol­ly­wood songs and Hip Hop.

Your favourite hol­i­day des­ti­na­tion...

Bora Bora - Tahiti

Golf or Bridge or…

Golf hands down. The game al­lows me to be away from my phones and alone on the grounds.

You are a tough, se­ri­ous boss or…

I like to think that I am the se­ri­ous kind of boss but with a soft touch much like an iron fist in a vel­vet glove.

For­mal suit or ca­sual at­tire...

Ca­sual at­tire any day

What do you en­joy the most in life, gen­er­ally?

I love cook­ing. It gives me great plea­sure to come home from work and cook a va­ri­ety of dishes for my fam­ily.

How do you de-stress?

I find get­ting my nails done at a salon with my fam­ily very re­lax­ing.

Your mantra for suc­cess...

Get up, brush off, and keep at it.

Your dream...

To make a movie in Bol­ly­wood

Ten years from now, where do we see you?

On my yacht, re­tired and writ­ing my me­moirs

Send feed­back to chand.sharmila@gmail.com

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