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Interview with Malini Saba – A Strong Woman

Interview with Malini Saba – A Strong Woman

Interview with Malini Saba – A Strong Woman

By Alexa Wong

When you come across a strong woman, you’ll know it the moment she enters the room. That was Malini. I knew it was her the moment she walked into the café.  She gave off a vibe of self confidence that anyone could spot from a mile away.

I met Malini, in a coffee shop downtown London. She was nice enough to give me time. She was in town on a business trip.

She sat down and we began the interview.

Here are 9 things I walked away with after talking with her:

1)   She takes time to self-care.

One of the less obvious keys to success is the self-love and self-care, because without those, a successful woman knows she is already up the creek.  You must take care of the person in the mirror first. You cannot get to the next point if you don’t nurture yourself along the journey.

2)   She is not afraid to stand on her own.

She believes a strong woman does not need anyone standing in front, behind or beside her to get things done. They set their goals, figure out how to achieve them, and then get after it.  You have to fight battles, tame dragons and walk through fire if you have too.

3)   She does not make excuses.

Malini believes that no matter her life circumstances, she rises with the tides and does whatever she needs to in order to make it to shore. She has never let her mind get in the way of her success, because she knows that she is more than capable of achieving what she wants.  Excuses get in the way of results, and she knows she cannot have both.

4)   She does not waste time complaining.

One can either complain and let yourself be a victim, or you can rise above your challenges and be a warrior. We have to simply get back up and try again and refuse to let petty life problems get in the way. She feels complaining only drains her energy, so she chooses to put her energy into something useful and create something out of nothing.

5)   She chooses to challenge herself.

When you get too comfortable, you stop growing, she says.  It’s important to always keep yourself learning to try new things and expand your knowledge and skill sets.

6)   She stays on top of finances.

We all go through tough times and hard times.  I have certainly had my share, Saba states. Sometimes we may have even start all over again. She says she has had to do that.  However, you cannot let it keep you down. We have to make sure we are on top of our finances. We must always take care of no 1 first, regardless if you are married or not. You must keep money aside for that rainy day. Her advice, Governments change and markets shift and we must be ready for that.

7)  She keeps an open mind.

She believes while strong women tend to have strong opinions and beliefs about things, they also keep and open mind and learn from others. A strong woman is able to be sorry, forgive and move ahead. A strong woman can accept when she is wrong.

8)  She helps everyone around her.

Another facet to success that most people don’t think about is lifting others up around you. After all, what good is a win if you don’t have a team to help you celebrate.  She believes that its important to always help others even if it’s in the smallest way. Giving back is what all of us are here to do.

9)  She stands her ground.

A strong woman never shy away from a problem. She will stand her ground and face it head on.

My one hour with Malini turned to a four, hour conversation. She was one of the most attentive, charismatic, and genuine person I have had the pleasure to interview. She made eye contact through the four, hour conversation. She was like an everyday person with huge success while keeping to her humble beginnings. It was a privilege to meet her.

I will end with a quote from Malini,

“’If my strength intimidates you. I hope you realize that’s a weakness of yours.’”

Love Thy Neighbor

Love Thy Neighbor

Love Thy Neighbor

Who is your neighbor?

The word tolerance means the willingness to accept or to tolerate, especially opinions or behavior you may not agree with, or to behave sensibly with those who are not like you. It means showing respect for the race, gender, opinions, religion and ideologies of other people or groups, and to admire the good qualities and good work of others. And to express one’s point of view in a decent and respectful way while respecting the sentiments of others.

Tolerance can be shown in many ways, on different occasions and at different times. A person might fully disagree with others on any issue, from religion to politics, while at the same time and respecting those with different ideas and opinions and treating them with full dignity and honor.

peace, love and tolerance

Tolerance is needed in all spheres of life, and on every level and on every stage, because it plays a vital role to establish peace and love, from the smallest unit up to the highest unit of society.

Tolerance does not mean that only one person or party shows tolerance and the others do not. When some people disagree on a certain issue they must advocate and express their opinion in a respectful manner, and hateful and provocative words should not be used. Tolerance must be shown from both sides on issues, in order for it to be effective.

Here, let it be clear that showing respect and tolerance to the opinions of others does not necessarily mean you have to compromise your principles or embrace or accept others’ ideas. It is simply a matter of fundamental human rights.

The right of every human being that his sensibilities and sentiments shall not be violated and offended must be recognized. And every human person has the right to have an opinion and to express it.

In this globalisation, where people of different backgrounds, cultures and religions are living together, and where the world has become multicultural and full of diversity, establishing tolerance and harmony has become very crucial and important, and fostering mutual love and affection has become vital.

Without tolerance and harmony the lasting peace of societies cannot be maintained, and loyalty for each other cannot be established.

I hope that as we move ahead into the new dawn, we as a people would not just jump on the wagon of intolerance because our leaders encourage that  but work towards agreeing to be different and agree to disagree.

Malini Saba Shares Secrets

Malini Saba Shares Secrets

Malini Saba Shares Secrets

BACKSTAGE Secrets of Malini Saba

1) Best Career advice I’ve gotten:

Always think before you act. Never take anything personally – it’s business.


2) Moment I felt I’d Made it:

When I stopped worrying about money.


3) How I made my first Dollar:

I worked at Red Rooster as a cashier.


4) Favorite Perks in the job:

I get to travel all over the world in my job and I meet interesting people.


5) If I weren’t a businesswoman what would I be?

I would be a writer. I love writing.


6) Three qualities that got me to where I am today:

I never give up on anything. I listen to everyones opinion. I forgive and forget.


7) Song I would play at my funeral:

Frank Sinatra’s. –  “MY WAY”


8) Food I am not ashamed to admit I love:

Chocolate cheesecake. It’s my favorite thing to eat .It makes me happy.


9) Superhero power I would like to have –

To make the world happy. I would swish it like a wand and make everyone happy with where they are in their life and happy

With what they have.


10) What every woman should try once in her lifetime –

Taking a trip on the ORIENT EXPRESS. It’s the best experience and just beautiful and set in time.


11) If I could live abroad where would it be.

I would like on an island like BORA BORA. Its just an amazing place.


12) First Album I bought  –

Modanna ’s –  Like a Virgin.


13) Book that left a lasting impression on me

South Beach Diet  –  Never knew anything like that could actually work.


14) On My bucket list –

I want to take the BLUE Train in Africa, see Iceland and fly a plane.


15) One thing I am exceptionally good at –



16) One thing I am exceptionally bad at –



17) How I clear my head after a crappy day:

I listen to Frank Sinatra record and gave a glass of wine.


18) My First Kiss –

The man I married.


19) Advice to a woman with a broken heart:

Take it is as a learning experience and that the Universe was protecting you from further hurt. The Universe took it away because

Something better is on its way to you. Cherish that feeling and trust the universe. It makes miracles happen when you let go.


20) Craziest thing I did for love –

I moved countries for him only to discover he was after my money.


Why We Must Pay Attention To Bullying

Why We Must Pay Attention To Bullying



Bullying is unwanted, aggressive behavior among school-aged children that involves a real or perceived power imbalance. The behavior is repeated, or has the potential to be repeated, over time. The kids who are bullied and the kids who do the bullying may develop serious, lasting problems.

In order to be considered bullying, the behavior must be aggressive and include:

  • An Imbalance of Power: Kids who bully use their power—such as physical strength, access to embarrassing information, or popularity—to control or harm others.
  • Repetition: Bullying behaviors happen more than once or have the potential to happen more than once.

Bullying includes actions such as making threats, spreading rumors, attacking someone physically or verbally, and purposely excluding people from a group.

Types of Bullying

There are three types of bullying:

  • Verbal bullying is saying or writing mean things. Verbal bullying includes:
    • Teasing
    • Name-calling
    • Inappropriate sexual comments
    • Taunting
    • Threatening to cause harm
  • Social bullying, sometimes referred to as relational bullying, involves hurting someone’s reputation or relationships. Social bullying includes:
    • Excluding someone on purpose
    • Telling other children not to be friends with someone
    • Verbally spreading lies and rumors about someone
    • Spreading lies and rumors about someone on the Internet via social media. This is cyberbullying.
    • Embarrassing someone in public
  • Physical bullying involves hurting a person’s body or possessions. Physical bullying includes:
    • Hitting/kicking/pinching
    • Spitting
    • Tripping/pushing
    • Taking or breaking someone’s things
    • Making mean or rude hand gestures

Where and When Bullying Happens

Bullying can occur during or after school hours. While most reported bullying happens at school, a significant percentage also happens on the playground and on the bus. It can also happen travelling to or from school, in the youth’s neighborhood or in the compound they live. Some of the most damaging bullying happens online, where people write vicious lies and rumors anonymously.

Warning Signs for Bullying

There are many warning signs that may indicate that someone is affected by bullying—either being bullied or bullying others. Recognizing the warning signs is an important first step in taking action against bullying. Not all children who are bullied or are bullying others ask for help.

It is important to talk with children who show signs of being bullied or bullying others. These warning signs can also point to other issues or problems, such as depression or substance abuse. Talking to the child can help identify the root of the problem.

Signs a Child Is Being Bullied

Look for changes in the child. However, be aware that not all children who are bullied exhibit warning signs.

Some signs that may point to a bullying problem are:

  • Unexplainable injuries
  • Lost or destroyed clothing, books, electronics, or jewelry
  • Frequent headaches or stomach aches, feeling sick or faking illness
  • Changes in eating habits, like suddenly skipping meals or binge eating. Kids may come home from school hungry because they did not eat lunch.
  • Difficulty sleeping or frequent nightmares
  • Declining grades, loss of interest in schoolwork, or not wanting to go to school
  • Sudden loss of friends or avoidance of social situations
  • Feelings of helplessness or decreased self esteem
  • Self-destructive behaviors such as running away from home, harming themselves, or talking about suicide

Signs a Child is Bullying Others

Kids may be bullying others if they:

  • Get into physical or verbal fights
  • Have friends who bully others
  • Are increasingly aggressive
  • Get sent to the principal’s office or to detention frequently
  • Have unexplained extra money or new belongings
  • Blame others for their problems
  • Don’t accept responsibility for their actions
  • Are competitive and worry about their reputation or popularity

Why don’t kids ask for help?

Kids don’t tell adults for many reasons:

  • Bullying can make a child feel helpless. Kids may want to handle it on their own to feel in control again. They may fear being seen as weak or a tattletale.
  • Kids may fear backlash from the kid who bullied them.
  • Bullying can be a humiliating experience. Kids may not want adults to know what is being said about them, whether true or false. They may also fear that adults will judge them or punish them for being weak.
  • Kids who are bullied may already feel socially isolated. They may feel like no one cares or could understand.
  • Kids may fear being rejected by their peers. Friends can help protect kids from bullying, and kids can fear losing this support.

I strongly feel that parents are ultimately responsible for the behavior of their children. Children learn everything first from home environment, and second, from school. What they say and the way they see the world and other people is formed by their parents’ opinions and actions. Thus, parents must teach their children to always respect others, and parents must reinforce these teachings every day to help prevent bullying.

Media Contact:
Wendy Tanaka
Sitrick And Company
+1(415) 369-8447


Breaking the Barrier

Breaking the Barrier


Malini Saba – Breaking the Barrier

London, UK – 5 May, 2018 – If you think that Commodity markets are still an all-boys club, meet Saba Industries (, CEO and social activist Malini Saba (

INSPIRING: Malini Saba

It might be the hottest trend in investment circles these days, but the commodity space is still a predominantly male dominated market. At the top level, from the chairman to its board members, commodity is and are old-world all-boys gentry.  Leave it to 50-year-old CEO and social activist Malini Saba to break the mold.

In March of this year, Saba is investing over $100 million in the commodity projects in India and South East Asia in the next few years. With this Saba becomes the first woman to found and head such a high-profile venture.

Focus on India and South East Asia

Saba feels strongly it is the correct time to invest back into this sector.

And Saba should know. This self-made businesswoman is known to have a Midas touch when it comes to investments. She has invested in hi-tech stocks, commodities in Asia and South America and real estate properties all across the globe.

“I’m always conscious of changing political and economic trends in any region I go in to invest,” Saba points out. She will be touring the countries visiting local agricultural areas and mining in across India and South East Asia.

Saba will also look at charitable giving through her Family Foundation during her visit to these countries. Saba Family Foundation main focus in health and education. Learn more at

Media Contact:
Wendy Tanaka
Sitrick And Company
+1(415) 369-8447


Saba Industries Invests US $100 Million in Southeast Asia Rice Industry

Saba Industries Invests US $100 Million in Southeast Asia Rice Industry


Saba Industries Invests US $100 Million in Southeast Asia Rice Industry

London, UK – 5 May, 2018 – Company aims to modernize industry, promote organic rice farming and improve farmers’ quality of life.

Saba Industries, a privately-held, manufacturer and global exporter of rice and other commodities, is investing US $100 million in Southeast Asia’s rice industry to help modernize the sector, promote organic rice farming and improve farmers’ quality of life. The investment will span two years and is perhaps one of the largest investments in Southeast Asia’s rice industry.

With its investment, Saba Industries is buying outdated and abandoned rice mills in Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos and Thailand and converting them into storage facilities with bio-energy rice dryers that can help combat the effects of climate change.

Saba Industries will also buy farmers’ rice paddies and supply farmers with equipment, seeds and organic fertilizer – all free of charge. This is a sea change from the centuries-long practice of farmers being forced to purchase everything necessary to farm, leaving them with mounting debt and continuing the cycle of poverty. Saba Industries also trains farmers in organic farming.

Inari, a Saba Industries subsidiary, will process the farmers’ rice and distribute it to wholesalers throughout Southeast Asia and parts of Africa and the Middle East.

In addition, Saba Industries‘ philanthropic arm, Saba Family Foundations, plans to build and operate schools and health clinics in farming communities that have no access to basic education and healthcare services. The schools and clinics will be staffed by local instructors, doctors and nurses who know the communities well and speak the language.

“Rice is a major food staple all over the world, and consumption is growing rapidly every year, especially in non-Asian regions such as Africa and the Middle East,” said Malini Saba, Founder and Chairman of Saba Industries. “Farmers are the key to ensuring that rice production and quality keeps pace with demand. But the old way of farming puts farmers and their families at risk. Helping farmers reduce their debt, improve their lives and farm organically is the only way the rice industry can survive and thrive. Moreover, helping people achieve economic stability is the right thing to do.”

About Saba Industries

Saba Industries, founded in 1996 by entrepreneur and philanthropist Malini Saba, is a privately-held company that operates agricultural commodities, mining, ship breaking and hospitality businesses in South and Southeast Asia, Australia and Africa.

About Saba Family Foundations

Saba Family Foundations was founded in 2002 by entrepreneur and philanthropist Malini Saba to focus on the needs of under-served women and children worldwide. The foundation’s three areas of focus are healthcare, education and human rights. The foundation has undertaken numerous projects, including: partnering with Stanford Medical Center to train physicians from developing countries; distributing preventative health information on HIV/AIDS, immunizations, gastric and reproductive health; providing vocational education for women in Togo, West Africa; and supporting human rights issues around the world.

Media Contact:
Wendy Tanaka
Sitrick And Company
(415) 369-8447