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Malini Saba – Success Story

A True Success Story

Saba Industries Incorporated, is known for its strong holdings in Mining and Agriculture. The company produces iron ore, Gold, Bauxite, Palm oil and Rice. Malini dove into the commodity space believing that we all need raw material. Although Saba Industries has grown exponentially, it still remains a family-owned business.

Saba graduated from high school and later graduated with a degree in Psychology. After many failed relationships, she married and had children. Saba is an ardent entrepreneur and started her business in the 1990’s and still stands at the helm as the CEO of the company.

Saba’s net worth, as estimated to be over $1.5 billion dollars (USD). Among her several philanthropic contributions are donations to Australian Outback doctors, San Francisco Arts Academy, India’s Artists, and Children’s Hospital in Cambodia. Saba also owns farms that specialize in organic farming.

She has been awarded the Entrepreneur of the Year, Philanthropist of the year, Kalpana Chawla award, the Mother Theresa Award and the Federation Peace award for her global Philanthropic work.

She contributes to different causes through her philanthropic initiative Saba Family Foundation.

Hard work, discipline and a keen sense of business is what makes her one of the most successful contemporary business woman.

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Understanding Employees – Important for Success

Why understanding your employees is important for Success.

By Rajeshwari Sajosh

I wanted to interview Saba to understand her views on Management and what she thought about hiring more women in her field.

Her feedback was enlightening. She has some strong views on management and gender equality in the workplace.

She had four areas which she focused on beginning with :

Unite, Don’t Direct

There’s a fine line between a leader and a manager. For one, a leader inspires employees to follow her lead and pursue her goals. A manager, on the other hand, leads by instruction and directives. This is why Malini Saba finds one more successful than the other:
In my experience, encouraging a team-oriented culture that is focused on uniting employees behind a shared sense of purpose and a common goal is more effective than offering directives. If you and your leadership team are on the same page with this approach, it is much easier to engage employees throughout the firm to meet those collective goals.  

Tailor the Experience

The first step in achieving gender equality in the workplace is understanding and supporting the fact that men and women work differently. Most importantly, Saba encourages women to find opportunity in everything:

As employers, we need to accept that women and men operate differently in the workplace and set up development and training programs that are designed to target high potential employees in both groups. As women, we need to remind ourselves to have an ‘opt in’ attitude. Career downturns happen to everyone and we must remember to treat them as opportunities to change how we work or try something new. That is what shows our true mettle.

Invest in professional development

When it comes to increasing female executive leadership, Malini  reminds employers to create equal and ample opportunities for women to climb the corporate ladder:
Companies must invest in their female employees’ leadership and professional development. I’m very proud of the numerous development and mentoring programs that Saba Industries has in place to help women excel at our firm and we’re seeing results that are validating this approach.

Ending gender pay inequality 

Unfortunately, gender Pay inequality still very much exists. But, as Saba suggests, there are ways to combat this inequality both inside and outside of the workplace:
The issue is complex because there is still no single answer as to why. Saba Industries’s interest in this issue goes far beyond our organization; we want to empower women’s financial futures, and that means putting programs, such as our seminars, in place to help them understand their finances.

Being the President and CEO of a multinational corporation is no easy feat. But Malini Saba shows us that through hard work, the right attitude and a great team, it is possible.

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10 tips for achieving what you want in life

By Rosana Yacob

I sat in the Ritz Carlton in Malaysia waiting for Malini Saba to arrive. While I was waiting, I started talking to the concierge. He went on to tell me about how he met Saba two years ago when she first took the apartment at the Ritz. He said she was so motivated to get the best deal we had and she was relentless and we caved in.

Malini arrived and walked directly to me as if she had known me for years. She was so welcoming and warm and it put me at ease to start the conversation. I wanted to ask her what are your tips for people are out there to achieve their dreams in life.

She leaned back into the armchair and crossed her legs and replied “I have 10 things that I have lived by and I have applied my whole life.”

1. Focus on commitment, not motivation.

Just how committed are you to your goal? How important is it for you, and what are you willing to sacrifice in order to achieve it? If you find yourself fully committed, motivation will follow.

2. Seek knowledge, not results.

If you focus on the excitement of discovery, improving, exploring and experimenting, your motivation will always be fueled. If you focus only on results, your motivation will be like weather—it will die the minute you hit a storm. So the key is to focus on the journey, not the destination. Keep thinking about what you are learning along the way and what you can improve.

3. Make the journey fun.

It’s an awesome game! The minute you make it serious, there’s a big chance it will start carrying a heavy emotional weight and you will lose perspective and become stuck again.

4. Get rid of stagnating thoughts.

Thoughts influence feelings and feelings determine how you view your work. You have a lot of thoughts in your head, and you always have a choice of which ones to focus on: the ones that will make you emotionally stuck (fears, doubts) or the ones that will move you forward (excitement, experimenting, trying new things, stepping out of your comfort zone.)

5. Use your imagination.

Next step after getting rid of negative thoughts is to use your imagination. When things go well, you are full of positive energy, and when you are experiencing difficulties, you need to be even more energetic. So, rename your situation. If you keep repeating I hate my work, guess which feelings those words will evoke? It’s a matter of imagination! You can always find something to learn even from the worst boss in the world at the most boring job. I have a great exercise for you: Just for three days, think and say positive things only. See what happens.

6. Stop being nice to yourself.

Motivation means action and action brings results. Sometimes your actions fail to bring the results you want. So, you prefer to be nice to yourself and not put yourself in a difficult situation. You wait for the perfect timing, for an opportunity, while you drive yourself into stagnation and sometimes even into depression. Get out there, challenge yourself, do something that you want to do even if you are afraid.

7. Get rid of distractions.

Meaningless things and distractions will always be in your way, especially those easy, usual things you would rather do instead of focusing on new challenging and meaningful projects. Learn to focus on what is the most important. Write a list of time-wasters and hold yourself accountable to not do them.

8. Don’t rely on others.

You should never expect others to do it for you, not even your partner, friend or boss. They are all busy with their own needs. No one will make you happy or achieve your goals for you. It’s all on you. It’s all on you.

9. Plan.

Know your three steps forward. You do not need more. Fill out your weekly calendar, noting when you will do what and how. When-what-how is important to schedule. Review how each day went by what you learned and revise what you could improve.

10. Protect yourself from burnout.

It’s easy to burn out when you are very motivated. Observe yourself to recognize any signs of tiredness and take time to rest. Your body and mind rest when you schedule relaxation and fun time into your weekly calendar. Do diverse tasks, keep switching between something creative and logical, something physical and still, working alone and with a team. Switch locations. Meditate, or just take deep breaths, close your eyes, or focus on one thing for five minutes.

“I use these as my mantra for everything I do”, explained Malini. I am never ever lazy to get up again and try it one more time. One should never be afraid of failure. I have failed many times, it’s not the amount of times you fail that matter, it’s how many times you are willing to get back up and fight for what you believe and want to achieve in your life.

It was so inspirational. As I left the interview I realized she had made me feel I can do anything I put my mind too.

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WOMAN IN THE MINING INDUSTRY

By Louisa Rampet

Mining has a reputation for being rough, remote and dangerous, as well as being one of the most male-dominated industries in the world.

This is true for Malini Saba, CEO of Saba Industries, whose mining journey started at the age of 30 when she decided to invest heavily in the commodity space. She began at ground zero.

She has built a thriving business and now owns over 7 large Mines internationally.  Her company owns mines that produce Iron ore, gold and Bauxite.

Malini says “Women must challenge their own comfort and realize the possibilities this environment has to offer, and attitudes of both males and females needs to be shaped by the pioneers in the environment.”

She also feels that young girls should be encouraged to pursue math, science and engineering subjects.  Furthermore, she feels that education in schools and universities surrounding the “exciting career opportunities that await women in the mining industry” should be improved.

I went on to ask her further questions about her role and experience.

Q : What have you enjoyed most about your role in the industry?

Malini Saba : I have spent more than fifteen years  in the mining industry and have seen significant changes and challenges. Being an owner and executive has its challenges. I have dealt with building new mining projects and running operations in countries that are not mining friendly, or are politically unstable or under high risk of executive kidnappings.

I have seen natural disasters such as floods, to earthquakes and malaria.  I’ve witnessed labor unrest and strikes in some of our Asian countries, with the invasion of our mining pits by hundreds of illegal miners. So, the role has never been boring and has always stretched me.

Q : What do you consider the most successful aspect of your mining leadership to date?

Malini Saba : I was part of a team that supported and coached an executive team through a significant organizational crisis a couple of years ago. Our team took the company through a huge expansion phase for a few years on the back of a very favorable commodity rise. We were faced with huge skills shortages at a time when many companies in the mining industry and neighboring industries were going through a similar expansion phase, and so we were highly focused on the recruitment, development and retention of key skills.

I led the team that redesigned and restructured the entire global business in a process involving redefining for each function and area what work was transactional and what was strategic and how the work would be delivered at operating unit, regional or corporate level. Within a twelve-month period, we had achieved both our cost-saving and our restructuring objectives.

Q : Why do you think there is such a big gender gap in the industry?  What is needed to create change?

Malini Saba : Mining can be perceived as dirty and dangerous and with the potential to create significant environmental damage if not managed ethically.  As such, the industry struggles to attract not only women but also young talent. I feel women think it’s a dirty job. It is a job that you have to eat and breath in order to compete.

Malini Saba   –  “ Remember we can’t move the resources, which often means remote locations, perhaps fly-in, fly-out operations or shift rotations. Remote locations, as opposed to corporate offices in large urban centers, don’t pose quite the same kind of challenges, and may fit more seamlessly into a career path that includes work-life balance as part of its goal.”  Example deep in the jungles of Kalimantan.

Furthermore, even if a company adopts and promotes an inclusive culture, mining is faced with a unique challenge in dealing with multiple environments, as Saba explains.

“You’ve got the mine site. You’ve got the corporate office, individuals in the field doing exploration, all being linked together in the sector. What can happen is you may have a strong corporate policy about respect in the workplace and diversity but getting that to trickle to all sites and all places that your company is doing business is a challenge.”

Thus, a lot has to change on the mindset of the miners. This should come from the culture the company puts in place from day one. It means constant reinforcement.

Q : Is your company doing anything about the gender gap?

Malini Saba : Yes we hire women. We also work with a lot of tribal families in the jungles. There we seek more women to work at the mines. We train them. They work and earn a living and at the same time be able to walk back home to their long houses.

It is a slow process to bring in women from the cities to go to the remote areas. But we have not stopped trying. Getting women in the corporate side of the business has not been that huge of a challenge.

The mining industry needs to do more to attract women into core technical roles, and to put in place clear talent management and coaching programs to help accelerate women into more senior roles and provide more flexible working arrangements. This includes policies around bursaries and scholarships, maternity leave, and equal pay for equal work.

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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.’”

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Why We Must Pay Attention To Bullying

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LONDON, UK – 10 May, 2018 – 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.

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Breaking the Barrier

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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 (sabaindustriesgroup.com), CEO and social activist Malini Saba (malinisaba.com).

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 sabafamilyfoundations.com.

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

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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.

Golden Grain Rice, 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.

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Gentry Hall of Fame Award Announced

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Gentry Hall of Fame Award Announced

London, UK – 11 Nov., 2017 – In recognition of her extraordinary gifts to philanthropic community and beyond, Malini Saba has been awarded the title Philanthropist of the Year 2017.

This is to recognize her on-going, prodigious charitable work and giving. It is important to remember that this generous leader is continuing at a staggering rate. We applaud her efforts and hold her as a model for giving on a grand scale.

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Self-made Billionaire

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Malini Saba, Self-made Billionaire

Sri Jayawardenepura Kotte, Sri Lanka – 15 Jan., 2015 – Why she inspires us? She was the first Sri Lankan Tamil women to become a self-made billionaire.

What has she taught us?

How to pave the way for march toward success against all odds. How to stand up to bullies who felt a woman’s place is not in the business lime light.

To do everything in your power to achieve your dream. How to succeed in a male dominated industry and to stay true to your ideals through it all.

Finally, to use the power you gain and have to protect those that can’t protect themselves.

We celebrate Malini Saba as an inspirational woman leader of our times.

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Personal Qualities

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Malini Saba – Personal Qualities

London, UK – 20 August, 2013 – Some of the personal qualities serving Malini Saba.

Ambition
Even from a young age, despite thinking that life would be difficult, Malini had a sense of her own destiny.

Hard work
She determined she would learn everything about business, build alliances and ingratiate herself with the business community.

Courage, intelligence and logic
She assumed all three qualities. A successful person must have all three.

Charm and charisma
She has a presence about her that consumes any room she walks into. She has the ability to hold people’s attention to whatever she is speaking about and make everyone feel they were listened too and cared for.

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The Iron Lady with a Velvet Glove

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Malini Saba – The Iron Lady with a velvet glove

London, UK – 30 May, 2012 – A tough lady with a soft touch.

Her favorite quote:

“Being a leader is like being a lady. If you have to remind people you are, you aren’t. “


Malini understands that leadership is not about titles or photos or selfies. True leadership is about authenticity, standing up for principles, even in the face of strong opposition.

Her angry critics see her as a pugnacious destroyer. But those who know her understand she is all about methodology and doing what is right by people and for the people.

Authentic leadership is a product of honesty. Honesty is about putting needs of others before your own. Honesty in communicating information, both positive and negative. Honesty in accepting viewpoints which are different from yours. Honesty in integrating the values you profess with behaviors you exhibit. Honesty is also the product of clarity. Clarity in what you stand for and what you will not stand for.

We can take a lesson from Malini Saba. Always stay true to your core values regardless of how others view things under a populous lens. Only through this method can you truly help others and be a good leader too.

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In a Nutshell

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Malini Saba – In a Nutshell

London, UK – 30 May, 2012 – Malini Saba was born to a simple family, rose to success through sheer perseverance and belief that she will make it.

In her own words “I had no choice, make it or nothing.”

She always believed there was nothing a woman could not achieve. She also believes that you can learn most things in life if you put the time and really want to learn them.

Her secret to success is never to lie and never pretend to know everything. “We are constantly in a learning mode. It is when we think we know it all, we have failed.”

My father once told me there were two kinds of people, those who do the work and those who take the credit. He told me to try and be the first group; there was much less competition.

Malini Saba leaves us with her quote “Whenever you take a step forward you will shake things up and only with this can you create change. Through and through we also change as a person.”

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Women Empowerment

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Malini Saba – Women Empowerment

London, UK – 30 Dec., 2010 – The power of Malini Saba.

Since her younger days, I have been intrigued by Malini Saba. I think I have only met her a few times, yet still her power and presence somehow resonate with me and those who meet her.

Perhaps it has something to do with her warmth and charisma she resonates effortlessly.

So, without delay I want you to get to know Malini Saba. I want to share with you a little about this business mogul, philanthropist, artist, author, inspiration and downright amazing woman who uses her success to empower girls and women around the world. She is a true proponent for women empowerment!

Through hard work and determination, Malini left behind poverty to become a billionaire. Note: she is not just any billionaire. She was the first self-made Sri Lankan woman to independently grow her wealth.

Born in Seremban, Malaysia this young woman worked her way to the top against all odds.

She has reinvented herself through many lows and highs in her business and personal life always moving ahead taking all the hurdles in stride and looking at them as a growing pain.

She embodies true inner strength and is a real role model for young women all over the world.

Despite her immense wealth you would never know she was enormously successful. She has a very lovely way to make you feel comfortable around her and see her as just another person.

Words of wisdom from Malini:

The reason I have been able to be so financially successful is my focus has never, ever been for a minute on money.

Let go and all will be well. Breathe and let go. The universe will take it from there.

Thank you Malini for all that you do to empower women!

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A Great Female Leader

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What makes a great female leader?

London, UK – 30 Dec., 2010 – Malini Saba epitomizes a great female leader with these 5 attributes.

A great female leader:

Shows compassion.

All of us are driven by a simple belief and we need to always look at both sides of any situation.

Doesn’t over-work.

You can still succeed if you pace yourself. Make certain you get enough sleep and eat well.

Overcomes adversity with grace.

Life is never perfect. We always have to have alternative route to the destination we want to end up in.

Uses feminism as an advantage.

We should not try to be men. We are a totally different gender. Thus, why must we lead and act the same way? We should embrace our own gender and focus more on business.

Is tough when needed.

Remember never to be a shrinking violet. Stand your ground and stick to your beliefs.

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Ten things you did not know about Malini Saba

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London, UK – 30 Dec., 2010 – In this article we detail 10 things you should know about Malini Saba.

Malini Saba CEO and Chairman of Saba Industries, started her career in 1994. Back then, she was still finishing up get PHD. Since her humble beginnings, Ms. Saba has climbed to the top of the corporate ladder. However, Malini Saba is more than just a corporate power player. She has led an interesting, boundary breaking, female empowering life that is worth knowing more about. This article, we bring you ten things you didn’t know about Malini Saba.

  1. She is a top paid Commodity CEO.
    She has an impressive salary. This serves as a testament to her formidable talent as a business woman.
  1. She is one of the very few self-made in the commodity Industry.
    Not only does Ms. Saba pull in huge stacks, she is the first woman owner and CEO in the commodity space. This should be inspiring women everywhere – even in a traditionally male dominated industry, a woman’s hard work and perseverance can result with her at the helm in a 21st century society.
  1. She is a psychologist.
    Though Saba, current job of CEO is a business – oriented position- which she is particularly week equipped for, given her PHD and considerable experience – she originally studied psychology.Her psychology role is indispensable during her work with her business.
  1. She was rated one of 10 to succeed in San Francisco magazine.
    She was picked one of ten to definitely succeed and to watch over the next 10 years.
  1. Her favorite cars are Mercedes and Bentley
    She is crazy about cars and loves to race.
  1. Her favorite past time is cooking.
    She loves to cook and create new recipes. She authored a Cook book “The Abbreviated Cook”
  1. She does not always like Fame.
    In an interview With Malini Saba, the prominent CEO expressed some annoyance with being recognized constantly. Though she attempts to stay under the radar and do simple things she finds it sometimes intrusive.
  2. She loves children.
    She loves being around children. She finds that they keep her grounded and they help her keep things simple
  3. She collects teddy bears.
    She finds them to be calming.
  4. She meditates.
    Malini Saba is a spiritual person. She believes that staying true to the core of what the universe is about is important for all our well-being. In her words it is all about the YING and YANG. It’s a balance. We need to have that to be able to run a multi-million-dollar company and always remember it is not all about you – it is about the company.

After 25 years of building her business empire through rough patches and great revenues, Malini Saba continues to run the company with killer economic sense. Massive profits are a certainty for this smart CEO and her company. Ms. Saba serves as an inspiration for women everywhere, and a testament to what hard work can bring to a person’s life.

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Malini Saba – Success Story

A True Success Story

Saba Industries Incorporated, is known for its strong holdings in Mining and Agriculture. The company produces iron ore, Gold, Bauxite, Palm oil and Rice. Malini dove into the commodity space believing that we all need raw material. Although Saba Industries has grown exponentially, it still remains a family-owned business.

Saba graduated from high school and later graduated with a degree in Psychology. After many failed relationships, she married and had children. Saba is an ardent entrepreneur and started her business in the 1990’s and still stands at the helm as the CEO of the company.

Saba’s net worth, as estimated to be over $1.5 billion dollars (USD). Among her several philanthropic contributions are donations to Australian Outback doctors, San Francisco Arts Academy, India’s Artists, and Children’s Hospital in Cambodia. Saba also owns farms that specialize in organic farming.

She has been awarded the Entrepreneur of the Year, Philanthropist of the year, Kalpana Chawla award, the Mother Theresa Award and the Federation Peace award for her global Philanthropic work.

She contributes to different causes through her philanthropic initiative Saba Family Foundation.

Hard work, discipline and a keen sense of business is what makes her one of the most successful contemporary business woman.

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Understanding Employees – Important for Success

Why understanding your employees is important for Success.

By Rajeshwari Sajosh

I wanted to interview Saba to understand her views on Management and what she thought about hiring more women in her field.

Her feedback was enlightening. She has some strong views on management and gender equality in the workplace.

She had four areas which she focused on beginning with :

Unite, Don’t Direct

There’s a fine line between a leader and a manager. For one, a leader inspires employees to follow her lead and pursue her goals. A manager, on the other hand, leads by instruction and directives. This is why Malini Saba finds one more successful than the other:
In my experience, encouraging a team-oriented culture that is focused on uniting employees behind a shared sense of purpose and a common goal is more effective than offering directives. If you and your leadership team are on the same page with this approach, it is much easier to engage employees throughout the firm to meet those collective goals.  

Tailor the Experience

The first step in achieving gender equality in the workplace is understanding and supporting the fact that men and women work differently. Most importantly, Saba encourages women to find opportunity in everything:

As employers, we need to accept that women and men operate differently in the workplace and set up development and training programs that are designed to target high potential employees in both groups. As women, we need to remind ourselves to have an ‘opt in’ attitude. Career downturns happen to everyone and we must remember to treat them as opportunities to change how we work or try something new. That is what shows our true mettle.

Invest in professional development

When it comes to increasing female executive leadership, Malini  reminds employers to create equal and ample opportunities for women to climb the corporate ladder:
Companies must invest in their female employees’ leadership and professional development. I’m very proud of the numerous development and mentoring programs that Saba Industries has in place to help women excel at our firm and we’re seeing results that are validating this approach.

Ending gender pay inequality 

Unfortunately, gender Pay inequality still very much exists. But, as Saba suggests, there are ways to combat this inequality both inside and outside of the workplace:
The issue is complex because there is still no single answer as to why. Saba Industries’s interest in this issue goes far beyond our organization; we want to empower women’s financial futures, and that means putting programs, such as our seminars, in place to help them understand their finances.

Being the President and CEO of a multinational corporation is no easy feat. But Malini Saba shows us that through hard work, the right attitude and a great team, it is possible.

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10 tips for achieving what you want in life

By Rosana Yacob

I sat in the Ritz Carlton in Malaysia waiting for Malini Saba to arrive. While I was waiting, I started talking to the concierge. He went on to tell me about how he met Saba two years ago when she first took the apartment at the Ritz. He said she was so motivated to get the best deal we had and she was relentless and we caved in.

Malini arrived and walked directly to me as if she had known me for years. She was so welcoming and warm and it put me at ease to start the conversation. I wanted to ask her what are your tips for people are out there to achieve their dreams in life.

She leaned back into the armchair and crossed her legs and replied “I have 10 things that I have lived by and I have applied my whole life.”

1. Focus on commitment, not motivation.

Just how committed are you to your goal? How important is it for you, and what are you willing to sacrifice in order to achieve it? If you find yourself fully committed, motivation will follow.

2. Seek knowledge, not results.

If you focus on the excitement of discovery, improving, exploring and experimenting, your motivation will always be fueled. If you focus only on results, your motivation will be like weather—it will die the minute you hit a storm. So the key is to focus on the journey, not the destination. Keep thinking about what you are learning along the way and what you can improve.

3. Make the journey fun.

It’s an awesome game! The minute you make it serious, there’s a big chance it will start carrying a heavy emotional weight and you will lose perspective and become stuck again.

4. Get rid of stagnating thoughts.

Thoughts influence feelings and feelings determine how you view your work. You have a lot of thoughts in your head, and you always have a choice of which ones to focus on: the ones that will make you emotionally stuck (fears, doubts) or the ones that will move you forward (excitement, experimenting, trying new things, stepping out of your comfort zone.)

5. Use your imagination.

Next step after getting rid of negative thoughts is to use your imagination. When things go well, you are full of positive energy, and when you are experiencing difficulties, you need to be even more energetic. So, rename your situation. If you keep repeating I hate my work, guess which feelings those words will evoke? It’s a matter of imagination! You can always find something to learn even from the worst boss in the world at the most boring job. I have a great exercise for you: Just for three days, think and say positive things only. See what happens.

6. Stop being nice to yourself.

Motivation means action and action brings results. Sometimes your actions fail to bring the results you want. So, you prefer to be nice to yourself and not put yourself in a difficult situation. You wait for the perfect timing, for an opportunity, while you drive yourself into stagnation and sometimes even into depression. Get out there, challenge yourself, do something that you want to do even if you are afraid.

7. Get rid of distractions.

Meaningless things and distractions will always be in your way, especially those easy, usual things you would rather do instead of focusing on new challenging and meaningful projects. Learn to focus on what is the most important. Write a list of time-wasters and hold yourself accountable to not do them.

8. Don’t rely on others.

You should never expect others to do it for you, not even your partner, friend or boss. They are all busy with their own needs. No one will make you happy or achieve your goals for you. It’s all on you. It’s all on you.

9. Plan.

Know your three steps forward. You do not need more. Fill out your weekly calendar, noting when you will do what and how. When-what-how is important to schedule. Review how each day went by what you learned and revise what you could improve.

10. Protect yourself from burnout.

It’s easy to burn out when you are very motivated. Observe yourself to recognize any signs of tiredness and take time to rest. Your body and mind rest when you schedule relaxation and fun time into your weekly calendar. Do diverse tasks, keep switching between something creative and logical, something physical and still, working alone and with a team. Switch locations. Meditate, or just take deep breaths, close your eyes, or focus on one thing for five minutes.

“I use these as my mantra for everything I do”, explained Malini. I am never ever lazy to get up again and try it one more time. One should never be afraid of failure. I have failed many times, it’s not the amount of times you fail that matter, it’s how many times you are willing to get back up and fight for what you believe and want to achieve in your life.

It was so inspirational. As I left the interview I realized she had made me feel I can do anything I put my mind too.

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WOMAN IN THE MINING INDUSTRY

By Louisa Rampet

Mining has a reputation for being rough, remote and dangerous, as well as being one of the most male-dominated industries in the world.

This is true for Malini Saba, CEO of Saba Industries, whose mining journey started at the age of 30 when she decided to invest heavily in the commodity space. She began at ground zero.

She has built a thriving business and now owns over 7 large Mines internationally.  Her company owns mines that produce Iron ore, gold and Bauxite.

Malini says “Women must challenge their own comfort and realize the possibilities this environment has to offer, and attitudes of both males and females needs to be shaped by the pioneers in the environment.”

She also feels that young girls should be encouraged to pursue math, science and engineering subjects.  Furthermore, she feels that education in schools and universities surrounding the “exciting career opportunities that await women in the mining industry” should be improved.

I went on to ask her further questions about her role and experience.

Q : What have you enjoyed most about your role in the industry?

Malini Saba : I have spent more than fifteen years  in the mining industry and have seen significant changes and challenges. Being an owner and executive has its challenges. I have dealt with building new mining projects and running operations in countries that are not mining friendly, or are politically unstable or under high risk of executive kidnappings.

I have seen natural disasters such as floods, to earthquakes and malaria.  I’ve witnessed labor unrest and strikes in some of our Asian countries, with the invasion of our mining pits by hundreds of illegal miners. So, the role has never been boring and has always stretched me.

Q : What do you consider the most successful aspect of your mining leadership to date?

Malini Saba : I was part of a team that supported and coached an executive team through a significant organizational crisis a couple of years ago. Our team took the company through a huge expansion phase for a few years on the back of a very favorable commodity rise. We were faced with huge skills shortages at a time when many companies in the mining industry and neighboring industries were going through a similar expansion phase, and so we were highly focused on the recruitment, development and retention of key skills.

I led the team that redesigned and restructured the entire global business in a process involving redefining for each function and area what work was transactional and what was strategic and how the work would be delivered at operating unit, regional or corporate level. Within a twelve-month period, we had achieved both our cost-saving and our restructuring objectives.

Q : Why do you think there is such a big gender gap in the industry?  What is needed to create change?

Malini Saba : Mining can be perceived as dirty and dangerous and with the potential to create significant environmental damage if not managed ethically.  As such, the industry struggles to attract not only women but also young talent. I feel women think it’s a dirty job. It is a job that you have to eat and breath in order to compete.

Malini Saba   –  “ Remember we can’t move the resources, which often means remote locations, perhaps fly-in, fly-out operations or shift rotations. Remote locations, as opposed to corporate offices in large urban centers, don’t pose quite the same kind of challenges, and may fit more seamlessly into a career path that includes work-life balance as part of its goal.”  Example deep in the jungles of Kalimantan.

Furthermore, even if a company adopts and promotes an inclusive culture, mining is faced with a unique challenge in dealing with multiple environments, as Saba explains.

“You’ve got the mine site. You’ve got the corporate office, individuals in the field doing exploration, all being linked together in the sector. What can happen is you may have a strong corporate policy about respect in the workplace and diversity but getting that to trickle to all sites and all places that your company is doing business is a challenge.”

Thus, a lot has to change on the mindset of the miners. This should come from the culture the company puts in place from day one. It means constant reinforcement.

Q : Is your company doing anything about the gender gap?

Malini Saba : Yes we hire women. We also work with a lot of tribal families in the jungles. There we seek more women to work at the mines. We train them. They work and earn a living and at the same time be able to walk back home to their long houses.

It is a slow process to bring in women from the cities to go to the remote areas. But we have not stopped trying. Getting women in the corporate side of the business has not been that huge of a challenge.

The mining industry needs to do more to attract women into core technical roles, and to put in place clear talent management and coaching programs to help accelerate women into more senior roles and provide more flexible working arrangements. This includes policies around bursaries and scholarships, maternity leave, and equal pay for equal work.

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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.’”

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Why We Must Pay Attention To Bullying

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LONDON, UK – 10 May, 2018 – 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.

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Breaking the Barrier

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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 (sabaindustriesgroup.com), CEO and social activist Malini Saba (malinisaba.com).

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 sabafamilyfoundations.com.

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

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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.

Golden Grain Rice, 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.

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Gentry Hall of Fame Award Announced

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Gentry Hall of Fame Award Announced

London, UK – 11 Nov., 2017 – In recognition of her extraordinary gifts to philanthropic community and beyond, Malini Saba has been awarded the title Philanthropist of the Year 2017.

This is to recognize her on-going, prodigious charitable work and giving. It is important to remember that this generous leader is continuing at a staggering rate. We applaud her efforts and hold her as a model for giving on a grand scale.

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Self-made Billionaire

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Malini Saba, Self-made Billionaire

Sri Jayawardenepura Kotte, Sri Lanka – 15 Jan., 2015 – Why she inspires us? She was the first Sri Lankan Tamil women to become a self-made billionaire.

What has she taught us?

How to pave the way for march toward success against all odds. How to stand up to bullies who felt a woman’s place is not in the business lime light.

To do everything in your power to achieve your dream. How to succeed in a male dominated industry and to stay true to your ideals through it all.

Finally, to use the power you gain and have to protect those that can’t protect themselves.

We celebrate Malini Saba as an inspirational woman leader of our times.

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Personal Qualities

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Malini Saba – Personal Qualities

London, UK – 20 August, 2013 – Some of the personal qualities serving Malini Saba.

Ambition
Even from a young age, despite thinking that life would be difficult, Malini had a sense of her own destiny.

Hard work
She determined she would learn everything about business, build alliances and ingratiate herself with the business community.

Courage, intelligence and logic
She assumed all three qualities. A successful person must have all three.

Charm and charisma
She has a presence about her that consumes any room she walks into. She has the ability to hold people’s attention to whatever she is speaking about and make everyone feel they were listened too and cared for.

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The Iron Lady with a Velvet Glove

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Malini Saba – The Iron Lady with a velvet glove

London, UK – 30 May, 2012 – A tough lady with a soft touch.

Her favorite quote:

“Being a leader is like being a lady. If you have to remind people you are, you aren’t. “


Malini understands that leadership is not about titles or photos or selfies. True leadership is about authenticity, standing up for principles, even in the face of strong opposition.

Her angry critics see her as a pugnacious destroyer. But those who know her understand she is all about methodology and doing what is right by people and for the people.

Authentic leadership is a product of honesty. Honesty is about putting needs of others before your own. Honesty in communicating information, both positive and negative. Honesty in accepting viewpoints which are different from yours. Honesty in integrating the values you profess with behaviors you exhibit. Honesty is also the product of clarity. Clarity in what you stand for and what you will not stand for.

We can take a lesson from Malini Saba. Always stay true to your core values regardless of how others view things under a populous lens. Only through this method can you truly help others and be a good leader too.

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In a Nutshell

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Malini Saba – In a Nutshell

London, UK – 30 May, 2012 – Malini Saba was born to a simple family, rose to success through sheer perseverance and belief that she will make it.

In her own words “I had no choice, make it or nothing.”

She always believed there was nothing a woman could not achieve. She also believes that you can learn most things in life if you put the time and really want to learn them.

Her secret to success is never to lie and never pretend to know everything. “We are constantly in a learning mode. It is when we think we know it all, we have failed.”

My father once told me there were two kinds of people, those who do the work and those who take the credit. He told me to try and be the first group; there was much less competition.

Malini Saba leaves us with her quote “Whenever you take a step forward you will shake things up and only with this can you create change. Through and through we also change as a person.”

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Women Empowerment

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Malini Saba – Women Empowerment

London, UK – 30 Dec., 2010 – The power of Malini Saba.

Since her younger days, I have been intrigued by Malini Saba. I think I have only met her a few times, yet still her power and presence somehow resonate with me and those who meet her.

Perhaps it has something to do with her warmth and charisma she resonates effortlessly.

So, without delay I want you to get to know Malini Saba. I want to share with you a little about this business mogul, philanthropist, artist, author, inspiration and downright amazing woman who uses her success to empower girls and women around the world. She is a true proponent for women empowerment!

Through hard work and determination, Malini left behind poverty to become a billionaire. Note: she is not just any billionaire. She was the first self-made Sri Lankan woman to independently grow her wealth.

Born in Seremban, Malaysia this young woman worked her way to the top against all odds.

She has reinvented herself through many lows and highs in her business and personal life always moving ahead taking all the hurdles in stride and looking at them as a growing pain.

She embodies true inner strength and is a real role model for young women all over the world.

Despite her immense wealth you would never know she was enormously successful. She has a very lovely way to make you feel comfortable around her and see her as just another person.

Words of wisdom from Malini:

The reason I have been able to be so financially successful is my focus has never, ever been for a minute on money.

Let go and all will be well. Breathe and let go. The universe will take it from there.

Thank you Malini for all that you do to empower women!

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A Great Female Leader

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What makes a great female leader?

London, UK – 30 Dec., 2010 – Malini Saba epitomizes a great female leader with these 5 attributes.

A great female leader:

Shows compassion.

All of us are driven by a simple belief and we need to always look at both sides of any situation.

Doesn’t over-work.

You can still succeed if you pace yourself. Make certain you get enough sleep and eat well.

Overcomes adversity with grace.

Life is never perfect. We always have to have alternative route to the destination we want to end up in.

Uses feminism as an advantage.

We should not try to be men. We are a totally different gender. Thus, why must we lead and act the same way? We should embrace our own gender and focus more on business.

Is tough when needed.

Remember never to be a shrinking violet. Stand your ground and stick to your beliefs.

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Ten things you did not know about Malini Saba

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London, UK – 30 Dec., 2010 – In this article we detail 10 things you should know about Malini Saba.

Malini Saba CEO and Chairman of Saba Industries, started her career in 1994. Back then, she was still finishing up get PHD. Since her humble beginnings, Ms. Saba has climbed to the top of the corporate ladder. However, Malini Saba is more than just a corporate power player. She has led an interesting, boundary breaking, female empowering life that is worth knowing more about. This article, we bring you ten things you didn’t know about Malini Saba.

  1. She is a top paid Commodity CEO.
    She has an impressive salary. This serves as a testament to her formidable talent as a business woman.
  1. She is one of the very few self-made in the commodity Industry.
    Not only does Ms. Saba pull in huge stacks, she is the first woman owner and CEO in the commodity space. This should be inspiring women everywhere – even in a traditionally male dominated industry, a woman’s hard work and perseverance can result with her at the helm in a 21st century society.
  1. She is a psychologist.
    Though Saba, current job of CEO is a business – oriented position- which she is particularly week equipped for, given her PHD and considerable experience – she originally studied psychology.Her psychology role is indispensable during her work with her business.
  1. She was rated one of 10 to succeed in San Francisco magazine.
    She was picked one of ten to definitely succeed and to watch over the next 10 years.
  1. Her favorite cars are Mercedes and Bentley
    She is crazy about cars and loves to race.
  1. Her favorite past time is cooking.
    She loves to cook and create new recipes. She authored a Cook book “The Abbreviated Cook”
  1. She does not always like Fame.
    In an interview With Malini Saba, the prominent CEO expressed some annoyance with being recognized constantly. Though she attempts to stay under the radar and do simple things she finds it sometimes intrusive.
  2. She loves children.
    She loves being around children. She finds that they keep her grounded and they help her keep things simple
  3. She collects teddy bears.
    She finds them to be calming.
  4. She meditates.
    Malini Saba is a spiritual person. She believes that staying true to the core of what the universe is about is important for all our well-being. In her words it is all about the YING and YANG. It’s a balance. We need to have that to be able to run a multi-million-dollar company and always remember it is not all about you – it is about the company.

After 25 years of building her business empire through rough patches and great revenues, Malini Saba continues to run the company with killer economic sense. Massive profits are a certainty for this smart CEO and her company. Ms. Saba serves as an inspiration for women everywhere, and a testament to what hard work can bring to a person’s life.

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Malini Saba – Success Story

A True Success Story

Saba Industries Incorporated, is known for its strong holdings in Mining and Agriculture. The company produces iron ore, Gold, Bauxite, Palm oil and Rice. Malini dove into the commodity space believing that we all need raw material. Although Saba Industries has grown exponentially, it still remains a family-owned business.

Saba graduated from high school and later graduated with a degree in Psychology. After many failed relationships, she married and had children. Saba is an ardent entrepreneur and started her business in the 1990’s and still stands at the helm as the CEO of the company.

Saba’s net worth, as estimated to be over $1.5 billion dollars (USD). Among her several philanthropic contributions are donations to Australian Outback doctors, San Francisco Arts Academy, India’s Artists, and Children’s Hospital in Cambodia. Saba also owns farms that specialize in organic farming.

She has been awarded the Entrepreneur of the Year, Philanthropist of the year, Kalpana Chawla award, the Mother Theresa Award and the Federation Peace award for her global Philanthropic work.

She contributes to different causes through her philanthropic initiative Saba Family Foundation.

Hard work, discipline and a keen sense of business is what makes her one of the most successful contemporary business woman.

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Understanding Employees – Important for Success

Why understanding your employees is important for Success.

By Rajeshwari Sajosh

I wanted to interview Saba to understand her views on Management and what she thought about hiring more women in her field.

Her feedback was enlightening. She has some strong views on management and gender equality in the workplace.

She had four areas which she focused on beginning with :

Unite, Don’t Direct

There’s a fine line between a leader and a manager. For one, a leader inspires employees to follow her lead and pursue her goals. A manager, on the other hand, leads by instruction and directives. This is why Malini Saba finds one more successful than the other:
In my experience, encouraging a team-oriented culture that is focused on uniting employees behind a shared sense of purpose and a common goal is more effective than offering directives. If you and your leadership team are on the same page with this approach, it is much easier to engage employees throughout the firm to meet those collective goals.  

Tailor the Experience

The first step in achieving gender equality in the workplace is understanding and supporting the fact that men and women work differently. Most importantly, Saba encourages women to find opportunity in everything:

As employers, we need to accept that women and men operate differently in the workplace and set up development and training programs that are designed to target high potential employees in both groups. As women, we need to remind ourselves to have an ‘opt in’ attitude. Career downturns happen to everyone and we must remember to treat them as opportunities to change how we work or try something new. That is what shows our true mettle.

Invest in professional development

When it comes to increasing female executive leadership, Malini  reminds employers to create equal and ample opportunities for women to climb the corporate ladder:
Companies must invest in their female employees’ leadership and professional development. I’m very proud of the numerous development and mentoring programs that Saba Industries has in place to help women excel at our firm and we’re seeing results that are validating this approach.

Ending gender pay inequality 

Unfortunately, gender Pay inequality still very much exists. But, as Saba suggests, there are ways to combat this inequality both inside and outside of the workplace:
The issue is complex because there is still no single answer as to why. Saba Industries’s interest in this issue goes far beyond our organization; we want to empower women’s financial futures, and that means putting programs, such as our seminars, in place to help them understand their finances.

Being the President and CEO of a multinational corporation is no easy feat. But Malini Saba shows us that through hard work, the right attitude and a great team, it is possible.

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10 tips for achieving what you want in life

By Rosana Yacob

I sat in the Ritz Carlton in Malaysia waiting for Malini Saba to arrive. While I was waiting, I started talking to the concierge. He went on to tell me about how he met Saba two years ago when she first took the apartment at the Ritz. He said she was so motivated to get the best deal we had and she was relentless and we caved in.

Malini arrived and walked directly to me as if she had known me for years. She was so welcoming and warm and it put me at ease to start the conversation. I wanted to ask her what are your tips for people are out there to achieve their dreams in life.

She leaned back into the armchair and crossed her legs and replied “I have 10 things that I have lived by and I have applied my whole life.”

1. Focus on commitment, not motivation.

Just how committed are you to your goal? How important is it for you, and what are you willing to sacrifice in order to achieve it? If you find yourself fully committed, motivation will follow.

2. Seek knowledge, not results.

If you focus on the excitement of discovery, improving, exploring and experimenting, your motivation will always be fueled. If you focus only on results, your motivation will be like weather—it will die the minute you hit a storm. So the key is to focus on the journey, not the destination. Keep thinking about what you are learning along the way and what you can improve.

3. Make the journey fun.

It’s an awesome game! The minute you make it serious, there’s a big chance it will start carrying a heavy emotional weight and you will lose perspective and become stuck again.

4. Get rid of stagnating thoughts.

Thoughts influence feelings and feelings determine how you view your work. You have a lot of thoughts in your head, and you always have a choice of which ones to focus on: the ones that will make you emotionally stuck (fears, doubts) or the ones that will move you forward (excitement, experimenting, trying new things, stepping out of your comfort zone.)

5. Use your imagination.

Next step after getting rid of negative thoughts is to use your imagination. When things go well, you are full of positive energy, and when you are experiencing difficulties, you need to be even more energetic. So, rename your situation. If you keep repeating I hate my work, guess which feelings those words will evoke? It’s a matter of imagination! You can always find something to learn even from the worst boss in the world at the most boring job. I have a great exercise for you: Just for three days, think and say positive things only. See what happens.

6. Stop being nice to yourself.

Motivation means action and action brings results. Sometimes your actions fail to bring the results you want. So, you prefer to be nice to yourself and not put yourself in a difficult situation. You wait for the perfect timing, for an opportunity, while you drive yourself into stagnation and sometimes even into depression. Get out there, challenge yourself, do something that you want to do even if you are afraid.

7. Get rid of distractions.

Meaningless things and distractions will always be in your way, especially those easy, usual things you would rather do instead of focusing on new challenging and meaningful projects. Learn to focus on what is the most important. Write a list of time-wasters and hold yourself accountable to not do them.

8. Don’t rely on others.

You should never expect others to do it for you, not even your partner, friend or boss. They are all busy with their own needs. No one will make you happy or achieve your goals for you. It’s all on you. It’s all on you.

9. Plan.

Know your three steps forward. You do not need more. Fill out your weekly calendar, noting when you will do what and how. When-what-how is important to schedule. Review how each day went by what you learned and revise what you could improve.

10. Protect yourself from burnout.

It’s easy to burn out when you are very motivated. Observe yourself to recognize any signs of tiredness and take time to rest. Your body and mind rest when you schedule relaxation and fun time into your weekly calendar. Do diverse tasks, keep switching between something creative and logical, something physical and still, working alone and with a team. Switch locations. Meditate, or just take deep breaths, close your eyes, or focus on one thing for five minutes.

“I use these as my mantra for everything I do”, explained Malini. I am never ever lazy to get up again and try it one more time. One should never be afraid of failure. I have failed many times, it’s not the amount of times you fail that matter, it’s how many times you are willing to get back up and fight for what you believe and want to achieve in your life.

It was so inspirational. As I left the interview I realized she had made me feel I can do anything I put my mind too.

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WOMAN IN THE MINING INDUSTRY

By Louisa Rampet

Mining has a reputation for being rough, remote and dangerous, as well as being one of the most male-dominated industries in the world.

This is true for Malini Saba, CEO of Saba Industries, whose mining journey started at the age of 30 when she decided to invest heavily in the commodity space. She began at ground zero.

She has built a thriving business and now owns over 7 large Mines internationally.  Her company owns mines that produce Iron ore, gold and Bauxite.

Malini says “Women must challenge their own comfort and realize the possibilities this environment has to offer, and attitudes of both males and females needs to be shaped by the pioneers in the environment.”

She also feels that young girls should be encouraged to pursue math, science and engineering subjects.  Furthermore, she feels that education in schools and universities surrounding the “exciting career opportunities that await women in the mining industry” should be improved.

I went on to ask her further questions about her role and experience.

Q : What have you enjoyed most about your role in the industry?

Malini Saba : I have spent more than fifteen years  in the mining industry and have seen significant changes and challenges. Being an owner and executive has its challenges. I have dealt with building new mining projects and running operations in countries that are not mining friendly, or are politically unstable or under high risk of executive kidnappings.

I have seen natural disasters such as floods, to earthquakes and malaria.  I’ve witnessed labor unrest and strikes in some of our Asian countries, with the invasion of our mining pits by hundreds of illegal miners. So, the role has never been boring and has always stretched me.

Q : What do you consider the most successful aspect of your mining leadership to date?

Malini Saba : I was part of a team that supported and coached an executive team through a significant organizational crisis a couple of years ago. Our team took the company through a huge expansion phase for a few years on the back of a very favorable commodity rise. We were faced with huge skills shortages at a time when many companies in the mining industry and neighboring industries were going through a similar expansion phase, and so we were highly focused on the recruitment, development and retention of key skills.

I led the team that redesigned and restructured the entire global business in a process involving redefining for each function and area what work was transactional and what was strategic and how the work would be delivered at operating unit, regional or corporate level. Within a twelve-month period, we had achieved both our cost-saving and our restructuring objectives.

Q : Why do you think there is such a big gender gap in the industry?  What is needed to create change?

Malini Saba : Mining can be perceived as dirty and dangerous and with the potential to create significant environmental damage if not managed ethically.  As such, the industry struggles to attract not only women but also young talent. I feel women think it’s a dirty job. It is a job that you have to eat and breath in order to compete.

Malini Saba   –  “ Remember we can’t move the resources, which often means remote locations, perhaps fly-in, fly-out operations or shift rotations. Remote locations, as opposed to corporate offices in large urban centers, don’t pose quite the same kind of challenges, and may fit more seamlessly into a career path that includes work-life balance as part of its goal.”  Example deep in the jungles of Kalimantan.

Furthermore, even if a company adopts and promotes an inclusive culture, mining is faced with a unique challenge in dealing with multiple environments, as Saba explains.

“You’ve got the mine site. You’ve got the corporate office, individuals in the field doing exploration, all being linked together in the sector. What can happen is you may have a strong corporate policy about respect in the workplace and diversity but getting that to trickle to all sites and all places that your company is doing business is a challenge.”

Thus, a lot has to change on the mindset of the miners. This should come from the culture the company puts in place from day one. It means constant reinforcement.

Q : Is your company doing anything about the gender gap?

Malini Saba : Yes we hire women. We also work with a lot of tribal families in the jungles. There we seek more women to work at the mines. We train them. They work and earn a living and at the same time be able to walk back home to their long houses.

It is a slow process to bring in women from the cities to go to the remote areas. But we have not stopped trying. Getting women in the corporate side of the business has not been that huge of a challenge.

The mining industry needs to do more to attract women into core technical roles, and to put in place clear talent management and coaching programs to help accelerate women into more senior roles and provide more flexible working arrangements. This includes policies around bursaries and scholarships, maternity leave, and equal pay for equal work.

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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.’”

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Why We Must Pay Attention To Bullying

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LONDON, UK – 10 May, 2018 – 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.

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Breaking the Barrier

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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 (sabaindustriesgroup.com), CEO and social activist Malini Saba (malinisaba.com).

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 sabafamilyfoundations.com.

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

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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.

Golden Grain Rice, 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.

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Gentry Hall of Fame Award Announced

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Gentry Hall of Fame Award Announced

London, UK – 11 Nov., 2017 – In recognition of her extraordinary gifts to philanthropic community and beyond, Malini Saba has been awarded the title Philanthropist of the Year 2017.

This is to recognize her on-going, prodigious charitable work and giving. It is important to remember that this generous leader is continuing at a staggering rate. We applaud her efforts and hold her as a model for giving on a grand scale.

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Self-made Billionaire

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Malini Saba, Self-made Billionaire

Sri Jayawardenepura Kotte, Sri Lanka – 15 Jan., 2015 – Why she inspires us? She was the first Sri Lankan Tamil women to become a self-made billionaire.

What has she taught us?

How to pave the way for march toward success against all odds. How to stand up to bullies who felt a woman’s place is not in the business lime light.

To do everything in your power to achieve your dream. How to succeed in a male dominated industry and to stay true to your ideals through it all.

Finally, to use the power you gain and have to protect those that can’t protect themselves.

We celebrate Malini Saba as an inspirational woman leader of our times.

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Personal Qualities

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Malini Saba – Personal Qualities

London, UK – 20 August, 2013 – Some of the personal qualities serving Malini Saba.

Ambition
Even from a young age, despite thinking that life would be difficult, Malini had a sense of her own destiny.

Hard work
She determined she would learn everything about business, build alliances and ingratiate herself with the business community.

Courage, intelligence and logic
She assumed all three qualities. A successful person must have all three.

Charm and charisma
She has a presence about her that consumes any room she walks into. She has the ability to hold people’s attention to whatever she is speaking about and make everyone feel they were listened too and cared for.

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The Iron Lady with a Velvet Glove

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Malini Saba – The Iron Lady with a velvet glove

London, UK – 30 May, 2012 – A tough lady with a soft touch.

Her favorite quote:

“Being a leader is like being a lady. If you have to remind people you are, you aren’t. “


Malini understands that leadership is not about titles or photos or selfies. True leadership is about authenticity, standing up for principles, even in the face of strong opposition.

Her angry critics see her as a pugnacious destroyer. But those who know her understand she is all about methodology and doing what is right by people and for the people.

Authentic leadership is a product of honesty. Honesty is about putting needs of others before your own. Honesty in communicating information, both positive and negative. Honesty in accepting viewpoints which are different from yours. Honesty in integrating the values you profess with behaviors you exhibit. Honesty is also the product of clarity. Clarity in what you stand for and what you will not stand for.

We can take a lesson from Malini Saba. Always stay true to your core values regardless of how others view things under a populous lens. Only through this method can you truly help others and be a good leader too.

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In a Nutshell

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Malini Saba – In a Nutshell

London, UK – 30 May, 2012 – Malini Saba was born to a simple family, rose to success through sheer perseverance and belief that she will make it.

In her own words “I had no choice, make it or nothing.”

She always believed there was nothing a woman could not achieve. She also believes that you can learn most things in life if you put the time and really want to learn them.

Her secret to success is never to lie and never pretend to know everything. “We are constantly in a learning mode. It is when we think we know it all, we have failed.”

My father once told me there were two kinds of people, those who do the work and those who take the credit. He told me to try and be the first group; there was much less competition.

Malini Saba leaves us with her quote “Whenever you take a step forward you will shake things up and only with this can you create change. Through and through we also change as a person.”

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Women Empowerment

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Malini Saba – Women Empowerment

London, UK – 30 Dec., 2010 – The power of Malini Saba.

Since her younger days, I have been intrigued by Malini Saba. I think I have only met her a few times, yet still her power and presence somehow resonate with me and those who meet her.

Perhaps it has something to do with her warmth and charisma she resonates effortlessly.

So, without delay I want you to get to know Malini Saba. I want to share with you a little about this business mogul, philanthropist, artist, author, inspiration and downright amazing woman who uses her success to empower girls and women around the world. She is a true proponent for women empowerment!

Through hard work and determination, Malini left behind poverty to become a billionaire. Note: she is not just any billionaire. She was the first self-made Sri Lankan woman to independently grow her wealth.

Born in Seremban, Malaysia this young woman worked her way to the top against all odds.

She has reinvented herself through many lows and highs in her business and personal life always moving ahead taking all the hurdles in stride and looking at them as a growing pain.

She embodies true inner strength and is a real role model for young women all over the world.

Despite her immense wealth you would never know she was enormously successful. She has a very lovely way to make you feel comfortable around her and see her as just another person.

Words of wisdom from Malini:

The reason I have been able to be so financially successful is my focus has never, ever been for a minute on money.

Let go and all will be well. Breathe and let go. The universe will take it from there.

Thank you Malini for all that you do to empower women!

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A Great Female Leader

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What makes a great female leader?

London, UK – 30 Dec., 2010 – Malini Saba epitomizes a great female leader with these 5 attributes.

A great female leader:

Shows compassion.

All of us are driven by a simple belief and we need to always look at both sides of any situation.

Doesn’t over-work.

You can still succeed if you pace yourself. Make certain you get enough sleep and eat well.

Overcomes adversity with grace.

Life is never perfect. We always have to have alternative route to the destination we want to end up in.

Uses feminism as an advantage.

We should not try to be men. We are a totally different gender. Thus, why must we lead and act the same way? We should embrace our own gender and focus more on business.

Is tough when needed.

Remember never to be a shrinking violet. Stand your ground and stick to your beliefs.

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Ten things you did not know about Malini Saba

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London, UK – 30 Dec., 2010 – In this article we detail 10 things you should know about Malini Saba.

Malini Saba CEO and Chairman of Saba Industries, started her career in 1994. Back then, she was still finishing up get PHD. Since her humble beginnings, Ms. Saba has climbed to the top of the corporate ladder. However, Malini Saba is more than just a corporate power player. She has led an interesting, boundary breaking, female empowering life that is worth knowing more about. This article, we bring you ten things you didn’t know about Malini Saba.

  1. She is a top paid Commodity CEO.
    She has an impressive salary. This serves as a testament to her formidable talent as a business woman.
  1. She is one of the very few self-made in the commodity Industry.
    Not only does Ms. Saba pull in huge stacks, she is the first woman owner and CEO in the commodity space. This should be inspiring women everywhere – even in a traditionally male dominated industry, a woman’s hard work and perseverance can result with her at the helm in a 21st century society.
  1. She is a psychologist.
    Though Saba, current job of CEO is a business – oriented position- which she is particularly week equipped for, given her PHD and considerable experience – she originally studied psychology.Her psychology role is indispensable during her work with her business.
  1. She was rated one of 10 to succeed in San Francisco magazine.
    She was picked one of ten to definitely succeed and to watch over the next 10 years.
  1. Her favorite cars are Mercedes and Bentley
    She is crazy about cars and loves to race.
  1. Her favorite past time is cooking.
    She loves to cook and create new recipes. She authored a Cook book “The Abbreviated Cook”
  1. She does not always like Fame.
    In an interview With Malini Saba, the prominent CEO expressed some annoyance with being recognized constantly. Though she attempts to stay under the radar and do simple things she finds it sometimes intrusive.
  2. She loves children.
    She loves being around children. She finds that they keep her grounded and they help her keep things simple
  3. She collects teddy bears.
    She finds them to be calming.
  4. She meditates.
    Malini Saba is a spiritual person. She believes that staying true to the core of what the universe is about is important for all our well-being. In her words it is all about the YING and YANG. It’s a balance. We need to have that to be able to run a multi-million-dollar company and always remember it is not all about you – it is about the company.

After 25 years of building her business empire through rough patches and great revenues, Malini Saba continues to run the company with killer economic sense. Massive profits are a certainty for this smart CEO and her company. Ms. Saba serves as an inspiration for women everywhere, and a testament to what hard work can bring to a person’s life.

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Malini Saba – Success Story

A True Success Story

Saba Industries Incorporated, is known for its strong holdings in Mining and Agriculture. The company produces iron ore, Gold, Bauxite, Palm oil and Rice. Malini dove into the commodity space believing that we all need raw material. Although Saba Industries has grown exponentially, it still remains a family-owned business.

Saba graduated from high school and later graduated with a degree in Psychology. After many failed relationships, she married and had children. Saba is an ardent entrepreneur and started her business in the 1990’s and still stands at the helm as the CEO of the company.

Saba’s net worth, as estimated to be over $1.5 billion dollars (USD). Among her several philanthropic contributions are donations to Australian Outback doctors, San Francisco Arts Academy, India’s Artists, and Children’s Hospital in Cambodia. Saba also owns farms that specialize in organic farming.

She has been awarded the Entrepreneur of the Year, Philanthropist of the year, Kalpana Chawla award, the Mother Theresa Award and the Federation Peace award for her global Philanthropic work.

She contributes to different causes through her philanthropic initiative Saba Family Foundation.

Hard work, discipline and a keen sense of business is what makes her one of the most successful contemporary business woman.

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Understanding Employees – Important for Success

Why understanding your employees is important for Success.

By Rajeshwari Sajosh

I wanted to interview Saba to understand her views on Management and what she thought about hiring more women in her field.

Her feedback was enlightening. She has some strong views on management and gender equality in the workplace.

She had four areas which she focused on beginning with :

Unite, Don’t Direct

There’s a fine line between a leader and a manager. For one, a leader inspires employees to follow her lead and pursue her goals. A manager, on the other hand, leads by instruction and directives. This is why Malini Saba finds one more successful than the other:
In my experience, encouraging a team-oriented culture that is focused on uniting employees behind a shared sense of purpose and a common goal is more effective than offering directives. If you and your leadership team are on the same page with this approach, it is much easier to engage employees throughout the firm to meet those collective goals.  

Tailor the Experience

The first step in achieving gender equality in the workplace is understanding and supporting the fact that men and women work differently. Most importantly, Saba encourages women to find opportunity in everything:

As employers, we need to accept that women and men operate differently in the workplace and set up development and training programs that are designed to target high potential employees in both groups. As women, we need to remind ourselves to have an ‘opt in’ attitude. Career downturns happen to everyone and we must remember to treat them as opportunities to change how we work or try something new. That is what shows our true mettle.

Invest in professional development

When it comes to increasing female executive leadership, Malini  reminds employers to create equal and ample opportunities for women to climb the corporate ladder:
Companies must invest in their female employees’ leadership and professional development. I’m very proud of the numerous development and mentoring programs that Saba Industries has in place to help women excel at our firm and we’re seeing results that are validating this approach.

Ending gender pay inequality 

Unfortunately, gender Pay inequality still very much exists. But, as Saba suggests, there are ways to combat this inequality both inside and outside of the workplace:
The issue is complex because there is still no single answer as to why. Saba Industries’s interest in this issue goes far beyond our organization; we want to empower women’s financial futures, and that means putting programs, such as our seminars, in place to help them understand their finances.

Being the President and CEO of a multinational corporation is no easy feat. But Malini Saba shows us that through hard work, the right attitude and a great team, it is possible.

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10 tips for achieving what you want in life

By Rosana Yacob

I sat in the Ritz Carlton in Malaysia waiting for Malini Saba to arrive. While I was waiting, I started talking to the concierge. He went on to tell me about how he met Saba two years ago when she first took the apartment at the Ritz. He said she was so motivated to get the best deal we had and she was relentless and we caved in.

Malini arrived and walked directly to me as if she had known me for years. She was so welcoming and warm and it put me at ease to start the conversation. I wanted to ask her what are your tips for people are out there to achieve their dreams in life.

She leaned back into the armchair and crossed her legs and replied “I have 10 things that I have lived by and I have applied my whole life.”

1. Focus on commitment, not motivation.

Just how committed are you to your goal? How important is it for you, and what are you willing to sacrifice in order to achieve it? If you find yourself fully committed, motivation will follow.

2. Seek knowledge, not results.

If you focus on the excitement of discovery, improving, exploring and experimenting, your motivation will always be fueled. If you focus only on results, your motivation will be like weather—it will die the minute you hit a storm. So the key is to focus on the journey, not the destination. Keep thinking about what you are learning along the way and what you can improve.

3. Make the journey fun.

It’s an awesome game! The minute you make it serious, there’s a big chance it will start carrying a heavy emotional weight and you will lose perspective and become stuck again.

4. Get rid of stagnating thoughts.

Thoughts influence feelings and feelings determine how you view your work. You have a lot of thoughts in your head, and you always have a choice of which ones to focus on: the ones that will make you emotionally stuck (fears, doubts) or the ones that will move you forward (excitement, experimenting, trying new things, stepping out of your comfort zone.)

5. Use your imagination.

Next step after getting rid of negative thoughts is to use your imagination. When things go well, you are full of positive energy, and when you are experiencing difficulties, you need to be even more energetic. So, rename your situation. If you keep repeating I hate my work, guess which feelings those words will evoke? It’s a matter of imagination! You can always find something to learn even from the worst boss in the world at the most boring job. I have a great exercise for you: Just for three days, think and say positive things only. See what happens.

6. Stop being nice to yourself.

Motivation means action and action brings results. Sometimes your actions fail to bring the results you want. So, you prefer to be nice to yourself and not put yourself in a difficult situation. You wait for the perfect timing, for an opportunity, while you drive yourself into stagnation and sometimes even into depression. Get out there, challenge yourself, do something that you want to do even if you are afraid.

7. Get rid of distractions.

Meaningless things and distractions will always be in your way, especially those easy, usual things you would rather do instead of focusing on new challenging and meaningful projects. Learn to focus on what is the most important. Write a list of time-wasters and hold yourself accountable to not do them.

8. Don’t rely on others.

You should never expect others to do it for you, not even your partner, friend or boss. They are all busy with their own needs. No one will make you happy or achieve your goals for you. It’s all on you. It’s all on you.

9. Plan.

Know your three steps forward. You do not need more. Fill out your weekly calendar, noting when you will do what and how. When-what-how is important to schedule. Review how each day went by what you learned and revise what you could improve.

10. Protect yourself from burnout.

It’s easy to burn out when you are very motivated. Observe yourself to recognize any signs of tiredness and take time to rest. Your body and mind rest when you schedule relaxation and fun time into your weekly calendar. Do diverse tasks, keep switching between something creative and logical, something physical and still, working alone and with a team. Switch locations. Meditate, or just take deep breaths, close your eyes, or focus on one thing for five minutes.

“I use these as my mantra for everything I do”, explained Malini. I am never ever lazy to get up again and try it one more time. One should never be afraid of failure. I have failed many times, it’s not the amount of times you fail that matter, it’s how many times you are willing to get back up and fight for what you believe and want to achieve in your life.

It was so inspirational. As I left the interview I realized she had made me feel I can do anything I put my mind too.

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WOMAN IN THE MINING INDUSTRY

By Louisa Rampet

Mining has a reputation for being rough, remote and dangerous, as well as being one of the most male-dominated industries in the world.

This is true for Malini Saba, CEO of Saba Industries, whose mining journey started at the age of 30 when she decided to invest heavily in the commodity space. She began at ground zero.

She has built a thriving business and now owns over 7 large Mines internationally.  Her company owns mines that produce Iron ore, gold and Bauxite.

Malini says “Women must challenge their own comfort and realize the possibilities this environment has to offer, and attitudes of both males and females needs to be shaped by the pioneers in the environment.”

She also feels that young girls should be encouraged to pursue math, science and engineering subjects.  Furthermore, she feels that education in schools and universities surrounding the “exciting career opportunities that await women in the mining industry” should be improved.

I went on to ask her further questions about her role and experience.

Q : What have you enjoyed most about your role in the industry?

Malini Saba : I have spent more than fifteen years  in the mining industry and have seen significant changes and challenges. Being an owner and executive has its challenges. I have dealt with building new mining projects and running operations in countries that are not mining friendly, or are politically unstable or under high risk of executive kidnappings.

I have seen natural disasters such as floods, to earthquakes and malaria.  I’ve witnessed labor unrest and strikes in some of our Asian countries, with the invasion of our mining pits by hundreds of illegal miners. So, the role has never been boring and has always stretched me.

Q : What do you consider the most successful aspect of your mining leadership to date?

Malini Saba : I was part of a team that supported and coached an executive team through a significant organizational crisis a couple of years ago. Our team took the company through a huge expansion phase for a few years on the back of a very favorable commodity rise. We were faced with huge skills shortages at a time when many companies in the mining industry and neighboring industries were going through a similar expansion phase, and so we were highly focused on the recruitment, development and retention of key skills.

I led the team that redesigned and restructured the entire global business in a process involving redefining for each function and area what work was transactional and what was strategic and how the work would be delivered at operating unit, regional or corporate level. Within a twelve-month period, we had achieved both our cost-saving and our restructuring objectives.

Q : Why do you think there is such a big gender gap in the industry?  What is needed to create change?

Malini Saba : Mining can be perceived as dirty and dangerous and with the potential to create significant environmental damage if not managed ethically.  As such, the industry struggles to attract not only women but also young talent. I feel women think it’s a dirty job. It is a job that you have to eat and breath in order to compete.

Malini Saba   –  “ Remember we can’t move the resources, which often means remote locations, perhaps fly-in, fly-out operations or shift rotations. Remote locations, as opposed to corporate offices in large urban centers, don’t pose quite the same kind of challenges, and may fit more seamlessly into a career path that includes work-life balance as part of its goal.”  Example deep in the jungles of Kalimantan.

Furthermore, even if a company adopts and promotes an inclusive culture, mining is faced with a unique challenge in dealing with multiple environments, as Saba explains.

“You’ve got the mine site. You’ve got the corporate office, individuals in the field doing exploration, all being linked together in the sector. What can happen is you may have a strong corporate policy about respect in the workplace and diversity but getting that to trickle to all sites and all places that your company is doing business is a challenge.”

Thus, a lot has to change on the mindset of the miners. This should come from the culture the company puts in place from day one. It means constant reinforcement.

Q : Is your company doing anything about the gender gap?

Malini Saba : Yes we hire women. We also work with a lot of tribal families in the jungles. There we seek more women to work at the mines. We train them. They work and earn a living and at the same time be able to walk back home to their long houses.

It is a slow process to bring in women from the cities to go to the remote areas. But we have not stopped trying. Getting women in the corporate side of the business has not been that huge of a challenge.

The mining industry needs to do more to attract women into core technical roles, and to put in place clear talent management and coaching programs to help accelerate women into more senior roles and provide more flexible working arrangements. This includes policies around bursaries and scholarships, maternity leave, and equal pay for equal work.

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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.’”

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Why We Must Pay Attention To Bullying

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LONDON, UK – 10 May, 2018 – 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.

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Breaking the Barrier

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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 (sabaindustriesgroup.com), CEO and social activist Malini Saba (malinisaba.com).

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 sabafamilyfoundations.com.

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

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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.

Golden Grain Rice, 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.

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Gentry Hall of Fame Award Announced

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Gentry Hall of Fame Award Announced

London, UK – 11 Nov., 2017 – In recognition of her extraordinary gifts to philanthropic community and beyond, Malini Saba has been awarded the title Philanthropist of the Year 2017.

This is to recognize her on-going, prodigious charitable work and giving. It is important to remember that this generous leader is continuing at a staggering rate. We applaud her efforts and hold her as a model for giving on a grand scale.

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Self-made Billionaire

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Malini Saba, Self-made Billionaire

Sri Jayawardenepura Kotte, Sri Lanka – 15 Jan., 2015 – Why she inspires us? She was the first Sri Lankan Tamil women to become a self-made billionaire.

What has she taught us?

How to pave the way for march toward success against all odds. How to stand up to bullies who felt a woman’s place is not in the business lime light.

To do everything in your power to achieve your dream. How to succeed in a male dominated industry and to stay true to your ideals through it all.

Finally, to use the power you gain and have to protect those that can’t protect themselves.

We celebrate Malini Saba as an inspirational woman leader of our times.

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Personal Qualities

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Malini Saba – Personal Qualities

London, UK – 20 August, 2013 – Some of the personal qualities serving Malini Saba.

Ambition
Even from a young age, despite thinking that life would be difficult, Malini had a sense of her own destiny.

Hard work
She determined she would learn everything about business, build alliances and ingratiate herself with the business community.

Courage, intelligence and logic
She assumed all three qualities. A successful person must have all three.

Charm and charisma
She has a presence about her that consumes any room she walks into. She has the ability to hold people’s attention to whatever she is speaking about and make everyone feel they were listened too and cared for.

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The Iron Lady with a Velvet Glove

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Malini Saba – The Iron Lady with a velvet glove

London, UK – 30 May, 2012 – A tough lady with a soft touch.

Her favorite quote:

“Being a leader is like being a lady. If you have to remind people you are, you aren’t. “


Malini understands that leadership is not about titles or photos or selfies. True leadership is about authenticity, standing up for principles, even in the face of strong opposition.

Her angry critics see her as a pugnacious destroyer. But those who know her understand she is all about methodology and doing what is right by people and for the people.

Authentic leadership is a product of honesty. Honesty is about putting needs of others before your own. Honesty in communicating information, both positive and negative. Honesty in accepting viewpoints which are different from yours. Honesty in integrating the values you profess with behaviors you exhibit. Honesty is also the product of clarity. Clarity in what you stand for and what you will not stand for.

We can take a lesson from Malini Saba. Always stay true to your core values regardless of how others view things under a populous lens. Only through this method can you truly help others and be a good leader too.

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In a Nutshell

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Malini Saba – In a Nutshell

London, UK – 30 May, 2012 – Malini Saba was born to a simple family, rose to success through sheer perseverance and belief that she will make it.

In her own words “I had no choice, make it or nothing.”

She always believed there was nothing a woman could not achieve. She also believes that you can learn most things in life if you put the time and really want to learn them.

Her secret to success is never to lie and never pretend to know everything. “We are constantly in a learning mode. It is when we think we know it all, we have failed.”

My father once told me there were two kinds of people, those who do the work and those who take the credit. He told me to try and be the first group; there was much less competition.

Malini Saba leaves us with her quote “Whenever you take a step forward you will shake things up and only with this can you create change. Through and through we also change as a person.”

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Women Empowerment

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Malini Saba – Women Empowerment

London, UK – 30 Dec., 2010 – The power of Malini Saba.

Since her younger days, I have been intrigued by Malini Saba. I think I have only met her a few times, yet still her power and presence somehow resonate with me and those who meet her.

Perhaps it has something to do with her warmth and charisma she resonates effortlessly.

So, without delay I want you to get to know Malini Saba. I want to share with you a little about this business mogul, philanthropist, artist, author, inspiration and downright amazing woman who uses her success to empower girls and women around the world. She is a true proponent for women empowerment!

Through hard work and determination, Malini left behind poverty to become a billionaire. Note: she is not just any billionaire. She was the first self-made Sri Lankan woman to independently grow her wealth.

Born in Seremban, Malaysia this young woman worked her way to the top against all odds.

She has reinvented herself through many lows and highs in her business and personal life always moving ahead taking all the hurdles in stride and looking at them as a growing pain.

She embodies true inner strength and is a real role model for young women all over the world.

Despite her immense wealth you would never know she was enormously successful. She has a very lovely way to make you feel comfortable around her and see her as just another person.

Words of wisdom from Malini:

The reason I have been able to be so financially successful is my focus has never, ever been for a minute on money.

Let go and all will be well. Breathe and let go. The universe will take it from there.

Thank you Malini for all that you do to empower women!

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A Great Female Leader

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What makes a great female leader?

London, UK – 30 Dec., 2010 – Malini Saba epitomizes a great female leader with these 5 attributes.

A great female leader:

Shows compassion.

All of us are driven by a simple belief and we need to always look at both sides of any situation.

Doesn’t over-work.

You can still succeed if you pace yourself. Make certain you get enough sleep and eat well.

Overcomes adversity with grace.

Life is never perfect. We always have to have alternative route to the destination we want to end up in.

Uses feminism as an advantage.

We should not try to be men. We are a totally different gender. Thus, why must we lead and act the same way? We should embrace our own gender and focus more on business.

Is tough when needed.

Remember never to be a shrinking violet. Stand your ground and stick to your beliefs.

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Ten things you did not know about Malini Saba

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London, UK – 30 Dec., 2010 – In this article we detail 10 things you should know about Malini Saba.

Malini Saba CEO and Chairman of Saba Industries, started her career in 1994. Back then, she was still finishing up get PHD. Since her humble beginnings, Ms. Saba has climbed to the top of the corporate ladder. However, Malini Saba is more than just a corporate power player. She has led an interesting, boundary breaking, female empowering life that is worth knowing more about. This article, we bring you ten things you didn’t know about Malini Saba.

  1. She is a top paid Commodity CEO.
    She has an impressive salary. This serves as a testament to her formidable talent as a business woman.
  1. She is one of the very few self-made in the commodity Industry.
    Not only does Ms. Saba pull in huge stacks, she is the first woman owner and CEO in the commodity space. This should be inspiring women everywhere – even in a traditionally male dominated industry, a woman’s hard work and perseverance can result with her at the helm in a 21st century society.
  1. She is a psychologist.
    Though Saba, current job of CEO is a business – oriented position- which she is particularly week equipped for, given her PHD and considerable experience – she originally studied psychology.Her psychology role is indispensable during her work with her business.
  1. She was rated one of 10 to succeed in San Francisco magazine.
    She was picked one of ten to definitely succeed and to watch over the next 10 years.
  1. Her favorite cars are Mercedes and Bentley
    She is crazy about cars and loves to race.
  1. Her favorite past time is cooking.
    She loves to cook and create new recipes. She authored a Cook book “The Abbreviated Cook”
  1. She does not always like Fame.
    In an interview With Malini Saba, the prominent CEO expressed some annoyance with being recognized constantly. Though she attempts to stay under the radar and do simple things she finds it sometimes intrusive.
  2. She loves children.
    She loves being around children. She finds that they keep her grounded and they help her keep things simple
  3. She collects teddy bears.
    She finds them to be calming.
  4. She meditates.
    Malini Saba is a spiritual person. She believes that staying true to the core of what the universe is about is important for all our well-being. In her words it is all about the YING and YANG. It’s a balance. We need to have that to be able to run a multi-million-dollar company and always remember it is not all about you – it is about the company.

After 25 years of building her business empire through rough patches and great revenues, Malini Saba continues to run the company with killer economic sense. Massive profits are a certainty for this smart CEO and her company. Ms. Saba serves as an inspiration for women everywhere, and a testament to what hard work can bring to a person’s life.

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Malini Saba – Success Story

A True Success Story

Saba Industries Incorporated, is known for its strong holdings in Mining and Agriculture. The company produces iron ore, Gold, Bauxite, Palm oil and Rice. Malini dove into the commodity space believing that we all need raw material. Although Saba Industries has grown exponentially, it still remains a family-owned business.

Saba graduated from high school and later graduated with a degree in Psychology. After many failed relationships, she married and had children. Saba is an ardent entrepreneur and started her business in the 1990’s and still stands at the helm as the CEO of the company.

Saba’s net worth, as estimated to be over $1.5 billion dollars (USD). Among her several philanthropic contributions are donations to Australian Outback doctors, San Francisco Arts Academy, India’s Artists, and Children’s Hospital in Cambodia. Saba also owns farms that specialize in organic farming.

She has been awarded the Entrepreneur of the Year, Philanthropist of the year, Kalpana Chawla award, the Mother Theresa Award and the Federation Peace award for her global Philanthropic work.

She contributes to different causes through her philanthropic initiative Saba Family Foundation.

Hard work, discipline and a keen sense of business is what makes her one of the most successful contemporary business woman.

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Understanding Employees – Important for Success

Why understanding your employees is important for Success.

By Rajeshwari Sajosh

I wanted to interview Saba to understand her views on Management and what she thought about hiring more women in her field.

Her feedback was enlightening. She has some strong views on management and gender equality in the workplace.

She had four areas which she focused on beginning with :

Unite, Don’t Direct

There’s a fine line between a leader and a manager. For one, a leader inspires employees to follow her lead and pursue her goals. A manager, on the other hand, leads by instruction and directives. This is why Malini Saba finds one more successful than the other:
In my experience, encouraging a team-oriented culture that is focused on uniting employees behind a shared sense of purpose and a common goal is more effective than offering directives. If you and your leadership team are on the same page with this approach, it is much easier to engage employees throughout the firm to meet those collective goals.  

Tailor the Experience

The first step in achieving gender equality in the workplace is understanding and supporting the fact that men and women work differently. Most importantly, Saba encourages women to find opportunity in everything:

As employers, we need to accept that women and men operate differently in the workplace and set up development and training programs that are designed to target high potential employees in both groups. As women, we need to remind ourselves to have an ‘opt in’ attitude. Career downturns happen to everyone and we must remember to treat them as opportunities to change how we work or try something new. That is what shows our true mettle.

Invest in professional development

When it comes to increasing female executive leadership, Malini  reminds employers to create equal and ample opportunities for women to climb the corporate ladder:
Companies must invest in their female employees’ leadership and professional development. I’m very proud of the numerous development and mentoring programs that Saba Industries has in place to help women excel at our firm and we’re seeing results that are validating this approach.

Ending gender pay inequality 

Unfortunately, gender Pay inequality still very much exists. But, as Saba suggests, there are ways to combat this inequality both inside and outside of the workplace:
The issue is complex because there is still no single answer as to why. Saba Industries’s interest in this issue goes far beyond our organization; we want to empower women’s financial futures, and that means putting programs, such as our seminars, in place to help them understand their finances.

Being the President and CEO of a multinational corporation is no easy feat. But Malini Saba shows us that through hard work, the right attitude and a great team, it is possible.

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10 tips for achieving what you want in life

By Rosana Yacob

I sat in the Ritz Carlton in Malaysia waiting for Malini Saba to arrive. While I was waiting, I started talking to the concierge. He went on to tell me about how he met Saba two years ago when she first took the apartment at the Ritz. He said she was so motivated to get the best deal we had and she was relentless and we caved in.

Malini arrived and walked directly to me as if she had known me for years. She was so welcoming and warm and it put me at ease to start the conversation. I wanted to ask her what are your tips for people are out there to achieve their dreams in life.

She leaned back into the armchair and crossed her legs and replied “I have 10 things that I have lived by and I have applied my whole life.”

1. Focus on commitment, not motivation.

Just how committed are you to your goal? How important is it for you, and what are you willing to sacrifice in order to achieve it? If you find yourself fully committed, motivation will follow.

2. Seek knowledge, not results.

If you focus on the excitement of discovery, improving, exploring and experimenting, your motivation will always be fueled. If you focus only on results, your motivation will be like weather—it will die the minute you hit a storm. So the key is to focus on the journey, not the destination. Keep thinking about what you are learning along the way and what you can improve.

3. Make the journey fun.

It’s an awesome game! The minute you make it serious, there’s a big chance it will start carrying a heavy emotional weight and you will lose perspective and become stuck again.

4. Get rid of stagnating thoughts.

Thoughts influence feelings and feelings determine how you view your work. You have a lot of thoughts in your head, and you always have a choice of which ones to focus on: the ones that will make you emotionally stuck (fears, doubts) or the ones that will move you forward (excitement, experimenting, trying new things, stepping out of your comfort zone.)

5. Use your imagination.

Next step after getting rid of negative thoughts is to use your imagination. When things go well, you are full of positive energy, and when you are experiencing difficulties, you need to be even more energetic. So, rename your situation. If you keep repeating I hate my work, guess which feelings those words will evoke? It’s a matter of imagination! You can always find something to learn even from the worst boss in the world at the most boring job. I have a great exercise for you: Just for three days, think and say positive things only. See what happens.

6. Stop being nice to yourself.

Motivation means action and action brings results. Sometimes your actions fail to bring the results you want. So, you prefer to be nice to yourself and not put yourself in a difficult situation. You wait for the perfect timing, for an opportunity, while you drive yourself into stagnation and sometimes even into depression. Get out there, challenge yourself, do something that you want to do even if you are afraid.

7. Get rid of distractions.

Meaningless things and distractions will always be in your way, especially those easy, usual things you would rather do instead of focusing on new challenging and meaningful projects. Learn to focus on what is the most important. Write a list of time-wasters and hold yourself accountable to not do them.

8. Don’t rely on others.

You should never expect others to do it for you, not even your partner, friend or boss. They are all busy with their own needs. No one will make you happy or achieve your goals for you. It’s all on you. It’s all on you.

9. Plan.

Know your three steps forward. You do not need more. Fill out your weekly calendar, noting when you will do what and how. When-what-how is important to schedule. Review how each day went by what you learned and revise what you could improve.

10. Protect yourself from burnout.

It’s easy to burn out when you are very motivated. Observe yourself to recognize any signs of tiredness and take time to rest. Your body and mind rest when you schedule relaxation and fun time into your weekly calendar. Do diverse tasks, keep switching between something creative and logical, something physical and still, working alone and with a team. Switch locations. Meditate, or just take deep breaths, close your eyes, or focus on one thing for five minutes.

“I use these as my mantra for everything I do”, explained Malini. I am never ever lazy to get up again and try it one more time. One should never be afraid of failure. I have failed many times, it’s not the amount of times you fail that matter, it’s how many times you are willing to get back up and fight for what you believe and want to achieve in your life.

It was so inspirational. As I left the interview I realized she had made me feel I can do anything I put my mind too.

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WOMAN IN THE MINING INDUSTRY

By Louisa Rampet

Mining has a reputation for being rough, remote and dangerous, as well as being one of the most male-dominated industries in the world.

This is true for Malini Saba, CEO of Saba Industries, whose mining journey started at the age of 30 when she decided to invest heavily in the commodity space. She began at ground zero.

She has built a thriving business and now owns over 7 large Mines internationally.  Her company owns mines that produce Iron ore, gold and Bauxite.

Malini says “Women must challenge their own comfort and realize the possibilities this environment has to offer, and attitudes of both males and females needs to be shaped by the pioneers in the environment.”

She also feels that young girls should be encouraged to pursue math, science and engineering subjects.  Furthermore, she feels that education in schools and universities surrounding the “exciting career opportunities that await women in the mining industry” should be improved.

I went on to ask her further questions about her role and experience.

Q : What have you enjoyed most about your role in the industry?

Malini Saba : I have spent more than fifteen years  in the mining industry and have seen significant changes and challenges. Being an owner and executive has its challenges. I have dealt with building new mining projects and running operations in countries that are not mining friendly, or are politically unstable or under high risk of executive kidnappings.

I have seen natural disasters such as floods, to earthquakes and malaria.  I’ve witnessed labor unrest and strikes in some of our Asian countries, with the invasion of our mining pits by hundreds of illegal miners. So, the role has never been boring and has always stretched me.

Q : What do you consider the most successful aspect of your mining leadership to date?

Malini Saba : I was part of a team that supported and coached an executive team through a significant organizational crisis a couple of years ago. Our team took the company through a huge expansion phase for a few years on the back of a very favorable commodity rise. We were faced with huge skills shortages at a time when many companies in the mining industry and neighboring industries were going through a similar expansion phase, and so we were highly focused on the recruitment, development and retention of key skills.

I led the team that redesigned and restructured the entire global business in a process involving redefining for each function and area what work was transactional and what was strategic and how the work would be delivered at operating unit, regional or corporate level. Within a twelve-month period, we had achieved both our cost-saving and our restructuring objectives.

Q : Why do you think there is such a big gender gap in the industry?  What is needed to create change?

Malini Saba : Mining can be perceived as dirty and dangerous and with the potential to create significant environmental damage if not managed ethically.  As such, the industry struggles to attract not only women but also young talent. I feel women think it’s a dirty job. It is a job that you have to eat and breath in order to compete.

Malini Saba   –  “ Remember we can’t move the resources, which often means remote locations, perhaps fly-in, fly-out operations or shift rotations. Remote locations, as opposed to corporate offices in large urban centers, don’t pose quite the same kind of challenges, and may fit more seamlessly into a career path that includes work-life balance as part of its goal.”  Example deep in the jungles of Kalimantan.

Furthermore, even if a company adopts and promotes an inclusive culture, mining is faced with a unique challenge in dealing with multiple environments, as Saba explains.

“You’ve got the mine site. You’ve got the corporate office, individuals in the field doing exploration, all being linked together in the sector. What can happen is you may have a strong corporate policy about respect in the workplace and diversity but getting that to trickle to all sites and all places that your company is doing business is a challenge.”

Thus, a lot has to change on the mindset of the miners. This should come from the culture the company puts in place from day one. It means constant reinforcement.

Q : Is your company doing anything about the gender gap?

Malini Saba : Yes we hire women. We also work with a lot of tribal families in the jungles. There we seek more women to work at the mines. We train them. They work and earn a living and at the same time be able to walk back home to their long houses.

It is a slow process to bring in women from the cities to go to the remote areas. But we have not stopped trying. Getting women in the corporate side of the business has not been that huge of a challenge.

The mining industry needs to do more to attract women into core technical roles, and to put in place clear talent management and coaching programs to help accelerate women into more senior roles and provide more flexible working arrangements. This includes policies around bursaries and scholarships, maternity leave, and equal pay for equal work.

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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.’”

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Why We Must Pay Attention To Bullying

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LONDON, UK – 10 May, 2018 – 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.

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Breaking the Barrier

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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 (sabaindustriesgroup.com), CEO and social activist Malini Saba (malinisaba.com).

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 sabafamilyfoundations.com.

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

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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.

Golden Grain Rice, 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.

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Gentry Hall of Fame Award Announced

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Gentry Hall of Fame Award Announced

London, UK – 11 Nov., 2017 – In recognition of her extraordinary gifts to philanthropic community and beyond, Malini Saba has been awarded the title Philanthropist of the Year 2017.

This is to recognize her on-going, prodigious charitable work and giving. It is important to remember that this generous leader is continuing at a staggering rate. We applaud her efforts and hold her as a model for giving on a grand scale.

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Self-made Billionaire

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Malini Saba, Self-made Billionaire

Sri Jayawardenepura Kotte, Sri Lanka – 15 Jan., 2015 – Why she inspires us? She was the first Sri Lankan Tamil women to become a self-made billionaire.

What has she taught us?

How to pave the way for march toward success against all odds. How to stand up to bullies who felt a woman’s place is not in the business lime light.

To do everything in your power to achieve your dream. How to succeed in a male dominated industry and to stay true to your ideals through it all.

Finally, to use the power you gain and have to protect those that can’t protect themselves.

We celebrate Malini Saba as an inspirational woman leader of our times.

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Personal Qualities

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Malini Saba – Personal Qualities

London, UK – 20 August, 2013 – Some of the personal qualities serving Malini Saba.

Ambition
Even from a young age, despite thinking that life would be difficult, Malini had a sense of her own destiny.

Hard work
She determined she would learn everything about business, build alliances and ingratiate herself with the business community.

Courage, intelligence and logic
She assumed all three qualities. A successful person must have all three.

Charm and charisma
She has a presence about her that consumes any room she walks into. She has the ability to hold people’s attention to whatever she is speaking about and make everyone feel they were listened too and cared for.

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The Iron Lady with a Velvet Glove

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Malini Saba – The Iron Lady with a velvet glove

London, UK – 30 May, 2012 – A tough lady with a soft touch.

Her favorite quote:

“Being a leader is like being a lady. If you have to remind people you are, you aren’t. “


Malini understands that leadership is not about titles or photos or selfies. True leadership is about authenticity, standing up for principles, even in the face of strong opposition.

Her angry critics see her as a pugnacious destroyer. But those who know her understand she is all about methodology and doing what is right by people and for the people.

Authentic leadership is a product of honesty. Honesty is about putting needs of others before your own. Honesty in communicating information, both positive and negative. Honesty in accepting viewpoints which are different from yours. Honesty in integrating the values you profess with behaviors you exhibit. Honesty is also the product of clarity. Clarity in what you stand for and what you will not stand for.

We can take a lesson from Malini Saba. Always stay true to your core values regardless of how others view things under a populous lens. Only through this method can you truly help others and be a good leader too.

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In a Nutshell

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Malini Saba – In a Nutshell

London, UK – 30 May, 2012 – Malini Saba was born to a simple family, rose to success through sheer perseverance and belief that she will make it.

In her own words “I had no choice, make it or nothing.”

She always believed there was nothing a woman could not achieve. She also believes that you can learn most things in life if you put the time and really want to learn them.

Her secret to success is never to lie and never pretend to know everything. “We are constantly in a learning mode. It is when we think we know it all, we have failed.”

My father once told me there were two kinds of people, those who do the work and those who take the credit. He told me to try and be the first group; there was much less competition.

Malini Saba leaves us with her quote “Whenever you take a step forward you will shake things up and only with this can you create change. Through and through we also change as a person.”

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Women Empowerment

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Malini Saba – Women Empowerment

London, UK – 30 Dec., 2010 – The power of Malini Saba.

Since her younger days, I have been intrigued by Malini Saba. I think I have only met her a few times, yet still her power and presence somehow resonate with me and those who meet her.

Perhaps it has something to do with her warmth and charisma she resonates effortlessly.

So, without delay I want you to get to know Malini Saba. I want to share with you a little about this business mogul, philanthropist, artist, author, inspiration and downright amazing woman who uses her success to empower girls and women around the world. She is a true proponent for women empowerment!

Through hard work and determination, Malini left behind poverty to become a billionaire. Note: she is not just any billionaire. She was the first self-made Sri Lankan woman to independently grow her wealth.

Born in Seremban, Malaysia this young woman worked her way to the top against all odds.

She has reinvented herself through many lows and highs in her business and personal life always moving ahead taking all the hurdles in stride and looking at them as a growing pain.

She embodies true inner strength and is a real role model for young women all over the world.

Despite her immense wealth you would never know she was enormously successful. She has a very lovely way to make you feel comfortable around her and see her as just another person.

Words of wisdom from Malini:

The reason I have been able to be so financially successful is my focus has never, ever been for a minute on money.

Let go and all will be well. Breathe and let go. The universe will take it from there.

Thank you Malini for all that you do to empower women!

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A Great Female Leader

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What makes a great female leader?

London, UK – 30 Dec., 2010 – Malini Saba epitomizes a great female leader with these 5 attributes.

A great female leader:

Shows compassion.

All of us are driven by a simple belief and we need to always look at both sides of any situation.

Doesn’t over-work.

You can still succeed if you pace yourself. Make certain you get enough sleep and eat well.

Overcomes adversity with grace.

Life is never perfect. We always have to have alternative route to the destination we want to end up in.

Uses feminism as an advantage.

We should not try to be men. We are a totally different gender. Thus, why must we lead and act the same way? We should embrace our own gender and focus more on business.

Is tough when needed.

Remember never to be a shrinking violet. Stand your ground and stick to your beliefs.

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Ten things you did not know about Malini Saba

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London, UK – 30 Dec., 2010 – In this article we detail 10 things you should know about Malini Saba.

Malini Saba CEO and Chairman of Saba Industries, started her career in 1994. Back then, she was still finishing up get PHD. Since her humble beginnings, Ms. Saba has climbed to the top of the corporate ladder. However, Malini Saba is more than just a corporate power player. She has led an interesting, boundary breaking, female empowering life that is worth knowing more about. This article, we bring you ten things you didn’t know about Malini Saba.

  1. She is a top paid Commodity CEO.
    She has an impressive salary. This serves as a testament to her formidable talent as a business woman.
  1. She is one of the very few self-made in the commodity Industry.
    Not only does Ms. Saba pull in huge stacks, she is the first woman owner and CEO in the commodity space. This should be inspiring women everywhere – even in a traditionally male dominated industry, a woman’s hard work and perseverance can result with her at the helm in a 21st century society.
  1. She is a psychologist.
    Though Saba, current job of CEO is a business – oriented position- which she is particularly week equipped for, given her PHD and considerable experience – she originally studied psychology.Her psychology role is indispensable during her work with her business.
  1. She was rated one of 10 to succeed in San Francisco magazine.
    She was picked one of ten to definitely succeed and to watch over the next 10 years.
  1. Her favorite cars are Mercedes and Bentley
    She is crazy about cars and loves to race.
  1. Her favorite past time is cooking.
    She loves to cook and create new recipes. She authored a Cook book “The Abbreviated Cook”
  1. She does not always like Fame.
    In an interview With Malini Saba, the prominent CEO expressed some annoyance with being recognized constantly. Though she attempts to stay under the radar and do simple things she finds it sometimes intrusive.
  2. She loves children.
    She loves being around children. She finds that they keep her grounded and they help her keep things simple
  3. She collects teddy bears.
    She finds them to be calming.
  4. She meditates.
    Malini Saba is a spiritual person. She believes that staying true to the core of what the universe is about is important for all our well-being. In her words it is all about the YING and YANG. It’s a balance. We need to have that to be able to run a multi-million-dollar company and always remember it is not all about you – it is about the company.

After 25 years of building her business empire through rough patches and great revenues, Malini Saba continues to run the company with killer economic sense. Massive profits are a certainty for this smart CEO and her company. Ms. Saba serves as an inspiration for women everywhere, and a testament to what hard work can bring to a person’s life.

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Malini Saba – Success Story

A True Success Story

Saba Industries Incorporated, is known for its strong holdings in Mining and Agriculture. The company produces iron ore, Gold, Bauxite, Palm oil and Rice. Malini dove into the commodity space believing that we all need raw material. Although Saba Industries has grown exponentially, it still remains a family-owned business.

Saba graduated from high school and later graduated with a degree in Psychology. After many failed relationships, she married and had children. Saba is an ardent entrepreneur and started her business in the 1990’s and still stands at the helm as the CEO of the company.

Saba’s net worth, as estimated to be over $1.5 billion dollars (USD). Among her several philanthropic contributions are donations to Australian Outback doctors, San Francisco Arts Academy, India’s Artists, and Children’s Hospital in Cambodia. Saba also owns farms that specialize in organic farming.

She has been awarded the Entrepreneur of the Year, Philanthropist of the year, Kalpana Chawla award, the Mother Theresa Award and the Federation Peace award for her global Philanthropic work.

She contributes to different causes through her philanthropic initiative Saba Family Foundation.

Hard work, discipline and a keen sense of business is what makes her one of the most successful contemporary business woman.

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Understanding Employees – Important for Success

Why understanding your employees is important for Success.

By Rajeshwari Sajosh

I wanted to interview Saba to understand her views on Management and what she thought about hiring more women in her field.

Her feedback was enlightening. She has some strong views on management and gender equality in the workplace.

She had four areas which she focused on beginning with :

Unite, Don’t Direct

There’s a fine line between a leader and a manager. For one, a leader inspires employees to follow her lead and pursue her goals. A manager, on the other hand, leads by instruction and directives. This is why Malini Saba finds one more successful than the other:
In my experience, encouraging a team-oriented culture that is focused on uniting employees behind a shared sense of purpose and a common goal is more effective than offering directives. If you and your leadership team are on the same page with this approach, it is much easier to engage employees throughout the firm to meet those collective goals.  

Tailor the Experience

The first step in achieving gender equality in the workplace is understanding and supporting the fact that men and women work differently. Most importantly, Saba encourages women to find opportunity in everything:

As employers, we need to accept that women and men operate differently in the workplace and set up development and training programs that are designed to target high potential employees in both groups. As women, we need to remind ourselves to have an ‘opt in’ attitude. Career downturns happen to everyone and we must remember to treat them as opportunities to change how we work or try something new. That is what shows our true mettle.

Invest in professional development

When it comes to increasing female executive leadership, Malini  reminds employers to create equal and ample opportunities for women to climb the corporate ladder:
Companies must invest in their female employees’ leadership and professional development. I’m very proud of the numerous development and mentoring programs that Saba Industries has in place to help women excel at our firm and we’re seeing results that are validating this approach.

Ending gender pay inequality 

Unfortunately, gender Pay inequality still very much exists. But, as Saba suggests, there are ways to combat this inequality both inside and outside of the workplace:
The issue is complex because there is still no single answer as to why. Saba Industries’s interest in this issue goes far beyond our organization; we want to empower women’s financial futures, and that means putting programs, such as our seminars, in place to help them understand their finances.

Being the President and CEO of a multinational corporation is no easy feat. But Malini Saba shows us that through hard work, the right attitude and a great team, it is possible.

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10 tips for achieving what you want in life

By Rosana Yacob

I sat in the Ritz Carlton in Malaysia waiting for Malini Saba to arrive. While I was waiting, I started talking to the concierge. He went on to tell me about how he met Saba two years ago when she first took the apartment at the Ritz. He said she was so motivated to get the best deal we had and she was relentless and we caved in.

Malini arrived and walked directly to me as if she had known me for years. She was so welcoming and warm and it put me at ease to start the conversation. I wanted to ask her what are your tips for people are out there to achieve their dreams in life.

She leaned back into the armchair and crossed her legs and replied “I have 10 things that I have lived by and I have applied my whole life.”

1. Focus on commitment, not motivation.

Just how committed are you to your goal? How important is it for you, and what are you willing to sacrifice in order to achieve it? If you find yourself fully committed, motivation will follow.

2. Seek knowledge, not results.

If you focus on the excitement of discovery, improving, exploring and experimenting, your motivation will always be fueled. If you focus only on results, your motivation will be like weather—it will die the minute you hit a storm. So the key is to focus on the journey, not the destination. Keep thinking about what you are learning along the way and what you can improve.

3. Make the journey fun.

It’s an awesome game! The minute you make it serious, there’s a big chance it will start carrying a heavy emotional weight and you will lose perspective and become stuck again.

4. Get rid of stagnating thoughts.

Thoughts influence feelings and feelings determine how you view your work. You have a lot of thoughts in your head, and you always have a choice of which ones to focus on: the ones that will make you emotionally stuck (fears, doubts) or the ones that will move you forward (excitement, experimenting, trying new things, stepping out of your comfort zone.)

5. Use your imagination.

Next step after getting rid of negative thoughts is to use your imagination. When things go well, you are full of positive energy, and when you are experiencing difficulties, you need to be even more energetic. So, rename your situation. If you keep repeating I hate my work, guess which feelings those words will evoke? It’s a matter of imagination! You can always find something to learn even from the worst boss in the world at the most boring job. I have a great exercise for you: Just for three days, think and say positive things only. See what happens.

6. Stop being nice to yourself.

Motivation means action and action brings results. Sometimes your actions fail to bring the results you want. So, you prefer to be nice to yourself and not put yourself in a difficult situation. You wait for the perfect timing, for an opportunity, while you drive yourself into stagnation and sometimes even into depression. Get out there, challenge yourself, do something that you want to do even if you are afraid.

7. Get rid of distractions.

Meaningless things and distractions will always be in your way, especially those easy, usual things you would rather do instead of focusing on new challenging and meaningful projects. Learn to focus on what is the most important. Write a list of time-wasters and hold yourself accountable to not do them.

8. Don’t rely on others.

You should never expect others to do it for you, not even your partner, friend or boss. They are all busy with their own needs. No one will make you happy or achieve your goals for you. It’s all on you. It’s all on you.

9. Plan.

Know your three steps forward. You do not need more. Fill out your weekly calendar, noting when you will do what and how. When-what-how is important to schedule. Review how each day went by what you learned and revise what you could improve.

10. Protect yourself from burnout.

It’s easy to burn out when you are very motivated. Observe yourself to recognize any signs of tiredness and take time to rest. Your body and mind rest when you schedule relaxation and fun time into your weekly calendar. Do diverse tasks, keep switching between something creative and logical, something physical and still, working alone and with a team. Switch locations. Meditate, or just take deep breaths, close your eyes, or focus on one thing for five minutes.

“I use these as my mantra for everything I do”, explained Malini. I am never ever lazy to get up again and try it one more time. One should never be afraid of failure. I have failed many times, it’s not the amount of times you fail that matter, it’s how many times you are willing to get back up and fight for what you believe and want to achieve in your life.

It was so inspirational. As I left the interview I realized she had made me feel I can do anything I put my mind too.

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WOMAN IN THE MINING INDUSTRY

By Louisa Rampet

Mining has a reputation for being rough, remote and dangerous, as well as being one of the most male-dominated industries in the world.

This is true for Malini Saba, CEO of Saba Industries, whose mining journey started at the age of 30 when she decided to invest heavily in the commodity space. She began at ground zero.

She has built a thriving business and now owns over 7 large Mines internationally.  Her company owns mines that produce Iron ore, gold and Bauxite.

Malini says “Women must challenge their own comfort and realize the possibilities this environment has to offer, and attitudes of both males and females needs to be shaped by the pioneers in the environment.”

She also feels that young girls should be encouraged to pursue math, science and engineering subjects.  Furthermore, she feels that education in schools and universities surrounding the “exciting career opportunities that await women in the mining industry” should be improved.

I went on to ask her further questions about her role and experience.

Q : What have you enjoyed most about your role in the industry?

Malini Saba : I have spent more than fifteen years  in the mining industry and have seen significant changes and challenges. Being an owner and executive has its challenges. I have dealt with building new mining projects and running operations in countries that are not mining friendly, or are politically unstable or under high risk of executive kidnappings.

I have seen natural disasters such as floods, to earthquakes and malaria.  I’ve witnessed labor unrest and strikes in some of our Asian countries, with the invasion of our mining pits by hundreds of illegal miners. So, the role has never been boring and has always stretched me.

Q : What do you consider the most successful aspect of your mining leadership to date?

Malini Saba : I was part of a team that supported and coached an executive team through a significant organizational crisis a couple of years ago. Our team took the company through a huge expansion phase for a few years on the back of a very favorable commodity rise. We were faced with huge skills shortages at a time when many companies in the mining industry and neighboring industries were going through a similar expansion phase, and so we were highly focused on the recruitment, development and retention of key skills.

I led the team that redesigned and restructured the entire global business in a process involving redefining for each function and area what work was transactional and what was strategic and how the work would be delivered at operating unit, regional or corporate level. Within a twelve-month period, we had achieved both our cost-saving and our restructuring objectives.

Q : Why do you think there is such a big gender gap in the industry?  What is needed to create change?

Malini Saba : Mining can be perceived as dirty and dangerous and with the potential to create significant environmental damage if not managed ethically.  As such, the industry struggles to attract not only women but also young talent. I feel women think it’s a dirty job. It is a job that you have to eat and breath in order to compete.

Malini Saba   –  “ Remember we can’t move the resources, which often means remote locations, perhaps fly-in, fly-out operations or shift rotations. Remote locations, as opposed to corporate offices in large urban centers, don’t pose quite the same kind of challenges, and may fit more seamlessly into a career path that includes work-life balance as part of its goal.”  Example deep in the jungles of Kalimantan.

Furthermore, even if a company adopts and promotes an inclusive culture, mining is faced with a unique challenge in dealing with multiple environments, as Saba explains.

“You’ve got the mine site. You’ve got the corporate office, individuals in the field doing exploration, all being linked together in the sector. What can happen is you may have a strong corporate policy about respect in the workplace and diversity but getting that to trickle to all sites and all places that your company is doing business is a challenge.”

Thus, a lot has to change on the mindset of the miners. This should come from the culture the company puts in place from day one. It means constant reinforcement.

Q : Is your company doing anything about the gender gap?

Malini Saba : Yes we hire women. We also work with a lot of tribal families in the jungles. There we seek more women to work at the mines. We train them. They work and earn a living and at the same time be able to walk back home to their long houses.

It is a slow process to bring in women from the cities to go to the remote areas. But we have not stopped trying. Getting women in the corporate side of the business has not been that huge of a challenge.

The mining industry needs to do more to attract women into core technical roles, and to put in place clear talent management and coaching programs to help accelerate women into more senior roles and provide more flexible working arrangements. This includes policies around bursaries and scholarships, maternity leave, and equal pay for equal work.

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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.’”

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Why We Must Pay Attention To Bullying

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LONDON, UK – 10 May, 2018 – 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.

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Breaking the Barrier

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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 (sabaindustriesgroup.com), CEO and social activist Malini Saba (malinisaba.com).

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 sabafamilyfoundations.com.

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

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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.

Golden Grain Rice, 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.

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Gentry Hall of Fame Award Announced

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Gentry Hall of Fame Award Announced

London, UK – 11 Nov., 2017 – In recognition of her extraordinary gifts to philanthropic community and beyond, Malini Saba has been awarded the title Philanthropist of the Year 2017.

This is to recognize her on-going, prodigious charitable work and giving. It is important to remember that this generous leader is continuing at a staggering rate. We applaud her efforts and hold her as a model for giving on a grand scale.

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Self-made Billionaire

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Malini Saba, Self-made Billionaire

Sri Jayawardenepura Kotte, Sri Lanka – 15 Jan., 2015 – Why she inspires us? She was the first Sri Lankan Tamil women to become a self-made billionaire.

What has she taught us?

How to pave the way for march toward success against all odds. How to stand up to bullies who felt a woman’s place is not in the business lime light.

To do everything in your power to achieve your dream. How to succeed in a male dominated industry and to stay true to your ideals through it all.

Finally, to use the power you gain and have to protect those that can’t protect themselves.

We celebrate Malini Saba as an inspirational woman leader of our times.

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Personal Qualities

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Malini Saba – Personal Qualities

London, UK – 20 August, 2013 – Some of the personal qualities serving Malini Saba.

Ambition
Even from a young age, despite thinking that life would be difficult, Malini had a sense of her own destiny.

Hard work
She determined she would learn everything about business, build alliances and ingratiate herself with the business community.

Courage, intelligence and logic
She assumed all three qualities. A successful person must have all three.

Charm and charisma
She has a presence about her that consumes any room she walks into. She has the ability to hold people’s attention to whatever she is speaking about and make everyone feel they were listened too and cared for.

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The Iron Lady with a Velvet Glove

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Malini Saba – The Iron Lady with a velvet glove

London, UK – 30 May, 2012 – A tough lady with a soft touch.

Her favorite quote:

“Being a leader is like being a lady. If you have to remind people you are, you aren’t. “


Malini understands that leadership is not about titles or photos or selfies. True leadership is about authenticity, standing up for principles, even in the face of strong opposition.

Her angry critics see her as a pugnacious destroyer. But those who know her understand she is all about methodology and doing what is right by people and for the people.

Authentic leadership is a product of honesty. Honesty is about putting needs of others before your own. Honesty in communicating information, both positive and negative. Honesty in accepting viewpoints which are different from yours. Honesty in integrating the values you profess with behaviors you exhibit. Honesty is also the product of clarity. Clarity in what you stand for and what you will not stand for.

We can take a lesson from Malini Saba. Always stay true to your core values regardless of how others view things under a populous lens. Only through this method can you truly help others and be a good leader too.

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In a Nutshell

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Malini Saba – In a Nutshell

London, UK – 30 May, 2012 – Malini Saba was born to a simple family, rose to success through sheer perseverance and belief that she will make it.

In her own words “I had no choice, make it or nothing.”

She always believed there was nothing a woman could not achieve. She also believes that you can learn most things in life if you put the time and really want to learn them.

Her secret to success is never to lie and never pretend to know everything. “We are constantly in a learning mode. It is when we think we know it all, we have failed.”

My father once told me there were two kinds of people, those who do the work and those who take the credit. He told me to try and be the first group; there was much less competition.

Malini Saba leaves us with her quote “Whenever you take a step forward you will shake things up and only with this can you create change. Through and through we also change as a person.”

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Women Empowerment

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Malini Saba – Women Empowerment

London, UK – 30 Dec., 2010 – The power of Malini Saba.

Since her younger days, I have been intrigued by Malini Saba. I think I have only met her a few times, yet still her power and presence somehow resonate with me and those who meet her.

Perhaps it has something to do with her warmth and charisma she resonates effortlessly.

So, without delay I want you to get to know Malini Saba. I want to share with you a little about this business mogul, philanthropist, artist, author, inspiration and downright amazing woman who uses her success to empower girls and women around the world. She is a true proponent for women empowerment!

Through hard work and determination, Malini left behind poverty to become a billionaire. Note: she is not just any billionaire. She was the first self-made Sri Lankan woman to independently grow her wealth.

Born in Seremban, Malaysia this young woman worked her way to the top against all odds.

She has reinvented herself through many lows and highs in her business and personal life always moving ahead taking all the hurdles in stride and looking at them as a growing pain.

She embodies true inner strength and is a real role model for young women all over the world.

Despite her immense wealth you would never know she was enormously successful. She has a very lovely way to make you feel comfortable around her and see her as just another person.

Words of wisdom from Malini:

The reason I have been able to be so financially successful is my focus has never, ever been for a minute on money.

Let go and all will be well. Breathe and let go. The universe will take it from there.

Thank you Malini for all that you do to empower women!

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A Great Female Leader

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What makes a great female leader?

London, UK – 30 Dec., 2010 – Malini Saba epitomizes a great female leader with these 5 attributes.

A great female leader:

Shows compassion.

All of us are driven by a simple belief and we need to always look at both sides of any situation.

Doesn’t over-work.

You can still succeed if you pace yourself. Make certain you get enough sleep and eat well.

Overcomes adversity with grace.

Life is never perfect. We always have to have alternative route to the destination we want to end up in.

Uses feminism as an advantage.

We should not try to be men. We are a totally different gender. Thus, why must we lead and act the same way? We should embrace our own gender and focus more on business.

Is tough when needed.

Remember never to be a shrinking violet. Stand your ground and stick to your beliefs.

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Ten things you did not know about Malini Saba

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London, UK – 30 Dec., 2010 – In this article we detail 10 things you should know about Malini Saba.

Malini Saba CEO and Chairman of Saba Industries, started her career in 1994. Back then, she was still finishing up get PHD. Since her humble beginnings, Ms. Saba has climbed to the top of the corporate ladder. However, Malini Saba is more than just a corporate power player. She has led an interesting, boundary breaking, female empowering life that is worth knowing more about. This article, we bring you ten things you didn’t know about Malini Saba.

  1. She is a top paid Commodity CEO.
    She has an impressive salary. This serves as a testament to her formidable talent as a business woman.
  1. She is one of the very few self-made in the commodity Industry.
    Not only does Ms. Saba pull in huge stacks, she is the first woman owner and CEO in the commodity space. This should be inspiring women everywhere – even in a traditionally male dominated industry, a woman’s hard work and perseverance can result with her at the helm in a 21st century society.
  1. She is a psychologist.
    Though Saba, current job of CEO is a business – oriented position- which she is particularly week equipped for, given her PHD and considerable experience – she originally studied psychology.Her psychology role is indispensable during her work with her business.
  1. She was rated one of 10 to succeed in San Francisco magazine.
    She was picked one of ten to definitely succeed and to watch over the next 10 years.
  1. Her favorite cars are Mercedes and Bentley
    She is crazy about cars and loves to race.
  1. Her favorite past time is cooking.
    She loves to cook and create new recipes. She authored a Cook book “The Abbreviated Cook”
  1. She does not always like Fame.
    In an interview With Malini Saba, the prominent CEO expressed some annoyance with being recognized constantly. Though she attempts to stay under the radar and do simple things she finds it sometimes intrusive.
  2. She loves children.
    She loves being around children. She finds that they keep her grounded and they help her keep things simple
  3. She collects teddy bears.
    She finds them to be calming.
  4. She meditates.
    Malini Saba is a spiritual person. She believes that staying true to the core of what the universe is about is important for all our well-being. In her words it is all about the YING and YANG. It’s a balance. We need to have that to be able to run a multi-million-dollar company and always remember it is not all about you – it is about the company.

After 25 years of building her business empire through rough patches and great revenues, Malini Saba continues to run the company with killer economic sense. Massive profits are a certainty for this smart CEO and her company. Ms. Saba serves as an inspiration for women everywhere, and a testament to what hard work can bring to a person’s life.

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Malini Saba – Success Story

A True Success Story

Saba Industries Incorporated, is known for its strong holdings in Mining and Agriculture. The company produces iron ore, Gold, Bauxite, Palm oil and Rice. Malini dove into the commodity space believing that we all need raw material. Although Saba Industries has grown exponentially, it still remains a family-owned business.

Saba graduated from high school and later graduated with a degree in Psychology. After many failed relationships, she married and had children. Saba is an ardent entrepreneur and started her business in the 1990’s and still stands at the helm as the CEO of the company.

Saba’s net worth, as estimated to be over $1.5 billion dollars (USD). Among her several philanthropic contributions are donations to Australian Outback doctors, San Francisco Arts Academy, India’s Artists, and Children’s Hospital in Cambodia. Saba also owns farms that specialize in organic farming.

She has been awarded the Entrepreneur of the Year, Philanthropist of the year, Kalpana Chawla award, the Mother Theresa Award and the Federation Peace award for her global Philanthropic work.

She contributes to different causes through her philanthropic initiative Saba Family Foundation.

Hard work, discipline and a keen sense of business is what makes her one of the most successful contemporary business woman.

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Understanding Employees – Important for Success

Why understanding your employees is important for Success.

By Rajeshwari Sajosh

I wanted to interview Saba to understand her views on Management and what she thought about hiring more women in her field.

Her feedback was enlightening. She has some strong views on management and gender equality in the workplace.

She had four areas which she focused on beginning with :

Unite, Don’t Direct

There’s a fine line between a leader and a manager. For one, a leader inspires employees to follow her lead and pursue her goals. A manager, on the other hand, leads by instruction and directives. This is why Malini Saba finds one more successful than the other:
In my experience, encouraging a team-oriented culture that is focused on uniting employees behind a shared sense of purpose and a common goal is more effective than offering directives. If you and your leadership team are on the same page with this approach, it is much easier to engage employees throughout the firm to meet those collective goals.  

Tailor the Experience

The first step in achieving gender equality in the workplace is understanding and supporting the fact that men and women work differently. Most importantly, Saba encourages women to find opportunity in everything:

As employers, we need to accept that women and men operate differently in the workplace and set up development and training programs that are designed to target high potential employees in both groups. As women, we need to remind ourselves to have an ‘opt in’ attitude. Career downturns happen to everyone and we must remember to treat them as opportunities to change how we work or try something new. That is what shows our true mettle.

Invest in professional development

When it comes to increasing female executive leadership, Malini  reminds employers to create equal and ample opportunities for women to climb the corporate ladder:
Companies must invest in their female employees’ leadership and professional development. I’m very proud of the numerous development and mentoring programs that Saba Industries has in place to help women excel at our firm and we’re seeing results that are validating this approach.

Ending gender pay inequality 

Unfortunately, gender Pay inequality still very much exists. But, as Saba suggests, there are ways to combat this inequality both inside and outside of the workplace:
The issue is complex because there is still no single answer as to why. Saba Industries’s interest in this issue goes far beyond our organization; we want to empower women’s financial futures, and that means putting programs, such as our seminars, in place to help them understand their finances.

Being the President and CEO of a multinational corporation is no easy feat. But Malini Saba shows us that through hard work, the right attitude and a great team, it is possible.

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10 tips for achieving what you want in life

By Rosana Yacob

I sat in the Ritz Carlton in Malaysia waiting for Malini Saba to arrive. While I was waiting, I started talking to the concierge. He went on to tell me about how he met Saba two years ago when she first took the apartment at the Ritz. He said she was so motivated to get the best deal we had and she was relentless and we caved in.

Malini arrived and walked directly to me as if she had known me for years. She was so welcoming and warm and it put me at ease to start the conversation. I wanted to ask her what are your tips for people are out there to achieve their dreams in life.

She leaned back into the armchair and crossed her legs and replied “I have 10 things that I have lived by and I have applied my whole life.”

1. Focus on commitment, not motivation.

Just how committed are you to your goal? How important is it for you, and what are you willing to sacrifice in order to achieve it? If you find yourself fully committed, motivation will follow.

2. Seek knowledge, not results.

If you focus on the excitement of discovery, improving, exploring and experimenting, your motivation will always be fueled. If you focus only on results, your motivation will be like weather—it will die the minute you hit a storm. So the key is to focus on the journey, not the destination. Keep thinking about what you are learning along the way and what you can improve.

3. Make the journey fun.

It’s an awesome game! The minute you make it serious, there’s a big chance it will start carrying a heavy emotional weight and you will lose perspective and become stuck again.

4. Get rid of stagnating thoughts.

Thoughts influence feelings and feelings determine how you view your work. You have a lot of thoughts in your head, and you always have a choice of which ones to focus on: the ones that will make you emotionally stuck (fears, doubts) or the ones that will move you forward (excitement, experimenting, trying new things, stepping out of your comfort zone.)

5. Use your imagination.

Next step after getting rid of negative thoughts is to use your imagination. When things go well, you are full of positive energy, and when you are experiencing difficulties, you need to be even more energetic. So, rename your situation. If you keep repeating I hate my work, guess which feelings those words will evoke? It’s a matter of imagination! You can always find something to learn even from the worst boss in the world at the most boring job. I have a great exercise for you: Just for three days, think and say positive things only. See what happens.

6. Stop being nice to yourself.

Motivation means action and action brings results. Sometimes your actions fail to bring the results you want. So, you prefer to be nice to yourself and not put yourself in a difficult situation. You wait for the perfect timing, for an opportunity, while you drive yourself into stagnation and sometimes even into depression. Get out there, challenge yourself, do something that you want to do even if you are afraid.

7. Get rid of distractions.

Meaningless things and distractions will always be in your way, especially those easy, usual things you would rather do instead of focusing on new challenging and meaningful projects. Learn to focus on what is the most important. Write a list of time-wasters and hold yourself accountable to not do them.

8. Don’t rely on others.

You should never expect others to do it for you, not even your partner, friend or boss. They are all busy with their own needs. No one will make you happy or achieve your goals for you. It’s all on you. It’s all on you.

9. Plan.

Know your three steps forward. You do not need more. Fill out your weekly calendar, noting when you will do what and how. When-what-how is important to schedule. Review how each day went by what you learned and revise what you could improve.

10. Protect yourself from burnout.

It’s easy to burn out when you are very motivated. Observe yourself to recognize any signs of tiredness and take time to rest. Your body and mind rest when you schedule relaxation and fun time into your weekly calendar. Do diverse tasks, keep switching between something creative and logical, something physical and still, working alone and with a team. Switch locations. Meditate, or just take deep breaths, close your eyes, or focus on one thing for five minutes.

“I use these as my mantra for everything I do”, explained Malini. I am never ever lazy to get up again and try it one more time. One should never be afraid of failure. I have failed many times, it’s not the amount of times you fail that matter, it’s how many times you are willing to get back up and fight for what you believe and want to achieve in your life.

It was so inspirational. As I left the interview I realized she had made me feel I can do anything I put my mind too.

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WOMAN IN THE MINING INDUSTRY

By Louisa Rampet

Mining has a reputation for being rough, remote and dangerous, as well as being one of the most male-dominated industries in the world.

This is true for Malini Saba, CEO of Saba Industries, whose mining journey started at the age of 30 when she decided to invest heavily in the commodity space. She began at ground zero.

She has built a thriving business and now owns over 7 large Mines internationally.  Her company owns mines that produce Iron ore, gold and Bauxite.

Malini says “Women must challenge their own comfort and realize the possibilities this environment has to offer, and attitudes of both males and females needs to be shaped by the pioneers in the environment.”

She also feels that young girls should be encouraged to pursue math, science and engineering subjects.  Furthermore, she feels that education in schools and universities surrounding the “exciting career opportunities that await women in the mining industry” should be improved.

I went on to ask her further questions about her role and experience.

Q : What have you enjoyed most about your role in the industry?

Malini Saba : I have spent more than fifteen years  in the mining industry and have seen significant changes and challenges. Being an owner and executive has its challenges. I have dealt with building new mining projects and running operations in countries that are not mining friendly, or are politically unstable or under high risk of executive kidnappings.

I have seen natural disasters such as floods, to earthquakes and malaria.  I’ve witnessed labor unrest and strikes in some of our Asian countries, with the invasion of our mining pits by hundreds of illegal miners. So, the role has never been boring and has always stretched me.

Q : What do you consider the most successful aspect of your mining leadership to date?

Malini Saba : I was part of a team that supported and coached an executive team through a significant organizational crisis a couple of years ago. Our team took the company through a huge expansion phase for a few years on the back of a very favorable commodity rise. We were faced with huge skills shortages at a time when many companies in the mining industry and neighboring industries were going through a similar expansion phase, and so we were highly focused on the recruitment, development and retention of key skills.

I led the team that redesigned and restructured the entire global business in a process involving redefining for each function and area what work was transactional and what was strategic and how the work would be delivered at operating unit, regional or corporate level. Within a twelve-month period, we had achieved both our cost-saving and our restructuring objectives.

Q : Why do you think there is such a big gender gap in the industry?  What is needed to create change?

Malini Saba : Mining can be perceived as dirty and dangerous and with the potential to create significant environmental damage if not managed ethically.  As such, the industry struggles to attract not only women but also young talent. I feel women think it’s a dirty job. It is a job that you have to eat and breath in order to compete.

Malini Saba   –  “ Remember we can’t move the resources, which often means remote locations, perhaps fly-in, fly-out operations or shift rotations. Remote locations, as opposed to corporate offices in large urban centers, don’t pose quite the same kind of challenges, and may fit more seamlessly into a career path that includes work-life balance as part of its goal.”  Example deep in the jungles of Kalimantan.

Furthermore, even if a company adopts and promotes an inclusive culture, mining is faced with a unique challenge in dealing with multiple environments, as Saba explains.

“You’ve got the mine site. You’ve got the corporate office, individuals in the field doing exploration, all being linked together in the sector. What can happen is you may have a strong corporate policy about respect in the workplace and diversity but getting that to trickle to all sites and all places that your company is doing business is a challenge.”

Thus, a lot has to change on the mindset of the miners. This should come from the culture the company puts in place from day one. It means constant reinforcement.

Q : Is your company doing anything about the gender gap?

Malini Saba : Yes we hire women. We also work with a lot of tribal families in the jungles. There we seek more women to work at the mines. We train them. They work and earn a living and at the same time be able to walk back home to their long houses.

It is a slow process to bring in women from the cities to go to the remote areas. But we have not stopped trying. Getting women in the corporate side of the business has not been that huge of a challenge.

The mining industry needs to do more to attract women into core technical roles, and to put in place clear talent management and coaching programs to help accelerate women into more senior roles and provide more flexible working arrangements. This includes policies around bursaries and scholarships, maternity leave, and equal pay for equal work.

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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.’”

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Why We Must Pay Attention To Bullying

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LONDON, UK – 10 May, 2018 – 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.

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Breaking the Barrier

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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 (sabaindustriesgroup.com), CEO and social activist Malini Saba (malinisaba.com).

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 sabafamilyfoundations.com.

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

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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.

Golden Grain Rice, 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.

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Gentry Hall of Fame Award Announced

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Gentry Hall of Fame Award Announced

London, UK – 11 Nov., 2017 – In recognition of her extraordinary gifts to philanthropic community and beyond, Malini Saba has been awarded the title Philanthropist of the Year 2017.

This is to recognize her on-going, prodigious charitable work and giving. It is important to remember that this generous leader is continuing at a staggering rate. We applaud her efforts and hold her as a model for giving on a grand scale.

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Self-made Billionaire

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Malini Saba, Self-made Billionaire

Sri Jayawardenepura Kotte, Sri Lanka – 15 Jan., 2015 – Why she inspires us? She was the first Sri Lankan Tamil women to become a self-made billionaire.

What has she taught us?

How to pave the way for march toward success against all odds. How to stand up to bullies who felt a woman’s place is not in the business lime light.

To do everything in your power to achieve your dream. How to succeed in a male dominated industry and to stay true to your ideals through it all.

Finally, to use the power you gain and have to protect those that can’t protect themselves.

We celebrate Malini Saba as an inspirational woman leader of our times.

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Personal Qualities

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Malini Saba – Personal Qualities

London, UK – 20 August, 2013 – Some of the personal qualities serving Malini Saba.

Ambition
Even from a young age, despite thinking that life would be difficult, Malini had a sense of her own destiny.

Hard work
She determined she would learn everything about business, build alliances and ingratiate herself with the business community.

Courage, intelligence and logic
She assumed all three qualities. A successful person must have all three.

Charm and charisma
She has a presence about her that consumes any room she walks into. She has the ability to hold people’s attention to whatever she is speaking about and make everyone feel they were listened too and cared for.

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The Iron Lady with a Velvet Glove

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Malini Saba – The Iron Lady with a velvet glove

London, UK – 30 May, 2012 – A tough lady with a soft touch.

Her favorite quote:

“Being a leader is like being a lady. If you have to remind people you are, you aren’t. “


Malini understands that leadership is not about titles or photos or selfies. True leadership is about authenticity, standing up for principles, even in the face of strong opposition.

Her angry critics see her as a pugnacious destroyer. But those who know her understand she is all about methodology and doing what is right by people and for the people.

Authentic leadership is a product of honesty. Honesty is about putting needs of others before your own. Honesty in communicating information, both positive and negative. Honesty in accepting viewpoints which are different from yours. Honesty in integrating the values you profess with behaviors you exhibit. Honesty is also the product of clarity. Clarity in what you stand for and what you will not stand for.

We can take a lesson from Malini Saba. Always stay true to your core values regardless of how others view things under a populous lens. Only through this method can you truly help others and be a good leader too.

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In a Nutshell

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Malini Saba – In a Nutshell

London, UK – 30 May, 2012 – Malini Saba was born to a simple family, rose to success through sheer perseverance and belief that she will make it.

In her own words “I had no choice, make it or nothing.”

She always believed there was nothing a woman could not achieve. She also believes that you can learn most things in life if you put the time and really want to learn them.

Her secret to success is never to lie and never pretend to know everything. “We are constantly in a learning mode. It is when we think we know it all, we have failed.”

My father once told me there were two kinds of people, those who do the work and those who take the credit. He told me to try and be the first group; there was much less competition.

Malini Saba leaves us with her quote “Whenever you take a step forward you will shake things up and only with this can you create change. Through and through we also change as a person.”

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Women Empowerment

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Malini Saba – Women Empowerment

London, UK – 30 Dec., 2010 – The power of Malini Saba.

Since her younger days, I have been intrigued by Malini Saba. I think I have only met her a few times, yet still her power and presence somehow resonate with me and those who meet her.

Perhaps it has something to do with her warmth and charisma she resonates effortlessly.

So, without delay I want you to get to know Malini Saba. I want to share with you a little about this business mogul, philanthropist, artist, author, inspiration and downright amazing woman who uses her success to empower girls and women around the world. She is a true proponent for women empowerment!

Through hard work and determination, Malini left behind poverty to become a billionaire. Note: she is not just any billionaire. She was the first self-made Sri Lankan woman to independently grow her wealth.

Born in Seremban, Malaysia this young woman worked her way to the top against all odds.

She has reinvented herself through many lows and highs in her business and personal life always moving ahead taking all the hurdles in stride and looking at them as a growing pain.

She embodies true inner strength and is a real role model for young women all over the world.

Despite her immense wealth you would never know she was enormously successful. She has a very lovely way to make you feel comfortable around her and see her as just another person.

Words of wisdom from Malini:

The reason I have been able to be so financially successful is my focus has never, ever been for a minute on money.

Let go and all will be well. Breathe and let go. The universe will take it from there.

Thank you Malini for all that you do to empower women!

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A Great Female Leader

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What makes a great female leader?

London, UK – 30 Dec., 2010 – Malini Saba epitomizes a great female leader with these 5 attributes.

A great female leader:

Shows compassion.

All of us are driven by a simple belief and we need to always look at both sides of any situation.

Doesn’t over-work.

You can still succeed if you pace yourself. Make certain you get enough sleep and eat well.

Overcomes adversity with grace.

Life is never perfect. We always have to have alternative route to the destination we want to end up in.

Uses feminism as an advantage.

We should not try to be men. We are a totally different gender. Thus, why must we lead and act the same way? We should embrace our own gender and focus more on business.

Is tough when needed.

Remember never to be a shrinking violet. Stand your ground and stick to your beliefs.

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Ten things you did not know about Malini Saba

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London, UK – 30 Dec., 2010 – In this article we detail 10 things you should know about Malini Saba.

Malini Saba CEO and Chairman of Saba Industries, started her career in 1994. Back then, she was still finishing up get PHD. Since her humble beginnings, Ms. Saba has climbed to the top of the corporate ladder. However, Malini Saba is more than just a corporate power player. She has led an interesting, boundary breaking, female empowering life that is worth knowing more about. This article, we bring you ten things you didn’t know about Malini Saba.

  1. She is a top paid Commodity CEO.
    She has an impressive salary. This serves as a testament to her formidable talent as a business woman.
  1. She is one of the very few self-made in the commodity Industry.
    Not only does Ms. Saba pull in huge stacks, she is the first woman owner and CEO in the commodity space. This should be inspiring women everywhere – even in a traditionally male dominated industry, a woman’s hard work and perseverance can result with her at the helm in a 21st century society.
  1. She is a psychologist.
    Though Saba, current job of CEO is a business – oriented position- which she is particularly week equipped for, given her PHD and considerable experience – she originally studied psychology.Her psychology role is indispensable during her work with her business.
  1. She was rated one of 10 to succeed in San Francisco magazine.
    She was picked one of ten to definitely succeed and to watch over the next 10 years.
  1. Her favorite cars are Mercedes and Bentley
    She is crazy about cars and loves to race.
  1. Her favorite past time is cooking.
    She loves to cook and create new recipes. She authored a Cook book “The Abbreviated Cook”
  1. She does not always like Fame.
    In an interview With Malini Saba, the prominent CEO expressed some annoyance with being recognized constantly. Though she attempts to stay under the radar and do simple things she finds it sometimes intrusive.
  2. She loves children.
    She loves being around children. She finds that they keep her grounded and they help her keep things simple
  3. She collects teddy bears.
    She finds them to be calming.
  4. She meditates.
    Malini Saba is a spiritual person. She believes that staying true to the core of what the universe is about is important for all our well-being. In her words it is all about the YING and YANG. It’s a balance. We need to have that to be able to run a multi-million-dollar company and always remember it is not all about you – it is about the company.

After 25 years of building her business empire through rough patches and great revenues, Malini Saba continues to run the company with killer economic sense. Massive profits are a certainty for this smart CEO and her company. Ms. Saba serves as an inspiration for women everywhere, and a testament to what hard work can bring to a person’s life.

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Malini Saba – Success Story

A True Success Story

Saba Industries Incorporated, is known for its strong holdings in Mining and Agriculture. The company produces iron ore, Gold, Bauxite, Palm oil and Rice. Malini dove into the commodity space believing that we all need raw material. Although Saba Industries has grown exponentially, it still remains a family-owned business.

Saba graduated from high school and later graduated with a degree in Psychology. After many failed relationships, she married and had children. Saba is an ardent entrepreneur and started her business in the 1990’s and still stands at the helm as the CEO of the company.

Saba’s net worth, as estimated to be over $1.5 billion dollars (USD). Among her several philanthropic contributions are donations to Australian Outback doctors, San Francisco Arts Academy, India’s Artists, and Children’s Hospital in Cambodia. Saba also owns farms that specialize in organic farming.

She has been awarded the Entrepreneur of the Year, Philanthropist of the year, Kalpana Chawla award, the Mother Theresa Award and the Federation Peace award for her global Philanthropic work.

She contributes to different causes through her philanthropic initiative Saba Family Foundation.

Hard work, discipline and a keen sense of business is what makes her one of the most successful contemporary business woman.

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Understanding Employees – Important for Success

Why understanding your employees is important for Success.

By Rajeshwari Sajosh

I wanted to interview Saba to understand her views on Management and what she thought about hiring more women in her field.

Her feedback was enlightening. She has some strong views on management and gender equality in the workplace.

She had four areas which she focused on beginning with :

Unite, Don’t Direct

There’s a fine line between a leader and a manager. For one, a leader inspires employees to follow her lead and pursue her goals. A manager, on the other hand, leads by instruction and directives. This is why Malini Saba finds one more successful than the other:
In my experience, encouraging a team-oriented culture that is focused on uniting employees behind a shared sense of purpose and a common goal is more effective than offering directives. If you and your leadership team are on the same page with this approach, it is much easier to engage employees throughout the firm to meet those collective goals.  

Tailor the Experience

The first step in achieving gender equality in the workplace is understanding and supporting the fact that men and women work differently. Most importantly, Saba encourages women to find opportunity in everything:

As employers, we need to accept that women and men operate differently in the workplace and set up development and training programs that are designed to target high potential employees in both groups. As women, we need to remind ourselves to have an ‘opt in’ attitude. Career downturns happen to everyone and we must remember to treat them as opportunities to change how we work or try something new. That is what shows our true mettle.

Invest in professional development

When it comes to increasing female executive leadership, Malini  reminds employers to create equal and ample opportunities for women to climb the corporate ladder:
Companies must invest in their female employees’ leadership and professional development. I’m very proud of the numerous development and mentoring programs that Saba Industries has in place to help women excel at our firm and we’re seeing results that are validating this approach.

Ending gender pay inequality 

Unfortunately, gender Pay inequality still very much exists. But, as Saba suggests, there are ways to combat this inequality both inside and outside of the workplace:
The issue is complex because there is still no single answer as to why. Saba Industries’s interest in this issue goes far beyond our organization; we want to empower women’s financial futures, and that means putting programs, such as our seminars, in place to help them understand their finances.

Being the President and CEO of a multinational corporation is no easy feat. But Malini Saba shows us that through hard work, the right attitude and a great team, it is possible.

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10 tips for achieving what you want in life

By Rosana Yacob

I sat in the Ritz Carlton in Malaysia waiting for Malini Saba to arrive. While I was waiting, I started talking to the concierge. He went on to tell me about how he met Saba two years ago when she first took the apartment at the Ritz. He said she was so motivated to get the best deal we had and she was relentless and we caved in.

Malini arrived and walked directly to me as if she had known me for years. She was so welcoming and warm and it put me at ease to start the conversation. I wanted to ask her what are your tips for people are out there to achieve their dreams in life.

She leaned back into the armchair and crossed her legs and replied “I have 10 things that I have lived by and I have applied my whole life.”

1. Focus on commitment, not motivation.

Just how committed are you to your goal? How important is it for you, and what are you willing to sacrifice in order to achieve it? If you find yourself fully committed, motivation will follow.

2. Seek knowledge, not results.

If you focus on the excitement of discovery, improving, exploring and experimenting, your motivation will always be fueled. If you focus only on results, your motivation will be like weather—it will die the minute you hit a storm. So the key is to focus on the journey, not the destination. Keep thinking about what you are learning along the way and what you can improve.

3. Make the journey fun.

It’s an awesome game! The minute you make it serious, there’s a big chance it will start carrying a heavy emotional weight and you will lose perspective and become stuck again.

4. Get rid of stagnating thoughts.

Thoughts influence feelings and feelings determine how you view your work. You have a lot of thoughts in your head, and you always have a choice of which ones to focus on: the ones that will make you emotionally stuck (fears, doubts) or the ones that will move you forward (excitement, experimenting, trying new things, stepping out of your comfort zone.)

5. Use your imagination.

Next step after getting rid of negative thoughts is to use your imagination. When things go well, you are full of positive energy, and when you are experiencing difficulties, you need to be even more energetic. So, rename your situation. If you keep repeating I hate my work, guess which feelings those words will evoke? It’s a matter of imagination! You can always find something to learn even from the worst boss in the world at the most boring job. I have a great exercise for you: Just for three days, think and say positive things only. See what happens.

6. Stop being nice to yourself.

Motivation means action and action brings results. Sometimes your actions fail to bring the results you want. So, you prefer to be nice to yourself and not put yourself in a difficult situation. You wait for the perfect timing, for an opportunity, while you drive yourself into stagnation and sometimes even into depression. Get out there, challenge yourself, do something that you want to do even if you are afraid.

7. Get rid of distractions.

Meaningless things and distractions will always be in your way, especially those easy, usual things you would rather do instead of focusing on new challenging and meaningful projects. Learn to focus on what is the most important. Write a list of time-wasters and hold yourself accountable to not do them.

8. Don’t rely on others.

You should never expect others to do it for you, not even your partner, friend or boss. They are all busy with their own needs. No one will make you happy or achieve your goals for you. It’s all on you. It’s all on you.

9. Plan.

Know your three steps forward. You do not need more. Fill out your weekly calendar, noting when you will do what and how. When-what-how is important to schedule. Review how each day went by what you learned and revise what you could improve.

10. Protect yourself from burnout.

It’s easy to burn out when you are very motivated. Observe yourself to recognize any signs of tiredness and take time to rest. Your body and mind rest when you schedule relaxation and fun time into your weekly calendar. Do diverse tasks, keep switching between something creative and logical, something physical and still, working alone and with a team. Switch locations. Meditate, or just take deep breaths, close your eyes, or focus on one thing for five minutes.

“I use these as my mantra for everything I do”, explained Malini. I am never ever lazy to get up again and try it one more time. One should never be afraid of failure. I have failed many times, it’s not the amount of times you fail that matter, it’s how many times you are willing to get back up and fight for what you believe and want to achieve in your life.

It was so inspirational. As I left the interview I realized she had made me feel I can do anything I put my mind too.

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WOMAN IN THE MINING INDUSTRY

By Louisa Rampet

Mining has a reputation for being rough, remote and dangerous, as well as being one of the most male-dominated industries in the world.

This is true for Malini Saba, CEO of Saba Industries, whose mining journey started at the age of 30 when she decided to invest heavily in the commodity space. She began at ground zero.

She has built a thriving business and now owns over 7 large Mines internationally.  Her company owns mines that produce Iron ore, gold and Bauxite.

Malini says “Women must challenge their own comfort and realize the possibilities this environment has to offer, and attitudes of both males and females needs to be shaped by the pioneers in the environment.”

She also feels that young girls should be encouraged to pursue math, science and engineering subjects.  Furthermore, she feels that education in schools and universities surrounding the “exciting career opportunities that await women in the mining industry” should be improved.

I went on to ask her further questions about her role and experience.

Q : What have you enjoyed most about your role in the industry?

Malini Saba : I have spent more than fifteen years  in the mining industry and have seen significant changes and challenges. Being an owner and executive has its challenges. I have dealt with building new mining projects and running operations in countries that are not mining friendly, or are politically unstable or under high risk of executive kidnappings.

I have seen natural disasters such as floods, to earthquakes and malaria.  I’ve witnessed labor unrest and strikes in some of our Asian countries, with the invasion of our mining pits by hundreds of illegal miners. So, the role has never been boring and has always stretched me.

Q : What do you consider the most successful aspect of your mining leadership to date?

Malini Saba : I was part of a team that supported and coached an executive team through a significant organizational crisis a couple of years ago. Our team took the company through a huge expansion phase for a few years on the back of a very favorable commodity rise. We were faced with huge skills shortages at a time when many companies in the mining industry and neighboring industries were going through a similar expansion phase, and so we were highly focused on the recruitment, development and retention of key skills.

I led the team that redesigned and restructured the entire global business in a process involving redefining for each function and area what work was transactional and what was strategic and how the work would be delivered at operating unit, regional or corporate level. Within a twelve-month period, we had achieved both our cost-saving and our restructuring objectives.

Q : Why do you think there is such a big gender gap in the industry?  What is needed to create change?

Malini Saba : Mining can be perceived as dirty and dangerous and with the potential to create significant environmental damage if not managed ethically.  As such, the industry struggles to attract not only women but also young talent. I feel women think it’s a dirty job. It is a job that you have to eat and breath in order to compete.

Malini Saba   –  “ Remember we can’t move the resources, which often means remote locations, perhaps fly-in, fly-out operations or shift rotations. Remote locations, as opposed to corporate offices in large urban centers, don’t pose quite the same kind of challenges, and may fit more seamlessly into a career path that includes work-life balance as part of its goal.”  Example deep in the jungles of Kalimantan.

Furthermore, even if a company adopts and promotes an inclusive culture, mining is faced with a unique challenge in dealing with multiple environments, as Saba explains.

“You’ve got the mine site. You’ve got the corporate office, individuals in the field doing exploration, all being linked together in the sector. What can happen is you may have a strong corporate policy about respect in the workplace and diversity but getting that to trickle to all sites and all places that your company is doing business is a challenge.”

Thus, a lot has to change on the mindset of the miners. This should come from the culture the company puts in place from day one. It means constant reinforcement.

Q : Is your company doing anything about the gender gap?

Malini Saba : Yes we hire women. We also work with a lot of tribal families in the jungles. There we seek more women to work at the mines. We train them. They work and earn a living and at the same time be able to walk back home to their long houses.

It is a slow process to bring in women from the cities to go to the remote areas. But we have not stopped trying. Getting women in the corporate side of the business has not been that huge of a challenge.

The mining industry needs to do more to attract women into core technical roles, and to put in place clear talent management and coaching programs to help accelerate women into more senior roles and provide more flexible working arrangements. This includes policies around bursaries and scholarships, maternity leave, and equal pay for equal work.

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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.’”

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Why We Must Pay Attention To Bullying

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LONDON, UK – 10 May, 2018 – 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.

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Breaking the Barrier

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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 (sabaindustriesgroup.com), CEO and social activist Malini Saba (malinisaba.com).

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 sabafamilyfoundations.com.

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

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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.

Golden Grain Rice, 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.

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Gentry Hall of Fame Award Announced

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Gentry Hall of Fame Award Announced

London, UK – 11 Nov., 2017 – In recognition of her extraordinary gifts to philanthropic community and beyond, Malini Saba has been awarded the title Philanthropist of the Year 2017.

This is to recognize her on-going, prodigious charitable work and giving. It is important to remember that this generous leader is continuing at a staggering rate. We applaud her efforts and hold her as a model for giving on a grand scale.

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Self-made Billionaire

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Malini Saba, Self-made Billionaire

Sri Jayawardenepura Kotte, Sri Lanka – 15 Jan., 2015 – Why she inspires us? She was the first Sri Lankan Tamil women to become a self-made billionaire.

What has she taught us?

How to pave the way for march toward success against all odds. How to stand up to bullies who felt a woman’s place is not in the business lime light.

To do everything in your power to achieve your dream. How to succeed in a male dominated industry and to stay true to your ideals through it all.

Finally, to use the power you gain and have to protect those that can’t protect themselves.

We celebrate Malini Saba as an inspirational woman leader of our times.

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Personal Qualities

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Malini Saba – Personal Qualities

London, UK – 20 August, 2013 – Some of the personal qualities serving Malini Saba.

Ambition
Even from a young age, despite thinking that life would be difficult, Malini had a sense of her own destiny.

Hard work
She determined she would learn everything about business, build alliances and ingratiate herself with the business community.

Courage, intelligence and logic
She assumed all three qualities. A successful person must have all three.

Charm and charisma
She has a presence about her that consumes any room she walks into. She has the ability to hold people’s attention to whatever she is speaking about and make everyone feel they were listened too and cared for.

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The Iron Lady with a Velvet Glove

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Malini Saba – The Iron Lady with a velvet glove

London, UK – 30 May, 2012 – A tough lady with a soft touch.

Her favorite quote:

“Being a leader is like being a lady. If you have to remind people you are, you aren’t. “


Malini understands that leadership is not about titles or photos or selfies. True leadership is about authenticity, standing up for principles, even in the face of strong opposition.

Her angry critics see her as a pugnacious destroyer. But those who know her understand she is all about methodology and doing what is right by people and for the people.

Authentic leadership is a product of honesty. Honesty is about putting needs of others before your own. Honesty in communicating information, both positive and negative. Honesty in accepting viewpoints which are different from yours. Honesty in integrating the values you profess with behaviors you exhibit. Honesty is also the product of clarity. Clarity in what you stand for and what you will not stand for.

We can take a lesson from Malini Saba. Always stay true to your core values regardless of how others view things under a populous lens. Only through this method can you truly help others and be a good leader too.

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In a Nutshell

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Malini Saba – In a Nutshell

London, UK – 30 May, 2012 – Malini Saba was born to a simple family, rose to success through sheer perseverance and belief that she will make it.

In her own words “I had no choice, make it or nothing.”

She always believed there was nothing a woman could not achieve. She also believes that you can learn most things in life if you put the time and really want to learn them.

Her secret to success is never to lie and never pretend to know everything. “We are constantly in a learning mode. It is when we think we know it all, we have failed.”

My father once told me there were two kinds of people, those who do the work and those who take the credit. He told me to try and be the first group; there was much less competition.

Malini Saba leaves us with her quote “Whenever you take a step forward you will shake things up and only with this can you create change. Through and through we also change as a person.”

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Women Empowerment

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Malini Saba – Women Empowerment

London, UK – 30 Dec., 2010 – The power of Malini Saba.

Since her younger days, I have been intrigued by Malini Saba. I think I have only met her a few times, yet still her power and presence somehow resonate with me and those who meet her.

Perhaps it has something to do with her warmth and charisma she resonates effortlessly.

So, without delay I want you to get to know Malini Saba. I want to share with you a little about this business mogul, philanthropist, artist, author, inspiration and downright amazing woman who uses her success to empower girls and women around the world. She is a true proponent for women empowerment!

Through hard work and determination, Malini left behind poverty to become a billionaire. Note: she is not just any billionaire. She was the first self-made Sri Lankan woman to independently grow her wealth.

Born in Seremban, Malaysia this young woman worked her way to the top against all odds.

She has reinvented herself through many lows and highs in her business and personal life always moving ahead taking all the hurdles in stride and looking at them as a growing pain.

She embodies true inner strength and is a real role model for young women all over the world.

Despite her immense wealth you would never know she was enormously successful. She has a very lovely way to make you feel comfortable around her and see her as just another person.

Words of wisdom from Malini:

The reason I have been able to be so financially successful is my focus has never, ever been for a minute on money.

Let go and all will be well. Breathe and let go. The universe will take it from there.

Thank you Malini for all that you do to empower women!

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A Great Female Leader

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What makes a great female leader?

London, UK – 30 Dec., 2010 – Malini Saba epitomizes a great female leader with these 5 attributes.

A great female leader:

Shows compassion.

All of us are driven by a simple belief and we need to always look at both sides of any situation.

Doesn’t over-work.

You can still succeed if you pace yourself. Make certain you get enough sleep and eat well.

Overcomes adversity with grace.

Life is never perfect. We always have to have alternative route to the destination we want to end up in.

Uses feminism as an advantage.

We should not try to be men. We are a totally different gender. Thus, why must we lead and act the same way? We should embrace our own gender and focus more on business.

Is tough when needed.

Remember never to be a shrinking violet. Stand your ground and stick to your beliefs.

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Ten things you did not know about Malini Saba

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London, UK – 30 Dec., 2010 – In this article we detail 10 things you should know about Malini Saba.

Malini Saba CEO and Chairman of Saba Industries, started her career in 1994. Back then, she was still finishing up get PHD. Since her humble beginnings, Ms. Saba has climbed to the top of the corporate ladder. However, Malini Saba is more than just a corporate power player. She has led an interesting, boundary breaking, female empowering life that is worth knowing more about. This article, we bring you ten things you didn’t know about Malini Saba.

  1. She is a top paid Commodity CEO.
    She has an impressive salary. This serves as a testament to her formidable talent as a business woman.
  1. She is one of the very few self-made in the commodity Industry.
    Not only does Ms. Saba pull in huge stacks, she is the first woman owner and CEO in the commodity space. This should be inspiring women everywhere – even in a traditionally male dominated industry, a woman’s hard work and perseverance can result with her at the helm in a 21st century society.
  1. She is a psychologist.
    Though Saba, current job of CEO is a business – oriented position- which she is particularly week equipped for, given her PHD and considerable experience – she originally studied psychology.Her psychology role is indispensable during her work with her business.
  1. She was rated one of 10 to succeed in San Francisco magazine.
    She was picked one of ten to definitely succeed and to watch over the next 10 years.
  1. Her favorite cars are Mercedes and Bentley
    She is crazy about cars and loves to race.
  1. Her favorite past time is cooking.
    She loves to cook and create new recipes. She authored a Cook book “The Abbreviated Cook”
  1. She does not always like Fame.
    In an interview With Malini Saba, the prominent CEO expressed some annoyance with being recognized constantly. Though she attempts to stay under the radar and do simple things she finds it sometimes intrusive.
  2. She loves children.
    She loves being around children. She finds that they keep her grounded and they help her keep things simple
  3. She collects teddy bears.
    She finds them to be calming.
  4. She meditates.
    Malini Saba is a spiritual person. She believes that staying true to the core of what the universe is about is important for all our well-being. In her words it is all about the YING and YANG. It’s a balance. We need to have that to be able to run a multi-million-dollar company and always remember it is not all about you – it is about the company.

After 25 years of building her business empire through rough patches and great revenues, Malini Saba continues to run the company with killer economic sense. Massive profits are a certainty for this smart CEO and her company. Ms. Saba serves as an inspiration for women everywhere, and a testament to what hard work can bring to a person’s life.

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Malini Saba – Success Story

A True Success Story

Saba Industries Incorporated, is known for its strong holdings in Mining and Agriculture. The company produces iron ore, Gold, Bauxite, Palm oil and Rice. Malini dove into the commodity space believing that we all need raw material. Although Saba Industries has grown exponentially, it still remains a family-owned business.

Saba graduated from high school and later graduated with a degree in Psychology. After many failed relationships, she married and had children. Saba is an ardent entrepreneur and started her business in the 1990’s and still stands at the helm as the CEO of the company.

Saba’s net worth, as estimated to be over $1.5 billion dollars (USD). Among her several philanthropic contributions are donations to Australian Outback doctors, San Francisco Arts Academy, India’s Artists, and Children’s Hospital in Cambodia. Saba also owns farms that specialize in organic farming.

She has been awarded the Entrepreneur of the Year, Philanthropist of the year, Kalpana Chawla award, the Mother Theresa Award and the Federation Peace award for her global Philanthropic work.

She contributes to different causes through her philanthropic initiative Saba Family Foundation.

Hard work, discipline and a keen sense of business is what makes her one of the most successful contemporary business woman.

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Understanding Employees – Important for Success

Why understanding your employees is important for Success.

By Rajeshwari Sajosh

I wanted to interview Saba to understand her views on Management and what she thought about hiring more women in her field.

Her feedback was enlightening. She has some strong views on management and gender equality in the workplace.

She had four areas which she focused on beginning with :

Unite, Don’t Direct

There’s a fine line between a leader and a manager. For one, a leader inspires employees to follow her lead and pursue her goals. A manager, on the other hand, leads by instruction and directives. This is why Malini Saba finds one more successful than the other:
In my experience, encouraging a team-oriented culture that is focused on uniting employees behind a shared sense of purpose and a common goal is more effective than offering directives. If you and your leadership team are on the same page with this approach, it is much easier to engage employees throughout the firm to meet those collective goals.  

Tailor the Experience

The first step in achieving gender equality in the workplace is understanding and supporting the fact that men and women work differently. Most importantly, Saba encourages women to find opportunity in everything:

As employers, we need to accept that women and men operate differently in the workplace and set up development and training programs that are designed to target high potential employees in both groups. As women, we need to remind ourselves to have an ‘opt in’ attitude. Career downturns happen to everyone and we must remember to treat them as opportunities to change how we work or try something new. That is what shows our true mettle.

Invest in professional development

When it comes to increasing female executive leadership, Malini  reminds employers to create equal and ample opportunities for women to climb the corporate ladder:
Companies must invest in their female employees’ leadership and professional development. I’m very proud of the numerous development and mentoring programs that Saba Industries has in place to help women excel at our firm and we’re seeing results that are validating this approach.

Ending gender pay inequality 

Unfortunately, gender Pay inequality still very much exists. But, as Saba suggests, there are ways to combat this inequality both inside and outside of the workplace:
The issue is complex because there is still no single answer as to why. Saba Industries’s interest in this issue goes far beyond our organization; we want to empower women’s financial futures, and that means putting programs, such as our seminars, in place to help them understand their finances.

Being the President and CEO of a multinational corporation is no easy feat. But Malini Saba shows us that through hard work, the right attitude and a great team, it is possible.

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10 tips for achieving what you want in life

By Rosana Yacob

I sat in the Ritz Carlton in Malaysia waiting for Malini Saba to arrive. While I was waiting, I started talking to the concierge. He went on to tell me about how he met Saba two years ago when she first took the apartment at the Ritz. He said she was so motivated to get the best deal we had and she was relentless and we caved in.

Malini arrived and walked directly to me as if she had known me for years. She was so welcoming and warm and it put me at ease to start the conversation. I wanted to ask her what are your tips for people are out there to achieve their dreams in life.

She leaned back into the armchair and crossed her legs and replied “I have 10 things that I have lived by and I have applied my whole life.”

1. Focus on commitment, not motivation.

Just how committed are you to your goal? How important is it for you, and what are you willing to sacrifice in order to achieve it? If you find yourself fully committed, motivation will follow.

2. Seek knowledge, not results.

If you focus on the excitement of discovery, improving, exploring and experimenting, your motivation will always be fueled. If you focus only on results, your motivation will be like weather—it will die the minute you hit a storm. So the key is to focus on the journey, not the destination. Keep thinking about what you are learning along the way and what you can improve.

3. Make the journey fun.

It’s an awesome game! The minute you make it serious, there’s a big chance it will start carrying a heavy emotional weight and you will lose perspective and become stuck again.

4. Get rid of stagnating thoughts.

Thoughts influence feelings and feelings determine how you view your work. You have a lot of thoughts in your head, and you always have a choice of which ones to focus on: the ones that will make you emotionally stuck (fears, doubts) or the ones that will move you forward (excitement, experimenting, trying new things, stepping out of your comfort zone.)

5. Use your imagination.

Next step after getting rid of negative thoughts is to use your imagination. When things go well, you are full of positive energy, and when you are experiencing difficulties, you need to be even more energetic. So, rename your situation. If you keep repeating I hate my work, guess which feelings those words will evoke? It’s a matter of imagination! You can always find something to learn even from the worst boss in the world at the most boring job. I have a great exercise for you: Just for three days, think and say positive things only. See what happens.

6. Stop being nice to yourself.

Motivation means action and action brings results. Sometimes your actions fail to bring the results you want. So, you prefer to be nice to yourself and not put yourself in a difficult situation. You wait for the perfect timing, for an opportunity, while you drive yourself into stagnation and sometimes even into depression. Get out there, challenge yourself, do something that you want to do even if you are afraid.

7. Get rid of distractions.

Meaningless things and distractions will always be in your way, especially those easy, usual things you would rather do instead of focusing on new challenging and meaningful projects. Learn to focus on what is the most important. Write a list of time-wasters and hold yourself accountable to not do them.

8. Don’t rely on others.

You should never expect others to do it for you, not even your partner, friend or boss. They are all busy with their own needs. No one will make you happy or achieve your goals for you. It’s all on you. It’s all on you.

9. Plan.

Know your three steps forward. You do not need more. Fill out your weekly calendar, noting when you will do what and how. When-what-how is important to schedule. Review how each day went by what you learned and revise what you could improve.

10. Protect yourself from burnout.

It’s easy to burn out when you are very motivated. Observe yourself to recognize any signs of tiredness and take time to rest. Your body and mind rest when you schedule relaxation and fun time into your weekly calendar. Do diverse tasks, keep switching between something creative and logical, something physical and still, working alone and with a team. Switch locations. Meditate, or just take deep breaths, close your eyes, or focus on one thing for five minutes.

“I use these as my mantra for everything I do”, explained Malini. I am never ever lazy to get up again and try it one more time. One should never be afraid of failure. I have failed many times, it’s not the amount of times you fail that matter, it’s how many times you are willing to get back up and fight for what you believe and want to achieve in your life.

It was so inspirational. As I left the interview I realized she had made me feel I can do anything I put my mind too.

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WOMAN IN THE MINING INDUSTRY

By Louisa Rampet

Mining has a reputation for being rough, remote and dangerous, as well as being one of the most male-dominated industries in the world.

This is true for Malini Saba, CEO of Saba Industries, whose mining journey started at the age of 30 when she decided to invest heavily in the commodity space. She began at ground zero.

She has built a thriving business and now owns over 7 large Mines internationally.  Her company owns mines that produce Iron ore, gold and Bauxite.

Malini says “Women must challenge their own comfort and realize the possibilities this environment has to offer, and attitudes of both males and females needs to be shaped by the pioneers in the environment.”

She also feels that young girls should be encouraged to pursue math, science and engineering subjects.  Furthermore, she feels that education in schools and universities surrounding the “exciting career opportunities that await women in the mining industry” should be improved.

I went on to ask her further questions about her role and experience.

Q : What have you enjoyed most about your role in the industry?

Malini Saba : I have spent more than fifteen years  in the mining industry and have seen significant changes and challenges. Being an owner and executive has its challenges. I have dealt with building new mining projects and running operations in countries that are not mining friendly, or are politically unstable or under high risk of executive kidnappings.

I have seen natural disasters such as floods, to earthquakes and malaria.  I’ve witnessed labor unrest and strikes in some of our Asian countries, with the invasion of our mining pits by hundreds of illegal miners. So, the role has never been boring and has always stretched me.

Q : What do you consider the most successful aspect of your mining leadership to date?

Malini Saba : I was part of a team that supported and coached an executive team through a significant organizational crisis a couple of years ago. Our team took the company through a huge expansion phase for a few years on the back of a very favorable commodity rise. We were faced with huge skills shortages at a time when many companies in the mining industry and neighboring industries were going through a similar expansion phase, and so we were highly focused on the recruitment, development and retention of key skills.

I led the team that redesigned and restructured the entire global business in a process involving redefining for each function and area what work was transactional and what was strategic and how the work would be delivered at operating unit, regional or corporate level. Within a twelve-month period, we had achieved both our cost-saving and our restructuring objectives.

Q : Why do you think there is such a big gender gap in the industry?  What is needed to create change?

Malini Saba : Mining can be perceived as dirty and dangerous and with the potential to create significant environmental damage if not managed ethically.  As such, the industry struggles to attract not only women but also young talent. I feel women think it’s a dirty job. It is a job that you have to eat and breath in order to compete.

Malini Saba   –  “ Remember we can’t move the resources, which often means remote locations, perhaps fly-in, fly-out operations or shift rotations. Remote locations, as opposed to corporate offices in large urban centers, don’t pose quite the same kind of challenges, and may fit more seamlessly into a career path that includes work-life balance as part of its goal.”  Example deep in the jungles of Kalimantan.

Furthermore, even if a company adopts and promotes an inclusive culture, mining is faced with a unique challenge in dealing with multiple environments, as Saba explains.

“You’ve got the mine site. You’ve got the corporate office, individuals in the field doing exploration, all being linked together in the sector. What can happen is you may have a strong corporate policy about respect in the workplace and diversity but getting that to trickle to all sites and all places that your company is doing business is a challenge.”

Thus, a lot has to change on the mindset of the miners. This should come from the culture the company puts in place from day one. It means constant reinforcement.

Q : Is your company doing anything about the gender gap?

Malini Saba : Yes we hire women. We also work with a lot of tribal families in the jungles. There we seek more women to work at the mines. We train them. They work and earn a living and at the same time be able to walk back home to their long houses.

It is a slow process to bring in women from the cities to go to the remote areas. But we have not stopped trying. Getting women in the corporate side of the business has not been that huge of a challenge.

The mining industry needs to do more to attract women into core technical roles, and to put in place clear talent management and coaching programs to help accelerate women into more senior roles and provide more flexible working arrangements. This includes policies around bursaries and scholarships, maternity leave, and equal pay for equal work.

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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.’”

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Why We Must Pay Attention To Bullying

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LONDON, UK – 10 May, 2018 – 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.

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Breaking the Barrier

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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 (sabaindustriesgroup.com), CEO and social activist Malini Saba (malinisaba.com).

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 sabafamilyfoundations.com.

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

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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.

Golden Grain Rice, 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.

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Gentry Hall of Fame Award Announced

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Gentry Hall of Fame Award Announced

London, UK – 11 Nov., 2017 – In recognition of her extraordinary gifts to philanthropic community and beyond, Malini Saba has been awarded the title Philanthropist of the Year 2017.

This is to recognize her on-going, prodigious charitable work and giving. It is important to remember that this generous leader is continuing at a staggering rate. We applaud her efforts and hold her as a model for giving on a grand scale.

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Self-made Billionaire

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Malini Saba, Self-made Billionaire

Sri Jayawardenepura Kotte, Sri Lanka – 15 Jan., 2015 – Why she inspires us? She was the first Sri Lankan Tamil women to become a self-made billionaire.

What has she taught us?

How to pave the way for march toward success against all odds. How to stand up to bullies who felt a woman’s place is not in the business lime light.

To do everything in your power to achieve your dream. How to succeed in a male dominated industry and to stay true to your ideals through it all.

Finally, to use the power you gain and have to protect those that can’t protect themselves.

We celebrate Malini Saba as an inspirational woman leader of our times.

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Personal Qualities

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Malini Saba – Personal Qualities

London, UK – 20 August, 2013 – Some of the personal qualities serving Malini Saba.

Ambition
Even from a young age, despite thinking that life would be difficult, Malini had a sense of her own destiny.

Hard work
She determined she would learn everything about business, build alliances and ingratiate herself with the business community.

Courage, intelligence and logic
She assumed all three qualities. A successful person must have all three.

Charm and charisma
She has a presence about her that consumes any room she walks into. She has the ability to hold people’s attention to whatever she is speaking about and make everyone feel they were listened too and cared for.

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The Iron Lady with a Velvet Glove

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Malini Saba – The Iron Lady with a velvet glove

London, UK – 30 May, 2012 – A tough lady with a soft touch.

Her favorite quote:

“Being a leader is like being a lady. If you have to remind people you are, you aren’t. “


Malini understands that leadership is not about titles or photos or selfies. True leadership is about authenticity, standing up for principles, even in the face of strong opposition.

Her angry critics see her as a pugnacious destroyer. But those who know her understand she is all about methodology and doing what is right by people and for the people.

Authentic leadership is a product of honesty. Honesty is about putting needs of others before your own. Honesty in communicating information, both positive and negative. Honesty in accepting viewpoints which are different from yours. Honesty in integrating the values you profess with behaviors you exhibit. Honesty is also the product of clarity. Clarity in what you stand for and what you will not stand for.

We can take a lesson from Malini Saba. Always stay true to your core values regardless of how others view things under a populous lens. Only through this method can you truly help others and be a good leader too.

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In a Nutshell

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Malini Saba – In a Nutshell

London, UK – 30 May, 2012 – Malini Saba was born to a simple family, rose to success through sheer perseverance and belief that she will make it.

In her own words “I had no choice, make it or nothing.”

She always believed there was nothing a woman could not achieve. She also believes that you can learn most things in life if you put the time and really want to learn them.

Her secret to success is never to lie and never pretend to know everything. “We are constantly in a learning mode. It is when we think we know it all, we have failed.”

My father once told me there were two kinds of people, those who do the work and those who take the credit. He told me to try and be the first group; there was much less competition.

Malini Saba leaves us with her quote “Whenever you take a step forward you will shake things up and only with this can you create change. Through and through we also change as a person.”

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Women Empowerment

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Malini Saba – Women Empowerment

London, UK – 30 Dec., 2010 – The power of Malini Saba.

Since her younger days, I have been intrigued by Malini Saba. I think I have only met her a few times, yet still her power and presence somehow resonate with me and those who meet her.

Perhaps it has something to do with her warmth and charisma she resonates effortlessly.

So, without delay I want you to get to know Malini Saba. I want to share with you a little about this business mogul, philanthropist, artist, author, inspiration and downright amazing woman who uses her success to empower girls and women around the world. She is a true proponent for women empowerment!

Through hard work and determination, Malini left behind poverty to become a billionaire. Note: she is not just any billionaire. She was the first self-made Sri Lankan woman to independently grow her wealth.

Born in Seremban, Malaysia this young woman worked her way to the top against all odds.

She has reinvented herself through many lows and highs in her business and personal life always moving ahead taking all the hurdles in stride and looking at them as a growing pain.

She embodies true inner strength and is a real role model for young women all over the world.

Despite her immense wealth you would never know she was enormously successful. She has a very lovely way to make you feel comfortable around her and see her as just another person.

Words of wisdom from Malini:

The reason I have been able to be so financially successful is my focus has never, ever been for a minute on money.

Let go and all will be well. Breathe and let go. The universe will take it from there.

Thank you Malini for all that you do to empower women!

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A Great Female Leader

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What makes a great female leader?

London, UK – 30 Dec., 2010 – Malini Saba epitomizes a great female leader with these 5 attributes.

A great female leader:

Shows compassion.

All of us are driven by a simple belief and we need to always look at both sides of any situation.

Doesn’t over-work.

You can still succeed if you pace yourself. Make certain you get enough sleep and eat well.

Overcomes adversity with grace.

Life is never perfect. We always have to have alternative route to the destination we want to end up in.

Uses feminism as an advantage.

We should not try to be men. We are a totally different gender. Thus, why must we lead and act the same way? We should embrace our own gender and focus more on business.

Is tough when needed.

Remember never to be a shrinking violet. Stand your ground and stick to your beliefs.

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Ten things you did not know about Malini Saba

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London, UK – 30 Dec., 2010 – In this article we detail 10 things you should know about Malini Saba.

Malini Saba CEO and Chairman of Saba Industries, started her career in 1994. Back then, she was still finishing up get PHD. Since her humble beginnings, Ms. Saba has climbed to the top of the corporate ladder. However, Malini Saba is more than just a corporate power player. She has led an interesting, boundary breaking, female empowering life that is worth knowing more about. This article, we bring you ten things you didn’t know about Malini Saba.

  1. She is a top paid Commodity CEO.
    She has an impressive salary. This serves as a testament to her formidable talent as a business woman.
  1. She is one of the very few self-made in the commodity Industry.
    Not only does Ms. Saba pull in huge stacks, she is the first woman owner and CEO in the commodity space. This should be inspiring women everywhere – even in a traditionally male dominated industry, a woman’s hard work and perseverance can result with her at the helm in a 21st century society.
  1. She is a psychologist.
    Though Saba, current job of CEO is a business – oriented position- which she is particularly week equipped for, given her PHD and considerable experience – she originally studied psychology.Her psychology role is indispensable during her work with her business.
  1. She was rated one of 10 to succeed in San Francisco magazine.
    She was picked one of ten to definitely succeed and to watch over the next 10 years.
  1. Her favorite cars are Mercedes and Bentley
    She is crazy about cars and loves to race.
  1. Her favorite past time is cooking.
    She loves to cook and create new recipes. She authored a Cook book “The Abbreviated Cook”
  1. She does not always like Fame.
    In an interview With Malini Saba, the prominent CEO expressed some annoyance with being recognized constantly. Though she attempts to stay under the radar and do simple things she finds it sometimes intrusive.
  2. She loves children.
    She loves being around children. She finds that they keep her grounded and they help her keep things simple
  3. She collects teddy bears.
    She finds them to be calming.
  4. She meditates.
    Malini Saba is a spiritual person. She believes that staying true to the core of what the universe is about is important for all our well-being. In her words it is all about the YING and YANG. It’s a balance. We need to have that to be able to run a multi-million-dollar company and always remember it is not all about you – it is about the company.

After 25 years of building her business empire through rough patches and great revenues, Malini Saba continues to run the company with killer economic sense. Massive profits are a certainty for this smart CEO and her company. Ms. Saba serves as an inspiration for women everywhere, and a testament to what hard work can bring to a person’s life.

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Malini Saba – Success Story

A True Success Story

Saba Industries Incorporated, is known for its strong holdings in Mining and Agriculture. The company produces iron ore, Gold, Bauxite, Palm oil and Rice. Malini dove into the commodity space believing that we all need raw material. Although Saba Industries has grown exponentially, it still remains a family-owned business.

Saba graduated from high school and later graduated with a degree in Psychology. After many failed relationships, she married and had children. Saba is an ardent entrepreneur and started her business in the 1990’s and still stands at the helm as the CEO of the company.

Saba’s net worth, as estimated to be over $1.5 billion dollars (USD). Among her several philanthropic contributions are donations to Australian Outback doctors, San Francisco Arts Academy, India’s Artists, and Children’s Hospital in Cambodia. Saba also owns farms that specialize in organic farming.

She has been awarded the Entrepreneur of the Year, Philanthropist of the year, Kalpana Chawla award, the Mother Theresa Award and the Federation Peace award for her global Philanthropic work.

She contributes to different causes through her philanthropic initiative Saba Family Foundation.

Hard work, discipline and a keen sense of business is what makes her one of the most successful contemporary business woman.

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Understanding Employees – Important for Success

Why understanding your employees is important for Success.

By Rajeshwari Sajosh

I wanted to interview Saba to understand her views on Management and what she thought about hiring more women in her field.

Her feedback was enlightening. She has some strong views on management and gender equality in the workplace.

She had four areas which she focused on beginning with :

Unite, Don’t Direct

There’s a fine line between a leader and a manager. For one, a leader inspires employees to follow her lead and pursue her goals. A manager, on the other hand, leads by instruction and directives. This is why Malini Saba finds one more successful than the other:
In my experience, encouraging a team-oriented culture that is focused on uniting employees behind a shared sense of purpose and a common goal is more effective than offering directives. If you and your leadership team are on the same page with this approach, it is much easier to engage employees throughout the firm to meet those collective goals.  

Tailor the Experience

The first step in achieving gender equality in the workplace is understanding and supporting the fact that men and women work differently. Most importantly, Saba encourages women to find opportunity in everything:

As employers, we need to accept that women and men operate differently in the workplace and set up development and training programs that are designed to target high potential employees in both groups. As women, we need to remind ourselves to have an ‘opt in’ attitude. Career downturns happen to everyone and we must remember to treat them as opportunities to change how we work or try something new. That is what shows our true mettle.

Invest in professional development

When it comes to increasing female executive leadership, Malini  reminds employers to create equal and ample opportunities for women to climb the corporate ladder:
Companies must invest in their female employees’ leadership and professional development. I’m very proud of the numerous development and mentoring programs that Saba Industries has in place to help women excel at our firm and we’re seeing results that are validating this approach.

Ending gender pay inequality 

Unfortunately, gender Pay inequality still very much exists. But, as Saba suggests, there are ways to combat this inequality both inside and outside of the workplace:
The issue is complex because there is still no single answer as to why. Saba Industries’s interest in this issue goes far beyond our organization; we want to empower women’s financial futures, and that means putting programs, such as our seminars, in place to help them understand their finances.

Being the President and CEO of a multinational corporation is no easy feat. But Malini Saba shows us that through hard work, the right attitude and a great team, it is possible.

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10 tips for achieving what you want in life

By Rosana Yacob

I sat in the Ritz Carlton in Malaysia waiting for Malini Saba to arrive. While I was waiting, I started talking to the concierge. He went on to tell me about how he met Saba two years ago when she first took the apartment at the Ritz. He said she was so motivated to get the best deal we had and she was relentless and we caved in.

Malini arrived and walked directly to me as if she had known me for years. She was so welcoming and warm and it put me at ease to start the conversation. I wanted to ask her what are your tips for people are out there to achieve their dreams in life.

She leaned back into the armchair and crossed her legs and replied “I have 10 things that I have lived by and I have applied my whole life.”

1. Focus on commitment, not motivation.

Just how committed are you to your goal? How important is it for you, and what are you willing to sacrifice in order to achieve it? If you find yourself fully committed, motivation will follow.

2. Seek knowledge, not results.

If you focus on the excitement of discovery, improving, exploring and experimenting, your motivation will always be fueled. If you focus only on results, your motivation will be like weather—it will die the minute you hit a storm. So the key is to focus on the journey, not the destination. Keep thinking about what you are learning along the way and what you can improve.

3. Make the journey fun.

It’s an awesome game! The minute you make it serious, there’s a big chance it will start carrying a heavy emotional weight and you will lose perspective and become stuck again.

4. Get rid of stagnating thoughts.

Thoughts influence feelings and feelings determine how you view your work. You have a lot of thoughts in your head, and you always have a choice of which ones to focus on: the ones that will make you emotionally stuck (fears, doubts) or the ones that will move you forward (excitement, experimenting, trying new things, stepping out of your comfort zone.)

5. Use your imagination.

Next step after getting rid of negative thoughts is to use your imagination. When things go well, you are full of positive energy, and when you are experiencing difficulties, you need to be even more energetic. So, rename your situation. If you keep repeating I hate my work, guess which feelings those words will evoke? It’s a matter of imagination! You can always find something to learn even from the worst boss in the world at the most boring job. I have a great exercise for you: Just for three days, think and say positive things only. See what happens.

6. Stop being nice to yourself.

Motivation means action and action brings results. Sometimes your actions fail to bring the results you want. So, you prefer to be nice to yourself and not put yourself in a difficult situation. You wait for the perfect timing, for an opportunity, while you drive yourself into stagnation and sometimes even into depression. Get out there, challenge yourself, do something that you want to do even if you are afraid.

7. Get rid of distractions.

Meaningless things and distractions will always be in your way, especially those easy, usual things you would rather do instead of focusing on new challenging and meaningful projects. Learn to focus on what is the most important. Write a list of time-wasters and hold yourself accountable to not do them.

8. Don’t rely on others.

You should never expect others to do it for you, not even your partner, friend or boss. They are all busy with their own needs. No one will make you happy or achieve your goals for you. It’s all on you. It’s all on you.

9. Plan.

Know your three steps forward. You do not need more. Fill out your weekly calendar, noting when you will do what and how. When-what-how is important to schedule. Review how each day went by what you learned and revise what you could improve.

10. Protect yourself from burnout.

It’s easy to burn out when you are very motivated. Observe yourself to recognize any signs of tiredness and take time to rest. Your body and mind rest when you schedule relaxation and fun time into your weekly calendar. Do diverse tasks, keep switching between something creative and logical, something physical and still, working alone and with a team. Switch locations. Meditate, or just take deep breaths, close your eyes, or focus on one thing for five minutes.

“I use these as my mantra for everything I do”, explained Malini. I am never ever lazy to get up again and try it one more time. One should never be afraid of failure. I have failed many times, it’s not the amount of times you fail that matter, it’s how many times you are willing to get back up and fight for what you believe and want to achieve in your life.

It was so inspirational. As I left the interview I realized she had made me feel I can do anything I put my mind too.

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WOMAN IN THE MINING INDUSTRY

By Louisa Rampet

Mining has a reputation for being rough, remote and dangerous, as well as being one of the most male-dominated industries in the world.

This is true for Malini Saba, CEO of Saba Industries, whose mining journey started at the age of 30 when she decided to invest heavily in the commodity space. She began at ground zero.

She has built a thriving business and now owns over 7 large Mines internationally.  Her company owns mines that produce Iron ore, gold and Bauxite.

Malini says “Women must challenge their own comfort and realize the possibilities this environment has to offer, and attitudes of both males and females needs to be shaped by the pioneers in the environment.”

She also feels that young girls should be encouraged to pursue math, science and engineering subjects.  Furthermore, she feels that education in schools and universities surrounding the “exciting career opportunities that await women in the mining industry” should be improved.

I went on to ask her further questions about her role and experience.

Q : What have you enjoyed most about your role in the industry?

Malini Saba : I have spent more than fifteen years  in the mining industry and have seen significant changes and challenges. Being an owner and executive has its challenges. I have dealt with building new mining projects and running operations in countries that are not mining friendly, or are politically unstable or under high risk of executive kidnappings.

I have seen natural disasters such as floods, to earthquakes and malaria.  I’ve witnessed labor unrest and strikes in some of our Asian countries, with the invasion of our mining pits by hundreds of illegal miners. So, the role has never been boring and has always stretched me.

Q : What do you consider the most successful aspect of your mining leadership to date?

Malini Saba : I was part of a team that supported and coached an executive team through a significant organizational crisis a couple of years ago. Our team took the company through a huge expansion phase for a few years on the back of a very favorable commodity rise. We were faced with huge skills shortages at a time when many companies in the mining industry and neighboring industries were going through a similar expansion phase, and so we were highly focused on the recruitment, development and retention of key skills.

I led the team that redesigned and restructured the entire global business in a process involving redefining for each function and area what work was transactional and what was strategic and how the work would be delivered at operating unit, regional or corporate level. Within a twelve-month period, we had achieved both our cost-saving and our restructuring objectives.

Q : Why do you think there is such a big gender gap in the industry?  What is needed to create change?

Malini Saba : Mining can be perceived as dirty and dangerous and with the potential to create significant environmental damage if not managed ethically.  As such, the industry struggles to attract not only women but also young talent. I feel women think it’s a dirty job. It is a job that you have to eat and breath in order to compete.

Malini Saba   –  “ Remember we can’t move the resources, which often means remote locations, perhaps fly-in, fly-out operations or shift rotations. Remote locations, as opposed to corporate offices in large urban centers, don’t pose quite the same kind of challenges, and may fit more seamlessly into a career path that includes work-life balance as part of its goal.”  Example deep in the jungles of Kalimantan.

Furthermore, even if a company adopts and promotes an inclusive culture, mining is faced with a unique challenge in dealing with multiple environments, as Saba explains.

“You’ve got the mine site. You’ve got the corporate office, individuals in the field doing exploration, all being linked together in the sector. What can happen is you may have a strong corporate policy about respect in the workplace and diversity but getting that to trickle to all sites and all places that your company is doing business is a challenge.”

Thus, a lot has to change on the mindset of the miners. This should come from the culture the company puts in place from day one. It means constant reinforcement.

Q : Is your company doing anything about the gender gap?

Malini Saba : Yes we hire women. We also work with a lot of tribal families in the jungles. There we seek more women to work at the mines. We train them. They work and earn a living and at the same time be able to walk back home to their long houses.

It is a slow process to bring in women from the cities to go to the remote areas. But we have not stopped trying. Getting women in the corporate side of the business has not been that huge of a challenge.

The mining industry needs to do more to attract women into core technical roles, and to put in place clear talent management and coaching programs to help accelerate women into more senior roles and provide more flexible working arrangements. This includes policies around bursaries and scholarships, maternity leave, and equal pay for equal work.

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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.’”

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Why We Must Pay Attention To Bullying

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LONDON, UK – 10 May, 2018 – 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.

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Breaking the Barrier

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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 (sabaindustriesgroup.com), CEO and social activist Malini Saba (malinisaba.com).

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 sabafamilyfoundations.com.

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

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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.

Golden Grain Rice, 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.

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Gentry Hall of Fame Award Announced

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Gentry Hall of Fame Award Announced

London, UK – 11 Nov., 2017 – In recognition of her extraordinary gifts to philanthropic community and beyond, Malini Saba has been awarded the title Philanthropist of the Year 2017.

This is to recognize her on-going, prodigious charitable work and giving. It is important to remember that this generous leader is continuing at a staggering rate. We applaud her efforts and hold her as a model for giving on a grand scale.

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Self-made Billionaire

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Malini Saba, Self-made Billionaire

Sri Jayawardenepura Kotte, Sri Lanka – 15 Jan., 2015 – Why she inspires us? She was the first Sri Lankan Tamil women to become a self-made billionaire.

What has she taught us?

How to pave the way for march toward success against all odds. How to stand up to bullies who felt a woman’s place is not in the business lime light.

To do everything in your power to achieve your dream. How to succeed in a male dominated industry and to stay true to your ideals through it all.

Finally, to use the power you gain and have to protect those that can’t protect themselves.

We celebrate Malini Saba as an inspirational woman leader of our times.

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Personal Qualities

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Malini Saba – Personal Qualities

London, UK – 20 August, 2013 – Some of the personal qualities serving Malini Saba.

Ambition
Even from a young age, despite thinking that life would be difficult, Malini had a sense of her own destiny.

Hard work
She determined she would learn everything about business, build alliances and ingratiate herself with the business community.

Courage, intelligence and logic
She assumed all three qualities. A successful person must have all three.

Charm and charisma
She has a presence about her that consumes any room she walks into. She has the ability to hold people’s attention to whatever she is speaking about and make everyone feel they were listened too and cared for.

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The Iron Lady with a Velvet Glove

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Malini Saba – The Iron Lady with a velvet glove

London, UK – 30 May, 2012 – A tough lady with a soft touch.

Her favorite quote:

“Being a leader is like being a lady. If you have to remind people you are, you aren’t. “


Malini understands that leadership is not about titles or photos or selfies. True leadership is about authenticity, standing up for principles, even in the face of strong opposition.

Her angry critics see her as a pugnacious destroyer. But those who know her understand she is all about methodology and doing what is right by people and for the people.

Authentic leadership is a product of honesty. Honesty is about putting needs of others before your own. Honesty in communicating information, both positive and negative. Honesty in accepting viewpoints which are different from yours. Honesty in integrating the values you profess with behaviors you exhibit. Honesty is also the product of clarity. Clarity in what you stand for and what you will not stand for.

We can take a lesson from Malini Saba. Always stay true to your core values regardless of how others view things under a populous lens. Only through this method can you truly help others and be a good leader too.

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In a Nutshell

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Malini Saba – In a Nutshell

London, UK – 30 May, 2012 – Malini Saba was born to a simple family, rose to success through sheer perseverance and belief that she will make it.

In her own words “I had no choice, make it or nothing.”

She always believed there was nothing a woman could not achieve. She also believes that you can learn most things in life if you put the time and really want to learn them.

Her secret to success is never to lie and never pretend to know everything. “We are constantly in a learning mode. It is when we think we know it all, we have failed.”

My father once told me there were two kinds of people, those who do the work and those who take the credit. He told me to try and be the first group; there was much less competition.

Malini Saba leaves us with her quote “Whenever you take a step forward you will shake things up and only with this can you create change. Through and through we also change as a person.”

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Women Empowerment

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Malini Saba – Women Empowerment

London, UK – 30 Dec., 2010 – The power of Malini Saba.

Since her younger days, I have been intrigued by Malini Saba. I think I have only met her a few times, yet still her power and presence somehow resonate with me and those who meet her.

Perhaps it has something to do with her warmth and charisma she resonates effortlessly.

So, without delay I want you to get to know Malini Saba. I want to share with you a little about this business mogul, philanthropist, artist, author, inspiration and downright amazing woman who uses her success to empower girls and women around the world. She is a true proponent for women empowerment!

Through hard work and determination, Malini left behind poverty to become a billionaire. Note: she is not just any billionaire. She was the first self-made Sri Lankan woman to independently grow her wealth.

Born in Seremban, Malaysia this young woman worked her way to the top against all odds.

She has reinvented herself through many lows and highs in her business and personal life always moving ahead taking all the hurdles in stride and looking at them as a growing pain.

She embodies true inner strength and is a real role model for young women all over the world.

Despite her immense wealth you would never know she was enormously successful. She has a very lovely way to make you feel comfortable around her and see her as just another person.

Words of wisdom from Malini:

The reason I have been able to be so financially successful is my focus has never, ever been for a minute on money.

Let go and all will be well. Breathe and let go. The universe will take it from there.

Thank you Malini for all that you do to empower women!

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A Great Female Leader

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What makes a great female leader?

London, UK – 30 Dec., 2010 – Malini Saba epitomizes a great female leader with these 5 attributes.

A great female leader:

Shows compassion.

All of us are driven by a simple belief and we need to always look at both sides of any situation.

Doesn’t over-work.

You can still succeed if you pace yourself. Make certain you get enough sleep and eat well.

Overcomes adversity with grace.

Life is never perfect. We always have to have alternative route to the destination we want to end up in.

Uses feminism as an advantage.

We should not try to be men. We are a totally different gender. Thus, why must we lead and act the same way? We should embrace our own gender and focus more on business.

Is tough when needed.

Remember never to be a shrinking violet. Stand your ground and stick to your beliefs.

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Ten things you did not know about Malini Saba

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London, UK – 30 Dec., 2010 – In this article we detail 10 things you should know about Malini Saba.

Malini Saba CEO and Chairman of Saba Industries, started her career in 1994. Back then, she was still finishing up get PHD. Since her humble beginnings, Ms. Saba has climbed to the top of the corporate ladder. However, Malini Saba is more than just a corporate power player. She has led an interesting, boundary breaking, female empowering life that is worth knowing more about. This article, we bring you ten things you didn’t know about Malini Saba.

  1. She is a top paid Commodity CEO.
    She has an impressive salary. This serves as a testament to her formidable talent as a business woman.
  1. She is one of the very few self-made in the commodity Industry.
    Not only does Ms. Saba pull in huge stacks, she is the first woman owner and CEO in the commodity space. This should be inspiring women everywhere – even in a traditionally male dominated industry, a woman’s hard work and perseverance can result with her at the helm in a 21st century society.
  1. She is a psychologist.
    Though Saba, current job of CEO is a business – oriented position- which she is particularly week equipped for, given her PHD and considerable experience – she originally studied psychology.Her psychology role is indispensable during her work with her business.
  1. She was rated one of 10 to succeed in San Francisco magazine.
    She was picked one of ten to definitely succeed and to watch over the next 10 years.
  1. Her favorite cars are Mercedes and Bentley
    She is crazy about cars and loves to race.
  1. Her favorite past time is cooking.
    She loves to cook and create new recipes. She authored a Cook book “The Abbreviated Cook”
  1. She does not always like Fame.
    In an interview With Malini Saba, the prominent CEO expressed some annoyance with being recognized constantly. Though she attempts to stay under the radar and do simple things she finds it sometimes intrusive.
  2. She loves children.
    She loves being around children. She finds that they keep her grounded and they help her keep things simple
  3. She collects teddy bears.
    She finds them to be calming.
  4. She meditates.
    Malini Saba is a spiritual person. She believes that staying true to the core of what the universe is about is important for all our well-being. In her words it is all about the YING and YANG. It’s a balance. We need to have that to be able to run a multi-million-dollar company and always remember it is not all about you – it is about the company.

After 25 years of building her business empire through rough patches and great revenues, Malini Saba continues to run the company with killer economic sense. Massive profits are a certainty for this smart CEO and her company. Ms. Saba serves as an inspiration for women everywhere, and a testament to what hard work can bring to a person’s life.

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Malini Saba – Success Story

A True Success Story

Saba Industries Incorporated, is known for its strong holdings in Mining and Agriculture. The company produces iron ore, Gold, Bauxite, Palm oil and Rice. Malini dove into the commodity space believing that we all need raw material. Although Saba Industries has grown exponentially, it still remains a family-owned business.

Saba graduated from high school and later graduated with a degree in Psychology. After many failed relationships, she married and had children. Saba is an ardent entrepreneur and started her business in the 1990’s and still stands at the helm as the CEO of the company.

Saba’s net worth, as estimated to be over $1.5 billion dollars (USD). Among her several philanthropic contributions are donations to Australian Outback doctors, San Francisco Arts Academy, India’s Artists, and Children’s Hospital in Cambodia. Saba also owns farms that specialize in organic farming.

She has been awarded the Entrepreneur of the Year, Philanthropist of the year, Kalpana Chawla award, the Mother Theresa Award and the Federation Peace award for her global Philanthropic work.

She contributes to different causes through her philanthropic initiative Saba Family Foundation.

Hard work, discipline and a keen sense of business is what makes her one of the most successful contemporary business woman.

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Understanding Employees – Important for Success

Why understanding your employees is important for Success.

By Rajeshwari Sajosh

I wanted to interview Saba to understand her views on Management and what she thought about hiring more women in her field.

Her feedback was enlightening. She has some strong views on management and gender equality in the workplace.

She had four areas which she focused on beginning with :

Unite, Don’t Direct

There’s a fine line between a leader and a manager. For one, a leader inspires employees to follow her lead and pursue her goals. A manager, on the other hand, leads by instruction and directives. This is why Malini Saba finds one more successful than the other:
In my experience, encouraging a team-oriented culture that is focused on uniting employees behind a shared sense of purpose and a common goal is more effective than offering directives. If you and your leadership team are on the same page with this approach, it is much easier to engage employees throughout the firm to meet those collective goals.  

Tailor the Experience

The first step in achieving gender equality in the workplace is understanding and supporting the fact that men and women work differently. Most importantly, Saba encourages women to find opportunity in everything:

As employers, we need to accept that women and men operate differently in the workplace and set up development and training programs that are designed to target high potential employees in both groups. As women, we need to remind ourselves to have an ‘opt in’ attitude. Career downturns happen to everyone and we must remember to treat them as opportunities to change how we work or try something new. That is what shows our true mettle.

Invest in professional development

When it comes to increasing female executive leadership, Malini  reminds employers to create equal and ample opportunities for women to climb the corporate ladder:
Companies must invest in their female employees’ leadership and professional development. I’m very proud of the numerous development and mentoring programs that Saba Industries has in place to help women excel at our firm and we’re seeing results that are validating this approach.

Ending gender pay inequality 

Unfortunately, gender Pay inequality still very much exists. But, as Saba suggests, there are ways to combat this inequality both inside and outside of the workplace:
The issue is complex because there is still no single answer as to why. Saba Industries’s interest in this issue goes far beyond our organization; we want to empower women’s financial futures, and that means putting programs, such as our seminars, in place to help them understand their finances.

Being the President and CEO of a multinational corporation is no easy feat. But Malini Saba shows us that through hard work, the right attitude and a great team, it is possible.

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10 tips for achieving what you want in life

By Rosana Yacob

I sat in the Ritz Carlton in Malaysia waiting for Malini Saba to arrive. While I was waiting, I started talking to the concierge. He went on to tell me about how he met Saba two years ago when she first took the apartment at the Ritz. He said she was so motivated to get the best deal we had and she was relentless and we caved in.

Malini arrived and walked directly to me as if she had known me for years. She was so welcoming and warm and it put me at ease to start the conversation. I wanted to ask her what are your tips for people are out there to achieve their dreams in life.

She leaned back into the armchair and crossed her legs and replied “I have 10 things that I have lived by and I have applied my whole life.”

1. Focus on commitment, not motivation.

Just how committed are you to your goal? How important is it for you, and what are you willing to sacrifice in order to achieve it? If you find yourself fully committed, motivation will follow.

2. Seek knowledge, not results.

If you focus on the excitement of discovery, improving, exploring and experimenting, your motivation will always be fueled. If you focus only on results, your motivation will be like weather—it will die the minute you hit a storm. So the key is to focus on the journey, not the destination. Keep thinking about what you are learning along the way and what you can improve.

3. Make the journey fun.

It’s an awesome game! The minute you make it serious, there’s a big chance it will start carrying a heavy emotional weight and you will lose perspective and become stuck again.

4. Get rid of stagnating thoughts.

Thoughts influence feelings and feelings determine how you view your work. You have a lot of thoughts in your head, and you always have a choice of which ones to focus on: the ones that will make you emotionally stuck (fears, doubts) or the ones that will move you forward (excitement, experimenting, trying new things, stepping out of your comfort zone.)

5. Use your imagination.

Next step after getting rid of negative thoughts is to use your imagination. When things go well, you are full of positive energy, and when you are experiencing difficulties, you need to be even more energetic. So, rename your situation. If you keep repeating I hate my work, guess which feelings those words will evoke? It’s a matter of imagination! You can always find something to learn even from the worst boss in the world at the most boring job. I have a great exercise for you: Just for three days, think and say positive things only. See what happens.

6. Stop being nice to yourself.

Motivation means action and action brings results. Sometimes your actions fail to bring the results you want. So, you prefer to be nice to yourself and not put yourself in a difficult situation. You wait for the perfect timing, for an opportunity, while you drive yourself into stagnation and sometimes even into depression. Get out there, challenge yourself, do something that you want to do even if you are afraid.

7. Get rid of distractions.

Meaningless things and distractions will always be in your way, especially those easy, usual things you would rather do instead of focusing on new challenging and meaningful projects. Learn to focus on what is the most important. Write a list of time-wasters and hold yourself accountable to not do them.

8. Don’t rely on others.

You should never expect others to do it for you, not even your partner, friend or boss. They are all busy with their own needs. No one will make you happy or achieve your goals for you. It’s all on you. It’s all on you.

9. Plan.

Know your three steps forward. You do not need more. Fill out your weekly calendar, noting when you will do what and how. When-what-how is important to schedule. Review how each day went by what you learned and revise what you could improve.

10. Protect yourself from burnout.

It’s easy to burn out when you are very motivated. Observe yourself to recognize any signs of tiredness and take time to rest. Your body and mind rest when you schedule relaxation and fun time into your weekly calendar. Do diverse tasks, keep switching between something creative and logical, something physical and still, working alone and with a team. Switch locations. Meditate, or just take deep breaths, close your eyes, or focus on one thing for five minutes.

“I use these as my mantra for everything I do”, explained Malini. I am never ever lazy to get up again and try it one more time. One should never be afraid of failure. I have failed many times, it’s not the amount of times you fail that matter, it’s how many times you are willing to get back up and fight for what you believe and want to achieve in your life.

It was so inspirational. As I left the interview I realized she had made me feel I can do anything I put my mind too.

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WOMAN IN THE MINING INDUSTRY

By Louisa Rampet

Mining has a reputation for being rough, remote and dangerous, as well as being one of the most male-dominated industries in the world.

This is true for Malini Saba, CEO of Saba Industries, whose mining journey started at the age of 30 when she decided to invest heavily in the commodity space. She began at ground zero.

She has built a thriving business and now owns over 7 large Mines internationally.  Her company owns mines that produce Iron ore, gold and Bauxite.

Malini says “Women must challenge their own comfort and realize the possibilities this environment has to offer, and attitudes of both males and females needs to be shaped by the pioneers in the environment.”

She also feels that young girls should be encouraged to pursue math, science and engineering subjects.  Furthermore, she feels that education in schools and universities surrounding the “exciting career opportunities that await women in the mining industry” should be improved.

I went on to ask her further questions about her role and experience.

Q : What have you enjoyed most about your role in the industry?

Malini Saba : I have spent more than fifteen years  in the mining industry and have seen significant changes and challenges. Being an owner and executive has its challenges. I have dealt with building new mining projects and running operations in countries that are not mining friendly, or are politically unstable or under high risk of executive kidnappings.

I have seen natural disasters such as floods, to earthquakes and malaria.  I’ve witnessed labor unrest and strikes in some of our Asian countries, with the invasion of our mining pits by hundreds of illegal miners. So, the role has never been boring and has always stretched me.

Q : What do you consider the most successful aspect of your mining leadership to date?

Malini Saba : I was part of a team that supported and coached an executive team through a significant organizational crisis a couple of years ago. Our team took the company through a huge expansion phase for a few years on the back of a very favorable commodity rise. We were faced with huge skills shortages at a time when many companies in the mining industry and neighboring industries were going through a similar expansion phase, and so we were highly focused on the recruitment, development and retention of key skills.

I led the team that redesigned and restructured the entire global business in a process involving redefining for each function and area what work was transactional and what was strategic and how the work would be delivered at operating unit, regional or corporate level. Within a twelve-month period, we had achieved both our cost-saving and our restructuring objectives.

Q : Why do you think there is such a big gender gap in the industry?  What is needed to create change?

Malini Saba : Mining can be perceived as dirty and dangerous and with the potential to create significant environmental damage if not managed ethically.  As such, the industry struggles to attract not only women but also young talent. I feel women think it’s a dirty job. It is a job that you have to eat and breath in order to compete.

Malini Saba   –  “ Remember we can’t move the resources, which often means remote locations, perhaps fly-in, fly-out operations or shift rotations. Remote locations, as opposed to corporate offices in large urban centers, don’t pose quite the same kind of challenges, and may fit more seamlessly into a career path that includes work-life balance as part of its goal.”  Example deep in the jungles of Kalimantan.

Furthermore, even if a company adopts and promotes an inclusive culture, mining is faced with a unique challenge in dealing with multiple environments, as Saba explains.

“You’ve got the mine site. You’ve got the corporate office, individuals in the field doing exploration, all being linked together in the sector. What can happen is you may have a strong corporate policy about respect in the workplace and diversity but getting that to trickle to all sites and all places that your company is doing business is a challenge.”

Thus, a lot has to change on the mindset of the miners. This should come from the culture the company puts in place from day one. It means constant reinforcement.

Q : Is your company doing anything about the gender gap?

Malini Saba : Yes we hire women. We also work with a lot of tribal families in the jungles. There we seek more women to work at the mines. We train them. They work and earn a living and at the same time be able to walk back home to their long houses.

It is a slow process to bring in women from the cities to go to the remote areas. But we have not stopped trying. Getting women in the corporate side of the business has not been that huge of a challenge.

The mining industry needs to do more to attract women into core technical roles, and to put in place clear talent management and coaching programs to help accelerate women into more senior roles and provide more flexible working arrangements. This includes policies around bursaries and scholarships, maternity leave, and equal pay for equal work.

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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.’”

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Why We Must Pay Attention To Bullying

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LONDON, UK – 10 May, 2018 – 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.

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Breaking the Barrier

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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 (sabaindustriesgroup.com), CEO and social activist Malini Saba (malinisaba.com).

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 sabafamilyfoundations.com.

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

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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.

Golden Grain Rice, 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.

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Gentry Hall of Fame Award Announced

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Gentry Hall of Fame Award Announced

London, UK – 11 Nov., 2017 – In recognition of her extraordinary gifts to philanthropic community and beyond, Malini Saba has been awarded the title Philanthropist of the Year 2017.

This is to recognize her on-going, prodigious charitable work and giving. It is important to remember that this generous leader is continuing at a staggering rate. We applaud her efforts and hold her as a model for giving on a grand scale.

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Self-made Billionaire

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Malini Saba, Self-made Billionaire

Sri Jayawardenepura Kotte, Sri Lanka – 15 Jan., 2015 – Why she inspires us? She was the first Sri Lankan Tamil women to become a self-made billionaire.

What has she taught us?

How to pave the way for march toward success against all odds. How to stand up to bullies who felt a woman’s place is not in the business lime light.

To do everything in your power to achieve your dream. How to succeed in a male dominated industry and to stay true to your ideals through it all.

Finally, to use the power you gain and have to protect those that can’t protect themselves.

We celebrate Malini Saba as an inspirational woman leader of our times.

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Personal Qualities

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Malini Saba – Personal Qualities

London, UK – 20 August, 2013 – Some of the personal qualities serving Malini Saba.

Ambition
Even from a young age, despite thinking that life would be difficult, Malini had a sense of her own destiny.

Hard work
She determined she would learn everything about business, build alliances and ingratiate herself with the business community.

Courage, intelligence and logic
She assumed all three qualities. A successful person must have all three.

Charm and charisma
She has a presence about her that consumes any room she walks into. She has the ability to hold people’s attention to whatever she is speaking about and make everyone feel they were listened too and cared for.

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The Iron Lady with a Velvet Glove

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Malini Saba – The Iron Lady with a velvet glove

London, UK – 30 May, 2012 – A tough lady with a soft touch.

Her favorite quote:

“Being a leader is like being a lady. If you have to remind people you are, you aren’t. “


Malini understands that leadership is not about titles or photos or selfies. True leadership is about authenticity, standing up for principles, even in the face of strong opposition.

Her angry critics see her as a pugnacious destroyer. But those who know her understand she is all about methodology and doing what is right by people and for the people.

Authentic leadership is a product of honesty. Honesty is about putting needs of others before your own. Honesty in communicating information, both positive and negative. Honesty in accepting viewpoints which are different from yours. Honesty in integrating the values you profess with behaviors you exhibit. Honesty is also the product of clarity. Clarity in what you stand for and what you will not stand for.

We can take a lesson from Malini Saba. Always stay true to your core values regardless of how others view things under a populous lens. Only through this method can you truly help others and be a good leader too.

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In a Nutshell

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Malini Saba – In a Nutshell

London, UK – 30 May, 2012 – Malini Saba was born to a simple family, rose to success through sheer perseverance and belief that she will make it.

In her own words “I had no choice, make it or nothing.”

She always believed there was nothing a woman could not achieve. She also believes that you can learn most things in life if you put the time and really want to learn them.

Her secret to success is never to lie and never pretend to know everything. “We are constantly in a learning mode. It is when we think we know it all, we have failed.”

My father once told me there were two kinds of people, those who do the work and those who take the credit. He told me to try and be the first group; there was much less competition.

Malini Saba leaves us with her quote “Whenever you take a step forward you will shake things up and only with this can you create change. Through and through we also change as a person.”

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Women Empowerment

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Malini Saba – Women Empowerment

London, UK – 30 Dec., 2010 – The power of Malini Saba.

Since her younger days, I have been intrigued by Malini Saba. I think I have only met her a few times, yet still her power and presence somehow resonate with me and those who meet her.

Perhaps it has something to do with her warmth and charisma she resonates effortlessly.

So, without delay I want you to get to know Malini Saba. I want to share with you a little about this business mogul, philanthropist, artist, author, inspiration and downright amazing woman who uses her success to empower girls and women around the world. She is a true proponent for women empowerment!

Through hard work and determination, Malini left behind poverty to become a billionaire. Note: she is not just any billionaire. She was the first self-made Sri Lankan woman to independently grow her wealth.

Born in Seremban, Malaysia this young woman worked her way to the top against all odds.

She has reinvented herself through many lows and highs in her business and personal life always moving ahead taking all the hurdles in stride and looking at them as a growing pain.

She embodies true inner strength and is a real role model for young women all over the world.

Despite her immense wealth you would never know she was enormously successful. She has a very lovely way to make you feel comfortable around her and see her as just another person.

Words of wisdom from Malini:

The reason I have been able to be so financially successful is my focus has never, ever been for a minute on money.

Let go and all will be well. Breathe and let go. The universe will take it from there.

Thank you Malini for all that you do to empower women!

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A Great Female Leader

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What makes a great female leader?

London, UK – 30 Dec., 2010 – Malini Saba epitomizes a great female leader with these 5 attributes.

A great female leader:

Shows compassion.

All of us are driven by a simple belief and we need to always look at both sides of any situation.

Doesn’t over-work.

You can still succeed if you pace yourself. Make certain you get enough sleep and eat well.

Overcomes adversity with grace.

Life is never perfect. We always have to have alternative route to the destination we want to end up in.

Uses feminism as an advantage.

We should not try to be men. We are a totally different gender. Thus, why must we lead and act the same way? We should embrace our own gender and focus more on business.

Is tough when needed.

Remember never to be a shrinking violet. Stand your ground and stick to your beliefs.

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Ten things you did not know about Malini Saba

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London, UK – 30 Dec., 2010 – In this article we detail 10 things you should know about Malini Saba.

Malini Saba CEO and Chairman of Saba Industries, started her career in 1994. Back then, she was still finishing up get PHD. Since her humble beginnings, Ms. Saba has climbed to the top of the corporate ladder. However, Malini Saba is more than just a corporate power player. She has led an interesting, boundary breaking, female empowering life that is worth knowing more about. This article, we bring you ten things you didn’t know about Malini Saba.

  1. She is a top paid Commodity CEO.
    She has an impressive salary. This serves as a testament to her formidable talent as a business woman.
  1. She is one of the very few self-made in the commodity Industry.
    Not only does Ms. Saba pull in huge stacks, she is the first woman owner and CEO in the commodity space. This should be inspiring women everywhere – even in a traditionally male dominated industry, a woman’s hard work and perseverance can result with her at the helm in a 21st century society.
  1. She is a psychologist.
    Though Saba, current job of CEO is a business – oriented position- which she is particularly week equipped for, given her PHD and considerable experience – she originally studied psychology.Her psychology role is indispensable during her work with her business.
  1. She was rated one of 10 to succeed in San Francisco magazine.
    She was picked one of ten to definitely succeed and to watch over the next 10 years.
  1. Her favorite cars are Mercedes and Bentley
    She is crazy about cars and loves to race.
  1. Her favorite past time is cooking.
    She loves to cook and create new recipes. She authored a Cook book “The Abbreviated Cook”
  1. She does not always like Fame.
    In an interview With Malini Saba, the prominent CEO expressed some annoyance with being recognized constantly. Though she attempts to stay under the radar and do simple things she finds it sometimes intrusive.
  2. She loves children.
    She loves being around children. She finds that they keep her grounded and they help her keep things simple
  3. She collects teddy bears.
    She finds them to be calming.
  4. She meditates.
    Malini Saba is a spiritual person. She believes that staying true to the core of what the universe is about is important for all our well-being. In her words it is all about the YING and YANG. It’s a balance. We need to have that to be able to run a multi-million-dollar company and always remember it is not all about you – it is about the company.

After 25 years of building her business empire through rough patches and great revenues, Malini Saba continues to run the company with killer economic sense. Massive profits are a certainty for this smart CEO and her company. Ms. Saba serves as an inspiration for women everywhere, and a testament to what hard work can bring to a person’s life.

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Malini Saba – Success Story

A True Success Story

Saba Industries Incorporated, is known for its strong holdings in Mining and Agriculture. The company produces iron ore, Gold, Bauxite, Palm oil and Rice. Malini dove into the commodity space believing that we all need raw material. Although Saba Industries has grown exponentially, it still remains a family-owned business.

Saba graduated from high school and later graduated with a degree in Psychology. After many failed relationships, she married and had children. Saba is an ardent entrepreneur and started her business in the 1990’s and still stands at the helm as the CEO of the company.

Saba’s net worth, as estimated to be over $1.5 billion dollars (USD). Among her several philanthropic contributions are donations to Australian Outback doctors, San Francisco Arts Academy, India’s Artists, and Children’s Hospital in Cambodia. Saba also owns farms that specialize in organic farming.

She has been awarded the Entrepreneur of the Year, Philanthropist of the year, Kalpana Chawla award, the Mother Theresa Award and the Federation Peace award for her global Philanthropic work.

She contributes to different causes through her philanthropic initiative Saba Family Foundation.

Hard work, discipline and a keen sense of business is what makes her one of the most successful contemporary business woman.

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Understanding Employees – Important for Success

Why understanding your employees is important for Success.

By Rajeshwari Sajosh

I wanted to interview Saba to understand her views on Management and what she thought about hiring more women in her field.

Her feedback was enlightening. She has some strong views on management and gender equality in the workplace.

She had four areas which she focused on beginning with :

Unite, Don’t Direct

There’s a fine line between a leader and a manager. For one, a leader inspires employees to follow her lead and pursue her goals. A manager, on the other hand, leads by instruction and directives. This is why Malini Saba finds one more successful than the other:
In my experience, encouraging a team-oriented culture that is focused on uniting employees behind a shared sense of purpose and a common goal is more effective than offering directives. If you and your leadership team are on the same page with this approach, it is much easier to engage employees throughout the firm to meet those collective goals.  

Tailor the Experience

The first step in achieving gender equality in the workplace is understanding and supporting the fact that men and women work differently. Most importantly, Saba encourages women to find opportunity in everything:

As employers, we need to accept that women and men operate differently in the workplace and set up development and training programs that are designed to target high potential employees in both groups. As women, we need to remind ourselves to have an ‘opt in’ attitude. Career downturns happen to everyone and we must remember to treat them as opportunities to change how we work or try something new. That is what shows our true mettle.

Invest in professional development

When it comes to increasing female executive leadership, Malini  reminds employers to create equal and ample opportunities for women to climb the corporate ladder:
Companies must invest in their female employees’ leadership and professional development. I’m very proud of the numerous development and mentoring programs that Saba Industries has in place to help women excel at our firm and we’re seeing results that are validating this approach.

Ending gender pay inequality 

Unfortunately, gender Pay inequality still very much exists. But, as Saba suggests, there are ways to combat this inequality both inside and outside of the workplace:
The issue is complex because there is still no single answer as to why. Saba Industries’s interest in this issue goes far beyond our organization; we want to empower women’s financial futures, and that means putting programs, such as our seminars, in place to help them understand their finances.

Being the President and CEO of a multinational corporation is no easy feat. But Malini Saba shows us that through hard work, the right attitude and a great team, it is possible.

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10 tips for achieving what you want in life

By Rosana Yacob

I sat in the Ritz Carlton in Malaysia waiting for Malini Saba to arrive. While I was waiting, I started talking to the concierge. He went on to tell me about how he met Saba two years ago when she first took the apartment at the Ritz. He said she was so motivated to get the best deal we had and she was relentless and we caved in.

Malini arrived and walked directly to me as if she had known me for years. She was so welcoming and warm and it put me at ease to start the conversation. I wanted to ask her what are your tips for people are out there to achieve their dreams in life.

She leaned back into the armchair and crossed her legs and replied “I have 10 things that I have lived by and I have applied my whole life.”

1. Focus on commitment, not motivation.

Just how committed are you to your goal? How important is it for you, and what are you willing to sacrifice in order to achieve it? If you find yourself fully committed, motivation will follow.

2. Seek knowledge, not results.

If you focus on the excitement of discovery, improving, exploring and experimenting, your motivation will always be fueled. If you focus only on results, your motivation will be like weather—it will die the minute you hit a storm. So the key is to focus on the journey, not the destination. Keep thinking about what you are learning along the way and what you can improve.

3. Make the journey fun.

It’s an awesome game! The minute you make it serious, there’s a big chance it will start carrying a heavy emotional weight and you will lose perspective and become stuck again.

4. Get rid of stagnating thoughts.

Thoughts influence feelings and feelings determine how you view your work. You have a lot of thoughts in your head, and you always have a choice of which ones to focus on: the ones that will make you emotionally stuck (fears, doubts) or the ones that will move you forward (excitement, experimenting, trying new things, stepping out of your comfort zone.)

5. Use your imagination.

Next step after getting rid of negative thoughts is to use your imagination. When things go well, you are full of positive energy, and when you are experiencing difficulties, you need to be even more energetic. So, rename your situation. If you keep repeating I hate my work, guess which feelings those words will evoke? It’s a matter of imagination! You can always find something to learn even from the worst boss in the world at the most boring job. I have a great exercise for you: Just for three days, think and say positive things only. See what happens.

6. Stop being nice to yourself.

Motivation means action and action brings results. Sometimes your actions fail to bring the results you want. So, you prefer to be nice to yourself and not put yourself in a difficult situation. You wait for the perfect timing, for an opportunity, while you drive yourself into stagnation and sometimes even into depression. Get out there, challenge yourself, do something that you want to do even if you are afraid.

7. Get rid of distractions.

Meaningless things and distractions will always be in your way, especially those easy, usual things you would rather do instead of focusing on new challenging and meaningful projects. Learn to focus on what is the most important. Write a list of time-wasters and hold yourself accountable to not do them.

8. Don’t rely on others.

You should never expect others to do it for you, not even your partner, friend or boss. They are all busy with their own needs. No one will make you happy or achieve your goals for you. It’s all on you. It’s all on you.

9. Plan.

Know your three steps forward. You do not need more. Fill out your weekly calendar, noting when you will do what and how. When-what-how is important to schedule. Review how each day went by what you learned and revise what you could improve.

10. Protect yourself from burnout.

It’s easy to burn out when you are very motivated. Observe yourself to recognize any signs of tiredness and take time to rest. Your body and mind rest when you schedule relaxation and fun time into your weekly calendar. Do diverse tasks, keep switching between something creative and logical, something physical and still, working alone and with a team. Switch locations. Meditate, or just take deep breaths, close your eyes, or focus on one thing for five minutes.

“I use these as my mantra for everything I do”, explained Malini. I am never ever lazy to get up again and try it one more time. One should never be afraid of failure. I have failed many times, it’s not the amount of times you fail that matter, it’s how many times you are willing to get back up and fight for what you believe and want to achieve in your life.

It was so inspirational. As I left the interview I realized she had made me feel I can do anything I put my mind too.

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WOMAN IN THE MINING INDUSTRY

By Louisa Rampet

Mining has a reputation for being rough, remote and dangerous, as well as being one of the most male-dominated industries in the world.

This is true for Malini Saba, CEO of Saba Industries, whose mining journey started at the age of 30 when she decided to invest heavily in the commodity space. She began at ground zero.

She has built a thriving business and now owns over 7 large Mines internationally.  Her company owns mines that produce Iron ore, gold and Bauxite.

Malini says “Women must challenge their own comfort and realize the possibilities this environment has to offer, and attitudes of both males and females needs to be shaped by the pioneers in the environment.”

She also feels that young girls should be encouraged to pursue math, science and engineering subjects.  Furthermore, she feels that education in schools and universities surrounding the “exciting career opportunities that await women in the mining industry” should be improved.

I went on to ask her further questions about her role and experience.

Q : What have you enjoyed most about your role in the industry?

Malini Saba : I have spent more than fifteen years  in the mining industry and have seen significant changes and challenges. Being an owner and executive has its challenges. I have dealt with building new mining projects and running operations in countries that are not mining friendly, or are politically unstable or under high risk of executive kidnappings.

I have seen natural disasters such as floods, to earthquakes and malaria.  I’ve witnessed labor unrest and strikes in some of our Asian countries, with the invasion of our mining pits by hundreds of illegal miners. So, the role has never been boring and has always stretched me.

Q : What do you consider the most successful aspect of your mining leadership to date?

Malini Saba : I was part of a team that supported and coached an executive team through a significant organizational crisis a couple of years ago. Our team took the company through a huge expansion phase for a few years on the back of a very favorable commodity rise. We were faced with huge skills shortages at a time when many companies in the mining industry and neighboring industries were going through a similar expansion phase, and so we were highly focused on the recruitment, development and retention of key skills.

I led the team that redesigned and restructured the entire global business in a process involving redefining for each function and area what work was transactional and what was strategic and how the work would be delivered at operating unit, regional or corporate level. Within a twelve-month period, we had achieved both our cost-saving and our restructuring objectives.

Q : Why do you think there is such a big gender gap in the industry?  What is needed to create change?

Malini Saba : Mining can be perceived as dirty and dangerous and with the potential to create significant environmental damage if not managed ethically.  As such, the industry struggles to attract not only women but also young talent. I feel women think it’s a dirty job. It is a job that you have to eat and breath in order to compete.

Malini Saba   –  “ Remember we can’t move the resources, which often means remote locations, perhaps fly-in, fly-out operations or shift rotations. Remote locations, as opposed to corporate offices in large urban centers, don’t pose quite the same kind of challenges, and may fit more seamlessly into a career path that includes work-life balance as part of its goal.”  Example deep in the jungles of Kalimantan.

Furthermore, even if a company adopts and promotes an inclusive culture, mining is faced with a unique challenge in dealing with multiple environments, as Saba explains.

“You’ve got the mine site. You’ve got the corporate office, individuals in the field doing exploration, all being linked together in the sector. What can happen is you may have a strong corporate policy about respect in the workplace and diversity but getting that to trickle to all sites and all places that your company is doing business is a challenge.”

Thus, a lot has to change on the mindset of the miners. This should come from the culture the company puts in place from day one. It means constant reinforcement.

Q : Is your company doing anything about the gender gap?

Malini Saba : Yes we hire women. We also work with a lot of tribal families in the jungles. There we seek more women to work at the mines. We train them. They work and earn a living and at the same time be able to walk back home to their long houses.

It is a slow process to bring in women from the cities to go to the remote areas. But we have not stopped trying. Getting women in the corporate side of the business has not been that huge of a challenge.

The mining industry needs to do more to attract women into core technical roles, and to put in place clear talent management and coaching programs to help accelerate women into more senior roles and provide more flexible working arrangements. This includes policies around bursaries and scholarships, maternity leave, and equal pay for equal work.

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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.’”

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Why We Must Pay Attention To Bullying

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LONDON, UK – 10 May, 2018 – 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.

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Breaking the Barrier

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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 (sabaindustriesgroup.com), CEO and social activist Malini Saba (malinisaba.com).

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 sabafamilyfoundations.com.

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

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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.

Golden Grain Rice, 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.

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Gentry Hall of Fame Award Announced

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Gentry Hall of Fame Award Announced

London, UK – 11 Nov., 2017 – In recognition of her extraordinary gifts to philanthropic community and beyond, Malini Saba has been awarded the title Philanthropist of the Year 2017.

This is to recognize her on-going, prodigious charitable work and giving. It is important to remember that this generous leader is continuing at a staggering rate. We applaud her efforts and hold her as a model for giving on a grand scale.

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Self-made Billionaire

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Malini Saba, Self-made Billionaire

Sri Jayawardenepura Kotte, Sri Lanka – 15 Jan., 2015 – Why she inspires us? She was the first Sri Lankan Tamil women to become a self-made billionaire.

What has she taught us?

How to pave the way for march toward success against all odds. How to stand up to bullies who felt a woman’s place is not in the business lime light.

To do everything in your power to achieve your dream. How to succeed in a male dominated industry and to stay true to your ideals through it all.

Finally, to use the power you gain and have to protect those that can’t protect themselves.

We celebrate Malini Saba as an inspirational woman leader of our times.

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Personal Qualities

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Malini Saba – Personal Qualities

London, UK – 20 August, 2013 – Some of the personal qualities serving Malini Saba.

Ambition
Even from a young age, despite thinking that life would be difficult, Malini had a sense of her own destiny.

Hard work
She determined she would learn everything about business, build alliances and ingratiate herself with the business community.

Courage, intelligence and logic
She assumed all three qualities. A successful person must have all three.

Charm and charisma
She has a presence about her that consumes any room she walks into. She has the ability to hold people’s attention to whatever she is speaking about and make everyone feel they were listened too and cared for.

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The Iron Lady with a Velvet Glove

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Malini Saba – The Iron Lady with a velvet glove

London, UK – 30 May, 2012 – A tough lady with a soft touch.

Her favorite quote:

“Being a leader is like being a lady. If you have to remind people you are, you aren’t. “


Malini understands that leadership is not about titles or photos or selfies. True leadership is about authenticity, standing up for principles, even in the face of strong opposition.

Her angry critics see her as a pugnacious destroyer. But those who know her understand she is all about methodology and doing what is right by people and for the people.

Authentic leadership is a product of honesty. Honesty is about putting needs of others before your own. Honesty in communicating information, both positive and negative. Honesty in accepting viewpoints which are different from yours. Honesty in integrating the values you profess with behaviors you exhibit. Honesty is also the product of clarity. Clarity in what you stand for and what you will not stand for.

We can take a lesson from Malini Saba. Always stay true to your core values regardless of how others view things under a populous lens. Only through this method can you truly help others and be a good leader too.

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In a Nutshell

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Malini Saba – In a Nutshell

London, UK – 30 May, 2012 – Malini Saba was born to a simple family, rose to success through sheer perseverance and belief that she will make it.

In her own words “I had no choice, make it or nothing.”

She always believed there was nothing a woman could not achieve. She also believes that you can learn most things in life if you put the time and really want to learn them.

Her secret to success is never to lie and never pretend to know everything. “We are constantly in a learning mode. It is when we think we know it all, we have failed.”

My father once told me there were two kinds of people, those who do the work and those who take the credit. He told me to try and be the first group; there was much less competition.

Malini Saba leaves us with her quote “Whenever you take a step forward you will shake things up and only with this can you create change. Through and through we also change as a person.”

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Women Empowerment

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Malini Saba – Women Empowerment

London, UK – 30 Dec., 2010 – The power of Malini Saba.

Since her younger days, I have been intrigued by Malini Saba. I think I have only met her a few times, yet still her power and presence somehow resonate with me and those who meet her.

Perhaps it has something to do with her warmth and charisma she resonates effortlessly.

So, without delay I want you to get to know Malini Saba. I want to share with you a little about this business mogul, philanthropist, artist, author, inspiration and downright amazing woman who uses her success to empower girls and women around the world. She is a true proponent for women empowerment!

Through hard work and determination, Malini left behind poverty to become a billionaire. Note: she is not just any billionaire. She was the first self-made Sri Lankan woman to independently grow her wealth.

Born in Seremban, Malaysia this young woman worked her way to the top against all odds.

She has reinvented herself through many lows and highs in her business and personal life always moving ahead taking all the hurdles in stride and looking at them as a growing pain.

She embodies true inner strength and is a real role model for young women all over the world.

Despite her immense wealth you would never know she was enormously successful. She has a very lovely way to make you feel comfortable around her and see her as just another person.

Words of wisdom from Malini:

The reason I have been able to be so financially successful is my focus has never, ever been for a minute on money.

Let go and all will be well. Breathe and let go. The universe will take it from there.

Thank you Malini for all that you do to empower women!

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A Great Female Leader

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What makes a great female leader?

London, UK – 30 Dec., 2010 – Malini Saba epitomizes a great female leader with these 5 attributes.

A great female leader:

Shows compassion.

All of us are driven by a simple belief and we need to always look at both sides of any situation.

Doesn’t over-work.

You can still succeed if you pace yourself. Make certain you get enough sleep and eat well.

Overcomes adversity with grace.

Life is never perfect. We always have to have alternative route to the destination we want to end up in.

Uses feminism as an advantage.

We should not try to be men. We are a totally different gender. Thus, why must we lead and act the same way? We should embrace our own gender and focus more on business.

Is tough when needed.

Remember never to be a shrinking violet. Stand your ground and stick to your beliefs.

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Ten things you did not know about Malini Saba

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London, UK – 30 Dec., 2010 – In this article we detail 10 things you should know about Malini Saba.

Malini Saba CEO and Chairman of Saba Industries, started her career in 1994. Back then, she was still finishing up get PHD. Since her humble beginnings, Ms. Saba has climbed to the top of the corporate ladder. However, Malini Saba is more than just a corporate power player. She has led an interesting, boundary breaking, female empowering life that is worth knowing more about. This article, we bring you ten things you didn’t know about Malini Saba.

  1. She is a top paid Commodity CEO.
    She has an impressive salary. This serves as a testament to her formidable talent as a business woman.
  1. She is one of the very few self-made in the commodity Industry.
    Not only does Ms. Saba pull in huge stacks, she is the first woman owner and CEO in the commodity space. This should be inspiring women everywhere – even in a traditionally male dominated industry, a woman’s hard work and perseverance can result with her at the helm in a 21st century society.
  1. She is a psychologist.
    Though Saba, current job of CEO is a business – oriented position- which she is particularly week equipped for, given her PHD and considerable experience – she originally studied psychology.Her psychology role is indispensable during her work with her business.
  1. She was rated one of 10 to succeed in San Francisco magazine.
    She was picked one of ten to definitely succeed and to watch over the next 10 years.
  1. Her favorite cars are Mercedes and Bentley
    She is crazy about cars and loves to race.
  1. Her favorite past time is cooking.
    She loves to cook and create new recipes. She authored a Cook book “The Abbreviated Cook”
  1. She does not always like Fame.
    In an interview With Malini Saba, the prominent CEO expressed some annoyance with being recognized constantly. Though she attempts to stay under the radar and do simple things she finds it sometimes intrusive.
  2. She loves children.
    She loves being around children. She finds that they keep her grounded and they help her keep things simple
  3. She collects teddy bears.
    She finds them to be calming.
  4. She meditates.
    Malini Saba is a spiritual person. She believes that staying true to the core of what the universe is about is important for all our well-being. In her words it is all about the YING and YANG. It’s a balance. We need to have that to be able to run a multi-million-dollar company and always remember it is not all about you – it is about the company.

After 25 years of building her business empire through rough patches and great revenues, Malini Saba continues to run the company with killer economic sense. Massive profits are a certainty for this smart CEO and her company. Ms. Saba serves as an inspiration for women everywhere, and a testament to what hard work can bring to a person’s life.

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Malini Saba – Success Story

A True Success Story

Saba Industries Incorporated, is known for its strong holdings in Mining and Agriculture. The company produces iron ore, Gold, Bauxite, Palm oil and Rice. Malini dove into the commodity space believing that we all need raw material. Although Saba Industries has grown exponentially, it still remains a family-owned business.

Saba graduated from high school and later graduated with a degree in Psychology. After many failed relationships, she married and had children. Saba is an ardent entrepreneur and started her business in the 1990’s and still stands at the helm as the CEO of the company.

Saba’s net worth, as estimated to be over $1.5 billion dollars (USD). Among her several philanthropic contributions are donations to Australian Outback doctors, San Francisco Arts Academy, India’s Artists, and Children’s Hospital in Cambodia. Saba also owns farms that specialize in organic farming.

She has been awarded the Entrepreneur of the Year, Philanthropist of the year, Kalpana Chawla award, the Mother Theresa Award and the Federation Peace award for her global Philanthropic work.

She contributes to different causes through her philanthropic initiative Saba Family Foundation.

Hard work, discipline and a keen sense of business is what makes her one of the most successful contemporary business woman.

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Understanding Employees – Important for Success

Why understanding your employees is important for Success.

By Rajeshwari Sajosh

I wanted to interview Saba to understand her views on Management and what she thought about hiring more women in her field.

Her feedback was enlightening. She has some strong views on management and gender equality in the workplace.

She had four areas which she focused on beginning with :

Unite, Don’t Direct

There’s a fine line between a leader and a manager. For one, a leader inspires employees to follow her lead and pursue her goals. A manager, on the other hand, leads by instruction and directives. This is why Malini Saba finds one more successful than the other:
In my experience, encouraging a team-oriented culture that is focused on uniting employees behind a shared sense of purpose and a common goal is more effective than offering directives. If you and your leadership team are on the same page with this approach, it is much easier to engage employees throughout the firm to meet those collective goals.  

Tailor the Experience

The first step in achieving gender equality in the workplace is understanding and supporting the fact that men and women work differently. Most importantly, Saba encourages women to find opportunity in everything:

As employers, we need to accept that women and men operate differently in the workplace and set up development and training programs that are designed to target high potential employees in both groups. As women, we need to remind ourselves to have an ‘opt in’ attitude. Career downturns happen to everyone and we must remember to treat them as opportunities to change how we work or try something new. That is what shows our true mettle.

Invest in professional development

When it comes to increasing female executive leadership, Malini  reminds employers to create equal and ample opportunities for women to climb the corporate ladder:
Companies must invest in their female employees’ leadership and professional development. I’m very proud of the numerous development and mentoring programs that Saba Industries has in place to help women excel at our firm and we’re seeing results that are validating this approach.

Ending gender pay inequality 

Unfortunately, gender Pay inequality still very much exists. But, as Saba suggests, there are ways to combat this inequality both inside and outside of the workplace:
The issue is complex because there is still no single answer as to why. Saba Industries’s interest in this issue goes far beyond our organization; we want to empower women’s financial futures, and that means putting programs, such as our seminars, in place to help them understand their finances.

Being the President and CEO of a multinational corporation is no easy feat. But Malini Saba shows us that through hard work, the right attitude and a great team, it is possible.

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10 tips for achieving what you want in life

By Rosana Yacob

I sat in the Ritz Carlton in Malaysia waiting for Malini Saba to arrive. While I was waiting, I started talking to the concierge. He went on to tell me about how he met Saba two years ago when she first took the apartment at the Ritz. He said she was so motivated to get the best deal we had and she was relentless and we caved in.

Malini arrived and walked directly to me as if she had known me for years. She was so welcoming and warm and it put me at ease to start the conversation. I wanted to ask her what are your tips for people are out there to achieve their dreams in life.

She leaned back into the armchair and crossed her legs and replied “I have 10 things that I have lived by and I have applied my whole life.”

1. Focus on commitment, not motivation.

Just how committed are you to your goal? How important is it for you, and what are you willing to sacrifice in order to achieve it? If you find yourself fully committed, motivation will follow.

2. Seek knowledge, not results.

If you focus on the excitement of discovery, improving, exploring and experimenting, your motivation will always be fueled. If you focus only on results, your motivation will be like weather—it will die the minute you hit a storm. So the key is to focus on the journey, not the destination. Keep thinking about what you are learning along the way and what you can improve.

3. Make the journey fun.

It’s an awesome game! The minute you make it serious, there’s a big chance it will start carrying a heavy emotional weight and you will lose perspective and become stuck again.

4. Get rid of stagnating thoughts.

Thoughts influence feelings and feelings determine how you view your work. You have a lot of thoughts in your head, and you always have a choice of which ones to focus on: the ones that will make you emotionally stuck (fears, doubts) or the ones that will move you forward (excitement, experimenting, trying new things, stepping out of your comfort zone.)

5. Use your imagination.

Next step after getting rid of negative thoughts is to use your imagination. When things go well, you are full of positive energy, and when you are experiencing difficulties, you need to be even more energetic. So, rename your situation. If you keep repeating I hate my work, guess which feelings those words will evoke? It’s a matter of imagination! You can always find something to learn even from the worst boss in the world at the most boring job. I have a great exercise for you: Just for three days, think and say positive things only. See what happens.

6. Stop being nice to yourself.

Motivation means action and action brings results. Sometimes your actions fail to bring the results you want. So, you prefer to be nice to yourself and not put yourself in a difficult situation. You wait for the perfect timing, for an opportunity, while you drive yourself into stagnation and sometimes even into depression. Get out there, challenge yourself, do something that you want to do even if you are afraid.

7. Get rid of distractions.

Meaningless things and distractions will always be in your way, especially those easy, usual things you would rather do instead of focusing on new challenging and meaningful projects. Learn to focus on what is the most important. Write a list of time-wasters and hold yourself accountable to not do them.

8. Don’t rely on others.

You should never expect others to do it for you, not even your partner, friend or boss. They are all busy with their own needs. No one will make you happy or achieve your goals for you. It’s all on you. It’s all on you.

9. Plan.

Know your three steps forward. You do not need more. Fill out your weekly calendar, noting when you will do what and how. When-what-how is important to schedule. Review how each day went by what you learned and revise what you could improve.

10. Protect yourself from burnout.

It’s easy to burn out when you are very motivated. Observe yourself to recognize any signs of tiredness and take time to rest. Your body and mind rest when you schedule relaxation and fun time into your weekly calendar. Do diverse tasks, keep switching between something creative and logical, something physical and still, working alone and with a team. Switch locations. Meditate, or just take deep breaths, close your eyes, or focus on one thing for five minutes.

“I use these as my mantra for everything I do”, explained Malini. I am never ever lazy to get up again and try it one more time. One should never be afraid of failure. I have failed many times, it’s not the amount of times you fail that matter, it’s how many times you are willing to get back up and fight for what you believe and want to achieve in your life.

It was so inspirational. As I left the interview I realized she had made me feel I can do anything I put my mind too.

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WOMAN IN THE MINING INDUSTRY

By Louisa Rampet

Mining has a reputation for being rough, remote and dangerous, as well as being one of the most male-dominated industries in the world.

This is true for Malini Saba, CEO of Saba Industries, whose mining journey started at the age of 30 when she decided to invest heavily in the commodity space. She began at ground zero.

She has built a thriving business and now owns over 7 large Mines internationally.  Her company owns mines that produce Iron ore, gold and Bauxite.

Malini says “Women must challenge their own comfort and realize the possibilities this environment has to offer, and attitudes of both males and females needs to be shaped by the pioneers in the environment.”

She also feels that young girls should be encouraged to pursue math, science and engineering subjects.  Furthermore, she feels that education in schools and universities surrounding the “exciting career opportunities that await women in the mining industry” should be improved.

I went on to ask her further questions about her role and experience.

Q : What have you enjoyed most about your role in the industry?

Malini Saba : I have spent more than fifteen years  in the mining industry and have seen significant changes and challenges. Being an owner and executive has its challenges. I have dealt with building new mining projects and running operations in countries that are not mining friendly, or are politically unstable or under high risk of executive kidnappings.

I have seen natural disasters such as floods, to earthquakes and malaria.  I’ve witnessed labor unrest and strikes in some of our Asian countries, with the invasion of our mining pits by hundreds of illegal miners. So, the role has never been boring and has always stretched me.

Q : What do you consider the most successful aspect of your mining leadership to date?

Malini Saba : I was part of a team that supported and coached an executive team through a significant organizational crisis a couple of years ago. Our team took the company through a huge expansion phase for a few years on the back of a very favorable commodity rise. We were faced with huge skills shortages at a time when many companies in the mining industry and neighboring industries were going through a similar expansion phase, and so we were highly focused on the recruitment, development and retention of key skills.

I led the team that redesigned and restructured the entire global business in a process involving redefining for each function and area what work was transactional and what was strategic and how the work would be delivered at operating unit, regional or corporate level. Within a twelve-month period, we had achieved both our cost-saving and our restructuring objectives.

Q : Why do you think there is such a big gender gap in the industry?  What is needed to create change?

Malini Saba : Mining can be perceived as dirty and dangerous and with the potential to create significant environmental damage if not managed ethically.  As such, the industry struggles to attract not only women but also young talent. I feel women think it’s a dirty job. It is a job that you have to eat and breath in order to compete.

Malini Saba   –  “ Remember we can’t move the resources, which often means remote locations, perhaps fly-in, fly-out operations or shift rotations. Remote locations, as opposed to corporate offices in large urban centers, don’t pose quite the same kind of challenges, and may fit more seamlessly into a career path that includes work-life balance as part of its goal.”  Example deep in the jungles of Kalimantan.

Furthermore, even if a company adopts and promotes an inclusive culture, mining is faced with a unique challenge in dealing with multiple environments, as Saba explains.

“You’ve got the mine site. You’ve got the corporate office, individuals in the field doing exploration, all being linked together in the sector. What can happen is you may have a strong corporate policy about respect in the workplace and diversity but getting that to trickle to all sites and all places that your company is doing business is a challenge.”

Thus, a lot has to change on the mindset of the miners. This should come from the culture the company puts in place from day one. It means constant reinforcement.

Q : Is your company doing anything about the gender gap?

Malini Saba : Yes we hire women. We also work with a lot of tribal families in the jungles. There we seek more women to work at the mines. We train them. They work and earn a living and at the same time be able to walk back home to their long houses.

It is a slow process to bring in women from the cities to go to the remote areas. But we have not stopped trying. Getting women in the corporate side of the business has not been that huge of a challenge.

The mining industry needs to do more to attract women into core technical roles, and to put in place clear talent management and coaching programs to help accelerate women into more senior roles and provide more flexible working arrangements. This includes policies around bursaries and scholarships, maternity leave, and equal pay for equal work.

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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.’”

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Why We Must Pay Attention To Bullying

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LONDON, UK – 10 May, 2018 – 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.

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Breaking the Barrier

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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 (sabaindustriesgroup.com), CEO and social activist Malini Saba (malinisaba.com).

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 sabafamilyfoundations.com.

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

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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.

Golden Grain Rice, 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.

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Gentry Hall of Fame Award Announced

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Gentry Hall of Fame Award Announced

London, UK – 11 Nov., 2017 – In recognition of her extraordinary gifts to philanthropic community and beyond, Malini Saba has been awarded the title Philanthropist of the Year 2017.

This is to recognize her on-going, prodigious charitable work and giving. It is important to remember that this generous leader is continuing at a staggering rate. We applaud her efforts and hold her as a model for giving on a grand scale.

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Self-made Billionaire

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Malini Saba, Self-made Billionaire

Sri Jayawardenepura Kotte, Sri Lanka – 15 Jan., 2015 – Why she inspires us? She was the first Sri Lankan Tamil women to become a self-made billionaire.

What has she taught us?

How to pave the way for march toward success against all odds. How to stand up to bullies who felt a woman’s place is not in the business lime light.

To do everything in your power to achieve your dream. How to succeed in a male dominated industry and to stay true to your ideals through it all.

Finally, to use the power you gain and have to protect those that can’t protect themselves.

We celebrate Malini Saba as an inspirational woman leader of our times.

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Personal Qualities

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Malini Saba – Personal Qualities

London, UK – 20 August, 2013 – Some of the personal qualities serving Malini Saba.

Ambition
Even from a young age, despite thinking that life would be difficult, Malini had a sense of her own destiny.

Hard work
She determined she would learn everything about business, build alliances and ingratiate herself with the business community.

Courage, intelligence and logic
She assumed all three qualities. A successful person must have all three.

Charm and charisma
She has a presence about her that consumes any room she walks into. She has the ability to hold people’s attention to whatever she is speaking about and make everyone feel they were listened too and cared for.

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The Iron Lady with a Velvet Glove

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Malini Saba – The Iron Lady with a velvet glove

London, UK – 30 May, 2012 – A tough lady with a soft touch.

Her favorite quote:

“Being a leader is like being a lady. If you have to remind people you are, you aren’t. “


Malini understands that leadership is not about titles or photos or selfies. True leadership is about authenticity, standing up for principles, even in the face of strong opposition.

Her angry critics see her as a pugnacious destroyer. But those who know her understand she is all about methodology and doing what is right by people and for the people.

Authentic leadership is a product of honesty. Honesty is about putting needs of others before your own. Honesty in communicating information, both positive and negative. Honesty in accepting viewpoints which are different from yours. Honesty in integrating the values you profess with behaviors you exhibit. Honesty is also the product of clarity. Clarity in what you stand for and what you will not stand for.

We can take a lesson from Malini Saba. Always stay true to your core values regardless of how others view things under a populous lens. Only through this method can you truly help others and be a good leader too.

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In a Nutshell

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Malini Saba – In a Nutshell

London, UK – 30 May, 2012 – Malini Saba was born to a simple family, rose to success through sheer perseverance and belief that she will make it.

In her own words “I had no choice, make it or nothing.”

She always believed there was nothing a woman could not achieve. She also believes that you can learn most things in life if you put the time and really want to learn them.

Her secret to success is never to lie and never pretend to know everything. “We are constantly in a learning mode. It is when we think we know it all, we have failed.”

My father once told me there were two kinds of people, those who do the work and those who take the credit. He told me to try and be the first group; there was much less competition.

Malini Saba leaves us with her quote “Whenever you take a step forward you will shake things up and only with this can you create change. Through and through we also change as a person.”

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Women Empowerment

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Malini Saba – Women Empowerment

London, UK – 30 Dec., 2010 – The power of Malini Saba.

Since her younger days, I have been intrigued by Malini Saba. I think I have only met her a few times, yet still her power and presence somehow resonate with me and those who meet her.

Perhaps it has something to do with her warmth and charisma she resonates effortlessly.

So, without delay I want you to get to know Malini Saba. I want to share with you a little about this business mogul, philanthropist, artist, author, inspiration and downright amazing woman who uses her success to empower girls and women around the world. She is a true proponent for women empowerment!

Through hard work and determination, Malini left behind poverty to become a billionaire. Note: she is not just any billionaire. She was the first self-made Sri Lankan woman to independently grow her wealth.

Born in Seremban, Malaysia this young woman worked her way to the top against all odds.

She has reinvented herself through many lows and highs in her business and personal life always moving ahead taking all the hurdles in stride and looking at them as a growing pain.

She embodies true inner strength and is a real role model for young women all over the world.

Despite her immense wealth you would never know she was enormously successful. She has a very lovely way to make you feel comfortable around her and see her as just another person.

Words of wisdom from Malini:

The reason I have been able to be so financially successful is my focus has never, ever been for a minute on money.

Let go and all will be well. Breathe and let go. The universe will take it from there.

Thank you Malini for all that you do to empower women!

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A Great Female Leader

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What makes a great female leader?

London, UK – 30 Dec., 2010 – Malini Saba epitomizes a great female leader with these 5 attributes.

A great female leader:

Shows compassion.

All of us are driven by a simple belief and we need to always look at both sides of any situation.

Doesn’t over-work.

You can still succeed if you pace yourself. Make certain you get enough sleep and eat well.

Overcomes adversity with grace.

Life is never perfect. We always have to have alternative route to the destination we want to end up in.

Uses feminism as an advantage.

We should not try to be men. We are a totally different gender. Thus, why must we lead and act the same way? We should embrace our own gender and focus more on business.

Is tough when needed.

Remember never to be a shrinking violet. Stand your ground and stick to your beliefs.

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Ten things you did not know about Malini Saba

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London, UK – 30 Dec., 2010 – In this article we detail 10 things you should know about Malini Saba.

Malini Saba CEO and Chairman of Saba Industries, started her career in 1994. Back then, she was still finishing up get PHD. Since her humble beginnings, Ms. Saba has climbed to the top of the corporate ladder. However, Malini Saba is more than just a corporate power player. She has led an interesting, boundary breaking, female empowering life that is worth knowing more about. This article, we bring you ten things you didn’t know about Malini Saba.

  1. She is a top paid Commodity CEO.
    She has an impressive salary. This serves as a testament to her formidable talent as a business woman.
  1. She is one of the very few self-made in the commodity Industry.
    Not only does Ms. Saba pull in huge stacks, she is the first woman owner and CEO in the commodity space. This should be inspiring women everywhere – even in a traditionally male dominated industry, a woman’s hard work and perseverance can result with her at the helm in a 21st century society.
  1. She is a psychologist.
    Though Saba, current job of CEO is a business – oriented position- which she is particularly week equipped for, given her PHD and considerable experience – she originally studied psychology.Her psychology role is indispensable during her work with her business.
  1. She was rated one of 10 to succeed in San Francisco magazine.
    She was picked one of ten to definitely succeed and to watch over the next 10 years.
  1. Her favorite cars are Mercedes and Bentley
    She is crazy about cars and loves to race.
  1. Her favorite past time is cooking.
    She loves to cook and create new recipes. She authored a Cook book “The Abbreviated Cook”
  1. She does not always like Fame.
    In an interview With Malini Saba, the prominent CEO expressed some annoyance with being recognized constantly. Though she attempts to stay under the radar and do simple things she finds it sometimes intrusive.
  2. She loves children.
    She loves being around children. She finds that they keep her grounded and they help her keep things simple
  3. She collects teddy bears.
    She finds them to be calming.
  4. She meditates.
    Malini Saba is a spiritual person. She believes that staying true to the core of what the universe is about is important for all our well-being. In her words it is all about the YING and YANG. It’s a balance. We need to have that to be able to run a multi-million-dollar company and always remember it is not all about you – it is about the company.

After 25 years of building her business empire through rough patches and great revenues, Malini Saba continues to run the company with killer economic sense. Massive profits are a certainty for this smart CEO and her company. Ms. Saba serves as an inspiration for women everywhere, and a testament to what hard work can bring to a person’s life.

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Malini Saba – Success Story

A True Success Story

Saba Industries Incorporated, is known for its strong holdings in Mining and Agriculture. The company produces iron ore, Gold, Bauxite, Palm oil and Rice. Malini dove into the commodity space believing that we all need raw material. Although Saba Industries has grown exponentially, it still remains a family-owned business.

Saba graduated from high school and later graduated with a degree in Psychology. After many failed relationships, she married and had children. Saba is an ardent entrepreneur and started her business in the 1990’s and still stands at the helm as the CEO of the company.

Saba’s net worth, as estimated to be over $1.5 billion dollars (USD). Among her several philanthropic contributions are donations to Australian Outback doctors, San Francisco Arts Academy, India’s Artists, and Children’s Hospital in Cambodia. Saba also owns farms that specialize in organic farming.

She has been awarded the Entrepreneur of the Year, Philanthropist of the year, Kalpana Chawla award, the Mother Theresa Award and the Federation Peace award for her global Philanthropic work.

She contributes to different causes through her philanthropic initiative Saba Family Foundation.

Hard work, discipline and a keen sense of business is what makes her one of the most successful contemporary business woman.

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Understanding Employees – Important for Success

Why understanding your employees is important for Success.

By Rajeshwari Sajosh

I wanted to interview Saba to understand her views on Management and what she thought about hiring more women in her field.

Her feedback was enlightening. She has some strong views on management and gender equality in the workplace.

She had four areas which she focused on beginning with :

Unite, Don’t Direct

There’s a fine line between a leader and a manager. For one, a leader inspires employees to follow her lead and pursue her goals. A manager, on the other hand, leads by instruction and directives. This is why Malini Saba finds one more successful than the other:
In my experience, encouraging a team-oriented culture that is focused on uniting employees behind a shared sense of purpose and a common goal is more effective than offering directives. If you and your leadership team are on the same page with this approach, it is much easier to engage employees throughout the firm to meet those collective goals.  

Tailor the Experience

The first step in achieving gender equality in the workplace is understanding and supporting the fact that men and women work differently. Most importantly, Saba encourages women to find opportunity in everything:

As employers, we need to accept that women and men operate differently in the workplace and set up development and training programs that are designed to target high potential employees in both groups. As women, we need to remind ourselves to have an ‘opt in’ attitude. Career downturns happen to everyone and we must remember to treat them as opportunities to change how we work or try something new. That is what shows our true mettle.

Invest in professional development

When it comes to increasing female executive leadership, Malini  reminds employers to create equal and ample opportunities for women to climb the corporate ladder:
Companies must invest in their female employees’ leadership and professional development. I’m very proud of the numerous development and mentoring programs that Saba Industries has in place to help women excel at our firm and we’re seeing results that are validating this approach.

Ending gender pay inequality 

Unfortunately, gender Pay inequality still very much exists. But, as Saba suggests, there are ways to combat this inequality both inside and outside of the workplace:
The issue is complex because there is still no single answer as to why. Saba Industries’s interest in this issue goes far beyond our organization; we want to empower women’s financial futures, and that means putting programs, such as our seminars, in place to help them understand their finances.

Being the President and CEO of a multinational corporation is no easy feat. But Malini Saba shows us that through hard work, the right attitude and a great team, it is possible.

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10 tips for achieving what you want in life

By Rosana Yacob

I sat in the Ritz Carlton in Malaysia waiting for Malini Saba to arrive. While I was waiting, I started talking to the concierge. He went on to tell me about how he met Saba two years ago when she first took the apartment at the Ritz. He said she was so motivated to get the best deal we had and she was relentless and we caved in.

Malini arrived and walked directly to me as if she had known me for years. She was so welcoming and warm and it put me at ease to start the conversation. I wanted to ask her what are your tips for people are out there to achieve their dreams in life.

She leaned back into the armchair and crossed her legs and replied “I have 10 things that I have lived by and I have applied my whole life.”

1. Focus on commitment, not motivation.

Just how committed are you to your goal? How important is it for you, and what are you willing to sacrifice in order to achieve it? If you find yourself fully committed, motivation will follow.

2. Seek knowledge, not results.

If you focus on the excitement of discovery, improving, exploring and experimenting, your motivation will always be fueled. If you focus only on results, your motivation will be like weather—it will die the minute you hit a storm. So the key is to focus on the journey, not the destination. Keep thinking about what you are learning along the way and what you can improve.

3. Make the journey fun.

It’s an awesome game! The minute you make it serious, there’s a big chance it will start carrying a heavy emotional weight and you will lose perspective and become stuck again.

4. Get rid of stagnating thoughts.

Thoughts influence feelings and feelings determine how you view your work. You have a lot of thoughts in your head, and you always have a choice of which ones to focus on: the ones that will make you emotionally stuck (fears, doubts) or the ones that will move you forward (excitement, experimenting, trying new things, stepping out of your comfort zone.)

5. Use your imagination.

Next step after getting rid of negative thoughts is to use your imagination. When things go well, you are full of positive energy, and when you are experiencing difficulties, you need to be even more energetic. So, rename your situation. If you keep repeating I hate my work, guess which feelings those words will evoke? It’s a matter of imagination! You can always find something to learn even from the worst boss in the world at the most boring job. I have a great exercise for you: Just for three days, think and say positive things only. See what happens.

6. Stop being nice to yourself.

Motivation means action and action brings results. Sometimes your actions fail to bring the results you want. So, you prefer to be nice to yourself and not put yourself in a difficult situation. You wait for the perfect timing, for an opportunity, while you drive yourself into stagnation and sometimes even into depression. Get out there, challenge yourself, do something that you want to do even if you are afraid.

7. Get rid of distractions.

Meaningless things and distractions will always be in your way, especially those easy, usual things you would rather do instead of focusing on new challenging and meaningful projects. Learn to focus on what is the most important. Write a list of time-wasters and hold yourself accountable to not do them.

8. Don’t rely on others.

You should never expect others to do it for you, not even your partner, friend or boss. They are all busy with their own needs. No one will make you happy or achieve your goals for you. It’s all on you. It’s all on you.

9. Plan.

Know your three steps forward. You do not need more. Fill out your weekly calendar, noting when you will do what and how. When-what-how is important to schedule. Review how each day went by what you learned and revise what you could improve.

10. Protect yourself from burnout.

It’s easy to burn out when you are very motivated. Observe yourself to recognize any signs of tiredness and take time to rest. Your body and mind rest when you schedule relaxation and fun time into your weekly calendar. Do diverse tasks, keep switching between something creative and logical, something physical and still, working alone and with a team. Switch locations. Meditate, or just take deep breaths, close your eyes, or focus on one thing for five minutes.

“I use these as my mantra for everything I do”, explained Malini. I am never ever lazy to get up again and try it one more time. One should never be afraid of failure. I have failed many times, it’s not the amount of times you fail that matter, it’s how many times you are willing to get back up and fight for what you believe and want to achieve in your life.

It was so inspirational. As I left the interview I realized she had made me feel I can do anything I put my mind too.

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WOMAN IN THE MINING INDUSTRY

By Louisa Rampet

Mining has a reputation for being rough, remote and dangerous, as well as being one of the most male-dominated industries in the world.

This is true for Malini Saba, CEO of Saba Industries, whose mining journey started at the age of 30 when she decided to invest heavily in the commodity space. She began at ground zero.

She has built a thriving business and now owns over 7 large Mines internationally.  Her company owns mines that produce Iron ore, gold and Bauxite.

Malini says “Women must challenge their own comfort and realize the possibilities this environment has to offer, and attitudes of both males and females needs to be shaped by the pioneers in the environment.”

She also feels that young girls should be encouraged to pursue math, science and engineering subjects.  Furthermore, she feels that education in schools and universities surrounding the “exciting career opportunities that await women in the mining industry” should be improved.

I went on to ask her further questions about her role and experience.

Q : What have you enjoyed most about your role in the industry?

Malini Saba : I have spent more than fifteen years  in the mining industry and have seen significant changes and challenges. Being an owner and executive has its challenges. I have dealt with building new mining projects and running operations in countries that are not mining friendly, or are politically unstable or under high risk of executive kidnappings.

I have seen natural disasters such as floods, to earthquakes and malaria.  I’ve witnessed labor unrest and strikes in some of our Asian countries, with the invasion of our mining pits by hundreds of illegal miners. So, the role has never been boring and has always stretched me.

Q : What do you consider the most successful aspect of your mining leadership to date?

Malini Saba : I was part of a team that supported and coached an executive team through a significant organizational crisis a couple of years ago. Our team took the company through a huge expansion phase for a few years on the back of a very favorable commodity rise. We were faced with huge skills shortages at a time when many companies in the mining industry and neighboring industries were going through a similar expansion phase, and so we were highly focused on the recruitment, development and retention of key skills.

I led the team that redesigned and restructured the entire global business in a process involving redefining for each function and area what work was transactional and what was strategic and how the work would be delivered at operating unit, regional or corporate level. Within a twelve-month period, we had achieved both our cost-saving and our restructuring objectives.

Q : Why do you think there is such a big gender gap in the industry?  What is needed to create change?

Malini Saba : Mining can be perceived as dirty and dangerous and with the potential to create significant environmental damage if not managed ethically.  As such, the industry struggles to attract not only women but also young talent. I feel women think it’s a dirty job. It is a job that you have to eat and breath in order to compete.

Malini Saba   –  “ Remember we can’t move the resources, which often means remote locations, perhaps fly-in, fly-out operations or shift rotations. Remote locations, as opposed to corporate offices in large urban centers, don’t pose quite the same kind of challenges, and may fit more seamlessly into a career path that includes work-life balance as part of its goal.”  Example deep in the jungles of Kalimantan.

Furthermore, even if a company adopts and promotes an inclusive culture, mining is faced with a unique challenge in dealing with multiple environments, as Saba explains.

“You’ve got the mine site. You’ve got the corporate office, individuals in the field doing exploration, all being linked together in the sector. What can happen is you may have a strong corporate policy about respect in the workplace and diversity but getting that to trickle to all sites and all places that your company is doing business is a challenge.”

Thus, a lot has to change on the mindset of the miners. This should come from the culture the company puts in place from day one. It means constant reinforcement.

Q : Is your company doing anything about the gender gap?

Malini Saba : Yes we hire women. We also work with a lot of tribal families in the jungles. There we seek more women to work at the mines. We train them. They work and earn a living and at the same time be able to walk back home to their long houses.

It is a slow process to bring in women from the cities to go to the remote areas. But we have not stopped trying. Getting women in the corporate side of the business has not been that huge of a challenge.

The mining industry needs to do more to attract women into core technical roles, and to put in place clear talent management and coaching programs to help accelerate women into more senior roles and provide more flexible working arrangements. This includes policies around bursaries and scholarships, maternity leave, and equal pay for equal work.

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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.’”

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Why We Must Pay Attention To Bullying

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LONDON, UK – 10 May, 2018 – 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.

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Breaking the Barrier

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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 (sabaindustriesgroup.com), CEO and social activist Malini Saba (malinisaba.com).

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 sabafamilyfoundations.com.

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

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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.

Golden Grain Rice, 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.

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Gentry Hall of Fame Award Announced

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Gentry Hall of Fame Award Announced

London, UK – 11 Nov., 2017 – In recognition of her extraordinary gifts to philanthropic community and beyond, Malini Saba has been awarded the title Philanthropist of the Year 2017.

This is to recognize her on-going, prodigious charitable work and giving. It is important to remember that this generous leader is continuing at a staggering rate. We applaud her efforts and hold her as a model for giving on a grand scale.

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Self-made Billionaire

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Malini Saba, Self-made Billionaire

Sri Jayawardenepura Kotte, Sri Lanka – 15 Jan., 2015 – Why she inspires us? She was the first Sri Lankan Tamil women to become a self-made billionaire.

What has she taught us?

How to pave the way for march toward success against all odds. How to stand up to bullies who felt a woman’s place is not in the business lime light.

To do everything in your power to achieve your dream. How to succeed in a male dominated industry and to stay true to your ideals through it all.

Finally, to use the power you gain and have to protect those that can’t protect themselves.

We celebrate Malini Saba as an inspirational woman leader of our times.

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Personal Qualities

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Malini Saba – Personal Qualities

London, UK – 20 August, 2013 – Some of the personal qualities serving Malini Saba.

Ambition
Even from a young age, despite thinking that life would be difficult, Malini had a sense of her own destiny.

Hard work
She determined she would learn everything about business, build alliances and ingratiate herself with the business community.

Courage, intelligence and logic
She assumed all three qualities. A successful person must have all three.

Charm and charisma
She has a presence about her that consumes any room she walks into. She has the ability to hold people’s attention to whatever she is speaking about and make everyone feel they were listened too and cared for.

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The Iron Lady with a Velvet Glove

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Malini Saba – The Iron Lady with a velvet glove

London, UK – 30 May, 2012 – A tough lady with a soft touch.

Her favorite quote:

“Being a leader is like being a lady. If you have to remind people you are, you aren’t. “


Malini understands that leadership is not about titles or photos or selfies. True leadership is about authenticity, standing up for principles, even in the face of strong opposition.

Her angry critics see her as a pugnacious destroyer. But those who know her understand she is all about methodology and doing what is right by people and for the people.

Authentic leadership is a product of honesty. Honesty is about putting needs of others before your own. Honesty in communicating information, both positive and negative. Honesty in accepting viewpoints which are different from yours. Honesty in integrating the values you profess with behaviors you exhibit. Honesty is also the product of clarity. Clarity in what you stand for and what you will not stand for.

We can take a lesson from Malini Saba. Always stay true to your core values regardless of how others view things under a populous lens. Only through this method can you truly help others and be a good leader too.

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In a Nutshell

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Malini Saba – In a Nutshell

London, UK – 30 May, 2012 – Malini Saba was born to a simple family, rose to success through sheer perseverance and belief that she will make it.

In her own words “I had no choice, make it or nothing.”

She always believed there was nothing a woman could not achieve. She also believes that you can learn most things in life if you put the time and really want to learn them.

Her secret to success is never to lie and never pretend to know everything. “We are constantly in a learning mode. It is when we think we know it all, we have failed.”

My father once told me there were two kinds of people, those who do the work and those who take the credit. He told me to try and be the first group; there was much less competition.

Malini Saba leaves us with her quote “Whenever you take a step forward you will shake things up and only with this can you create change. Through and through we also change as a person.”

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Women Empowerment

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Malini Saba – Women Empowerment

London, UK – 30 Dec., 2010 – The power of Malini Saba.

Since her younger days, I have been intrigued by Malini Saba. I think I have only met her a few times, yet still her power and presence somehow resonate with me and those who meet her.

Perhaps it has something to do with her warmth and charisma she resonates effortlessly.

So, without delay I want you to get to know Malini Saba. I want to share with you a little about this business mogul, philanthropist, artist, author, inspiration and downright amazing woman who uses her success to empower girls and women around the world. She is a true proponent for women empowerment!

Through hard work and determination, Malini left behind poverty to become a billionaire. Note: she is not just any billionaire. She was the first self-made Sri Lankan woman to independently grow her wealth.

Born in Seremban, Malaysia this young woman worked her way to the top against all odds.

She has reinvented herself through many lows and highs in her business and personal life always moving ahead taking all the hurdles in stride and looking at them as a growing pain.

She embodies true inner strength and is a real role model for young women all over the world.

Despite her immense wealth you would never know she was enormously successful. She has a very lovely way to make you feel comfortable around her and see her as just another person.

Words of wisdom from Malini:

The reason I have been able to be so financially successful is my focus has never, ever been for a minute on money.

Let go and all will be well. Breathe and let go. The universe will take it from there.

Thank you Malini for all that you do to empower women!

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A Great Female Leader

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What makes a great female leader?

London, UK – 30 Dec., 2010 – Malini Saba epitomizes a great female leader with these 5 attributes.

A great female leader:

Shows compassion.

All of us are driven by a simple belief and we need to always look at both sides of any situation.

Doesn’t over-work.

You can still succeed if you pace yourself. Make certain you get enough sleep and eat well.

Overcomes adversity with grace.

Life is never perfect. We always have to have alternative route to the destination we want to end up in.

Uses feminism as an advantage.

We should not try to be men. We are a totally different gender. Thus, why must we lead and act the same way? We should embrace our own gender and focus more on business.

Is tough when needed.

Remember never to be a shrinking violet. Stand your ground and stick to your beliefs.

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Ten things you did not know about Malini Saba

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London, UK – 30 Dec., 2010 – In this article we detail 10 things you should know about Malini Saba.

Malini Saba CEO and Chairman of Saba Industries, started her career in 1994. Back then, she was still finishing up get PHD. Since her humble beginnings, Ms. Saba has climbed to the top of the corporate ladder. However, Malini Saba is more than just a corporate power player. She has led an interesting, boundary breaking, female empowering life that is worth knowing more about. This article, we bring you ten things you didn’t know about Malini Saba.

  1. She is a top paid Commodity CEO.
    She has an impressive salary. This serves as a testament to her formidable talent as a business woman.
  1. She is one of the very few self-made in the commodity Industry.
    Not only does Ms. Saba pull in huge stacks, she is the first woman owner and CEO in the commodity space. This should be inspiring women everywhere – even in a traditionally male dominated industry, a woman’s hard work and perseverance can result with her at the helm in a 21st century society.
  1. She is a psychologist.
    Though Saba, current job of CEO is a business – oriented position- which she is particularly week equipped for, given her PHD and considerable experience – she originally studied psychology.Her psychology role is indispensable during her work with her business.
  1. She was rated one of 10 to succeed in San Francisco magazine.
    She was picked one of ten to definitely succeed and to watch over the next 10 years.
  1. Her favorite cars are Mercedes and Bentley
    She is crazy about cars and loves to race.
  1. Her favorite past time is cooking.
    She loves to cook and create new recipes. She authored a Cook book “The Abbreviated Cook”
  1. She does not always like Fame.
    In an interview With Malini Saba, the prominent CEO expressed some annoyance with being recognized constantly. Though she attempts to stay under the radar and do simple things she finds it sometimes intrusive.
  2. She loves children.
    She loves being around children. She finds that they keep her grounded and they help her keep things simple
  3. She collects teddy bears.
    She finds them to be calming.
  4. She meditates.
    Malini Saba is a spiritual person. She believes that staying true to the core of what the universe is about is important for all our well-being. In her words it is all about the YING and YANG. It’s a balance. We need to have that to be able to run a multi-million-dollar company and always remember it is not all about you – it is about the company.

After 25 years of building her business empire through rough patches and great revenues, Malini Saba continues to run the company with killer economic sense. Massive profits are a certainty for this smart CEO and her company. Ms. Saba serves as an inspiration for women everywhere, and a testament to what hard work can bring to a person’s life.

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Malini Saba – Success Story

A True Success Story

Saba Industries Incorporated, is known for its strong holdings in Mining and Agriculture. The company produces iron ore, Gold, Bauxite, Palm oil and Rice. Malini dove into the commodity space believing that we all need raw material. Although Saba Industries has grown exponentially, it still remains a family-owned business.

Saba graduated from high school and later graduated with a degree in Psychology. After many failed relationships, she married and had children. Saba is an ardent entrepreneur and started her business in the 1990’s and still stands at the helm as the CEO of the company.

Saba’s net worth, as estimated to be over $1.5 billion dollars (USD). Among her several philanthropic contributions are donations to Australian Outback doctors, San Francisco Arts Academy, India’s Artists, and Children’s Hospital in Cambodia. Saba also owns farms that specialize in organic farming.

She has been awarded the Entrepreneur of the Year, Philanthropist of the year, Kalpana Chawla award, the Mother Theresa Award and the Federation Peace award for her global Philanthropic work.

She contributes to different causes through her philanthropic initiative Saba Family Foundation.

Hard work, discipline and a keen sense of business is what makes her one of the most successful contemporary business woman.

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Understanding Employees – Important for Success

Why understanding your employees is important for Success.

By Rajeshwari Sajosh

I wanted to interview Saba to understand her views on Management and what she thought about hiring more women in her field.

Her feedback was enlightening. She has some strong views on management and gender equality in the workplace.

She had four areas which she focused on beginning with :

Unite, Don’t Direct

There’s a fine line between a leader and a manager. For one, a leader inspires employees to follow her lead and pursue her goals. A manager, on the other hand, leads by instruction and directives. This is why Malini Saba finds one more successful than the other:
In my experience, encouraging a team-oriented culture that is focused on uniting employees behind a shared sense of purpose and a common goal is more effective than offering directives. If you and your leadership team are on the same page with this approach, it is much easier to engage employees throughout the firm to meet those collective goals.  

Tailor the Experience

The first step in achieving gender equality in the workplace is understanding and supporting the fact that men and women work differently. Most importantly, Saba encourages women to find opportunity in everything:

As employers, we need to accept that women and men operate differently in the workplace and set up development and training programs that are designed to target high potential employees in both groups. As women, we need to remind ourselves to have an ‘opt in’ attitude. Career downturns happen to everyone and we must remember to treat them as opportunities to change how we work or try something new. That is what shows our true mettle.

Invest in professional development

When it comes to increasing female executive leadership, Malini  reminds employers to create equal and ample opportunities for women to climb the corporate ladder:
Companies must invest in their female employees’ leadership and professional development. I’m very proud of the numerous development and mentoring programs that Saba Industries has in place to help women excel at our firm and we’re seeing results that are validating this approach.

Ending gender pay inequality 

Unfortunately, gender Pay inequality still very much exists. But, as Saba suggests, there are ways to combat this inequality both inside and outside of the workplace:
The issue is complex because there is still no single answer as to why. Saba Industries’s interest in this issue goes far beyond our organization; we want to empower women’s financial futures, and that means putting programs, such as our seminars, in place to help them understand their finances.

Being the President and CEO of a multinational corporation is no easy feat. But Malini Saba shows us that through hard work, the right attitude and a great team, it is possible.

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10 tips for achieving what you want in life

By Rosana Yacob

I sat in the Ritz Carlton in Malaysia waiting for Malini Saba to arrive. While I was waiting, I started talking to the concierge. He went on to tell me about how he met Saba two years ago when she first took the apartment at the Ritz. He said she was so motivated to get the best deal we had and she was relentless and we caved in.

Malini arrived and walked directly to me as if she had known me for years. She was so welcoming and warm and it put me at ease to start the conversation. I wanted to ask her what are your tips for people are out there to achieve their dreams in life.

She leaned back into the armchair and crossed her legs and replied “I have 10 things that I have lived by and I have applied my whole life.”

1. Focus on commitment, not motivation.

Just how committed are you to your goal? How important is it for you, and what are you willing to sacrifice in order to achieve it? If you find yourself fully committed, motivation will follow.

2. Seek knowledge, not results.

If you focus on the excitement of discovery, improving, exploring and experimenting, your motivation will always be fueled. If you focus only on results, your motivation will be like weather—it will die the minute you hit a storm. So the key is to focus on the journey, not the destination. Keep thinking about what you are learning along the way and what you can improve.

3. Make the journey fun.

It’s an awesome game! The minute you make it serious, there’s a big chance it will start carrying a heavy emotional weight and you will lose perspective and become stuck again.

4. Get rid of stagnating thoughts.

Thoughts influence feelings and feelings determine how you view your work. You have a lot of thoughts in your head, and you always have a choice of which ones to focus on: the ones that will make you emotionally stuck (fears, doubts) or the ones that will move you forward (excitement, experimenting, trying new things, stepping out of your comfort zone.)

5. Use your imagination.

Next step after getting rid of negative thoughts is to use your imagination. When things go well, you are full of positive energy, and when you are experiencing difficulties, you need to be even more energetic. So, rename your situation. If you keep repeating I hate my work, guess which feelings those words will evoke? It’s a matter of imagination! You can always find something to learn even from the worst boss in the world at the most boring job. I have a great exercise for you: Just for three days, think and say positive things only. See what happens.

6. Stop being nice to yourself.

Motivation means action and action brings results. Sometimes your actions fail to bring the results you want. So, you prefer to be nice to yourself and not put yourself in a difficult situation. You wait for the perfect timing, for an opportunity, while you drive yourself into stagnation and sometimes even into depression. Get out there, challenge yourself, do something that you want to do even if you are afraid.

7. Get rid of distractions.

Meaningless things and distractions will always be in your way, especially those easy, usual things you would rather do instead of focusing on new challenging and meaningful projects. Learn to focus on what is the most important. Write a list of time-wasters and hold yourself accountable to not do them.

8. Don’t rely on others.

You should never expect others to do it for you, not even your partner, friend or boss. They are all busy with their own needs. No one will make you happy or achieve your goals for you. It’s all on you. It’s all on you.

9. Plan.

Know your three steps forward. You do not need more. Fill out your weekly calendar, noting when you will do what and how. When-what-how is important to schedule. Review how each day went by what you learned and revise what you could improve.

10. Protect yourself from burnout.

It’s easy to burn out when you are very motivated. Observe yourself to recognize any signs of tiredness and take time to rest. Your body and mind rest when you schedule relaxation and fun time into your weekly calendar. Do diverse tasks, keep switching between something creative and logical, something physical and still, working alone and with a team. Switch locations. Meditate, or just take deep breaths, close your eyes, or focus on one thing for five minutes.

“I use these as my mantra for everything I do”, explained Malini. I am never ever lazy to get up again and try it one more time. One should never be afraid of failure. I have failed many times, it’s not the amount of times you fail that matter, it’s how many times you are willing to get back up and fight for what you believe and want to achieve in your life.

It was so inspirational. As I left the interview I realized she had made me feel I can do anything I put my mind too.

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WOMAN IN THE MINING INDUSTRY

By Louisa Rampet

Mining has a reputation for being rough, remote and dangerous, as well as being one of the most male-dominated industries in the world.

This is true for Malini Saba, CEO of Saba Industries, whose mining journey started at the age of 30 when she decided to invest heavily in the commodity space. She began at ground zero.

She has built a thriving business and now owns over 7 large Mines internationally.  Her company owns mines that produce Iron ore, gold and Bauxite.

Malini says “Women must challenge their own comfort and realize the possibilities this environment has to offer, and attitudes of both males and females needs to be shaped by the pioneers in the environment.”

She also feels that young girls should be encouraged to pursue math, science and engineering subjects.  Furthermore, she feels that education in schools and universities surrounding the “exciting career opportunities that await women in the mining industry” should be improved.

I went on to ask her further questions about her role and experience.

Q : What have you enjoyed most about your role in the industry?

Malini Saba : I have spent more than fifteen years  in the mining industry and have seen significant changes and challenges. Being an owner and executive has its challenges. I have dealt with building new mining projects and running operations in countries that are not mining friendly, or are politically unstable or under high risk of executive kidnappings.

I have seen natural disasters such as floods, to earthquakes and malaria.  I’ve witnessed labor unrest and strikes in some of our Asian countries, with the invasion of our mining pits by hundreds of illegal miners. So, the role has never been boring and has always stretched me.

Q : What do you consider the most successful aspect of your mining leadership to date?

Malini Saba : I was part of a team that supported and coached an executive team through a significant organizational crisis a couple of years ago. Our team took the company through a huge expansion phase for a few years on the back of a very favorable commodity rise. We were faced with huge skills shortages at a time when many companies in the mining industry and neighboring industries were going through a similar expansion phase, and so we were highly focused on the recruitment, development and retention of key skills.

I led the team that redesigned and restructured the entire global business in a process involving redefining for each function and area what work was transactional and what was strategic and how the work would be delivered at operating unit, regional or corporate level. Within a twelve-month period, we had achieved both our cost-saving and our restructuring objectives.

Q : Why do you think there is such a big gender gap in the industry?  What is needed to create change?

Malini Saba : Mining can be perceived as dirty and dangerous and with the potential to create significant environmental damage if not managed ethically.  As such, the industry struggles to attract not only women but also young talent. I feel women think it’s a dirty job. It is a job that you have to eat and breath in order to compete.

Malini Saba   –  “ Remember we can’t move the resources, which often means remote locations, perhaps fly-in, fly-out operations or shift rotations. Remote locations, as opposed to corporate offices in large urban centers, don’t pose quite the same kind of challenges, and may fit more seamlessly into a career path that includes work-life balance as part of its goal.”  Example deep in the jungles of Kalimantan.

Furthermore, even if a company adopts and promotes an inclusive culture, mining is faced with a unique challenge in dealing with multiple environments, as Saba explains.

“You’ve got the mine site. You’ve got the corporate office, individuals in the field doing exploration, all being linked together in the sector. What can happen is you may have a strong corporate policy about respect in the workplace and diversity but getting that to trickle to all sites and all places that your company is doing business is a challenge.”

Thus, a lot has to change on the mindset of the miners. This should come from the culture the company puts in place from day one. It means constant reinforcement.

Q : Is your company doing anything about the gender gap?

Malini Saba : Yes we hire women. We also work with a lot of tribal families in the jungles. There we seek more women to work at the mines. We train them. They work and earn a living and at the same time be able to walk back home to their long houses.

It is a slow process to bring in women from the cities to go to the remote areas. But we have not stopped trying. Getting women in the corporate side of the business has not been that huge of a challenge.

The mining industry needs to do more to attract women into core technical roles, and to put in place clear talent management and coaching programs to help accelerate women into more senior roles and provide more flexible working arrangements. This includes policies around bursaries and scholarships, maternity leave, and equal pay for equal work.

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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.’”

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Why We Must Pay Attention To Bullying

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

LONDON, UK – 10 May, 2018 – 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

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