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Being bullied at work?

Here’s how to identify and tackle workplace bullying, a growing pandemic of forever increasingly competitive work cultures.
 
Being constantly micro-managed and criticised by the bully makes you feel like your decisions are not being trusted and you can begin to doubt yourself. (Photo: Representational/Pixabay)

Workplace bullying means directly or indirectly inflicting physical hurt or psychological distress on one or more employees. It is further defined as intimidating and repeated written, verbal, or physical behaviour towards someone in a professional space that creates an uncomfortable professional environment.

Bullying at work often involves mockery, social elimination, threat, invalid criticism, insulting gestures, false allegations, physical or racial harassment and public humiliation. The most important point to keep in mind is that bullying and harassment at workplace terribly affect the health, well-being and performance of the employees.

It is hard to see open workplace bullying if you are a boss as ultimate objective of a workplace bully is of course control and power. Generally, bully targets dedicated employees as they represent a threat to their position. So, not keeping an eye on bullying can cripple your organisation.

How to identify bullies at workplace?

It is essential for any organisation to keep a check on bullying and prevent its employees from getting ill-treated by bullies. Here are some ways with which you can easily identify individuals who bully:

  • While working with various people in a team, you will understand you’re working with a bully when she/he picks out your mistakes and keep bringing them to your attention all the time. To make matters worse, they will gossip about you, will narrate lies to your co-workers to defame your reputation and even undermine and sabotage your work.
  • Examine the culture of your organisation as there are chances of bullying in a highly competitive environment as top management may have a direct influence on such things if bullies are promoted or have choice assignments. It provides them an opportunity to go ahead.
  • Observing behaviour of victim is an easy way to identify bullying as you can notice a change in behaviour of the targeted victim. Keep a watch on targeted victims when they feel intimidated to attend certain meetings, avoid eating in the lunchroom depending upon the presence of bully there.
  • Besides these obvious signs, a victim might also take a pause before heading to any company functions and not because they are shy or retiring. Just noticing a victim’s interaction with their co-workers, you can identify the one who is bullying them. One of the important sign of bullying is also being left out of or being cut off from important communication circles.

How to deal with bullying?

  • It is important to confront bullies. Explain and describe their behaviour to them, things which you have noticed and they exhibit instead of editorialising or giving opinions. Don’t say ‘you’re mean and nasty to me’ as such statements are more emotional than pragmatic. Do mention in simple and clear words how their actions affect you, even if it is regarding your personal space, actions such as regularly entering your cubicle, leaning over your shoulder and reading your personal correspondence.
  • Everyone is entitled to a bit of privacy at work. Constant bullying may force you to be overly secretive and confidential. You might feel like you need to hide what you are working on or have to change the computer passwords and tabs constantly, resulting in wastage of time. So, instead of being constantly insecure, talk and explain to the bully exactly how their behaviour is impacting your work negatively.
  • Being constantly micro-managed and criticised by the bully makes you feel like your decisions are not being trusted and you can begin to doubt yourself. As a result, your decision making and management abilities might get hit. So, it is important to believe in yourself and your skills, stay strong at every step of the experience.
  • It is important to be assertive and clear while confronting the bully about you not being ok being ill-treated at work. Let them know that you will not tolerate such behaviours and actions in the future.

It is always better to voice your issues in workspace instead of letting the bullying and harassment affect your mental and physical health and well-being. If not dealt with timely, bullying can start to damage your performance and the performance of the organisation as a whole.

Malini Saba – A Psychologist and Businesswoman

Business is just not an understanding of numbers but actually an understanding of people and their motivation.

– By Chandran Iyer

Malini Saba is a self–made businesswoman, an ardent philanthropist and a force to be reckoned with. Ms. Saba embodies the concept of using business to serve humanity. Her eminent group of Commodities Company deals in rice, iron ore mining, wheat, palm oil, cashew nuts, and gold. Saba Industries exports 500,000 tons of rice worldwide. The company’s iron ore is used to make steel and its gold is used for jewelry and technology products. In 2017, Saba Industries had revenues of more than $500 million and employed 2,000 local workers. Saba Industries is a prime example of her stratagem of using business to serve humanity. Functioning in the agriculture and mining industry, the group hires local talents and helps them achieve economic stability. The CSR arm of the group, Saba Family Foundation, has given access to life-saving medical and educational services to millions of disadvantaged people across South and Southeast Asia, Australia, Africa, India, and the Middle East. The foundation is an extension of Ms. Saba’s philanthropy and aims to help at least one billion people to gain access to basic health care, education, and opportunities which allow them to break the cycle of poverty and illiteracy.

Excerpts from the interview

Give us an overview of yourself.
I have a lovely family and a very supportive family. I am a psychologist and business is my passion. Business is just not an understanding of numbers but actually an understanding of people and their motivation. Life is not about degrees, life is about believing in your dream and taking opportunities that come your way and moving aggressively in the direction to make your dream a reality.

I started in business at a young age of 20. I have been working my whole life as I worked and put myself through school and college. I don’t come from a privileged life. I worked hard for everything and am still working hard.


Gosh, my typical day starts at 4 am. I wake up and light the lamps for prayer in the home with mantras. Then I tend to my business calls, make my daughter’s fresh hot lunch for school and her breakfast. Get myself dressed, drop her off and off to work. Management of time is critical to make your day productive. I manage my time well. Because it is critical for me I have most time with my child whenever I am not traveling for work. I believe the hardest and most rewarding job in the world is being a parent.

How did Saba Industries and Saba Family Foundation happen?
Saba Industries came about 26 years ago. I wanted to work for myself. It has evolved into this large group. It began with investments and later in Commodities. I believe we should all do what we love. Never focus on money. If you focus on money it will never come into your hands.

Woman Entrepreneur Separator

I love the commodity space. The Saba Foundation came about 18 years ago (about 2001) when I felt it was time to set it up. I wanted to be able to create a space where we could give back to the communities we worked in and also help women and children. This is my focus, I believe women are the future. We must give them opportunity to excel and the rest will follow.

Saba Industries is going to invest $100 million in the rice sector of India and Thailand. Why have you chosen India for this and what do you think would be the major challenges in this sector?
I think there are challenges in any field. I never see things as challenges. I see them as experiences. I think challenge is a negative word. India is a huge bread basket. We picked India because it was the next move for us as a company. I don’t see challenges in this sector. We have been doing it for over 20 years and understand the space and are ready for all the necessary work that has to go in when we go into a new country.

What were the challenges you faced as a Woman entrepreneur and how did you overcome those?
Gosh, where do I start? Being an entrepreneur is one thing, but being a woman in this space is another. I started at a time when there were not many women in business. That too young women. I had to raise funds, people never believing I was able to do what I said I could do. Through the years I faced failure three times. The third time was the hardest. The markets fell and it was a disaster. But we pulled ourselves out of it. The only way to overcome hurdles and failure is to pull yourself back up and find another way to make it work. You cannot give up and let fear ever take over. I am not afraid of failure and I do believe that is the first thing any entrepreneur should learn. Through failure, you can have success. Anyone who says they have never failed in life, I feel is not being honest.

Not just farming: 10 upcoming and promising careers in agriculture

Organic food is the next big thing and this sector foresees a huge trend.

Indian economy is heavily dependent on agriculture and the demand for a professionally trained workforce is strident. The days of thinking of agriculture as toiling in the hot sun with returns at subsistence level are over as technology and scientific inputs have made the process less dependent on manual labour.

1. Agricultural engineering is a field that helps in designing and building farm equipment. Farming activities are bettered by using efficient machining and manufacturing processes.

2. Horticulturists are much in demand to maintain nurseries, greenhouses, plantations and orchards. Organic food is the next big thing and this sector foresees a huge trend.

3. Dairy technology includes production of milk and milk products and packaging, storing and distributing the same.

4. Poultry farming is a lucrative career choice. It involves raising poultry, managing sheds, feed supply, and quality control.

5. Pisciculture or the science of fisheries is also a growing field. The candidate focuses on the methods of breeding, rearing and maintain marine health in non-natural environment. Transportation and distribution is also a part of the career aspects.

6. Agronomists or soil scientists are responsible for maintaining and improving soil quality, fertility, preparing seedbeds, improving sowing methodology and management of soil moisture. Judicious use of insecticide and pesticides is also a part of the job.

7. Agricultural economics is the application of the broad principles of economics in the industry as a whole. Professionals are expected to monitor price and market trends, export and import, consumer preferences and returns on investment opportunities.

8. Agri-business management involves handling activities related to bridging farming and non-farming sectors to create seamless trade environment. Manufacture, storage, distribution and marketing agro products in non-agro channels is the challenge.

9. Agricultural Bio-technology is a nascent field where genetic engineering is married to molecular diagnostics, vaccines and tissue culture to modify plants to make them better adapted and high yielding. It may help in preventing disease and improving food processing capability.

10. Agricultural analysts are in demand for their capability to provide technical advice on economic trends, plan and design reinsurance accounts and help in developing new products.

The scope is endless as the agriculture industry is still in a maturing phase and new technological advancements will open new vistas for the youth to build careers on.

Read more: Make your career in agriculture: Here’s how to be a farmer

Authored article by Malini Saba, Founder, Saba Industries and Saba Family Foundations

Original article may be found here Home

Make your career in agriculture: Here’s how to be a farmer

Start a career in agriculture!

 

Food security is the prime focus of any nation. The issues faced by farmers are multi-faceted and extensive. It’s all about arming the farmers with skills and resources to empower them to create a new era in food production.

Technology is the medium that will help farmers improve their production and create better and cost effective avenues to financial freedom.

The crux of the solution is that there needs to be a provision for infrastructure and technology to enhance farm production.

The cycle becomes less arduous and time consuming, enabling the farmer to improve profitability by reducing turnaround time.
The way forward is to partner directly with the farmers themselves. This will require an understanding of regional differences and the spectrum of needs that the individual farming community of a state may have.

The aim is to support the farmer with free farm equipment, seeds and fertilizer. The entire production of the crop grown by the farmer should be processed locally. The processed food should then be exported world-wide. The elimination of multiple middle men will improve the earnings of the farmer. There will be major challenges in the diverse Indian market.

The basic issue the agriculture behemoth will face is gaining the trust of the farmer. Once the farmer trusts the process the roadmap to a financially secure agricultural business will be ready for implementation. The infrastructural requirements like logistics and warehousing will also pose a big challenge.

The government along with companies that have a demonstrated history of creating millions of success stories in the domain of farming should work together to change the Indian agricultural realm. The rich cultural and agricultural heritage of the country will be strengthened by this initiative.

Authored article by Malini Saba, Founder, Saba Industries and Saba Family Foundations.

Original article from India Today is seen on Homehere.

Business of Agriculture Magazine: Saba Industries

Business of Agriculture Magazine (India) interviews Saba Industries Group Founder and Chairman Malini Saba.

Ms. Malini Saba

Publication:           Business of Agriculture Magazine

 

Headline:                Saba Industries

 

Language:              English

 

Edition:                   National

 

Page No:                 20, 21 & 22nd

 

About the Publication:

A Magazine on Business and Management of Agriculture. From a business standpoint, an agri-magazine dedicated at innovations and technology; the ‘business of agriculture’ – inputs, produce and post-harvest – will form the core of the magazine.

The Business of Agriculture
magazine interacted with
Asia’s emerging philanthropist,
Ms Malini Saba, a self-made
businesswoman, who has
helped millions of underserved
women, farmers and children in
South and Southeast Asia, South
America, Africa and the US. In
this interview, she provided us
with the insights of her company
and she is planning to expand her
business in India.

By Mandeep Kaur *

Please tell us about your journey of becoming a $1.5 billion company.
Our journey started 26 years ago. We started as an investor, and then we entered into a commodity business. Initially, we started this business with iron ore only and then slowly, we expanded our business into other metals and agriculture. During this journey, we endured failures, but with a sheer determination, we pulled ourselves out of it.

How did you conceive the idea of starting this company?
I wanted to work for myself. I had the vision to make enough to be comfortable and not to be dependent on anyone for income. Also, I have a passion for agricultural commodities, such as rice, and natural resources because they are essential for human existence. Being an entrepreneur, both success and failure are on your lap, but it is a fact that there is no success without failure. It is because of the hurdles and failures you learn the basics to build a true business on a solid foundation.

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Put some light on your agriculture business model?
Agriculture is a very important sector as far as the food is concerned. This sector is very much dependent on Mother Nature, but it is that era where we can master the skills and perform well. As per our model, we work with the farmers and the distributors. We strongly believe that it is very important
to empower the farmers we work with because they are the ones, who feed the world. We provide infrastructure and technology to the farmers to enable them to increase their production. The less time they spend on the field harvesting, the quicker they can sell their product; and therefore, they can reinvest their time and money in the next crop. This also helps to improve crop production as well as crop yield.

Saba Industry is exporting 5,00,000 tons of rice worldwide. 
Please tell us about other agriculture commodities that you are trading.
In addition to rice, we also operate in palm oil, cashew and wheat businesses.

We use the same model for all the products.

Saba Industries is going to invest $100 million in the rice sector of India and Thailand. Why have you chosen India for this and what do you think would be the major challenges in this sector?
Agriculture is the most important sector of the Indian economy because India has a huge and vast agriculture space. India is known as a breadbasket and it is the world’s largest producer of pulses, rice, wheat, spices and other agriculture products. We feel that investing in India’s agriculture sector would help to streamline the system. One of the things we discovered in India is that the drying capacity is quite limited despite the presence of a number of mills. So, we are planning to install large dryers with good operational capacities. Also, our plan is to export rice by partnering with local farmers. Working with us would help farmers to have a quick turn-around from planting to harvest.

Agriculture
is the most
important
sector of the
Indian economy
because India
has a huge and
vast agriculture
space.

I think one of the major challenges would be to gain the trust of the farmers. Other than this, in countries like India, transportation and warehousing are the major challenges in the agriculture sector.

Saba Industries, the global exporter of agricultural commodities, is planning to enter warehousing and drying space in India’s rice sector. From which region of India, are you planning to start your first phase and what are your expansion plans?

We are planning to start our first phase in Uttar Pradesh. After Uttar Pradesh, we are planning to replicate the same model in Andhra Pradesh, West Bengal and other states over the next 18 to 24 months.

 

Will you be partnering with the Indian farmers as you did in other south-east Asian countries? How will you support farmers?

Yes, the only way to do this business is to partner directly with the farmers. We have various methods for doing this and it will depend on the farmer’s needs in particular states. We are aware that we will be working with farmers with different cultural backgrounds, we respect the cultural norms in each area and we also understand that we need to work within those perimeters.
We are planning to support farmers in India with free farm equipment and fertilisers. We will work on a model where we will procure their rice and we will get it processed at local mills.

What made you create success stories in these countries?

We have had a huge success in Cambodia and Vietnam. We followed practices like, we started by studying the terrain as we use to do before we embarked on any new jurisdiction. In these countries, we interacted with the local farmers and allowed them to educate us to understand their needs. After understanding their requirements, we provided necessary help and infrastructure to the farmers, because of which, they had a higher yield, better crops, and shorter harvest times.

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What has been the impact of your business model on the lives of farmers?
We help farmers to have better livelihoods. As per our agriculture model, we are partnering with the local farmers, so they directly get money from us. Our model also helps to reduce their debts. We identify all the possible reasons/causes of the farmer’s debts. We either try to help them settle their debts or enable them to have a better yield to make them self-sufficient.
Saba group encourages women to find opportunity in everything.

What are you doing for gender equality in the workplace and what do you think needs to be done?
We try to hire as many women as possible. We also encourage women employees to take further studies to better themselves to be able to earn more. We provide basic infrastructure to help them such as; our offices have childcare facilities, where women can bring their children along with them to the workplace. This way they don’t feel stressed and they can work better.
I feel women should be paid equally to men. I also believe that hiring a woman employed in management can bring a different balanced perspective to the work environment.

What was the idea behind starting a Saba family foundation? Please tell us about its vision.
Saba Family Foundation (SFF) began soon after I made my first million. I strongly believe in giving back to society. Moreover, I also have a special corner for women and

As per our
agriculture
model, we are
partnering
with the local
farmers, so they
directly get
money from us.

children. I grew up in a time when women were not holding high positions in work and there were very few entrepreneurs. SFF fought for women’s legal rights and health rights. We believe that if you help a woman you help the community and the nation.

She will always find a way to feed her baby. We were aware that education is the key; therefore we wanted to work with the partners who could enable women by educating them. At present, we are working with partners to push mandates and policy on bullying. This goes across gender as well as children in workplaces, schools and inside homes.

What is the global sentiment for commodity business?
The commodity sector was a hit in the past years and I believe it will further rise in the coming years.

What is the growth percentage of Saba Industries?
Over the last three years, our growth rate has been 33 percent. Let’s hope we keep that up!

Please tell us about your future vision.
We are aiming to bring technology to the agriculture sector. I believe, in future, the technology will have a great impact on the ways the crops are being produced. It will also improve the efficiency and the yield potential. Technology will bring a new revolution in the agriculture sector, as we have already witnessed this in the past. The agriculture sector is emerging with the help of technology and it will continue to get better and more improved over the years to come.

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Malini Saba’s Sprawling Mansion Is A Vintage Beauty With Unparalleled Luxury

Malini Saba’s Sprawling Mansion Is A Vintage Beauty With Unparalleled Luxury
The 13,000 sq ft mansion was redesigned where three different architectural influences from Samodh Palace, French Palace, and the English manor from Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice were compiled together.

They say some houses have a saga to tell but Malini Saba, founder of Saba Industries and Saba Family house has a tale that you would love to decode on your own. Nestled in nine acres of land in Monaco, this mansion is the perfect example of elegance and unparalleled luxury.

Build in the 1980s the moment Saba laid her eyes on this house, she knew that her search of three years has finally come to an end.

The opulence of the 1800 style along with the center courtyard instantly made it the perfect place for her. The 13,000 sq ft mansion was redesigned where three different architectural influences from Samodh Palace, French Palace, and the English manor from Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice were compiled together.

As tricky as it may sound but amalgamating these three cultures turned surprisingly beautiful.

“Everyone was weary of my taste but it turned out to be everything I wanted,” says Saba, recalling the moment. An ardent philanthropist who has worked for various humanitarian causes, her house consists of six bedrooms, seven bathrooms, a study with winding staircase and wall to wall bookshelves.

Be it a pool house or a mini-golf course, everything has been made keeping the minutest details in mind.

The stunning chandelier hanging from the ceiling of the living and dining room, and the fine gold engravings on the wall are a perfect example of how to engage design exquisitely with surroundings. Every room in Saba’s house takes you to a different part of the world, bringing our wanderlust on the surface.

While you have a theme inspired by the French court donning one part of the house, the television room imports you to the land of Rajasthan with lower settings. Every bedroom is different, while one is all about Japan and cherry blossoms, another is all about Cambodian theme with colors from religious monument Angkor Wat.

Saba has a small mandir (prayer room) in the east side of the house.

“It is very important for me to always incorporate that aspect into the home. The vibe of the house has a lot to do with energy and Feng Shui,” she says.

While every corner has a charm of its own, Saba has a soft side for the library.

“It’s where I can play my favourite music and cuddle my little one while I read or talk. When my family cannot find me in the home they can always find me in the library,” she laughs.

4 Gadgets Every Entrepreneur Must Try

4 Gadgets Every Entrepreneur Must Try
Priyadarshini Patwa
ENTREPRENEUR STAFF
Features Editor, Entrepreneur India

You’re reading content from Entrepreneur India, an international franchise of Entrepreneur Media.

Gadgets are what we strive on.  There is no one in the world who isn’t invested in the latest technology. CES 2019 just gave us a glimpse of what present and future of smart ecosystem will be all about. Like it or not, technology is here to conquer all our space, the more you try to stay away from it, the more it seeps into the gaps digging its root deeper into our lives. And honestly, at times gadgets do make the life of an Entrepreneur a lot easier.

The technologically advanced gadgets at times help us rescue from various situations. Entrepreneur India brings you a list of four gadgets that these entrepreneurs swear by. They not just are fun to use but even helps in processing your work faster. So get set go and check out these gadgets that are here to make your life a little better and easier.


Huawei Mate 20 Pro

Source: Huawei

Don’t we all love upgrading our phones? With so many options in the market, it is often difficult to make a pick. But making it easier for you is Rohit Sahni, Director, WK Life who swears by Huawei Mate 20 Pro phone. What makes this phone an apt buy from a work point of view is its processor and camera and hands down to its other features.

“I got The Huawei Mate 20 Pro phone 15 Days back from Hong Kong, It has actually become my favourite Gadget today. I can share my battery with my friend through Wireless charging i.e. I can charge my phone through this phone. It has got Dot projector in the front which is very useful for me because I can make a 3D model of any of my product. It has the feature of creating many user accounts and private spaces. This is a really cool phone that I got after so long and using really expensive phones,” says Rohit Sahni.

Powered by octa-core processor, this phone comes with 8GB of RAM. The highlight is its fastest charging in the world and comes with a 50 Watt charger. The phone packs 128GB of internal storage that can be expanded up to 256GB. As far as the cameras are concerned, the Huawei Mate 20 Pro packs a 40-megapixel (f/1.8) primary camera and a 20-megapixel (f/2.2) secondary camera on the rear and a 24-megapixel front shooter for selfies.

“They were more people for this phone then Apple phone in CES, you can imagine what magic this phone is doing all over the world,” he adds.


Hyundai Mobis

Source: Hyundai Mobis

Looking for something that somewhere displays future of vehicular touchscreens? Hyundai Mobis is the next big thing on the block.

“I liked the new self-driving. Hyundai Mobis they have come up with. I love it because you cannot take the wheel in the Mobis because there is no wheel to take — just a sleek, streamlined dashboard — which is one way the cars can reduce the number of road-rage incidents and extended middle fingers. Isn’t that cool?

The Car recognizes your facial expressions, so if you’re angry, happy or sad, it changes the ambience of the vehicle. I thought this was a great touch. Can you also believe that  It reads other drivers’ and passengers’ emotions as well, so if they are agitated or sleepy, the vehicle automatically detects it? These days with so much road rage on the roads this kind of car could stop a lot of accidents and deaths,” says Malini Saba, Founder, Saba Industries and Saba Family Foundations.


The iPad Pro

Source: Apple

The thing with Apple and its products are that it always makes it to the list.

“Being a young entrepreneur, venturing into an existing family business, it became very difficult to incorporate technology into a not-so-tech friendly environment. The iPad Pro is one device that has made life very simple. From scribbling daily reminders to framing new ideas, the iPad Pro with the Apple Pencil gives me the ability to have all the things I have ever noted into a form factor that is as slim as a personal diary. With its simple pickup and use features, it makes you feel like actually using pen and paper. For me the best technology is the one which aids your working with the least learning curve, the iPad Pro is just that,” recommends Yashraj Bhatia, Director, Tintech Led Lights


The Eve Light Strip

Source: Evehome

Who doesn’t like some smart living? The Eve Light Strip is something that might grab your attention for sure.

“I have always been interested in getting my hands on new and upcoming tech gadgets. One of the gadgets that caught my eye this year was The Eve Light Strip that was displayed at the International Consumer Electronics Show. The Eve Light Strip is a LED strip, which connects to the home Wi-Fi and hence can be controlled from various sources wirelessly, including most of the Apple gadgets like iPhone, Apple TV, Apple watch, etc. The thing that I like most about The Eve Light Strips is the full-spectrum of lighting it offers with thousands of different colours and tones. It perfectly sets the lighting to the mood and surroundings. It catches commands in a just a flash via Siri, which makes it super convenient and ideally hands-free. I would recommend this product to everyone for a sleek lighting finish and the ease by which it is accessible,” Sargam Dhawan, Director, DAFNI India.

MALAYSIA’S SABA TO INVEST $100 MLN IN INDIA AND THAILAND RICE SECTOR

MALAYSIA’S SABA TO INVEST $100 MLN IN INDIA AND THAILAND RICE SECTOR

11/22/2018 7:28:00 AM (GMT)

MALAYSIA’S SABA TO INVEST $100 MLN IN INDIA AND THAILAND RICE SECTOR

Malaysian rice and other commodities manufacturer Saba Industries announced that it plans to inject $100 million in the rice sector in India and Thailand, as it plans to export the staple by partnering with local farmers.

The company plans to enter warehousing and drying space in India’s rice sector. The Kuala  Saba Industries plans to establish approximately 10 warehouses in Uttar Pradesh and as many dryers with an aim to dry 1,000 tonnes rice per day.

For the first 2 to 3 years, the company intends to target Uttar Pradesh, partnering with the farmers there. It intends to support the farmers in India with farm equipment and fertilizers for free and procure their rice and get it processed at local mills.

Farm equipment will help farmers plant and harvest paddy faster. In the first place, Saba Industries is probing at exporting 20,000 to 25,000 tonnes of rice, particularly Basmati, per month.

See link here: https://www.investsize.com/en/malaysias-saba-to-invest-%24100-mln-in-india-and-thailand-rice-sector

Suryaa: Saba Industries to invest $100 mn in rice sector in India, Thailand

Suryaa: Saba Industries to invest $100 mn in rice sector in India, Thailand

International | Written by : IANS| Updated: Wed, Nov 21, 2018, 11:12 PM 


Malaysia-based Saba Industries Chairman and CEO Malini Saba on Wednesday said the privately-held company will invest $100 million in the rice sector in India and Thailand, as it plans to export the staple by partnering with local farmers.

“We are looking at a $100 million investment between Thailand and India. And based on how much more money we need to pump in, we will do that in the next phase. We plan to start our first phase in Uttar Pradesh,” Saba told IANS during her visit to India.

The global exporter of agricultural commodities plans to enter warehousing and drying space in India’s rice sector. The Kuala Lumpur-based firm will set up about 10 warehouses in Uttar Pradesh and as many dryers with an aim to dry 1,000 tonnes rice per day.

“In the initial 2-3 years, we plan to focus on Uttar Pradesh, partnering with the farmers there. As we did in other south-east Asian countries, we plan to support the farmers in India with farm equipment and fertilisers for free and procure their rice and get it processed at local mills.

“To start with, we are looking at exporting 20,000 to 25,000 tonnes of rice, particularly Basmati, per month. We have a ready clientele in the US, Middle East and other parts of the world,” Saba said.

Farm equipment will help farmers plant and harvest paddy faster, she said.

The founder of the $650-million company also deals in mining of iron ore and gold.

“Transportation and warehousing are the major challenges in the agriculture sector in most countries like India. One of the things we discovered in India is that the drying capacity is quite limited despite the presence of a number of mills. We plan to get in large dryers with capacities ranging from 10,000 to 20,000 tonnes a month,” she said.

After Uttar Pradesh, the company will replicate the model in Andhra Pradesh and West Bengal and later to other states to scale up its operations in India.

See link here: https://www.suryaa.com/59551-saba-industries-to-invest-100-mn-in-rice-sector-in-india-thailand.html

Daijiworld: Saba Industries to invest $100 mn in rice sector in India, Thailand

Daijiworld: Saba Industries to invest $100 mn in rice sector in India, Thailand

Wed, Nov 21 2018 08:14:27 PM


New Delhi, Nov 21 (IANS):
 Malaysia-based Saba Industries Chairman and CEO Malini Saba on Wednesday said the privately-held company will invest $100 million in the rice sector in India and Thailand, as it plans to export the staple by partnering with local farmers.

“We are looking at a $100 million investment between Thailand and India. And based on how much more money we need to pump in, we will do that in the next phase. We plan to start our first phase in Uttar Pradesh,” Saba told IANS during her visit to India.

The global exporter of agricultural commodities plans to enter warehousing and drying space in India’s rice sector. The Kuala Lumpur-based firm will set up about 10 warehouses in Uttar Pradesh and as many dryers with an aim to dry 1,000 tonnes rice per day.

“In the initial 2-3 years, we plan to focus on Uttar Pradesh, partnering with the farmers there. As we did in other south-east Asian countries, we plan to support the farmers in India with farm equipment and fertilisers for free and procure their rice and get it processed at local mills.

“To start with, we are looking at exporting 20,000 to 25,000 tonnes of rice, particularly Basmati, per month. We have a ready clientele in the US, Middle East and other parts of the world,” Saba said.

Farm equipment will help farmers plant and harvest paddy faster, she said.

The founder of the $650-million company also deals in mining of iron ore and gold.

“Transportation and warehousing are the major challenges in the agriculture sector in most countries like India. One of the things we discovered in India is that the drying capacity is quite limited despite the presence of a number of mills. We plan to get in large dryers with capacities ranging from 10,000 to 20,000 tonnes a month,” she said.

After Uttar Pradesh, the company will replicate the model in Andhra Pradesh and West Bengal and later to other states to scale up its operations in India.

See link here: https://www.daijiworld.com/news/newsDisplay.aspx?newsID=539632

Outlook India: Saba Industries to invest $100 mn in rice sector in India, Thailand

Outlook India: Saba Industries to invest $100 mn in rice sector in India, Thailand
THE NEWS SCROLL21 NOVEMBER 2018  Last Updated at 7:12 PM | SOURCE: IANS

New Delhi, Nov 21 Malaysia-based Saba Industries Chairman and CEO Malini Saba on Wednesday said the privately-held company will invest $100 million in the rice sector in India and Thailand, as it plans to export the staple by partnering with local farmers.

“We are looking at a $100 million investment between Thailand and India. And based on how much more money we need to pump in, we will do that in the next phase. We plan to start our first phase in Uttar Pradesh,” Saba told during her visit to India.

The global exporter of agricultural commodities plans to enter warehousing and drying space in India’s rice sector. The Kuala Lumpur-based firm will set up about 10 warehouses in Uttar Pradesh and as many dryers with an aim to dry 1,000 tonnes rice per day.

“In the initial 2-3 years, we plan to focus on Uttar Pradesh, partnering with the farmers there. As we did in other south-east Asian countries, we plan to support the farmers in India with farm equipment and fertilisers for free and procure their rice and get it processed at local mills.

“To start with, we are looking at exporting 20,000 to 25,000 tonnes of rice, particularly Basmati, per month. We have a ready clientele in the US, Middle East and other parts of the world,” Saba said.

Farm equipment will help farmers plant and harvest paddy faster, she said.

The founder of the $650-million company also deals in mining of iron ore and gold.

“Transportation and warehousing are the major challenges in the agriculture sector in most countries like India. One of the things we discovered in India is that the drying capacity is quite limited despite the presence of a number of mills. We plan to get in large dryers with capacities ranging from 10,000 to 20,000 tonnes a month,” she said.

After Uttar Pradesh, the company will replicate the model in Andhra Pradesh and West Bengal and later to other states to scale up its operations in India.

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See link here: https://www.outlookindia.com/newsscroll/saba-industries-to-invest-100-mn-in-rice-sector-in-india-thailand/1425573

An iron fist in a velvet glove

An iron fist in a velvet glove

Thursday, December 20, 2018

Malini Saba, philanthropist and founder of a global commodities company, tells Menka Shivdasani that a woman can have everything and still finds ways to be herself.

When Malini Saba visits Mumbai in January 2019 to open her new office for Saba Industries and Saba Family Foundations, she will bring with her a remarkable blend of tough-as-nails business acumen and philanthropy.

When she was in her early 20s, the Malaysian-born youngster horrified her parents—one an engineer, the other a teacher—by saying that she wanted to go into business. Her Indian mother and Sri Lankan father saw this as a risky choice but she knew that being self-employed was the “only way to secure yourself” and not be dependent on others.

She began the process by getting into investments, mainly in the technology space, before she founded Saba Industries. Today, though she is not yet 50, her group of privately-held commodities companies trades in rice, exporting 5,00,000 tons of it worldwide; it also deals in the wheat, palm oil and cashew nuts businesses. In addition, Saba Industries operates in ethical iron ore and gold mining, ship breaking and hospitality. As Chairman and CEO of the company, she has 2,600 employees globally and the number will rise when she brings her business to India.

In the previous financial year itself, the collective revenue exceeded $500 million—enough to sustain her other passion, which is the Saba Family Foundations, an umbrella organisation for her philanthropic works that encompass healthcare, education and human rights. She is clear that she will fund these ventures through her own earnings, rather than try to raise money elsewhere, “because otherwise you will have to go in the direction the other person wants; it won’t be your vision as an individual”.

Her goal is to help people around the world gain access to basic healthcare, provide education and opportunities that allow them to break the cycle of poverty, and educate people on human rights issues. Her particular passion, however, is women’s rights, especially legal ones, and she wanted the bandwidth to pursue this enough to make a difference.

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, immunisations, gastric and reproductive health; providing vocational education for women in Togo, West Africa; and supporting human rights issues around the world. In 2017, she also founded UpCara, a nonprofit within the Saba Family Foundations that provides access to preventative healthcare and human rights for at-risk women throughout their lives, with a special focus on older women’s health issues.

When Ms Saba brings both ventures to India in January, it will be the culmination of a two-year process where she and her team have already been building relationships. “Opening the office will just mean cementing the process,” she says. Mumbai will be the base, but her team will work with farmers across the country.

“We are looking at a $100 million investment between Thailand and India,” a news report in November quoted her saying. The firm plans to set up 10 warehouses in Uttar Pradesh and an equal number of dryers with an aim to dry 1,000 tonnes rice per day and export 20,000 to 25,000 tonnes of rice, particularly Basmati, per month.

It wasn’t easy, of course, getting to this point. Working in the technology space in the 1990s—certainly a male-dominated area at the time—she decided to go into the “alpha male” world of commodities, and discovered that a woman in business had to know when to be tough (“bitchy” is the word she uses). She also found that in the philanthropy space, she could let the human side emerge, and be herself—”like finding the yin and yang”.

“I tell women that they should have iron fists in velvet gloves,” says the entrepreneur, who learned that while a businesswoman has to be strong when required, she can “still be the lady who pushes to achieve what she wants”. She was in her late 30s by the time she achieved this balance, learning to manoeuvre her way through all the “deep potholes” she faced.

One bitter truth she learned was “never to trust anyone, because it’s each man for himself out there”. She also realised that while today, MBAs and Harvard degrees might make you part of the crème de la crème, none of these really matter when it comes to the crunch. “You don’t need degrees, you need knowledge,” she says, and clearly she has more than enough of that!

As we speak over a WhatsApp call, she keeps apologising for the cats in her office. “They want to have their say as well,” she laughs. It turns out that for all her talk of being tough and bitchy, she runs an office space where the many women she employs can be comfortable. People bring their animals, and their children to work, and Ms Saba herself has three cats and her dog joining her. “We eat together, the animals are here; the children are here, they can do their homework… I realised that women, especially when they are moms, feel guilty when they are working, but they must realise that women can have careers and be moms, whether there is a man in the picture or not.”

In fact, she believes that women should not rush into marriage, and even when they do tie the knot, they should ensure that the man is the sort who will enhance their growth. “We are in a different age. It’s a two-way street. It’s not your role to enhance a man’s career; he must do the same for you,” she says.

Ms Saba herself had many ups and downs in her personal life, because few men were strong enough to understand her needs as a businesswoman. Then, at 40, she met someone and had a child; she was delighted it was a girl. Through all the pressures of running her business, shuttling between Monaco and London, she has found time to cook and eat with her daughter, Danica. “Cooking is one of my biggest passions,” she says. “I find it therapeutic.” Her own favourite is crab curry, while Danica’s is pasta. With Danica’s encouragement she has even written a cookbook, The Abbreviated Cook, with quick and easy recipes that offer a twist on traditional South and Southeast Asian dishes.

No wonder Malini Saba believes that a woman can be everything she wants. “I can choose to be like Priyanka Chopra or Deepika Padukone,” says the self-made businesswoman. “Or I can be like Margaret Thatcher and Hillary. As a woman, you can choose to be both!”

“Women, especially when they are moms, feel guilty when they are working, but they must realise that they can have careers and be moms, whether there is a man in the picture or not.”

– Malini Saba

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Sify Finance: Saba Industries to invest $ 100 million in rice sector in India, Thailand

Sify Finance: Saba Industries to invest $ 100 million in rice sector in India, Thailand

Source : Last Updated: Thu, Nov 22, 2018 11:20 hrs

A woman winnows rice in a field on the outskirts of Ahmedabad, India November 10, 2017. REUTERS/Amit Dave

New Delhi: Malaysia-based Saba Industries Chairman and CEO Malini Saba on Wednesday said the privately-held company will invest $100 million in the rice sector in India and Thailand, as it plans to export the staple by partnering with local farmers.

“We are looking at a $100 million investment between Thailand and India. And based on how much more money we need to pump in, we will do that in the next phase. We plan to start our first phase in Uttar Pradesh,” Saba told IANS during her visit to India.

The global exporter of agricultural commodities plans to enter warehousing and drying space in India’s rice sector. The Kuala Lumpur-based firm will set up about 10 warehouses in Uttar Pradesh and as many dryers with an aim to dry 1,000 tonnes rice per day.

“In the initial 2-3 years, we plan to focus on Uttar Pradesh, partnering with the farmers there. As we did in other south-east Asian countries, we plan to support the farmers in India with farm equipment and fertilisers for free and procure their rice and get it processed at local mills.

“To start with, we are looking at exporting 20,000 to 25,000 tonnes of rice, particularly Basmati, per month. We have a ready clientele in the US, Middle East and other parts of the world,” Saba said.

Farm equipment will help farmers plant and harvest paddy faster, she said. The founder of the $650-million company also deals in mining of iron ore and gold. “Transportation and warehousing are the major challenges in the agriculture sector in most countries like India.

One of the things we discovered in India is that the drying capacity is quite limited despite the presence of a number of mills. We plan to get in large dryers with capacities ranging from 10,000 to 20,000 tonnes a month,” she said.

After Uttar Pradesh, the company will replicate the model in Andhra Pradesh and West Bengal and later to other states to scale up its operations in India.

See link here: http://www.sify.com/finance/saba-industries-to-invest-100-million-in-rice-sector-in-india-thailand-news-agriculture-slvtqMeiiibhe.html

Maeeshat Business: Saba Industries to invest $100 mn in rice sector in India, Thailand

Maeeshat Business: Saba Industries to invest $100 mn in rice sector in India, Thailand

Posted by: Maeeshat.in in CommoditiesCommodities NewsCommodity MarketEconomyInvestingMarketsNews November 21, 2018 0

New Delhi : Malaysia-based Saba Industries Chairman and CEO Malini Saba on Wednesday said the privately-held company will invest $100 million in the rice sector in India and Thailand, as it plans to export the staple by partnering with local farmers.

“We are looking at a $100 million investment between Thailand and India. And based on how much more money we need to pump in, we will do that in the next phase. We plan to start our first phase in Uttar Pradesh,” Saba told IANS during her visit to India.

The global exporter of agricultural commodities plans to enter warehousing and drying space in India’s rice sector. The Kuala Lumpur-based firm will set up about 10 warehouses in Uttar Pradesh and as many dryers with an aim to dry 1,000 tonnes rice per day.

“In the initial 2-3 years, we plan to focus on Uttar Pradesh, partnering with the farmers there. As we did in other south-east Asian countries, we plan to support the farmers in India with farm equipment and fertilisers for free and procure their rice and get it processed at local mills.

“To start with, we are looking at exporting 20,000 to 25,000 tonnes of rice, particularly Basmati, per month. We have a ready clientele in the US, Middle East and other parts of the world,” Saba said.

Farm equipment will help farmers plant and harvest paddy faster, she said.

The founder of the $650-million company also deals in mining of iron ore and gold.

“Transportation and warehousing are the major challenges in the agriculture sector in most countries like India. One of the things we discovered in India is that the drying capacity is quite limited despite the presence of a number of mills. We plan to get in large dryers with capacities ranging from 10,000 to 20,000 tonnes a month,” she said.

After Uttar Pradesh, the company will replicate the model in Andhra Pradesh and West Bengal and later to other states to scale up its operations in India.

—IANS

See link here: http://www.maeeshat.in/2018/11/saba-industries-to-invest-100-mn-in-rice-sector-in-india-thailand/

 

WebIndia123: Saba Industries to invest $100 mn in rice sector in India, Thailand

WebIndia123: Saba Industries to invest $100 mn in rice sector in India, Thailand
New Delhi | Wednesday, 2018 7:45:04 PM IST
Malaysia-based Saba Industries Chairman and CEO Malini Saba on Wednesday said the privately-held company will invest $100 million in the rice sector in India and Thailand, as it plans to export the staple by partnering with local farmers.”We are looking at a $100 million investment between Thailand and India. And based on how much more money we need to pump in, we will do that in the next phase. We plan to start our first phase in Uttar Pradesh,” Saba told IANS during her visit to India.

The global exporter of agricultural commodities plans to enter warehousing and drying space in India’s rice sector. The Kuala Lumpur-based firm will set up about 10 warehouses in Uttar Pradesh and as many dryers with an aim to dry 1,000 tonnes rice per day.

“In the initial 2-3 years, we plan to focus on Uttar Pradesh, partnering with the farmers there. As we did in other south-east Asian countries, we plan to support the farmers in India with farm equipment and fertilisers for free and procure their rice and get it processed at local mills.

“To start with, we are looking at exporting 20,000 to 25,000 tonnes of rice, particularly Basmati, per month. We have a ready clientele in the US, Middle East and other parts of the world,” Saba said.

Farm equipment will help farmers plant and harvest paddy faster, she said.

The founder of the $650-million company also deals in mining of iron ore and gold.

“Transportation and warehousing are the major challenges in the agriculture sector in most countries like India. One of the things we discovered in India is that the drying capacity is quite limited despite the presence of a number of mills. We plan to get in large dryers with capacities ranging from 10,000 to 20,000 tonnes a month,” she said.

After Uttar Pradesh, the company will replicate the model in Andhra Pradesh and West Bengal and later to other states to scale up its operations in India.

–IANS mgu/shs/sed

( 350 Words)

2018-11-21-19:12:33 (IANS)

See link here: https://news.webindia123.com/news/Articles/Business/20181121/3477673.html

Yahoo News: Saba Industries to invest $100 mn in rice sector in India, Thailand

Yahoo News: Saba Industries to invest $100 mn in rice sector in India, Thailand

 Indo Asian News Service


New Delhi, Nov 21 (IANS) Malaysia-based Saba Industries Chairman and CEO Malini Saba on Wednesday said the privately-held company will invest $100 million in the rice sector in India and Thailand, as it plans to export the staple by partnering with local farmers.

“We are looking at a $100 million investment between Thailand and India. And based on how much more money we need to pump in, we will do that in the next phase. We plan to start our first phase in Uttar Pradesh,” Saba told IANS during her visit to India.

The global exporter of agricultural commodities plans to enter warehousing and drying space in India’s rice sector. The Kuala Lumpur-based firm will set up about 10 warehouses in Uttar Pradesh and as many dryers with an aim to dry 1,000 tonnes rice per day.

“In the initial 2-3 years, we plan to focus on Uttar Pradesh, partnering with the farmers there. As we did in other south-east Asian countries, we plan to support the farmers in India with farm equipment and fertilisers for free and procure their rice and get it processed at local mills.

“To start with, we are looking at exporting 20,000 to 25,000 tonnes of rice, particularly Basmati, per month. We have a ready clientele in the US, Middle East and other parts of the world,” Saba said.

Farm equipment will help farmers plant and harvest paddy faster, she said.

The founder of the $650-million company also deals in mining of iron ore and gold.

“Transportation and warehousing are the major challenges in the agriculture sector in most countries like India. One of the things we discovered in India is that the drying capacity is quite limited despite the presence of a number of mills. We plan to get in large dryers with capacities ranging from 10,000 to 20,000 tonnes a month,” she said.

After Uttar Pradesh, the company will replicate the model in Andhra Pradesh and West Bengal and later to other states to scale up its operations in India.

–IANS

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See link here: https://in.news.yahoo.com/saba-industries-invest-100-mn-rice-sector-india-134203073.html

Business Standard: Saba Industries to invest $100 mn in rice sector in India, Thailand

Business Standard: Saba Industries to invest $100 mn in rice sector in India, Thailand

IANS  |  New Delhi Last Updated at November 21, 2018 19:15 IST


Malaysia-based Industries Malini on Wednesday said the privately-held company will invest $100 million in the sector in and Thailand, as it plans to export the staple by partnering with local farmers.

“We are looking at a $100 million investment between and  And based on how much more money we need to pump in, we will do that in the next phase. We plan to start our first phase in Uttar Pradesh,” told IANS during her visit to 

The global exporter of agricultural commodities plans to enter warehousing and drying space in India’s sector. The Kuala Lumpur-based firm will set up about 10 warehouses in Uttar Pradesh and as many dryers with an aim to dry 1,000 tonnes per day.

“In the initial 2-3 years, we plan to focus on Uttar Pradesh, partnering with the farmers there. As we did in other south-east Asian countries, we plan to support the farmers in India with and fertilisers for free and procure their rice and get it processed at local mills.

“To start with, we are looking at exporting 20,000 to 25,000 tonnes of rice, particularly Basmati, per month. We have a ready clientele in the US, and other parts of the world,” Saba said.

will help farmers plant and harvest paddy faster, she said.
The founder of the $650-million company also deals in of iron ore and gold.
“Transportation and warehousing are the major challenges in the agriculture sector in most countries like India. One of the things we discovered in India is that the drying capacity is quite limited despite the presence of a number of mills. We plan to get in large dryers with capacities ranging from 10,000 to 20,000 tonnes a month,” she said.

After Uttar Pradesh, the company will replicate the model in and and later to other states to scale up its operations in India.

–IANS
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(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)
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First Published: Wed, November 21 2018. 19:12 IST

Success is being happy and content with your life

Success is being happy and content with your life

This original article appeared in this digital version of The Sunday Guardian Live paper here. See page #16 for specific article.

“Success is being happy and content with your life”

Q: What sparked the idea of creating Saba Family Foundation?
A: Saba Family Foundation was set up to be a catalyst for solving women’s issues like domestic violence, harassment, education and health.

Q: What is the best part of your job?
A: The best thing is that I get to meet the survivors and talk to them. Working with advocates to fund their causes and organizing campaigns to help push change.

Q: What is your idea of a perfect vacation?
A: Perfect vacation for me is one with no phone, no computer, on a beach and a lot of good food.

Q: What is your motto if life?
A: My motto is to never give up on anything that one strongly believes in.

Q: Tell us about your hobbies.
A: I love swimming and gardening. I swim for hours because it allows me to connect with myself with every stroke, and it’s a great exercise for the whole body. Gardening because it connects me with the earth. That’s when I am outside with the birds and the squirrels who always steal my tomato before I get to them.

Q: What qualities according to you one should possess to be successful in life?
A: Success is different for everyone. To me, it is being happy inside and content with the journey of life. When you are happy and positive, you can handle any hurdle, any negative thing that life hits you with through the course of life. Thus you are a successful person when you attain happiness from within.

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Making a difference

Making a difference

Malini Saba talks about balancing her roles of being a businesswoman and philanthropist, her passion for writing and love for cooking.

A self-made businesswoman and an ardent philanthropist, Malini Saba is truly a multitasker.

She started Saba Industries in the 90’s when the industry was dominated by men. “It was a man’s world when I began my career and I would never have been given the opportunity to lead a company. Thus, I put my savings together and started it. It evolved over time and now we have over 2,000 employees in eight countries. This journey has not been easy and through it all we have had failures and down turns.  But it has been a great journey,” shares Saba, who comes from a middle-class family and whose father was ailing when she was in high school. Holding herself strong, she studied Psychology and did her PhD in the field. “It was not an easy road but it made me stronger and made me understand the value of education and money.”

In 2002, she launched The Saba Family Foundation to serve as the umbrella organisation for all her philanthropic works. The foundation’s three areas of focus are healthcare, education and human rights. Saba believes that with money and power comes responsibility. “It is not there for us to abuse. I strongly feel that when God entrusts us with large amounts of money, through our hard work we must give back and make a difference to this world. I chose to do that.  I want to be able to make a difference and improve the lives and public policy for women and children. Women’s issues have always been in the forefront for me. Despite modernisation of societies, we still hold women to a different standard —their voices and cries are not heard and not taken seriously. This has to change.”

Saba has also penned The Abbreviated Cook — a book of quick and easy recipes. “Writing is a passion for me and cooking is therapeutic. I enjoy feeding my family and I believe we pass love through our food,” shares Saba, who is currently in the middle of writing another book.

After a long day of work, she comes home to her husband, child, cats and dogs.

“They are the most important part in my life. When I am not traveling, I make it a point to drop and pick up my child from school, do the grocery shopping for dinner that night and come home and make dinner with a glass of good wine. That is my normal routine. I make sure I always read to my daughter every night and talk to her about life, universe and why we are all here. This I do without fail even when I am traveling, Facetime is awesome for that. I want to give her an understanding of the world and life. I believe it’s important for parents to talk to their kids. It’s not about the amount of time you spend with them. When you do spend time with them, you have to give them 100 per cent of your time —meaning no phone, no computer, no one else talking to you. Just you and the child. That quality time is priceless.”

This article originally posted here @ THE ASIAN AGE.

Published : Oct 12, 2018, 12:23 am IST
Updated : Oct 12, 2018, 12:23 am IST

Publication:          Asian Age

Headline:              Making Difference

Language:            English

E-paper Link:       http://onlineepaper.asianage.com/asianage-epaper.aspx?id=DEL#page2

Edition:                 Delhi

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A Supportive Man Can Help A Woman Move Mountains: Malini Saba

A Supportive Man Can Help A Woman Move Mountains: Malini Saba

A Supportive Man Can Help A Woman Move Mountains: Malini Saba

Women are the real architects of the society, said Harriet Beecher Stowe, and it is certainly true in case of Malini Saba.

A businesswoman who knows what it means to build an empire from scratch, she’s the Founder-CEO of The Saba Industries and The Saba Family Foundation. Her story is inspiring to say the least, and much more can be learned from her strong will, passion and the hard work that she puts towards what she believes in.

In a chat with SHEROES, she talks about how her life has panned out, about The Saba Family Foundation which is very close to her heart and what it takes to be a leader.

I was born in a small town in Malaysia, the eldest of 4 siblings. We did not have much growing up and hence, my goal was to always provide for my family. I studied and put myself through school and University by working three jobs, only to start my own business 26 years ago.

I now live in Vietnam and part of the time in Monaco. I have a beautiful child who is my life and soul. I’m grateful to have a spouse who is so supportive of my career and a strong man who is able to be home while I work.

His support means everything to me because it confirms to me that a supportive man can make a woman move mountains.

Helping Others Was What I Wanted To Do, Always

I knew early on in life that helping others is what I wanted to do. I strongly believe that my role in this world is to help others. In order to do that, I had to build myself up and establish a company that earned money to fund the Saba Family Foundation.

My father always helped his not-so-well-to-do family in Sri Lanka. He consistently told me that money is not to be taken for granted. It is a privilege given by God and if you ever make a lot of money, you must always give back.

Having grown up the hard way, studying and working through all sorts of odd jobs, I know what it is like to not have money, to struggle to feed yourself, pay your rent and take care of your siblings.

While this keeps me humble, it also makes me work hard to earn money and to make sure that I am able to manage the Saba Family Foundation and give back.

My nature is to make the wrong, right. I am not afraid to fight the biggest and the strongest. That has consequences but it has to be done to help those who cannot, and do not have the funds to, defend themselves.

The Saba Family Foundation & Its Vision

We are the catalyst for change. We believe that when you help one woman, you help a community, and in turn the nation. I believe in a woman’s right to stand her ground, her right to read and work.

A woman is not an ornament to be passed around, she does not belong to people.

The foundation exists to fund scholarships, legal battles for women, engage in campaigns for women issues and help young girls.

Helping With Women Centric Issues

We work with well-known partners like CARE, NETAID, VITAL VOICES and  UNICEF. We also fund the build out of schools in different countries like Mexico and Ghana, to name a few.  We helped YUVA in the early part of the Millennium to build their sight in Mumbai too.

We also hold our own campaigns like the anti-bullying campaign through schools, work environments, and older adult housing. We feel domestic violence is a form of bullying too.

Our mission stays the same – help a woman to have a voice.

Taking The Leadership Role Early On

It has been an enriching experience and the best ride of my life. I have had three failures through the course of building this company, once almost losing it all. But I stuck through it, reviewed those failures and learned about people.

I think the best lesson is if you truly believe in your business and yourself, don’t ever give up! Stick through it, no matter what someone else says to you.

You will get there and it would be beyond your wildest dreams. Success never comes easy, it comes with its own share of problems. But the growth curve is high.

You also learn about those who will stand by you because of you and your vision, and those that are there only to be riders on your coat tails. It is very important to learn how to read people. If you have those two traits, you will be fine.

Women Leaders In Industrial Arena

It is very different for women to be in this area. Most people who are in this field are men and women are in really small numbers. There are very few that have built it from scratch. Usually, it’s passed on to them from their husband or family. But I did not have that luxury – I had to build Saba Industries block by block.

Women are not much respected to know their stuff in this field. I have always wanted to keep my femininity and be strong. I feel being a woman is not a weakness in this field, it’s actually a strength.

The Challenges Of An Entrepreneur

Our foundation is funded by the business. When it comes to the foundation, to find and fund the right groups that hold true to the vision, is very important to me. I am always involved with the final selections. I treat it like a business and make sure all the due diligence is done to make sure whatever we fund is viable and will be able to have an impact or get the result it needs.

But building a business is not easy – the biggest hurdle is getting others to believe in you to help you raise funds or debt. They felt I did not understand this space. They would give me lip service – entertain my proposal but politely say, “We will pass. Come back when you have sales.”

I decided to take a loan and used my credit cards to build it out. Basically, I put in all my life savings to buy the first couple of concessions for gold and iron ore to move ahead.

The third knock from the Universe was the worst, the funds we were expecting never showed up and that put us in such a bad place – it was followed by the markets tanking and price volatility. It was a nightmare but I believed in myself and my dream and the vision. I told my closest loyal staff, we have to stick it through and once again, my savings came into play.

But when I look back, it was all worth it. Now we are in 8 countries, in different mineral and agricultural space; but I am always careful because anything can change and you have to be prepared. This business is something that should outlast me and hopefully, my child will take over it.

What Motivates Me

Life experiences are what motivates me the most. I want to change and a better work environment for women, better political environment for women and education for women. I also want us, as a society, to embrace the changes because it’s inevitable.

Nirupama Kondayya Nirupama feels that life is all about #TakingCharge, one step at a time, everyday. She truly believes that women have the potential to achieve their dreams, once they put their heart into it. She also believes that being grateful for little things has big impacts in life.

Businesswoman with a Heart

Businesswoman with a Heart

10/6/2018 – This article originally from the India Business Journal – October 2018 @ http://online.fliphtm15.com/mwdr/ohpc/#p =50

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Sharmila Chand catches up with Ms. Saba (shown below) to know more about the business woman & philanthropist.
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Malini Saba is a self-made businesswoman and ardent philanthropist.

Born in Malaysia to a family of modest means, Ms. Saba spent her early life in Sri Lanka and Australia. Later, she migrated to the USA and, along with her husband, learned the nuances of business. In 2002, she launched The Saba Family Foundation to serve as an umbrella organization for all her philanthropic works. Through the foundation, she has helped millions of under-served women and children in South and South-East Asia, South America, Africa and the US gain access to life-saving medical and educational services and achieve economic stability. Funding for her philanthropic works comes from Saba Industries, a group of commodities companies that she has founded in Asia. Tak­ ing time off her  busy  schedule, Ms. Saba has penned The Abbreviated Cook, a book of quick and easy recipes that offer a twist on traditional South and South-East Asian dishes.

Q: What is your philosophy of life?
A: I believe that what goes around comes around, for I have lived long enough to see it being very true.

Q: What is your passion in life?
A: My passion and my calling in life are to help others and thus the foundation.

Q: What is your management mantra?
A: Never, never, never give up

Q: What would you like to say about your work?
A: My work is my baby. It is what I wake up to everyday. It does not define me, but it gives me great challenges, overcoming which gives me immense joy.

Q: Your strength...
A: Never giving up.

Q: A business Leader you admire the most...
A: I admire Steve jobs. He was relentless with his vision to succeed.

Q: Your weakness ...
A: Never giving up.

Q: Your kind of music...
A: I love Bollywood songs and Hip Hop.

Q: Your favourite holiday destination...
A: Bora Bora – Tahiti

Q: Golf or Bridge or...
A: Golf hands down. The game allows me to be away from my phones and alone on the grounds.

Q: You are a tough, serious boss or
A: I like to think that I am the serious kind of boss but with a soft touch much like an iron fist in a velvet glove.

Q: Formal suit or casual attire…
A: Casual attire any day

Q: What do you enjoy the most in lifegenerally?
A: I love cooking. It gives me great pleasure to come home from work and cook a variety of dishes for my family.

Q: How do you de-stress?
A: I find getting my nails done at a salon with my family very relaxing.

Q: Your mantra for success...
A: Get up, brush off, and keep at it.

Q: Your dream...
A: To make a movie in Bollywood.

Q: Ten years from now, where do we see you?
A: On my yacht, retired and writing my memoirs.

Malini Saba and 7 Networking Tips For Women

Malini Saba and 7 Networking Tips For Women

Malini Saba


Founder, Saba Family Foundations & Saba Industries

Malini Saba is a self-made businesswoman, an ardent philanthropist and a force to be reckoned with, Ms. Saba embodies the concept of using business to serve humanity Her eminent group of commodities companies, Saba Industries, is a prime example of her stratagem of using business to serve humanity. Functioning in the agriculture and mining industry, the group hires local talents and helps them achieve economic stability. The CSR arm of the group, Saba Family Foundation, has given access to life-saving medical and educational services to millions of disadvantaged people across South and Southeast Asia, Australia, Africa, India, and the Middle East. the foundation is an extension of Ms. Saba’s philanthropy and aims to help at least one billion people to gain access to basic health care, education, and opportunities which allow them to break the cycle of poverty and illiteracy.


7 Networking Tips For Women: How to Use Network to Grow Your Business Without Being Spammy

Here’s How you can also structure your own niche and find people who have similar interests
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Entrepreneurs are a rare breed. A recent study shows that less than 6% of the adults in the world work on their own business. Women account for less than half of that number. So what are the few things that women can keep in mind to increase their network?

Dress Well : They say first impression is the last impression. Dressing well and appropriate on different occasions can set different contexts in your life. You can choose between business formals and business casuals depending on your mood and commitment. Dressing well also promotes your leadership qualities. It shows that you are best prepared to deal with risks and challenges thrown at your way. Lastly, if people at social gatherings or events like your dressing sense, they are likely to connect with you and maintain a long relationship. How you present yourself matters the most.

Try Attending All Social Events : Whether it is a corporate party or a private kitty party, women need to attend all of them if they want to increase their social network. Parties are known to be spaces where people tend to get social. You will also meet a diverse range of people there and you never know who can turn out to be useful. Interactions at these parties are also very social. Many people find their prospective clients at such parties. Also, do keep an eye out for events specially meant for women entrepreneurs. The has been a sudden rise in such event and they prove to be very helpful when you need connections.

Work With Diversity : If you are really interested in growing your pool of network and expanding your business, you will need to cater to diversity and work with them. More diversity at your workplace will mean that you will be introduced to newer people, communities and culture. It will also empower you to learn about others. Diversity gives you a golden opportunity for you to develop useful contacts, gain helpful information, and obtain positive business referrals.

Use Social Media Well : Social media is the best form of communication today. It has surpassed all the forms of communication and hosts around 2.46 billion people worldwide. The most amazing feature of social media is that you can reach out to anyone without having to move anywhere. All you need is internet connection. In-person connection is slowly being overshadowed by online communication. You can find like-minded people or special kind of people you are looking for through groups and filters. Social media is also great for your business as it acts as a medium for advertisement.

Get To Know Them Beforehand : Social media can tell you a lot about people’s interests and desires. You can use this information before approaching them. A little knowledge about people’s passions, interests and desires can make you understand their demand and needs well. It can also help you tailor your services for them. It is very imperative for businesses to know their clients or any third-party vendors really well before engaging in business with them. It just ensures that your relationship is smooth and that you don’t run into any major challenges or risks

Learn From Mistakes : It is always very imperative to learn from your mistakes and not repeat them. If you have made any mistakes in the past in terms of networking, for eg. pushed too hard for something or over-talked at some event, it is suggested that you don’t repeat it. People can get turned off very easily, especially if their ideologies don’t match. In today’s age of digital and fast-paced networking, it is very easy to make mistakes that go unnoticed. Mistakes can also bring a huge blow to your business. If you hurt someone or publicly embarrass someone, chances are that people might get intimidated. Always learn to carry a respectable image in public.

Align Your Values With Others : This is the most important factor to keep in mind while networking. Aligning your values according to others means understanding needs and demands of people and supplying them service tailored for their needs. If you align your values, it is easy to attract attention and fulfill your professional cum personal goals. Aligning your values may also make you a people’s person as a lot of people will start investing time and faith on you. Most businesses are built on these two factors: time and faith. Therefore it makes more sense for women to make sure that they invest time and faith onto people they are looking to connect with. Knowing a little history about them and understanding the culture they come from can be of great help too.

These are some tips to grow your network for your business. However, you can also structure your own niche and find people who have similar interests.