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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

You may download the entire article here (PDFIndia Business Journal – October 2018. or
MS-WORD DOCX format here India Business Journal – October 2018

Sharmila Chand catches up with Ms. Saba (shown below) to know more about the business woman & philanthropist.
Send feedback tochand.sharmila@gmail. com.

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.

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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
5 min read
Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own.

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

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.

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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.

The Iceberg Ilusion

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Investor Characteristics Five Key Essential Ingredients

What makes a good investor?

By Richard West

I met Ms. Saba in Australia. I was privileged to have an hour to interview her. My question to her was two-fold, ”1) What makes a good investor and 2) How did you build your portfolio of companies?”

“There are five key characteristics are needed in order to become a good investor”, she said.

Investor Malini Saba

An average investor uses his/her money and invests the rest; a good investor invests his/her money and uses the rest. Investing is a risk vs. returns game.

  1. Goal setting - Failing to plan is planning to fail!
    A good investor will always have clear goal. It is very important to have a plan to achieve the goals. Variations most likely tend to divert an investor from the agenda. Having a plan of action within a defined period of time for a particular return on investment is a sign of a good investor. They are prepared for the uncertainty of the market while the plans are usually made considering both the sides.

  2. Knowledge - When you know better, you do better!
    Besides utilizing time to the best, a good investor possesses knowledge of the market. He/she understands the position of funds and has researched about the company investment strategy and philosophy. You need to know where your money is being utilized. A good investor analyses the growth pattern of the company over the years from genuine sources. On the accounts of the anticipations and knowledge a good investor will have a defined plan for exit point as well. An active learner who is open to make a right choice on the basic of genuinity of knowledge is a good investor.

  3. Right Decision - Listen to the world but do what is right!
    A good investor knows the time. They keep an eye on current scenario in the market. They update their knowledge about market activities and growth. Having a sound understanding of trends enables the investors to overlook their plans and decide the term of investment. Having an understanding of current trends and company market position makes one a good investor. They own their mistakes and learn not to make them again. It’s not necessary that the good investor jumps into the trends; he/she just does what is right.

  4. Patience - Keep calm and carry on!
    Over the period of time a good investor creates wealth due to his patience. It is probably the finest quality to have. A good investor has faith in his plans. They usually do not feel bad about the 10% downtick; they would rather sit tight to celebrate the 100% uptick. They are persistent about sticking to the plans. They usually do not get into the buy and sell trends.

  5. Risk Aversion - Know thyself!
    Good investors know the inherent risk in investing. They understand their plans and analyze their expected returns. Being risk averse is a quality shaped by experience, knowledge and confidence over the above mentioned key characteristics.

Malini Saba’s Mantra:

“Remember to let go once you have decided to invest your money. The rest is in the hands of those you have entrusted to do the job. Thus, choose well and wisely based on analysis and research and also use your gut instinct. If you do those well, the rest is in the pudding as the British say.”

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Mother Behind Scenes, Woman Behind Business

Mother Behind the Scenes, Woman Behind the Business
By Elana Shongan

I wanted to write this personalized outlook of a woman I admire dearly. She is humble and caring but fiercely strong and puts up with no nonsense. This is my take on this amazing woman.

I had the occasion to see Madam herself sweeping and mopping at home. She works late into the night and sometimes wakes up early at 2:00 AM to finish work. When I went to see her she was doing this. I think it helps her think and release stress.

I still remember her photograph with the then American President Bill Clinton. She isn’t a tall woman, but she is a towering figure. Madam Saba is a female icon and she shows it to the world what women are capable of doing if they decide something.

Soon to be mother Malini Saba with President Bill Clinton

When she met with the late President Mandela she was calm and graceful and cracked jokes with him.

Behind closed doors Saba is a mother and a homemaker. Malini applies her relentless work ethic to home life overseeing the rearing of her child and performing home domestic duties.

Her child was born by cesarean section three days early. She felt unwell during her pregnancy and given that she could not have any more children. The business magnet work ethic applied to family home in Monaco where she juggles her job, studying the trade, organizing the household, shopping, sewing, cooking and ironing.

Madam Saba is not the kind of person to lounge around, she prefers to sightsee rather than relaxing by the pool. After a business trip she rounds her family up and drags them out to a weekend getaway camping. This allows her to connect back with them and find out what she missed.

Madam is partial to a glass of good wine to keep her going while she writes her speeches and works on her business at night. She sleeps only for four hours a night and no one can ever order her to bed to lie down and get more rest.

Saba is very particular about overseeing her the upbringing of her child. She makes sure she is there to take her to school in the morning and pick her up and works from home thereafter. She does not believe in nannies. Her mantra –  they grow up so fast, I want to savor every moment of her changes till then.

One of Madam Saba’s favorite thing to do is cook. When she is up in the morning she plans the menu for the day. She will make a hot fresh meal for her child’s lunch box and always leaves little motivational notes in there as surprises.  She will prep the evening meal before leaving the home for work.

Her dinners are always elaborate. It’s a four-course meal. She makes it compulsory that everyone sits at the table, says grace and then eats together. Saba believes it is during this time you have quality time to engage on variety of topics of the day as a family as a unit.

When Madam Saba travels, she makes sure she has hand written several notes and request I place them in her lunch box as surprises. She makes sure she facetimes her child in the morning when she wakes up, after she comes back from school and before she sleeps. There are times she also helps her with her homework.

Despite her business engagements, political meetings and philanthropy work, she always makes time for her baby. She says motherhood is the most difficult job in the world and the most satisfying. “I love being a mother and I am a mother first and foremost.” says Madam Malini.

Madam Saba embodies every hard-working mother out there in the world trying hard to juggle both work and being a mother.

 

 

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Breaking the Barrier

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

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.

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

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Self-made Billionaire

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

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.

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

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The Iron Lady with a Velvet Glove

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

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.

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

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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

You may download the entire article here (PDFIndia Business Journal – October 2018. or
MS-WORD DOCX format here India Business Journal – October 2018

Sharmila Chand catches up with Ms. Saba (shown below) to know more about the business woman & philanthropist.
Send feedback tochand.sharmila@gmail. com.

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.

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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
5 min read
Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own.

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

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.

Read More

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.

The Iceberg Ilusion

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Investor Characteristics Five Key Essential Ingredients

What makes a good investor?

By Richard West

I met Ms. Saba in Australia. I was privileged to have an hour to interview her. My question to her was two-fold, ”1) What makes a good investor and 2) How did you build your portfolio of companies?”

“There are five key characteristics are needed in order to become a good investor”, she said.

Investor Malini Saba

An average investor uses his/her money and invests the rest; a good investor invests his/her money and uses the rest. Investing is a risk vs. returns game.

  1. Goal setting - Failing to plan is planning to fail!
    A good investor will always have clear goal. It is very important to have a plan to achieve the goals. Variations most likely tend to divert an investor from the agenda. Having a plan of action within a defined period of time for a particular return on investment is a sign of a good investor. They are prepared for the uncertainty of the market while the plans are usually made considering both the sides.

  2. Knowledge - When you know better, you do better!
    Besides utilizing time to the best, a good investor possesses knowledge of the market. He/she understands the position of funds and has researched about the company investment strategy and philosophy. You need to know where your money is being utilized. A good investor analyses the growth pattern of the company over the years from genuine sources. On the accounts of the anticipations and knowledge a good investor will have a defined plan for exit point as well. An active learner who is open to make a right choice on the basic of genuinity of knowledge is a good investor.

  3. Right Decision - Listen to the world but do what is right!
    A good investor knows the time. They keep an eye on current scenario in the market. They update their knowledge about market activities and growth. Having a sound understanding of trends enables the investors to overlook their plans and decide the term of investment. Having an understanding of current trends and company market position makes one a good investor. They own their mistakes and learn not to make them again. It’s not necessary that the good investor jumps into the trends; he/she just does what is right.

  4. Patience - Keep calm and carry on!
    Over the period of time a good investor creates wealth due to his patience. It is probably the finest quality to have. A good investor has faith in his plans. They usually do not feel bad about the 10% downtick; they would rather sit tight to celebrate the 100% uptick. They are persistent about sticking to the plans. They usually do not get into the buy and sell trends.

  5. Risk Aversion - Know thyself!
    Good investors know the inherent risk in investing. They understand their plans and analyze their expected returns. Being risk averse is a quality shaped by experience, knowledge and confidence over the above mentioned key characteristics.

Malini Saba’s Mantra:

“Remember to let go once you have decided to invest your money. The rest is in the hands of those you have entrusted to do the job. Thus, choose well and wisely based on analysis and research and also use your gut instinct. If you do those well, the rest is in the pudding as the British say.”

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Mother Behind Scenes, Woman Behind Business

Mother Behind the Scenes, Woman Behind the Business
By Elana Shongan

I wanted to write this personalized outlook of a woman I admire dearly. She is humble and caring but fiercely strong and puts up with no nonsense. This is my take on this amazing woman.

I had the occasion to see Madam herself sweeping and mopping at home. She works late into the night and sometimes wakes up early at 2:00 AM to finish work. When I went to see her she was doing this. I think it helps her think and release stress.

I still remember her photograph with the then American President Bill Clinton. She isn’t a tall woman, but she is a towering figure. Madam Saba is a female icon and she shows it to the world what women are capable of doing if they decide something.

Soon to be mother Malini Saba with President Bill Clinton

When she met with the late President Mandela she was calm and graceful and cracked jokes with him.

Behind closed doors Saba is a mother and a homemaker. Malini applies her relentless work ethic to home life overseeing the rearing of her child and performing home domestic duties.

Her child was born by cesarean section three days early. She felt unwell during her pregnancy and given that she could not have any more children. The business magnet work ethic applied to family home in Monaco where she juggles her job, studying the trade, organizing the household, shopping, sewing, cooking and ironing.

Madam Saba is not the kind of person to lounge around, she prefers to sightsee rather than relaxing by the pool. After a business trip she rounds her family up and drags them out to a weekend getaway camping. This allows her to connect back with them and find out what she missed.

Madam is partial to a glass of good wine to keep her going while she writes her speeches and works on her business at night. She sleeps only for four hours a night and no one can ever order her to bed to lie down and get more rest.

Saba is very particular about overseeing her the upbringing of her child. She makes sure she is there to take her to school in the morning and pick her up and works from home thereafter. She does not believe in nannies. Her mantra –  they grow up so fast, I want to savor every moment of her changes till then.

One of Madam Saba’s favorite thing to do is cook. When she is up in the morning she plans the menu for the day. She will make a hot fresh meal for her child’s lunch box and always leaves little motivational notes in there as surprises.  She will prep the evening meal before leaving the home for work.

Her dinners are always elaborate. It’s a four-course meal. She makes it compulsory that everyone sits at the table, says grace and then eats together. Saba believes it is during this time you have quality time to engage on variety of topics of the day as a family as a unit.

When Madam Saba travels, she makes sure she has hand written several notes and request I place them in her lunch box as surprises. She makes sure she facetimes her child in the morning when she wakes up, after she comes back from school and before she sleeps. There are times she also helps her with her homework.

Despite her business engagements, political meetings and philanthropy work, she always makes time for her baby. She says motherhood is the most difficult job in the world and the most satisfying. “I love being a mother and I am a mother first and foremost.” says Madam Malini.

Madam Saba embodies every hard-working mother out there in the world trying hard to juggle both work and being a mother.

 

 

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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.

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

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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.

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

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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.

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

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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

You may download the entire article here (PDFIndia Business Journal – October 2018. or
MS-WORD DOCX format here India Business Journal – October 2018

Sharmila Chand catches up with Ms. Saba (shown below) to know more about the business woman & philanthropist.
Send feedback tochand.sharmila@gmail. com.

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.

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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
5 min read
Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own.

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

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.

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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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Investor Characteristics Five Key Essential Ingredients

What makes a good investor?

By Richard West

I met Ms. Saba in Australia. I was privileged to have an hour to interview her. My question to her was two-fold, ”1) What makes a good investor and 2) How did you build your portfolio of companies?”

“There are five key characteristics are needed in order to become a good investor”, she said.

Investor Malini Saba

An average investor uses his/her money and invests the rest; a good investor invests his/her money and uses the rest. Investing is a risk vs. returns game.

  1. Goal setting - Failing to plan is planning to fail!
    A good investor will always have clear goal. It is very important to have a plan to achieve the goals. Variations most likely tend to divert an investor from the agenda. Having a plan of action within a defined period of time for a particular return on investment is a sign of a good investor. They are prepared for the uncertainty of the market while the plans are usually made considering both the sides.

  2. Knowledge - When you know better, you do better!
    Besides utilizing time to the best, a good investor possesses knowledge of the market. He/she understands the position of funds and has researched about the company investment strategy and philosophy. You need to know where your money is being utilized. A good investor analyses the growth pattern of the company over the years from genuine sources. On the accounts of the anticipations and knowledge a good investor will have a defined plan for exit point as well. An active learner who is open to make a right choice on the basic of genuinity of knowledge is a good investor.

  3. Right Decision - Listen to the world but do what is right!
    A good investor knows the time. They keep an eye on current scenario in the market. They update their knowledge about market activities and growth. Having a sound understanding of trends enables the investors to overlook their plans and decide the term of investment. Having an understanding of current trends and company market position makes one a good investor. They own their mistakes and learn not to make them again. It’s not necessary that the good investor jumps into the trends; he/she just does what is right.

  4. Patience - Keep calm and carry on!
    Over the period of time a good investor creates wealth due to his patience. It is probably the finest quality to have. A good investor has faith in his plans. They usually do not feel bad about the 10% downtick; they would rather sit tight to celebrate the 100% uptick. They are persistent about sticking to the plans. They usually do not get into the buy and sell trends.

  5. Risk Aversion - Know thyself!
    Good investors know the inherent risk in investing. They understand their plans and analyze their expected returns. Being risk averse is a quality shaped by experience, knowledge and confidence over the above mentioned key characteristics.

Malini Saba’s Mantra:

“Remember to let go once you have decided to invest your money. The rest is in the hands of those you have entrusted to do the job. Thus, choose well and wisely based on analysis and research and also use your gut instinct. If you do those well, the rest is in the pudding as the British say.”

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Mother Behind Scenes, Woman Behind Business

Mother Behind the Scenes, Woman Behind the Business
By Elana Shongan

I wanted to write this personalized outlook of a woman I admire dearly. She is humble and caring but fiercely strong and puts up with no nonsense. This is my take on this amazing woman.

I had the occasion to see Madam herself sweeping and mopping at home. She works late into the night and sometimes wakes up early at 2:00 AM to finish work. When I went to see her she was doing this. I think it helps her think and release stress.

I still remember her photograph with the then American President Bill Clinton. She isn’t a tall woman, but she is a towering figure. Madam Saba is a female icon and she shows it to the world what women are capable of doing if they decide something.

Soon to be mother Malini Saba with President Bill Clinton

When she met with the late President Mandela she was calm and graceful and cracked jokes with him.

Behind closed doors Saba is a mother and a homemaker. Malini applies her relentless work ethic to home life overseeing the rearing of her child and performing home domestic duties.

Her child was born by cesarean section three days early. She felt unwell during her pregnancy and given that she could not have any more children. The business magnet work ethic applied to family home in Monaco where she juggles her job, studying the trade, organizing the household, shopping, sewing, cooking and ironing.

Madam Saba is not the kind of person to lounge around, she prefers to sightsee rather than relaxing by the pool. After a business trip she rounds her family up and drags them out to a weekend getaway camping. This allows her to connect back with them and find out what she missed.

Madam is partial to a glass of good wine to keep her going while she writes her speeches and works on her business at night. She sleeps only for four hours a night and no one can ever order her to bed to lie down and get more rest.

Saba is very particular about overseeing her the upbringing of her child. She makes sure she is there to take her to school in the morning and pick her up and works from home thereafter. She does not believe in nannies. Her mantra –  they grow up so fast, I want to savor every moment of her changes till then.

One of Madam Saba’s favorite thing to do is cook. When she is up in the morning she plans the menu for the day. She will make a hot fresh meal for her child’s lunch box and always leaves little motivational notes in there as surprises.  She will prep the evening meal before leaving the home for work.

Her dinners are always elaborate. It’s a four-course meal. She makes it compulsory that everyone sits at the table, says grace and then eats together. Saba believes it is during this time you have quality time to engage on variety of topics of the day as a family as a unit.

When Madam Saba travels, she makes sure she has hand written several notes and request I place them in her lunch box as surprises. She makes sure she facetimes her child in the morning when she wakes up, after she comes back from school and before she sleeps. There are times she also helps her with her homework.

Despite her business engagements, political meetings and philanthropy work, she always makes time for her baby. She says motherhood is the most difficult job in the world and the most satisfying. “I love being a mother and I am a mother first and foremost.” says Madam Malini.

Madam Saba embodies every hard-working mother out there in the world trying hard to juggle both work and being a mother.

 

 

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Breaking the Barrier

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

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.

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

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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.

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

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The Iron Lady with a Velvet Glove

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

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.

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

###

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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

You may download the entire article here (PDFIndia Business Journal – October 2018. or
MS-WORD DOCX format here India Business Journal – October 2018

Sharmila Chand catches up with Ms. Saba (shown below) to know more about the business woman & philanthropist.
Send feedback tochand.sharmila@gmail. com.

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.

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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
5 min read
Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own.

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

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.

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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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Investor Characteristics Five Key Essential Ingredients

What makes a good investor?

By Richard West

I met Ms. Saba in Australia. I was privileged to have an hour to interview her. My question to her was two-fold, ”1) What makes a good investor and 2) How did you build your portfolio of companies?”

“There are five key characteristics are needed in order to become a good investor”, she said.

Investor Malini Saba

An average investor uses his/her money and invests the rest; a good investor invests his/her money and uses the rest. Investing is a risk vs. returns game.

  1. Goal setting - Failing to plan is planning to fail!
    A good investor will always have clear goal. It is very important to have a plan to achieve the goals. Variations most likely tend to divert an investor from the agenda. Having a plan of action within a defined period of time for a particular return on investment is a sign of a good investor. They are prepared for the uncertainty of the market while the plans are usually made considering both the sides.

  2. Knowledge - When you know better, you do better!
    Besides utilizing time to the best, a good investor possesses knowledge of the market. He/she understands the position of funds and has researched about the company investment strategy and philosophy. You need to know where your money is being utilized. A good investor analyses the growth pattern of the company over the years from genuine sources. On the accounts of the anticipations and knowledge a good investor will have a defined plan for exit point as well. An active learner who is open to make a right choice on the basic of genuinity of knowledge is a good investor.

  3. Right Decision - Listen to the world but do what is right!
    A good investor knows the time. They keep an eye on current scenario in the market. They update their knowledge about market activities and growth. Having a sound understanding of trends enables the investors to overlook their plans and decide the term of investment. Having an understanding of current trends and company market position makes one a good investor. They own their mistakes and learn not to make them again. It’s not necessary that the good investor jumps into the trends; he/she just does what is right.

  4. Patience - Keep calm and carry on!
    Over the period of time a good investor creates wealth due to his patience. It is probably the finest quality to have. A good investor has faith in his plans. They usually do not feel bad about the 10% downtick; they would rather sit tight to celebrate the 100% uptick. They are persistent about sticking to the plans. They usually do not get into the buy and sell trends.

  5. Risk Aversion - Know thyself!
    Good investors know the inherent risk in investing. They understand their plans and analyze their expected returns. Being risk averse is a quality shaped by experience, knowledge and confidence over the above mentioned key characteristics.

Malini Saba’s Mantra:

“Remember to let go once you have decided to invest your money. The rest is in the hands of those you have entrusted to do the job. Thus, choose well and wisely based on analysis and research and also use your gut instinct. If you do those well, the rest is in the pudding as the British say.”

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Mother Behind Scenes, Woman Behind Business

Mother Behind the Scenes, Woman Behind the Business
By Elana Shongan

I wanted to write this personalized outlook of a woman I admire dearly. She is humble and caring but fiercely strong and puts up with no nonsense. This is my take on this amazing woman.

I had the occasion to see Madam herself sweeping and mopping at home. She works late into the night and sometimes wakes up early at 2:00 AM to finish work. When I went to see her she was doing this. I think it helps her think and release stress.

I still remember her photograph with the then American President Bill Clinton. She isn’t a tall woman, but she is a towering figure. Madam Saba is a female icon and she shows it to the world what women are capable of doing if they decide something.

Soon to be mother Malini Saba with President Bill Clinton

When she met with the late President Mandela she was calm and graceful and cracked jokes with him.

Behind closed doors Saba is a mother and a homemaker. Malini applies her relentless work ethic to home life overseeing the rearing of her child and performing home domestic duties.

Her child was born by cesarean section three days early. She felt unwell during her pregnancy and given that she could not have any more children. The business magnet work ethic applied to family home in Monaco where she juggles her job, studying the trade, organizing the household, shopping, sewing, cooking and ironing.

Madam Saba is not the kind of person to lounge around, she prefers to sightsee rather than relaxing by the pool. After a business trip she rounds her family up and drags them out to a weekend getaway camping. This allows her to connect back with them and find out what she missed.

Madam is partial to a glass of good wine to keep her going while she writes her speeches and works on her business at night. She sleeps only for four hours a night and no one can ever order her to bed to lie down and get more rest.

Saba is very particular about overseeing her the upbringing of her child. She makes sure she is there to take her to school in the morning and pick her up and works from home thereafter. She does not believe in nannies. Her mantra –  they grow up so fast, I want to savor every moment of her changes till then.

One of Madam Saba’s favorite thing to do is cook. When she is up in the morning she plans the menu for the day. She will make a hot fresh meal for her child’s lunch box and always leaves little motivational notes in there as surprises.  She will prep the evening meal before leaving the home for work.

Her dinners are always elaborate. It’s a four-course meal. She makes it compulsory that everyone sits at the table, says grace and then eats together. Saba believes it is during this time you have quality time to engage on variety of topics of the day as a family as a unit.

When Madam Saba travels, she makes sure she has hand written several notes and request I place them in her lunch box as surprises. She makes sure she facetimes her child in the morning when she wakes up, after she comes back from school and before she sleeps. There are times she also helps her with her homework.

Despite her business engagements, political meetings and philanthropy work, she always makes time for her baby. She says motherhood is the most difficult job in the world and the most satisfying. “I love being a mother and I am a mother first and foremost.” says Madam Malini.

Madam Saba embodies every hard-working mother out there in the world trying hard to juggle both work and being a mother.

 

 

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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.

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

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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.

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

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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.

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

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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

You may download the entire article here (PDFIndia Business Journal – October 2018. or
MS-WORD DOCX format here India Business Journal – October 2018

Sharmila Chand catches up with Ms. Saba (shown below) to know more about the business woman & philanthropist.
Send feedback tochand.sharmila@gmail. com.

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.

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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
5 min read
Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own.

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

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.

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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.

The Iceberg Ilusion

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Investor Characteristics Five Key Essential Ingredients

What makes a good investor?

By Richard West

I met Ms. Saba in Australia. I was privileged to have an hour to interview her. My question to her was two-fold, ”1) What makes a good investor and 2) How did you build your portfolio of companies?”

“There are five key characteristics are needed in order to become a good investor”, she said.

Investor Malini Saba

An average investor uses his/her money and invests the rest; a good investor invests his/her money and uses the rest. Investing is a risk vs. returns game.

  1. Goal setting - Failing to plan is planning to fail!
    A good investor will always have clear goal. It is very important to have a plan to achieve the goals. Variations most likely tend to divert an investor from the agenda. Having a plan of action within a defined period of time for a particular return on investment is a sign of a good investor. They are prepared for the uncertainty of the market while the plans are usually made considering both the sides.

  2. Knowledge - When you know better, you do better!
    Besides utilizing time to the best, a good investor possesses knowledge of the market. He/she understands the position of funds and has researched about the company investment strategy and philosophy. You need to know where your money is being utilized. A good investor analyses the growth pattern of the company over the years from genuine sources. On the accounts of the anticipations and knowledge a good investor will have a defined plan for exit point as well. An active learner who is open to make a right choice on the basic of genuinity of knowledge is a good investor.

  3. Right Decision - Listen to the world but do what is right!
    A good investor knows the time. They keep an eye on current scenario in the market. They update their knowledge about market activities and growth. Having a sound understanding of trends enables the investors to overlook their plans and decide the term of investment. Having an understanding of current trends and company market position makes one a good investor. They own their mistakes and learn not to make them again. It’s not necessary that the good investor jumps into the trends; he/she just does what is right.

  4. Patience - Keep calm and carry on!
    Over the period of time a good investor creates wealth due to his patience. It is probably the finest quality to have. A good investor has faith in his plans. They usually do not feel bad about the 10% downtick; they would rather sit tight to celebrate the 100% uptick. They are persistent about sticking to the plans. They usually do not get into the buy and sell trends.

  5. Risk Aversion - Know thyself!
    Good investors know the inherent risk in investing. They understand their plans and analyze their expected returns. Being risk averse is a quality shaped by experience, knowledge and confidence over the above mentioned key characteristics.

Malini Saba’s Mantra:

“Remember to let go once you have decided to invest your money. The rest is in the hands of those you have entrusted to do the job. Thus, choose well and wisely based on analysis and research and also use your gut instinct. If you do those well, the rest is in the pudding as the British say.”

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Mother Behind Scenes, Woman Behind Business

Mother Behind the Scenes, Woman Behind the Business
By Elana Shongan

I wanted to write this personalized outlook of a woman I admire dearly. She is humble and caring but fiercely strong and puts up with no nonsense. This is my take on this amazing woman.

I had the occasion to see Madam herself sweeping and mopping at home. She works late into the night and sometimes wakes up early at 2:00 AM to finish work. When I went to see her she was doing this. I think it helps her think and release stress.

I still remember her photograph with the then American President Bill Clinton. She isn’t a tall woman, but she is a towering figure. Madam Saba is a female icon and she shows it to the world what women are capable of doing if they decide something.

Soon to be mother Malini Saba with President Bill Clinton

When she met with the late President Mandela she was calm and graceful and cracked jokes with him.

Behind closed doors Saba is a mother and a homemaker. Malini applies her relentless work ethic to home life overseeing the rearing of her child and performing home domestic duties.

Her child was born by cesarean section three days early. She felt unwell during her pregnancy and given that she could not have any more children. The business magnet work ethic applied to family home in Monaco where she juggles her job, studying the trade, organizing the household, shopping, sewing, cooking and ironing.

Madam Saba is not the kind of person to lounge around, she prefers to sightsee rather than relaxing by the pool. After a business trip she rounds her family up and drags them out to a weekend getaway camping. This allows her to connect back with them and find out what she missed.

Madam is partial to a glass of good wine to keep her going while she writes her speeches and works on her business at night. She sleeps only for four hours a night and no one can ever order her to bed to lie down and get more rest.

Saba is very particular about overseeing her the upbringing of her child. She makes sure she is there to take her to school in the morning and pick her up and works from home thereafter. She does not believe in nannies. Her mantra –  they grow up so fast, I want to savor every moment of her changes till then.

One of Madam Saba’s favorite thing to do is cook. When she is up in the morning she plans the menu for the day. She will make a hot fresh meal for her child’s lunch box and always leaves little motivational notes in there as surprises.  She will prep the evening meal before leaving the home for work.

Her dinners are always elaborate. It’s a four-course meal. She makes it compulsory that everyone sits at the table, says grace and then eats together. Saba believes it is during this time you have quality time to engage on variety of topics of the day as a family as a unit.

When Madam Saba travels, she makes sure she has hand written several notes and request I place them in her lunch box as surprises. She makes sure she facetimes her child in the morning when she wakes up, after she comes back from school and before she sleeps. There are times she also helps her with her homework.

Despite her business engagements, political meetings and philanthropy work, she always makes time for her baby. She says motherhood is the most difficult job in the world and the most satisfying. “I love being a mother and I am a mother first and foremost.” says Madam Malini.

Madam Saba embodies every hard-working mother out there in the world trying hard to juggle both work and being a mother.

 

 

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Breaking the Barrier

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

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.

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

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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.

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

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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.

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

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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

You may download the entire article here (PDFIndia Business Journal – October 2018. or
MS-WORD DOCX format here India Business Journal – October 2018

Sharmila Chand catches up with Ms. Saba (shown below) to know more about the business woman & philanthropist.
Send feedback tochand.sharmila@gmail. com.

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.

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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
5 min read
Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own.

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

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.

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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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Investor Characteristics Five Key Essential Ingredients

What makes a good investor?

By Richard West

I met Ms. Saba in Australia. I was privileged to have an hour to interview her. My question to her was two-fold, ”1) What makes a good investor and 2) How did you build your portfolio of companies?”

“There are five key characteristics are needed in order to become a good investor”, she said.

Investor Malini Saba

An average investor uses his/her money and invests the rest; a good investor invests his/her money and uses the rest. Investing is a risk vs. returns game.

  1. Goal setting - Failing to plan is planning to fail!
    A good investor will always have clear goal. It is very important to have a plan to achieve the goals. Variations most likely tend to divert an investor from the agenda. Having a plan of action within a defined period of time for a particular return on investment is a sign of a good investor. They are prepared for the uncertainty of the market while the plans are usually made considering both the sides.

  2. Knowledge - When you know better, you do better!
    Besides utilizing time to the best, a good investor possesses knowledge of the market. He/she understands the position of funds and has researched about the company investment strategy and philosophy. You need to know where your money is being utilized. A good investor analyses the growth pattern of the company over the years from genuine sources. On the accounts of the anticipations and knowledge a good investor will have a defined plan for exit point as well. An active learner who is open to make a right choice on the basic of genuinity of knowledge is a good investor.

  3. Right Decision - Listen to the world but do what is right!
    A good investor knows the time. They keep an eye on current scenario in the market. They update their knowledge about market activities and growth. Having a sound understanding of trends enables the investors to overlook their plans and decide the term of investment. Having an understanding of current trends and company market position makes one a good investor. They own their mistakes and learn not to make them again. It’s not necessary that the good investor jumps into the trends; he/she just does what is right.

  4. Patience - Keep calm and carry on!
    Over the period of time a good investor creates wealth due to his patience. It is probably the finest quality to have. A good investor has faith in his plans. They usually do not feel bad about the 10% downtick; they would rather sit tight to celebrate the 100% uptick. They are persistent about sticking to the plans. They usually do not get into the buy and sell trends.

  5. Risk Aversion - Know thyself!
    Good investors know the inherent risk in investing. They understand their plans and analyze their expected returns. Being risk averse is a quality shaped by experience, knowledge and confidence over the above mentioned key characteristics.

Malini Saba’s Mantra:

“Remember to let go once you have decided to invest your money. The rest is in the hands of those you have entrusted to do the job. Thus, choose well and wisely based on analysis and research and also use your gut instinct. If you do those well, the rest is in the pudding as the British say.”

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Mother Behind Scenes, Woman Behind Business

Mother Behind the Scenes, Woman Behind the Business
By Elana Shongan

I wanted to write this personalized outlook of a woman I admire dearly. She is humble and caring but fiercely strong and puts up with no nonsense. This is my take on this amazing woman.

I had the occasion to see Madam herself sweeping and mopping at home. She works late into the night and sometimes wakes up early at 2:00 AM to finish work. When I went to see her she was doing this. I think it helps her think and release stress.

I still remember her photograph with the then American President Bill Clinton. She isn’t a tall woman, but she is a towering figure. Madam Saba is a female icon and she shows it to the world what women are capable of doing if they decide something.

Soon to be mother Malini Saba with President Bill Clinton

When she met with the late President Mandela she was calm and graceful and cracked jokes with him.

Behind closed doors Saba is a mother and a homemaker. Malini applies her relentless work ethic to home life overseeing the rearing of her child and performing home domestic duties.

Her child was born by cesarean section three days early. She felt unwell during her pregnancy and given that she could not have any more children. The business magnet work ethic applied to family home in Monaco where she juggles her job, studying the trade, organizing the household, shopping, sewing, cooking and ironing.

Madam Saba is not the kind of person to lounge around, she prefers to sightsee rather than relaxing by the pool. After a business trip she rounds her family up and drags them out to a weekend getaway camping. This allows her to connect back with them and find out what she missed.

Madam is partial to a glass of good wine to keep her going while she writes her speeches and works on her business at night. She sleeps only for four hours a night and no one can ever order her to bed to lie down and get more rest.

Saba is very particular about overseeing her the upbringing of her child. She makes sure she is there to take her to school in the morning and pick her up and works from home thereafter. She does not believe in nannies. Her mantra –  they grow up so fast, I want to savor every moment of her changes till then.

One of Madam Saba’s favorite thing to do is cook. When she is up in the morning she plans the menu for the day. She will make a hot fresh meal for her child’s lunch box and always leaves little motivational notes in there as surprises.  She will prep the evening meal before leaving the home for work.

Her dinners are always elaborate. It’s a four-course meal. She makes it compulsory that everyone sits at the table, says grace and then eats together. Saba believes it is during this time you have quality time to engage on variety of topics of the day as a family as a unit.

When Madam Saba travels, she makes sure she has hand written several notes and request I place them in her lunch box as surprises. She makes sure she facetimes her child in the morning when she wakes up, after she comes back from school and before she sleeps. There are times she also helps her with her homework.

Despite her business engagements, political meetings and philanthropy work, she always makes time for her baby. She says motherhood is the most difficult job in the world and the most satisfying. “I love being a mother and I am a mother first and foremost.” says Madam Malini.

Madam Saba embodies every hard-working mother out there in the world trying hard to juggle both work and being a mother.

 

 

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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.

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

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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.

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

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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.

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

###

Read More

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

You may download the entire article here (PDFIndia Business Journal – October 2018. or
MS-WORD DOCX format here India Business Journal – October 2018

Sharmila Chand catches up with Ms. Saba (shown below) to know more about the business woman & philanthropist.
Send feedback tochand.sharmila@gmail. com.

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.

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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
5 min read
Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own.

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

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.

Read More

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.

The Iceberg Ilusion

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Investor Characteristics Five Key Essential Ingredients

What makes a good investor?

By Richard West

I met Ms. Saba in Australia. I was privileged to have an hour to interview her. My question to her was two-fold, ”1) What makes a good investor and 2) How did you build your portfolio of companies?”

“There are five key characteristics are needed in order to become a good investor”, she said.

Investor Malini Saba

An average investor uses his/her money and invests the rest; a good investor invests his/her money and uses the rest. Investing is a risk vs. returns game.

  1. Goal setting - Failing to plan is planning to fail!
    A good investor will always have clear goal. It is very important to have a plan to achieve the goals. Variations most likely tend to divert an investor from the agenda. Having a plan of action within a defined period of time for a particular return on investment is a sign of a good investor. They are prepared for the uncertainty of the market while the plans are usually made considering both the sides.

  2. Knowledge - When you know better, you do better!
    Besides utilizing time to the best, a good investor possesses knowledge of the market. He/she understands the position of funds and has researched about the company investment strategy and philosophy. You need to know where your money is being utilized. A good investor analyses the growth pattern of the company over the years from genuine sources. On the accounts of the anticipations and knowledge a good investor will have a defined plan for exit point as well. An active learner who is open to make a right choice on the basic of genuinity of knowledge is a good investor.

  3. Right Decision - Listen to the world but do what is right!
    A good investor knows the time. They keep an eye on current scenario in the market. They update their knowledge about market activities and growth. Having a sound understanding of trends enables the investors to overlook their plans and decide the term of investment. Having an understanding of current trends and company market position makes one a good investor. They own their mistakes and learn not to make them again. It’s not necessary that the good investor jumps into the trends; he/she just does what is right.

  4. Patience - Keep calm and carry on!
    Over the period of time a good investor creates wealth due to his patience. It is probably the finest quality to have. A good investor has faith in his plans. They usually do not feel bad about the 10% downtick; they would rather sit tight to celebrate the 100% uptick. They are persistent about sticking to the plans. They usually do not get into the buy and sell trends.

  5. Risk Aversion - Know thyself!
    Good investors know the inherent risk in investing. They understand their plans and analyze their expected returns. Being risk averse is a quality shaped by experience, knowledge and confidence over the above mentioned key characteristics.

Malini Saba’s Mantra:

“Remember to let go once you have decided to invest your money. The rest is in the hands of those you have entrusted to do the job. Thus, choose well and wisely based on analysis and research and also use your gut instinct. If you do those well, the rest is in the pudding as the British say.”

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Mother Behind Scenes, Woman Behind Business

Mother Behind the Scenes, Woman Behind the Business
By Elana Shongan

I wanted to write this personalized outlook of a woman I admire dearly. She is humble and caring but fiercely strong and puts up with no nonsense. This is my take on this amazing woman.

I had the occasion to see Madam herself sweeping and mopping at home. She works late into the night and sometimes wakes up early at 2:00 AM to finish work. When I went to see her she was doing this. I think it helps her think and release stress.

I still remember her photograph with the then American President Bill Clinton. She isn’t a tall woman, but she is a towering figure. Madam Saba is a female icon and she shows it to the world what women are capable of doing if they decide something.

Soon to be mother Malini Saba with President Bill Clinton

When she met with the late President Mandela she was calm and graceful and cracked jokes with him.

Behind closed doors Saba is a mother and a homemaker. Malini applies her relentless work ethic to home life overseeing the rearing of her child and performing home domestic duties.

Her child was born by cesarean section three days early. She felt unwell during her pregnancy and given that she could not have any more children. The business magnet work ethic applied to family home in Monaco where she juggles her job, studying the trade, organizing the household, shopping, sewing, cooking and ironing.

Madam Saba is not the kind of person to lounge around, she prefers to sightsee rather than relaxing by the pool. After a business trip she rounds her family up and drags them out to a weekend getaway camping. This allows her to connect back with them and find out what she missed.

Madam is partial to a glass of good wine to keep her going while she writes her speeches and works on her business at night. She sleeps only for four hours a night and no one can ever order her to bed to lie down and get more rest.

Saba is very particular about overseeing her the upbringing of her child. She makes sure she is there to take her to school in the morning and pick her up and works from home thereafter. She does not believe in nannies. Her mantra –  they grow up so fast, I want to savor every moment of her changes till then.

One of Madam Saba’s favorite thing to do is cook. When she is up in the morning she plans the menu for the day. She will make a hot fresh meal for her child’s lunch box and always leaves little motivational notes in there as surprises.  She will prep the evening meal before leaving the home for work.

Her dinners are always elaborate. It’s a four-course meal. She makes it compulsory that everyone sits at the table, says grace and then eats together. Saba believes it is during this time you have quality time to engage on variety of topics of the day as a family as a unit.

When Madam Saba travels, she makes sure she has hand written several notes and request I place them in her lunch box as surprises. She makes sure she facetimes her child in the morning when she wakes up, after she comes back from school and before she sleeps. There are times she also helps her with her homework.

Despite her business engagements, political meetings and philanthropy work, she always makes time for her baby. She says motherhood is the most difficult job in the world and the most satisfying. “I love being a mother and I am a mother first and foremost.” says Madam Malini.

Madam Saba embodies every hard-working mother out there in the world trying hard to juggle both work and being a mother.

 

 

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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.

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

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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.

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

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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.

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

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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

You may download the entire article here (PDFIndia Business Journal – October 2018. or
MS-WORD DOCX format here India Business Journal – October 2018

Sharmila Chand catches up with Ms. Saba (shown below) to know more about the business woman & philanthropist.
Send feedback tochand.sharmila@gmail. com.

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.

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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
5 min read
Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own.

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

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.

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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.

The Iceberg Ilusion

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Investor Characteristics Five Key Essential Ingredients

What makes a good investor?

By Richard West

I met Ms. Saba in Australia. I was privileged to have an hour to interview her. My question to her was two-fold, ”1) What makes a good investor and 2) How did you build your portfolio of companies?”

“There are five key characteristics are needed in order to become a good investor”, she said.

Investor Malini Saba

An average investor uses his/her money and invests the rest; a good investor invests his/her money and uses the rest. Investing is a risk vs. returns game.

  1. Goal setting - Failing to plan is planning to fail!
    A good investor will always have clear goal. It is very important to have a plan to achieve the goals. Variations most likely tend to divert an investor from the agenda. Having a plan of action within a defined period of time for a particular return on investment is a sign of a good investor. They are prepared for the uncertainty of the market while the plans are usually made considering both the sides.

  2. Knowledge - When you know better, you do better!
    Besides utilizing time to the best, a good investor possesses knowledge of the market. He/she understands the position of funds and has researched about the company investment strategy and philosophy. You need to know where your money is being utilized. A good investor analyses the growth pattern of the company over the years from genuine sources. On the accounts of the anticipations and knowledge a good investor will have a defined plan for exit point as well. An active learner who is open to make a right choice on the basic of genuinity of knowledge is a good investor.

  3. Right Decision - Listen to the world but do what is right!
    A good investor knows the time. They keep an eye on current scenario in the market. They update their knowledge about market activities and growth. Having a sound understanding of trends enables the investors to overlook their plans and decide the term of investment. Having an understanding of current trends and company market position makes one a good investor. They own their mistakes and learn not to make them again. It’s not necessary that the good investor jumps into the trends; he/she just does what is right.

  4. Patience - Keep calm and carry on!
    Over the period of time a good investor creates wealth due to his patience. It is probably the finest quality to have. A good investor has faith in his plans. They usually do not feel bad about the 10% downtick; they would rather sit tight to celebrate the 100% uptick. They are persistent about sticking to the plans. They usually do not get into the buy and sell trends.

  5. Risk Aversion - Know thyself!
    Good investors know the inherent risk in investing. They understand their plans and analyze their expected returns. Being risk averse is a quality shaped by experience, knowledge and confidence over the above mentioned key characteristics.

Malini Saba’s Mantra:

“Remember to let go once you have decided to invest your money. The rest is in the hands of those you have entrusted to do the job. Thus, choose well and wisely based on analysis and research and also use your gut instinct. If you do those well, the rest is in the pudding as the British say.”

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Mother Behind Scenes, Woman Behind Business

Mother Behind the Scenes, Woman Behind the Business
By Elana Shongan

I wanted to write this personalized outlook of a woman I admire dearly. She is humble and caring but fiercely strong and puts up with no nonsense. This is my take on this amazing woman.

I had the occasion to see Madam herself sweeping and mopping at home. She works late into the night and sometimes wakes up early at 2:00 AM to finish work. When I went to see her she was doing this. I think it helps her think and release stress.

I still remember her photograph with the then American President Bill Clinton. She isn’t a tall woman, but she is a towering figure. Madam Saba is a female icon and she shows it to the world what women are capable of doing if they decide something.

Soon to be mother Malini Saba with President Bill Clinton

When she met with the late President Mandela she was calm and graceful and cracked jokes with him.

Behind closed doors Saba is a mother and a homemaker. Malini applies her relentless work ethic to home life overseeing the rearing of her child and performing home domestic duties.

Her child was born by cesarean section three days early. She felt unwell during her pregnancy and given that she could not have any more children. The business magnet work ethic applied to family home in Monaco where she juggles her job, studying the trade, organizing the household, shopping, sewing, cooking and ironing.

Madam Saba is not the kind of person to lounge around, she prefers to sightsee rather than relaxing by the pool. After a business trip she rounds her family up and drags them out to a weekend getaway camping. This allows her to connect back with them and find out what she missed.

Madam is partial to a glass of good wine to keep her going while she writes her speeches and works on her business at night. She sleeps only for four hours a night and no one can ever order her to bed to lie down and get more rest.

Saba is very particular about overseeing her the upbringing of her child. She makes sure she is there to take her to school in the morning and pick her up and works from home thereafter. She does not believe in nannies. Her mantra –  they grow up so fast, I want to savor every moment of her changes till then.

One of Madam Saba’s favorite thing to do is cook. When she is up in the morning she plans the menu for the day. She will make a hot fresh meal for her child’s lunch box and always leaves little motivational notes in there as surprises.  She will prep the evening meal before leaving the home for work.

Her dinners are always elaborate. It’s a four-course meal. She makes it compulsory that everyone sits at the table, says grace and then eats together. Saba believes it is during this time you have quality time to engage on variety of topics of the day as a family as a unit.

When Madam Saba travels, she makes sure she has hand written several notes and request I place them in her lunch box as surprises. She makes sure she facetimes her child in the morning when she wakes up, after she comes back from school and before she sleeps. There are times she also helps her with her homework.

Despite her business engagements, political meetings and philanthropy work, she always makes time for her baby. She says motherhood is the most difficult job in the world and the most satisfying. “I love being a mother and I am a mother first and foremost.” says Madam Malini.

Madam Saba embodies every hard-working mother out there in the world trying hard to juggle both work and being a mother.

 

 

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Breaking the Barrier

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

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.

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

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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.

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

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The Iron Lady with a Velvet Glove

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

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.

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

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