Saba Ismail

Posted March 1, 2024

As a Program Assistant for the Protection, Membership & University Relations, Saba processes emergency fund grants to at-risk scholars, enabling their safe passage to arranged academic placements within the network. She also contributes to strategies for identifying, recruiting, and engaging universities, faculty, and students. Prior to joining SAR, Saba worked with at-risk communities, including refugees and asylum seekers, through her involvement with UNHCR and the International Rescue Committee. At the age of 15, Saba co-founded Aware Girls, a young women-led organization working towards gender equality and peace in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Province of Pakistan. From 2016 to 2018, she served as an advisory group member to the UN on Youth, Peace and Security. Saba has received several awards, including the Chirac Prize for Conflict Prevention (2016), and was recognized as one of the “100 Leading Global Thinkers” by Foreign Policy. She was also named among the “30 Under 30” youth activists by the National Endowment for Democracy. Saba holds an M.A. in International Human Rights, supported by a fully funded tuition fellowship from the Sié Chéou-Kang Center for International Security and Diplomacy at the Josef Korbel School of International Studies, University of Denver, in 2023. Additionally, she has a Master of Science in Biotechnology from COMSATS Institute of Information Technology, Abbottabad, Pakistan.

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