Michael Saba

Michael Saba

Michael P. Saba, Ph.D.
Director of International Development, Avera Health

Dr. Michael Saba is currently Director of International Development for Avera Health, one of the largest rural health organizations in the United States. He formerly served as Executive Director of Development for Sanford Children’s Clinics where he was responsible for overseeing the placement of comprehensive children’s health facilities and children’s clinics throughout the United States, other parts of North America and the rest of the world. In early 2007 Sanford Health received a $400 million gift which enabled the organization to develop these children’s facilities and services and he is responsible for uncovering opportunities for such facilities.

Dr. Saba is the founder of Sioux Falls in the World and serves on the Board of Directors of the Dakotah Territory International Visitors Association , an affiliate of the U.S. State Department. He also serves on the Board of Translators of Culture, an immigrant support Sioux Falls area organization. He is the Vice-Chairman and serves on the Board of the South Dakota State Commission for National and Community Service as appointed by the Governor of South Dakota. He also serves on the National Board of Operation Lifeline.

Saba was the Executive Director of Friends of Saudi Arabia, an organization facilitating “People to People” relationships between the United States and Saudi Arabia. Friends of Saudi Arabia is a 501c3 organization registered in Washington, DC

He previously served as President of Saba and Associates. His company facilitated joint ventures with health care institutions around the world, developed fund raising strategies to apply to foreign countries, and conducted cross cultural training in the U.S. and abroad. Prior to that, he served as Vice President for International Development for ALSAC/St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. He was also President of GULFAMERICA, an international business services company which facilitated trade between the U.S. and the Arab Gulf, Southeast Asia, and North and East Africa.

Formerly manager of Middle East Public Affairs for Mobil Oil Corporation, Saba has been working internationally since the 1960’s. He is past president of the Central Illinois Exporters’ Association, an organization which promoted Illinois exports, and president of the Attiyeh Foundation, a not-for-profit Foundation promoting U.S.-Arab Relations. Saba was also the first executive director of the National Association of Arab Americans based in Washington, D.C.

Saba is a frequent writer and lecturer on international relations and business matters. He has been interviewed by ABC, NBC, and CBS Evening News; CNN; the MacNeil-Lehrer News Hour; Nightline; FNN; and other television and radio broadcasts. He has been quoted by the New York Times; the Washington Post; the Chicago Tribune; the Wall Street Journal; -numerous regional newspapers and international publications. Saba has also been called to testify before Congress on matters of international policy. Saba also has written and has had three books published.

Saba worked in Malaysia and Thailand in the 1960’s and served as a training coordinator for Peace Corps programs in Africa in the early 1970’s. He joined Mobil Oil in the mid 1970’s and has been an international business advisor since 1980. Saba founded GULFAMERICA in 1986.

Michael Saba holds undergraduate degrees in Education, Biology from Minot State University in North Dakota. He received a Master’s degree from the University of Illinois in Cross-Cultural and Comparative Education and a Ph.D. in International Relations.

As of: March 24, 2015