Business and Entrepreneurship
Malini Saba is a self-made investor and philanthropist of Southern Asia origin. Born to Sri Lankan parents in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Ms. Saba moved to the USA at the age of 19. Malini Saba’s investment career began in Silicon Valley, a venture capitalist in the 1990s. Leveraging her extensive experience in financial services industry, Saba invested in more than 20 technology companies. They include Sycamore Networks, PayPal Inc., and Netscreen Technologies. Currently, Saba serves as the chairperson of the board of Saban Group, a global-scale company with investment interest in technology businesses in the US, oil and gas ventures in China, and property development in Australia and India.
For Ms. Saba, entrepreneurship is not for the faint-hearted but for those willing to take risks. Ms. Saba always takes the road less traveled and advises entrepreneurs to follow their gut and believe in themselves. Malini Saba attributes her success to being resilience as this helped her understand the reality on the ground. As such, she remains updated about her employees working conditions. As a leader, Ms. Saba embarks on motivating her employees as this results in increased productivity. Maintaining start-up mode throughout her career life helped Ms. Saba stand out the pact amid stiff competition.
As a philanthropist, Malini Saba founded Stree: Global Investments in Women in 2001, a charitable organization empowering at-risk and low-income women to improve their livelihoods and roles in society. Stree was inaugurated by former US President Bill Clinton and Jordanian Queen Noor. Through Stree Foundation, Saba helps women access healthcare, legal empowerment. Besides, it provides a platform for grassroots movements in developing regions such as Africa, India, and Central America to connect with public policies.
Furthermore, Saba’s philanthropic efforts are not limited to Stree Foundation. For example, in June 2005, Ms. Saba donated $1 million for the establishment of the first South Asian’s Heart Research Center at El Camino Hospital. Moreover, in 2004, Ms. Saba pledged $10 million to the victims of the tsunami in India and Sri Lanka.
Ms. Saba’s Philosophy
On an interview with The Story Exchange, Malini Saba noted that whatever happened in the past, whether in your personal or business life cannot change. However, you can reflect and learn from your past mistakes as you progress.