Joseph Saba

Chairman, American Near East Refugee Aid; former Director, World Bank Middle East

Joseph Saba

Chairman, American Near East Refugee Aid; former Director, World Bank Middle East

Joseph Saba is a partner in the consulting firm Strategies for Stability and an adjunct professor at Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service. He is chairman of the board of directors of American Near East Refugee Aid and an advisory board member for PROLAW (Loyola Law School International Legal Program, Rome).

Previously, Mr. Saba spent 13 years as director for World Bank programs in the Middle East, retiring in 2010.  Since then, as a senior adviser, he has led reviews and the restructuring of World Bank programs and multi-donor international trust funds in South Sudan, Afghanistan, and Somalia. Since 2013, he has been assisting in the design of a World Bank/United Nations Joint Support Facility for Yemen. 

Mr. Saba currently acts as a peer reviewer for a Danish evaluation of its assistance to Palestinians, and from March 2013 to June 2014, was a team leader for an evaluation of the EU’s assistance to the Palestinian people from 2008 to 2014. He has lectured periodically at the NATO Defense College in Rome and Brussels, at PROLAW, and in several other fora where he delivered presentations focused on strategies for engagement in fragile and conflict-affected states.

From 1997 to 2001, Mr. Saba was a country director, residing in Jerusalem, for the World Bank’s West Bank and Gaza program. From 2001 he was a country director for the Middle East (Iraq, Iran, Lebanon, Syria and Jordan, and from 2009, the Gulf Cooperation Council countries). From 1992 to 1998, he designed and led World Bank programs for property rights transition in Central Asia, the Caucus, and China. He continued advising on several of those programs until 2007.

Before joining the World Bank in 1991, Mr. Saba was a partner in a large American law firm specializing in international transactions. He is the author of a book and numerous articles on development practice and transition reforms. In 1987, Mr. Saba served as counsel to the U.S. Congressional Committee to investigate the Iran-Contra affair.

Mr. Saba has a J.D. from Yale Law School, an M.A. in Middle East affairs from Harvard University, and a B.A. from King’s College (Pennsylvania).

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