Saba Soomekh is a truly  outstanding speaker who  not only  easily  will  captivate an audience but will also explain complex political and social situations in a  way that makes you think more about issues and continue your own learning about what she has presented. She has a natural ability to inspire you and does so in a very conversational style.

I recently was  very fortunate to have the opportunity to speak together with Saba at a gathering of individuals interested in learning more about the complex political situation in the Middle East Region, as a result of over  three  years of conflict within Syria.   Saba helped all of us understand the history of the conflict ,the social impact of it, as well as describing the competing agendas of the various actors in the region.  She does this in a manner that makes everyone present  feel that they are in a one on one conversation with her, and not  sitting  with a group of people.  Her deep knowledge and understanding  of the Middle East region  enables her to speak from  her own personal experience further bringing those  present  closer to her and in doing so, encourages their questions.

I was  extremely fortunate to follow Saba in speaking and my presentation on the humanitarian situation of Syrians in the region was enhanced because of the excellent background and context that Saba shared with the audience.  In fact, I was so engaged in what Saba was saying  that I found myself thinking that Saba should  make herself available to speak with other groups of individuals, including students, corporations, foundations and members of civic and religious organizations. Her presentation provided hope about a part of the world that is misunderstood, and that  requires attention and understanding. Saba helps start this journey of understanding for all who have the privilege of attending one of her presentations.

Gary Shaye
Senior Director of Humanitarian Operations
Save the Children


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