Afghan Biographies

Saba, Daud Shah Dr.

Name Saba, Daud Shah Dr.
Ethnic backgr. Pashtun
Date of birth 1964
Function/Grade Ex Minister
History and Biodata

2. Previous Functions:
Principal Author "UNDP Afghanistan first National Human Development Report" 2004,
Presidential Adviser Human Development (2005-2008),
Freelance Consultant. (Earth and Environmental Sciences) 2008,
International Relief and Development IRD Deputy country director (2008-2009)
President Afghanistan Green Leaf Consulting, LLC (AG Consulting), 2009 - 20100800)
Provincial Governor Herat (20100824 - 20130703) resigned
President Afghanistan Strategic Resources, LLC (20131230)
Minister of MInes and Industries (20150127-20160328) resigned

3. Biodata:
saba_daudDr. Daud Shah Saba, M.Sc., Ph.D., was born in Herat, Afghanistan in 1964. He obtained his MS in Economic Geology from the Kabul Polytechnic Institute in 1986. He taught in the same institute for six years, and in 1996 obtained his Ph.D. in Earth Science from the University of Mumbai, India (Geology Department, St. Xavier's College, Mumbai-1, India). Daud Saba is from Popal tribe (same tribe as Hamid Karzai). His research interests were focused on the geodynamics and mineral resources of the Hindu Kush, environmental and natural history of Afghanistan. His work has been published in both Afghan and international publications.

In 2000, Saba published the book Gozar Az Tangna, which is his reflections on sociopolitical situation in modern Afghanistan.
He was the President of Afghan Green Leave Consulting, LLC (AG Consulting) which is an Agriculture, Economic and Trade development consulting firm located in Kabul. AG Consulting is registered with the Afghanistan Investment Support Agency (AISA Registration No. D-32045), established in 2009 by Dr. Daud Saba (President AG Consulting), and dutch Mr. Martijn Hekman (Vice-President), who are international development experts. AG Consulting had 58 full time, 2 part time afghan employees, and 3 expat consultants.
Dr. Saba, who is an Afghan Canadian National, holds a M.Sc. degree in Economic Geology and a Ph.D. degree in Earth Sciences, with over 20 years of experience in international development, natural resources and environmental management, with a focus in Afghanistan. He has worked with many international firms and implemented projects in most of the provinces of Afghanistan. Recently, Dr. Saba has served as the Human Development Advisor to the President of Afghanistan, which provided him with a thorough knowledge of development issues and priorities of the country.
President Karzai appointed Daud Saba as governor of western Herat province as the former governor, Muhammad Yousuf Nuristani, was running for parliamentary elections.(20100824)
It was reported that the governor of Herat, Daud Shah Saba, had presented his resignation letter to President Karzai and that Karzai had accepted it.(20130212)
Daud Shah Saba, on 20130613 said he had resigned under pressure from powerful individuals and favour-seeking elements. He had sent his resignation letter to the president after consulting his family and friends. He has requested the president to accept his resignation.(20130628)
Dr. Daud S. Saba established Afghanistan Strategic Resources, LLC  (ASR)  in 2011. The company is registered as a LLC with the Afghanistan Investment Support Agency (AISA) of the Ministry of Trade & Industry (Registration No. D-03-873). ASR benefits from the rich experience of its predecessor company - Afghanistan Green Leaf Consulting, LLC  and its team and network, who in the past five years has successfully implemented many projects for international donors in Afghanistan, covering difficult areas such as in Helmand, Uruzgan, Kandahar and many other provinces in Southern, Eastern, Northern, and Western regions of the country.(20131230) 
Saba has been nominated by the President Dr. Ashraf Ghani as Minister of Mines and Petroleum. (20150112) Wolesi Jirga confirmed Nominee for the Ministry of Mines Daud Shah Saba won with 146 votes, 74 against, 13 blank, 10 invalid.(20150128) Wolesi Jirga confirmed Nominee for the Ministry of Mines Daud Shah Saba with 146 votes, 74 against, 13 blank, 10 invalid.(20150128)
Daud Shah Sabah has officially sent his resignation to the president. Saba had already complained about “curbs” on his authority and mining contacts.(20160328)

Saba's  wife and two children reside in USA due to ongoing university education of the kids. He has Canadian and Afghan citizenship.
Dr. Saba speaks Dari, Pashtu, English and Hindi.


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