Biography of Dr. Daud S. Saba

Doctor Daud Saba son of Abdul Samad, was born on May 10, 1964 in Gozara District of Herat Province.

After primary studies in Herat, he continued his secondary studies at Ghazi and Nadirya high schools. He obtained a master degree in economical geology from Kabul Polytechnic University in 1986.  

In 2002, he completed his doctorate studies on geological block of Kabul, in Mumbai University. He also received a diploma in Gemology from the same university.

Dr. Saba has worked in different governmental organizations, NGOs and private sectors during the last 24 years.

He served as a lecturer in Geology and Petrology at Kabul Polytechnic University between years 1976 – 1994; he also worked as a researcher and associated professor for the St. Xavier's College of Mumbai University during 1990 – 1995.

From 1996 – 2002, Dr. Saba worked as editor for Mardomnama-e-Bakhter research Journal, and as the head of Barg-e- Sabez Publications. He also served as research advisor for the International Center of New York University, and there he conducted a research on geothermal resources of Afghanistan during 2003 – 2005. He published the first ever research report on this subject in 2005.

In 2004, he cooperated with the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) and co-auhored two fact-based policy reports on Human Development in Afghanistan.  The reports describe human development, human security and the Justice System in Afghanistan. It was the first report published in three languages in Afghanistan.

In 2005, worked as advisor and member of researching team for Chris Michel’s Institute of Norway, and cooperated in evaluation of aids from European countries to Afghanistan.

In 2005, Dr. Saba started work as natural resources development advisor at IRD for USAID, and then assumed the role of deputy country director of the IRD in Kabul.

Dr. Saba also served as senior advisor to National Environmental Protection Agency of Afghanistan for one year and contributed to the formation of this institution as well as to the Environmental law of Afghanistan.

Between years 2005-2006, Dr. Saba served as writer, researcher and advisor to ANDS, and Advisor to the President Karzai in human development. He was later appointed as head of IGS advisory company in Kabul.

In 2010, Dr. Daud Saba was appointed as the governor of Herat Province. During three years of service, he was able to promote good governance in Herat through methodical programs, to evaluate the development dimensions at Herat, and to define short term, medium term and long term (15-20 years) development goals in the framework of a provincial development vision. These programs determined the development path of Herat, and resulted in implementing of more than 400 development projects in the province. Details on these projects is published in a book titled “Didgah dar Amal” (Vision in Action) in 2012, by provincial administration.

Herat Provincial administration has been recognized as “a model of good governance” by the government of Afghanistan, and won the first position in promoting Good Governance in the country.

Dr. Saba he has a professional command of Dari, Pashto, English and Russian languages, and has numerous publications on different subjects.

In addition to conducting various researches and authoring scientific articles on geology, mines and development in Afghanistan, Dr. Saba has written articles on cultural and political issues to reflect his views.

Dr. Saba views the nature as the symbol of power of the Almighty Allah, and loves the mountains of Afghanistan as the unique heritage of Afghan people. The planned sustainable development of mineral and petroleum of Afghan resources in accordance with the highest interest of its current and future generations of the country is his prime objective and passion.