Appointed as CEO of Dubai’s International Humanitarian City in early March 2017, Giuseppe Saba brings more than 32 years of extensive experience in the humanitarian field with the United Nations and international organizations.
Saba is a leading logistics and support services expert. He is the founder of the United Nations Humanitarian Response Depot Network (UNHRD); in 2000, he set-up under the UN World Food Programme (WFP) the first UNHRD in Brindisi, south-east of Italy, as a consortium of UN Agencies, International Humanitarian Organizations, Governmental and Non-Governmental Organization.
Following the lessons learnt from the emergency response to the Indian Ocean Tsunami in 2004, he developed and expanded UNHRD into the current network by opening hubs and negotiating agreements with various hosting governments in Dubai, Malaysia, Ghana, Spain and Panama. As a result of his efforts, UNHRD became one of the largest humanitarian organizations platform counting around 90 partners operating in emergency preparedness and response.
Saba is an Italian Citizen, born in 1951 in Sardinia. He is married and has two daughters living respectively one in Italy and one in Ireland. Since his retirement from the UN-WFP in 2013, he served as consultant to various humanitarian agencies including the Norwegian Refugee Council and the ASEAN Coordinating Centre for Humanitarian Assistance on disaster management (AHA Centre).