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Saba Abashawl

Chief External Affairs Officer

Houston Airport System

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Saba manages the advancement of Houston Airports by establishing and maintaining effective two-way communications with key legislators and federal entities, news media, the traveling public, as well as other domestic and international stakeholders regarding the operations, procedures, services, developments and future plans of Houston Airports. She leads the division to actively participate in efforts to retain, expand and relocate international and domestic business to Houston and to provide vital support for new and expanded air service development to fuel the local economy and increase traffic through Houston Airports.

Saba also serves as Executive Officer for the Mayor of Houston in the field of world-wide corporate relations and development. She oversees the Houston Office of Protocol & International Affairs (HOPIA) which is the official liaison to the Consular Corps of Houston, 3rd largest in the nation with 93 countries represented and serves as the community's resource center for Houston's international relationships. HOPIA also handles all dignitary visits and manages Houston’s 18 Sister City associations. Under her direction, Houston became the Permanent Secretariat of the World Energy Cities Partnership, a collaboration which joins 19 global energy cities.

Today, Saba is also the lead liaison between the Houston AIrports and the Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Customs and Border Protection, the U.S. Department of State, and the U.S. Department of Commerce on facilitation issues. She is committed to high levels of customer service for international passengers who enter the United States at George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH). She currently chairs both Facilitation Committees of the Airports Council International-NA (ACI-NA) and Gateway Airport Council in U.S. Travel Association and is one of three U.S. participants on the ACI-World facilitation council.

Saba earned a Masters in International Finance and Business from the University of St. Thomas and she is a member of the Houston Committee on Foreign Relations, Greater Houston Partnership, World Trade Advisory Board, U.S. District Export Council, Bay Area Houston Economic Partnership, Women's Global Leadership Conference in Energy & Technology and the Houston World Affairs Council.



 

 
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