Saba Abashawl
Chief External Affairs Officer
Houston Airport System

Saba manages the advancement of Houston Airports (HAS) through her leadership role in Corporate Communications, Industry Relations, Business Development and Global Government Affairs. She leads the External Affairs 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 international business relations and development to direct local and international business development initiatives designed to foster economic vitality for HAS and the greater Houston region. She established Houston as the permanent Secretariat of the World Energy Cities Partnership (WECP) and recently realigned the Houston Office of Protocol & International Affairs to serves as the community's resource center for Houston's international relationships and also established the Houston Consular Forum as a signature Houston event. Saba organized trade missions to numerous countries in the Americas, Middle East, Africa, Europe and Asia, affording many Houston business significant contacts and joint venture opportunities.

As lead liaison to 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). Saba currently chairs Facilitation Committees of the Airports Council International-NA (ACI-NA) and Gateway Airport Council in U.S. Travel Association and is the only 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.