Sahar Tieby, Executive Director, Sanabel, the Microfinance Network of Arab Countries
Sahar Tieby joined Sanabel – The Microfinance Network of Arab Countries, as their Executive Director in the beginning of 2013. She has over 20 years of experience working in the Middle East and North Africa, Asia, Africa, Europe, and the Caribbean on sustainable development, of which the last 15 years have been dedicated to the development of the microfinance industry. She has extensive experience in designing microfinance services and streamlining the management of institutions’ operations. She is also a certified trainer for microfinance courses for practitioners, policy makers and donor agencies. Before joining Sanabel, Tieby was the Microfinance Specialist at the ITC ILO in Turin, Italy. She worked on several microfinance initiatives globally with organizations including Save the Children, UNICEF, World Bank, EU, CGAP, IFAD, ILO, CHF, Chemonics and Bearing Point.
She has also served on the policy team of CGAPs’ MENA Hub Office and conducted a review of the policy constraints and diagnostics for selected countries in the MENA region. Other activities focused on capacity building and advocacy for microfinance initiatives in conflict zones and transitional economies in Sudan, Iraq and Afghanistan.
Tieby also serves as a faculty member of the Boulder Microfinance Institute, and on the Steering Committee of the SMART Campaign.