Loyola University Chicago


Joseph P. Saba

Currently Chairman of the Board of Directors of American Near East Refugee Aid (ANERA), Advisory Board, Eurasia Foundation and PROLAW (Loyola Law School International Legal Program, Rome) and a partner in Strategies for Stability (a small consulting firm), Joe retired in 2010 as Director, Middle East from the World Bank.

From 2010 – 2014, as Senior Adviser to the World Bank, Joe has participated in reviews and restructuring or review of the World Bank’s programs in South Sudan, Yemen, Afghanistan and Somalia.

From March 2013 until completion of the exercise in June 2014, he was Team Leader for an Evaluation of the EU’s assistance to the Palestinian people 2008-2014.

From 2013 until 2015, Joe leads a World Bank/UN Joint Support Facility for Yemen.

Since 2010 he has also lectured periodically at the NATO Defense College in Rome and at PROLAW where he delivered a number of presentations for events focused on development in fragile and conflict affected states.

From 1997-2001 Joe was Country Director for the World Bank’s West Bank and Gaza program, resident in Jerusalem. From 2001 he was Country Director for the Middle East (Iraq, Iran, Lebanon, Syria and Jordan, and from 2009, the GCC countries).

Before joining the World Bank in 1992, he was a partner in a large American law firm specializing in international transactions.

Joe also served on the US Congressional Committee to Investigate the Iran-Contra Affair in 1987.

Joe has a JD from Yale Law School, an MA in Middle East Affairs from Harvard University and a BA from King’s College (PA).

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