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Saba Shameem Ahmed Shaikh ’91, P’18 P’20

Saba and her husband, Suhail Shaikh (also a member of Middlebury's Class of 1991) live in Scarsdale, New York. They have two Middlebury sons, Aazum Shaikh, a junior, and Fazi Shaikh, a freshman.

Career: Associate buyer, Saks Fifth Avenue; CEO/Founder of Saba’Stash, a retail platform showcasing luxury designer brands and promoting artisans globally.

Education: Bachelor of Arts, Phi Beta Kappa, Middlebury College; Fashion Business Certificate, Parsons School of Design

Volunteer activities: Member, Scarsdale Schools Parent Teacher Association  multicultural committee

Interests: Travel, reading biographies, watching tennis and soccer, contemporary art

Where I've lived: Karachi, Pakistan; London, UK; New York, New York, USA; and Scarsdale, New York, USA

Why I volunteer for Middlebury: Middlebury College "believed" in me! I felt at home as soon as I arrived and connected with professors/students instantly. I experienced the warmth of Vermonters through my host family, John Quinn/Maggie Stebbins, celebrated my diversity with like minded peers and embraced the liberal arts curriculum. I graduated in 1991 (Phi Beta Kappa), with a major in economics and minors in theater and women's studies. Truly the best years of my life. It was a journey of self discovery, emancipation, and evolution. 

Why I support financial aid for international students: I support  financial aid for international students from around the world, but especially Pakistan, since I can see myself in so many of them. It is personal! Middlebury College is a global community, and therefore a diverse student body echoes this mantra perfectly.