Sara is the Director of Marketing and Communications for Midamar Corporation in Cedar Rapids, IA, a privately owned business with over 200 Halal Food products and 4 lines of business. While at Midamar, Sara developed the marketing department and set up the online and social marketing capabilities for the company.
Prior to Midamar, Sara opened and managed the first licensed and accredited online K through 12 school in the Middle East, the K12 International Academy, in Dubai. Between 1998 and 2010, Sara was a part of the inaugural faculty team that set up Zayed Unversity in the UAE, and worked with The Arab Gulf Fund for United Nations Development to set up the Arab Open University in 6 Arab Countries. In addition, Sara taught marketing courses at the college level for 6 years and ran a successful consulting company which aided US businesses in setting up operations in the Middle East and Arabian Gulf States.
Between 2006 and 2010, Sara wrote a regular column for the Gulf News – Friday Magazine called I, ME, Myself, which featured the biographies of top leaders in the Middle East. She was also the economy editor of the International Herald Tribune and Daily Star in Kuwait.
Over the past 15 years, Sara has devoted her free time to working with children’s charities. She started the first Corporate Challenge in the UAE to raise funds for children with disabilities, ran silent auctions for Child Find Ontario, and currently volunteers on the fundraising committee of My Iman Montessori School in Cedar Rapids, IA. She is a student of the French and Arabic languages and she teaches part time at a community college. Sara earned an MBA from University of Windsor and a Masters Certificate in Internet Marketing from University of San Francisco.
Sara has 3 married children, Surriah, Maryam, and Ali, and 4 awesome grandchildren, Jameela, Ayesha, Ibrahim and Mohamed.