Mrs. Hanan Saab was born in Choueifat, Lebanon. She spent her scholastic years at the International School of Choueifat where she obtained her Baccalaureate I & II degrees with high distinction. Mrs. Saab then joined the American University of Beirut (AUB) where she earned her Bachelors degree in Pharmacy with distinction, and was awarded the venerated Penrose Award; granted to graduating students with highest scholastic achievements and leadership qualities.
Mrs. Saab is a member of the Lebanese order of pharmacy. She practiced hospital pharmacy at the American University Hospital (AUH) between 1985 and 1990. Despite the wobbly political situation and lack of national security, she decided in 1990 to start her own business. Consequently, Mrs. Saab founded the company Pharmamed, whose main focus was the importation and marketing of medical supplies and novelty pharmaceutical products, based on exclusive representation from renowned foreign companies. Pharmamed currently represents 22 companies from European and US origin; it has expanded its activities into the Levant area and UAE.
Since 1997 she has been active at the Alumni Association of the American University of Beirut, where she served for seven years as the General Secretary of the Pharmacy Chapter. She was also an active member in this Association’s Relations and Welfare Committee that she chaired from 2004-2007. She is also a founding member of ISC-Sabis Alumni (International School of Choueifat) and a member of MEET US Alumni, MEPI alumni.
Over the years, Mrs. Saab worked on enhancing her skills by attending courses and workshops related to various fields of business in Lebanon and abroad. She participated in a number of workshops organized by the MEPI, namely, Middle East Entrepreneurship Training (MEET US) in San Diego in November 2004 and the Business Women Summit in Tunis in May 2005.
Since 2005, she became active in issues pertaining to Women empowerment. For this purpose she was invited to participate in July 2005 in the workshop organized by the OECD in Istanbul on Building Awareness on Women entrepreneurship in the MENA region.
In February 2006, the World Bank invited her to partake in the roundtable discussion on the role of Women in the development of the private sector in the MENA which was held at the World Bank headquarters in Washington. She was also invited by Arab Gender Network and the World Bank in April 2008 to participate in a roundtable discussion on Gender Economics: from theory to policy Making and in March 2011 in a round table discussion in Washington” will the people power empower women”.
Mrs. Saab participated as a speaker in a number of conferences on Women Entrepreneurship in the MENA region mainly those that were held by MEPI, World Bank in the Gender and trade session as a women testimonial in the MDF5 (MENA Development Forum 5) that took place in Beirut on April 7, 2006, and to participate in a brainstorming workshop on Women Entrepreneurship in Lebanon’s formal Private Sector: A gender focused Invest Climate Assessment (ICA) session that took place in June 28, 2006.
Furthermore, she was invited by Woodrow Wilson Conference to be a speaker in the conference on Women’s political and Economic participation in the MENA region, which took place in Amman in Dec 2006 and in May 2008 during the conference on Women Entrepreneurs: Business and Legal reform in the MENA region. Most recently, she participated in a conference in Washington on March 29, 2011 “Women Entrepreneurship, perspectives from the Middle East and the USA”.
A keynote speaker to the (MEDA Forum) Mediterranean Forum for Women Entrepreneurs in Barcelona: the new frontiers on the session entitled: Best Practices and Women Entrepreneur Success Stories, on 6 November 2009.
She participated as a speaker in The Economist First Business roundtable in Beirut, June 2010 in the panel on Lebanon’s talent, April 2010 Women in Business Forum in Oman, in May 2010 in the Qatar International Business women Forum.
She was invited to be a member of the Official Middle East delegation to the conference organized by the Women Forum in Deauville France in Oct 2009.
Mrs. Saab was featured in the Arabian Business Magazine published in Dubai and the Financial Times in July 2007 “ leading Arab Business Women”. Furthermore, she was featured in books on Women Entrepreneurs namely "Entrepreneurs at the cross roads" by the Beyster Institute, Raddy School of Management University of San Diego California, and "Domains of Influence "by AIWF on Arab Women entrepreneurs in the MENA area. She was also interviewed by Al-Jazzira, by FR2 in France and AL Hurra in Feb 2011.
Mrs. Saab is a founding member of the Lebanese League for Women in Business (LLWB) and serves currently as the president of the organization, a founding and board member of the MENA Business Women Network (MENA BWN) and the executive of the Lebanese Hub, a founding and a board member of Rawafed; an NGO dedicated to sponsoring teaching nursing as a profession to high school girls in rural areas, and a member in the Arab International Women Forum (AIWF). The main objective of these organizations is to promote women’s empowerment and women entrepreneurship in Lebanon and the region