Saba Saleem Awan
Saba Saleem was born in Kot Hassan Khan which is a small village in Hafizabad District of Punjab with a population of less than 8,065 individuals. The eldest of four children, she was blessed with progressive-minded grandparents who encouraged her to leave the village in order to get the best education she could. After receiving her early education from a small all-girls government school in her hometown, she was then sent to Rawalpindi to pursue her studies and to obtain exposure of a city-life. She did her intermediate studies from Government College, Rawalpindi majoring in Physical Education and Economics. In pursuit of more educational choices, she travelled south to the city of Lahore and got admission in Sport Sciences at the Punjab University which has the honor of being the largest and oldest university established since 1882. On successfully completing her B.A., she continued with postgraduate studies and, after passing competitive admission tests, enrolled at Government College University - the 250 years old educational institution which is the home of many of the country’s literary elite. Her eagerness to evolve and learn fuelled her desire for further education and she decided to move to Islamabad and took admission in B. Ed (education) at Allama Iqbal Open University. Throughout her educational pursuits, Saba worked part-time at various sports forums and assisted her father in providing financial support for her extended family in the village. In 2017, she became the first female coach on the “Counter-Terrorism through Sport” program in a local private foundation working in civil society issues. She then joined Four Chambers as Admin Support and Paralegal. Her main extra-curricular activity is cooking, in particular experimenting with international cuisine recipes.