Achiever's Success Story
Success usually comes to those who are too busy to be looking for it
Sneha Sabu is an international strategist, development thinker, motivational speaker and author. Sneha has worked for 18 countries in the Asia and Pacific to improve the life of communities. In 2021, Sneha Sabu was the recipient of International Achievers’ Award and Bharath Gaurav Puraskar. In 2020, her biography was included in Marquis Who’s Who in America and in 2019-20, she was listed in Marquis Who’s Who in the World, inclusion in which is limited to individuals who possess professional integrity, demonstrate outstanding achievement in their respective fields and have made innumerable contributions to society as a whole.
In 2020, Sneha developed a Pandemic Prioritisation Matrix to help organisations make decisions on projects that are of utmost importance for community during the COVID-19 pandemic. This matrix was presented to the State Government in New South Wales (NSW), Australia and presented to 60 councils in NSW. In 2018, the Mayor of Waverley awarded Sneha TREC Runner Up Champion for her outstanding contributions as an employee in the government sector in working together, demonstrating responsibility, engaging and being creative.
In 2013, Sneha represented Habitat for Humanity International at the United Nations Post MDGs discussion to advocate on issues related to housing and homelessness. Between 2011-2014, Sneha travelled to multiple countries in Asia and Pacific to facilitate country strategy discussions to address housing and homelessness related issues. Countries include but is not limited to India, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Bangladesh, Cambodia, Thailand, Philippines, Vietnam and Malaysia. She also contributed to Global Strategy Frameworks in addition to Asia Pacific Strategy Management.
In 2008, Sneha represented World Vision India and participated in World Bank’s Strategy discussion for civil societies. Between 2006-2008, Sneha worked on country strategy for World Vision India to address child focused, community transformation in communities in India for poverty alleviation. She was part of the project evaluation team in Ballia, Lalitpur and Moradabad for the Maternity Mortality Rate reduction health project. She also prepared a Human Development Indicators catalogue for more than 500 districts in India to identify areas that require intervention for community development and poverty alleviation. Her work was acknowledged by the Asia Pacific Region, and she was invited by Laos to help facilitate their country strategy. In 2005, she created awareness the issues affecting communities impacted by Tsunami through a public screening of documentary Nee Engey in Chennai for which she wrote the story.
Sneha’s educational background includes MBA Essentials from London School of Economics and Political Science, Program in Economics for Managers from Harvard Business School, Diploma in Government Management from Australian Institute of Management, Master Certificate in Project Leadership and Systems Design from Cornell University, Master’s degree in Communication from Madras Christian College and IAP2 Certification in Public Participation from International Association for Public Participation.
Sneha believes in deploying strategy and business planning to address social, economic, environmental and civic leadership issues affecting communities. Sneha has worked in Government, Not for Profit and Private sectors.
It was Sneha’s travel to Baran district in Rajasthan that changed her perspective towards development. During this visit she encountered children suffering from Kwashiorkor and Marasmus. These children were unable to play and was impacted by poverty. Sneha also participated in projects focused on reducing maternal mortality rates in Ballia, Lalitpur and Moradabad districts in Uttar Pradesh. The issues Sneha is passionate about include poverty alleviation, child protection and child rights, women empowerment, and environment protection.
Sneha has written more than 25 short stories for children, 20 poems and articles on social issues. Her poem Bliss of Sanctity was the semi-finalist in the International Poetry Competition and was selected for publication. Sneha is currently writing a crime fiction.
Sneha believes in being a true masterpiece of herself. She trusts in God and seeks inspiration from faith and from inner self of being a masterpiece and an ancestor that leaves a positive mark for the future generations.
Sneha was born and brought up in a village called Kangazha in Kottayam district in Kerala, India. Her parents are Sudha Sabu and Sabu Thomas. Her husband is Vinu Thomas and brother Cyriack Sabu.