What kind of work do you do/business do you run?
I am Chief Program Officer and Co-founder of Global Food Partners, a multinational consulting firm that works with food businesses to implement and maintain high animal welfare and responsible sourcing policies, with a focus on Asia.
At the same time, we are exploring the plant-based market in the region and its potential in the Asian market.
What do you love about it?
Bringing awareness to companies about animal welfare, producers and improving the lives of animals and developing innovative solutions for the food industry, including plant-based alternatives.
What’s your ‘why’ in life? What drives you?
The planet, nature, animals, my family and friends.
Why are you a member of the Vegan Women’s Leadership Network?
I would love to connect with women and learn more about their journeys as females, vegans and leaders. I’m hoping it will bring us together to work on vegan and plant-based projects when possible, learn and support each other.
What’s been the biggest highlight or ‘wow’ moment of your career/business/professional life?
A meeting with a potential client who congratulated us for our passion and mission to improve the life of animals. This person was extremely empathic to animal and environmental causes and spoke of his work and role from an emotional perspective and not with a business mindset. It was great to meet someone from the industry with a profound connection and empathy to others.
How do you handle failures, fear and disappointment?
I try to ask for help or share the problem with somebody to have a different approach of my challenge. Many times, things are very different from the way I see them.
What would you tell your 16-year-old self?
Discover who you are, your passions and laugh more.
Which women inspire you and why?
My mother. My mother is a fighter who is always full of joy and passion for live, arts, music, her work and is always there to support others without judgement.
What’s been the biggest obstacle you’ve faced and how has it helped mould who you are now?
Finding myself in a new working environment, new responsibilities, facing language and cultural challenges, new colleagues. It was extremely difficult for me while trying to develop and sustain high-performance duties and work team.
As a result, I’d like to think I am more resilient, humble and learning to reinvent myself constantly.
What’s your super-power? What are you amazing at?
Persuade others that animals and our environment are enough reasons for us to change our lifestyles, business, habits.
What brings you joy?
How do you define success, and how will you know when you’ve achieved it?
Success is finding joy in what I do every day.
What’s your vision for yourself and your business/career for the future?
My actions impact animals and the environment, and inspire people to change.
Sabina leads the organization’s programmatic strategy and efforts, driving best CSR practices in animal agriculture in partnership with food companies, producers and key stakeholders around the world, with a longer-term aim of helping transition those companies to a more sustainable supply chain.
For over ten years, Sabina has served in various environmental and international cooperation projects on building analysis, reporting solutions and holding international events. She holds a BS in International Relations and postgraduate degrees on environmental sciences, sustainability, climate change, animal welfare, and international negotiations.