Sara M. Babazadeh

Sara Babazadeh has spent many years of her life studying all aspects of the business world to prepare for a career in business. Born in Tehran, Iran, Sara received her Bachelor of Arts in English literature from the University of Tehran, a Master of Business Administration with a minor in marketing from the Swiss UMEF University in Geneva, Switzerland, and a Master of Business Administration specializing in oil and gas from the University of Tehran.

Upon realizing that she was missing an important component of her business training and expertise, Sara arrived in Houston in 2015 to attend the University of St. Thomas where she earned a Master of Science in Finance. She is pursuing a career in the field of finance and studying to become a Chartered Financial Analyst.

Following her studies in Iran, Sara began her career at Galperti Group The Original, Tehran Office, where she was a member of the marketing team acting as liaison between a local buyer and an Italian manufacturer, resulting in the procurement of a $60 million contract. She then worked for Rastak Parto Chabahar Company Free Trade Zone (FTZ) in Tehran.

Serving as Marketing Manager, she became the liaison between an Iranian buyer and Indian manufacturer of gas pipe (MAN Industries (India) LTD), resulting in a $100 million project. Her final professional position in Iran was with Rastak Parto Anzali (FTZ), serving as General Manager. She provided financial advice and initiated a $10 million investment project for Tehran’s Rey Refinery. As part of her master’s program at St. Thomas University, Sara worked as a summer intern for the Houston’s TMB Companies, where she participated in providing financial advice on projects. In addition, she participated in performance analysis, accounting and other general office duties.

Sara has a passion for all things financial, as well as a multi-country background in business marketing, management and international business negotiations. Her broad background, both professionally and academically, contribute to projects involving financial analysis, mergers and acquisitions, risk management and investments, among others

Sara is a member of Palmer Episcopal Church, where she serves as an usher, as well as a member of several ministries. She belongs to Beta Gamma Sigma international business honor society, University of St. Thomas’ Honor Society CFA Houston Society. In her spare time, Sara volunteers at Assistance League of Houston.