Saïd Abu-Kaud is a Canadian international development advisor and principal of Sai Associates. His expertise in development and mentoring was cultivated over many years of international work, chiefly with the United Nation’s Development Programme (UNDP).
He started his career in 2005 serving the UNDP in Iraq. After the invasion he worked with the poverty eradication unit on infrastructure rehabilitation, institution building, and income generation projects serving the most vulnerable communities in Basra, Muthana, and Thi Qar.
Throughout his career with the UN, Saïd served in Iraq, Kuwait, and New York and held positions in HR, Operations, and Programme/Policy. These experiences strengthened his resolve to serve the values embodied by the blue flag and to work towards a peaceful world governed by the rule of law and serviced by a more humane diplomacy.
In his consulting business, Saïd advises organizations and individuals on humanitarian issues, HR, Operations and Programme solutions. In his advisory work he maintains a strong commitment to sustainable peace and development, and international cooperation. He thrives on big challenges, problem solving, and building diplomatic bridges.
Saïd studied Public Affairs & Management at Northeastern University. He also holds a Postgraduate Certificate in Innovation Management & Entrepreneurship from HEC in Paris. He is currently working towards a law degree at the University of London. Saïd was born in Kuwait and raised in Canada. He is fluent in Arabic and English. He is married to internationalist and humanitarian Constance Milstein and they reside in Washington, DC., and Vancouver, B.C.