Money & me: Entrepreneur has a family first approach to her finances

 In Entrepreneurship, Work Life Balance
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Originally published in The National by Jessica Hill (link below)

Cyba Audi, the founder of Saba Consultants, started her career as a receptionist for Emirates Airline in London.

Cyba Audi’s varied career path has given her an all-round perspective of the financial world from the inside and out, both as a stockbroker and private banker, then as a news anchor reporting on financial and business news from Dubai. Ms Audi, who is Lebanese, set up her own company, Saba Consultants, in Dubai in 2010. These days, the 51-year-old and her team of 14 all-female employees provide counsel in media communications and reputation building to government departments, listed companies and high-profile individuals.

 

How did your upbringing shape your attitude towards money?

My dad was a self-starter who successfully built three companies, and always influenced us that we need to earn money to get what we want. During summer breaks from school, and almost every day when I was studying for my business degree at the American University of Beirut, I’d work for him in the offices of his contracting engineering business. He taught me how to touch type when I was 10.

 

How much did you get paid for your first job?

My first salaried position was as a receptionist for Emirates airline, for around £2.80 (Dh13.26) an hour. I’d just moved to London after graduating and wanted to work for a dynamic, young company, which Emirates was at that time. A couple of months later I fell pregnant and it wasn’t the easiest of pregnancies, so I quit.

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