Saba Nafees

Position: Entrepreneurship Fellow, Lubbock, TX


Saba Nafees is a PhD candidate studying mathematical biology at Texas Tech University. She graduated in May of 2014 with a Bachelor’s in Mathematics with Highest Honors. As an undergraduate, she conducted research with Dr. Sean Rice, a theoretical evolutionary biologist, through the TTU Howard Hughes Medical Institute Program. As an undergrad, she founded multiple student organizations including the first ever Define American chapter inspired by Jose Antonio Vargas to encourage DACAmented youth. Through her civic engagement activities, she has spoken on the TEDx stage, served as an E3! Ambassador for the White House Initiative on Asian Americans & Pacific Islanders, spoken as a panelist at the WHIAAPI Summit in Washington D.C., appeared twice on MSNBC Live, and has led an unforgettable journey as a Dream Rider, touring with fellow young leaders throughout the Eastern and Southern US. She is passionate about entrepreneurship at Tech and abroad, helping lead the Texas Tech Innovation Mentorship & Entrepreneurship program as well as implementing a business plan for Tibetan refugees in India and Nepal. She served as the SGA VP for Graduate Affairs at TTU and continues to serve as a One Young World Ambassador.