Bob Saum has served as a Board member of Domus Pacis Family Respite since 2017.
He holds a Master of International Management from the Thunderbird School of Global Management in Phoenix, Arizona and a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a minor in political science from the University of Dayton. The influence of the Society of Mary (Marianists) at the University of Dayton - particularly their focus on community - continues to influence Bob in his approach to life and work.
Bob is able to live out his passion for international development through his career at The World Bank. Currently, he is the Director of Regional Integration and Partnerships in the South Asia Region. Early in 2017, he moved back from Kabul, Afghanistan after four and a half years as The World Bank's Country Director for Afghanistan. Since joining The World Bank in 1998, he also served as Country Director for Bhutan, was Adviser to the Managing Director and led teams to improve government accountability.
Previously, Bob lived in Pakistan, Nigeria, Zimbabwe, Kenya and East Jerusalem, working for nonprofit organizations (Mercy Corps and the Lutheran World Federation) focused on refugee and relief operations and rural development. In East Jerusalem, he spent a year as the Acting Administrator of the 100-bed Augusta Victoria Hospital, which serves Palestinians. He is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and Certified Management Accountant (CMA), having started his career with Ernst & Young, in the US and London.
Bob’s first involvement with DPFR was offering his house in Keystone, Colorado for use by DPFR families. He saw this as a perfect opportunity to share his love of the mountains and the myriad of outdoor activities available with those who could benefit from a respite in the natural beauty of Summit County.
He currently lives in Arlington, Virginia and is a member of the Cathedral of St. Matthew parish in Washington, DC. He grew up in rural Ohio with a strong and supportive family that shaped his focus on service to others.