Chief Operating Officer



Sani Daher became Creative’s Chief Operating Officer in July 2021, replacing Pablo Maldonado who was promoted to Executive Vice President of Development Innovations.

Sani joined Creative after 20 years of outstanding service at Development Alternatives, Inc., where he rose through the ranks in positions of increasing responsibility in nearly every element of development programming, including project implementation, business development, finance and strategic management. Among his roles was Chief Operating Officer of the firm’s U.S. government business where he managed global operations on more than 75 programs in 50 countries. 

He started his career in global development in 1991. Sani left a very successful career in biomedical engineering because he saw an opportunity to do something useful for his home country of Palestine. Sani joined a USAID implementer to advise Palestinian pharmaceutical companies on international manufacturing standards so they could obtain the rigorous certification to export their products. Fortunately, five firms accomplished this goal.

Sani earned a master’s degree from Northwest University’s Kellogg School of Management, a master’s degree in mechanical engineering from Oklahoma State University and a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Oklahoma State University.

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