Sadaf Saaz is a poet, writer, entrepreneur and women’s rights advocate. She grew up in the UK, and studied Molecular Biology at Cambridge. She now lives in Dhaka, where she is involved in a range of initiatives as a cultural activist and curator. She is a festival director and the producer of the annual Dhaka Literary Festival (previously Hay Festival Dhaka), which she co-founded in 2011. She also runs an Arts Management and Boutique Travel company, as well as an Ethical clothing company. She is a trustee of Shadhona, a non-profit centre for the promotion of South Asian culture and arts. She also is co-founder and chairman of SAFE (Safety Assistance for Emergencies), a non-profit trust involved in occupational health and early response, which supported rescue efforts after the collapse of Rana plaza in 2013.
She is the author of a collection of poems Sari Reams , and her monologues based on women’s stories Je Kotha Jai Na Bola (That which cannot be said), have been performed in various locations in Bangladesh. Her work has also appeared in various anthologies and international literary journals including Wasafiri, Index on Censorship, Weber and Bengal Lights.