Our Board


Heather Ibrahim-Leathers | Founder

Ms. Ibrahim-Leathers founded Global Fund for Widows following the passing of her grandmother in 2009. Since then, she has endeavored to expand the reach of the Global Fund for Widows to 3 countries, and in doing so, has enabled more than 6,400 widows to become economically empowered and self-sustained. Ms. Ibrahim-Leathers has advocated for widows’ rights at the University of Pennsylvania, Columbia University, Fordham University, and actively within the chambers of the United Nations.  Ms. Ibrahim-Leathers has also written extensively on the issue of widowhood and is published globally.

Prior to her career in non-profit, Ms. Ibrahim-Leathers served as a Vice President, in Credit Suisse’s Leveraged Investment Group, where she was directly responsible for over $1 billion in high yield and leveraged loan assets. Prior to Credit Suisse, Ms. Ibrahim-Leathers worked at JPMorgan where she was an Emerging Markets Fixed Income analyst responsible for over $4 billion worth of debt issuance. Ms. Ibrahim-Leathers earned her Bachelors in Economics from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and is a Chartered Financial Analyst.


Elaine Barsoom | Co-Founder 

Ms. Barsoom is the Co-Founder of Global Fund for Widows. Elaine is currently a Director at Exclusive Resorts, the leading luxury destination club worldwide, where she heads up sales and marketing in New York. Elaine has helped the organization emerge as the most accomplished sales organization in our industry and raised more than $40mm new real estate acquisition globally. Prior to joining Exclusive Resorts, Elaine worked at American Express for several years where she led and developed strategic relationships with bank partners.

Elaine holds an M.B.A. from the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania, a Master’s Degree in International Relations (focusing on micro-finance) from Columbia, and a B.A. from Barnard College.


Dr. Dena Tadros, MD | Secretary

Dr. Dena Tadros was born in Egypt and immigrated to the United States with her family at the age of 5. She graduated from Siena College in 2002 and earned her Doctor of Medicine from Albany Medical College in 2006. She completed her residency in Pediatrics at NYU Hospitals Center and was a Fellow in Pediatric Oncology and Hematology at NYU Hospitals Center. Currently, Dena is pediatrician at Beth Israel Hospital. Dena joined the Board of Directors of Global Fund for Widows in 2009 as Secretary, and is responsible for the Orphanage Assistance Program. In 2010, Dena traveled to the Dominican Republic with Airline Ambassadors and the Mandell School to conduct wellness exams on the orphaned survivors of the earthquake in Haiti.


Jennifer Wu | Director

Jennifer joined the Global Fund for Widows in 2012 as a board member and is responsible for the Fund’s social media strategy. With over 20 years of work experience in financial services and strategic consulting, she has held numerous positions at global institutions across United States, Europe and Asia.

She holds a Bachelor of Science in Economics from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and an MBA from the MIT Sloan School of Management.