Our Board

Heather Ibrahim-Leathers | Founder

After a career spent on Wall Street, Ms. Ibrahim-Leathers founded Global Fund for Widows (“GFW”) in 2009 following the passing of her widowed grandmother.  GFW trains and finances widows and female heads of households in Egypt, Bolivia, the Dominican Republic and India in the building of sustainable micro-enterprises.  GFW’s programs focus on the development of interdependent value chains which dramatically improve the economic viability of these micro-enterprises, while providing invaluable visiblity and stability of their income streams.  GFW has enabled more than 6,500 widows to achieve self-reliance and economic empowerment, thereby placing it as largest fund focused on the issues of widowhood in the world

Ms. Ibrahim-Leathers is also an active advocate for the rights of widows at the United Nations, presenting regularly including at the Human Rights Council in Geneva, at the Commission on the Status of Women in 2017, 2016, and 2015 in New York, and at the Refugee and Migrant Summit.

Prior to founding GFW, Ms. Ibrahim-Leathers was with 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 was with JPMorgan, where she was an Emerging Markets Fixed Income analyst where she was responsible for the issuance of over $4 billion in emerging markets corporate debt issuance.  In 1997 while with JPMorgan, she earned an Institutional Investor Award for her seminal research on the Brazilian banking system. Ms. Ibrahim-Leathers’ JPMorgan experience also includes the structuring of principal protected fixed income notes, and the publishing of foreign exchange exotic options research.

Ms. Ibrahim-Leathers co-authored Toddlers ON Technology in 2013, a parental guide to explaining the benefits and risks of toddlers and their use of touch screen technology.

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.