Board of Directors
We invite you to learn more about Iqra Fund’s leadership team. Our Board of Directors and Advisory Committee are strategically diverse with governance skills, overseas and programming expertise, with strengths in monitoring, reporting, and fiduciary transparency experience. To learn more about Iqra Fund’s staff click here.
Genevieve Walsh, Ed.D.
Board President, Founder and CEO
Dr. Genevieve Walsh co-founded Iqra Fund in 2011 with Doug Chabot. Genevieve began working in Pakistan in 2007 and focused her doctoral research in Azad Kashmir to examine girls’ barriers, opportunities, and access to education. She brings non-profit management experience and program development expertise to her leadership at Iqra Fund. Genevieve spends months a year overseas working alongside staff and the women and girls that Iqra Fund serves. Her full bio can be found on the staff page here.
Jennifer joined the Iqra Fund Board in March of 2013. She lives with her family in the San Francisco Bay Area. She has served as General Counsel for several start-up companies, practiced corporate law for Weil, Gotshal & Manges, and worked in private equity and investment banking. After spending nearly the past fifteen years working in the biotechnology and high tech industries, serving in various legal, finance and investing roles, she has now dedicated herself to working to improve educational opportunities for children, both domestically and internationally. She is currently Director, Strategic Partnerships for Little Pickle Press, a publisher of meaningful books and media for children. She serves on the Board of Meritus College Fund, a non-profit that empowers low-income San Francisco youth to complete a college degree through scholarships, coaching and career mentoring and on the Board of ACE, a non-profit organization providing teacher and administrator training and strategic professional services to under-resourced schools. She looks forward to bringing her experience working with early stage, growth enterprises and her passion for empowerment through education to the Iqra Fund board. Jennifer holds a J.D. from Harvard Law School and Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Notre Dame.
Ms. Monaghan is a Doctoral Candidate at the University of Virginia in International Education with concentrations in International Relations and Human Rights. Her research interests and field experiences in Africa, South America, and Asia provide the Iqra Fund governance board with knowledgeable direction and skill for programming and ethical human rights development. Ms. Monaghan is also committed to serving communities that Iqra Fund operates in. Her international expertise will help maintain oversight and reporting on all programs.
Jason has spent more than two decades serving mission-driven not for profit organizations in the US and around the world. Before returning to Bozeman in 2012 to serve as Chief Relations Officer for his Alma Mater’s alumni foundation, he led global corporate communications for the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) in Geneva, Switzerland. Prior to joining the IFRC in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia as head of communications in their Asia Pacific zone, he served for more than ten years as Chief Executive Officer for large American Red Cross chapters in Texas and California. He’s a graduate of the DiploFoundation’s International Humanitarian Diplomacy program and has degrees in Political Science and English from Montana State University. To his volunteer role at Iqra Fund, Jason brings a passion for education and international development, and an entrepreneurial approach to organizational planning, growth, and communications.
Finance Committee Member
Anne works as the Chief Finance Officer at Accel Partners, a Venture Capital and Private Equity firm. Anne serves on Iqra Fund’s Finance Committee to regularly review financial reporting and oversight.
Jon Krakauer is a preeminent writer of narrative non-fiction. His numerous bestsellers include Where Men Win Glory, Under the Banner of Heaven, Into the Wild, and Into Thin Air.
Jon Krakauer: “I have tremendous confidence in the organization under the leadership of Genevieve Walsh. I am especially impressed by the transparency of Iqra Fund’s financials, and by the systems Ms. Walsh has established for collecting data in the field in order to improve programming decisions. Although Iqra Fund is a relatively new organization, it has already proven itself to be effective at providing access to quality education - a sacrosanct human right that is denied to far too many girls and women in Pakistan. Iqra Fund’s success is attributable at least in part to the remarkable female leaders in evidence throughout the organization, including at the CEO position, on the board, and among key members of the staff. Having talented women running the show sends a powerful message not only to the communities served by Iqra Fund, but to government officials, donors, and partner organizations.”
Timothy C. Forbes
Tim Forbes, former Chief Operating Officer of Forbes Inc., joined Iqra Fund’s team of founding board members in early 2012. Tim brings expertise in business and non-profits, small and large. He also brings experience in both Pakistan and Morocco. The history and familiarity he has with Iqra’s co-founder, Doug Chabot, and the people Iqra Fund serves in Pakistan and Morocco, brought him to the founding board of directors.
Doug Chabot is the director of the Gallatin National Forest Avalanche Center (GNFAC) in Bozeman, Montana. Doug received his B.A. in Outdoor Education from Prescott College in 1986. Since 1995 Doug has worked for the GNFAC as an avalanche specialist. He's also a mountain guide and climber. Doug has been on numerous climbing expeditions to Alaska, Nepal, India, Afghanistan, Tajikistan and Pakistan, resulting in many first ascents and new routes. In 2011 Doug co-founded Iqra Fund with Genevieve.
Andleeb joined the Board of Iqra Fund in July of 2012. She brings a background in business and finance along with a passion and dedication for women’s empowerment. Based in Bozeman, Andleeb is an investment banker specializing in financing large building and construction projects for rural hospitals nationwide. She works with government agencies and private investors on the importance of financing rural hospitals and speaks at national conferences on related topics. At Iqra Fund, Andleeb is tasked with building a sustainable funding platform that is transparent and accountable to both the organization’s donors and to the communities that Iqra Fund serves.
Andrea Bennett, based in Bozeman, Montana is the owner and founder of Meridian Ltd. and also CEO and founder of Boutique Franchise Systems, Inc. She has traveled the world with extended visits in Asia including Mongolia, India, Nepal, and Bhutan. Andrea has seen firsthand the hardships girls and women face in this part of the world. She is dedicated to increasing education and health care opportunities to this population. Andrea has unique skills as a business woman, passion for helping others and a desire to make Iqra Fund a successful, transparent and financially sustainable organization. Andrea graduated with a B.A. from Saint Catherine University in International Business and Economics.
Tanya Rosen Michel, LL.M.
Tanya Rosen works with the Wildlife Conservation Society in Montana. After seven years of practicing international law in Europe and the US, she joined research projects on brown bears in the Yellowstone region, and now assists local communities negotiate the landscape with large carnivores. She also helps Project Snow Leopard in Pakistan, manages the newsletter of the IBA/ IUCN Bear Specialist Group and “vice-chairs” the IUCN WCPA Transboundary Conservation Specialist Group. Tanya has traveled in northern Pakistan and Tajikistan and is familiar with the people, culture and needs of this region. Tanya holds degrees in science and international law from Milano, Yale, Harvard and Bard.
Deidre Combs, Ph.D.
Dr. Deidre Combs is the author of three books on cross-cultural approaches to resolving conflict and overcoming challenges -- The Way of Conflict; Worst Enemy, Best Teacher and Thriving Through Tough Times -- that integrate common wisdom from the world’s lasting cultural traditions with systems theory and brain research. She provides leadership and conflict strategies as a management consultant, coach, mediator and professor. Deidre has worked with a variety of corporate, government and NGO clients including Aveda Corporation, the US Forest Service, US Postal Service, IBM and Landmine Survivors Network. Deidre is a core instructor in Montana State University’s Leadership Fellows Certificate Program. Since 2007, she has taught intensive leadership training to State Department-selected student and professional leaders from throughout the Middle East, Africa, Asia, Eurasia, Latin America and Pakistan’s FATA region. Deidre was previously employed nine years by IBM as a software development project manager and vendor liaison specializing in healthcare solutions. She also served as marketing director for the electronic medical record provider SolCom Incorporated from 1998 through 2002 leading its corporate re-branding effort. Deidre holds a BA in Mathematics and Spanish from the University of Wisconsin — Madison, a master’s degree in Information Systems Technology from George Washington University, and a doctorate focused on world religions from UCS/Naropa University.