TEAM

We believe that improving lives for generations starts with educating one child, one woman, one community at a time. We welcome you to meet the staff and leadership teams working to make this happen in the communities we serve.

Staff

Genevieve Walsh, Ed.D.

Board President, Founder and CEO

Genevieve Walsh first visited Pakistan in 2007, two years after an earthquake killed 80,000 people there. One of the first people she met was a 13-year-old girl named Iqra...

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Pervez Sajad

Country Director, Pakistan, Director of Operations

One of our first staff members, Pervez Sajjad joined Iqra Fund in 2011 as a volunteer and became our director of operations in mid-2012...

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Ghulam Muhammad

Managing Director, Baltistan Region

Ghulam Muhammad has been with Iqra Fund since 2012 and is responsible for cultivating and maintaining our relationships with stakeholders in the Baltistan area...

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Saleem Abbas

Operations Manager, Baltistan

Saleem Abbas does finance, budgeting and administration for Iqra Fund’s Pakistan office. He holds a Masters of Business Administration...

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Naila Atiqa

Program Officer, Baltistan

Naila Atiqa has managed relationships with residents of our participating communities since 2014. Working with female students and Mother Support Groups...

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Muhammad Ali Khan

Field Officer, Baltistan

Originally from Hushe, Muhammad Ali Khan has been with Iqra Fund since 2011. As a field officer in Hushe Valley, Ali is responsible for promoting education...

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Amna Zafar

Grants & Communications Officer, Pakistan

Amna Zafar has an academic background in social sciences and experience working in the development sector with national NGOs in Pakistan...

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Muhammad Shehzad

Professional Development Officer, Baltistan

Muhammad Shehzad joined Iqra Fund in April 2017. He works to improve educational quality through monitoring, evaluation, accountability...

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Tariq Hassan

Accounts & Finance Officer, Pakistan

Tariq Hassan is an economics graduate with nine years of experience in accounting, tax preparation, auditing and corporate affairs. He has worked in finance and business management...

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Muhammad Hassan

Field Officer, Baltistan

Muhammad Hassan has been with Iqra Fund since 2017, and works as a field officer in the Basha and Basho valleys. He was principal of a primary school for two years...

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Mehdi Ali

Finance Assistant, Baltistan

Mehdi Ali joined Iqra Fund as a finance assistant in 2019. Working out of the office in Skardu, his responsibilities include maintaining the financial books, visiting schools and community areas...

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Board of Directors

Our Board of Directors and Advisory Board are strategically diverse. Members have programming and governance skills, as well as monitoring, reporting and fiduciary transparency expertise. All have lived, worked or traveled in Pakistan.

Genevieve Walsh, Ed.D.

Board President, Founder and CEO

Genevieve Walsh first visited Pakistan in 2007, two years after an earthquake killed 80,000 people there. One of the first people she met was a 13-year-old girl named Iqra...

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Natasha Kazmi

Board Chair

Natasha Kazmi has spent 15 years in various roles in the financial services industry, ranging from corporate restructurings to asset management, and has worked in Pakistan, Indonesia and...

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Kathryn Everett

Board Treasurer

Kathryn spent 10 years working as a humanitarian and social justice advocate. Her experience includes organizing rural communities in the Southwest on behalf of President Barack Obama...

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Christine Monaghan, Ed.D.

Board Secretary

Christine Monaghan is a Doctoral Candidate in International Education at the University of Virginia, with concentrations in International Relations and Human Rights...

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Rahat Azfar, MD

Board Member

Rahat Azfar is a clinical epidemiologist and board-certified dermatologist practicing in Abu Dhabi. She attended medical school at Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey...

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Rabia Iqbal

Board Member

Rabia Iqbal is a research coordinator at Coatue Management who began her career in finance at Morgan Stanley. Active in the Pakistani diaspora community...

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Mahira Razzak

Board Member

Mahira Razzak is Chair of the Common Ground Speaker series at Bellarmine College Prep and is an accounting manager at a medical education startup. She has a background in auditing clients...

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Advisory Board Members

Doug Chabot

Co-Founder and Chief Liaison Officer

Doug Chabot first visited Pakistan on a climbing expedition in 2000, and the mountains and people have brought him back many times since then...

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Tim Forbes

Advisor

Former Chief Operating Officer of Forbes Inc., Tim Forbes joined Iqra Fund’s team of founding board members in 2012. Tim brings expertise in business...

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Anne Rockhold

Audit/Finance Committee Member

Anne Rockhold is the Chief Finance Officer at Accel Partners, one of the most successful venture capital and private equity firms in Silicon Valley...

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Jennifer Sweeney

Advisor

Jennifer Sweeney has worked as general counsel for several start-up companies, practiced corporate law for Weil, Gotshal & Manges, and worked in private equity and investment banking...

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Durre Nabi

Advisor

Durre Nabi grew up in Pakistan and in Saudi Arabia and has been committed to education and development for almost 20 years as a board member, volunteer and fundraiser...

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Deidre Combs, Ph.D.

Advisor

Deidre Combs has written three books on resolving conflict and overcoming challenges through integration of common wisdom from the world’s lasting cultural traditions...

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Andleeb Dawood

Advisor

Andleeb Dawood is the founder and owner of Saffron Table, a contemporary Pakistani restaurant in Bozeman. Formerly an investment banker specializing in financing large building and construction...

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Nadia Rehman

Advisor

A trade diplomat to the Pakistani Ministry of Commerce, Nadia Rehman works to augment trade between the Czech Republic and Pakistan. Previously, she worked at Microsoft in a technical role...

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Tanya Rosen LL.M.

Advisor

Tanya Rosen is as a conservationist with wildlife nonprofit organizations in Central Asia and Pakistan. Working with the Baltistan Wildlife Conservation and Development Organization...

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Jason Smith

Advisor

Jason is the Chief Advancement Officer for the Bozeman Deaconess Hospital Foundation. Prior to that, he led global corporate communications for the International Federation of Red Cross...

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Bashir Ahmed

Advisor

As Iqra Fund’s former program director, Bashir Ahmed oversaw our programming in the Gilgit region, and evaluated our programs, ensuring our mission of providing access to quality education...

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Sabeena Zehra

Advisor

An Iqra Fund staffer from 2013 to 2018, Sabeena Zehra worked closely with our scholarship students and teachers. She also supported new teacher hiring and training...

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Andrea Bennett

Advisor in Memoriam

Andrea Bennett was the owner and founder of Meridian Ltd. in Bozeman, Montana, and CEO and founder of Boutique Franchise Systems, Inc. Traveling the world with extended visits in Asia ...

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