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Denise V. Benmosche is a notable philanthropist and is a member of the IIE Board of Trustees. Raised in Venezuela as the daughter of refugees from Europe, Ms. Benmosche grew up during the dictatorship of Perez Jimenez. This experience fueled her desire to help endangered scholars and was the catalyst for her commitment to this worthwhile endeavor.
Ms. Benmosche serves on the Scholar Rescue Committee of the IIE Board of Trustees. She has established two IIE-SRF Endowment Funds: the Benmosche Woman’s Chair provides ongoing support for female scholars and the Benmosche Family Chair helps scholars on fellowship bring their families with them. She also founded IIE-SRF's Save-a-Scholar campaign, which has helped save the lives and work of over 20 scholars since 2007. Ms. Benmosche’s leadership has helped IIE-SRF advance its mission to protect threatened scholars and advance academic freedom around the world. In 2010, IIE presented Ms. Benmosche and Amy C. Brandt with the Women’s Global Leadership Award in recognition of their exceptional commitment to the IIE Scholar Rescue Fund.
Ms. Benmosche earned her BA and MAT in Spanish and French from Farleigh Dickinson University. She has been an active leader in several philanthropic activities, including the American Heart Association, programs to promote breast cancer awareness, and the 92nd Street Y.