Denise V Benmosche

Denise V. Benmosche

Scholar Rescue Fund Board Member

IIE presents the Women’s Global Leadership Award to Denise V. Benmosche and Amy C. Brandt in recognition of their exceptional commitment to enabling IIE’s Scholar Rescue Fund to rescue persecuted scholars and advance academic freedom worldwide.

See Denise featured in the Wall Street Journal's Donor of the Day column

Denise V. Benmosche, a notable philanthropist currently serves as IIE’s Chair of the Scholar Rescue Fund (SRF) Development Committee and Co-Chair of the Women’s Leadership Committee. As an SRF board member, she has established two 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 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 enabled SRF to build a legacy to protect threatened scholars and advance academic freedom around the world.

Raised in Venezuela as a daughter of refugees from Europe, Ms. Benmosche grew up during the dictatorship of Perez Jimenez. This experience persuaded her to help endangered scholars and was the catalyst for her future commitment to this worthwhile endeavor. 

Ms. Benmosche earned her BA in Spanish and French from Farleigh Dickinson University and received her MAT in Spanish and French from Farleigh Dickinson University. She has been an active leader in several philanthropic organizations, including the American Heart Association, programs to promote breast cancer awareness, and the 92nd Street Y.  

At its 2010 International Awards Gala, IIE presented awards to visual artist and Fulbright alumnus Chuck Close, Microsoft, India's HRD Minister Kapil Sibal, and Denise Benmosche and Amy Brandt.

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