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Iqbal Kaur
  • 50 years old
  • Date of birth: Apr 29, 1965
  • Place of birth:
  • Date of passing: Apr 23, 2016
  • Place of passing:
You live on - in the hearts of everyone you have touched and nurtured while you were here...Death ends life, not a relationship. ~ Mitch Albom, Tuesdays with Morrie

Friends of Iqbal offer Holy Celebration (Kirtan)
Sunday, July 31, 2016 ~ 9:00-11:00 AM
Gurdwara (Sikh Foundation of Virginia)
7250 Ox Road, Fairfax Station, VA  22039

Please join us in prayer and celebration to remember our dear friend and esteemed colleague.  The morning will include light refreshments after the Kirtan.

There is no dress code but it would be appropriate to wear pants and a scarf to cover the head.

Please contact Karima Saleh at for more information and to RSVP.


This memorial website was created in memory of our beloved colleague and friend, Iqbal Kaur.  We will remember her forever.  Her spirit and influence will abide with us and her example will be with us for many years.  

How does one create an extraordinary life?  Iqbal had taught us just that.  To know her is to be forever changed by her.  We, who love her, commend her spirit to God and thank God for her life. 

The purpose of this site is to facilitate access to condolence messages, tributes, photos/videos celebrating her life.  We'd love to hear from you -- please feel free to leave a note, upload pictures/videos, light a candle and lay a flower.  This site is for Iqbal as much as for you.

To her family and many friends we extend our heartfelt sympathy.  

Dear Ramandeep and entire Kaur Family,

We in Iqbal's World Bank family are deeply saddened by our friend Iqbal's untimely passing. She was our beloved colleague and friend and we will cherish memories of her forever. 

Iqbal was a remarkable colleague with strong passion and dedication to what she was doing and we will miss her devoted personality a lot at the World Bank. Iqbal will be remembered for her positive attitude, love for life and dedication to the issues she championed in her long career at the World Bank, always advocating for poor, excluded and underserved groups, such as children, youth, orphans, people with disabilities. She will be remembered for her warm personality, her professionalism and hard work. Just about two weeks ago many of us were in touch with her on the phone and via email and she was full of hope and commitment to come back to work. We all were so deeply shocked when the sad news arrived. Iqbal was an exemplary woman of courage and commitment and we all feel privileged to have known Iqbal and worked with her for many years.

We send our condolences to her entire family and friends. Iqbal will always remain in our minds and hearts,
Iqbal's friends and colleagues in the Social Protection and Labor Practice of the World Bank

Dear Kaur Family,

Iqbal's colleagues at the World Bank are deeply saddened by the news of her passing. She was a cherished colleague who made many friends during her long career.

She will be remembered for her warm smile, her positive spirit and energy, her professionalism and her commitment to the critical issues to which she dedicated her career. In particular, she will be remembered for the important work that she did to raise understanding of the importance of inclusion of people with disabilities in countries across the globe. Even when she was fighting her own battle with illness, she continued to work hard on behalf of the most poor and marginalized.
Most recently, along with her work on disability, she was working on an important flagship program in Ethiopia that ensures the delivery of essential services - including health, education and sanitation to local communities, as well as a social safety net in Malawi that provides support to the poorest households in the country. Her colleagues valued her for the passion and personal warmth.

Personally, as her manager over the last year, I was impressed by her strength and optimism in the face of hardship. She taught me a lot about courage and it was a privilege to know her.

We send our condolences to her family and dear friends. She will always be in our hearts,

Dena Ringold on behalf of her World Bank family

I am terribly sorry to learn of the loss of Iqbal. This news was as tragic as it was surprising. I can imagine what a difficult loss this is for the SP team, as Iqbal’s work with the Bank spanned over 20 years across at least two regions, touching hundreds of colleagues along the way.

If there's anything I can do for you or SP colleagues at this time, please let me know. Loss is when we need family most. I'd be honored to help however I can. In the meantime, I have you in my thoughts.

Keith Hansen on behalf of the Human Development Vice Presidency of the World Bank 

Memorial Tributes
This tribute was added by Rebekka Grun on 28th June 2016

"I remember the first time I met Iqbal, over ten years ago. I had just joined the Bank as a YP and our unit was going on a retreat. At one discussion Iqbal stood up, her long beautiful silver-black braid extending down her back, so long she could sit on it. But Iqbal did not sit much at that retreat. In fact, she stood up and spoke, among other things holding management accountable. Again and again. Courageously, eloquently, fearlessly. I was wide eyed and speechless and glanced admiringly across the room to her.
This is the side of Iqbal I would like to pay tribute to today. Courageous Iqbal who embarked on unchartered waters, defied conventions, and in doing so worked miracles for children in Upper Egypt (and other powerless groups). Iqbal, that once created a work portfolio entirely out of Trust Funds, to maintain independence. Iqbal, that gave a toss about glory and limelight and was too busy going on mission to pick up a 'People First' prize that she had won.
It is sad to see that she could not be present to pick up her posthumous leadership award today either. Still, I can see her traveling to a better, happier, joyful and peaceful place where she is richly rewarded for all the good she did."

This tribute was added by Qaiser Khan on 26th May 2016

"Having worked with Iqbal closely over 20 years in MENA, SAR and AFR and being friends with her extended family over the same period, it is not easy to convey my appreciation for Iqbal who fought against many odds to contribute to the most disadvantaged people specially people with disabilities and children at risk.  The passion drove her through medical adversity and kept her going through many difficult patches. Her passing away has been a major loss to all of us - we can never forget her smile and her willingness to always help.  May she be content in heaven!"

This tribute was added by Michel Welmond on 24th May 2016

"My dear Iqbal. I can never forget how you dropped everything and without a second of hesitation, took me all the way from somewhere in mid-Virginia (we were having a retreat) to Maryland because my son was in the emergency room at Shady Grove hospital. That showed me what a really wonderful person you were. I will miss you."

This tribute was added by Saroj Lamba on 23rd May 2016

"Dear Iqbal, I feel so fortunate to have you as part of my life, I will always remember the love, laughter, joy, tears we shared together. Will remember your vibrant personality and kind heart.  You fought bravely! A beautiful soul who has now found her peace. Will always miss u!"

This tribute was added by Christina Wright on 18th May 2016

"Dear Iqbal,  I miss you so much already.  Thank you for our many, many chats about life and children.  You were always so brave and it always gave me great hope to talk with you.  Thanks also for all the healthy peanuts.  To this day, I cannot crack open a peanut without thinking about you. Until we meet again, my friend, rest in glorious peace."

This tribute was added by Shams Rehman on 17th May 2016

"For Iqbal family, Sat Sri Akaal/ਸਿਤ ਸ਼ਰੀ ਅਕਾਲ:

I am still shocked to hear the sad news of untimely death of our dearest colleague, Iqbal Kaur in such young age.  

Iqbal and I used to speak in Punjabi and share her recent field experience in Africa as she was my next door neighbor in the office. She was very nice, humble, caring and superb human being for which she will be ever remembered!

May the “Waheguru” bless her soul in eternal peace and give you a courage and strength to bear this irreparable loss.

With profound sympathies and prayers.


This tribute was added by Karima Saleh on 17th May 2016

"My dear dear Iqbal:
We lost this dear soul very early in life.  You came to earth to serve a purpose and you fulfilled it.  You touched so many lives, including mine.  We were friends.  
inna lillahi wa in allah-e-rajioon
I observed your passion and commitment from afar.  Till the end, you were concerned about work.  What dedication!  
You were a giver and compassionate, always caring about others, always asking after others, always not wanting to inconvenience others.  
You were passionate about life and living, and always had a "smile" despite challenges you might be facing.  
You were a fighter and very brave and strong, and your advise to others, to be tolerant.  
we will miss you dearly but your memory will live on.
My deepest and heartfelt condolences to Iqbal's family: her son, her parents, her sister, brother, and others."

This tribute was added by Aissatou Dicko on 16th May 2016

"My heart is still broken beyond words, I cant believe I will no longer receive your funny What's up messages and jokes. May the road rise up to meet you dear friend. May the wind be ever at your back. May the sun shine warm upon your face and the rain fall softly on your fields... and until we meet again, may God hold you in the hollow of His hand. Rest in peace my dear friend, you will never be forgotten"

This tribute was added by Fareeba Mahmood on 16th May 2016

"For Iqbal:
"I give you this one thought to keep--I am with you still - I do not sleep.
I am a thousand winds that blow, I am the diamond glints on snow,I am the sunlight on ripened grain, I am the gentle Autumn rain.
When you awaken in the morning hush, I am the swift, uplifting rush of quiet birds in circled flight.  I am the soft stars that shine at night.  Do not think of me as gone--I am with you still --in each new dawn."

May you rest in peace.   إِنَّا للهِ وَإِنَّـا إِلَيْهِ رَاجِعونَ‎"

This tribute was added by Elena G on 16th May 2016

"Dear Iqbal, May your soul rest in peace!  
Sincere condolences to the family..."

This tribute was added by Nicole La Borde on 16th May 2016

"My dearest Iqbal, rest peacefully now, you have earned your wings. I will always miss you, my friend. I will cherish the memories and the honor of calling you my friend.

Until we meet again,

This tribute was added by Francine Pagsibigan on 16th May 2016

"Dear Iqbal,

Despite the short time we spent together as colleagues in the former MENA HD family, I soon realized what a special person you were, helping and mentoring the new comers and giving me wise advice about how to smoothen the transition. I was really very saddened by your very untimely passing, a real shock in many sense.

You will be missed by everyone who was fortunate to know you, including myself. My sincere condolences to your loved ones, friends and family.

~ Enis Barış"

This tribute was added by Hala Ballout on 10th May 2016

"My dear Iqbal,
It was terrible to hear the news, I guess your lovely and cheerful spirit made me forget what you've been going through. I am honored and blessed to have known such a good and inspirational friend. I miss you but your lovely and gentle soul and all the happy moments we spent together will remain in my heart. Rest in peace dear..."

This tribute was added by Afrah Al-Ahmadi on 9th May 2016

"Dear Iqbal, it is still hard to absorb that you have left our world, it still feels you are away on mission and will be back and we will have lunch or coffee to catch up on work and personal news.  Your bravery and the positive and hopeful attitude you confronted challenges with, were inspirational.  The work you did across MENA countries will continue to speak of your dedication, passion and professional values you stood for.  Will miss you dearly."

This tribute was added by Muzna Alvi on 8th May 2016

"I often told my husband, Iqbal Aunty is the best person I know, and when he finally met her he looked at me and said.."you were right!". She was the embodiment of the perfect human being- so hardworking, resilient and strong yet filled with love, kindness, happiness and hope. She took me into her home for two months in the Summer of 2014 while I worked at the Bank and took care of me like I was her own child. As I got to know her better over the two months, I was blown away by all that she had gone through and more so by her strong sense of belief and hope for the future. Her passing is a great loss for her family and all her friends and colleagues, including myself. We have lost a bright light and there will not be anyone quite like her.

Iqbal Aunty, I miss you and hope that you have found your special place with your maker, where love is eternal and hope is unbounded, just as you had made it for all those around you in this world."

This tribute was added by Anush Bezhanyan on 7th May 2016

"I still cannot believe that Iqbal is no longer with us. It is so hard to comprehend and accept that I am still in denial and shock. I spoke to her on the phone about a month ago and she was positive and optimistic, ready to come back to work as she recovers from her surgery. She was asking for some consultant support and I told her not to worry about it and concentrate on her health, but she was so keen to do her job and do it right.

We will always remember Iqbal for her passion on issues that we often do not always pay attention to, poor children, minorities, people with disabilities and other marginalized group. She was always a passionate advocate for those who have little voice. We will miss this voice in the Bank. On a personal note I appreciate her always asking about my own health and encouraging me to take better care and prioritize over everything else. Thank you Iqbal for all you have done for us as a group and for me personally! You will always remain in our minds and hearts."

This tribute was added by Montserrat Pallares Miralles on 6th May 2016

"Dearest Iqbal, missing a lot your humanity, uniqueness, honesty, and high dedication for others. You are indeed unforgettable. I’ll always remember when you talked to me about what you had to pass through and how much you learnt and lived through it. Your positive attitude, optimism, and strength were always really inspiring. We talked once about a quote from Australia …“after all, we are all visitors to this time, this place. We are just passing through. Our purpose here is to observe, to learn, to grow, to love... and then we return home.” You have been a fantastic visitor Iqbal, and now must be in a better dimension. My condolences and sympathy to your family."

This tribute was added by Xiaoqing Yu on 6th May 2016

"I am sorry that I have not got a chance to work with you over the years, but I feel fortunate that we were able to interact as you transitioned from MNA to Africa. I will always remember how excited and happy you were about the opportunities, and how much you were looking forward to that new chapter of your career. I felt that I was with you on your journey. You will be missed."

This tribute was added by Colin Andrews on 4th May 2016

"With much sadness and condolences to your family, we have lost a champion and a friend. You will be very much missed. Rest in peace."

This tribute was added by Ayo Akala on 4th May 2016

"Dearest Iqbal, so sad to hear of your passing! Still such a shock as I was waiting to hear back from you assuming you were away on mission.  As is our usual practice, two or three times a year because of our busy schedules, we would catch-up for lunch or a walk during lunch!  I will miss that and your cheerful presence in spite of all you were going through.  You remain an inspiration to me and I pray you will rest in peace.  I pray that your family, especially your son, will be comforted and encouraged to know that you were loved by many in the World Bank where you devoted so much of yourself and energy for so many years and breaking ceilings in the process! More importantly, I hope they appreciate that you touched many lives in the countries you worked in and you truly made a difference in the lives of so many that are disadvantaged and who are not be able to let them know this. You were a true development specialist and I appreciate that in you.  Rest in peace, my friend, I will miss you a lot! God bless!"

This tribute was added by Ethiopia Belay on 4th May 2016

"I only know you for a short time - you were at the Ethiopia Country office for not more than a month.  But we had a chance to closely work during our field mission to the Amhara region.   You were very kind and friendly.  Thank you so much  for the nice words of encouragement, they meant a lot and i will always keep them in my heart."

This tribute was added by Samuel Mulugeta on 4th May 2016

"Dear Iqbal, even though our interaction was brief during your mission to Ethiopia in October/November 2015, it was very memorable to me. I was really touched by your kindness and positive attitude to life and to other people. Your dedication to the work and to helping the disadvantaged was a huge inspiration for me. I will always remember your wise advices and highly relevant comments and feedback. The news of your passing came as a great shock to me. May your soul rest in peace!"

This tribute was added by Hana Brixi on 3rd May 2016

"Dear Iqbal, you were and remain an inspiration to me and to all those who loved to be around you. Will miss you.
Sincere condolences and sympathy to your family."

This tribute was added by Khurshid Noorwalla on 3rd May 2016

"With a heavy heart, I pray for the eternal repose of one who was a woman of distinguished humanity. My sincere condolence to the family."

This tribute was added by Laura Rawlings on 3rd May 2016

"You will be missed, Iqbal, but your legacy is lasting. Let us honor your contributions by remaining positive and strong in spirit; dedicated and optimistic in our professional endeavors."

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