Camila Batmanghelidjh

b. 1963


Born in Iran, Camila Batmanghelidjh decided at an early age that she would dedicate her life to caring for young people who didn’t have a family to look after them. She moved to England for school and stayed there following the 1979 Iranian revolution. Despite her severe dyslexia and being seen by many as ‘a total oddball’, she founded Place2Be and Kids Company — two organisations committed to supporting young people through tough times. As well as changing the lives of countless young people through her work, Camila has inspired politicians, companies, communities, and thousands of volunteers to come together and provide unrelenting love to kids who need it. She has been named one of the 100 most powerful women in the UK.

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Kids Company, based in London, provides practical, emotional, and educational support to vulnerable inner-city children.

Place2Be provides school-based mental health support — and their patron is HRH The Duchess of Cambridge!