- 2 years ago
Camila Batmanghelidjh (daughter of renowned Dr Batman: cure by water) is a psychotherapist and founder/director of Kids’ Company.
Born in Tehran to Iranian/ Belgian parents, Batmanghelidjh went to public school and is severely dyslexic. She used a tape recorder instead of pen and paper to receive a Masters on the philosophy of counseling and psychotherapy.
Batmanghelidjh used her mortgage to set up The Place2Be, a psychotherapy and counseling service to children in schools, now a national project serving over 20,000 children a year. For 10 years Kids Company has survived due to the support of charitable trusts and businesses, twice Camila re-mortgaged her flat for Kids Company’s lack of funding. Camila won the Social Entrepreneur of the Year Award 2005. She wrote Shattered Lives: Children Who Live with Courage and Dignity.
Camila curated 2 major art exhibitions, Shrinking Childhoods, Tate Modern ’05 and 'Demons and Angels: Does it have to be this way?', Shoreditch Town Hall.