Jeroo Billimoria was born in 1965 in Mumbai, India, to a family of professionals, and has dedicated much of her life in support of the economic rights of children. Her mother instilled strong social values in her at a young age, and as a passionate advocate of children’s rights and empowerment she founded a number of successful organizations relevant to these issues. She is the founder and current head of Child and Youth Finance International, and founder and the board chair of the organizations Aflatoun and Child Helpline International. In India, she founded the Childline India Foundation, and the Indian non-profit organization MelJol, which she formerly directed; she now serves on its board. In 2006, Billimoria received the Skoll Award for Social Entrepreneurship.

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