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James Le Mesurier

Founder, Mayday Rescue

Biography

James Le Mesurier is a passionate social entrepreneur. In 2013 he founded The White Helmets programme in Syria, a volunteer rescue organisation that since then has grown to be an organisation of 3,500 volunteers who operate throughout Syria and who have saved 104,000 lives. He is the founder of Mayday Rescue Foundation, a not for profit organisation committed to protecting civilians from conflict and natural disaster. In addition to the White Helmets in Syria, Mayday is active in Mogadishu, developing the city's emergency services network, and exploring the development of similar community-based resilience initiatives in other fragile and failing states.