Ruth Ibegbuna

United Kingdom – Nigeria


Ruth is the founder and CEO of ‘RECLAIM’, a Manchester based youth leadership charity. Previously, Ruth was a teacher in a Manchester state school whose young people obtained some of the best GCSE results in the country. Ruth was also a member of the Independent Commission on Youth Crime and Anti-Social Behaviour. In 2016, Ruth was listed in The Sunday Times as one of the 500 most influential people in the UK, and was also listed by Virgin and Ashoka as one of the top six female changemakers internationally. Ruth is an Ashoka UK Fellow.

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“We need to make sure we are allowing access and routes in for talented young people to feel that they can play a part, no matter if they are on a country estate or a council estate. If they are talented and have ideas that they can play a part in shaping this country.”

Ruth Ibegbuna