Popli Khalatbari passed away in 1995, aged only 29. She was an exceptional young woman of wisdom, depth and humour, who, above all, had a profound sense of compassion for the less fortunate and so following her passing, it seemed only appropriate to establish a foundation in her name that would bring hope and brightness to lives less blessed.
Popli attended the Community School in Tehran and The American School in London before completing her further education in America where she gained a BA at Connecticut College and a Masters in Mass Communication at Boston University.
During the last years of her life, Popli worked for British Sky Broadcasting (BSkyB) and had a major impact on the launch and development of digital broadcasting in the UK. To honour her, BSkyB created the Popli Khalatbari Scholarship, for 5 years, each year providing a student with the unique opportunity to study broadcast management at different television networks around the world. BSkyB played a major part in supporting the Foundation by part-sponsoring its Annual Fundraiser for 12 years.