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Kavindya Thennakoon


Kavindya Thennakoon graduated cum laude from Wellesley College, MA majoring in Anthropology and Cinema & Media Studies. She is currently a dean's fellow at the Stanford University pursuing Masters in Learning, Design and Technology. 


In 2014, she co-founded Without Borders, which won both the inaugural Queen’s Young Leaders Award and the Harvard Global Trailblazer’s for their impact within the local education space. 


To Kavindya, “meaningful youth engagement” means going beyond mere tokenism to give young people the power to create, decide, and impact.

Change Makers

Change Makers: Reimagining Health and Well-being

16 Jan, 11:00 - 11:45 GMT+5:30

Online Zoom Event

How are innovators rethinking health and wellbeing from hospitals and care institutions to our homes, Healthcare. Stay tuned as we unveil more details.


Dr. Arshath Zameek

Arshath is a Doctor, Clinical researcher and Educator - Former Diabetes and Endocrinology unit National Hospital Kandy / Coordinator - SLENDO 2020 - Kandy Division. International Climate Champion -Sri Lanka 2011/12

Kaavya Pathirana

Interim Shelter Lead and Communications Officer for Emerge Lanka Foundation

Kaavya is the Interim Shelter Lead and Communications Officer for Emerge Lanka Foundation; a local charity organization that works to support insititutionalised female survivors of sexual abuse. She works with an incredible team to maintain a high quality, growing programme which Emerge takes into shelters, and teaches young women entrepreneurship, Life Skills and Reproductive Health. Kaavya is also passionate about telling the authentic stories of survival and resilience; and has done so through her travels while working with Habitat for Humanity Sri Lanka; and continues to do so currently through Emerge.

Lahiruni Poddalgoda

Founder and Head of Projects of Project Bloom

Lahiruni is the founder of Project Bloom, a youth lead volunteer initiative. Project Bloom is a collective power of young people working towards a brain healthy adolescent population in Sri Lanka. Project Bloom’s primary project is based at the adolescent unit of the National Institute of Mental health in Sri Lanka additionally project Bloom focuses on advocating mental health among young people with the goal of breaking the stigma surrounding the topic in the island. Lahiruni is currently based between Melbourne and Sydney Australia studying a Bachelor of Youth work aund Youth studies at the RMIT University in Sri Lanka whilst managing Project Bloom and working with Blooms amazing team remotely.


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