Our Story

About the platform

Uinspire Giving is a crowdfunding platform that brings together investors, volunteers and philanthropists to fund individuals, start-ups and community projects around the world. It is one of the four key pillars of the Uinspire organisation alongside Uinspire Invest, Uinspire Volunteering and Uinspire Mentoring.

Our mission is to connect businesses, charities, individuals and social impact organisations with a global network to bring about positive economic, environmental and social change. We hope to build a sustainable future where even people in the most disadvantaged circumstances have the chance to live with dignity and make their dreams a reality. By placing integrity, transparency and trust at the very heart of our organisation, we aim to inspire generations of positive change within the global community.

About the founder

Kieran Arasaratnam is the founder of Uinspire, a social enterprise platform disrupting old models of impact investment. He has an investment banking career spanning 15 years, having worked with Barclays Capital in Singapore, and with Morgan Stanley and HSBC in London and New York where he was a head of global macro FX structuring.

Over the course of his career, he has led various initiatives driving banking innovation and new technology that has transformed the industry. All the while he has dedicated his spare time to charitable causes around the world.

By launching Uinspire, Kieran has been able to draw upon his knowledge of finance to help build a global network effecting positive social change. He also launched Uinspire Global Leadership Events, which brings together influential thought leaders from the world of finance, business and impact investment. In January, he launched the Uinspire Digital Academy, a program offering digital training, leadership and communication skills to empower underprivileged youths in his native Sri Lanka.

Kieran is a visiting lecturer and an advisory board member of Imperial College Business School in London where he earned his PhD. He is also a founding member of Imperial College Financial Signal Processing Research Group. He is an alumni of Harvard University's Emerging Leadership programme and fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.

Meet the Team

Dr. Kieran Arasaratnam
Founder / CEO

Kieran Arasaratnam is the founder of Uinspire, a social enterprise platform disrupting old models of impact investment. He has an investment banking career spanning 15 years, having worked with Barclays Capital in Singapore, and with Morgan Stanley and HSBC in London and New York where he was a head...

Samrudhi Sharma
Head of PR and Marketing, India

Samrudhi Sharma grew up with a passion for arts and fashion. She is an experienced Business Development Manager and Buyer. After working for 5 years she pursued her Post-Graduation from London College of Fashion in London, 2015. Samrudhi was one of the top 10 contestants around the world in BE NEXT...

Alfonso Delgado
Blockchain Instructor

Alfonso Delgado is undertaking a PhD in Computer Science at Imperial College London. His research focuses on the practical applications of smart contracts on the global economy. Alfonso has also given talks on the legal and economic aspects of blockchain and has written various papers to tackle this...

Maria Topor
Content Creator

Maria has always been deeply moved by the injustices of inequality across the globe, and believes Uinspire is a powerful platform to alleviate these problems through supporting causes related to education. Maria will be working on the Uinspire Giving crowd-funding platform contents, and finds the op...

Thadsha Rasalingam
Head of Uinspire Digital Academy, Sri Lanka

Thadsha is thrilled to be a part of such an exciting new social enterprise. Thadsha has always been deeply moved by the injustices of inequality across the globe, and believes Uinspire is a powerful channel to alleviate these problems. Thadsha heads up the Uinspire Digital Academy in Sri Lanka. The ...

Laurie Parma
Wellbeing Program Lead

Laurie Parma is a interdisciplinary wellbeing scientist and founder of LifeCloud; by designing experiences and programs to help others flourish, Laurie is thrilled to be contributing to the Uinspire mission. Her passion lies in redefining what it means to be well; transcending the status quo of well...

Karol Alfaro
Volunteer Coordinator, Costa Rica

Karol is responsible for the coordination of volunteering projects in Costa Rica. She has over a 5 years of experience working with foreign tourists in Costa Rica and currently studying a Bachelor of Business Administration with an emphasis in Hospitality Tourism. She is passionate about contributi...

Nila Natkunan
Creative Support

Nila's personal mission in life is to bring light into people's lives, and for her if she is able to brighten just just one person's day every day "then it's a life well lived". So she's extremely excited for all that Uinspire will become as it aims to exponentially bring light to individuals who ne...

Board Members

 

Dr. Lagushiyama Pushpakanthan

Lagushiyama serves as the Managing Trustee on the organisation's board. She believes in the power of civil society to influence and bring about change. She is responsible for fundraising and strengthening Uinspire Giving impact on communities and enhancing social investor involvement in the organisation.

 

Adrien Quillard

Adrien Quillard is a senior banking professional with 12 years experience from BNP Paribas and Morgan Stanley focusing on Macro Trading. Adrien has been part of Uinspire from its inception and looking forward to making a more meaningful contribution through board level engagement.

 
 

Dinesh Dhamija

Dinesh is the founder, former Chairman and CEO of Ebookers.com, one of Europe’s most successful internet travel agencies. Based in 12 countries, Ebookers became one of the largest travel agencies in Europe. Sales went from $23 million in 1999 to $1 billion in 2004. Dinesh also had a 1000-person business-process outsourcing (BPO) operation in India, engaged in 12 disciplines including ticketing and sales. He sold Bookers in 2005 for $471m from an initial investment of $5m in 1999. Dinesh is now the Deputy Treasurer of the Liberal Democrats. Currently, Dinesh direct sustainable projects in India and Romania, am a key-note speaker on entrepreneurship and play an active role in charities in the UK and around the world.

 

Christian Munkvold

Christian Munkvold is a senior banking professional with 13 years experience from Barclays Capital and Citigroup focusing on hedging and financing solutions for corporate clients. Christian has followed Uinspire from its infancy and has through detailed conversations with the Founder helped shape and develop the vision along the way. He is extremely excited to continue to follow Uinspire through its next phase advising on strategic decision.

Our Partners

 

Whistle Media

Whistle Media is a production company specialising in custom made films for the corporate market and public sector. Whistle Media team have over 30 years combined experience in global television and corporate production

 

Kingsgate PR and Marketing

Kingsgate Communications is a team of media professionals that specialises in Impact Investing, Energy Markets, and Fintech. With experience across London, Hong Kong, Seoul and Tokyo, the group aims to provide crisp synthesis of complex subjects with a clear understanding of what makes a great story.

 
 

Kushil Gunasekera

Kushil Gunasekera is the Founder of Foundation of Goodness, which is a not-for-profit NGO registered in both Sri Lanka and USA. The Foundation of Goodness has as its key Trustees, Sri Lanka’s biggest cricketing stars, Muthiah Muralidaran, Kumar Sangakkara, Mahela Jayawardena and Russel Arnold. The Foundation of Goodness is an organisation that aims to bridge the gap between rural and urban populations in Sri Lanka.

 

Freshly Squeezed

A small team of young creative designers using fresh ideas and approaches to benefit young people around the world. Team of young freelancers working together to create stunning, engaging & professionally designed contents focused on branding, websites & photography.