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 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

Lauren Huber
Associate, Digital Work

Lauren is thrilled to be part of such an exciting new social enterprise and will be focusing on providing digital skills for the poor initiatives at Uinspire. Lauren will complete her Bachelors in International Business and Economics this fall at the University of South Carolina. She is currently ba...

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...

Dr. Kieran Arasaratnam
Founder / CEO

Kieran is a firm believer in leveraging the technology to better the social business model, and in the power of civil society to influence and bring about change. Born in the village of Vidataltivu near Mannar in Northern Sri Lanka, Kieran Arasaratnam emigrated to the UK at the age of fourteen, as ...

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 ...

Jamie Reibl
Creative Director

A creative of many disciplines, Jamie has been involved in the arts and media production throughout his life. Having studied at CalArts and Darlington College of the Arts in subjects from photography, theatre, film production and music, Jamie has an interdisciplinary approach which enables him to wo...

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...

Mirian Oliveira
Campaign Manager, Brazil

Mirian holds a Bachelor in International Relations and is a financial sector professional with 4 years’ work experience in Brazil. She is currently based in London and pursuing a Master in Finance. She was raised in São Paulo and grew up seeing deep social differences in the environment surround...

Andrew Woodman
PR and Marketing

Andrew is an award-winning journalist with many years of experience in publishing across the UK and Asia. He has worked with regional and national news publications in the UK and in respected international trade journals both in print and online. He has a passion for innovation, technology and susta...

Anu Ogunbolu
Marketing & Strategy

Anu has over 15 years of banking experience, the majority of which was spent in Credit Risk and Operational Risk Management for Financial Institutions and Larger Corporates. In her career, Anu has acquired highly effective skills in governance, risk and workflow management, training, framework desig...

Sentheepa Balasubramaniam
Volunteer Coordinator, Sri Lanka

I stand in the position where I believe that nothing can stop humanity from strongly believing in achieving their desired goal. My ambition is to fulfil the basic needs of development in the society, providing the significant concept of employments for civilians that can positively impact their hea...

Ranjana Raghunathan
Impact Support

Ranjana strongly believes in the potential of human beings to stand up no matter how hard s/ he has been hit by adversity. And this is why no matter how slow the process of development is she knows that consistent efforts can one day wipe out poverty. Ranjana is a freelance researcher and writer ba...

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...

Viji Mahalingam
Finance Support

Viji is a Finance Professional with a wide range experiences across Business Planning, Decision Support, Change and HR management with a career spanning over 15 years with the last 9 years spent in the Banking Industry. Currently based in London, Viji holds a BSc in Neuroscience, MSc in Management ...

Amy Francombe
Associate

Amy is thrilled to be part of such an exciting new social enterprise. Amy has always been deeply moved by the injustices of inequality across the globe, and believes Uinspire is a powerful channel to alleviate these problems. She is involved with the crowd funding platform, and finds the opportunity...

Board Members

Our Board Members and Advisors
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

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

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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.