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Aravinth Panch


Empowering underprivileged communities as a Social Entrepreneur



Aravinth is a devoted social entrepreneur empowering underprivileged communities in war-affected regions of Sri Lanka by creating an intellectual livelihood to solve local socio-economic and environmental challenges.

He was born in a beautiful coastal town called Batticaloa at a difficult time when his family lost several members - innocent civilians slaughtered as collateral damages in the civil war.

At the age of 14, he escaped the country in fear of becoming a child soldier, for ten years exiled as a refugee and returned to his motherland when the war ended almost after three decades.

In the meantime, he gained extraordinary interdisciplinary experiences in science, engineering, sustainability and art while solving very complex problems, and co-founded several successful organisations in Asia & Europe.

His craving to uphold those who went through the same life experiences propelled him to co-found DreamSpace Academy - a community innovation centre to empower underprivileged youth with challenge-based learning.

He co-created a personalised empowerment model consisting of 5 stages spanning 18 months. It starts with identifying motivated youngsters from vulnerable societies, training them with multidisciplinary workshops in topics from storytelling to biotechnology, and ultimately leading them to become social entrepreneurs solving local challenges.