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44 Kavindya Thennakoon, building a brighter world

Kavi Thennakoon, Wellesley College alumna, poses for a photo while smiling

She came to Wellesley from Sri Lanka, where she founded Without Borders, a nonprofit that turns unused rural spaces into IdeaLabs—community hubs offering education, employment, and entrepreneurial opportunities. At Wellesley, she took an internship at Ogilvy & Mather, spent her junior year at the University of Oxford, and served as a civic entertainment researcher at MIT’s Media Lab. The kicker is that she applied to Wellesley after meeting an alumna at the UN Youth Advisory Panel. Class of 2019.