Kavindya Thennakoon

Co-founder/Head of Product | Tilli


Kavindya Thennakoon


Kavindya is the Co-Founder/Head of Product at Tilli; an award winning, play-based social-emotional learning tool used by over 6000+ learners. Tilli was incubated at the Stanford School of Education.

Tilli has been recognized by leading organizations in the education space like IDEO, Sesame Workshop, Playful Minds, and UNOSSC and is also a UNICEF Venture Fund portfolio company.

Tilli is driving a movement for measurable, outcomes driven social emotional learning that combines the powers of machine learning and data and the joys of play. The team chases an ambitious dream of ensuring that every child has access to high-quality social-emotional learning before their 10th birthday.

Kavindya obtained her MSc. in Learning, Design, and Technology from Stanford University where she was awarded the Dean’s Fellowship, and her BA from Wellesley College, MA in Anthropology. Prior to Tilli, she worked for companies like Google Education, Meta, 2U, MIT Media Lab, and Coursera, researching and building high-impact learning tools that have reached over a billion learners.

Kavindya won both the inaugural Queen’s Young Leaders Award and the Harvard Global Trailblazers Award for her impact within the local education space.


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