Kavindya Thennakoon

Co-founder/Head of Product | Tilli


Kavindya Thennakoon


Kavindya is the Co-Founder/Head of Product at Tilli; a play-based social-emotional learning tool for kids and parents. Tilli is an award-winning learning tool, 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 currently used by 4500+ learners and chases the 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 Meta, 2U, MIT Media Lab, and Coursera, researching and building high-impact learning tools that have reached over a billion learners. Alongside her work in the learning technology space, she has continued her focus on grassroots education through Without Borders; a social enterprise based in Sri Lanka that she co-founded in 2014. To date, they have connected over 3000+ educators with innovative, accessible learning tools and pedagogies. 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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