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Aritha Wickramasinghe

Lawyer - Social Education/i-Probono

Aritha is an international banking lawyer, the founding trustee of the global education initiative Think Equal and a director of iProbono’s Justice Programme.

Think Equal is introducing a new subject into schools across the world that teaches children values and skills. Aritha moved back to Sri Lanka from the U.K. last year to introduce the programme to the island. Sri Lanka became the first country to pilot the Think Equal subject in 2017 and will begin rolling it out across all schools from 2018.

iProbono is an online tech platform that connects people who need legal help but cannot afford it with lawyers who help for free. Today, iProbono has 60,000 lawyers in over 30 countries helping to improve access to justice for the most vulnerable.

Having formerly been a lawyer at Clifford Chance and K&L Gates in London and the UN International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda in Tanzania, Aritha has advised various Governments and UN agencies on education and economic reform and human rights issues.

For his work, Aritha was ranked No.1 Future Leader by the international newspaper Financial Times in their 2015 OUTstanding List alongside Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg and Lloyds CEO Inga Beale.

The UK’s Attitude Magazine ranked Aritha as the 15th most eligible bachelor in the world in their 2017 Bachelors List, ahead of well-known global celebrities Sam Smith, Adam Lambert, Wentworth Miller and Sir Ian McKellen.