Casimira Karunaratne

Casi Karunaratne

Casimira Karunaratne




Fellow Class

Issue Area

SVC Selected


Casimira (Casi) was born in London and lived in South Africa until the age of 8, when she moved to Sri Lanka. She was a scholar for academic achievement, prefect, and Senior Athletics Captain at her high school. Casi realized her passion for public service when she volunteered at the Sri Lankan Red Cross in 2004.  Additionally, she was awarded the HelpAge Sri Lanka Certificate of Merit for Social Service and for Special Effort in Raising Funds for raising money to help Sri Lanka’s elderly citizens. During her freshman year at Harvard, Casi actively volunteered at the Harvard Square Homeless Shelter (the only student-run homeless shelter in the nation) and the Cambridge Rehabilitation and Nursing Center. Over the summer, she interned at D. L. & F. De Saram Attorney’s at Law, and attended the National Sai Youth Conference hosted in Jaffna, a northern region in Sri Lanka that was inaccessible until Sri Lanka’s 25 year civil war ended three years ago. Her experience volunteering in the villages of Thirunelveli, Kattuwan, Ariyali and Poombuhar reaffirmed her conviction that she could do something to help those living there. She graduated from Harvard University with an English degree in 2015.