Meet The Founders

Ascendance was founded by four Malaysian youngsters aged 13 to 19 years old at the time to inspire their peers to live more holistic lives. They became role models, excelling in their education and careers while motivating other youngsters to do so as well.


First Malaysians to receive the Diana Award 2019

In recognition of their efforts to foster change and develop youngsters, the 4 founders of Ascendance were awarded The Diana Award in 2019 for Social Action and Humanitarian Works. The Diana Award is a prestigious award given to young changemakers worldwide by The Diana Foundation.

Pursuing Further Studies at Ivy League Universities

The Co-Founders of Ascendance are currently pursuing their studies at some of the prestigious Ivy League Universities to broaden their mindset and to bring Ascendance globally. Harsha, the CEO of Ascendance is a 4.0 CGPA Undergraduate Student at the University of Pennsylvania, USA. Sanadt, the COO of Ascendance is a Film Production Student with a 4.3 CGPA at Toronto Film School, Canada. Heerraa, the advisor of Ascendance, is currently pursuing her studies in music at Harvard University and Mathura is a Class Participant at Harvard Extension School.

Let’s Find Out More About The Founders

Harsha Ravindran, 21

CEO & Co-Founder of Ascendance

CEO & Founder of

Author of ‘The Makings of A Teenage Entrepreneur’ Book

3 Times TEDx Speaker & International Conference Speaker

4.0 Undergraduate Student at University of Pennsylvania, USA

Vice President of Finance, Wharton Undergraduate Entrepreneurship Club

Host of Changing Reality Radio Show, WQHS Radio

President of ASEL Club, University of Pennsylvania

Reporter & Podcast Host at The Daily Pennsylvanian

Featured on Prestige 40 Under 40 in 2022

Sanadtkumar Ganesan, 23

COO & Co-Founder of Ascendance

Director of an International Award-Winning Documentary Series - Wanted: Shades of Life

Silver Winner of Best Documentary Feature at the Tokyo Film Awards 2021

Semi-Finalist at Stockholm City Film Festival, Sweden 2021

Nominated for Malaysian Digital Film Awards (mdfa)

Best Inspirational Film Award at the Los Angeles Film Awards in December 2022

Finalist at the New York International Film Awards for Best Documentary Feature in November 2022

Film Production Student with 4.3 CGPA at Toronto Film School, Canada

Scriptwriter at ET Boost, a Production & Media Studio

Featured on Astra, VBuzz, The Star, The Edge Malaysia, Raaga FM and many more

Heerraa Ravindran, 23

Advisor & Co-Founder of Ascendance

Award-winning International Singer-Songwriter & Performer

Nominated for Best Pop Video at the 4th Annual Canadian Independent Music Video Awards 2022

Entertainer of the Year Award at Rampage Music Awards 2021, USA

Won Best Female Single Award and Pop Artist of the Month at the ISSA Awards 2021, USA

Semi-Finalist at the Anugerah Lagu Indie 2021

Audience Choice Award & Festival Director Award at Short + Sweet Malaysia

#1 on Hitz MET 10 for Malaysian English Top 10 in 2021

Undergraduate at Harvard University

Featured in Hitz FM, Ahenfo Radio Denmark, The Casey Beat Australia, The Sun Daily, MalayMail and many more

Featured on Prestige 40 Under 40 in 2022

Mathura Kannan, 26

Advisor & Co-Founder of Ascendance

Junior Director at Simply Empowering

CEO of ET Ideas

ICAEW Chartered Accountant (ACA)

Author of ‘Money Matter$: A Guide to Finance & Life for Gen Zs

Host of ‘Money Matter$’ Talk Show

Runner Up for Best Financial Influencer and Best Book Category in the MAIA Awards 2022

EO Global Student Entrepreneur Awards 2020 Malaysian Top 4 Finalist

Recipient of Student Key Opinion Leader Award at Monstar Award 2019

Class Participant at Harvard Extension School

Featured on Astro, RTM, The Sun Daily, Oriental Daily & The Edge Weekly