Meet The Founders

Ascendance was founded by four Malaysian youngsters aged 13 to 19 years old (in the year 2015) 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.

Global Education Fuels Ascendance Leaders

The co-founders of Ascendance are studying at prestigious global institutions, including Ivy Leagues, to elevate their perspectives and position Ascendance on the international stage.

Harsha, Ascendance’s CEO, holds a 4.0 CGPA as an undergraduate at the University of Pennsylvania, USA. Sanadtkumar, the COO, is refining his expertise with a diploma in Video Production at Toronto Film School, Canada. Heerraa, Ascendance’s Advisor, is undertaking a Bachelor of Liberal Arts at Harvard University, USA. Mathura, currently a class participant at Harvard Extension School, is on her path towards a Masters in Liberal Arts, Finance.

Let’s Find Out More About The Founders

Harsha Ravindran, 21

CEO & Co-Founder of Ascendance

CEO & Founder of StartMyName.com

President of ASEL Club, University of Pennsylvania

Vice President of Finance, Wharton Undergraduate Entrepreneurship Club

Reporter & Podcast Host at The Daily Pennsylvanian

Host of Changing Reality Radio Show, WQHS Radio

Author of ‘The Makings of A Teenage Entrepreneur’ Book

Undergraduate Student at University of Pennsylvania, USA (4.0 CGPA)

3 Times TEDx Speaker & International Conference Speaker

Skoll Foundation Fellow

Featured on Prestige 40 Under 40 in 2022

Sanadtkumar Ganesan, 23

COO & Co-Founder of Ascendance

International Award-Winning Documentary Filmmaker

Director, Wanted: Shades of Life Documentary Series

Creative Content Creator at ET Boost Studio

Pursuing Diploma in Video Production at Toronto Film School, Canada

Winner: Best Inspirational Film for the Los Angeles Film Awards

Finalist: Best Documentary Feature for the New York International Film Awards

Top 30 Films of the Year at Filmmakers Connect Awards, USA

Finalist For Emerging Filmmaker Award at FilmHaus Berlin

Top 50 Asia Young Talents at Monstar Awards 2021

Featured in The Edge Weekly, Malaysia's Top Business Newspaper

Heerraa Ravindran, 23

Advisor & Co-Founder of Ascendance

Award-winning International Singer-Songwriter & Performer

Dean's List Honors 2021-2023 and Undergraduate at Harvard University Extension

Voting Member at the Recording Academy (GRAMMYs®️)

Harvard Extension School's Global Ambassador 2023

Prestige Malaysia's 40 Under 40 Most Successful, Innovative & Influential Young People 2022

ICon Award & Best in North America (Pop) at InterContinental Music Awards, LA 2022

Best in Pop Original (Young Adult) at International Red Carpet Awards, Netherlands 2023

Best Female Solo Artist at California Music Video Awards, San Francisco 2023

Judge for International Singer-Songwriter Association (ISSA) Awards, Atlanta 2023

Written & Composed Song Featured on the Official Game Soundtrack of 'Simulacra 2'

Mathura Kannan, 26

Advisor & Co-Founder of Ascendance

CEO of Social Business Incubator, ET Ideas Group

Junior Director at Simply Empowering

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

Host of ‘Money Matter$’ Talk Show

ICAEW Chartered Accountant (ACA)

Class Participant at Harvard Extension School

Asia Regional Finalist of Commonwealth Youth Awards 2023

Runner Up for Best Financial Influencer in the MAIAwards 2022

EO Global Student Entrepreneur Awards 2020 Malaysian Top 4 Finalist

Recipient of Top 10 Student Key Opinion Leader Award at Monstar Award 2019