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Yoganathan Ratheesan

Founder and chairman, Lebara Group

Aerospace Engineering BSc(Hons) 1999; HonDLitt 2012

Yoganathan Ratheesan, Founder & Chairman, Lebara GroupYoganathan Ratheesan is the co-owner and co-founder of Lebara Group. In August 2012, Ratheesan became chairman after holding the position of CEO since the company's inception in 2001.

Ratheesan co-founded Lebara at the age of 25, with the clear aim of transforming the international calling market by providing ethnic and migrant communities with high quality, low cost solutions for keeping in touch with family and friends. More than 10 years on, Lebara is one of Europe's fastest growing mobile companies, with some 4 million active customers, more than 1,000 employees and operations in eight countries.

Lebara also supports disadvantaged children across the world through the Lebara Foundation, an initiative very close to Ratheesan's heart and a personal highlight of his career. The aim is to provide housing, health measures, food, clean water and schooling for displaced communities around the world, in partnership with several other organisations. In just over three years the founders have donated over €11 million to help protect and educate more than 200,000 disadvantaged children in 11 countries.

Ratheesan was named Ernst & Young's 'London & South' Entrepreneur of the Year, 2012.

"I left Kingston enriched in learning and life – a vital foundation for being successful."

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