Thenu Herath

Emerging Leader

As the former CEO of The Oaktree Foundation, Australia’s largest youth-run international development agency, Thenu has made a significant impact by supporting young people to lead social change in their communities. 

During her tenure, her team launched a new impact model that shifts resources to young people in the Asia-Pacific, with a growing focus on gender equality and climate initiatives. 

In addition to her continued role on Oaktree's Board, Thenu actively engages and advocates for inclusion and access for women and youth in her roles as a Board Member of the Australian Council for International Development and Green Collect, a local Melbourne-based social enterprise. 

She was also appointed to the global executive committee of the Commonwealth Youth Human Rights and Democracy Network.