Rashan is changing education in not only the design industry, but also in the transition of students from secondary to tertiary education. He is the founder and CEO of Australia’s leading professional development in 21st century education institute - Inspired Education Australia.
In addition to this, Rashan is also the Founder and Design Director for Inspired Design Australia, servicing and helping other entrepreneurs, start-ups and small businesses with ‘Design for Business’.
Rashan was born in Sri Lanka and migrated to Australia when he was 10 years old. During his secondary education, Rashan was set and taking steps to become a registered Architect. He graduated in (Design) Architecture with first class honours from the Queensland University of Technology (QUT) in 2011 and completed his Master in Architecture in the top 10 of his year level in 2012. However, shortly after Rashan’s career changed when he left conventional practice to pursue his various business ventures.
Since then, Rashan has developed a reputation for his entrepreneurial thinking and leading a variety of projects in a wide variety of fields and industries. He is now known as a published author, an international public speaker who has delivered widely received content to universities internationally as well as many conference seminars, keynotes, lectures and much more. He has been featured on a variety of podcast shows as well as been published in various design journals in Australia. Rashan’s podcast ‘Inspiring Design with Rashan Senanayake’ is now a top 200 education podcast in the world as well as known as the no. 1 design education resource for schools around Australia in 2021.
In addition to this, Rashan is also an academic delivering tutorials and lectures in Design, Design Thinking and Architecture at QUT. He is also an Associate Fellow recognised by the High Education Academy, Global Shaper for the World Economic Forum (WEF), part of the United Nations Young Professionals (UNYP) (Queensland Chapter) and was the youngest board member of the Australian Green Development Forum (AGDF) previously.
At the end of the day It's not about what you have or even what you've accomplished... it's about who you've lifted up,
who you've made better...
In addition to his entrepreneurial ventures, Rashan is an advocate of giving back to the community. As Denzel Washington once eloquently said “It’s not about what you have or even what you’ve accomplished...it’s about what you’ve given back!”. His involvement in the non-for-profit (NPF) sector began at the Australian Green Development Forum (AGDF) as the youngest board member. In his role at the AGDG the goal was to make a difference in the Australian Building & Construction (AEC) industry with a focus on sustainability. For the first three years his involvement in organising monthly Professional Development events for Architects, Designers and other AEC professionals, centered around sustainable activity in Brisbane was a great source of knowledge.
Following this initial step, Rashan has been involved in a variety of cultural and community organisations. Today, he is part of the 2 x global non-for-profits as a Global Shaper of the World Economic Forum (WEF) - Gold Coast Chapter and the United Nation’s Association of Australia (UNAA) – Young Professionals (QLD Chapter) as the Education Officer and is involved in a variety of projects, ventures and deliveries - all centered around education, knowledge & learning, sustainability, global goals, technology and of course design thinking.
Within the Global Goals, No. 4: Quality Education is Rashan’s main focus with a variety of projects geared towards inclusive and equitable quality education and promoting lifelong learning opportunities for all.