social entrepreneur | broadcaster | author | speaker

Dr Krish Kandiah OBE

Dr Krish Kandiah

Helping to solve some of society’s seemingly intractable problems through partnerships across civil society, faith communities, government and philanthropy.

Dr Kandiah is a dynamic leader driven by a desire to make a positive difference in the world.

Dr Kandiah is a social entrepreneur with a vision to help solve some of society’s seemingly intractable problems through building partnerships across civil society, faith communities, government and philanthropy.Krish is the founder of The Sanctuary Foundation. A charity supporting refugees to find welcome, work and worthwhile housing in the UK.He is recognised as an expert in refugee resettlement , child welfare reform, educational innovation and civil society mobilisation.He served as the chair of the Adoption and Special Guardianship Leadership Board where he brings strategic leadership to the finding of permanent loving families for children in the care system working across the sector and advising the English government.

Krish has led the charge on mobilising civil society groups and churches as they have supported recent arrivals from Hong Kong, Afghanistan and Ukraine. He has helped to inspire and train thousands to care for vulnerable adults and children.
He is a regular broadcaster on the BBC and has written for publications as diverse as The Guardian, The Daily Express, The Spectator, The Times, Christianity Today and The Church Times.


Dr Kandiah provides consultancy in three main areas: Inspirational Communication, Rapid Mobilisation and Transformative Collaboration

Inspirational Communication

Dr Kandiah is in demand as a speaker at both national and international conferences. He has spoken at the Q conference in Nashville and to a full house at TEDx Oxford on the topic “Can Hospitality Change the World?” He is a member of the Global Leadership Summit faculty and has spoken in places as diverse as Apple HQ in Cupertino, the GooglePlex, the Cabinet Office in Westminster and the Royal Albert Hall.

Rapid Mobilisation

Dr Kandiah has led rapid response initiatives to find carers for Unaccompanied Asylum Seeking Children, a warm welcome for tens of thousands of new arrivals from Hong Kong, support to thousands of Afghan families evacuated from Kabul and thousands of Ukrainian families in need of emergency hosting.

Transformative Collaboration

Dr Kandiah designed, organised and chaired the inuagural transatlantic learning summit on adoption innovation. The event was attended by Deputy Secretary Eric Hargan from the US governments Health and Human Services and Children’s Minister Vicky Ford MP.
Dr Kandiah organised and chaired the Global Children in Care Summit which brought together care experienced young people, government leaders and NGO representatives from 29 countries.

Faith Literacy

Alastair Campbell famously interrupted Prime Minister Tony Blair when he started speaking about his faith. Many would see this as an indicator of the place of faith in government – we just don’t do it. Yet 84% of the global population identify with a religion. According to the most recent census 66% of the UK population identify with a religion. Religion plays a seminal role for forming personal identity, understanding nationhood, freedom and community, and informing behaviour, relationships and decision making.
Dr Kandiah has run faith literacy training and events in a variety of private and public sector contexts:
The Department for Education
The Cabinet Office
HM Treasury
Ministry of Justice
Foreign and Commonwealth Develpment Office
Ministry of Defence
Goldman Sachs

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Krish would love to hear from you.
Book Krish to speak at your conference or event.
Inquire about consultancy work.
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