My story

From finance to design

My name is Kash Gunaretnam, and I was born on the beautiful island of Sri Lanka 🇱🇰 and grew up in Sydney (home), Australia 🇦🇺. My creative journey began when I chose to leave the finance industry to pursue my passion in the creative field.

During my high school years, I gained interested in making posters and logos as a hobby and developing websites totally with HTML. After seven years in finance, I decided to seek a further education in Graphic Studies in 2010.

I began working as a freelancer after enrolling at CTCA Design School. I spent a half-decade exploring many aspects of the creative industry, including branding, print & digital design, online & social media marketing materials and building web sites for small businesses using No-Code platform such as Weebly and Wordpress.

Since then, I've never looked back but to reflect on the incredible prospects that the area of Digital Product Design continues to provide. Working with early stage startups as well as the State and Federal Government sectors has been a fantastic learning experience, with each providing me with opportunity to advance professionally.

Career change

Major shift from finance to creative industry in 2010 to follow my passions.

Startup world

Worked on two failed startups between 2014 to 2020. Currently working on personal project and whelping many others.


I never saw myself as a mentor, but one of my colleagues introduced me to Design Lab, and it has been quite satisfying.


Community involvement

In my free time, I like to get involved with building mental heal awareness through participation in a fundraiser and voluntary work. Additionally helping out at non-profit organisations that do great things for unprivileged kids higher education in Sri Lanka.


The headspace National Youth Mental Health Foundation, is an Australian non-profit organisation for youth mental health established by the Australian Government in 2006.

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Uthayasoorian (Rising Sun) - Student Help Centre is a non-profit organisation that assists underprivileged children in pursuing higher education.

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Mentoring the next generation of designers

With the use of Online tools

Fancy a coffee?

I'd love to meet for coffee and talk about design, startups, and non-profits.

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