I was born in London to an Indian businessman and short-story writer who journeyed through Iran and Kuwait to arrive in the U.K., and a housewife.
When studying communications engineering in the city, I entered a poetry piece that landed me amongst the capital’s finalists in a writers’ competition. Unsure of my path, I accepted a full Master’s scholarship to University College London, and volunteered at Amnesty International UK. Then, celebrating my graduation, I embarked on a mission in Zambia, an experience which would affirm my keen passion for people and empathising with struggles.
On my return to the U.K., I worked in the private sector, but soon left to accept a communications opportunity at a labour rights organisation in Southern India. This was followed by a second Master’s at King’s College London in 2010 with a focus on disasters and development. During my studies I worked part-time at the Frontline Club, made popular at the time for its strong links to Julian Assange. I then embarked on a full-time professional career in the not-for-profit sector, leading me to an array of experience from raising funds for presidential campaigns in the United States and South Africa, to digital storytelling from Yezidi and Syrian refugee camps.
In 2013, I was relieved of a brain tumour by a world-class surgeon with the NHS; this furthered my awareness of the privileges of my circumstance and the reality of a universal lottery of birth. This further encourages me to apply my strengths in communications and philanthropy to social justice focused projects.
Today I live in London, primarily leading a place-based giving campaign, and building Savraj Kaur Ltd, a friendly service that draws in a bank of talented people I’ve met over the years.