Prasanna Ranganathan is a human rights lawyer, international development specialist, writer, diversity and inclusion expert, social media/communications strategist, and red carpet correspondent.
A strong commitment to human rights and social justice has animated his work and his Master of Laws graduate thesis on international human rights issues was cited by the Supreme Court of Canada in 2014. After attending Columbia Law School as a Canada-U.S. Fulbright Scholar, Prasanna worked as a lawyer in a range of areas. He was a Litigation and Labour Associate with MacPherson, Leslie, and Tyerman LLP, an Investigator/Facilitator with the Saskatchewan Human Rights Commission, and an International Advisor/Intern with the Canadian Bar Association Young Professionals International Program in Ethiopia where he worked with the Ethiopian Bar Association and the United Nations Development Program. Prasanna has served as Legal Counsel with the Department of Justice Canada and Manager and Senior Special Advisor with Federal Judicial Affairs Canada, designing and managing justice reform projects with governments and courts in Jamaica, Mexico, Turks and Caicos, Ghana, Peru, and Ukraine. At present, Prasanna is Senior Legal Counsel to The Honourable Justice Michael Tulloch of the Ontario Court of Appeal on his independent review of police street checks, also known as carding.
In addition to his work as a lawyer, Prasanna has pursued his passion for the arts as a means to inspire change, through writing, producing, social media marketing/communications, and public speaking. Prasanna is a contributor to The Huffington Post and a freelance writer for CBC News and Oprah.com. He is an experienced social media strategist, who has designed social media campaigns for books by Arianna Huffington and for films such as Selma, The Hundred-Foot Journey, and The Butler for Oprah Winfrey, the Oprah Winfrey Network, Paramount Pictures, Disney/DreamWorks, and Sony Pictures. Prasanna is an Associate Producer and the Director of Marketing/Curriculum Development for Dream, Girl, a documentary film on female entrepreneurs that premiered at the Obama White House in May 2016.
Prasanna was the Social Media Correspondent for The Insider on CBS at the 2014 Screen Actors Guild Awards and a Social Media and Red Carpet Correspondent for CTV PR at the 2018 CTV Upfront. Prasanna was selected as 1 of 100 speakers for the prestigious The Walrus Talks Canada 150 National Tour bringing together Order of Canada recipients and young Canadian leaders to speak in 13 cities across Canada. Prasanna’s talk on diversity and inclusion was featured on CBC Radio/Podcasts/Online and can be found here.
Finally, Prasanna is an avid volunteer. As a person with a disability (legal blindness), Prasanna has long been involved in disability rights issues including serving on the Department of Justice Advisory Committee for Persons with Disabilities and as a volunteer with Cheshire Services in rural Ethiopia working with children with disabilities. He co-founded Ottawa Fun-raisers (organizing charitable fundraisers for local charities and international disaster relief efforts), volunteered with the Shepherds of Good Hope soup kitchen in Ottawa, and served as a volunteer disaster relief worker in Haiti after the 2010 earthquake.