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Maitreyi Ramakrishnan


Cheryl Hickey


Maitreyi Ramakrishnan believes in youth as a powerful and disruptive force for positive change in the world.

An 18-year-old, Tamil-Canadian from Mississauga, Ontario, Maitreyi soared to fame by landing the role of Devi in Netflix’s hit show Never Have I Ever after a worldwide open casting call.

Never Have I Ever quickly became the number one show on Netflix internationally. It’s a coming-of-age comedy about the life of a modern first-generation Indian American teenage girl, loosely based on Mindy Kaling’s own life.

Maitreyi’s journey with Plan International Canada’s mission began after learning about the issue of child marriage from one of their campaigns.

Since I was a kid, I always wanted to stand up and speak out for the people this world has left behind. Like the millions of girls who can’t get to school safely or who are forced into child marriage or denied their rights to reproductive healthcare. Even in my lifetime, I’ve seen incredible progress for girls’ rights, but it’s too slow and too fragile. That’s why I’m using my voice to bring attention and action to the countless injustices and barriers girls still face around the world.

When Maitreyi is not acting, she is an advocate for public education, the universal right to education, missing and murdered Indigenous women, gender equality and authentic representation.