Sakthy was born in Sri Lanka and has lived in Aotearoa since the early 70’s. She has a BSc in physiology and a BCom in Accounting and has worked as an accountant in NZ, the UK and Australia. She has worked for both Auckland DHB and Waitemata DHB as an accountant. Sakthy has two children and two step children & currently spends her time volunteering for CPAG and for other Not For Profit organisations. Sakthy recently completed a Diploma in Community & Social Psychology which has galvanised her desire to address wider systemic drivers of inequality specifically child poverty.