Devandran Karunakaran was born and raised in Singapore, a nation with one of the world's busiest and largest ports. This background of a busy urban society based on the economics of practical import and export was one of the initial reasons he chose to concentrate his early legal career on acting for clients on ship financing deals and advising offshore and renewable energy companies. Mr. Karunakaran grew up in a happy and loving family, with his mother working as a chef specializing in authentic Southeast Asian dishes and his father serving as the headmaster of a foreign school. He has a large extended family, most of whom reside in Singapore. Devandran Karunakaran relocated to the United Kingdom to claim his independence and begin his professional career after finishing his required 2-1/2 year national service to the country at the age of 21.