About Us

The Spark Group is an idea incubator working at the grassroots level in India. Using insights from academic research, the Spark Group develops promising ideas into commercially viable business ventures that deliver services to poor communities.

    Management Team

    Ayan Sarkar

    Ayan is an MBA student at MIT Sloan School of Management and has a B.Tech from IIT Kanpur. He has eight years of experience in working with Fortune 500 companies through McKinsey & Company, Deloitte and Oracle. He recently won the runners up prize at MIT’s 100K Business Plan competition and spent the summer working with Nobel Laureate Prof. Muhammad Yunus at Grameen Bank in Dhaka.

    Chetan Choudhury

    Chetan, a Chartered Accountant and a Bachelor of Commerce from St. Xavier’s College, has more than nine years of experience in accounting, auditing, finance and information systems. He recently moved to India from the US where he used to work with Deloitte Consulting as a management consultant. Chetan also has an MBA and a Masters of Science in Information Management from Arizona State University, USA.

    Priya Naik

    Priya has graduate degrees in Economics from Yale, in Public Policy from University of Michigan, Ann Arbor and in Accounting from the University of Mumbai. She is also a Certified Public Accountant. She has worked at the Poverty Action Lab at MIT, USA, International Finance Corporation (IFC), USA, and Arthur Andersen in India. Along with Ayan, Priya won the runners up prize at MIT’s $100K Business Plan competition and spent the summer working with Nobel Laureate Prof. Muhammad Yunus at Grameen Bank in Dhaka. Recently she helped launch Genesis, a social innovation and entrepreneurship competition at IIT, Chennai in India.

    Prathamesh Naik

    Prathamesh has an MBA from Cardiff University and a Bachelor of Commerce degree from Narsee Monjee College, Mumbai. He moved to India from the UAE, where he served as the Country Manager for Supermax. Prior to that, he worked with Transmed-P&G for two years.

    Anya Gupta

    Anya is an MBA student at MIT Sloan School of Management and has a BA in Economics from the University of Virginia. She has five years of experience working with governments in India and the US on infrastructure and logistics planning through Price Waterhouse Coopers, IBM, and the World Bank.

    Shivani Garg

    Shivani is an MBA student at MIT Sloan School of Management and has B.S. and B.A. degrees in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from University of California, Berkeley. She has worked primarily in product management and marketing roles at Microsoft and Sun Microsystems. She also managed and served as board-member of various non-profit organizations for the past 8 years.

    Vanya Pasheva

    Vanya is an MBA student at MIT Sloan School of Management and has a BA in Economics from Yale University. Prior to business school, she worked at the Centre for Microfinance on a project with SEWA Bank in Gujarat.

    Advisors

    Sendhil Mullainathan

    Sendhil Mullainathan is a Professor of Economics at Harvard University. He is a recipient of the MacArthur Foundation “genius grant”. His areas of research are corporate finance, development economics, behavioral economics, and labor economics. Dr. Mullainathan received his Ph.D. in economics from Harvard University in 1998, and taught at MIT for 6 years before joining the Harvard faculty in 2004.

    Sandy Pentland

    Professor Alex (Sandy) Pentland directs the Human Dynamics research group at the MIT Media Lab. He is a pioneer in wearable computers, health systems, smart environments, and technology for developing countries.

    Russell DeLucia

    Dr. DeLucia is the President of S3IDF (U.S.) and Chairman of S3IDF (India) and the primary founder of these organizations. Trained in engineering and economics (Ph.D. Harvard University), for more than thirty years he has been a consultant heading teams examining energy, water and other natural resources and related infrastructure development issues. He has advised Governments, firms, financial institutions and NGOs regarding policy and project matters, with experience in more than sixty countries in Asia, the Americas, Africa and Eastern Europe.

    Partha S. Ghosh

    Partha S. Ghosh is a renowned strategist and an innovator of Business and Economic models. He is the Chairman of Boston Analytics, Access International, and Intersoft K.K based in Tokyo. Mr. Ghosh was a partner at McKinsey & Company and is the founder and Managing Director of strategy and policy advisory firm Partha S Ghosh & Associates.

    Karthik Muralidharan

    Karthik is currently pursuing a PhD in Economics at Harvard University. He obtained his undergraduate degree in Economics at Harvard University and is also an M.Phil in Economics from Cambridge University, UK.

    K. Satyanarayan

    K. Satyanarayan (Satya) received an M.Sc. in Physics from IIT Chennai and an M.S. from Cornell University, USA. Satya was a founder director of the Indian subsidiary of Cricinfo. Apart from publishing and media, Satya’s interests include education and entrepreneurship – especially in small businesses, politics and public policy. Satya is a Director on the Board of New Horizon Media Private Limited

19 Comments

  1. Aashish Agarwaal said,

    May 1, 2007 at 11:34 am

    Hello,

    I wanted to check if you facilitate and assist in the raising of financial investments in small companies? Your name was referred to me by Pijush Sinha of Avendus Advisors.

    Best,

    Aashish

  2. Himanshu Chandra said,

    May 26, 2007 at 8:46 am

    I am a summer intern at Carlyle Private Equity. I need to understand the business model of your ventures and find a scope for investment. Pls connect me to the concerned person

    Himanshu Chandra
    +91-9867043988

  3. hitesh said,

    June 26, 2007 at 9:37 am

    Hello,

    I represent Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan. Into formal teaching since years, we are also publishing a children’s monthly magazine, titled DIMDIMA to develop reading habits in children. Already subscribed by around 25000 children all over India.

    Would like to know if there is a scope of including DIMDIMA in your activities.

    Hitesh Joshi
    Mumbai
    Tel. 9969 113 441

  4. Saibabu Dhulipala said,

    August 1, 2007 at 3:06 am

    Hi
    I am very happy to have known the people behind the inception of the great group[Spark]. I have interest to join my hands with you to support the group in developing it in Andhra Pradesh as well as it in India.

    Sai

  5. September 30, 2007 at 3:48 am

    I belong to a chennai based NGO that works in education and health sector. I read about you in the latest Business World that you focus on quality education at grass roots level.
    Can I have your address and telephone numbers in chennai so that I can call you and fix up an appointment to meet for possible benefits

  6. Preeti Jha said,

    February 5, 2008 at 8:33 am

    I’m a journalist based in New Delhi, covering education for The Indian Express. I’ve been trying to get in touch with Spark to find out more about its projects so far. As Priya’s number doesn’t seem to work, it would be great if someone could send me an email and we could take it from there. Thanks!

  7. Vikas Thakur said,

    June 19, 2008 at 10:10 am

    Hi,
    I am Vikas Thakur, I am a lecturer one of the managment college. Involved in facilitate empowering village students through group of 5-10 people. Is there any project which we can start with your help in 2-3 villages.

  8. Anubhav Goyal said,

    June 23, 2008 at 9:36 am

    Hi,

    I have worked as a trader and a consultant for the last four years and i want to explore the microfinance field and specifically in education sector. I am also actively involved with the engineering colleges in uttar prades.

    Please help me regarding this.
    Regards,
    Anubhav Goyal

  9. Ajay Parekh said,

    July 24, 2008 at 11:34 am

    Can you give me contact email of Ayan Sarkar???
    Why was thesparkgroup disbanded???

  10. Palash said,

    May 27, 2009 at 9:33 am

    Hey!….I am a student of IIT Kanpur and a big fan of the ideology of the spark group….but i recently found out that it was disbanded….why so???….can I please have some deep insight intto the matter??

  11. Durgesh Nandan Jha said,

    September 24, 2009 at 4:00 pm

    I’m a journalist based in New Delhi, covering Health and Environment for The The Pioneer. I’ve been trying to get in touch with Spark to find out more about its projects so far. It would be great if someone could send me an email and we could take it from there. Thanks!

  12. Rahul Menon said,

    June 22, 2010 at 7:06 am

    I have completed two year full time Post Graduate Diploma in Rural Management from XIMB. Batch of 2007 – 2009. I am looking out for an opportunity as a Policy Research Executive with The SPARK Group.
    Contact details:- 9920250201
    Location :- Mumbai

  13. Rachel Wallis said,

    April 22, 2011 at 6:30 am

    Hi I am currently studying a bachelor of Social science in australia and Will be in India for 6months for my university placement. I heard about your organisation on the documentary dharavi slum for sale and was wondering if i could visit and see what you do when i am over there? Regards Rachel

  14. January 13, 2012 at 1:48 am

    Hi there, I found your company through the recent BBC podcast in the UK discussing NGOs. I’m visiting India March/April 2012 and would like to discuss meeting up and volunteering. You can find out a bit more about me here http://uk.linkedin.com/pub/helen-barlow/40/216/40
    and kindly email me if you are interested in making arrangements onelinestudio@live.co.uk

  15. February 7, 2013 at 4:23 am

    “About Us The Spark Group” ended up being a very
    good posting. In case it included much more pictures it would probably be possibly even more beneficial.
    Thank u -Mae

  16. Jonathan said,

    March 8, 2013 at 5:25 am

    I must admit it sounds nice and simple solution when reading, but I’m 200% sure it will be complicated for most of users anyways.

  17. Kunal Mandolikar said,

    September 3, 2015 at 6:04 am

    Hello, MRCC is a US based firm providing services from last 2 decades, This is regarding an oppournity which would benefit the organisation in L&D department, and various other services. one of our client – McGraw hill education, BNP Paribas, papa john’s etc
    for information and Querry contact- +91-8983740967

  18. arsalk43sal said,

    July 22, 2017 at 7:29 am

    Hello, I am in need of contact details for the spark group regarding their internship program on internshala. Thank you.

  19. Prerana said,

    July 25, 2017 at 5:37 pm

    Hello ,
    I want to know how i can contact you guys regarding my internship.
    Thank you.


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