Ravi co-founded and previously led engageSPARK, building off the vast expertise he developed from founding and building three companies in Boston. Two of those companies today employ over 3,000 people, and one is public on NASDAQ. In 2001, Ravi was chosen by Entrepreneur Magazine in their “3rd Annual 10 under 30” – top 10 business people under the age of 30 years old.
Ravi co-founded engageSPARK to help businesses and non-profits provide services, information, and education to the 5 Billion people globally who have no (or limited) Internet access.
Ravi tries to do Yoga as often as he can, is a novice but growing paraglider, and loves challenging hikes.
Sunny is a UX designer with experience working for several large consumer companies such as Yahoo!, Samsung and Motorola. She has experience working on mobile and web UI and enjoys solving complex UX design issues in simple and elegant ways, using user research as a way to inform and validate the designs. When not designing and mentoring younger designers, she enjoys swimming, yoga and pilates. Her favorite pastime is traveling to new locations and getting to know the local culture and cuisine.
Hazel’s key role is to build and maintain deep relationships with key clients and accelerate the growth of current contracts.
People find her as an upbeat, self-motivated team player. She is very outgoing and helpful to her friends as well as colleagues. She is always up for challenge and adventure and she aspires to get better and better at it. She loves nature especially, beach and mountains. She’s also a newbie mom who’s slowly and patiently learning how to become a SUPERWOMAN.
Avner co-founded and leads engageSPARK, building on his six years serving as COO of the company where he oversaw all engageSPARK operations, including product development, partnerships, customer service, HR, finance, and admin.
In his previous life, Avner practiced law, first as a corporate litigator, then as a human rights lawyer. He led one of the largest and first insurance cases to come out of the 2008 credit crisis and then spent several years in Uganda fighting for the rights of vulnerable and marginalized individuals. While in Uganda, Avner co-founded the anti-corruption organization Not In My Country and met Ravi, with whom he co-founded engageSPARK.
Avner is a die-hard Seinfeld fan who at one point could recite almost any line from the show. He also adores Hitchcock and Kurosawa films. His favorite pastime, though, is bowling, and he tries to bowl in every country he visits. Avner has bowled in more than 25 countries, including in Bhutan, where he once bowled with a couple of monks.
CHERRY ANEKA YUSINGCO
How to best lead sales team from the ground up and accelerate growth? Ask Cherry – that’s her passion. Her role is to lead the never-ending improvement of our dynamic sales culture and leverage the strengths of everyone in the team through training, coaching, mentoring and supporting our ever enthusiastic sales team. As a leader, “your people are the reflection of your leadership”, is what she lives by.
Prior joining engageSPARK, she has held various roles on sales and business development in the B2B conferences industry where she led several projects for top corporations and government across Asia, Middle East, Africa and Latin America which gave her the opportunity to develop her innovative leadership.
As sweet as her name sounds, her interests in life are the opposite. Fond of constant learning, her one of the ways to explore is through watching documentaries – A LOT. Oh! She is also a big action flick fan so she’ll probably sitting on her couch with a bowl of fries dote on a spy or martial arts film when you visit her on the weekends. Did we mention that she loves traveling and adventures, too? If you can’t find her home, she’s somewhere out there enjoying sharp curves on a motorcyle ride.
OPERATIONS & CUSTOMER SUPPORT
MARIA MONICA ROCES
Maria is an aspiring social entrepreneur interested in elevating the lives of indigenous and isolated communities by helping them acquire modern knowledge while preserving their heritage.
Apart from learning the ropes of social entrepreneurship from engageSPARK’s leaders, she took on a role in engageSPARK – providing support and coordination for the team’s daily operations – as her experience was a match to the needs the Growth Team has in order to win markets faster.
When free, Maria spends her time with her kids and siblings, exploring art museums, learning Baybayin, listening to neo-traditional music, hiking, drinking with friends, meeting new people, or getting (intentionally) lost.
Murat’s goal is to help the development team build the right thing for our customers, and to build it well. To get there, he’s got an eye on the processes that guide the team’s daily work, on the software architecture and direction and on the product roadmap that the leadership team is constantly revamping and improving.
Before engageSPARK, Murat worked in the Telco sector as well, at a startup in Berlin that got eventually bought by Oracle.He spent his time writing code, leading projects and learning more about deploying software. Prior to that, he also worked with an Agile team in a banking company where he discovered the beauty of meaningful processes.
Just at this moment, Murat may be underwater, about 15m deep, watching a sea snail or a youngster boxfish which really are the funniest creatures on earth. When he’s not helping the team, coding or diving, you may find him reading thick novels, doing online courses, listening to operas or enjoying a sip of Dalwhinnie, which all being said is an excellent whiskey.
CUSTOMER EXPERIENCE MANAGER
Christine is passionate about providing customer and technical support to clients and making sure that they get the most out of their investments. Her experiences have revolved around providing support within the IT industry and she wants to focus her career-building around it. She loves being part of growing something from the ground up.
She’s against animal cruelty and is very vocal about it on her social media accounts. If she was born with a lot of money, she’s probably rescuing animals and building shelters for them. Her ultimate dream is to travel the world with her family.
DIANA ROSE ZAMORAS
She helps engageSPARK by identifying and pre-qualifying leads with the end goal of contributing to the company’s continually increasing pool of clients. In her everyday life, she functions in a dichotomic way. She can be so fearful or be so open and adventurous to experience and do new things.
What gives her solace against the man-made or self-made stressors in life is communing with Mother Nature. Trekking, hiking, beaching or any similar activities spark her interest the most. Watching motivational videos, reading, reflecting and singing are also her hobbies.
She loves analyzing people and situations and can worry and connect situations and people’s actions in the funniest, craziest, nonsensical and weird ways.