Our Team

RAVI AGARWAL

CEO

Ravi leads engageSPARK, building off the vast expertise he’s 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.

ELI HARRELL

VP, SALES

Eli is helping take the mighty engine of engageSPARK and figuring out what kind of cars the world wants to put it in.  People love cars with powerful engines, but most of them are scared to buy an engine and build their own car for it.  Now that we know a few car models people want our engine in, we will be selling those cars all over the world to the people who need them!

A lifetime entrepreneur from Atlanta, Georgia, Eli founded and built multiple companies in his hometown that generated annual revenue of $4m+ in 2011. After selling his equity in those companies, Eli transitioned to consulting and, in 2014, moved with his family to Cebu. He joined engageSPARK as VP, Sales in 2016 and has been driving business growth ever since.

Eli loves to learn new things, observe the world, analyze and evaluate patterns he sees in people, problems, and opportunities for innovation and solutions.  Eli is highly experienced with many construction trades including electrical, carpentry, wood finishing, painting, plumbing, framing, and even some iron works!  He speaks Croatian (at least he used to, he thinks he is forgetting it) and he understands some Russian.  Eli is always interested to do what makes him uncomfortable until fear is gone, and he likes to push other people to do the same.

CHRISTINE JOY HORTINELA

CUSTOMER SUPPORT AGENT

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 

SALES DEVELOPMENT 

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.

KERWIN MARK GORDO

SOFTWARE ENGINEER 
Kerwin builds and maintains the engine that lets our client’s voice and sms programs get processed and delivered. He advocates for its continued progress and optimization to make it convenient for users. He is looking forward to continue working in the sphere of software development in the years to come but is also aware of the risks that comes with how people will sail through the tides of AI. On a more personal note, he is not fond of watching movies with touching storylines because it can move him to tears easily.

MICHAEL QUINDAO 

SOFTWARE ENGINEER
Mike started as an intern and is now a full-fledged member of the team, coding in Python/Django. He creates side projects to aid the platform and the team and is now diving into the real thing. Some interesting things about Mike are his strong navigation instinct. He devotes time trying to nurture his thinking skills and create insane ideas which could possibly change something in the world.

SHABINESH SIVARAJ

SOFTWARE ENGINEER

Shabinesh is a polyglot in spoken & programming languages. He designs and develops new features for the platform. Shabinesh’s favorites are Emacs, Golang, Python & loves theoretical CS.Previously he has led successful teams in top cloud hosting and travel companies, been a part of many social good hackathons, spoken in numerous meetups and few conferences. He enjoys reading or writing code off a beach.

If not found at his desk, he should be hacking around with his amateur radio kit or traveling in the Himalayas. He loves yoga and hiking. On a mission to attain enlightenment by coding in Haskell.

ZEE PONO

SALES SUPPORT
Zee is responsible in providing full support to the Sales Team through updating and improving presentations and sales collaterals, handling admin tasks and providing support in the automation of the hiring process. Zee is a big advocate of fitness and health. She also does volunteer work for NGOs, providing training and counseling to one of the biggest communities in the Philippines. She wants to explore the world and the beauty of each country while backpacking. She believes that our good legacy is worth a treasure when we depart from Earth so it is best to plant good seeds while we are living instead of allowing our lives to drown into the ocean of darkness.

AVNER MIZRAHI

COO

Avner oversees engageSPARK’s operations, which means everything from product development, partnerships, and customer service to HR, finance, and admin. In short, Avner serves as a jack of all trades within the company and works to help all teams be successful.

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.

SUNNY YANG

LEAD DESIGNER

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.

CARL NEUMANN

MARKETING MANAGER
Carl is a growth and marketing manager with a keen interest in digital trends and innovation. He’s passionate about projects that catalyze technological breakthroughs and culture change at the same time and believes that good business is always about empowering people to improve their lives in a significant way.
In his previous life, he was a molecular biologist, which probably explains why he’s so analytically minded and thinks about digital marketing as an experimental science.

In his spare time, he loves playing with his 1-year-old son and watching Game of Thrones with his family..

ELPEDIO ADOPTANTE JR

SOFTWARE ENGINEER
JayR is one of those working behind the frontend development of the platform including UI with RactiveJS, APIs, and Django. He also does a bit of development operations. He is very passionate about his work especially on new developments. He usually works and will not stop until things are done and in good shape. On his spare time, he enjoys playing video games from MORPG (Multiplayer Online Role Playing Game) to MOBA (Multiplayer Online Battle Arena) to FPS (First Person Shooter) on PC or even on Mobile. These are his stress-relievers.

LOVELY RICEL BANQUIL

QUALITY ASSURANCE

**WARNING: This is my first attempt at haiku hahaha**

You can call me BANX
Software Tester and a Cat
I hiss and I scratch

ODYSSA ABILLE 

ACCOUNT EXECUTIVE 
Ody helps in sharing the engageSPARK platform to the biggest and brightest organizations in Manila, and keeping our partnerships strong and long-lasting. She loves the outdoors and being on the move. She enjoys traveling – whether solo or with a few people – and learning about people, culture, and places. Reading books, making or checking out art, and watching documentaries are fun things for her. Plants are my food and animals are friends! Constantly striving for a life with minimal footprint whenever I can.

SIEGFRIED ABANGAN

QUALITY ASSURANCE
If a person was born to do testing, that person would be Siegfried. He loves breaking stuff may it be hardware or software. He can no longer remember how many new toys he opened up to see how they work or how many times their family PC lost all of its data. He simply loves testing stuff.For fun, Sieg loves to watch motorsports especially Formula 1, MotoGP and V8 Supercars. He is very fascinated on how teams develop machinery in a 2-week cycle, which also helps on how he deals with testing.

MURAT KNECHT

CTO

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.

ANTON HINOLAN

SALES DEVELOPMENT

Anton rocks lead generation and prospecting through his immeasurable determination. Amazingly, he is also an innate rocker. He thinks of himself as a frustrated singer and dancer.

He also loves to daydream and has a unique and specific dream of touring the Philippines with his Ducati Monster and his wife. His determination and patience in his job extends to his dream of rocking the stage as a vocalist and dancer. His secret? Practice every weekend.

DIANE MUEGO

EXECUTIVE ASSISTANT
Diane is passionate about optimizing the processes in the office towards the end goal of providing convenience, efficiency and enhanced customer service. She will surely sit with you when topics include politics and law especially on theories of Machiavelli and Marx. She enjoys being a law student and her favorite subjects are constitutional and criminal law. Table tennis is her all-time favorite sport and her ideal weekend is a day on the beach with her family.

JANINE ROSE OLIVA

SALES DEVELOPMENT
Janine sways her way in prospecting and pre-qualifying clients. She uses her resources properly in order to deliver a job well done and go to work with a big smile on her face.
By creating another milestone in her life, she can confidently say that she’s been living her life learning things that helped her get to where she is right now. She earned a degree in Business Administration but likes to think of herself as an exceptional singer and Architect/ Interior Designer even though both industries don’t agree with her.
She loves to spend her free time by taking on new adventures, reading novels or watching videos that make her laugh out loud. She enjoys playing Football without rules and Badminton. It is important for her to have a “Me Time” either by staring into space, dancing or running.

MARY SOLINA

CLIENT SUCCESS MANAGER

Mary echoes Margaret Mead’s sentiment: “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world…” and that exactly is what she will do as an advocate of engageSPARK.

With over a decade of experience in building teams for HR, Talent Attraction, and Acquisition, she will be part of engageSPARK’s team of evangelists who will work with partners in optimizing their processes while maintaining a strong focus on a candidate/employee-centric experience.

When not buried in a book, you may find her at the mat enjoying yin yoga.

NICK BROWN

ACCOUNT EXECUTIVE
Nick helps the company turn leads into clients, and helps them design successful projects using our platform. He dreams to learn how to fly a helicopter and skydive out of a place and land on a beach.
One of his unforgettable experiences is when he fasted for 30-days on nothing but buko (coconut).

ZAKATELL NUR KANDA

SOFTWARE ENGINEER
Zak is a full stack developer who mainly focuses on Django, Go, and DevOps. Zak enjoys doing all sorts of stuff, from making everyone happy to brewing coffee (sometimes). Aside from that, he is fond of reading novels and self-help books. Most of the time, he prefers to be alone.

Advisors

DAVID HUTCHFUL

FOUNDING CTO

MARK DAVIES

DIRECTOR AND FOUNDER @ ESOKO AND BUSYINTERNET 

JEFF WISHNIE 

SENIOR DIRECTOR, DIGITAL IMPACT ALLIANCE (DIAL), UN FOUNDATION