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 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.
Meet Greg, a Golang and climbing enthusiast, and recently Philippines explorer.
Greg is helping with backend system development, architecture transformations and improvements. He is building IT systems for more than 10 years, mostly in Java but now he is focused on Go lang.Previously, he was an independent contractor and a co-founder/CTO where he introduced the scooter-sharing system in Poland. After work hours Greg likes active life such as climbing, trekking or just working out in the gym. He is looking for a perfect work-life balance mostly by out-of-the-box ideas, so you can spot him at work at 4am and at the gym at 2pm, working with laptop in the park or on the rooftop. No time to waste, working everywhere and every time is part of his life as well as traveling, friends, sport and smile.
Jimmy hails all the way from the other side of the world (American continent). He brings expertise from the telecom industry and is familiar with high-level languages such as Java and Golang. In his free time, he likes to play MOBA games and he believes that playing against a real person is tenfold more challenging than against an AI.
At engageSPARK, he contributes primarily with the Core API services with a focus on both Java and Go basecodes.
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.
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 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.
JANINE ROSE OLIVA
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.
LOVELY RICEL BANQUIL
**WARNING: This is my first attempt at haiku hahaha**
You can call me BANX
Software Tester and a Cat
I hiss and I scratch
One of his unforgettable experiences is when he fasted for 30-days on nothing but buko (coconut).
ZAKATELL NUR KANDA
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 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.
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.
ELPEDIO ADOPTANTE JR
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.