Meet the Team

TEAM CORPORATE

SARIKA MINDA
CHAIRPERSON AND DIRECTOR, SMF
Sarika Minda is the Chairperson and Director of Spark Minda Foundation. With her socialist views and philanthropic values, she has dedicated herself for the upliftment of lesser privileged section of society. Her work for the empowerment of the persons with disabilities has helped a lot of divyangs to live their life with dignity. She believes in equity and inclusion of each individual of the society.
M.K. PAJAN
ADVISOR – GROUP CSR
M.K. Pajan truly believes that by empowering communities in need and working towards their development can bring sustainable change in lives. He has about five decades of work experience in capital goods and auto component industry. He has also worked at top management level for over three decades. He has been with Spark Minda Foundation since it’s inception and has played a key role in formulating it’s vision, mission, direction and areas of intervention. He always desired to give back to society and help in mitigate the unfulfilled needs of the deprived section of society.
PRAVEEN KUMAR KARN
HEAD – GROUP CSR
Praveen Karn has a cumulative experience of more than 14 years in the field of Community Development and Corporate Social Responsibility. Mr. Karn, a Post Graduate in Rural Development from XISS aspires to serve as a catalyst for development of the less privileged section of the society. He was chosen among the 25 CSR professionals of the India by CSR Times; declared among the 50 most influential leaders in CSR by World CSR Congress and 25 Impactful CSR Leaders by India CSR.
SHOBHIKA GHAI
ASSISTANT MANAGER
Shobhika has a Master’s degree in social work and specialises in women centered practices. She has always been passionate about driving social change through empowerment and upskilling. Prior to joining Spark Minda, she had worked extensively with communities on issues of gender, health and capacity building. At Spark Minda Foundation, she monitors and manages the day to day functions of projects and spearheads women’s health care programme.
DEEPAK LAMBA
EXECUTIVE - FINANCE
Deepak has 4 years of experience in Finance, Accounts & Auditing. He is a CA-Intermediate G1, a B. Com graduate and is currently pursuing his MBA in Finance. He believes in the systematic funding for the resources. He is taking care of finance & accounts of Spark Minda Foundation and makes sure that the allocated resources are utilised well and helps the community for upliftment.

TEAM UTTAR PRADESH

RASHI KERKETTA
STATE COORDINATOR
Rashi is a young professional and has embarked on a journey for community development in the rural pockets of India. She is a Post Graduate in Rural Management from XISS, Ranchi and has worked with Government of Bihar and ICICI Lombard GIC. A go-getter, ready for planning and implementing strategies with an idea of attaining sustainable development. Experienced in PRA, research, rural product design and market strategy planning; she is presently managing CSR projects at Spark Minda Foundation. Facilitator for DST programme, community level activities at Uttar Pradesh and training coordinator for Spoken English.
SHRADDHA
TRAINING AND COMMUNITY COORDINATOR
Shraddha is working with the organization since 2016. She is a B.A graduate and also has a two-year diploma in fashion technology and is currently pursuing her Post Graduation. She is the training coordinator for cutting and tailoring programme. She also coordinates with stakeholders and community level programmes while taking care of students’ exposure visits and guest lectures. She always volunteers for initiatives and programmes at the ground level.
ARCHANA
PROGRAMME COORDINATOR
Archana believes that working with full honesty and dedication is the key to achieve the support of the community. She is a B.A graduate and also has a two-year diploma in basic and advanced cosmetology. She is the programme coordinator for Uttar Pradesh and is working with Spark Minda Foundation since 2018. She is taking care of Beauty and Wellness as well as Industrial Cutting and Tailoring programmes. She also handles community management and encourages the community for self-upgradation.
GAURAV LAL
PROGRAMME COORDINATOR
Gaurav Lal is a post graduate in Rural Management from XISS, Ranchi, and he believes in humanitarian perspective. He has worked in NBFC and he is currently working at Spark Minda Foundation as a Basic Computer and Tally PRO trainer. He is tasked with programme co-ordination, programme monitoring and community mobilization. He is self-assured and committed to the work he is doing towards the community.

TEAM MAHARASHTRA

NITIKA GULHANE
STATE COORDINATOR
Nitika has been working as a CSR professional since 2015. She has an experience of working with more than12 CSR partners. She has been recognized as APJ Abdul Kalam Fellow and was awarded by the CM of Maharashtra. As a state coordinator, she wears many hats. She is a computer engineer and has completed PGDM in CSR. She believes that women empowerment and gender equality are essential for our society to ensure the sustainable development of the country. She is a dedicated social professional who is optimistic towards whatever task she gets into and holds an opinion that “if there’s a will, there’s a way to every problem”.
NILESH PAWALE
PROGRAMME COORDINATOR
Nilesh has been working since 2011, with about 6 years of experience in Corporate Social Responsibility. He is a hard worker and a social catalyst with best community rapport skills. He has great experience of dealing with the stakeholders and the community. He takes care of different programmes at PAN India level which include Tally Programme, Infrastructural Projects Maintenance, replicating good practices among them. He is a B.A, a Diploma holder in Mechanical Engineering and has a certification in Computer and Tally.
MANJUSHRI BHAGWAT
TRAINING AND COMMUNITY COORDINAT
Manjushri has more than 16 years of experience as a Beautician. She has completed CIDESCO, ABTC and her Master’s in Makeup and Hairstyling. She is a vibrant lady with a great personality. She believes in positive change which can be brought into society. She is a loving teacher and a great motivator for her students, who has helped many of her students to become entrepreneurs.
KIRTI DAUNDKAR
TRAINING AND COMMUNITY COORDINATOR
Kirti has in total 4years of work experience. She has worked as an Import and Export Administrator and is currently working as a Beautician. She was once an Aakarshan student, it was her interest and will power which made her successful. She has not only helped herself to overcome difficulties but also to become an independent and self- motivated woman. She is always enthusiastic to try new things and to learn more. She has a Diploma in Export and Import Services, Diploma in Beauty and wellness and is currently pursuing ABTC.
MOHINI HONAWALE
TRAINING AND COMMUNITY COORDINATOR
Mohini Honawale has an experience of 5years in Fashion Designing and Tailoring. She is a B. A graduate and has completed her Master’s in Fashion Management and Designing. She is confident and dedicated to the work she is doing for the community. She is a hard worker and loves to do her work passionately and wants to dedicate her life to the community.
SUMEDH LAWHALE
PROJECT COORDINATOR, SAKSHAM
Sumedh is a Doctor of Prosthesis and Orthosis and is thus involved in the Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities. With involvement in the community, he has developed a rapport with quite a few organisations working for the same cause. With the cooperation of other like-minded organisations, Dr. Sumedh wishes to soon have a society with no barriers and inequality.

TEAM UTTARAKHAND

GAURAV MAHTOLIA
STATE COORDINATOR
Gaurav is working as an experienced CSR professional with demonstrated history of working in managing and evaluating social programmes at Spark Minda Foundation. He has a Diploma in Software Engineering and is currently pursuing his Master’s in Social Work. He has a cumulative experience of 10 years in software engineering and in CSR. He is currently working across different verticals in social development, skill development and education sector. He encourages his students and brings out the best in them.
RAJU KUMAR
PROGRAMME COORDINATOR
Raju Kumar has been working in Spark Minda Foundation since 2014 at Project Office, Uttarakhand. He has completed his B.A, Diploma in Computer Application and Tally. He is the training coordinator of computer, tally and accountancy. He coordinates the community infrastructure projects and is actively involved in all the activities which are provided to the society. He is associated with the organisation from it’s initiation. Raju is a compassionate man who believes that the life of a man is not in seeing visions and in dreaming dreams, but in active charity and in willing service.
SAVITA DHIMAN
TRAINING AND COMMUNITY COORDINATOR
Savita Dhiman has her Diploma in Fashion Technology and is currently pursuing her B.A. She has an overall experience of 19 years in her relevant field. She has a rich experience in dealing with stakeholders, audience and community ranging from rural to semi-urban population, with an expertise to understand and communicate with them at all levels. She believes that her greatest victory is in bringing about a positive change in the lives of underprivileged children and women.
TANYA SAINI
PROGRAMME COORDINATOR
Tanya believes in being a change maker and inspiring others in overcoming the challenges to bring positive changes in the community. Her degree in tourism studies with the combined work experience as a Programme Coordinator with a strong commitment in serving the community, turned her passion into profession. She is currently deployed at Uttarakhand, looking after the community development, skill development programmes and volunteering in various other initiatives.
KOPAL LOHANI
PROGRAMME COORDINATOR
Kopal is the programme coordinator for Project Office, Uttarakhand. She works in different areas of social development for empowering people, developing their skill sets and helping them to create a positive change in the society. She likes to coordinate and volunteer for programmes. As a post graduate in the field of food science and nutrition she believes that, by providing health care services to the society we can help and encourage people to live a Healthy Lifestyle.

TEAM TAMIL NADU

BALAKRISHNAN
STATE COORDINATOR
Balakrishnan has been working with Spark Minda Foundation since 2015. He has completed his Diploma in Information Technology (DIT). He is the Training Coordinator for Basic Computer & Tally PRO course in Aakarshan Center. He works for the development of the community in and around Vengadu village. Also, he has a good rapport with the community.
ELANTHARAGA
PROGRAMME COORDINATOR
Elantharaga is the programme coordinator and training faculty for spoken english. She is a passionate individual, who enjoys sharing her knowledge with others. She has completed her M.B.A in Human Resouce. She is a good motivator and her work creates a positive impact on the community.

TEAM HARYANA

SANA DAMANIA
STATE COORDINATOR
With the passion to work for the upliftment of the lesser privileged part of the society, Dr. Sana Damania embarked on her choices from the very start. With a Post Graduate Diploma in CSR and a Graduate degree in Prosthetics and Orthotics, she is all set to bring to life that passion of hers. Sana has previously worked for the empowerment and inclusivity of the Divyangjan with the Foundation itself. She is now working for the people of Haryana with the hope that she is able to bring a difference to the lives of these people. She aims at making them more aware and inculcating a sense of independence in them. She is keen on developing the place further by organising programmes for women empowerment, community development, awareness drives; among others.
PRATIBHA CHAUHAN
TRAINING AND COMMUNITY COORDINATOR
Pratibha is the Beauty and Wellness programme trainer for Haryana and has been working with Spark Minda Foundation since 2019. She has an experience of 5.6 year in her field. She also handles community management and encourages them for upgrading themselves according to new technology. Pratibha also believes that every individual must be given a fair chance in the community irrespective of any tags. She works with full enthusiasm to train every person that she can. She has completed her B.A., apart from this she also has done her Diploma in Jawed Habib’s advance hair course and advance makeup course with a Jijabai ITI Diploma in Cosmetology.
LALIT
TRAINING AND COMMUNITY COORDINATOR
Lalit is the computer and tally faculty of Aakarshan, Gurugram, in the organization. He is also responsible for the community mobilization as well as to maintain strong relationships with the stakeholders. He is a keen and hardworking person who believes that there is neither a greater joy nor a greater reward than to make a fundamental difference in someone’s life.

GROUP CSR COMMITTEE & BOARD OF DIRECTORS

SARIKA MINDA
CHAIRPERSON AND DIRECTOR, SMF
We, at Spark Minda Foundation, believe in the virtue of giving. Imparting knowledge, providing accessibility, facilitating employment, empowering the lesser privileged; are all met by our various initiatives leady by the team. Our team is of utmost importance and is in power to accomplish the goals set by the committee. It is through them that we are able to bring in change and have an impact on the lives of the people.
ASHOK MINDA
CHAIRMAN, GCEO AND DIRECTOR, SMF
At Spark Minda, we have been practicing community service far before the legislation came into action. Development of the community has always been an integral part of the work ethic. Bauji has been a strong pillar of support and inspiration in doing work for the lesser privileged part of the society. It is because of him that we stand where we do.
M.K. PAJAN
ADVISOR - GROUP CSR
The CSR wing of Spark Minda Group, has been utilizing the allocated amounts of funding through its various initiatives aimed at the upliftment of the society. With a mission to provide access of education to less privileged section of society; empower the youth through providing skill set and make them employable, facilitate healthcare services to people; protect environment and resources for sustainable future and uplift the persons with disability to sustain in life with dignity, we are committed to bring a better tomorrow. Spark Minda Foundation is always in the prospect to build the community we are in. Uplifting them by making skills and learnings accessible to them, facilitating employment by the presence of our state offices and ensuring their overall development. Sustenance is what we like to aim at with all our programmes.
N.K. MODI
CEO – BUSINESS VERTICAL 2
CSR at this Group has never been about Compliance only. It has more to do with having a connect with the community, ensuring the development of the society we live in, having an equal platform for all; irrespective of their background. We have placed more importance in getting the job done rather than by whom it gets done. Skilling is an important aspect, which forms the basis of sustenance for any given individual. Hence, skilling is an area of utmost concern and has to be dealt with maximum attention.
PRADEEP MANN
SENIOR DGM, GROUP LEGAL AND SECRETARIAL
At Spark Minda, the act of responsible business was being implemented even before the introduction of CSR to the country. Thus, being a socially responsible company comes naturally to the members of the group. It isn’t something that had to be learnt about, rather it just needed some structuring of its own and hence the Spark Minda Foundation. The objective of our programmes is to involve the corporate in discharging their social responsibility with their innovative ideas and management skills with greater efficiency and better outcomes.
PRAMODE PARASRAMKA
MANAGING DIRECTOR, MINDA SILCA ENGINEERING LIMITED
CSR helps an organization to create an appealing image for its parent business. It not only aids to have a good rapport with the community within which it is located but also creates great representation with the businesses that it works with. With the wide spectrum of the CSR activities undertaken by the Spark Minda Foundation, the business units are always working to increase the revenue so as to indirectly benefit the communities at large with its programmes. The initiatives thus also act as an inspiration for the employees to put in hard work.
PRAVEEN KUMAR KARN
HEAD – GROUP CSR
Spark Minda Group has always been setting benchmarks for itself, be it with its community development programmes or with its business integrated projects. The group has remarkably achieved great heights and made sure that the programmes are not only beneficial for the community but also are able to sustain the community. The initiatives taken up are carefully designed around the SDGs and the programmes taken up by the Indian Government. Achieving the necessary outcomes for various programmes are ensured by the team working at the ground level and also by the support and cooperation of our various stakeholders and partners. Implementation and Scalability is what makes a project stand out and we are fortunate enough to have members striving for perfection.
R. LAXMAN
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR AND CFO
At the Group, we not only consider the 2% but also the 98% that makes the business a responsible one. Apart from the projects taken up by the Foundation, practices to reduce carbon footprint, use of non- renewable energy sources and waste generation are taken up by the Group. In this manner, it not only benefits the company but also plays an important role in protection of environment.
SANJIV JALAN
GROUP FINANCE CONTROLLER
The Group has always been a part, like a family that’s always there around. The programmes and projects taken up by the foundation are always an upscale. They are holistic and cater to majority of the aspects concerning the global world. Every initiative taken up by the foundation has a set target and the achievement of the same ensures a positive influence in the community.
VIKAS THAPA
GROUP CHIEF HUMAN RESOURCE OFFICER
CSR at Spark Minda, gives every member of the group an opportunity to create a difference, to bring about a smile, to educate an ever-learning mind in the society. The members of the group are extremely eager and enthusiastic to be a part of it’s community activities that take place across the country. Volunteerism, is a part where the group doesn’t fall short on and we hope it always keeps on increasing.
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