Shagun joining Rural Spark as Vice President Partnerships

As Rural Spark is increasing its international activities with multiple partners, we are proud to announce our team is strengthened by Shagun Jain as Vice President Partnerships. Shagun will focus on partnerships where Rural Spark provides an innovative solution to distribution partners, proposing interesting and innovative business and operational models.

Shagun is a first-generation entrepreneur with 11+ years of experience in leading a company and managing business operations. He is a graduate in Economics from Delhi University right after which he pursued his entrepreneurial vision. At his venture, he gained immense exposure and brings a 360-degree view of leading various business functions such as strategy, B2B business development, finance, planning, project execution, and operations.

Shagun was responsible for building a solid client base by leading business development partnerships involving automotive majors, metro railways, oil & gas, industry bodies amongst others. In his experience as a business owner, he was deeply involved with supply chain and negotiations for various requirements of the company. Shagun also managed to successfully complete project financing by raising equity from private investors and debt from national banks. We believe he brings leadership, effective communication, divergent thinking, implementation and motivation skills and strong operational rigor to the table. His experience will definitely add a a lot of skills to the Rural Spark team, focussing on sustainable, financially viable and scalable partnerships. Past experience of his also supports the company in further developing a strong and successful go-to-market strategy for new territories Rural Spark to enter with innovative business models.

Shagun is a keen fitness enthusiast with a particular interest in functional training. He frequently leads fitness sessions and serves as fitness mentor for family and friends. He also loves to follow indie music artists from various genres such as Jazz, Reggae, Country and Latin music.

Shagun, happy to have you on board!

Pawan joins Rural Spark as Account Associate

We are happy to strengthen the Rural Spark team with the skills of Pawan Singh. As efficient and organised accounting professional with broad experience in finance and accounting, we increase our financial professionalism.

Before joining Rural Spark, Pawan worked with a travel company, but the creative work environment at Rural Spark convinced him to work in this startup environment to share his experience, skills and structure. We look forward to see Pawan in action.

Pawan is brought up in Delhi, is married and has two children. His Cricket skills are also something the team is looking forward to experience in real life. Having won the Zonal Cricket, as a middle order batsman. we feel we can learn a lot here!

Pawan, welcome to the team!

Rural Spark hires Managing Director Aravind Kumar

Rural Spark is ready to step up it's game and is happy to announce that Aravind Kumar joining Rural Spark to make that happen in the role of Managing Director. Aravind brings relevant experience in the off-grid energy sector, allowing Rural Spark to establish its unique value proposition in the market, build out critical functions of finance, supply chain, operations, production, marketing, human resources and business development, and defining the product roadmap to align with market requirements.

Over 1.600 people have applied for the role of Managing Director of Rural Spark, and a very thorough process clearly made Aravind come out on top. Aravind has over 10+ years of experience in management consulting, business development, P&L management and entrepreneurship. He has previously worked at organizations such as McKinsey & Co., TechnoServe, and Greenlight Planet and holds a Bachelor's degree in Economics from Delhi University. Aravind has large knowledge about the sector, having worked as an experienced professional in the sector with one of the market-leading rural electrification companies.

Aravind strongly believes in market-based, financially sustainable strategies for the BOP segment and shares Rural Spark's vision for rural electrification. His professional network across multiple countries helps Rural Spark grow beyond India to international markets.

We are excited to have Aravind on-board and transform Rural Spark into a commercially strong, financially viable and scalable enterprise. For our partners, customers, sponsors and other stakeholders, we are confident your interests will be met even more. We're happy to introduce you to work with Aravind directly, and together grow the energy network of tomorrow while providing lots of people with reliable access to energy.