The Rural Spark Team

Meet the people that make it happen

Passionate about developing inclusive, value creating business models around innovative products and services which respect all people as critical customers. If technology, business and social innovation meet, it offers enormous opportunities.

Passionate about developing inclusive, value creating business models around innovative products and services which respect all people as critical customers. If technology, business and social innovation meet, it offers enormous opportunities.

Harmen van Heist

Founder, Business

harmen@ruralspark.com

Applying the newest developments while using design as a tool to translate technical innovation into products and services for societal change and successful implementation. Great skills in quick prototyping and in context validation.

Applying the newest developments while using design as a tool to translate technical innovation into products and services for societal change and successful implementation. Great skills in quick prototyping and in context validation.

Marcel van Heist

Founder, Software & Design

marcel@ruralspark.com

The technological brain behind Rural Spark. Constantly rethinking technology to make smart distributed, plug & play sustainable energy networks really work. Energy for off-grid areas hold huge opportunity to leapfrog unsustainable, top-down, energy networks.

The technological brain behind Rural Spark. Constantly rethinking technology to make smart distributed, plug & play sustainable energy networks really work. Energy for off-grid areas hold huge opportunity to leapfrog unsustainable, top-down, energy networks.

Evan Mertens

Founder, Technology

evan@ruralspark.com

Entrepreneur with 11 years of experience in B2B business development & managing businesses.

Entrepreneur with 11 years of experience in B2B business development & managing businesses.

Shagun Jain

VP Partnerships

shagun@ruralspark.com

Business owner with 19+ years of successfully running an interactive design agency with focus on business strategy and operations.

Business owner with 19+ years of successfully running an interactive design agency with focus on business strategy and operations.

BART DRIESSEN

Director Operations & Branding

bart@ruralspark.com

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Pawan Singh

Logistics & Accounts

pawan@ruralspark.com

Seasoned production manager with 10+ years of experience in leading production.

Seasoned production manager with 10+ years of experience in leading production.

Abhinav Jaipuriar

Senior Technology Manager

abhinav@ruralspark.com

Anuj Kumar Gupta

Electrical Engineer

anuj@ruralspark.com


Advisory Board

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Amit
Pathare

Group Director of New Solutions, ENGIE

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Prajna Khanna

Head of CSR,
Philips Lighting

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Daphne
Pit

Pit Pure Power (former DOEN)

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Jérôme Broutin

ENGIE Rassembleurs d’Energies

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Alphonsus Stoelinga

Former Ambassador of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in India

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Nicolas Chevrollier

AnLuMa & BoP Innovation Center

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Emile
Aarts

Rector Magnificus of Tilburg University

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Avik
roy

Re-Emerging World

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Willem Helwegen

Permac Advies