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Spark is a non-profit mentoring initiative founded by our team’s mutual and genuine passion for education and mentoring. We are strong proponents of equal and easy access to professional development resources and are an open-for-all initiative. This inclusivity also reflects in the diverse backgrounds of our team members, speakers, and mentors.

As young working professionals ourselves, who have graduated less than a decade ago, we have witnessed the challenges students face firsthand and believe that we can address them more relatably. We aim to help you with several professional and peripheral skills (such as communication skills, leadership skills, etc.) that are often not taught or talked about as a part of the traditional academic curriculum.

Our vision is to grow into a mentorship one-stop-shop for students’ holistic professional development. We want to develop as an inclusive and comprehensive platform for providing resources on career guidance, further studies, and peripheral skills development - to help you better navigate your career journey. Our core guiding principle is to positively impact as many lives as possible through education and mentoring.

If you are passionate about our cause and interested in joining our team in any capacity, please reach out to us at

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Our team

leadership team

Our Team
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anusha pusuluri

co-founder & overall director

  • B.Tech Pharma, ICT Mumbai (2013)

  • Ph.D. Chemical  Engineering, University of California Santa Barbara (2018)

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Ammar Arsiwala

co-founder & overall director

  • B.Tech Pharma, ICT Mumbai (2012)

  • Ph.D. Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology (2019)

youthika chauhan

director of communications

  • B.Tech Foods, ICT Mumbai (2012)

  • MBA, Symbiosis International University & M.A. Strategic Management, Berlin School of Economics and Law (2014)

  • Ph.D. Strategy and Entrepreneurship, University of North Carolina (2021)

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  • B. Pharma, ICT Mumbai (2014)

  • MS Law (Patent Law), University of Maryland, Baltimore (2021)

  • Ph.D. Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, University of Baltimore, Maryland (expected 2021)

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rishi masand

program director (engage)

  • B.Tech Dyes, ICT Mumbai (2017)

  • M.S. Finance, Washington University, St. Louis (2018)

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sneha bhor

program director (engage)

  • B.Tech Textiles, ICT Mumbai (2016)

  • M.S. Plastic Engineering, University of Massachusetts, Lowell (2018)

akshat mullerpatan

program director (empower)

  • B.Chem.Engg, ICT Mumbai (2014)

  • Ph.D. Chemical Engineering, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (2019)

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vasudev haribal

program director (empower)

  • B.Chem.Engg, ICT Mumbai (2014)

  • Ph.D. Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, North Carolina state University (2019)

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program director (Achieve)

  • B.Tech Pharma, ICT Mumbai (2012)

  • MBA, Emory University (2018)

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rucha thakar

director of operations

  • B.Tech Polymers, ICT Mumbai (2015)

  • M.S. Environmental Science and Management, US Santa Barbara (2017)

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Rahul Lalge

director (innovate)

  • B.Tech. Pharma, ICT Mumbai (2016)

  • M.S. Pharmaceutical Sciences, University of Mississippi (2018)

  • Ph.D. Pharmaceutics, University of Minnesota, Twin Cities (expected 2023)


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mitesh patil

design manager

  • B.Tech Coatings, ICT Mumbai 

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Vedanti meshram

communications manager

  • B. Tech Pharma., ICT Mumbai (expected 2023)

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gunjan kulkarni

communications manager

  • B. Tech Food Engineering, ICT Mumbai (expected 2023)

anirudh veliyur

communications manager

  • B. Chem Engg., ICT Mumbai (expected 2024)

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soumik sen

communications manager

  • B. Chem Engg, ICT Mumbai (expected 2024)

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Honorary Advisors

Prof. Vandana Patravale, Professor of Pharmaceutics, Institute of Chemical Technology, Mumbai

Dr. Ratnesh Jain, UGC Assitant Professor of Chemical Engineering, Institute of Chemical Technology, Mumbai

Nilesh Lele, President, Chamber for Advancement of Small & Medium Businesses

Dr. Anant Kapdi, Assistant Professor, Institute of Chemical Technology, Mumbai

Dr. Sanjay Mehendale, Senior Vice President, Ion Exchange India Ltd.

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