SParc 2023: Igniting Hope

November 3, 2023

SParc is SPJIMR’s annual talk series, which presents stories of exemplars who have aligned their personal development with exceptional societal advancement. SParc offers an open platform for intellectual engagement, fostering meaningful connections and driving positive change in our ever-evolving world. SParc 2023 centred around the theme “Igniting Hope”. It presented inspiring stories of thought leaders, experts, and visionaries who have challenged established paradigms, explored new diverse perspectives, and actively contributed to creating enduring impact.


Capt. Dharamveer Singh

Former Indian Army Officer I Founder & Director @Apache FM & Apache Kriti

Hailing from a humble background from Gorakhpur, he completed his Japanese (Hons.) degree from JNU, he chose the Army as his calling and thoroughly appreciated the rigorous training and tough war conditions. Post this, he embarked on a corporate journey in Leadership roles for 8-9 years. After this stint, he took up an entrepreneurial plunge by running a company Apache, which runs into IFM and HSE. Throughout his journey he has been bestowed with many accolades, from the first runner-up in Khatron Ke Khiladi to hosting the D3 Commando Force Show, he has guided the youth with his TED talks.

Renuka Kirpalani

Consulting Editor, Video Content Autocar India & Editor Autocar Show, Times Network

Renuka Kirpalani is one of the biggest known faces and pioneers in the Indian Automotive world. National Champion in 1994, she holds the record for being the fastest Indian female driver in the world. She was the Host and Editor of the award-winning auto show on CNBC TV18 and went on to be the Executive Editor of AutoCar India’s Video Department and also instrumental in AutoCar India’s YouTube channel amassing 2M+ followers. Media consultant by profession, she has also featured in Tedx events and is a living embodiment of the new-age modern women.

Ayesha Siddique

Abhyudaya Sitara Alumni

Ayesha Siddiqa, a dedicated educator by profession, also serves as a Project Coordinator at the American India Foundation Trust. Alongside her teaching responsibilities, she runs a thriving junior college class from her home. With a Master’s degree in Organic Chemistry, Ayesha’s affection for learning extends to acquiring diverse skills, making her a true lifelong learner. Her strong aptitude for management and leadership further distinguishes her in the realm of education and beyond.

Teja Sawant

Design Head, IDFC First Bank

Workspace design leader with over 14 years of experience focused on corporate real estate. She advocates ESG and neurodiversity at workspace. She is an architect from Sir J.J. college of Architecture and SPJIMR alumna from PGPM 21 batch. In personal life, she is mother of a 6 year old girl Shrisha and wife of SPJIMR alumnus Somkant Thakur. She actively volunteers for socio-spiritual organization ‘Jeevanvidya Mission’ to spread the message -‘ You are Architect of your own destiny’

Prof. Tanvi Mankodi

Assistant Professor, Organisation & Leadership Studies and Lead, Teaching Excellence & Teaching Development, SPJIMR

Tanvi is a teacher by heart and has chosen to be a faculty in the area of HRM, Organisational Behavior, and Leadership at SPJIMR. She has a PhD in workplace incivility and is fascinated with the study of the dark side of organisational behaviour. She loves to read, visit interesting places, and have stimulating conversations.

Murali Natrajan

SPJIMR PGDM 2022-24 participant

Murali Krishna is a second-year PGDM Finance student at SPJIMR. A graduate of NIT Trichy, he is the first engineer/MBA in a family full of doctors. He loves being in the company of people; however, he also relishes occasional spells of solitude, engrossed in singing, movies and gaming. Having received formal training in classical music, Murali is proficient in Eastern Vocals.

Chelsi Bansal

SPJIMR PGDM 2023-25 participant

Chelsi Bansal is a PGDM Finance student at SPJIMR. A qualified Chartered Accountant (CA), she has previously worked as a Financial Analyst at J.P. Morgan Chase & Co. (Mumbai) in the Financial Planning and Analysis division. Chelsi is passionate about teaching,  and mental health advocacy. She enjoys reading, connecting with people, and is an enthusiast for new experiences.

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