Our Founders

Janak Nayar

Late Mrs Janak Nayar (1936-2017) was the true founder of Sampark Foundation.  For, it was her idea that led to the birth of Sampark in 2005. She chose the name Sampark, meaning ‘to be in touch’, as it reflects the organization’s principal purpose—to connect and open new windows of opportunities for the disadvantaged by inspiring them to break free from the shackles that have tied them down.

A teacher for 35 years and a school leader, she believed in the power of purpose and strong intentions. She inspired Vineet and Anupama to give up their successful careers and dedicate their lives to solving the unsolved problem of rural education.

Even today, her vision continues to inspire Sampark’s Sparks to go beyond their call of duty to make a difference in the lives of millions of children by inspiring and enabling teachers to be the champion of this change.  

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Vineet Nayar

Vineet Nayar, founder Sampark Foundation, is former CEO of HCL Technologies. He is also the author of a highly-acclaimed management book "Employees First, Customers Second".

Never one to shy away from rewriting old rules and testing new ones, Vineet believes that disruptive technology can break barriers to large-scale social transformation.

Forbes in its 'Heroes of Philanthropy List 2016' has cited Vineet for this 'Innovation-led large scale social change' and he was featured as a 'Global Thinker 2016' by Foreign Policy magazine for 'unplugging technology so kids can learn'.

An acknowledged management visionary, Vineet architected HCL's transformation to a $4.7 billion Global Technology Services Company with over 85,000 employees that led Fortune to recognize HCL as "the world's most modern management" and Vineet was chosen by Fortune Magazine for its first ever, global "Executive Dream Team" 2012. 

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Anupama Nayar

Anupama Nayar is the co-founder of Sampark Foundation. A special educator by training, Anupama, is the pedagogic brain behind Sampark.

She is an acknowledged education visionary and an innovative thinker who architected Sampark Foundation's transformation from a grant-making organisation to a frugal ideas-led organisation which is driving transformation in learning outcomes.

She, after years of research, developed a tech-enabled pedagogy, which has empowered teachers and changed the teaching-learning experience in over 76000 primary government schools across six states.

She, along with her husband Vineet, was named among the foreign Policy magazine Global Thinkers and cited by Forbes in its '48 Heroes of philanthropy List 2016' and by Fortune for the pedagogical innovations. Her pedagogy innovation is taught as a Harvard Case Study.

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