Our Team

”At Sampark Foundation our vision is to develop new models of social development based on the philosophy of frugal innovation. We are a diverse group comprising of different backgrounds and experiences but a common passion to make a difference.We are field-oriented with a keen interest in bringing about real and replicable social change.

We see the spirit of public private partnership as the way forward to demonstrate sustainable innovations in Education, Livelihoods, Climate and Social entrepreneurship and work with a wide spectrum of donors, partners, service providers, NGOs and Government.

Through these strategic partnerships we ensure delivery of co-created and co-managed initiatives with an emphasis on building sustainable local self-reliance. We aim to create a common language and approach to partnering for change in the social sector based on three core principles: Equity (where everyone’s contribution is valued and respected); Transparency (where partners deal with each other in an open and honest manner) and Mutual Benefit (where it is legitimate for all partners to expect a ‘return’ for their own organization / sector)

The vision envisages the creation of a consortium to implement interventions in rural and urban settings to address the social challenges across different geographies, provide lessons learnt to the government and advocate policy change thereby creating an enabling and conducive environment.

You can call us believers, optimists, heretics, catalysts or even smile-chasers! At the end though it’s only our work that defines us, and you can know more about that here.”

- Venkatesh Malur,
President – Sampark Foundation

Venkatesh Malur graduated from JNU, New Delhi in 1996 and started his career with MYRADA, an NGO working in South India. He helped set up the training division of the organization for micro-finance and watershed management. He then coordinated a program to create centers for institutional development and organizational reform in Karnataka as part of the core management team.

In 2000, he joined Human & Institutional Development Forum as part of the founding team. The Forum used innovative approaches to support development organizations and NGOs. In 2002 Venkatesh joined Azim Premji Foundation and spearheaded the implementation of Accelerated Education Program in 1500 schools of Karnataka. This was a remedial teaching program which included teacher capacity building and community mobilization. Later he worked as the State Project Head for Karnataka and managed the quality improvement initiatives of the Foundation.

Thereafter Venkatesh worked for UNICEF for eight years in Uttar Pradesh, Chhattisgarh and New Delhi as an Education Specialist till early 2013. He implemented large scale programs for quality improvement in Lalitpurin Uttar Pradesh which provided inputs for the state quality initiatives. In Chhattisgarh he was the nodal person for implementing a humanitarian program in Naxal affected districts of Dantewada and Sukma in collaboration with NGOs and the district administration. Venkatesh has been closely associated with policy formulation for the implementation of Right to Free & Compulsory Education Act. He has been a member of several committees and taskforces constituted by the Government and Joint Review Missions for the ‘Education for All’ Program. In addition he has been instrumental in creating a coalition of organizations across the country advocating for the children’s Right to Education Forum, a platform of around 10,000 NGOs from 12 states across the country.

Venkatesh holds a Master’s degree in International Politics from Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi and in Economics from University of Mysore.

M P Vijaykumar has a Post-graduation in Economics, a Doctorate in Education and a Degree in Cost and Management Accountancy. He started his career with Tamil Nadu Government in 1975 and served for around 10 years in the field of Industry. He was the Deputy Secretary to the Chief Minister Dr. M G Ramachandran during 1981-83. Thereafter he was posted for about 10 years with Women and Child Development, Health and Education Departments. He has been Collector of Vellore District for a period of 3 years and Commissioner of Chennai Muncipal Corporation for about 4 years during 2003-06. He conceived and implemented Activity Based Learning (ABL) in 264 schools in the Chennai Municipal Corporation. During 2006-08, until the date of Superannuation from Government service he served as State Project Director, Universal Elementary Education project, Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan, Tamil Nadu. During this period he up scaled ABL what he piloted in Chennai Corporation to the entire state covering 37486 schools. Tamil Nadu Government retained him as Honorary Adviser to the Elementary Education project until 2011. He has been nominated as a member of National Resource Group in National Council for Education Research & Training (NCERT) and as Member, Southern Regional Council, National Council for Teacher Education (NCTE). Union Human Resource Development Minister has made him his nominee in the Academic Council of Navodaya Vidhyalaya Samiti, Government of India.

He takes keen interest in Elementary Education and actively spends his time to provide guidance and support for initiatives in Education across the Country. He has been awarded the Prime Ministers Award for excellence in Public Administration for the year 2007-08 was given to him for introducing ABL methodology in Chennai Municipal Corporation.

M P Vijaykumar has been closely associated with the policy formulation at the state and national level for the implementation of ABL. In addition to this he has been instrumental in promoting ABL across various institutions including higher education institutions. At Sampark Foundation M P Vijaykumar, as the Honorary Advisor is providing guidance in the efforts to create positive social impact through the large scale programs and partnerships.