Sonali Khan skillfully leads the India and regional operations of Breakthrough. She has been integral to the organization since she arrived over eight years ago and has led key Breakthrough campaigns including What Kind of Man Are You? (2005) and Is This Justice? (2007). She played a pivotal role in conceptualizing Breakthrough’s Bell Bajao campaign against domestic violence. This campaign has won prestigious awards and has been adapted in China, Pakistan and Vietnam. She has positioned Breakthrough — and Bell Bajao — as household names for human rights in India and worldwide.
In her current role as Vice President, Sonali steers the organization and provides strategic direction to Breakthrough. She has been instrumental in expanding Breakthrough’s regional and global reach and has been actively developing support for the organization, and has played a key role in extending the work of Breakthrough to focus on issues of early marriage and sex selective elimination. Sonali represents the next generation of leaders in the women’s rights community who are bringing new techniques and diverse audiences to the movement for human rights and gender justice.
Before becoming Breakthrough’s India country director and then VP, Sonali headed up the India office’s media and communication team. Also an accomplished business journalist, Sonali created programs and documentaries for networks including the BBC World Star Plus and CNBC. She has an M.Phil in political philosophy from Jawaharlal Nehru University, Delhi. Sonali thrives on debate, especially over food, and is always the last one to leave the dance floor.