Sonali Khan

Vice President & Country Director, Breakthrough

Skoll Awardee


Sonali joined Breakthrough in the capacity of Communication Director, and since has created and led Breakthrough’s media and campaigning strategy. What kind of man are you? (2004) and Is this Justice? (2006) took on the issue of women and HIV and male responsibility. Bell Bajao! (2007) a campaign against domestic violence, spearheaded by Sonali has reached over 10 million people. Over the past two years, Sonali has evolved this strategy to adapt to the fast growing digital and social media focusing on building interpersonal engagement through on the ground mobilization in addition to broadcasting on line. Board the bus on harassment faced by women in public transport, Sefies4School to keep girls in school and out of early marriage and Mission Hazaar against the skewed sex ration are examples of this high intensity model and are focused on participation and building a constituency of change actors.Running four concurrent programs, with simultaneous campaigns big and small is a challenge Sonali relishes. But she knows that a cultural shift and change is a slow process. Staying committed towards her mission and leading team Breakthrough through challenging times ahead will be her immediate focus. Sonali Khan brings along more than two decades of professional experience in strategic planning & organizational development, developing program & campaign strategies and designing research methodology. She completed her Master’s in Philosophy from Jawaharlal Nehru University and recently became a Harvard Business School fellow to have attended the Strategic Perspectives in Non-profit Management program on full scholarship. While Sonali chairs the position of Country Director and Vice President at Breakthrough, she also happens to be a Board Member at MenEngage Alliance.Prior to foraying into the development sector, she played a successful innings in journalism for networks including the BBC World, Star Plus and CNBC.

Recent Articles

Sonali Khan - Breakthrough, November 24, 2016
I was moderating an open discussion at a program on “safety in public transport” in a college in the state of Haryana, India. The students had heard about how girls…