Sonali brings with herself over 20 years of extensive knowledge and experience in the development sector. Prior to joining us, she invested 10 years at Breakthrough to help the organization achieve its goal of creating a violence-free world for women and girls. In her last role as Vice President and Country Director, India, she was responsible to incrementally expand into new program areas, geographies, scale of operations, issues, expertise and specialization and manage a team of hundred plus committed and passionate people. She also conceptualized the monitoring and evaluation practices at Breakthrough with a strong belief that research data both helps in advocacy and tracking change, as well as in evaluating and strengthening program implementation. Some key successful campaigns run under her leadership were ‘Bell Bajao!’, ‘What Kind of Man Are You?’, ‘Nation against Early Marriage’, ‘#MissionHazaar’, amongst others, reaching over 350 million people.
Sonali has also been awarded the Skoll Award for Social Entrepreneurship (2016) and also received the Nari Shakti Puraskar from the President of India. She sits on two global boards – MenEngage Global Alliance and Plan International.