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Mallika Dutt

Founder & Board Member, Breakthrough

Skoll Awardee


Mallika is a leading innovator in storytelling and culture change and has produced multimedia experiences that have reached millions of people to shift hearts and minds. She is currently facilitating heart-trusts with small groups to co-create a methodology of "interconnectedness" to build a world where all beings can thrive. She believes that this time of great shift provides us with enormous opportunity to usher in new paradigms for planetary well-being.

Mallika brings together the power of ancient wisdom and spiritual practices with contemporary technologies and tools for creative transformation. She combines her creative advocacy for a thriving world with a speaking and strategy practice that connects people, planet and purpose.

Mallika is the founder of global human rights organization, Breakthrough, and led the group as its President & CEO for 17 years. She has served as Program Officer for Human Rights and Social Justice at the Ford Foundation’s New Delhi Office. She was Associate Director of the Center for Women’s Global Leadership at Rutgers University, an institution that was at the forefront of the global movement demanding recognition for women’s rights as human rights. She has served as the Director of the Norman Foundation, and is also a co-founder of Sakhi for South Asian Women.

Mallika draws from the richness of multiple spiritual traditions and has trained as an energy medicine health coach with The Four Winds. She has a certificate in yoga from the International Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Center and studies Zen Buddhism.