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Mallika Dutt

President, CEO and Founder, Breakthrough

Skoll Awardee


Mallika Dutt is founder of global human rights organization Breakthrough, whose mission is to build a world in which violence against women and girls is unacceptable and all beings can thrive.

A leading innovator in human rights, multimedia, and culture change, Mallika combines her creative advocacy for social justice with a spiritual healing practice that connects planet, people, and purpose. Her work inspires a diverse community of change-makers dedicated to replacing the social norms that perpetuate inequality and violence with the bedrock value of respect.

Prior to founding Breakthrough, Mallika served as Program Officer for Human Rights and Social Justice at the Ford Foundation’s New Delhi Office and acted as 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 is also a co-founder of Sakhi for South Asian Women.

Mallika currently serves on the boards of Peace is Loud and NEO Philanthropy and is a member of New York City’s Commission on Gender Equity. Mallika is also a member of the Social Media Council of the World Economic Forum and the Council on Foreign Relations. She is also the recipient of the Skoll Award for Social Entrepreneurship.

Mallika began her career as an associate at Debevoise & Plimpton. A graduate of NYU Law School, and Columbia University’s School of International Affairs, she is also the recipient of an Honorary Doctorate from her undergraduate college, Mount Holyoke. Mallika recently completed a certificate in shamanic studies and energy medicine from The Four Winds Society.