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Sohini Bhattacharya

President & CEO, Breakthrough


Sohini Bhattacharya is an intrepid intrapreneur and social change enthusiast who has 25+ years of experience in the development sector. Currently she is President & CEO, at Breakthrough, a global human rights organization working in U.S. and India using multi-media, popular culture, leadership development and community mobilization strategies to prevent gender-based violence promote values of dignity, equality and justice. Sohini leads strategies for Breakthrough and works on helping it transform into a professional organisation and scale-up globally.

Prior to this, Sohini had helped found an organization working with women, worked directly with grassroots communities on livelihoods projects and built market-artisan interfaces. Before joining Breakthrough, Sohini spent 10 years at Ashoka Innovators for the Public, an international organization building an ecosystem for social entrepreneurs, first ramping up the India program and then working on institution building for Ashoka in South Asia. Sohini was also instrumental in helping set up Asian Venture Philanthropy Network (AVPN) in India, an offshoot of EVPA in Asia. Sohini has interest and years of experience in theatre and dance and loves cooking, reading, handicrafts & handlooms and travelling. Sohini sits on the board of 4 grassroots organisations in India and is a Trustee of Read India, a sister concern of Read Global, creating community-led sustainable libraries.