Sohini Bhattacharya

President & CEO

Sohini became Breakthrough’s second President and CEO in July 2017. She brings to her new role not only deep knowledge of Breakthrough’s issue areas and fundraising landscape, but also sincere dedication to the organization, its unique impact, and its boundless potential. She has worked with Breakthrough since 2010, most recently as Vice President of Resource Mobilization. She has developed an impressive portfolio of support for Breakthrough’s programs and has managed our wide range of partnerships across South Asia.

Sohini has worked in the development sector for more than twenty-five years. She worked with Ashoka Innovators for the Public to raise awareness on social entrepreneurship across India and ramp up its operations in the country, co-founded the Sanhita Gender Resource Centre—the first of its kind in Calcutta—and engaged with traditional craftspeople across India as program officer of Dastkar. Sohini also worked as the India strategy advisory for the Asian Venture Philanthropy Network in 2010.

Sohini is a board member of Dastkar, Jeevika Development Society, which supports women’s empowerment through financial access and control, and of Kolkata Sanved, which uses dance movement for recovery from trauma and violence. She is also a trustee of Read India, an organisation that sets up self-sustaining community libraries across the country and a director on the board of Aakar Social Ventures, an organisation focusing on awareness on menstrual hygiene and last mile delivery.

Sohini has a master’s in English literature and a passion for crime fiction, cooking, handicrafts, and travel.