Mallika Dutt


Mallika Dutt is founder, president, and CEO of Breakthrough. Prior to founding Breakthrough, Mallika served as Program Officer for Human Rights and Social Justice at the Ford Foundation’s New Delhi Office where she initiated the Foundation’s work on police reform and forged unique partnerships among police, NGOs, and civil society groups. Mallika acted as Associate Director of the Center for Women’s Global Leadership at Rutgers University, working at the forefront of the global movement for recognizing women’s rights as human rights. She also served as the director of the Norman Foundation, where she supported civil rights, economic justice, and environmental justice programs across the United States. Mallika has served on numerous boards and committees, including the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on Human Rights and India, the Open Society Institute’s U.S. Programs, Human Rights Watch Asia, Sister Fund, Asian American Pacific Islanders in Philanthropy, and WITNESS. She is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, the Games for Change Advisory Board, and the Board of Public Interest Projects. She is a co-founder of SAKHI for South Asian Women. Mallika is a graduate from NYU Law School with a Masters in International Affairs and South Asian Studies from Columbia University, and an A.B. in International Affairs from Mount Holyoke College.

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