Sonali Khan leads Sesame Workshop’s educational mission in India to create innovative and engaging content that maximizes the educational power of all media to help kids grow smarter, stronger and kinder. Under her leadership, the organization develops and implements ground breaking programs to reach children everywhere – especially those who need it most. Sonali is a global advocate for human rights and for ending violence against marginalized communities, with an emphasis on girls and women. Prior to Sesame, Sonali has spearheaded organizations like Dasra and Breakthrough. She also sits on the board of Plan International. Sonali is a proud recipient of the prestigious Nari Shakti Puraskar (Women’s Empowerment Award) from the President of India. In 2016, she also received the Skoll Award for Social Entrepreneurship for her work in ending child marriage.
Dr. Asha Singh has worked extensively with teachers of young children using the dramatic medium to propagate the use of theatre as a classroom resource. She makes maximum use of the arts in her teaching and pedagogy with anganwadi workers, field functionaries in NGOs like Mobile Crèches, Deepalaya and other grassroots organizations. She has been a regular panelist for NCERT talks with teachers in different states on satellite television as a Member of the Focus Group on ECCE of National Curriculum Framework 2005. Ms. Singh also held the position of Director, Education & Research, Galli Galli Sim Sim (Television Program for Preschool Children). She holds an MSc Degree in Child Development from Delhi University.
Ms. Alka Singhal Pathak is helping NGOs move towards self-reliance and sustainability. She is also working with NGOs on issues of strengthening CSO Board governance in the wider development space. She has been a developmental professional in South and South East Asia for the past 40 years, in the broad areas of strategic planning and management, rights based programming focusing on vulnerable and marginalized women and children. Her last full-time assignment was with CARE – first in Bangladesh, where she led CARE US’s largest worldwide program. In 2010, she joined CARE India where she was majorly responsible for the Indian resource mobilization unit. She received her M.Sc in Child Development and Family Relationships from Delhi University.