Mallika Parvati Dutt has a lifelong commitment: to co-create a world where all beings can thrive.
Mallika is a leading innovator in storytelling and culture change and has produced multimedia experiences that have reached millions of people to shift hearts and minds. She brings together the power of ancient wisdom and spiritual practices with contemporary technologies and tools for creative connection and transformation. She combines her creative advocacy for a thriving world with a coaching, speaking and strategy practice that connects planet, people, and purpose.
Mallika is the founder of global human rights organization, Breakthrough, and led the group as its President & CEO for 17 years. She has served as Program Officer for Human Rights and Social Justice at the Ford Foundation’s New Delhi Office. She was 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 has served as the Director of the Norman Foundation, and is also a co-founder of Sakhi for South Asian Women.
Mallika draws from the richness of multiple spiritual traditions and has trained as an energy medicine health coach with The Four Winds. She has a certificate in yoga from the International Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Center and studies Zen Buddhism with Ryushin Konrad Marchaj. She currently co-teaches an annual Institute on Women’s Leadership at the Omega Institute. Her approach focuses on shifting the old “command and control” leadership model towards “connect and collaborate,” supporting people who are playing a central role in this important evolution.
Mallika has served on several boards and committees and is a member of New York City’s Commission on Gender Equity. She has been the recipient of several awards and received the Skoll Award for Social Entrepreneurship in 2016.
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.