Sesame Workshop India Names Sonali Khan as Incoming Managing Director

NEW DELHI, October 5, 2018 /PRNewswire/ --

A visionary leader in the social sector, Khan will be responsible for steering the organization and exploring growth opportunities in India and beyond 

Sesame Workshop India (SWI), the non-profit educational organization behind the flagship children's series Galli Galli Sim Sim, announced today that Sonali Khan has joined as its incoming Managing Director. In this role, Khan will lead SWI's efforts to build on Galli Galli Sim Sim's success through innovative educational initiatives for young children across India, delivered through mass media and community outreach. Khan succeeds Sashwati Banerjee who has led the organization since its debut in India in 2007.

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"Sonali comes to Sesame with decades of leadership experience and a deep understanding of how to harness the power of media for social change. As we work to reach even more children across India, I'm thrilled to have Sonali at the helm to take SWI forward in an ever-changing India," said Shari Rosenfeld, Senior Vice President for International Social Impact. "We look forward to continuing the momentum to deliver on our mission to help kids across India grow smarter, stronger and kinder."

Khan brings over 20 years of experience in the development and media sectors to SWI. A global advocate for human rights and ending violence against girls and women, Khan most recently served as the Director of Knowledge Creation and Dissemination at Dasra, a leading strategic philanthropy foundation, where her work covered areas including urban sanitation, adolescent girls' rights, democracy and access to justice. Khan previously served as India Country Director for Breakthrough, where she spearheaded large-scale program implementation, numerous multiplatform campaigns promoting gender equity, and global fundraising and partnership development. Khan is a proud recipient of the prestigious Nari Shakti Puraskar (Women's Empowerment Award) from the President of India and she received the Skoll Award for Social Entrepreneurship for her work in ending child marriage in 2016. Khan sits on the board of Plan International.

About Sesame Workshop Initiatives India Pvt. Limited 

The educational organization behind the acclaimed children's series Galli Galli Sim Sim and more, Sesame Workshop Initiatives India uses the power of media to help kids grow smarter, stronger and kinder. We develop high quality and engaging content for television, radio, print and digital platforms to reach kids aged 2-8 years with important lessons in ways that speak directly to them. Through partnerships with broadcasters, government schools and non-profit organizations, we aim to teach basic academic and life skills, while celebrating India's rich cultural diversity, in order to promote overall early childhood development. Sesame Workshop Initiatives India is a subsidiary of Sesame Workshop.

About Sesame Workshop 

Sesame Workshop is the non-profit educational organization behind Sesame Street, the pioneering television show that has been reaching and teaching children since 1969. Today, Sesame Workshop is an innovative force for change, with a mission to help kids everywhere grow smarter, stronger and kinder. We are present in more than 150 countries, serving vulnerable children through a wide range of media, formal education, and philanthropically-funded social impact programs, each grounded in rigorous research and tailored to the needs and cultures of the communities we serve. For more information, please visit

Media Contact:
Jigyasa Nawani
Manager - Corporate Communications
Sesame Workshop India

SOURCE Sesame Workshop Initiatives (India) Pvt Ltd

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