Sonal Kapoor

Sonal Kapoor

Sonal founded Protsahan in 2010 to work with girls from extremely vulnerable situations through art and technology led interventions that developed in to the HEART Model over the years.

Sonal Kapoor is the Founder Director at Protsahan India Foundation. She is a graduate in Microbiology from Delhi University and post graduate from SIIB, and an executive program graduate in social entrepreneurship from Indian School of Business. Sonal is a member, expert committee on anti-child trafficking (Delhi Commission of Women) and member of CSO Coalition to End Child Marriage in India.

Her decade-long work in strengthening child protection systems globally has been recognized in the form of Vital Voices Fellowship, World Bank Fellowship, Australia India Youth Dialog Fellowship, Goldman Sachs ISB Woman Social Entrepreneur, Bosch fellowship, etc. She is a speaker of repute at Harvard Graduate School of Education, CII, Boston and Chicago Universities, TEDxYOUTH, and several IIMs and IITs. Her work at Protsahan is recognized by, Economic Times, UNICEF India, and she is a recipient of Great Woman Achiever Award in the Child Welfare Category by Indian Television Academy, Amazon Inspiration, Vodafone Woman of Pure Strength, Sabera Award (Changemaker Category), United Nations Women Singapore-Mastercard Project Inspire Award, Uma Jain Rotary Award (Nariman Point Club, Mumbai), FICCI FLO Award, CII Young Indians Award, Amazon Inspiration of India, BD Foundation & Barclays Young Trailblazer, CNBC TV 18 Young Turks, Finalist in Dasra Girl Power Awards, WWICS Group Women Achiever Award 2016 and more. Most recently, she was awarded by the Government of India (Ministry of Women and Child Development and Twitter India) as one of top 30 women leading social change. She has been the (external, NGO member) on the ICC committee for Macquarie Global.

Sonal has written several articles on the POCSO Act (2012), and was focal in launching an interactive comic book on the POCSO Act that is written and designed to explain the law to parents and children in its simplest form. She often engages with students from schools and colleges across the world on the issue of social entrepreneurship and raise awareness to fight against child sexual abuse. She has received several national and international acclaim for her work with vulnerable children and adolescent girls across the country.

As Protsahan (, continues to build it’s grassroot programs to address the issue of Child Sexual Abuse at scale, Sonal has moved from the role of direct grassroot implementation, to more strategy and fundraising to further the cause of empowering girls at the bottom of the pyramid through collaborative partnerships with high impact NGOs and CSRs to truly bring an impact at scale to fight child sexual abuse.

Why do you want to be a part of the HundrED Community?

Being a part of the HundrED Community has brought a very positive, broader perspective to Protsahan's thinking process. It has encouraged our team to think about and work towards systems level changes at the grassroots instead of interventions that address a small fraction of the problem.

How can education support students to flourish?

Education is the bedrock of society on which any robust and sustainable society is built. Quality education is a must for children to not only form a strong foundation in their formative years to build upon, but also to ensure that they are aware of their rights and entitlements within a free society.

What role does innovation play in education change?

Innovation and education must be seen as a pair for societal change and evolution. Without constant innovation in the education system, a mismatch between the expectations of the individual and the society at large, becomes less inclusive, and begins to lose focus on the objectives set by the society.

Three HundrED innovations you love. (and Why?)

Remake Learning - for their focus on equitable learning opportunities; Chatta - for the innovative learning model focused on creative thinking (esp. for children with special needs); HEI Schools - for modularizing the Finnish school system approach for the world

Three innovations you would love for HundrED to know about. (and Why?)

Safe City - for their work on safety of women and girls in urban spaces; Ze Street Art - for their work on empowering women at the grassroots through art based innovation