Based in India
As of October 2016 Sonal has been the Chief Executive of Alliance India after serving as Director Programmes and Policy in the organisations for nine years. With three decades of experience in sexual health and development, Sonal guides Alliance India’s mission of community action for ending AIDS with great programmatic experience. Sonal has worked extensively with women from key populations, in particular sex workers (and their clients), transgender women, female partners of men who have sex with men, and women who use drugs, providing HIV, SRHR and GBV services. Sonal is familiar with Global Fund processes in India, where Alliance India is a TA provider. Before joining Alliance India, Sonal was Challenge Fund Manager in the DFID programme that led to many path breaking interventions in India including brining oral substitution therapy for people who inject drugs. Prior to that she worked with organisations in India including NACO, Gujarat SACS, CHETNA and SEWA, as well as with the Pacific Institute of Women’s Health in Los Angeles, USA. Sonal has an MSW from the Faculty of Social Work, Vadodara, Gujarat and completed her International Masters in Practicing Management from McGill and is pursuing Masters in Science in International Management from Lancaster, UK.