The Center for American Progress’ Sonal Shah has been named “Person of the Year 2003” by the publication India Abroad for her important work in economics and development, including her co-founding of Indicorps, a service group for people of Indian origin. Sonal was selected on December 12, 2003, from over 150 nominees to receive this honor.
Sonal Shah is the Associate Director for Economic and Foreign Policy at the Center for American Progress. Prior to joining the Center, she was the Director of Programs and Operations at the Center for Global Development.
Before joining the non-profit world, Sonal worked at the Treasury Department on various economic issues and regions of the world, most recently as the Director of African Nations, covering sub-Saharan Africa. She also has extensive experience in post-conflict countries (working as the Treasury attaché in Bosnia and Kosovo) and worked as the senior advisor to the Under Secretary and Assistant Secretary at Treasury during the Asian financial crisis.
Sonal was selected by a nine member panel who reviewed over 150 nominations from the readers of India Abroad. She was honored for her outstanding contribution to the community through the creation of the non-profit organization, Indicorps.
Indicorps is a non-profit organization whose mission is to encourage people of Indian origins to reconnect with India through a one-year competitive service fellowship. Indicorps develops projects with entrepreneurial and innovative non-governmental organizations in India with the aim of fostering an exchange of ideas and expertise. The group also cultivates Indian-American leaders to have a better understanding of India and the challenges of development.
American Progress congratulates Sonal on this honor.