P.D. Soros Fellowship for New Americans


Sejal Hathi, 2013

Pronunciation: Say-jel

Health Officer and Deputy Commissioner of Health, State of New Jersey

Sejal Hathi is the child of immigrants from Uganda and Tanzania

Fellowship awarded to support work towards an MD in Medicine at Stanford University

SEJAL HATHI grew up in the Bay Area as the child of parents of Indian origin from Uganda and Tanzania. In coping with illness as a youth she found resonance in the needs of other girls facing gender inequality issues. The resulting insights led her, at age 15, to start a nonprofit, Girls Helping Girls. Subsequently she and a colleague founded girltank. These organizations train and mobilize young women to create sustainable social change. The response has been astonishing: the two organizations have grown into a global movement that now reaches more than 30,000 young women in more than 100 countries.

Sejal has spoken about women's rights and empowerment at TEDWomen, TEDxTeen and the United Nations. She has won national awards from Newsweek (150 Women who Shake the World), Forbes Magazine (30 under 30 honorees), the National Jefferson Awards for Public Service and many other outlets.

Sejal earned her MD at Stanford Medical School and is passionate about the nexus of medical entrepreneurship, international women's health, and social innovation.

  • MD Medicine | Stanford University 2018
  • MBA Business | Stanford University 2018
  • BS Molecular Biology | Yale University 2013
  • Forbes 30 Under 30 honoree
Work History
  • State of New Jersey, Health Officer and Deputy Commissioner of Health
  • The White House, Senior Policy Advisor for Public Health
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