Sonal Agrawal

Sonal Agrawal is the Managing Partner for Accord Group India. Additionally, she serves on Global Management Committee, AltoPartners - Executive Search Worldwide and is a Global Board Member, at The Association of Executive Search and Leadership Consulting firm, (AESC) and is a global v-chair for the Doing Business With India Network at the Young Presidents Organisation (YPO)

Born in East Africa and raised in India, Sonal schooled at La Martiniere College and completed a BSc from Calcutta University, followed by an MBA from the London Business School, UK.

Based in Bombay (Mumbai) in India, she has over 25 years of experience in executive search & selection in India. Accord Group India ( was incubated in 1995 and conducts retained executive search for CXO and leadership talent across industries from offices in Bombay, Delhi and Bangalore. Sonal’s core practice areas are Conglomerates, Professional and Financial Services, Private Equity and Boards.

Accord is a founding member of AltoPartners ( and Sonal has served the AltoPartners community as an officer since inception. Apart from the roles at Accord, AltoPartners, AESC and YPO, she serves on the group board for the ABC Consultants group. Sonal is an active member of the Young Presidents Organization (, a peer network of young global leaders in 100 nations.

She was named by the Economic Times as one of the Top 10 Headhunters in India; by BusinessWeek, USA as one of the 150 Most Influential Headhunters in the World, 2008, by Business Today as one the Next 30 Most Powerful Women to watch out for in India, and was awarded Woman Achiever of 2011 – (Professionals) by FICCI FLO.

A frequent speaker on leadership, she has been profiled regularly by leading publications including Business Today, Business India Mint, HT, India Today Woman, Marwar. Sonal also writes a column on career issues in the Mint, an affiliate of the Wall Street Journal in India.