Malini Mehra is the founder & CEO of the Centre for Social Markets (CSM), a non-profit that has pioneered work on sustainability and corporate responsibility in India and the Diaspora since 2000. CSM’s award-winning ‘Climate Challenge India’ campaign is the first of its kind in India and promotes a strong leadership agenda for the country.
In 2009, Malini produced the film ‘In Good Company’ profiling corporate leadership on climate change in India for the first time. CSM hosts the India Climate Portal, publishes ‘Who’s Who in Climate Change in India’, convenes the Consortium on Strategic Risk Management for India and advances a strongly progressive agenda for India as it emerges on the world stage.
Malini has worked on sustainability, development, gender and human rights issues for more than two decades. Her recognitions include World Economic Forum ‘Young Global Leader’; Asia Society ‘Asia 21 Young Leader’ and CNN ‘Principal Voice’. She is a member of the Royal Society for Art, Commerce and Manufacture (RSA), the British-American Project (BAP) and the Remarque Fellowship.
Malini has served on several advisory boards for a range of NGO, corporate and government bodies. At present her advisory commitments include global firms such as Unilever, Kimberly Clark, BHP Billiton and the German Government’s International Climate Initiative. She teaches business and climate leadership at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy (Singapore) and is a director of Chinadialogue.net the world’s first bi-lingual website on China and the environment.
Prior to founding CSM, Malini worked on international trade, environment and human rights for NGOs including Oxfam and Friends of the Earth. She also served in the UK government, where she led on international sustainable development partnerships and initiated the UK Government’s pioneering Sustainable Development Dialogues (SDDs) with China, India, Brazil, South Africa and Mexico. Prior to this, she served as Advisor to UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan on his High Level Panel of Eminent Persons on UN-Civil Society Relations. At the UN, she also contributed to the Human Development Reports on Democracy (2002) and Human Rights (2000) and has authored several books and publications.
Malini has degrees from the Institute of Development Studies (Univ. of Sussex) and Smith College (USA) with a specialism in gender studies. An Indian citizen, she is married with three children, speaks six global languages, and divides her time between London and India. Strongly involved in her local community, Malini serves as a school Governor and is a keen long distance runner and triathlete.