Malini is chief executive of GLOBE International, the world's leading cross-party network of parliamentarians committed to green issues. She is the first woman and Indian to hold this position. Under her leadership, GLOBE initiated a unique dialogue programme between legislators and the judiciary, in partnership with UNEP and IUCN; and adopted a 'Coherence & Convergence' approach to countries’ multilateral commitments under the 2030 Global Agenda.
In a distinguished 30-year international career spanning multiple sectors, Malini has worked in government, civil society, business and the United Nations to accelerate action on the inter-related challenges of sustainable development, climate change and human rights. Some career highlights include: She led for the UK government on international sustainable development partnerships and established path-breaking bilateral sustainability dialogues with China, India, Mexico, Brazil and South Africa. In 2000, she founded the award-winning Indian non-profit, Centre for Social Markets (CSM), which pioneered work on corporate responsibility and climate change. At CSM, she produced the documentary, In Good Company, launched at the Copenhagen Business Summit in 2009, profiling for the first time corporate India's response to climate change. She led international campaigns for NGOs such as Oxfam and Friends of the Earth, including at the WTO and UN negotiations. She was an author of the UN's Human Development Reports and served on Secretary-General, Kofi Annan's High-level Panel on UN-Civil Society Reform. She has served on advisory bodies of the world's largest companies, including Unilever, BHP Billiton, Kimberly-Clark and Hewlett Packard, as well as on the boards of the Global Reporting Initiative, China Dialogue, and numerous non-profits and UN bodies, including UNICEF and UNCTAD. She has also been privileged to serve as a judge on prestigious awards, including the Prince of Wales Young Sustainability Entrepreneur prize for three years.
Malini is a political scientist and gender specialist by training with degrees from Smith College (USA) and Institute for Development Studies, Sussex. She brings a strong feminist perspective to her work, combined with rare practical insight into the inter-connected sustainability challenges facing institutions and decision-makers today.
At home in several languages, Malini is a frequent media commentator on these themes. She has lectured at universities in Oxford, Cambridge, Lausanne and Singapore, and presently lectures at the United Nations Staff College's Knowledge Centre on Sustainable Development in Bonn. Her honours include Young Global Leader of the World Economic Forum, Asia 21 Fellow of the Asia Society, Asian Woman of the Year 2013, Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, Commerce and Manufacturers.
Married with three children, Malini enjoys jazz, history, swimming and running long distances in her spare time. She is presently training for a swim marathon to raise funds to teach girls to swim in flood and disaster prone parts of Asia, with high rates of female mortality