Dr Miniya Chatterji

Director, Centre for Sustainability and Anant Fellowship for Climate Action;
PhD, SciencesPo

Miniya is CEO of Sustain Labs Paris, a company based out of India and France that turns around large traditional organisations to make them more sustainable.

She was Chief Sustainability Officer 2014 – 2017 for Jindal Steel and Power, a USD 3.8 billion business conglomerate whose main interests are in steel, power, infrastructure. At the company Miniya led the following departments – Environment, Energy Management, Corporate Social Responsibility, R&D, Health & Safety, Brand Management, as well as JSPL’s 7 schools, 5 community colleges, and 3 universities. She also oversaw a television company and news website owned by the promoter. Her role at JSPL was to ensure long term, holistic, and strategic growth of the company.

Previously Miniya worked at the World Economic Forum in Geneva 2011 – 2014. There Miniya managed Middle East, North Africa, South Asia regions for the Young Global Leaders community. The Young Global Leaders community brings together the world’s most extraordinary leaders who are 40 years old or younger and dedicate a part of their time to improve the state of the world. Alongside, Miniya is also the founder of The Stargazers Foundation, a not for profit organization that works for improving education and health for women in India.

Earlier, for a few years Miniya was managing two Hedge Funds of $200 million AUM in Paris. She was investing in a portfolio of 30 Hedge Funds.

Miniya started on her investment banking career at Goldman Sachs in London in 2007.

Previous to investment banking, Miniya worked in politics from 2002 to 2005 in France as Policy Analyst at Fondapol founded by the Chief Advisor to President Jacques Chirac.

Miniya is also the author of the best seller ‘Indian Instincts – essays on equality and freedom in India’ (Penguin Random House, January 2018). The book is about the social consequences of economic growth in India. It emphasises that the institutions such as government, corporations, religion, that were created by us now limit our freedom. Indian Instincts was reviewed by every major Indian newspaper such as The Hindu, Financial Express, The Times of India, The Pioneer, Hindustan Times. It was praised for its liberal stand, in depth research, and unique written style that makes serious arguments of political economy accessible to mass readership. She is invited by the government of France to be a permanent member of the parliament of Francophone women writers.

Miniya is a columnist for the Harvard Business Review, The Indian Express, and The Pioneer.

She has won numerous awards. In 2018 she was bestowed the award of ‘Most influential Sustainability leader in India’ at the India Sustainability Leadership Summit and Awards. In 2016 she was awarded by the Navoothan Foundation for her personal social commitment. She has also been awarded the prestigious CSR India award 2016 for corporate social responsibility. She serves as the President of the Sciences-po Alumni Community India. Miniya is a Jury Member for the Million Dollar Global Teacher Prize and a Jury Member for The Circulars award at Davos.

Miniya is on the Steering Group for Sustainability United Nations Global Compact India, and the World Steel Sustainability Expert Group. She is a member of the Global Alliance on Climate Change and Education that was launched at the Global Education and Skills Forum in Dubai. She is on the team of the Social Credits initiative, and a member of 100 Women in Hedge Funds.

Miniya has a PhD and DEA from Sciences-po Paris, and a B.A. from Jawaharlal Nehru University in New Delhi. She has Executive Management certificates at The Wharton School at University of Pennsylvania, INSEAD, and at Columbia University. She was a PhD fellow at Harvard University and Columbia University in New York, and is a Global Leadership Fellow of the World Economic Forum.

List of publications

  • Indian Instincts: essays on freedom and equality in India, Penguin Random House, 2018
  • The Unknown Actors of Development, Miniya Chatterji & Anne Goirand, Fondapol, Paris, 2007
  • Columnist for The Pioneer and The Indian Express
  • Frequent Opinion Editorials for The Times of India (India’s leading daily newspaper) since 2005.
  • ‘3 ways the BRICS can improve education’, in Global Agenda, World Economic Forum, 24 June 2015
  • ‘Can technology trigger sustainable growth?’, in Global Agenda, World Economic Forum, 13 April 2013
  • ‘Will India stop tolerating the abuse of women?’, in Global Agenda, World Economic Forum, 20 January 2013
  • ‘Schooled for growth’, in Indian Express, 6 November 2012
  • ‘Persevering through extreme uncertainty’, in Harvard Business Review blogs, 25 October 2012
  • ‘The Globalization of politics: from Egypt to India’, in Social Movements Studies Journal, Taylor & Francis, June 2012
  • ‘Minds without borders’, in Indian Express, 31 January 2012
  • ‘De Tunis à Wall Street, la mondialisation de la politique’, in Le Monde, 20 October 2011
  • ‘Egypte: La révolution inachevée’ in Slate, 2 June 2011
  • ‘Egypt: An incomplete revolution’ in Trop Libre, 22 May 2011
  • ‘Will Egypt go the distance?’, Opinion Editorial in Times of India, 28 January 2011
  • Redefining boundaries? The case of South-Asian Muslims in Paris’ quartier indien, South Asia Multidisciplinary Academic Journal, 1, 2007
  • India’s emergence as a global economic player: implications and opportunities for Europe, with Willem van der Geest, ENCARI Briefing Paper, Brussels, May 2006
  • ‘The opportunities and challenges of the peaceful rise of China’ Les cahiers du débat, May 2005
  • Lessons from the Indian miracle (ed.), Fondation pour l’innovation politique, November 2005
  • Delicate Democracy (ed.), Fondation pour l’innovation politique, May 2005

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