Malini Mehra FRSA joined the GLOBE International secretariat as chief executive in November 2014. At GLOBE she has led on the development of new initiatives, including legislative-judiciary dialogues on climate change; gender equality & inclusion; citizenship education and youth engagement.
Malini is an award-winning civil society leader with three decades of experience in the sustainability, climate change and human rights fields. Over a distinguished international career, she has founded an award-winning Indian NGO working on corporate responsibility and climate change; led international campaigns for Oxfam and Friends of the Earth International; led for the UK government on international sustainable development and established pioneering inter-governmental partnerships with China, India, Brazil, Mexico and South Africa. Malini’s film on corporate India and the climate challenge, In Good Company (2009), was the first to highlight the game-changing role of leading Indian companies and eco-entrepreneurs.
Malini has more than two decades of experience working with the United Nations, including serving as adviser to the UN Secretary-General on UN-civil society reform, co-authoring the UN’s influential Human Development Reports, and advising bodies including UNICEF and UNCTAD. Presently she serves as an adviser to the UN Secretary-General's Special Representative on Disaster Risk Reduction, UNDRR.
Over her 30-year career, Malini has served on numerous international nonprofit boards, including the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) and Rugmark International; as well as on the advisory boards of the world’s leading companies such as Hewlett-Packard, Kimberly-Clark, Tetra Pak, BHP Billiton and 10 years on Unilever’s top sustainability body. She has served as Ambassador for Sweden’s Global Challenges Foundation and is an Ambassador for the Archbishop Desmond Tutu Foundation UK.
Presently she serves on the boards of China Dialogue, India Climate Dialogue, Institute for European Environment Policy and advises EcoPeace MiddleEast. Her honours include Young Global Leader of the World Economic Forum, Asian Woman of the Year, Asia 21 Young Leader of the Asia Society and CNN Principal Voice.
A political scientist and gender specialist by training, Malini has degrees from Smith College (USA) and the Institute for Development Studies (Sussex). An Indian citizen, Malini speaks six languages and has lived and worked in as many countries She now lives in her adopted home of London with her husband and three children and is an Ambassador for London Climate Action Week.
Since 2017, Malini has served as a Commissioner on Sustainable Development to the Mayor of London and also founded the Teach A Girl to Swim campaign, swimming 500+ km across the world to raise awareness of the hidden global epidemic of child drownings. This unique campaign brings together the climate change, women's & girls' empowerment, drowning prevention & disaster risk reduction agendas.
In her spare time Malini enjoys gardening, running, triathlon and podcasts about politics & history.