"Teachers hold the important responsibility to nurture in a child an appetite for life-long learning and curiosity. They are the first to explain to a child that there are no right or wrong answers in life, and that it is more important to instead ask the right questions. Teachers are shaping our next generation. What an enormous responsibility! I agreed to be part of the illustrious Academy that chooses the winner of the Global Teachers Prize as I believe that showcasing the right role models amongst teachers and sharing their stories holds the key to reshape education globally to move from the current rote and exam based system to one that celebrates curiosity. "
Miniya Chatterji is Chief Sustainability Officer for the Jindal Steel and Power Group of Companies, a USD 3.8 billion business conglomerate whose main interests are in steel, power, infrastructure. Miniya works closely with the CEO to ensure long term, holistic, and strategic growth of the group of companies.
She is on the Steering Group for Sustainability United Nations Global Compact India, and the World Steel Sustainability Expert Group. She is on the team of the Social Credits initiative, member of the Board of The Economic Times Global Green initiative, and a member of 100 Women in Hedge Funds. She has won numerous awards. On an individual level, she has been 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. Miniya is a Jury Member for The Circulars award at Davos. She is currently creating Sustain Labs Paris, embedded within Sciences-po Paris. Sustain Labs Paris will be the world’s first sustainability incubator.
Miniya is publishing her first book with Penguin Random House. She blogs for the Harvard Business Review and is a columnist for The Indian Express, The Pioneer, and The Huffington Post. As a writer, she is represented by literary agent David Godwin.
Previously Miniya worked at the World Economic Forum in Geneva for a few years. There Miniya managed Middle East, North Africa, South Asia regions for Young Global Leaders. 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, 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. Previous to investment banking, she worked in politics in France as Policy Analyst with the Chief Advisor to President Jacques Chirac.
Miniya has a PhD and Masters from Sciences-po Paris. 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.