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Miniya Chatterji

Chief Sustainability Officer, Jindal Steel and Power Group of Companies; Writer; Founder, Stargazers Foundation

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.

Miniya 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 Million Dollar Global Teacher Prize and a Jury Member for The Circulars award at Davos.

She writes for the Harvard Business Review and is a columnist for The Indian Express, The Pioneer, and The Huffington Post.

She is frequently featured on television and magazines such as India Today and Vogue.

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, Miniya 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.

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Burkinis And Bikinis Have More In Common Than Just Being Beachwear

Haute Elan’s burkini collection would have been considered far too scandalous a century ago in Europe or in the US. They would have been accused of being far too revealing of bare skin. In France, women bathed in ankle-length garments at that time. At best they wore bloomers that showed a flash of calf. Culture demanded women to be covered up in loose clothing while swimming. In Boston, Australian swimmer Annette Kellerman was arrested in 1907 for wearing a figure-hugging one-piece ankle length swimsuit.
13/09/2016 12:00 PM IST

Unpeeling The History Of The Blouse

In the 19th century, many women did not cover their torso in southern India, while some went bare-breasted under their saris in Bengal. Even a hundred years later from then, Jnanadanandini Debi, the wife of Satyendranath Tagore, was refused entry to clubs run by the British in India, for covering her breasts with her sari alone.
18/08/2016 2:17 PM IST
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How Indian Style Set European Scarves Aflutter

Indian-style drapes and motifs have been a major influence on European scarves, even though this love was not returned. In the 1930s, many French couturiers such as Grès and Rochas began to be profoundly influenced by the Indian style of draping unstitched cloth, in part because of the international fashion expositions that took place at that time in Europe.
18/07/2016 4:55 PM IST
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Corsets Are For Flaunting, Not Hiding

Corsets returned to the dressing-room with proper flamboyance only in the 1990s. This time they were designed by feminist Vivienne Westwood and, later, Gaultier. A garment that was once a powerful symbol of oppression now represented winning the battle of the sexes, directly mocking male dominance.
11/06/2016 8:41 AM IST