Martina Navratilova, tennis player extraordinaire, took women's tennis to a new level with her speed,determination and agility. She won the Wimbledon women's singles title a record nine times and has been de-scribed by many as "the greatest singles, doubles, and mixed doubles player who's ever lived".
In all, Martina has won 18 Grand Slam singles titles, 31 Grand Slam women's doubles titles (an all-time record), and 10 Grand Slam mixed doubles titles; in total she has won 59 Grand Slam titles. She still plays at all the Grand Slams where she takes part in the legends doubles.
Martina has been described as honest, feisty, self-deprecating, courageous, controversial and a Rennaisance woman. She's always told it from the heart, never flinching from an unpopular comment or cause if she believes it to be right.
She is a global icon for lesbian and gay rights and is, as she describes it herself, a citizen of the world. In 2014 Martina married her long-time partner Julia Lemigova. They live in Miami with their two daughters and many animals.
When not playing tennis, Martina is involved with various charities that benefit animal rights, underprivileged children, LGBT rights and the environment.
In 2006, she wrote ‘Shape Your Self’ - a guide to health and fitness. In 1985 Martina released an autobiography, co-written with New York Times sports columnist George Vecsey, titled 'Martina' in the US and ‘Being Myself' in the rest of the world. In 1982 she has also co-written a tennis instruction book with Mary Carillo titled 'Tennis My Way'. She later co-wrote three mystery novels with Liz Nickles: ‘The Total Zone’ (1994); ‘Breaking point’ (1996); and ‘Killer Instinct’ (1997).
Martina now spends her time between being at home and broadcasting as a presenter/commentator for the BBC, Tennis Channel and BT Sport. She also travels the world extensively giving speaking engagements on a variety of issues and taking part in other corporate activities.
Miniya is CEO of Sustain Labs Paris, an enterprise with offices in France, India, New Zealand, U.A.E, that establishes and manages new institutions and assets that profoundly move the needle towards a sustainable future.
Notably, in the UAE, Sustain Labs works as an integrated team with the Dubai World Trade Centre to set up a new institution to move the private sector in the UAE towards net zero emissions as well as establish GITEX Impact. In India, under Miniya’s leadership, Sustain Labs has established India’s first climate university, offering undergraduate, masters, Ph.D degrees, and executive education programs in climate studies. It has also established a state of the art Climate Lab, which is the first of its kind in India as well. In India, Sustain Labs' annual flagship ranking of India's Most
Sustainable Companies is published each year since 2020. Also in India, Sustain Labs founded in 2018 and runs the Anant Centre for Sustainability and the Anant Fellowship for Climate Action. During the pandemic, Miniya initiated and led a coalition of corporate and government partners to establish 28 COVID hospitals across 5 states in India.
Miniya is also Adjunct Professor at SciencesPo Paris, where she teaches since 2016. 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 also on the team of the Social Credits initiative, and a member of 100 Women in Hedge Funds.
She is a Jury Member for the Million Dollar Global Teacher Prize, The World’s Best School prize, and a Jury Member for The Circulars Award at Davos. She is on the Board of The School of Collective Intelligence at Mohammed VI Polytechnic University in Morocco, and of the Institute for Democracy 2I in Prague, besides other organisations. She serves as the elected President of the SciencesPo Alumni Community in India.
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. AIndian Instincts was launched and distributed in Switzerland, Singapore, and Sri Lanka. The Bengali language edition of the book was published by Sampark Publishing House in 2021. The French language edition of the book was published by Penguin Random House in April 2020.She is a contributor to the Harvard Business Review and a columnist for the The Indian Express, and The Pioneer newspapers.
Miniya is a Member of the Parliament of Francophone Writers, as appointed by the Government of France and convened by Minister Leila Slimani.
Miniya 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. She was part of the World Economic Forum’s leadership team for the Middle East summit as well as the India summit. She curated working groups, task forces, panel discussions, at the World Economic Forum’s regional summits as well as at the World Economic Forum’s annual summit in Davos where she moderated sessions as well. Miniya was also a Global Leadership Fellow at the World Economic Forum.
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 at HSBC in Paris. She was investing in a portfolio of 30 Hedge Funds. Prior to that, she worked in the research team for Hedge Funds at JP Morgan in Paris.
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 Jerome Monod, the Chief Advisor to President Jacques Chirac. She worked closely with Jerome Monod and President Jacques Chirac on subjects related to development. She led the mission to organise President Jacques Chirac’s official visit to India in 2006. She also wrote speeches for both Jerome Monod and President Jacques Chirac.
Miniya has a PhD and DEA from SciencesPo 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.
In 2019 Miniya was awarded as India’s most influential business leaders of the year under 40 years of age by Business World. 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. In the same year, Miniya’s contribution to the field of sustainability was the cover story of Business World