There is an urgent need to create mechanisms to empower widows in Yavatmal and Vidarbha, and give them the support they need to pick up the pieces of their lives and move forward. However, such initiatives are rare. One of the few such projects for the welfare of the helpless women is run by Watershed Organisation Trust (WOTR) and its sister organization Sampada Trust.
Malini has had two careers, the first in the Indian government and the next in the corporate sector. As member of the Indian Revenue Service, she worked until 1995 in the Finance, Defence and Textile Ministries, including as Registrar of the National Institute of Fashion Technology.
She was with HSBC in India until 2012, when she moved to Hong Kong to head Corporate Sustainability for HSBC in Asia Pacific, home to the Bank’s largest and most strategic markets. “Sustainable businesses and communities for a sustainable future”, was the credo that she strived to embed in the Bank’s strategic business framework. Education, particularly skills and work readiness, and the environment, were the pillars of the Group's community investment initiatives. She developed several global and regional grant based programme across the 19 markets where HSBC has a presence.
She has recently joined the Board of Pune City Connect, a not-for profit that seeks to prepare India’s youth for skills that will guide them to employability or entrepreneurship.
She has two Master’s Degrees - one in History from Delhi University, India, and the other in Public Administration from Ohio University, USA and is a graduate of the Cycle Special Etranger at the Ecole Nationale d’Administration (ENA) in Paris, France.