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Mina Guli

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Mina Guli
Mina Guli
Guli during the World Economic Forum 2013
Bornc. 1970 (age 53–54)
Alma mater
OccupationCEO of Thirst

Mina Guli is an Australian businesswoman, active in the environmental sector.[1] She is CEO of Thirst.[2]

Early life and education[edit]

Guli was born in Mount Waverley, a suburb of Melbourne and attended the University of Melbourne.[3]. She studied a Master of Law at the university which she completed in 1999.[4] In 1993, Guli was elected as president of the Monash University Student Union.[5] At the age of 22, Guli broke her back in a swimming pool accident and was told by her doctors that she would never run again.[3]


After graduation, Guli worked as a lawyer in the private sector in the energy and infrastructure sectors.[6] In 1999 she moved to the Sydney Futures Exchange, where she was involved in the development of Australia's carbon emission markets.[3] In 2002 she was asked to join the World Bank and assisted in developing carbon trading projects in China, India, Nepal and Indonesia.[3] She returned to the private sector in 2005 and continued her work in the renewable energy and climate change sectors in China.[7]

In 2012, Guli founded Thirst, a group promoting water conservation to young people.[8] Guli attempted to run one hundred marathons in one hundred days, to raise awareness of water scarcity, but a fractured femur forced her to abandon the attempt on day sixty three.[9]

Guli is the former deputy chairman of the Australian Chamber of Commerce in Beijing,[10] a strategic advisor to the Joint US-China Collaboration on Clean Energy, a member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on Sustainable Consumption, a member of the World Economic Forum’s Young Global Leaders community, and a member of the Young Presidents Organisation.[11]


In 2010 she was recognised as a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum, and in 2011 named as one of Australia’s “50 for the future”.[12]


  1. ^ World Economic Forum. "Young Global Leaders". The World Economic Forum. Retrieved 26 April 2012.
  2. ^ Thirst. "Thirst: Who are we?". Retrieved 26 April 2012.
  3. ^ a b c d Tuohy, Wendy (12 February 2016). "Running 40 marathons in seven weeks: How Glen Waverley's Mina Guli is tackling water shortage". heraldsun.com.au. Retrieved 1 May 2019.
  4. ^ "Going the distance with passion and purpose". Retrieved 24 August 2023.
  5. ^ Dunlevy, Lyn (30 July 1993). "Kennett faces student scuffle". The Age. p. 2. Retrieved 1 May 2019 – via newspapers.com.
  6. ^ "Company overview of Peony Capital, Mina Guli". bloomberg.com. Archived from the original on 10 May 2019. Retrieved 10 May 2019.
  7. ^ Peony Capital, Senior Management. "Mina Guli". Peony Capital. Archived from the original on 1 May 2012. Retrieved 26 April 2012.
  8. ^ Ross, Ambika (20 April 2017). "MEET THE 46-YEAR-OLD WOMAN RUNNING 40 MARATHONS IN 40 DAYS". The Independent. Archived from the original on 15 May 2022. Retrieved 14 August 2021.
  9. ^ CNBC. "48-year-old CEO who pledged to run 100 marathons in 100 days shares the secret to mental toughness". CNBC. Retrieved 26 April 2012.
  10. ^ Metherell, Lexi (25 July 2012). "The World Today with Eleanor Hall An hour of current affairs background and debate from Australia and the world every Monday to Friday, 12:05 pm, ABC Local Radio and Radio National. Home About Archives Contact Listen to Wednesday's program Download The World Today is a comprehensive current affairs program which backgrounds, analyses, interprets and encourages debate on events and issues of interest and importance to all Australians. The full story... Coalition would retreat from Asia: Carr". Australian Broadcasting Corporation. Retrieved 16 August 2021.
  11. ^ "AustCham Board of Directors". Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry. 5 August 2011. Archived from the original on 20 March 2012. Retrieved 16 August 2021.
  12. ^ Young Global Leader Profiles (2010). "Young Global Leader Profile: Mina Guli". The World Economic Forum. Retrieved 26 April 2012.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: numeric names: authors list (link)