Nandan Nilekani

Nandan Nilekani is the Co-founder and Chairman of EkStep, a not-for-profit effort to create a learner-centric, technology-based platform to improve basic literacy and numeracy for millions of children. He was most recently the Chairman of the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) in the rank of a Cabinet Minister. Nilekani was previously the Co-chairman of software services provide, Infosys Technologies Limited, which he co-founded in 1981.

Born in Bengaluru, Nilekani received his Bachelor’s degree from IIT, Bombay. “Fortune” magazine named him “Asia’s Businessman of the Year 2003”. In 2005, he received the prestigious Joseph Schumpeter prize for innovative services in economy, economic sciences and politics. In 2006, he was awarded the Padma Bhushan, once of the highest civilian honours in India. He was also named Businessman of the Year by Forbes Asia. “Time” magazine listed him as one of the 100 most influential people in the world in 2006 and 2009. “Foreign Policy” magazine listed him as one of the Top 100 Global Thinkers in 2010. He won “The Economist” magazine’s Social and Economic Innovation Award for his leadership of India’s Unique Identification initiative (Aadhaar). In 2017, he received the Lifetime Achievement Award from E&Y. CNBC-TV 18 named him India Business Leader award for outstanding contribution to the Indian economy in 2017. He received the 22nd Nikkei Asia Prize for Economic and Business Innovation, 2017.

Nilekani is the author of “Imagining India”. He co-authored his second book with Viral Shah, “Rebooting India: realising a Billion Aspirations.”