Asian Investment Conference 2021
Co-Founder and Chairman, Infosys; Founding Chairman, Unique Identification Authority of India – UIDAI (Aadhaar)
Nandan Nilekani is Co-Founder and Chairman of Infosys and is also Co-Founder and Chairman of EkStep. EkStep is 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 Founding Chairman of the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) in the rank of Cabinet Minister from 2009 to 2014.
Fortune Magazine conferred 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. 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 Social & Economic Innovation Award for his leadership of India's Unique Identification initiative (Aadhaar). In 2017, he received the Lifetime Achievement Award from Ernst & Young. In 2017, CNBC-TV18 conferred Mr. Nilekani the India Business leader award for outstanding contributor to the Indian Economy. He also received the 22nd Nikkei Asia Prize for Economic & Business Innovation in 2017. He has been inducted as International Honorary Member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2019.
Mr. Nilekani is the author of "Imagining India" and co-authored his second book with Viral Shah, "Rebooting India: Realizing a Billion Aspirations".
Mr. Nilekani received his Bachelor's degree from Indian Institute of Technology.