Nandan M Nilekani

Padma Bhushan, Chairman Infosys and Chairman of the Unique Identification
Authority of India (UIDAI) (2009-14)

Nandan Nilekani co-founded and is now the Non-Executive Chairman of Infosys. He was the founding Chairman of the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) in the rank of a Cabinet Minister, where he conceived of and led India’s unique identification initiative, Aadhaar. He has been a founding member of IIHS and a member of its Board since 2014.


In 2003 Nilekani was listed as Asia’s Businessman of the Year by Fortune Magazine. 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 and 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. Nilekani won the Economist Social and Economic Innovation Award for his leadership of India’s Unique Identification initiative, Aadhaar.


In 2017, Nilekani received a Lifetime Achievement Award from E&Y; CNBC-TV 18’s India Business leader award as an outstanding contributor to the Indian Economy; and the 22nd Nikkei Asia Prize for Economic & Business Innovation.
He 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 is also President of the National Council of Applied Economic Research (NCAER), India’s largest and oldest non-profit economic research think tank.


Nilekani has a Bachelor’s degree from IIT, Bombay and an honorary Doctor of Law degree from the Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto. Yale University had earlier awarded him its Legend in Leadership Award. He is the author of Imagining India and co-author of Rebooting India: Realizing a Billion Aspirations.