Nandan Nilekani is former Chairperson of the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) which aims to provide a unique identification number for all residents of India. In this capacity, he held the rank and status of a Cabinet Minister of the Government of India. Nandan received his Bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay in 1978. He was till 2009, the co-chairperson of the board of directors of Infosys which he co-founded in 1981. He was awarded one of India’s highest civilian honours, the “Padma Bhushan” in 2006, named by Time magazine among the 100 most influential people in the world and in 2006, named ‘Businessman of the Year’ by Forbes Asia. In 2005 he received the prestigious Joseph Schumpeter prize for innovative services in economy, economic sciences and politics. He was a member of India’s National Knowledge Commission and Chairperson of NCAER.
Born in Bangalore, Nandan received his Bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay in 1978.
Nandan was most recently the co-chairman of the board of directors of Infosys Limited, which he co-founded in 1981. Serving as director on the company’s board from its inception until July 2009, he has held various posts at Infosys, including chief executive officer, managing director, president and chief operating officer.
Nandan co-founded India’s National Association of Software and Service Companies (NASSCOM) as well as the Bangalore chapter of The IndUS Entrepreneurs (TiE). He is a member of the board of governors of the Indian Council for Research on International Economic Relations (ICRIER) and the President of NCAER (National Council for Applied Economic Research, India).
Nandan serves on several national and international boards: the board of Reuters as a non-executive member since January 2007, Vice-Chairman of The Conference Board, Inc., board of directors of Peterson Institute for International Economics and board of governors of the Indian Council for Research on International Economic Relations (ICRIER). He serves as the Co-chairman of the IIT Bombay Heritage Fund and is a member of the board of governors of IIT Bombay.
Additionally, he is a member of the National Knowledge Commission and part of the National Advisory Group on e-Governance. He is also a member of the review committee of the Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission (JNNURM). He has been involved in various initiatives of the central and state governments and was the Chairman of the Government of India’s IT Task Force for the Power Sector. In addition, he served as a member of the subcommittee of the Securities and Exchange Board of India that dealt with issues related to insider trading, and as a member of the Reserve Bank of India’s Advisory Group on corporate governance.
Nandan was named the Corporate Citizen of the Year at the Asia Business Leaders Award (2004) organised by CNBC. In 2005, he received the prestigious Joseph Schumpeter prize for innovative services in economy, economic sciences and politics. Subsequently, in 2006, he was awarded one of India’s highest civilian honours, the Padma Bhushan. In the same year 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.