Rohini Nilekani

Founder-Chairperson, Arghyam

Rohini Nilekani is Founder-Chairperson, Arghyam, a foundation for sustainable water and sanitation, which funds initiatives all across India. From 2004 to 2014, she was Founder-Chairperson and chief funder of Pratham Books, a non-profit children’s publisher. A committed philanthropist, she  sits on the Board of Trustees of ATREE, an environmental think tank,  and is a Director on the Board of EkStep, a non-profit education platform.

A former journalist, she has written for leading publications such as India Today, and the Times of India. Her novel, ‘Stillborn’, was published by Penguin Books, which also published ‘Uncommon Ground’, based on her TV show.  She has written several books for young children, including the popular “Annual haircut Day”.


She serves on the Eminent Persons Advisory Group of the Competition Commission of India. In 2017, she was inducted as Foreign Honorary Member of the prestigious American Academy of Arts and Sciences.