Chairman of UIDAI, Author of 'Imagining India', Philanthropist & Former Entrepreneur.

About Nandan Nilekani

Nandan Nilekani is the former Chairman of the Unique Identification Authority of India.

Nandan was born in Bangalore, in Vani Vilas Hospital. His story is a middle-class one. Nandan's father was a textile manager, gave his son the best education he could afford. Thanks to this, Nandan was able to get admission into the Indian Institute of Technology in Bombay, where he received his Bachelor's in electrical engineering.

Nandan's father emphasized the importance of public service and embracing a larger cause. Throughout Nandan's career, these principles of hard work and the need to create opportunity for others have informed his choices, and guided his decisions.

After his degree, Nandan co-founded Infosys with six others under the leadership of Narayana Murthy, and worked in the company for twenty-eight years. In this time, the company created lakhs of jobs across Karnataka and India.

Nandan gave up his role as Infosys co-Chairman in 2009 to take up the government position at the UIDAI, at the invitation of then Prime Minister Shri. Dr. Manmohan Singh.

In 1999 at the invitation of then Chief Minister of Karnataka S M Krishna, Nandan developed a broader initiative, the Bangalore Agenda Task Force. The BATF worked with public, private and NGO agencies to help resolve Bangalore's infrastructure and governance challenges.

As philanthropists, Nandan and his wife Rohini have given away a part of their wealth to various causes. The Nilekanis have invested in education and healthcare. Over the years they have also funded non-profit efforts in water infrastructure, micro-credit, and social research.

Nandan is the president of the governing body of NCAER, the National Council of Applied Economic Research, India's oldest and premier independent economic research institute. He is also a member of the board of governors of the Indian Council for Research on International Economic Relations (ICRIER).

Nandan was named the 'Corporate Citizen' of the Year at the Asia Business Leaders Award (2004) organized by CNBC. In 2005 he received the prestigious 'Joseph Schumpeter prize' for innovative services in economy, economic sciences and politics.

In 2006, Nandan received the prestigious 'Padma Bhushan.' Time magazine listed him as one of the 100 most influential people in the world in 2006 and 2009. He is the author of 'Imagining India', which was one of the finalists for the FT-Goldman Sachs Book Award for the year 2009. Foreign Policy magazine listed him as one of the Top 100 Global Thinkers in 2010.

2011

Received NDTV's Transformational Idea of the Year award for his work on Aadhaar.

2010

Listed as one of the Top 100 Global Thinkers in 2010 by the Foreign Policy magazine.

2009

His book 'Imagining India' was one of the finalists for the FT-Goldman Sachs Book Award.

2009

On Time Magazine's list of the World's 100 Most Influential People.

2006

On Time Magazine's list of the World's 100 Most Influential People.

2006

Awarded one of India's highest civilian honours, the Padma Bhushan.

2006

Named Businessman of the Year by Forbes Asia.

2005

Won the prestigious Joseph Schumpeter Prize for innovative services in economy, economic sciences and politics.

2004

Named Corporate Citizen of the Year at the Asia Business Leaders Award organized by CNBC.

A snapshot of BATF initiatives

Swachha
The Swachha Bangalore project focused on the efficient segregation and removal of garbage, cleaning up the city's streets.
Trac
The Traffic Review and Action Committee (TRAC) tackled multiple traffic-related issues, including improvements in road signage, better bus shelters, and road safety programs.
Swayam
The Swayam Ghoshane initiative, a self-assessment scheme for property tax collection, was established resulting in transparency and raising the city's revenue.
Nirmal
The Nirmala Bangalore project provided clean and usable public toilets for citizens.