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Nandan Nilekani

Chairman, EkStep


Nandan Nilekani was most recently the Chairman of the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI)-which aims to provide a unique identification number for all residents of India-in the rank of a Cabinet Minister. Nandan Nilekani was previously the co-chairman of the board of directors of Infosys Technologies Limited, which he co-founded in 1981.

Born in Bengaluru, Nilekani received his bachelor's degree in electrical engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay. Fortune Magazine conferred him with "Asia's Businessman of the year 2003".

He was awarded one of India's highest civilian honours, the Padma Bhushan, in 2006. In 2006 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. He is the author of "Imagining India" one of the finalists for the FT-Goldman Sachs Book Award in 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 2014.