Shri Nandan Nilekani
Unique Identification Authority of India
Nandan Nilekani is currently the Chairman of the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) in the rank of Union Cabinet Minister, which aims to provide a unique identification number for all residents of India.
Mr. Nilekani was most recently Co-Chairman of the Board of Directors of Infosys Technologies Limited, which he co-founded in 1981. He served as Director on the company’s Board since its inception to July 2009. He has held various posts at Infosys, including CEO, Managing Director, President, and Chief Operating Officer.
Mr. Nilekani co-founded India’s National Association of Software and Service Companies as well as the Bangalore chapter of the IndUS Entrepreneurs. He is a member of the Board of Governors of the Indian
Council for Research on International Economic Relations, and President of NCEAR.
He was named the Corporate Citizen of the Year at the Asia Business Leaders Awards (2004). In 2005, he received the Joseph Schumpeter Prize for innovative services in economy, economic sciences, and politics.
In 2006, he was awarded one of India’s highest civilian honours, the Padma Bhushan, and was also named Businessman of the Year by Forbes
magazine listed him as one of the 100 most influential people in the world (2006 and 2009). He is the author of Imagining India
, which was one of the finalists for the FT-Goldman Sachs Book Awards in 2009. Foreign Policy
magazine listed him as one of the Top 100 Global Thinkers in 2010.
Mr. Nilekani received his BS in Electrical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Mumbai.