Nandan Nilekani

Former chairman of UIDAI

Nandan Nilekani was most recently the Former 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 and status of a Cabinet Minister. In March 2014, he resigned as the Chairman of UIDAI to contest for the 16th Lok Sabha election from Bangalore South Constituency. Nandan Nilekani was previously the co-chairman of the board of directors of Infosys Technologies Limited, which he co-founded in 1981. Serving as director on the company's board since its inception to July 2009, he has held various posts at Infosys, including chief executive officer and managing director, president, and chief operating officer.


Nilekani co-founded India's National Association of Software and Service Companies (NASSCOM) as well as the Bengaluru chapter of The IndUS Entrepreneurs (TiE). He is the president of the Governing body of NCAER, the National Council of Applied Economic Research, India's oldest and largest, premier, independent economic research institute, and also a member of the board of governors of the Indian Council for Research on International Economic Relations (ICRIER).He is also on the board of the Indian Institute of Human Settlements (IIHS).


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


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�, which discusses his ideas for India's future and 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. He won The Economist Social & Economic Innovation Award for his leadership of India's Unique Identification initiative (Aadhaar) in 2014.