The Australia India Institute is proud to have sponsored the Australian tour of Nandan Nilekani, one of the fathers of India’s information technology revolution.
A co-founder of some of India’s most successful and important IT companies and associations, Nilekani is Chairman of the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI), a cabinet rank equivalent position. The UIDAI aims to provide a unique ID number for all residents of India.
On October 15, 2013, at the University of Melbourne, Nandan Nilekani delivered the Australia India Institute Oration on India’s Transformation: The Role of Information Technology.
This is a must-attend event for Australian business and technology innovation leaders and interested members of the public.
About the speaker
Entrepreneur Nandan Nilekani is Chairman of the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI). Hailing from Karnataka in India, he graduated in 1978 from the Indian Institute of Technology (Mumbai) with a degree in Electrical Engineering.
In 1981, Nilekani co-founded Infosys Technologies Limited, which is now a driving force in India’s IT industry. He contributed to the company in various positions including Managing Director, President and Chief Operating Officer. He also co-founded India’s National Association of Software and Services Companies (NASSCOM).
In 2006, Nilekani was listed among the world’s 100 most influential people by Time magazine, and in the same year was awarded one of India’s highest civilian honours, the Padma Bhushan. He later took on the role of UIDAI Chairman, a post he still holds. His book, Imagining India: The Idea of a Renewed Nation is an international bestseller.
Nilekani is President of the governing body of the National Council of Applied Economic Research (NCAER), India’s premier independent economic research institute, and a member of the Board of Governors of the Indian Council for Research on International Economic Relations (ICRIER). He also serves on a range of other advisory boards, including the Bombay Heritage Fund and the World Economic Forum.