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Rohini Nilekani and husband, InfoSys Founder Nandan Nilekani, Join Giving Pledge
November 28, 2017

Eye on the Giving Pledge This month Rohini Nilekani and her husband Nandan Nilekani, founder of Indian tech giant InfoSys, joined the Giving Pledge, Warren Buffett and Bill and Melinda Gates effort to encourage the world's wealthiest to commit the majority of their assets to philanthropic causes. The couple become the 171st signatories to the Giving Pledge, which started in 2010.

Rohini and Nandan NilekaniRohini and Nandan Nilekani

After leaving InfoSys, Nandan Nilekani served as a cabinet minister under India's Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, overseeing the country's national ID initiative. He is author of Imagining India and co-author of Rebooting India: Realizing a Billion Aspirations.

Rohini Nilekani is a journalist, author, and philanthropist. To combat poverty and illiteracy, she founded Pratham Books, a nonprofit publisher that distributes free books throughout India, including her own children's stories. She is the author of Stillborn, a thriller, and Uncommon Ground, a nonfiction work based on her reporting as an anchor on Indian television, both published by Penguin Books.

Inspired by a “growing global inequality,” the Nilekanis created EkStep Foundation and Arghyam Foundation, supporting efforts in education, literacy, and access to safe water. The Nilekanis now join other Indian pledgers Kiran Mazumdar Shaw, PNC and Sobha Menon, and Azim Premji. Together Indian pledgers represent at least $20 billion in net worth - more than any country outside the United States.

Since August 2012, Glasspockets has been keeping an Eye on the Giving Pledge, providing an in-depth picture of the participants and their publicly known charitable activities.

Explore the Eye on the Giving Pledge

-- Daniel Matz


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