Nandan Nilekani is the Co-founder and Chairman of EkStep, a not-for-profit effort to create a learner centric, technology based platform to improve basic literacy and numeracy for millions of children. He was most recently the Chairman of the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) in the rank of a Cabinet Minister. Nandan Nilekani was previously the co-chairman, Infosys Technologies Limited, which he co-founded in 1981.
Born in Bengaluru, Nilekani received his Bachelor’s degree from IIT, Bombay. Fortune Magazine conferred him with “Asia’s Businessman of the year 2003”. In 2005 he received the prestigious Joseph Schumpeter prize for innovative services in economy, economic sciences and politics. In 2006, he was awarded the Padma Bhushan. 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 & 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 2017, he received the Lifetime Achievement Award from E & Y. CNBC- TV 18 conferred India Business leader award for outstanding contributor to the Indian Economy-2017 and he also received the 22nd Nikkei Asia Prize for Economic & Business Innovation 2017.
Nandan Nilekani is the author of “Imagining India” and co- authored his second book with Viral Shah, “Rebooting India: Realizing a Billion Aspirations”.
V. G. Siddhartha is the Founder and Owner of Coffee Day Enterprises Limited and has been its Chairman of the Board and Managing Director since January 17, 2015. His family has been in the coffee growing business for more than 130 years. The Coffee Day Group has interests in coffee retailing, logistics, technology parks (SEZ and STP scheme), financial services and investments in technology and software companies. The coffee retailing business under the brand Café Coffee Day is the market leader in India, with more than 1751 cafes spread across 243 cities in India, and more than 54000 vending machine installations. His Global Technology Ventures Ltd., identifies, invests and mentors Indian companies engaged in cutting edge technologies.
He serves as the Chairman of the Board of Directors of Amalgamated Bean Coffee Trading Company Limited and Coffee Day Hotels & Resorts Pvt. Ltd. He also serves as the Chairman of Way2Wealth Securities Pvt. Ltd. and as Director of Liqwid Krystal and Ittiam Systems (P) Ltd.
He was recognized as “The Entrepreneur of the Year” by Economic Times in September 2003, for crafting a successful pan-Indian brand from a commodity business. In 2011, Siddhartha was awarded the ‘NextGen Entrepreneur’ by Forbes India for transforming a commodity business into one of India’s largest retail brands. In 2014, he was also awarded with ‘ET Retail Hall of Fame’ for his contribution to the growth in retail sector.