Nandan Nilekani, wife Rohini have joined the 'Giving Pledge' Philanthropy

Highlights:

  • Infosys Chairman Nandan Nilekani and wife Rohini have joined the 'Giving Pledge' - an elite network of billionaires who have promised half of their wealth to philanthropy.
  • The "Giving Pledge" was created by Bill and Melinda Gates and Warren Buffet in August 2010 to encourage billionaires to dedicate the majority of their wealth for philanthropy.
  • The Nilekanis were the fourth among Indians to sign up for the "Giving Pledge" after Wipro chairman Azim Premji, Biocon chairman Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw and Sobha Developers Chairman Emeritus PNC Menon.
  • With the addition of the Nilekanis, there are 171 pledgers from 21 countries.
  • Nandan and Rohini Nilekani have been part of various philanthrophic initiatives over the last two decades.
  • Rohini Nilekani runs Arghyam, a foundation focusing on water and sanitation issues.
  • In 2014, the couple also founded Ekstep, a non-profit that provides an open learning platform for every child.
  • Mr Nilekani has recently returned to Infosys as its Non-Executive Chairman after Vishal Sikka, who was the company's CEO, quit.
  • Mr Sikka's exit was the culmination of a long-standing feud between board and founders, especially NR Narayana Murthy, who had raised concern over the corporate governance practices under him.