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