Rohini Nilekani

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Rohini Nilekani is chairperson of Rohini Nilekani Philanthropies and co-founder and director of EkStep, a nonprofit education platform. She is also the founder and former chairperson of Arghyam, a foundation she set up in 2001 for sustainable water and sanitation. From 2004 to 2014, she was also the founder–chairperson and chief funder of Pratham Books, a nonprofit children’s publisher. A committed philanthropist, Rohini also sits on the board of trustees of Ashoka Trust for Research in Ecology and the Environment (ATREE), an environmental think tank.

Articles by Rohini Nilekani

rhinoceros drinking water in a forest-forest conservation

April 25, 2023
Reimagining how we protect India’s forests
Civil society, government, and the private sector are all important players in forest conservation. Here's how each of them can act as stewards for India's forests.
two men working together in the field-philanthropy

January 16, 2020
Corporates should support the rule of law
The time has come to align self-interest and public interest in support of the rule of law and constitutional values.
China Athletics Worlds

January 25, 2019
The social sector must recognise and talk about failure
With pressure to show returns on philanthropic capital, there's little room to discuss failure. In order to mitigate huge organisational and programmatic risk, a culture of admitting failure needs to be built.
Two young boys

December 14, 2017
Want to empower women? Teach young men to question their masculinity
To empower young women, we need focus on the 200 million young men of India with as much urgency. India needs to redefine its masculinity if it wants an equal society.
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