Rohini advocates the idea of Societal Platform, a systemic method to resolve complex societal challenges with speed, at scale, sustainably. Societal Platform is an initiative of EkStep Foundation.
Rohini is the Co-Founder and Director of EkStep.
Set up with her husband, Nandan Nilekani in 2014, the education non-profit is an open learning platform that improves and amplifies learning opportunities for every child.
Rohini Nilekani is the Founder-Chairperson of Arghyam, a foundation that strives to provide safe, sustainable water for all.
Since 2005, Arghyam has funded numerous groundwater management and sanitation projects across the country. It has also set up India Water Portal, a knowledge bank that has grown to be a crucial resource for the sector.
In 2004, Rohini co-founded and funded Pratham Books, a non-profit publisher of children’s books. The organisation seeks to democratize the joy of reading and put ‘a book in every child’s hand.’
By the time she retired as Chairperson in 2014, Pratham Books had touched the lives of millions of children with its captivating, locally-set stories in multiple Indian languages.
An active advocate of Indian philanthropy, Rohini believes that dialogue has the power to de-risk our future. Through her work, she seeks to address the extreme inequality between the ‘have-everythings’ and the ‘have-nothings.’
Rohini sits on the Board of ATREE, the Ashoka Trust for Research in Ecology and the Environment, an environmental think tank. She is also on the Eminent Persons Advisory Group of the Competition Commission of India.
Between 2010 and 2012, she was a member of the Audit Advisory Board of the Comptroller and Auditor General of India.
Rohini has spent several years as a journalist, working with leading publications of the time, including Bombay Magazine, India Today, MINT and The Times of India.
In 2017, Rohini was elected a Foreign Honorary Member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.
As signatories of the Giving Pledge, Rohini and Nandan Nilekani have committed half their wealth to philanthropy.