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Climate Action and Impact: A Decade of Insights

Rohini Nilekani and Prashanth Prakash in conversation at the launch of ACT for Environment at the ACT Summit. The ACT Summit brings together India’s leading startup founders, venture capitalists and changemakers to talk about how we can leverage inventive startup assets and ideas to enable social change. In 2021, ACT will scale its resources to […]

Mar 4, 2021 | Interview

Trust is the Absolute Foundation of Any Partnership: Q&A with Rohini Nilekani

Rohini Nilekani is a fierce believer in the power of being an active, participatory citizen. She quips that her friends could get irritated with her Gandhigiri, as she went about picking up waste which people had thrown on the road or requested people to stand in line at bus stops right from her childhood days. Today, […]

Mar 3, 2021 | Interview

Building Trust Through Grantee Feedback: The Story of Rohini Nilekani Philanthropies

Rohini Nilekani talks on the importance of feedback, speaking truth to power and trust based philanthropy.  Transcript 0:00:05.4 Speaker 1: We really set up Rohini Nilekani Philanthropies only very recently, because much of my philanthropy work was done earlier through Arghyam, which is the foundation for water, and just by directly giving cheques to […]

Feb 25, 2021 | Interview

Building the Indian philanthropic sector – what can we learn? | India Conference at Harvard 2021

Rohini Nilekani’s interaction at the Harvard India Conference 2021 Transcript 0:00:11.2 Burjis Godrej: Welcome to the philanthropy keynote of Harvard India Conference 2021. I’m Burjis Godrej, I’m a second year student at Harvard Business School. A few housekeeping items for today. During the session, please put your questions in the Q&A box at the bottom, […]

Feb 21, 2021 | Interview

Women in Philanthropy: A conversation with IMC Ladies Wing

A conversation between IMC Chamber of Commerce and Industry and Rohini Nilekani on the subject of Women in philanthropy- a personal journey, a public conversation. Transcript 0:00:00.4 Speaker 1: Hello. Good afternoon, everyone. A very warm welcome to all our members and guests for this event. A warm welcome to Mrs. Rohini Nilekani and Shloka […]

Jan 20, 2021 | Article

Love, not log frames

Gautam John, Director of Strategy, Rohini Nilekani Philanthropies, on how philanthropy needs an overhaul, from narrow illusions of control to promoting empathy and agency. We will likely remember 2020 for three things. The year the phrase ‘you are on mute’ went mainstream. The year we want to forget, and not view in hindsight. And the […]

Jan 14, 2021 | Article

Nandan and Rohini Nilekani; A Conversation with Badr Jafar

The Business of Philanthropy – Examples of questions explored in this interview with renowned philanthropists Nandan and Rohini Nilekani, conducted by Badr Jafar: Are there some golden rules for strategic #philanthropy? How is technology changing the philanthropic sector? How will COVID-19 impact our ability to achieve the #SDGs by 2030? What are the current trends […]

Jan 11, 2021 | Interview

India Inc: Lending a Helping Hand

Philanthropist Rohini Nilekani, who donated Rs 47 crore of her personal wealth, feels the rich in India need to open their purses more. Noted philanthropist and chairperson of Arghyam Foundation Rohini Nilekani feels the philanthropy sector changed during the coronavirus pandemic as members of civil society donated generously. However, she is of the opinion that […]

Jan 9, 2021 | Article

A Conversation With Philanthropist Rohini Nilekani

Once you have become curious, once you have become connected – remain committed. This is a long journey. We need perseverance. Rohini Nilekani is easily one of the biggest names in Indian philanthropy, though she will strongly disagree. Her work over the last two decades has been instrumental in bringing meaningful socio-economic and developmental changes […]

Jan 9, 2021 | Interview

My Philanthropic Journey: How I Learnt to Stop Worrying and Embrace Failure

This is an edited version of Rohini Nilekani in conversation with Vidya Shah, Chairperson & CEO, EdelGive Foundation at EDGE 2020. They discuss Rohini’s insights from her philanthropic journey over the years. Unlike conventional wisdom in philanthropy, my work spans different spaces such as groundwater and sanitation, early learning, social justice and governance, and the […]

Dec 17, 2020 | Interview