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Rohini’s Comments at The Annual Desh Apnayen Awards Ceremony

India is the youngest country in the world and also the world’s largest democracy. How can we harness this latent potential to shape extraordinary citizens who will make her the world’s greatest democracy? With this dream in mind, Mr. Vallabh Bhanshali and his associates started Desh Apnayen Sahayog Foundation in 2015 and partnered with them […]

Apr 6, 2021 | Keynote

Comments at SVP, Kolkata 3rd Anniversary Meet

Rohini’s comments at SVP, Kolkata 3rd Anniversary Meet on 5th April Transcript 0:00:04.1 Speaker 2: Thank you so much. Thank you, Sunil ji. Thank you, everybody who is here. And first of all, heartiest congratulations on your third anniversary, SVP Kolkata. So let’s just give it up for a few seconds at least, because I […]

Apr 5, 2021 | Keynote

Rohini Nilekani’s Keynote at DH Changemakers

Transcript 0:00:01.7 Rohini: Thank you so much. First of all… 0:00:06.4 Rohini: At least virtually. 0:00:15.0 Rohini: I cannot see any of the participants and I’m feeling terrible about it. So my apologies, I’m very sorry that I cannot be there in person. I hope I can meet you all some other time. But what […]

Feb 1, 2021 | Keynote

Romancing the Black Panther – Rohini Nilekani with Usha KR

The session began with a screening of a short film where Rohini Nilekani shared her experience looking for a Black Panther in the Kabini forest, Karnataka. She made us fall in love with this panther, which she lovingly calls Blacky, that has an irresistible pair of yellow eyes and evenly black skin. The film consisted […]

Dec 13, 2020 | Keynote

Keynote address at TiE Global Summit 2020: Scaling fast – Social Entrepreneurship in India

Rohini’s speech at the TiE Summit 2020 where she talks about Societal Platform Thinking, and the need for restoring agency to create a more resilient Samaaj.     Namaste, everyone. Thank you to the TiE team for inviting me to deliver this keynote. TiE does amazing work at binding the energy of entrepreneurship to the […]

Dec 8, 2020 | Keynote

Keynote address at the Belongg Library Network Launch Event

This is an edited version of Rohini Nilekani’s Keynote Address at the Belongg Library Network Launch Event. Belongg Library’s vision for inclusion and diversity is very welcome and timely. We need to find spaces and tools for people to be able to explore beyond their narrow horizons. People must be allowed the luxury of moving […]

Nov 28, 2020 | Keynote

How Citizens and Communities Shape our Cities

This is an edited version of Rohini Nilekani’s keynote address at eGovernments Foundation’s Connect For Impact Webinar on how citizens and communities can shape our cities.  Recently, I have been travelling from Bengaluru to Kabini a lot in these last few months, and every time I return from the forest to this megacity, Bengaluru, […]

Nov 27, 2020 | Keynote

Rohini Nilekani’s Opening Comments at eSpire 2020

This is an edited version of Rohini Nilekani’s opening address at eSpire 2020, a virtual conference organised by EduMentum on August 7th and 8th. The conference marked the successful completion of their incubation program for 23 organisations across 15 states since 2017. In the past few months, they have witnessed the strength and commitment of […]

Aug 8, 2020 | Keynote

Rohini’s Comments at SVP, Bangalore All Partners Meet

This is an edited version of Rohini Nilekani’s comments at the SVP, Bangalore All Partner’s meet. This pandemic has taught us a lot about ourselves, our communities, and our governments. We’ve learnt about the positives and the negatives of our public systems, and our activistic fears are being revived. But our empathy has also been […]

May 7, 2020 | Keynote