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Johns Hopkins SAIS to host “Can Identity, Payments and Data Empowerment Build an Inclusive Internet?” with Infosys Co-founder and Non-executive Chairman Nandan Nilekani

Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) will host “Can Identity, Payments and Data Empowerment Build an Inclusive Internet” with Infosys Co-founder and Non-executive Chairman Nandan Nilekani. This event is presented by the school’s Asia Programs.
Sunil Kumar, provost and senior vice president for academic affairs of Johns Hopkins University, will moderate a discussion with Nilekani during the event which will focus on the difference in how data is leveraged in India versus how it is leveraged in the West. Additionally, the discussion will touch on internet equitability.
Nandan Nilekani
Co-founder & Non-executive Chairman, Infosys
Sunil Kumar
Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs, Johns Hopkins University
Time and Date
5:00 p.m. – 6:45 p.m.
Wednesday, October 16, 2019
Johns Hopkins SAIS
Kenney Herter Auditorium      
1740 Massachusetts Ave. NW
Washington, DC 20036
The event is open to the public and media, with registration. Members of the working press can request to cover the event by selecting "Media" on the online registration form. Final media access will be confirmed at least one day prior to the event. Pre-authorized camera setup will only be permitted from 3:30 p.m.–4:30 p.m.
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Johns Hopkins SAIS
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About the Speaker
Nandan Nilekani is the co-founder and non-executive chairman of Infosys and former chairman of the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) in the rank of a Cabinet Minister. He is also chairman of EkStep, a not-for-profit effort to create a learner centric, technology based platform to improve basic literacy and numeracy for millions of children and author of “Imagining India: The Idea of a Renewed Nation” and co-author of “Rebooting India: Realizing a Billion Aspirations.”
Fortune Magazine conferred him with “Asia’s Businessman of the year 2003”. In 2005, he received the Joseph Schumpeter Prize for innovative services in economy, economic sciences, and politics. The following year, he was awarded the Padma Bhushan. Nilekani was also named Businessman of the year by Forbes Asia. Time listed him as one of the 100 most influential people in the world in 2006 & 2009. Foreign Policy listed him as one of the Top 100 global thinkers in 2010. He won the Economist Social & Economic Innovation Award for his leadership of India’s Unique Identification initiative, Aadhaar. In 2017, he received the Lifetime Achievement Award from Ernst & Young and the 22nd Nikkei Asia Prize for Economic & Business Innovation.
About Johns Hopkins SAIS
Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) is a global institution that offers students an international perspective on today's critical issues. For 75 years, Johns Hopkins SAIS has produced great leaders, thinkers, and practitioners of international relations. Public leaders and private sector executives alike seek the counsel of the faculty, whose ideas and research inform and shape policy. Johns Hopkins SAIS offers a global perspective across three campus locations: Bologna, Italy; Nanjing, China; and Washington, D.C. The school's interdisciplinary curriculum is strongly rooted in the study of international economics, international relations, and regional studies, preparing students to address multifaceted challenges in the world today.
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