4:00—5:30 PM
Center for Global Development
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Rails and Guardrails of an Inclusive Digital Economy: Identity, Payments and Data Empowerment

Keynote Address

Nandan Nilekani, Co-founder and Non-Executive Chairman, Infosys Technologies and first Chairman, Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI)


Amani Abou-Zeid, African Union Commission, Commissioner of Infrastructure and Energy 
Christian Wulff Søndergaard, Senior Vice President and Head of Group Public and Regulatory Affairs, Telenor Group


Caroline Atkinson, Board Member, Center for Global Development and Former Head of Global Policy, Google

India has been a leading country in the development of digital technology, including in the areas of identification, mobile connectivity and payments, and its application to reform governance and the delivery of programs and services, and to increase financial inclusion. Its experience is being closely watched by many other countries and the development community. What have been its achievements and where are the future challenges? How to ensure that the increasing volume of data empowers people rather than eroding their privacy? What can India’s experience tell us about the future of other countries and societies? At the forefront of “Digital India”, Nandan Nilekani is uniquely placed to offer a perspective on these questions. 

Nandan Nilekani is co-founder of Infosys and its non-executive chairman. He was the first chairman of the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) which implemented the Aadhaar program, now covering almost 1.3 billion people. He has headed the Government of India's technology committee, and the recent high-level committee constituted by the Reserve Bank of India to increase financial inclusion and create a robust digital payments ecosystem. He is also a co-founder of EkStep, a not-for-profit initiative to develop a universal digital learning platform and the author of two books: Imagining India: the Idea of a Renewed Nation, and (with Viral Shah) Rebooting India: Realizing a Billion Aspirations.

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