Rohini Nilekani is the Co-founder and Director of EkStep Foundation. Rohini Nilekani is the Co-founder and Director of EkStep Foundation. In 2004, she co-founded and funded Pratham Books, a non-profit children’s publisher, which aims to democratize the joy of reading with ‘a book in every child’s hands’. From 2004 to 2014, she was Founder-Chairperson and chief funder of Pratham Books, a non-profit children’s publisher that reached millions of children during her tenure. Rohini Nilekani Chairperson, Arghyam “Co-Impact is delighted to be working deeply with the Societal Platform team in our efforts to solve societal challenges at scale. © Rohini Nilekani 2017 - 2020 | contact@rohininilekani.org. Shankar is passionate about addressing social problems at scale through technology based tools. Rohini Nilekani is the Founder-Chairperson of Arghyam, a foundation she set up for sustainable water and sanitation, which funds initiatives all across India. solutions that are of non-linear, agile and scalable. © Rohini Nilekani 2017 - 2020 | contact@rohininilekani.org. 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. Rohini Nilekani is a committed philanthropist and in 2017, she, together with her husband Nandan Nilekani, signed the Giving Pledge, which commits half their wealth to philanthropic causes. Akshara works closely with the government, community members, and other NGOs and so far its programs have touched over a million students in Karnataka. EkStep is a Societal Platform initiative that provides a digital infrastructure for early learning. It is designed to improve literacy and numeracy by increasing access to learning opportunities for tens of millions of children in five years. She also chaired the Akshara Foundation, which focuses on elementary education. All Rights Reserved, Let  us  together  create  equitable  access  to  learning  opportunities  for  children  in  the. Nandan Nilekani is the Co-Founder and Chairman of Infosys Technologies The conference marked the successful completion of their incubation program for 23 organisations across 15 states since 2017. At Co-Impact, we believe that collaboration is necessary to solve today’s more pressing challenges.” All Akshara’s programs are child-centric and are designed to ensure that enrolment in schools increases, drop-outs from schools decrease and that children's' learning outcomes and overall development improve. Elected Foreign Honorary Member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2017. It's mission is to put ‘a book in every child’s hand'. basic literacy and numeracy for millions of children. A board member of ATREE, the Ashoka Trust for Research in Ecology and the Environment. A board member of Science Gallery Bengaluru. He is an alumnus of Indian Institute of Management-Ahmedabad and Indian Institute of Technology-Kharagpur. Akshara works closely with the government, community members, and other NGOs and so far its programs have touched over a million students in Karnataka. He was the Founding Chairman of the Unique Identification Authority On the Artificial Recharge of Ground Water Advisory Council of the Union Ministry of Water Resources. ENABLING SOLUTIONS AT SCALE The word "Arghyam" means "offering" in Sanskrit. A board member of the Public Health Foundation of India. She has written several books for young children, published by Pratham Books including the popular "Annual Haircut Day”. Penguin Books India published her first book, a medical thriller called Stillborn, and her second non- fiction book, ‘Uncommon Ground’, based on her eponymous TV show. Akshara's mission is to ensure "Every Child in School and Learning Well'. Since then, the organisation has funded numerous groundwater management and sanitation projects across the country. Between 2010 and 2012, she was a member of the Audit Advisory Board of the Comptroller and Auditor General of India. It impacts the lives of millions of children on a daily basis. Rohini was a founding trustee of the Akshara Foundation when setup in March 2000. Shankar Maruwada is the CEO and Co-founder of EkStep.