The Trustees of the New India Foundation


Ramachandra Guha is a historian and columnist who has held visiting professorships at the universities of Yale, Stanford, and Oslo, the London School of Economics, and the Indian Institute of Science. His books include Savaging the Civilized (University of Chicago Press, 1999) Environmentalism: A Global History (Addison Wesley Longman, 2000); A Corner of a Foreign Field (Picador, 2002); India after Gandhi (Macmillan, 2007); and Gandhi Before India (Penguin, 2013). In 2008, and again in 2013, Prospect magazine named him as one of the world’s most influential intellectuals. In January 2009 he was awarded the Padma Bhushan.

Ramachandra Guha serves as the Managing Trustee of the New India Foundation.

Nandan Nilekani was, from 2009 to 2014, chairman of the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI), in the rank of Cabinet minister. Previous to this, Nilekani was co-chairman of the board of directors of Infosys Technologies Limited, which he co-founded in 1981. Serving as director on the company’s board since its inception to July 2009, he held various posts at Infosys, including chief executive officer and managing director, president, and chief operating officer. His many awards include the Joseph Schumpeter prize (2005) and the Padma Bhushan (2006). Time magazine listed him as one of the 100 most influential people in the world in 2006 and 2009. He is the author of Imagining India, published by Penguin in 2008, and co-author of Rebooting India, published by Penguin in 2015.
Manish Sabharwal is the Chairman and co-founder of Teamlease Services, India’s largest staffing and human capital firm. Teamlease also operates India’s first vocational university national PPP apprenticeship program. Manish is a member of the National Skill Mission, Central Advisory Board or Education and various state and central government committees on education, employment and employability. He also serves as an Independent Director on the Board of the Reserve Bank of India. He got his MBA from The Wharton School and is an alumnus of Shriram College, Delhi and Mayo College, Ajmer.