The Trustees of the New India Foundation are Ramachandra Guha, Nandan Nilekani, and Manish Sabharwal.
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.
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 Reebooting India, published by Penguin in 2015.
Manish Sabharwal is currently the Chairman and co-founder of Teamlease Services, India's largest staffing and human capital firm. Teamlease has over 110,000 employees in 5000 cities and is implementing India's first vocational university and first national PPP apprenticeship program. Previously he co-founded India Life, an HR outsourcing company that was acquired by Hewitt associates in 2002, whereupon he became CEO of Hewitt Outsourcing (Asia) in Singapore. Manish is a member of the National Skill Mission chaired by the Prime Minister. He is a columnist for the Indian Express, and is an alumnus of Shriram College Delhi and The Wharton School.
Ramachandra Guha serves as the Managing Trustee of the New India Foundation.
Board of Advisers
The Trustees are assisted by a 'Board of Advisors' whose
members are Professor André Béteille, Professor Niraja Gopal
Jayal, Dr Srinath Raghavan, and Mr N. Ravi.
André Béteille is widely regarded as India's most
distinguished sociologist and social anthropologist. A
former Chairman of the Indian Council of Social Science
Research, from 1972 to 1999 he was Professor of Sociology at
the Delhi School of Economics. He has been Commonwealth
Visiting Professor at the University of Cambridge, and
Tinbergen Professor at Erasmus University. His many books
include Caste, Class and Power (University of
California Press, 1965), Inequality among Men
(Blackwell, 1977), Equality and Universality (Oxford University Press, 2003),
and Democracy and its Instutions (Oxford University
Press, 2012). He is a Fellow of the British Academy and a
recipient of the Padma Bhushan.
Niraja Gopal Jayal is a professor at the Centre for
the Study of Law and Governance, Jawaharlal Nehru
University. An Inlaks scholar, her books include Democracy
and the State (Oxford University Press, 1999), Representing India
(Palgrave Macmillan, 2006), and Citizenshp and its
Discontents (Harvard University Press, 2012). She is
also one of the two editors of the Oxford Companion to
Indian Politics. She has been a consultant to the
Government of India, the United Nations Development
Programme, and the World Bank. In November 2009 she
delivered the prestigious Radhakrishnan lectures at Oxford
Srinath Raghavan is Senior Fellow at Centre for
Policy Research and Senior Research Fellow at King's India
Institute, King's College London. He is the author of War
and Peace in Modern India (Permanent Black and Palgrave
Macmillan, 2010) and 1971: A Global History of the
Creation of Bangladesh (Permanent Black & Harvard
University Press, 2013). He is also the editor of
Imperialism, Nationalism, Democracy: The Collected Essays of
Sarvepalli Gopal (Permanent Black, 2013). He is a
regular commentator on international and security affairs
and is a member of the National Security Advisory Board.
N. Ravi is Editor-in-Chief of The Hindu.
His previous assignments in the newspaper included leader
writer, Washington correspondent, associate editor, and
editor. Mr Ravi's awards include the G. K. Reddy Memorial
Award for excellence in journalism (1993) and the BREAD Role
Model Award (2000). He has been Chairman of the Press Trust
of India. He has also been a Visiting Fellow at the Harvard