Rohini Nilekani is an author and philanthropist and has been a strong influence in the Indian social sector over the past three decades. Her philanthropic work spans different sectors of Indian civil society. She founded Arghyam, a foundation for sustainable water and sanitation, and co-founded Pratham Books, a non-profit enabling access to reading for millions of children. Currently, she is the Chairperson of Rohini Nilekani Philanthropies and a Co-founder and Director of EkStep, a non-profit education platform. Rohini and her husband, Nandan Nilekani, are signatories to The Giving Pledge, pledging to give away half of their wealth to philanthropy.

Her latest book, Samaaj, Sarkaar, Bazaar is self-published and licensed under Creative Commons; August 2022. She is also the author of Stillborn (Penguin 1998) and Uncommon Ground (Penguin 2011) and has written 16 books for young children.