We’re pleased to announce our first speaker for the #NAMA conference: Nandan Nilekani, Chairman of the Unique Identification Authority of India will be discussing with us the opportunities for the Internet and Mobile industry in India in a post-Aadhaar world, to partner and integrate with the unique identity project. We will be discussing with him potential applications of the UID and the implications it has for digital businesses, challenges of authentication, potential uses for the API, potential for digitization of government services and the role of Internet and Mobile businesses in this.

In case you wish to submit questions on the UIDAI for Mr Nilekani, please use this form: http://nama.cc/nilekani, selected questions from which, he will be asked at the conference.

(We’re still accepting speaker nominations here and we’d like more details on why you think your nominee should speak at #NAMA. Over the next two weeks, we’ll announce our speakers)

Speaker Profile: Nandan Nilekani, Chairman, UIDAI

Nandan Nilekani is currently the Chairman of the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) in the rank of Union Cabinet Minister, which aims to provide a unique identification number for all residents of India.

Nandan Nilekani was most recently the Co-Chairman of the Board of Directors of Infosys Technologies Limited, which he co-founded in 1981.  He was serving as Director on the Company’s Board since its inception to July 2009.He has held various posts at Infosys, including Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director, President, and Chief Operating Officer.

Nandan Nilekani co-founded India’s National Association of Software and Service Companies (NASSCOM) as well as the Bangalore chapter of the IndUS Entrepreneurs (TiE).  He is a member of the Board of Governors of the Indian Council for Research on International Economic Relations (ICRIER) and the President of NCEAR (the premier, independent, applied economics research Institute in India).

Born in Bangalore, Nandan Nilekani received his Bachelor’s Degree in Electrical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay.  He was named the Corporate Citizen of the Year at the Asia Business Leaders Award (2004) organized by CNBC.  In 2005, he received the prestigious Joseph Schumpeter Prize for innovative services in economy, economic sciences and politics.

In 2006, he was awarded one of India’s highest civilian honours, the Padma Bhushan and was also named Businessman of the Year by Forbes Asia.  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’, which was one of the finalists for the FT-Goldman Sachs Book Award for the year 2009. Foreign Policy magazine listed him as one of the Top 100 Global Thinkers in 2010.

About #NAMA

A transformation is taking place in both the Internet and Mobile services businesses. Along with uncertainty, there is significant opportunity.

#NAMA seeks to shed light on challenges and uncertainties, what market leaders are doing about it, and point towards opportunities through deep, insightful and meaningful discussions and sharing of experiences.

Our focus is on providing the audience with valuable insight on the decisions that are being made, why they’re being made, what developments are influencing them, and how they will impact the growth of the digital industry going forward. We will provide #NAMA attendees with significant and varied learning about the digital ecosystem, and give them a reason to stay in the conference hall, not just chat in the hallway.

#NAMA will be a conference with a healthy mix of ideas, thought leadership and with important operational questions being addressed, with fresh ideas being shared and showcased, and hopefully, defining a sense of directions in these uncertain times, and a vision.

#NAMA is being organized by MediaNama, the premier publication on the evolution of India’s digital ecosystem, being held on October 10th 2012, at The Westin, in Gurgaon

For information on partnership and sponsorship, please contact Nikhil Pahwa at nikhil@medianama.com