Equal Opportunity Awards 2018


Nipun Malhotra

Award Curator & CEO, Nipman Foundation

Nipun Malhotra is the Co-Founder and CEO of the Nipman Foundation that works in the area of health and advocacy for Persons with Disabilities. He is a visiting Research Fellow at World Enabled, a Pineda Foundation initiative. He is a member of the CII National Committee on Special Abilities that promotes inclusion of Persons with Disabilities in the corporate sector. And is on the board of Directors at Vishwas, a non-profit working on disability and development. Malhotra is the Executive Director of Nipman Fastener Industries - a leading automotive fastener manufacturing company in India.

Nipun is an alumnus of St. Stephen’s College, Delhi School of Economics and the Indian School of Business. He is a World Economic Forum Global Shaper, an honorary member of CII Young Indians and a part of the Kellogg Innovation Network. The Indian Red Cross Society recognized him with the ‘Social Entrepreneur’ Award in 2018.

Nipun has been at the forefront of numerous efforts to ensure access for the disabled. The wheelchair access filters in restaurant listings on Zomato, the availability of wheelchairs at the recent NH7 and the Jaipur Literature Festival, are direct results. He also lobbied with the Delhi Government to get the Disabled exempted from the Odd-Even car rule. He audited the Rajghat, Tihar, Mandoli and Rohini Jails on behalf of the Delhi High Court in 2018. Since August 2016 he is part of NITI Aayog’s (formerly the Indian Planning Commission) experts panel. He worked with the CISF to ease security procedures for Persons with Disabilities at airports. He defeated the Delhi government in the High Court via a PIL on the procurement of accessible public transport. This judgement changes the game for public transportation across the country.

He is the Curator of the Nipman Foundation Microsoft Equal Opportunity Awards that recognize organizations making significant contributions to the disabled in the workspace and lifestyles.

He is the founder of ‘Wheels for Life’ (www.wheelsforlife.in) - a crowdsourcing platform connecting those who need wheelchairs to donors who can financially contribute for them. With a presence in ten states, ‘Wheels For Life’ has impacted close to 1,000 individuals.

An avid tweeter, Nipun writes regularly on Disability issues. His writing has appeared on Scroll.in, the Indian Express, NDTV Blogs, The Print etc. He has also authored a comic titled ‘No red card for the disabled’.

Nipun was born with Arthrogryposis, a rare congenital disorder. He is a wheelchair user.