Mr. Kiran Karnik served as President of NASSCOM, the premiere trade body and the “chamber of commerce” for the IT software and services industry in India, for six years until January 2008. Mr. Karnik has been widely recognized as a thought-leader and guiding force for the Indian IT industry. He is credited with promoting “Brand India” by showcasing India’s technological strength to the world.
Kiran Karnik was MD and CEO of Discovery Networks in India where he spearheaded the launch of Discovery Channel and Animal Planet. He has worked for over 20 years at the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO), where he held various positions including that of Founder-Director of ISRO’s Development and Educational Communicational Unit. Mr. Karnik has served as Special Assistant to the Secretary-General of UNISPACE 82 in the United Nations.
Mr. Kiran Karnik, in his career of almost four decades, has been conferred many awards and accolades. He has been awarded the Padma Shri (bestowed by the Government of India for distinguished service) in 2007, recognized as ‘DATAQUEST IT Person of the Year – 2005’, named as one of the ‘Stars of Asia’ in 2004 by Business Week and selected as Forbes Magazine’s ‘Face of the Year 2003’, for being a driving force behind India’s offshoring wave. In 1998, International Astronautical Federation awarded him the Frank Malina medal for Space Education. His deep involvement in the Kheda Communications Project, won wide national and international acclaim, including the first UNESCO-IPDC Prize for Rural Communication. Mr. Karnik is presently a member of the Scientific Advisory Council to the Prime Minister of India and is deeply involved with several NGOs.
Kiran Karnik is a post-graduate from Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad and holds an Honors degree in Physics from Bombay University.