Jury Chair


Former President

Former President, NASSCOM

Kiran Karnik describes himself as a ‘public un-intellectual’, a non-academic with a strong interest in public policy and strategy. Columnist and author, his books include “eVolution: India’s Disruptive Tech Story”, “Crooked Minds: Creating an Innovative Society” and “Coalition of Competitors: The Story of Nasscom and the Indian IT Industry”. He is widely recognized for his work in the IT sector, as President NASSCOM from 2001 to 2008, and for helping to put Satyam Computers back on track – as Chairman of its government-appointed Board – after it suffered the biggest corporate fraud in India’s history. He has been on many key government committees, including the Scientific Advisory Council to the Prime Minister, and the National Innovation Council.

As CEO of Discovery India (1995-2001), he launched the Discovery Channel and Animal Planet in India and South Asia. As Founder-Director of the Consortium for Educational Communication (1991-95), he oversaw production and transmission of UGC’s Countrywide Classroom TV programmes. Earlier, he spent over two decades in ISRO and was deeply involved in the use of space technology, especially for education and development, including the path-breaking Indo-US Satellite Instructional TV Experiment (SITE) and the Kheda TV project.

He is currently involved with a few corporate Boards and a number of not-for-profit organizations in the fields of education, media and development. He is the Chairperson of HelpAge India and Indraprastha Institute of Information Technology, Delhi.