|Preceded by||Dewang Mehta|
|Succeeded by||Som Mittal|
|Managing Director, Discovery Networks (India)|
|Director, Consortium for Educational Communication|
16 March 1947 |
Kiran Karnik is a prominent Indian administrator chiefly known for his work in the broadcasting and outsourcing industries. Presently he is also serving as a Director in Central Board of Directors of Reserve Bank of India. 
Early Life and education
Kiran Karnik was born in 1947 in the Indian state of Maharashtra. He completed his B.Sc.(Hons) in Physics from Bombay University and a Post Graduate Diploma in Business Management from the Indian Institute of Management,(Ahmedabad).
Kiran Karnik's stints in broadcasting and outsourcing were at crucial points in the history of these two industries in India.
Karnik joined the Indian Space Research Organisation shortly after it was set up in 1969 and spent nearly 20 years in the organisation. He was part of the team that conceptualised the Satellite Instructional Television Experiment which won wide national and international acclaim, including the first UNESCO-IPDC Prize for rural Communication. Mr. Karnik was Director of the ISRO's Development and Educational Communicational Unit from 1983 to 1991. Mr. Karnik left the ISRO and joined the Consortium for Educational Communication (CEC) as its first Director in 1991. CEC was set up by the University Grants Commission to co-ordinate and oversee the functioning of media centres in the universities. In 1995, Mr. Karnik joined Discovery Networks as its Managing Director in India and oversaw the launch of Discovery Channel in South Asia in August 1995 followed by Animal Planet in 1999. He left the company in 2001.
Kiran Karnik took up the position of President of NASSCOM in September 2001, after the sudden demise of its founder Dewang Mehta. He made the organisation into the preeminent association for the outsourcing industry and a prominent lobbying group for the concerns of the industry abroad. He left the organisation in 2008.
Subsequently, he was nominated by the government as Chairman of Satyam Computer Services heading a three member board after the Government of India disbanded the Satyam board owing to severe irregularities and fraud in accounting.
He has been a member of many government committees, including the Prasar Bharati Review Committee, and is currently a member of the Scientific Advisory Council to the Prime Minister and the National Innovation Council.
He is currently the Chairman of the 'Board of Governors' and member of the 'General Council' of the Indraprastha Institute of Information Technology, Delhi - the best institute of Delhi devoted to Information Technology.
Awards and Honours
- Awarded the Padma Shri, the fourth highest civilian award by the Government of India in 2007.
- Selected as 'Face of the Year' by Forbes magazine in 2003.
- Awarded the Franck J. Malina Astronautics Medal for Space Education by the International Astronautical Federation in 1998.
Books and Publications
Karnik has authored/edited a large number of publications, and lectures occasionally at major national institutes. He is the author of The Coalition of Competitors: The Story of Nasscom and the IT Industry [Harper Collins, 2012]. He is a regular columnist with national newspapers, including the Economic Times.
- "Reserve Bank of India, About Us". Reserve Bank of India. Retrieved 5 June 2014.
- "Kiran Karnik bio". Reserve Bank of India. Retrieved 23 September 2012.
- "UNESCO-IPDC Prize:Previous Laureates". UNESCO. Retrieved 23 September 2012.
- "Kiran Karnik to quit Discovery". Afaqs.com. Retrieved 23 September 2012.
- "Kiran Karnik". NASSCOM. Retrieved 9 December 2010.
- "Karnik to exit Nasscom". Economic Times. 13 April 2007. Retrieved 23 September 2012.
- "Kiran Karnik being considered for Satyam Board". The Hindu. 10 January 2009. Retrieved 9 December 2010.
- "Karnik on board of another Raju firm". The Economic Times. 12 January 2009. Retrieved 9 December 2010.
- "Kiran Karnik". National Innovation Council. Retrieved 23 September 2012.
- Singh, Shalini (16 October 2012). "NSA announces cyber security cooperation with private sector". The Hindu. Retrieved 23 October 2012.
- "Padma Shri Awards List 2007". Government of India. Retrieved 23 September 2012.
- DiCarlo, Lisa (19 December 2003). "Forbes Face of the Year 2003". Forbes. Retrieved 23 September 2012.
- "Frank J. Malina Astronautics Medal". Retrieved 23 September 2012.
- Personal Blog
- Kiran Karnik, The Coalition of Competitors, Harper Collins, 2012
- Kiran Karnik, ed., Alternative space futures and the human condition: UNISPACE 82 International Round Table, Pergamon Press, 1982
- Kiran Kanik, Romesh Chander, eds., Planning for Satellite Broadcasting: The Indian Instructional TV experiment, UNESCO, 1976