Kiran Karnik is the former President of the National Association of Software and Services Companies (NASSCOM), India's premier trade body and Chamber of Commerce for the information technology software and services industry. He has also served as Managing Director of the Discovery Network in India, Founder-Director of the Consortium for Educational Communication and the Indian Space Research Organisation.
Kiran took over as the Chairperson of Oxfam India Board on August 27, 2010. He is on numerous government committees and is currently member of the Scientific Advisory Council to the Prime Minister and Central Employment Guarantee Council, besides chairing the International Steering Committee of the Commonwealth Connects Programme.
Awarded Padma Shri in 2007 and Data Quest IT Person of the Year award in 2005, he was recognised as one of the 'Stars of Asia' by Business Week in 2004 and 'Face of the Year' by Forbes magazine in 2003. In 1998, the International Astronautical Federation awarded him with the Frank Malina medal for space education.
A post-graduate from the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad, Karnik holds an honours degree in physics from Mumbai University.