Kiran Karnik describes himself as a ‘public un-intellectual’, a non-academic with a strong interest in public policy and strategy. His last job was as President of NASSCOMM, the association of India’s IT industry. Now, he spends most of his time with educational and civil-society organizations. His career also includes over two decades in India’s space programme, followed by a decade in ‘meaningful’ TV (educational TV and Discovery Channel).
Over the last few decades, he has served on many key and high-level government committees. These include the Scientific Advisory Council to the Prime Minister and the National Innovation Council.
He writes regularly for various publications.