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 NASSCOM, the association of India’s IT industry. Now, he spends most of his time with educational and civil society organizations. His career also includes work in atomic energy, two decades in India’s space programme, followed by a decade in ‘meaningful’ television.
Over the last few decades, he has served on many high-level government committees, including the Scientific Advisory Council to the Prime Minister and the National Innovation Council.
He has written regularly for various publications, and has contributed to, authored and edited many books. His last book, Crooked Minds (Rupa, 2017) was on creating an innovative society.