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India's Emergence as a Global IT Player: The Role of NASSCOM

A BBL seminar presented by Global ICT Department's ITES Practice/e-Development Thematic Group, and IT SLC Quickstart


Tuesday, April 15, 2008

IFC L-109 & Live Webcast
12:30 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. ET

 Opening Remarks

Dhanendra Kumar, Executive Director, World Bank

Keynote Speaker

Kiran Karnik, the former President of India's NASSCOM


Randeep Sudan, Lead ICT Policy Specialist and Head of ITES Practice, Global ICT Department, World Bank/IFC


Philippe Dongier, Sector Manager, CITPO, World Bank

Program Description

Kiran Karnik the former President of India's NASSCOM (National Association of Software and Service Companies) has represented the Indian IT and IT enabled services (ITES) industry with great distinction. Under his leadership NASSCOM emerged as one of the most active and effective industry organizations, globally. NASSCOM has not only played an important advocacy role for the IT/ITES industry with policy makers in government, but it has successfully created an India brand that is now recognized internationally. NASSCOM offers many lessons of experience for countries aspiring to develop their IT/ITES industry. Kiran will share his perspectives on the role of industry associations in helping developing countries go about promoting their ICT industry. Given his hands-on experience in leading an industry that has seen such dramatic growth in recent times, Kiran is uniquely positioned to offer insights of value to clients and the World Bank staff.

Speaker Biography

Kiran Karnik was president of NASSCOM, the premier trade body and the “chamber of commerce” for the IT software and services industry in India till January 2008. Mr. Karnik has been recognized as the guiding force for the Indian IT industry, and has been instrumental in promoting India’s technology strength to the world. Prior to joining NASSCOM, he was the founder managing director at Discovery Networks in India. Before that, Mr. Karnik spearheaded the Government of India’s initiativse for Countrywide Classroom broadcasts and other ICT initiatives. Earlier, Mr. Karnik was founder-director of Indian Space Research Organization’s Development and Educational Communicational Unit. He has been a member of many key government committees, including the Scientific Advisory Council to Prime Minister.

Come and join us for this BBL discussion with a global thought leader on IT-led growth! This seminar is organized by GICT's ITES Practice in collaboration with e-Development Thematic Group.

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