Harish Krishnan

Managing Director, Public Affairs & Strategic Engagements

Cisco India & SAARC

As the Managing Director, Public Affairs & Strategic Engagements, Harish leads Cisco’s strategic engagement with National and State Governments of India on wide range of public policy issues that concerns Cisco in India - as an investor, globalization hub, business unit and as a corporate citizen. Harish manages Cisco’s India External Advisory Board which has oversight on transformational project and strategic issues on a 3-5 year horizon. Harish is based in New Delhi, India and is with Cisco since May 2007. An industry veteran of over 25 years, Harish actively participates in public policy forums in India and is a Member of CII National Committee on Communications and Information Technology and Chair of US India Strategic Partnership Forum digital task force, Vice President of the Manufacturing Association of Information Technology, Chairman of Corporate Social Responsibility committee of American Chamber of Commerce in India. Harish is also the Former President and Co-Founder of Public Affairs Forum of India. From 2003 to 2007, Harish was an Executive in the Governmental Program function of IBM specially focused providing leadership to IBM’s policy engagement with the Government of India on Innovation, Global Resourcing & HR issues. Prior to joining IBM, Harish worked for over 11 years with the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) – India’s Premier Industry organization in a variety of roles. In his last role as CII’s Director for Information Technology, Harish worked with top CEOs of corporate India on issues affecting the IT& BPO industry.


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thingQbator, a flagship initiative of the Cisco India Cash Grant Program, aims to facilitate and empower future generations.

Cisco CSR in India: Making a positive social impact

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