IIT Kanpur Development Foundation appoints Kapil Kaul as CEO

Kanpur, February 4, 2021: IIT Kanpur today announced the appointment of Mr Kapil Kaul as the first CEO of the IIT Kanpur Development Foundation (IITKDF), a Section 8, not for profit, company established by IIT Kanpur. Mr Kapil Kaul, a seasoned fundraising professional joins the IITKDF with a record of accomplishment in resource development at Save The Children India, the Indian Institute for Human Settlements and IIT Bombay. He will lay the vision and strategy of the IITKDF and lead the fund raising efforts to meet IIT Kanpur’s long-term growth aspirations, engaging with external stakeholders including alumni, corporates and philanthropists in India and across the globe. He will report to the Board of Directors, IITKDF.

Mr. Abhay Karandikar, Director, IIT Kanpur said, “We are excited to welcome Mr Kapil Kaul and look forward to his leading the IITKDF and ensuring that the foundation develops long term, sustainable, and profitable relationships with its stakeholders. At IIT Kanpur, our vision for the IITKDF is for it to reach the global standards of ‘development offices’ that are present in universities of global repute. This requires a vision and strategy consistent with the long-term objectives of IIT Kanpur and the fostering of relationships with donors, corporate partners, and IIT Kanpur faculty, staff and students who are all ambassadors for the Institute’s fundraising initiatives. We confident that he would ensure that IITKDF helps achieve IIT Kanpur’s growth objectives and long term aspirations!”

Mr Kapil Kaul is a seasoned professional with over two decades of proven leadership and rich experience of working with diverse stakeholders and organisations. His professional journey started with HDFC Bank where he joined as a part of the first batch of management trainees. He went on to work with brands like ABN AMRO, Deutsche Bank, Royal Bank of Scotland, Save the Children, and IIHS. His last professional assignment was with IIT Bombay where he was leading the institute’s Development Office.



Mr Kapil Kaul, CEO, IIT Kanpur Development Foundation (IITKDF) said, “I am honoured to be a part of a great team at Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur. IIT Kanpur is a global brand and it shall be my endeavour to work to enhance its reputation with visibility across digital and social media platforms. IITK DF is a milestone in our engagement with all alumni and stakeholders in a professional way and I look forward to developing IITKDF into a world-class professionally managed organization, adopting technology and best practices to make it a huge success.”

Mr Kapil Kaul will be guided by the Board of IITKDF consisting of eminent alumni including Dr. BVR Mohan Reddy, IITK MT74, Founder and Executive Chairman – Cyient Corporation, Chairman Board of Governors, IITR and IITH; Mr Rajeev Ranjan, IITK BT92, President – IITK Foundation USA, Director – Synopsys; and Mr Rajiv Swarup, IITK BT73, Former President Shiv Nadar University, Former Chief Customer Officer and Sr. CVP HCL America. The Board is chaired by Mr Abhay Karandikar, Director, IIT Kanpur, with Prof S Ganesh, Deputy Director, and Prof Jayant Singh, Dean of Resources and Alumni as ex-officio members.


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