Dr. Munish PIO



Munish started as a journalist to become a media entrepreneur and then turned to also promote and support tech-led innovations to create sustainable and scalable social enterprises that deliver socio-economic impact development. His abilities stem from his passion for science, a degree in Physics and later a segway into also a post graduate diploma in mass communication. He has pioneered many firsts during his vast experience of 32 years in print, radio, television and new media in India, USA and globally. Born to a veteran journalist father and nationally awarded teacher mother, Munish grew up in a cosmopolitan New Delhi enclave of journalists. Having lived and worked overseas for more than three decades, Munish came to lead the Indian Diaspora with a thrust on connecting, engaging and partnering them with India. Munish has been a Speaker invited by the Indian Government at the Pravasi Bharatiya Diwas in and outside India, received the Bharat Gaurav Samman in U.K. Parliament in July 2014 and regularly interfaces with policymakers in India and Diaspora countries. Munish utilizes his abilities, network and travel to undertake bold initiatives. Munish has helped strategize a major initiative to commercialize Indian technology and innovation to Africa and other developing countries.

Munish is Vice President & International Coordinator of People of Indian Origin Chamber of Commerce & Industry (PIOCCI). PIOCCI is credited with conducting two major and successful events on the sidelines of BRICS Summit in India in October 2016 and in conjunction with the PBD 2017 in Bengaluru. He is past International Coordinator-South Asia & Director- Liaison with Government of India, and Past International Coordinator-Africa & past Chairman of the Media Council of GOPIO International. Munish is a founder Life Member of GOPIO since 1989. Munish is credited with launching chapters in South Africa starting with in Durban on April 28th, 2013, together with the then Secretary, Ministry of Overseas Indian Affairs, and High Commissioner of India in Pretoria and Consul General in Durban, and the Mayor of Durban. Munish has engaged with the Diaspora in Africa, Pacific Island countries, South East Asia, Europe and Americas.

Munish is Director of Universal Empire Infrastructures Ltd., India (UEIL), undertaking social infrastructure projects in developing nations. Munish has pioneered a unique relationship with African countries. He not only travels to Africa, but has organized special events in India - the first ever African Gala night on May 5, 2012, in Delhi with the participation of nearly all 54 African countries in cooperation with the Association of Spouses of African Heads of Missions (ASAHOM) with participation of Government of India and several Indian public and private sector companies. Another ASAHOM gala was organized on 22 April 2016 in Delhi co-hosted by New Delhi Municipal Council and Munish.

Munish had served on the prestigious Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce & Industry (FICCI) National Committees - Science, Technology and Innovation; Research & Development; Start-Ups. Munish pioneered the G2G initiative to commercialize Indian tech-led innovation in Africa. During the visit of Hon. Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi to Africa, Munish conceptualized and staged the first Expo on 10-11 July 2016 of 21 innovations as part of ADITI (African Development through Indian Technology and Innovation) initiative that will serve a B2G and B2B connect. On 20 February 2017, Munish led the FICCI C Tech delegation for the launch of the Indian Rwanda Innovation Growth Program announced by H.E. the Vice President of India and the Honourable Prime Minister of Rwanda in Kigali. A first pilot (IRIGP – www.irigp.org) will be scaled across Africa. He was present in the business delegation with Honourable Prime Minister Narendra Modi of India during the first State Visit to Rwanda in July 2018 where the IRIGP was praised for the success mapped in the very first year.

Munish launched PIO TV (www.pioTV.com) in 2006. To service the economic engagement of India with Diaspora and vice versa, Munish has set up PIO Services Pvt. Ltd.. Munish was recently elected President of India Rwanda Friendship Association (IRFA), a society registered in India in 2018 to further enhance people to people and business connect between the two nations that now enjoy a strategic relationship. Munish serves as Managing Committee Member of the prestigious Foreign Correspondents Club of South Asia (FCC), New Delhi.

Munish is a US citizen, OCI cardholder and resides between New Delhi, Los Angeles and Africa.

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Co-Founder, VP, Bureau Chief Asian News International (ANI), USA & India
Reporter cum Sub Editor The Times of India, India
Bureau Chief In Washington, DC, USA
United News of India (UNI)
The Statesman
The Tribune
Rajasthan Patrika
Eenadu, Newstime
The Daily
The Week (Malayala Manorama)
Special Correspondent Ethnic Media in USA
(1987-1991 – Washington, DC)
News India Times
India Tribune
Eye on Asia
Namaste America
Radio Rimjhim & I T Productions, Canada
Documentary Producer Public Broadcasting System, USA
Discovery Channel, USA
TV News Anchor KSCI, Channel 18 Los Angeles
The International Channel, USA Cable
Indiavision (North American – C&S)
India JV Partner/ Launch Strategist
American Broadcasting Corp (ABC Cap Cities)
ESPN, Inc.
Turner International (CNN, Cartoon Network)
Viacom International (MTV, Nickelodeon)
National Basketball Association (NBA)
Sony Entertainment Television
Upper Deck International
DIC Entertainment, Inc.
Hearst Entertainment, Inc.
Hank Ketcham Enterprises, Inc.
Doordarshan (Metro Channel)
Academy of Motion Pictures Arts & Sciences
USVO, Inc.
Marvel Comics, Inc. & First Serve Toonz
Media Advisor
Multinational Brands in India
American Express Bank Ltd. K Swiss
Silicon Graphics
Doordarshan (Metro Channel)
Executive/Management Positions
Chairman & Managing Editor
PIO TV Pvt. Ltd. (India & USA)
Chairman PIO Services Pvt. Ltd. (India)
President Mediamantra, Inc. (USA)
Co-Founder Asian News International
Co-Founder First Serve Entertainment, Inc.
First Serve Entertainment India Pvt. Ltd.
First Serve International, LLC
Chief Operating Officer First Serve Group of Companies
President & CFO India Broadcast Live, Inc.
Director Universal Empire Infrastructure Ltd, India
Strategic Consultant Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce & Industry (FICCI) Center for Technology Commercialization
VP & International Coordinator PIO Chamber of Commerce & Industry (PIOCCI)
Managing Committee Member Foreign Correspondents Club of South Asia, Delhi (FCC)
Life Member & Founder Member Global Organization of People of Indian Origin (GOPIO)
Immediate Past - GOPIO International International Coordinator-South Asia; Director of Liaison with Govt. of India
Past – GOPIO International International Coordinator - Africa
Member Executive Council
Chairman, Media Council
India Coordinator National Federation of Indo-American Associations (NFIA); 7,000 associations in USA
Founding Member
South Asian Journalists Association (SAJA), USA
Member FICCI National Committee on Science, Tech & Innovation
Member FICCI Taskforce on Diaspora & Migration
Board Member Society for Policy Studies (a think tank in India)
Member Los Angeles Press Club
Member National Union of Journalists, India
Former Board Member Hill and Dale Early Childhood Education
Centers USA
President India Africa Business Development Forum
President India Rwanda Friendship Association
Bharat Gaurav Samman
U.K. Parliament July 2014

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