Arun Katiyar

Arun Katiyar is a media expert with over two and a half decades of professional experience. He has worked as journalist and editor with the India Today Group.

Arun was the founder and Chief Operating Officer of the India Today Group’s [1] online venture and was instrumental in setting up their online global syndication business. He later moved on to become the station director for the country's first 24 hour private FM radio station, Radio City (Indian radio station) [2] and then became Vice President, Operations, of Microland's technical support business. In 2005 he led a start up as CEO called SEraja[3] funded by entrepreneur Rajesh Jain that addressed the media-centric management of events using the Internet and mobile phones. Esther Dyson's Quarterly Report on digital technology, Release 1.0, described SEraja as "perhaps the most ambitious events project"[4] they had come across. SEraja was the brain child of Ramesh Jain, Donald Bren Professor in Information and Computer Sciences at the University of California, Irvine and the founder of IEEE MultiMedia. SEraja failed to create the ambitious EventWeb it had set out to build. In 2007, the project had to be shut down.

Arun has produced a rock album for CBS and has authored a book for Harper Collins Publishers—Bombay A Contemporary Account of Mumbai.

Arun attended St. Xavier's College, Mumbai from 1977 to 1981. He was listed under "Alumni of Distinction from St Xavier's College, Bombay" [5] in 2006.

Amongst the personal interests that Arun has pursued is cycling. He was part of the team that created the non-competitive 900-km bicycling event called the Tour of Nilgiris in 2008.[6]

He continues to write for a variety of publications and has been invited by UN Habitat to present his thinking in the area of urbanization and the environment. [7]


  1. ^ "Success in one business does not automatically lead to success on the Net". Agencyfaqs. 2001-01-11. Retrieved 2010-10-27. 
  2. ^ "Former Radio City Arun Katiyar joins Microland". Exchange4Media. 2004-04-14. Retrieved 2010-05-22. 
  3. ^ "Seraja plans mobile alerts on city events". The Hindu Business Line. 2006-05-19. Retrieved 2010-05-24. 
  4. ^ "Esther Dyson's Quarterly Report Release 1.0, Volume 24, No 2, December 2005". Esther Dyson. 2005-12-01. Retrieved 2010-05-24. 
  5. ^ "Xavier's Alumni/ae of Distinction". Xavier's Development Project Consultants Emily Andrade and Andrea Quadros. 2006-04-03. Retrieved 2010-05-24. 
  6. ^ "Pedalling up the value chain". Business Standard. 2009-04-03. Retrieved 2010-05-24. 
  7. ^ "The 5th Asian City Journalist Conference, Urbanization Problems in Asia ~ Improving Living Environment and Natural Environment, organized by the UN-HABITAT Fukuoka Office and the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism , Government of Japan.". KCAP, UN-Habitat. 2011-01-13. Retrieved 2011-03-21. 

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