Our Trustees & Leaders

Ms. Kiran Nadar

Kiran Nadar is the Chairperson of the Kiran Nadar Museum of Art and a Trustee of the Shiv Nadar Foundation. She is a patron of modern and contemporary Indian art and gave India its first philanthropic private art museum in 2010 – the Kiran Nadar Museum of Art (KNMA). Her continuously expanding, diverse art collection today comprises over 7000 artworks representative of all major phases of modern and contemporary Indian art, showcased at the two KNMA spaces with a combined display area of ~ 50,000 sq. ft. Kiran has not only established KNMA as an exhibition platform for new art forms, ensuring art’s accessibility to people but under her guidance KNMA also drives dynamic outreach programs to nurture a museum-going culture among Indian youth.

Kiran is also passionate about Bridge and is an acclaimed international-level Bridge player. She is one of the top Indian players of competitive Bridge and represented India at the 2018 Jakarta Palembang Asian Games, winning Bronze in the mixed team category. She has also won several laurels as a member of the “Formidables” team, leading it to victory at the Commonwealth Nations Bridge Championships 2018, bringing gold to India after 12 years. She is the driving force behind the HCL International Bridge.

Championship, which has been in existence for 18 years now. Kiran is married to Shiv Nadar, Founder & Chairman, HCL & the Shiv Nadar Foundation, and shares her husband’s deep commitment towards philanthropy. She has been instrumental in helping set up the Shiv Nadar Foundation which has been working towards creating institutions of transformational education, nurturing India’s next generation of leaders for 26 years now.

Kiran is a member of the Rasaja Foundation which has been involved in a joint initiative with the Rajiv Gandhi Foundation to promote the education of the Dalit and Muslim girl child in some of the most backward districts in the state of Uttar Pradesh in India.

Kiran has been consistently recognized for her contributions to Art and Philanthropy. She was awarded ‘Collector of the Year 2018’ by India Today Art Awards and was one of the awardees for India Today Art Awards ‘Public Art of the Year’ for the India Pavilion at the Venice Biennale 2019. Kiran was voted one of the 100 most influential people in the contemporary art world on the most established ranking in contemporary art, compiled by the UK-based ArtReview.

Museum of Art Trustee
Shiv Nadar Foundation