Dr Kohli is a professional with vast business experience. He graduated in Electrical Engineering from Queen's University, Canada and MS in Electrical Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA. Dr. Kohli is a fellow of IEEE USA, IET UK, Institution of Engineers India, Computer Society of India and many others. He was conferred Honorary Doctorate in Engineering by the University of Waterloo, Canada; Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen UK; and in India by Indian Institute of Technology, Mumbai & Kanpur, University of Roorkee, Uttar Pradesh and Jadavpur University, Kolkata.
Dr. Kohli is credited as 'Father of Information Technology' revolution in India. He was conferred the title of "Padma Bhushan" in 2002 for contribution to the software industry, by the Government of India. He has also been honoured with numerous awards and recognitions which includes, Dadabhai Naoroji Memorial Award, ET Lifetime Achievement Award, NASSCOM and CNBC-TV18 first "IT User Awards 2008" under the category "Lifetime Achievement Award".
Dr Kohli is associated with Tata Group and was on the Boards of various Tata's companies. He had also served as the Deputy Chairman of Tata Consultancy Services (TCS). Some of the other companies where he serves as a board member include WTI Advanced Technology Ltd., Dolphin Offshore Enterprises (India) Ltd. and Media Lab Asia.