Hadi Khaniki was born in 1951 in Gonabad. From 1969 to 1975, he dismissed his studies at the University of Shiraz and Science and Technology. In the mid-1970’s, he obtained a bachelor of science in social sciences from the University of Beheshti, in the 1990s, a master’s degree, and in the 2000’s he earned his Ph.D. in Communications Science.
He is a faculty member of the Communication Sciences School at Allameh Tabatabaee University and is a lecturer at the University of Tehran. In the seventh and eighth governments, he was the president’s adviser on media and press, and then the president’s adviser on cultural affairs. His other activities include the chair of the Institute for Social and Cultural Studies, being a member of the editorial board of the Kayhan newspaper in the 1990s, the jury of the press, the Central Council of Jihad University and the managing the International Institute for Dialogue on Cultures and Civilizations.