Bhatia - Virat
As Chairman of the FICCI Communications and Digital Economy Committee, Mr. Bhatia currently leads the efforts of nearly 150 members representing mobile operators, domestic and long distance service providers, ISPs, infrastructure, device and handset manufacturers, as well as consultants, legal community and other related stakeholders in India’s ICT space. FICCI is India’s largest apex business organisation and is regarded as the voice of India’s business and industry, with international linkages with over 200 industry chambers globally. The committee that Mr. Bhatia leads routinely engages regularly with political leadership, senior policy makers, parliamentarians, and other multistakeholder groups to advance the policy dialogue in the ICT sector. His main area of interest is public policy, economic, regulatory and legislative reforms across the ICT sector.
Mr. Bhatia also serves as President, EA across South Asia, for AT&T. He has responsibility for supporting all of AT&T’s businesses, corporate development activities, new investments and future business strategies. Through his team he bears direct responsibility for AT&T’s strategic, advocacy and external affairs work.
With AT&T since the mid ’90s, he has been involved in policy evolution and legislative reforms leading to India’s first telecom regulator – TRAI. He served on the team that built India’s first mobile networks in the ’90s, which together now serve more than 800 million citizens.
Before being elevated to this regional assignment, he set up and served as the chairman of AT&T’s flagship enterprise services joint venture in India. This business currently serves several of the Fortune 500 companies and major IT, ITES and banking corporations out of India. He has previously served as the vice-chairman of the American Chambers of Commerce, and Chairman of CII’s Delhi State Council. He is a frequent speaker at national and global ICT events.
An alumnus of J F Kennedy School, Harvard University, USA, he holds a Bachelor’s degree in Economics and a Masters degree in Business Administration, along with other advanced executive education programs in The Wharton Business School, Pennsylvania, and Kellogg Graduate School of Management, Chicago.