You are here

Global INET Panelist - Virat Bhatia

Speaker Position:
Chairman, FICCI Communications & Digital Economy Committee & President, IEA, South Asia, AT&T

Events associated with: Global INET 2012 - Panelists

As President for AT&T across South Asia, IEA, Mr. Bhatia is responsible for supporting all of AT&T’s businesses, corporate development, investments and business strategies. He bears direct responsibility for AT&T’s strategic, advocacy and external affairs work.

 

Before his elevation to this regional assignment, he helped set up and served as Chairman of AT&T’s flagship joint venture in India till 2008. This business is already India's largest enterprise services provider – serving more than 500 MNCs, many of them Fortune 500 companies and major Indian IT and ITeS / banking and corporations with global operations. With AT&T since 1994, he was involved with operations on one hand and telecom reforms / policy development at the early age of 26.

 

He served with the teams that built India’s first mobile networks across Gujarat and Maharashtra in the mid 1990s and contributed to the policy arena during the establishment of TRAI and later NTP 99. While he has held several key positions with industry associations including as the Vice Chairman of American Chambers of Commerce till recently, his work as Chairman of FICCI’s Communications and Digital Economy Committee includes representing the interest of a wide cross section of the ICT sector in its multiple forms to the Government. Currently with over 100 members the FICCI Committee is working with the Government to help formulate the National Telecom Policy and National Policy on IT, expected to be announced in 2012. He is also currently the Chairman of CII’s Delhi State Council for 2012-13. His main area of interest remains public policy, regulatory and legislative reforms.

 

With a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics and a Master’s Degree in Business Administration, Mr. Bhatia is an alumnus of the J.F. Kennedy School at the Harvard University in USA. He has also received advanced education at The Wharton Business School, University of Pennsylvania, and the Kellogg Graduate School of Management, Northwestern University, Chicago.