Karan Bhatia

Karan Bhatia is the head of global policy and government relations at Google, where he advises Google’s leadership on policy issues and leads Google’s work with policy makers, government officials, and key political stakeholders in the United States and around the world. Before joining Google in 2018, Bhatia served as President of GE’s Government Affairs & Policy function, where he oversaw a team of more than 100 government affairs professionals in 35 countries. Bhatia also served in senior positions in the US Government, including at the Departments of Commerce and Transportation, shaping US international economic policy. His last role was as Deputy U.S. Trade Representative, overseeing U.S. international trade policy with respect to Asia and Africa. Prior to his government service, he was a partner in the Washington, D.C. law firm Wilmer, Cutler & Pickering, where he was a member of the firm’s international and corporate groups.


11.00 - 12.00
AD Fund Hall
This fast pace of change presents unprecedented challenges and opportunities for policymakers around the world. Different countries have adopted varying approaches in this area, but there have been some emerging best practices. This panel will discuss alternative examples including the focus on partnerships between private and public sector, cross country cooperation, as well as agile policy approaches that can effectively respond to the fast-moving and multi-stranded nature of the challenges today facing policymakers.