Karan Bhatia serves as Vice President and Senior Counsel, International Law & Policy, for General Electric. In this role, he oversees GE's engagement on public policy issues with governments around the world, and works to expand the company’s presence in global markets.
Before joining GE, Bhatia served as Deputy U.S. Trade Representative, a Presidential appointment with the rank of Ambassador, overseeing U.S. international trade policy with respect to Asia and Africa. Specific achievements include negotiating the landmark U.S.-Korea Free Trade Agreement, concluding the U.S.-Vietnam Bilateral WTO Accession Agreement, founding the U.S.-India Trade Policy Forum, and supervising the U.S.-China Joint Commission on Commerce and Trade. Additionally, Bhatia oversaw USTR’s engagement in the areas of trade capacity building and international environmental and labor policy and served on the boards of the Overseas Private Investment Corporation and the Millennium Challenge Corporation.
Prior to joining the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative, Bhatia was Assistant Secretary for Aviation and International Affairs at the U.S. Department of Transportation from 2003-2005. In this