Bhatia is the President of ITU-APT Foundation of India. He Bhatia also chairs the PPDR working groups under ITU and APT. Prior to this, he was the President of TEMA – India’s Telecom Equipment Manufacturers Association and Vice President of ATIS -Association of Telecom Industries of Singapore. Mr. Bhatia is also a member of the steering board of WWRF.
Bhatia was the head of international spectrum team of Motorola Solutions Inc. where he worked for over 23 years in India and Singapore. Prior to that, he was a senior regulator with the Indian Government for 22 years as a spectrum regulator and telecom policy specialist, and was actively involved in opening of the Indian telecom to the private sector, including the licensing of first ever GSM metro cellular in India through a beauty contest in 1992 designed by him. He was also a key architect of India’s first ever National Frequency Allocation Plan (NFAP) in 1981 and the first ever published NFAP in 2000.
Bhatia actively participates in various ITU and APT meetings and has attended all World Radio Conferences during the last 20 years. Bhatia has lived in India and Singapore, and frequently travels across the world to speak at various conferences and events. He was the key originator of ITU World Radio Conference Resolution (WRC) 646 on PPDR approved at WRC-2003 and 2015.
Bhatia holds a B. E. degree from University of Delhi in Electronics and Telecommunications and is a fellow member of IETE, the Institution of Electronics, and Telecommunications Engineers. He did his Foundational Course from Lal Bahadur Shastri National Academy of Administration in 1976. Bhatia has completed a number of management courses from various institutes and universities including National University of Singapore and George Washington University.