Vice President, Global Government Affairs and Public Policy, Google

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

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.

Bhatia has written and spoken widely on international economic policy, taught at Georgetown
University Law Center, and testified on many occasions before Congress. He is a member of the
World Economic Forum’s Global Future Council on International Trade & Investment, and sits
on the boards of a number of nonprofit and trade associations focused on international economic

Bhatia holds a bachelor’s degree from Princeton, a master’s from the London School of
Economics, and a law degree from Columbia. He and his wife Sara have two sons.