Vice President, Government Affairs & Public Policy, Google
Karan Bhatia is the head of government affairs and public policy at Google, a role he has held since joining the company in 2018. In this role, he leads the company’s engagement on a broad array of public policy issues and oversees its engagement with government officials and key political stakeholders in the United States and more than 100 other countries.
Prior to joining Google, Karan worked at General Electric for a decade, where he similarly led its government affairs function. Earlier in his career, he served in senior positions in the U.S. federal government, including at the Departments of Commerce and Transportation. His last role was as deputy U.S. trade representative with the rank of ambassador, overseeing U.S. international trade policy with respect to Asia and Africa. Before government service, he was a partner in the Washington, D.C., law firm Wilmer, Cutler & Pickering.
Karan has written and spoken widely on technology and international economic policy, taught at Georgetown University Law Center, and testified on many occasions before Congress. In addition to the Partnership for Public Service, he sits on the boards of the Urban Institute and the U.S. Global Leadership Coalition.
Bhatia holds a B.A. from Princeton, an M.S. from the London School of Economics, and a J.D. from Columbia. He and his wife Sara have two grown sons.