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NRI Karan Bhatia appointed Deputy US Trade Representative


Washington, September 14, 2005
Ashok Malhotrta
NRI press

NRI (non-resident Indian) Karan Bhatia of Maryland appointed Deputy US Trade Representative by US President George W Bush. This position will be the rank of Ambassador.

Now he is working as Assistant Secretary of Transportation for Aviation and International Affairs. On Sep. 2003, this position was was nominated by President George W. Bush and confirmed by the Senate shortly thereafter. In this position, he serves as a key policy advisor to Transportation Secretary Norman Y. Mineta on a wide range of domestic and international aviation matters. As Assistant Secretary, Bhatia supervises the Office of Aviation and International Affairs, with responsibility for licensing of U.S. and foreign airlines, formulating U.S. international aviation policy, and the administration of the Department’s economic policies and programs designed to promote access to, competition in, and the health of the U.S. aviation system. Bhatia is also responsible for coordination of Departmental policies and programs in all modes of international transportation and trade.

Prior to his appointment, Bhatia had served the U.S. Department of Commerce as Deputy Under Secretary for Industry and Security since June 2002. In this position, he was involved in all aspects of management and policymaking at the Bureau of Industry and Security, which handles issues at the intersection of industry and national security. He had previously served Commerce as Chief Counsel for Export Administration since July 2001.

Before joining the government, Bhatia was a partner in the Washington law firm of Wilmer, Cutler & Pickering, where he was a member of the firm’s international and corporate groups and the administrative partner for its international aviation, defense and aerospace area.

Bhatia received a bachelor’s degree from Princeton University, a master’s from the London School of Economics and a law degree from Columbia University. Following his graduation from law school, Bhatia clerked for U.S. District Court Judge Milton Pollack in the southern district of New York. He has been an adjunct professor at Georgetown University Law Center, and is a term member of the Council on Foreign Relations. He is married and has two children.




Karan Bhatia
Deputy US Trade Representative Nov/2005