Dr. Ankur Bhatia is the Executive Director of Bird Group. A prolific and outstanding leader, he has led the groupÊs strategic thrust to create multiple drivers of growth that made a significant and growing contribution to the company and industry at large. He also shaped and implemented blue ocean strategies that strengthen the overall brand proposition and accelerate a leap in core business value by exploring new growth avenues for building uncontested market leadership.
Articulating a vision for Bird Group and direction to the consortia of companies, Dr. Bhatia is credited with bringing in the Amadeus brand to the Indian sub-continent in 1994, which today is the market leader in providing travel technology for travel agents & airlines. Amadeus celebrates 25 successful years of operations in India in 2019.
Armed with in-depth understanding and thriving on extensive knowledge of the travel market as well as decades of experience in the service Industry, Dr. Bhatia spearheaded the growth for the Group in the hospitality sector under Bird Hospitality Services, to set new standards and world-class hospitality assets through Roseate Hotels & Resorts. Today the Group owns and operates six uber luxury properties in India and the UK, each having an individual brand identity. He is also credited to have launched the countryÊs first natural and perennial indoor ice-skating rink and café – iSKATE, located in Ambience Mall, Gurugram.
During the formative years, Dr. Bhatia steered the company's entry into new growth areas. While still pursuing his degree from King's College, University of London and capitalizing the BPO wave in the travel domain, he piloted Reservation Data Maintenance (India) Pvt. Ltd. (RDM), an IT enabled software development and service support company for managing back-end airline operations and inventory control. RDM was the first Indian BPO, which was established in 1993 and today has an enviable list of airline clients in its portfolio. Marking the Group's IT services and R&D foray with Bird Information Systems (BIS), another of his extremely successful ventures, provides state-of-the-art technology and solutions to various airlines. Also, to his credit is BirdRes, a B2B distribution channel that allows the travel industry players to effectively manage all aspects of their content and payment needs in a flexible and easy to use solution. He has also opened a IT Solutions & Services company in Dubai, Bird Technologies FZ LLC.
A true entrepreneur and a visionary at heart and having identified the need for clean and greener Delhi, with Bird Mobility Dr. Bhatia guided the company into redefining the future of personal transportation. The Group was the first to have brought eco-friendly, zero-emissions and energy-efficient Segway PT amongst other to Indian market. In 2017, Dr. Bhatia established BirdApps, which is an on-demand market place for the travel, hospitality and lifestyle sectors.
Dr. Bhatia has the credibility of being a trusted commentator on IndiaÊs Aviation and Tourism industry. He actively sits on committees of various industry bodies and is a member of CIIÊs National Committee on Aviation, Infrastructure and Luxury Retail. He had served from 2006 - 2007 as the youngest elected Chairman for the Delhi State Council for Confederation of Indian Industries. Dr. Bhatia is also a very active member of World Economic Forum in India.
For his outstanding contribution to the travel, tourism and hospitality industry, he and the various business verticals under his patronage have been felicitated with prestigious awards and accolades over the past many years. Dr. Bhatia was conferred upon with the title of Honorary Consulate General of the Republic of Liberia in India, by Her Excellency the President of the Republic of Liberia. In September 2016, He was awarded with an honorary Doctorate of Excellence recognizing Dr. Bhatia for his success in his established field.
A firm practitioner of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR), he has institutionalized the concept of caring and giving at Bird Group. Dr. Bhatia has been affiliated with the nonprofit charitable organization Sukarya which strives to improve the health and wellbeing of members of marginalized societies by providing free health services. He is also a contributor and sponsor of many charitable events such as the Blind Relief Association, Sri Aurobindo Ashram, Concern India Foundation etc.
Elder of the two sons of a successful and affluent business family, Dr. Bhatia resides in New Delhi with his wife, Smriti, who is an architect, and his two children.