As the voice of the U.S. standards and conformity assessment system the American National Standards Institute empowers its members and constituents to strengthen the U.S. marketplace position in the global economy while helping to assure the safety and health of consumers and the protection of the environment.  Standards such as those developed by ANSI accredited developers affect 80  percent of global trade.  Mr. Bhatia will be discussing US Standards Strategy, academia’s role in global value chains, and answering questions from the audience.

Friday | October 10, 2014 | 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM

S. Joe Bhatia began his tenure as president and chief executive officer of the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) on January 1, 2006.

Prior to joining ANSI, Mr. Bhatia held the position of executive vice president and chief operating officer of the international group at Underwriters Laboratories Inc. (UL). During his 30-plus-year tenure with the organization Mr. Bhatia assumed positions of progressive leadership in global business operations. His areas of responsibility included engineering, governmental and congressional liaisons, external affairs, follow-up (certification) services and direction of UL’s $300+ million international operations.

In 2013, Mr. Bhatia was elected to serve as president for the Pan American Standards Commission (COPANT); he previously served as COPANT vice president for four years. He also serves as vice chair of the Industry Trade Advisory Committee on Standards and Technical Trade Barriers (ITAC 16), a joint program of the U.S. Department of Commerce and U.S. Trade Representative. A member of the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) Council and its Standing Committee on Strategies, Mr. Bhatia also holds a seat on the Oakton Community College Education Foundation Board and recently retired as a member of the National Fire Protection Association Board of Directors. In addition to his numerous professional affiliations, Mr. Bhatia is a frequent lecturer in the U.S. and around the world on topics such as international trade, technical developments, commercial market access, and health, safety and environmental concerns.

Mr. Bhatia holds a Bachelor of Science in electrical engineering and a Master of Science in business management. He and his wife, Punita, have two sons; one of whom graduated from the Ross School of Business.  

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