As Executive Director of the Bird Group of Companies, Ankur Bhatia provides strategic vision and direction to the consortia of the Bird Group of Companies. He manages the diversification charter at the Bird Group with focus on devising 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.
Dr. Ankur Bhatia has been appointed the Honorary Consul General of the Republic of Liberia in New Delhi by Her Excellency the President of the Republic of Liberia. In this role, Ankur serves as the official representative of the Republic of Liberia in India.
Ankur Bhatia is credited with bringing in the Amadeus Brand for the group which is today the market leader in providing travel technology for travel agents & airlines in the Indian sub-continent. He also steered the company's entry into new areas, including:
Pioneering the BPO wave in the travel domain: Whilst still pursuing his degree in Software Engineering from King's College, University of London, 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. Today this successful organization has a more than 800 strong work force with an enviable list of airline clients in its portfolio.
Setting up a new brand of Luxury hotels and resorts in India and UK: He pioneered the group’s foray into hospitality space with the launch of their brand Roseate Hotels & Resorts under Bird Hospitality. The company currently has 5 properties under the brand - 2 in India and 3 in UK. Three more properties are under development in India.
He is also credited to have opened the country’s first ice skating rink in Gurgaon, India.
Marking the group's IT Services and R&D foray with Bird Information Systems (BIS), another of his extremely successful ventures, providing state-of-the-art technology and backend solutions to various airlines.
Growing Amadeus India into a leading GDS in the subcontinent with a market share of over 55 percent. The company today has a 700 plus strong team of professionals across 45 Branch Offices catering to the needs of travel organizations in 200 plus cities spread across the length and width of India, Sri Lanka, Nepal and Bangladesh.
After completing his basic education from Modern School, Vasant Vihar, New Delhi, Ankur proceeded to King's College, University of London for a degree in Software Engineering. Elder of the two sons of a successful and affluent business family, Ankur Bhatia resides in New Delhi representing the entrepreneurial spirit of the Indian Youth.