Lt. Gen. AK Bhatt (Retd)

Director General, Indian Space Association (ISpA)

Lt. Gen. A.K. Bhatt (Retd.) is currently the Director General of the Indian Space Association (ISpA), an apex industry body created to be the collective voice of the Indian Space industry.

General Bhatt has held apex leadership and management positions in the Indian Army at the Army Headquarters in the Indian Defence services for over 38 years. Among his many appointments, he has been Principal Staff Officer (PSO) to the Chief of Army Staff twice, while serving in the capacity of Military Secretary, responsible for HR management in the Army and as Director General Military Operations (DGMO) heading the Military Operation in the Army.

General Bhatt has spearheaded several projects and has demonstrated great ability in building collaborative consensus while providing mentorship. General Bhatt has held critical operational appointments of General Office Commanding Division in Assam and Corps Commander in Srinagar. Both the assignments involved intimate interactions with multiple agencies including Central and State Govts, members of civil society and academia. His ability to synergise and implement challenging decisions, taking along all stakeholderss together has been his forte.

He has headed numerous studies aimed at developing implementable solutions to complex challenges and has unparalleled insight when it comes to the functioning of the Ministry of Defence, Department of Military Affairs, State Govt and Civil Administration. General Bhatt has an eye for astute quality, an unerring ability to ensure everyone under his charge complies with laws, rules and regulations. Under his leadership, he has built many top-quality teams of professionals that demonstrate this.

During a career spanning four decades, General Bhatt has been the recipient of several awards from the Government of India. The most recent include the Param Vishisht Seva Medal (2021) and other prestigious recognitions such as Uttam Yudh Seva Medal (2019), Ati Vishist Seva Medal (2015), Sena Medal (2014), Vishist Seva Medal (2012), Chief of Army Staff Commendation Card (2008) for his dedicated service to the nation.

General Bhatt has a Masters in Management Studies from Osmania University and an M. Phil in Defence & Strategic Studies from the prestigious Madras University in Chennai.