The Silicon Valley Central Chamber of Commerce (SVC Chamber) Board of Directors recently announced Harbir Kaur Bhatia as the chamber’s new CEO and president.
Bhatia brings a rare combination of extensive technology, business, media production, social entrepreneurship, public sector and community leadership and chamber of commerce experience to her new position. Bhatia’s education includes a Bachelor’s of Electrical Engineering and a Master’s in Engineering Management from Santa Clara University.
“I am honored to serve with the SVC Chamber board and Silicon Valley community,” said Bhatia. “My goal is to ensure that the SVC Chamber continues to create value and is responsive to the changing needs of the times. Today’s economy demands leaders who are innovative with a diverse background, collaborative, inclusive and have a service mindset. With our amazing chamber board, staff and partners, I believe we can work together to shape the future of Silicon Valley as a thriving community for all.”
Bhatia served in the community for decades in various positions including on the board of directors for the Santa Clara/ Silicon Valley Central Chamber of Commerce. She headed the task force to identify the new direction of the Chamber. Bhatia was recently elected to the Sister Cities International (SCI) board of directors soon after her appointment as the Sister City International country representative for Ukraine.
In addition, she has served on the NorCal SCI board. Bhatia has also served as the vice-chair and commissioner of the Santa Clara Cultural Commission, president and board member of the Santa Clara Library Foundation, and board member of the Santa Clara Rotary Club. Bhatia is an active Rotarian and gives talks around the world to inspire civic engagement. As an advisor to San Jose and Silicon Valley Gurdwaras, Bhatia works on diversity and inclusion initiatives.
“It gives me great pleasure to introduce our new CEO, who has been a truly exceptional find,” said Elnaz Masoom, Chairwoman of the SVC Chamber Board. “Our search was arduous, but we have found an individual who possesses not only an impeccable track record but also a deep-rooted understanding of our city’s needs and aspirations.”
Bhatia has been recognized for her contributions to the business (SVC Chamber’s Distinguished Leadership Award), humanitarian (Rotary’s Carle G Orne World Peace and Understanding Award), Silicon Valley (Santa Clara County Supervisors Otto Lee and Susan Ellenberg Community Hero medals), State (CA Assembly District 25 Women’s Month Honoree) and international (only American to receive the civilian medal of honor, ‘Hero of Kharkiv City, Kharkiv, Ukraine’) arenas among other awards and recognitions.
“Her leadership skills, coupled with her unwavering dedication, will undoubtedly steer us toward new heights,” said Masoom.