Kanishk Bhatia

Kanishk Bhatia

Head of Infrastructure, ARA Asset Management

Mr Kanishk Bhatia is the Head of Infrastructure at ARA, part of ESR Group. He has overall responsibility for the infrastructure funds platform including overseeing investments, new product development, key stakeholder and team management.  

Mr Bhatia has almost 20 years of global infrastructure funds and private equity experience. He has led or co-led infrastructure transactions valued over US$5 billion across energy, utilities and transport sectors globally. Mr Bhatia joined ARA in 2019 to establish ARA’s infrastructure funds management business unit. At ARA, Mr Bhatia led the establishment of a US$1 billion ASEAN infrastructure fund (CAF II) with The Export-Import Bank of China, Gezhouba, and China Road & Bridge Corporation as anchor investors. Previously, Mr Bhatia was instrumental in the creation of an Asia-Pacific focused captive rooftop solar and energy efficiency platform in partnership with a global energy company to leverage ARA Group’s existing real estate space.

Prior to joining ARA, Mr Bhatia was with Hastings Funds Management, a leading global infrastructure investment manager, for over 11 years. At Hastings, Mr Bhatia held various senior roles including Investment Director, Head of Asia Investments and Head of India and worked in London, Mumbai, Singapore, and Sydney. In these roles, he developed extensive infrastructure investment and asset management experience across different markets and sub-sectors.

Mr Bhatia holds a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from Grinnell College, USA. He also completed the Investment Management Program at London Business School.