Battat has been with the World Bank Group since 1989, currently serving as a senior consultant. He previously served as head of World Bank’s Foreign Investment Advisory Services (now the Investment Climate Advisory Services), advising governments worldwide on improving their country’s investment climate to benefit social and economic development. He chairs the board of trustees of the not-for-profit Institute of Current World Affairs and, until January 2011, was a director on the board of China Nature Flooring Inc.
From 1982-89, Battat served as a member of the faculty of the IU School of Business where he was founding co-dean of the first MBA program in China (1978-86) and helped establish the International Management Center in Budapest (1987-88). From 1968-72, Battat was a marketing systems engineer at IBM Canada. He earned a Master of Science in Electronics Physics from Université de Grenoble (France) in 1968, a Diploma in Political Philosophy from Beijing University (China) in 1978, and a PhD in international business and economics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1984.