Datu Dr Hatta bin Solhi held office as Deputy State Secretary of Sarawak from August 1997 to November 2001. He also served in various senior positions in the Sarawak State Government and Federal Services, as well as directorship in Utama Banking Group Berhad, Sarawak Plantation Berhad, Zecon and Curtin (M) Sdn Bhd. Currently, he is the Chairman of University Malaysia Sarawak (UNIMAS).
Datu Dr Hatta holds a Ph.D in Political Science specialising in Development Studies from the University of Hawaii, USA. He also has a Master of Arts in Rural Social Development from the University of Reading, UK and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science & Sociology from Carleton University, Canada.