Parag Khanna – Keynote Speaker

Founder and Managing Partner, FutureMap

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Specialist Subjects

  • Global Scenarios for the Post-Pandemic World
  • The Global War for Young Talent
  • Climate adaptation: this century’s highest priority
  • The Future is Asian: Billions of People, Trillions of Dollars
  • Global Financial Services
  • Transportation and Mobility: Automotive and Aviation
  • Government and Public Institutions
  • Technology, Media, and Telecom

Language

  • English

Biography

Dr. Parag Khanna is a visionary strategic futurist and globally bestselling author. He is the founder and managing partner of FutureMap, a boutique advisory firm. A world-renowned authority on globalization, Dr. Khanna was named one of Esquire’s “75 Most Influential People of the 21st Century” and featured on WIRED’s “Smart List”.

Khanna has provided his foresight to over thirty governments, including serving as an advisor to the U.S. National Intelligence Council and on the Singapore government’s Committee on the Future Economy. He has also served on the boards of numerous financial firms and technology companies. Parag’s analyses are regularly featured in influential media around the world, and he was a featured speaker at TED in 2016 and TED Global in 2009.

Khanna’s newest book is MOVE: The Forces Uprooting Us (2021), which was preceded by The Future is Asian: Commerce, Conflict, and Culture in the 21st Century (2019). He is also the author of an authoritative trilogy on the future of world order beginning with The Second World: Empires and Influence in the New Global Order (2008), followed by How to Run the World: Charting a Course to the Next Renaissance (2011), and concluding with Connectography: Mapping the Future of Global Civilization (2016). Khanna also authored two other books, Technocracy in America: Rise of the Info-State (2017) and Hybrid Reality: Thriving in the Emerging Human-Technology Civilization (2011).

Before founding FutureMap, Khanna was a Senior Research Fellow in the Centre on Asia and Globalisation at the National University of Singapore, as well as a senior fellow at New America and the Brookings Institution. In 2007, he deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan as a senior geopolitical advisor to U.S. Special Operations Forces. He also worked at the World Economic Forum in Geneva and the Council on Foreign Relations in New York.

Dr. Khanna holds a Ph.D. from the London School of Economics, and a B.A. and M.A. from the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University. He speaks German, Hindi, French, Spanish, and basic Arabic. He has traveled to more than 150 countries and is a Young Global Leader of the World Economic Forum.

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