Parag Khanna

Parag Khanna Keynote Speaker

  • Leading keynote speaker and best-selling author on global strategy
  • Founder & Managing Partner of FutureMap, a data and scenario based strategic advisory firm
  • Named one of Esquire’s ’75 Most Influential People of the 21st Century’ and featured in WIRED magazine’s ’Smart List’.

Parag Khanna's Biography

Parag Khanna is a leading keynote speaker on global strategy.  Parag is the Founder & Managing Partner of FutureMap, a data and scenario based strategic advisory firm. He was named one of Esquire’s ‘75 Most Influential People of the 21st Century,’ and featured in WIRED magazine’s ‘Smart List’.

Parag’s books have been translated into over 20 languages. His latest book is ‘The Future is Asian: Commerce, Conflict & Culture in the 21st Century’ (2019). He authored ‘Technocracy in America: Rise of the Info-State’ (2017), and co-authored ‘Hybrid Reality: Thriving in the Emerging Human-Technology Civilization’ (2012). In addition, he wrote a trilogy of books on the future of world order: ‘The Second World: Empires and Influence in the New Global Order’ (2008); ‘How to Run the World: Charting a Course to the Next Renaissance’ (2011); and ‘Connectography: Mapping the Future of Global Civilization’ (2016).

He has been adviser to US National Intelligence Council’s Global Trends 2030. Previously, he worked as Senior Research Fellow at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, National University of Singapore and at the New American Foundation. He served in Iraq and Afghanistan as Senior Geopolitical Adviser to US Special Operations Forces. He has also worked for Brookings Institution, the World Economic Forum in Geneva and the Council of Foreign Relations in New York.

Dr Khanna has provided his expertise in global strategy to over 30 governments worldwide. He serves on the UAE Ministry of Economy’s International Advisory Council, and is on the board of the Out of Eden Walk, GeoQuant, Graticule Asset Management Asia (GAMA), Datarama and Henley & Partners. He previously served on the Singapore government’s Committee on the Future Economy and the Innovation Advisory Board of DBS Bank and Globality.

Parag’s insights have featured in international media. He is a regular CNN Global Contributor and has contributed to the Wall Street Journal, Financial Times, Washington Post, Harvard Business Review, TIME and The Atlantic, amongst others. His 2008 cover story for the New York Times Magazine ‘Waving Goodbye to Hegemony’ is one of the most globally debated and influential essays since the end of the Cold War. He regularly appears in broadcast media including CNN, BBC, CNBC. Dr. Khanna spoke at TED in 2016, TED Global 2009, was a guest host of TED Global 2012, and lead speaker at TEDxGateway in 2018. His TED talks have been viewed more than three million times.

Dr. Khanna holds a PhD in international relations from the London School of Economics, and Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University. In 2017, he was awarded a Richard von Weizsaecker fellowship of the Robert Bosch Academy. He has been a Senior Fellow of the Singapore Institute of International Affairs, Visiting Fellow at LSE IDEAS, Senior Fellow at the European Council on Foreign Relations, Distinguished Visitor at the Munk School of Global Affairs at the University of Toronto, Distinguished Visitor at the American Academy in Berlin, Next Generation Fellow of the American Assembly, Visiting Fellow at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, Non-Resident Associate of the Institute for the Study of Diplomacy at Georgetown University, and a Visiting Fellow at the Observer Research Foundation in New Delhi. He has received grants from the United Nations Foundation, Smith Richardson Foundation, and Ford Foundation.

He has been honoured as a Young Global Leader of the World Economic Forum and has served on the WEF’s Global Future Council on Mobility, Global Agenda Council on Geoeconomics, and advisory board of its Future of Urban Development Initiative. He also serves on the board of trustees of the New Cities Foundation, Council of the American Geographical Society, advisory board of Independent Diplomat. He is a former term member of the Council on Foreign Relations, International Institute for Strategic Studies, and a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society. In 2002, he was awarded the OECD Future Leaders Prize. He speaks German, Hindi, French, Spanish and basic Arabic.

Speaking topics:

  • Connectography
  • Managing Risks in a Complex World
  • The Future of Globalization: Strategic Trends, Economic Competition & Technological Innovation
  • Winning the Global War for Talent
  • Billions of People, Trillions of Dollars: How Asia Will Shape the World in the Coming Decade
  • Mega-Trends: Technology, Cities & Map of the Future
  • How to be Global: From Multinational to Metanational
  • Asia’s Next Decade: China & Beyond
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Videos of Parag Khanna

How megacities are changing the map of the world | Parag Khanna
How megacities are changing the map of the world | Parag Khanna
CNN Interview with Parag Khanna | America under Biden: Engaging with the world again
CNN Interview with Parag Khanna | America under Biden: Engaging with the world again
Parag Khanna maps the future of countries
Parag Khanna maps the future of countries
Why Asia is the center of the world again | Parag Khanna
Why Asia is the center of the world again | Parag Khanna
The Future is Asian | Parag Khanna
The Future is Asian | Parag Khanna

Blogs & Articles

Books by Parag Khanna

Parag Khanna
The Future is Asian: Commerce, Conflict & Culture in the 21st Century
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Technocracy in America: And the Rise of the Info-State
Parag Khanna
Connectography: Mapping the Future of Global Civilization
Parag Khanna
Hybrid Reality: Thriving in the Emerging Human-Technology Civilization
How to Run the World: Charting a Course to the Next Renaissance
The Second World: Empires and Influence in the New Global Order

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