Parag Khanna

Parag Khanna Keynote Speaker

  • Leading keynote speaker and best-selling author on global strategy
  • Founder & CEO of Climate Alpha, and Founder & Managing Partner of FutureMap
  • 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 global strategy advisor, world traveler, and best-selling author. He is Founder & CEO of Climate Alpha, an AI-powered analytics platform that forecasts asset values to future-proof global real estate, and Founder & Managing Partner of FutureMap, a data and scenario based strategic advisory firm. Parag’s latest book is MOVE: Where People Are Going for a Better Future (2021), which was preceded by The Future is Asian: Commerce, Conflict & Culture in the 21st Century (2019). He is author of a trilogy of books 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). He is also author of Technocracy in America: Rise of the Info-State (2017) and co-author of Hybrid Reality: Thriving in the Emerging Human-Technology Civilization (2012). His books have been translated into more than twenty languages. Parag was named one of Esquire’s “75 Most Influential People of the 21st Century,” and featured in WIRED magazine’s “Smart List.”

Parag has been an adviser to the US National Intelligence Council’s Global Trends program. From 2013-2018 he was a Senior Research Fellow in the Centre on Asia and Globalisation at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy at the National University of Singapore. From 2006-2015, he was a Senior Research Fellow at the New America Foundation. During 2007, he served in Iraq and Afghanistan as a senior geopolitical adviser to United States Special Operations Forces. From 2002-5, he was the Global Governance Fellow at the Brookings Institution; from 2000-2002, he worked at the World Economic Forum in Geneva; and from 1999-2000, he was a Research Associate at the Council on Foreign Relations in New York.

A widely cited global intellectual, Dr. Khanna provides regular commentaries for international media. His 2008 cover essay for the New York Times Magazine titled “Waving Goodbye to Hegemony,” is one of the most globally debated and influential essays since the end of the Cold War. Khanna’s essays, reportage, and columns have appeared in major international publications such as the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Financial Times, Washington Post, Harvard Business Review, National Geographic, TIME, Foreign Affairs, Scientific American, Popular Science, Axios, Forbes, The Atlantic, Quartz, Foreign Policy, Noema, Harper’s, BusinessWeek, The Guardian, The National Interest, McKinsey Quarterly, The American Interest, Global Policy, Stratfor, Esquire,, and Die Zeit.

Dr. Khanna also appears frequently in media around the world such as CNN, BBC, CNBC, Bloomberg, Al Jazeera and other broadcasters. In 2010, he became the first video-blogger for and from 2010-12, co-authored the Hybrid Reality blog on BigThink. From 2008-9, Parag was the host of “InnerView” on MTV. He was a consultant to the National Geographic series Origins. 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. The maps customized for Dr. Khanna’s books have been displayed in numerous prestigious international art exhibitions.

Parag lectures frequently at international conferences and gives tailored briefings to government leaders and corporate executives on global trends and scenarios, systemic risks and technological disruptions, and market entry strategies and economic master planning. He has provided expertise to many governments including the US, Canada, Brazil, Argentina, UK, Germany, Switzerland, the Netherlands, Norway, Finland, Italy, Estonia, Russia, Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, Oman, Qatar, Japan, India, Australia, South Korea, Pakistan, Indonesia, the Philippines, Mongolia, Bhutan, Chile, Malta, and numerous others. In 2016, he served on the Singapore government’s Committee on the Future Economy and currently sits on the UAE Ministry of Economy’s International Advisory Council. He also currently serves as a senior advisor to Gulf Capital, sits on the board of directors of the Out of Eden Walk, and as a member of the advisory boards of GeoQuant, Graticule Asset Management Asia (GAMA), Datarama, and Henley & Partners, and previously on the Innovation Advisory Board of DBS Bank and Globality.

Dr. Khanna holds a PhD in international relations from the London School of Economics, and Bachelors and Masters 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.

Born in India, Parag grew up in the United Arab Emirates, New York, and Germany. He is an accomplished adventurer who has traveled to more than 150 countries on all continents. Some of his lengthy journeys include driving from the Baltic Sea through the Balkans and across Turkey and the Caucasus to the Caspian Sea, across the rugged terrain of Tibet and Xinjiang provinces in western China, and ten thousand kilometers from London to Ulaanbaatar in the Mongolia Charity Rally. He has climbed numerous 20,000-foot plus peaks, and trekked in the Alps, Himalayas, and Tien Shan mountain ranges. Parag is also a competitive tennis player.

Parag has been honored 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.

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Parag Khanna's Speaking Topics

Global Scenarios for the Post-Pandemic World

The global economy is rapidly becoming more regional, continents are becoming self-sufficient through trade agreements and industrial supply chain policies. Drawing on his extensive research into the geopolitical, geo-economic and geo-technological shape of the future, Parag provides cutting-edge insights with specific recommendations on how and where to invest in a volatile world.

The Global War for Young Talent

Most of the world's people are still young - as countries compete to attract taxpayers, workers, and entrepreneurs of the future, Parag argues companies must do the same.  He demonstrates how to attract young employees, drawing on the insightful research in his latest book MOVE, and provides practical tips for talent acquisition and retention strategies.

Climate Adaptation: This Century’s Highest Priority

As deadly disasters intensify, nations and companies must bring their attention to climate adaptation. Using FutureMap's Climate Alpha software, Parag guides audiences in creating a tailored strategy for climate resilience.

The Future is Asian: Billions of People, Trillions of Dollars

Asia is the world's growth engine, representing over 50% of global GDP. Parag explores what he called the "fourth wave" regions in South and Southeast Asia currently writing the next chapter of Asia's economic story, as leading destinations for Western corporate expansion of production and R&D centers. There is no better guide to the geography that drives the world economy.

Move: The New War for Talent


Managing Risks in a Complex World

The Future of Globalization: Strategic Trends, Economic Competition & Technological Innovation

Winning the Global War for Talent

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
Why Mobility is Destiny
Why Mobility is Destiny
Move: Mapping Humanity | Talks at Google
Move: Mapping Humanity | Talks at Google
The Global War for Youth
The Global War for Youth

Articles, Media & Podcasts

Books by Parag Khanna

Move Parag Khanna
MOVE: The Forces That Are Uprooting Us and Will Shape Humanity’s Destiny (Published October 2021)
Parag Khanna
The Future is Asian: Commerce, Conflict & Culture in the 21st Century
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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