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Ayesha Khanna

Ayesha Khanna

Smart Cities and Education Strategy Expert

Cities & Environment, Economics & Finance, Future & Technology

  • Topics: Future, Technology, Emerging Markets, Energy, Smart Cities, Fintech, Blockchain
  • Location: Singapore
  • Languages: English


  • Future Trends
  • Education
  • Smart Cities
  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Fintech

Ayesha Khanna is an innovation expert advising governments and companies on emerging technologies, industry, smart cities, and future skills. She is Director of Technology Quotient, an advisory firm specialising in building innovation ecosystems for new industries using robotics, artificial intelligence, virtual reality and fintech.

Khanna was Co-founder of Keys Global, a pioneering education centre whose unique model of "externships" with leading companies provides students the opportunity to apply their skills to critical 21st century industries. In 2014, she served on the Singapore Ministry of Education’s ASPIRE Steering Committee that developed a blueprint for transforming the national higher education system towards innovative industries. She is also the Founder of 21C GIRLS, a non-profit that provides free coding classes for girls in Singapore.

Previously she co-founded the Hybrid Reality Institute, a research and advisory group established to analyse emerging technologies and their social, economic and political implications. She directed the Future Cities Group at the London School of Economics and has been a Faculty Advisor at Singularity University. She has been published and quoted on technology, innovation and smart cities in The New York Times, BusinessWeek, TIME, Newsweek, Forbes, Harvard Business Review, Strategy+Business, and Foreign Policy.

Khanna also gives executive workshops in fintech trends, and the impact of technologies such as artificial intelligence and blockchains. She is the author of Straight Through Processing and co-author of Hybrid Reality: Thriving in the Emerging Human-Technology Civilization.


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