Maha Hosain Aziz – Keynote Speaker

NYU Professor, World Economic Forum Expert, Bestselling Author, Award-Winning Cartoonist Focused on Global Risk

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Specialist Subjects

  • Post-Covid World Order
  • Global Risk Trends
  • Global Legitimacy Crisis
  • Global Identity Crisis (Xenophobia, Extremism)
  • Future of Democracy and A New Social Contract
  • Future of Geopolitics
  • New Political Influencers: Citizen Protesters and Activist Tech Billionaires


  • English


Dr Maha Hosain Aziz is a professor, author and cartoonist in the MA International Relations Program at New York University’s Graduate School of Arts & Sciences specialising in global risk and prediction, which she also teaches at various e-learning startups; she is a risk expert in the 2021 Global Future Council at the World Economic Forum.

Her five-time award-winning first book, Future World Order (2019/2020), on global risk has been called a “must-read” (Dr Ian Bremmer, Kishore Mahbubani) written by a “global thinker to watch” (Dr Nouriel Roubini) and an “engaged scholar activist” (Dr Parag Khanna). Her second book A Global Spring launches in Sept with 50% of profits going to the WHO’s Solidarity Response Fund; she is also launching the VR/AR comic sequel to her six-time award-winning debut political comic book for tweens, The Global Kid (2016), in partnership with award-winning edtech startup Musemio.

She is a former Businessweek columnist and Huffington Post blogger who also contributes to Medium. And on occasion she still consults on political risk with governments via Wikistrat, the world’s first geopolitical crowdsourced consultancy, and other networks.

Maha Hosain Aziz is a Jordanian-born Pakistani who grew up in the Middle East (Jordan, Saudi Arabia), Southeast Asia (Singapore, Malaysia), Europe (UK, Greece) and the US. She is a social scientist trained at Brown (BA), Columbia (MA) and the LSE (MSc, PhD). She earned a Bachelor’s at Brown University, a Master’s at Columbia University, a Master’s and PhD at the LSE, and a research certification in Leveraging Crowds in the Public Sector at the NYU Polytechnic School of Engineering.

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