Parag Khanna – Keynote Speaker

Leading Geo-strategic Expert and Best-selling Author

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Specialist Subjects

  • The Future is Asian: Billions of People, Trillions of Dollars
  • The Geopolitics of Climate Change
  • Managing Risks in a Complex World
  • The Future of Globalisation: Strategic Trends, Economic Competition & Technological Innovation


  • Spanish


Parag Khanna is a leading global strategy advisor, world traveller, and best-selling author. He is Founder & Managing Partner of FutureMap, a data and scenario based strategic advisory firm. He is the author of four books on the future of world order including The Second World (2008), How to Run the World (2011), Connectography (2016), and the latest The Future is Asian (2019). His books have been translated into more than twenty languages. In 2008, Dr Khanna was named one of Esquire’s “75 Most Influential People of the 21st Century,” and featured in WIRED magazine’s “Smart List.”

Dr. Parag Khanna has been an adviser to the US National Intelligence Council’s Global Trends 2030 program. From 2013-18 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. Prior to this he served in Iraq and Afghanistan as a senior geopolitical adviser to United States Special Operations Forces (2007). From 2002-5, he was the Global Governance Fellow at the Brookings Institution and from 2000-02 he worked at the World Economic Forum in Geneva.

A widely cited global intellectual, Dr. Parag Khanna provides regular commentaries for international publications with articles that have have appeared in major international publications such as the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Financial Times, Washington Post and Harvard Business Review. His 2008 cover story 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. He is a contributing editor to WorldPost and serves on the editorial board of Global Policy and as a consultant to the National Geographic series Origins.

He also appears frequently in media around the world such as CNN, BBC, CNBC, Al Jazeera and other broadcasters. Dr Khanna has spoken at the main TED conference in 2016, TED Global in 2009, and was a guest host of TED Global in 2012. His TED talks have been viewed nearly three million times.

Dr. Khanna 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. He has provided expertise to many governments including the US, Canada, Brazil, Argentina, UK, Germany, Switzerland, the Netherlands, and numerous others. He served on the Singapore government’s Committee on the Future Economy.

Dr. Parag 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. Dr Khanna has been honored as a Young Global Leader of the World Economic Forum.

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