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Parag Khanna

Global strategy advisor; bestselling author; Founder and Managing Partner, FutureMap

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Parag Khanna is a leading global strategy advisor, world traveler and founder and managing partner of FutureMap, a data and scenario based advisory firm. Dr. Khanna is a regular commentator for international media such as CNN, BBC, CNBC, and Al Jazeera. Named one of Esquire's "75 Most Influential People of the 21st Century," Dr. Khanna was featured in WIRED magazine's "Smart List."

Dr. Khanna's trilogy on the future of the world order began with the bestsellers The Second World: Empires and Influence in the New Global Order and How to Run the World: Charting a Course to the Next Renaissance, and concluded with Connectography: Mapping the Future of Global Civilization. His books have been translated into more than twenty languages.

His newest book, The Future is Asian: Commerce, Conflict & Culture in the 21st Century, was released in February of 2019. Dr. Khanna is also the author of Technocracy in America: Rise of the Info-State and a co-author of Hybrid Reality: Thriving in the Emerging Human-Technology Civilization.

Dr. Khanna has provided expertise to over 30 governments and has been an advisor to the U.S. National Intelligence Council and the Singapore government's Committee on the Future Economy. He is currently a senior advisor to Globality and serves on the advisory boards of GeoQuant, Graticule Asset Management Asia (GAMA) and East India Capital Management (EICM). 

Dr. Khanna was a Senior Research Fellow in the Centre on Asia and Globalisation at the National University of Singapore and at the New America Foundation. Prior to his work as a senior geopolitical advisor to U.S. Special Operations Forces in Iraq and Afghanistan, Dr. Khanna was the Global Governance Fellow at the Brookings Institution.

He has worked at the World Economic Forum in Geneva and was a Research Associate at the Council on Foreign Relations in New York. Dr. Khanna has presented at TED in 2016, TED Global in 2009, and was a guest host of TED Global 2012, with his talks garnering over two million views online. Dr. Khanna holds a PhD in international relations from the London School of Economics, a Bachelor of Science degree in International Affairs, and a Master of Arts in Security Studies from the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University. He speaks German, Hindi, French, Spanish and basic Arabic.