Parag Khanna

CNN Global Contributor and Managing Partner, Hybrid Reality Pte Ltd

Parag Khanna is a leading global strategist, world traveller, and best-selling author. He is a Senior Research Fellow at the Centre on Asia and Globalisation at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy at the National University of Singapore. He is also the Managing Partner of Hybrid Reality, a boutique geostrategic advisory firm, and Co-Founder & CEO of Factotum, a leading content branding agency.

Parag has been an adviser to the U.S. National Intelligence Council’s Global Trends 2030 program and served in the foreign policy advisory group to the Barack Obama for President campaign. 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 advisor to the 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.

Parag's latest book is Technocracy in America was released in January 2017. His previous books include; Connectography: Mapping the Future of Global Civilization (2016), Hybrid Reality: Thriving in the Emerging Human-Technology Civilization (2012), How to Run the World: Charting a Course to the Next Renaissance (2011) and The Second World: Empires and Influence in the New Global Order (2008).

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A widely cited global intellectual, Parag provides regular commentaries for international media. 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. He also appears frequently in media around the world such as BBC, CNBC, Al Jazeera and other international 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 spoke at TED in 2016, TED Global 2009 and was a guest host of TED Global 2012.

Parag lectures frequently at international conferences and gives executive briefings to government leaders and major corporations on global trends and scenarios, systemic risks and technological disruptions, and market entry strategies and economic master planning. He is a subcommittee member of the Singapore government’s Committee on the Future Economy. He also serves on the advisory boards of Graticule Asset Management Asia, the Duet Group, and East India Capital Management, and previously on the Innovation Advisory Board of DBS Bank.

He has been honoured as a Young Global Leader of the World Economic Forum and currently serves on the WEF’s Global Agenda Council on Geo-economics and the advisory board of its Future of Urban Development Initiative. He also serves on the Council of the American Geographical Society, the advisory board of Independent Diplomat and board of trustees of the New Cities Foundation. He is a 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.

In 2008, Parag was named one of Esquire’s “75 Most Influential People of the 21st Century,” and featured in WIRED magazine’s “Smart List.”

He holds a PhD from the London School of Economics, and Bachelors and Masters degrees from the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University. He has travelled to more than 100 countries and is a Young Global Leader of the World Economic Forum.

Parag Khanna’s interview for Teleport’s podcast on Connectography, democracy, Brexit and the virtues of mobility. Click here

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Rise of the Info-State

Remapping the Global Economy

The New Geopolitical Marketplace East, West and the Second World in Between

How to Run the World Collective Leadership for a Turbulent Age

Invisible Maps Building a Borderless World

Future Trends Today's Strategies

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Parag is a brilliant, energetic, and mesmerizing speaker who carried the opening day at our recent symposium, the largest annual gathering of geospatial intelligence practitioners in the world. Our almost 4,000 attendees bring wide-ranging areas of expertise regarding myriad emerging technologies, including remote sensing, data analytics, and intelligence for national security. They were universally blown away by Parag’s talk, and the concepts he raised were grist for superb conversations and debates during the entire event.

US Geospatial Intelligence Foundation

Parag's contribution at EY’s Global CFO Forum for Emerging Markets was very well received. He was the opening keynote speaker providing over 110 CFOs with an emerging markets round up. His presentation was well thought out and thought-provoking. He is a very convincing speaker. Following the opening address, he then went on to moderate a panel of other esteemed business and academic leaders on the impact of ever-changing global forces. As a moderator, Parag was able to pace the panel discussion well and extracted key insights for each of the panellists. Overall the panel discussion was well balanced and moderated. I would certainly call on Parag againin the future if the opportunity arose.


UPS's clients are looking at logistics and digital solutions on a global scale. Dr. Khanna's concept of the 'supply chain world' and his detailed analysis of the current trends in globalization and obstacles to smoother integration was exactly what we were looking for.


I'm pleased that Parag was able to speak at our Sustainable Financing Forum. We have received exceptional customer feedback on the Forum. Customers and other attendees made special mention of the quality of the speakers, the depth and breadth of insights shared and relevance of the subject matter. Please extend my thanks to Parag for his valuable contribution and for sharing his insights with such clarity.



Technocracy in America

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Connectography: Mapping the Future of Global Civilization

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Hybrid Reality

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How to Run the World

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The Second World: Empires and Influence in the New Global Order

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