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Parag Khanna

Parag Khanna

Managing Partner, Future Map, and International Bestselling Author

Parag Khanna is a leading global strategy advisor, world traveler, and best-selling author. He is Founder & Managing Partner of FutureMap, a data and scenario based strategic advisory firm. Parag’s newest book is The Future is Asian: Commerce, Conflict & Culture in the 21st Century (2019). He is author of a trilogy of books on the future of world order beginning with The Second World: Empires and Influence in the New Global Order (2008), followed by How to Run the World: Charting a Course to the Next Renaissance (2011), and concluding with Connectography: Mapping the Future of Global Civilization (2016). He is also author of Technocracy in America: Rise of the Info-State (2017) and co-author of Hybrid Reality: Thriving in the Emerging Human-Technology Civilization (2012). His books have been translated into more than twenty languages. 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.”

Parag Khanna has been an adviser to the US National Intelligence Council’s Global Trends 2030 program. From 2013-2018 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. 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 adviser to 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.

A widely cited global intellectual, Parag provides regular commentaries for international media. He is currently a CNN Global Contributor. 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. His articles have appeared in major international publications such as the Wall Street Journal, Financial Times, Washington Post, Harvard Business Review, TIME, Foreign Affairs, Axios, Forbes, The Atlantic, Quartz, Foreign Policy, Harper’s, BusinessWeek, The Guardian, The National Interest, McKinsey Quarterly, The American Interest, Stratfor, Esquire,, and Die Zeit. 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.

Parag Khanna also appears frequently in media around the world such as CNN, BBC, CNBC, Al Jazeera and other 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, was a guest host of TED Global 2012, and lead speaker at TEDxGateway in 2018. His TED talks have been viewed several million times.

Parag 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, and market entry strategies and economic master planning. He has provided expertise to many governments including the US, Canada, Brazil, Argentina, UK, Germany, Switzerland, the Netherlands, Norway, Finland, Italy, Estonia, Russia, Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, Oman, Qatar, Japan, China, India, Australia, South Korea, Pakistan, Indonesia, the Philippines, Mongolia, Bhutan, and numerous others. In 2016 he served on 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), Henley & Partners, and Datarama, and previously on the Innovation Advisory Board of DBS Bank.

He 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. He has been a Senior Fellow of the Singapore Institute of International Affairs, Visiting Fellow at LSE IDEAS, Senior Fellow at the European Council on Foreign Relations, Distinguished Visitor at the Munk School of Global Affairs at the University of Toronto, Distinguished Visitor at the American Academy in Berlin, Next Generation Fellow of the American Assembly, Visiting Fellow at the Lee Kwan Yew School of Public Policy, Non-Resident Associate of the Institute for the Study of Diplomacy at Georgetown University, and a Visiting Fellow at the Observer Research Foundation in New Delhi. He has received grants from the United Nations Foundation, Smith Richardson Foundation, and Ford Foundation.

Born in India, Parag grew up in the United Arab Emirates, New York, and Germany. He is an accomplished adventurer who has traveled to more than 100 countries on all continents. Some of his lengthy journeys include driving from the Baltic Sea through the Balkans and across Turkey and the Caucasus to the Caspian Sea, across the rugged terrain of Tibet and Xinjiang provinces in western China, and ten thousand kilometers from London to Ulaanbaatar in the Mongolia Charity Rally. He has climbed numerous 20,000-foot plus peaks, and trekked in the Alps, Himalayas, and Tien Shan mountain ranges. Parag is also a competitive tennis player.

Parag Khanna has been honoured as a Young Global Leader of the World Economic Forum and has served on the WEF’s Global Future Council on Mobility, Global Agenda Council on Geoeconomics, and advisory board of its Future of Urban Development Initiative. He also serves on the board of trustees of the New Cities Foundation, Council of the American Geographical Society, advisory board of Independent Diplomat. He is a former 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. He speaks German, Hindi, French, Spanish and basic Arabic.

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

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The Geopolitics of Climate Change

Natural disasters and rising sea levels are wiping countries off the map from the Bahamas to the Maldives, propelling the climate risk industry towards $2 trillion. Forest fires are devastating ecosystems while droughts destroy harvests, prompting military redeployments in Brazil and food export bans in India. Glaciers are melting while rivers are drying, sparking devastating floods in Pakistan and potential water wars in East Africa. From rising temperatures to refugee hordes, no corner of the world is immune from the effects of climate change. There are global approaches that can be pursued to mitigate it such as geo-engineering, or to finance adaptation in the form of coastal barriers and clean energy transitions--but every individual, company, city, and country must also develop its own climate resilience strategy. Where should you relocate to? How exposed is your supply chain? Which sectors are most at risk? What asset classes will appreciate? Taking into account the latest scientific projections, geographically specific forecasts, and industry analysis, Dr. Khanna deploys stunning visualisations and compelling scenarios to prepare you for the inevitable as well as present opportunities to contribute to a more sustainable future.

The Future of Globalisation: Strategic Trends, Economic Competition & Technological Innovation

Globalisation has withstood the financial crisis and continues to expand and integrate all markets and societies of the world. For the first time in human history, globalisation is actually global, ushering in a new era of total connectivity and strategic competition. Drawing on his international bestseller The Second World: Empires and Influence in the New Global Order, Dr. Khanna provides a tour de force of the foundations of the future world order including: The new geopolitical marketplace emerging with the expanding ambitions of China, India, Brazil and Russia and the opening of new markets such as Myanmar and Iran; the competitive geo-economic environment in which western economies struggle to achieve consistent growth while emerging markets struggle with productivity and inequality; and the rise of “geo-technology” whereby leading sectors such as biotechnology, nano-technology, alternative energy and robotics will re-shape the global balance of innovation.

Rise of the Info-State

A new type of political and social system is evolving to cope with 21st-century complexity: The info-state. The governments that will lead the future have moved beyond stale debates about big versus small government, open versus closed borders, and public versus private sector rule-setting. Countries such as Switzerland and Singapore, and even larger countries ranging from Germany to China, are pioneering new models of governance that blend democratic practice with technocratic management. Drawing on his provocative new book Technocracy in America, Parag Khanna explains the best practices that all societies can learn from as they seek to enhance their security, prosperity and innovation.

The Future is Asian

A truly global review pointing out the shifting economic patterns that are driving a wedge between the US and Europe. I explore how after five hundred years of colonialism and Cold War divisions, Asia has rapidly resurrected its ancient Silk Roads to form a powerful system encompassing Saudi Arabia to Japan and Russia to Australia. With its vast geography and diversity of civilizations, no power has ever dominated Asia for long -- and nor will China. Rather, China's Belt & Road Initiative is helping to modernize long neglected Eurasian states, ultimately restoring Asia's natural multipolar order. Even as the forces of commerce, conflict, and culture play out in complex ways, Asia is collectively exerting an inexorable pull on all continents. The 21st century will be the century of Asianization.

Winning the Global War for Talent

A new class of global citizen is emerging led by over 250 million expatriates worldwide, more than ever in history. After decades of capitalizing on brain drain, fast-growing markets are reversing the flow of skilled managers in new directions, from North to South and West to East. Attracting the best and brightest to your country, city or company requires understanding the dynamics of global labor mobility and crafting an economic master plan to gain an edge in the war for talent. With his extensive experience advising the most innovative governments and globally distributed multinationals, Dr. Khanna provides insights and case studies that help you strategize your move up the value chain and train strong regional management.

Billions of People, Trillions of Dollars: How Asia Will Shape the World in the Coming Decade

With over $20 trillion in annual GDP, Asia has rapidly become an economic zone on par with North America and the European Union—but encompassing more than half the world’s population and sovereign wealth as well. Asia now needs to be understood beyond China and Japan, especially as India and the Southeast Asian ASEAN nations increasingly flex their economic muscles. Outward Asian investment is on pace to reach $200 billion per year by 2020, and has already reshaped Middle Eastern energy markets, African infrastructure, North American real estate, and South American commodities. From his unique perch in Singapore and constant travel to the most dynamic investment destinations, Dr. Khanna explains where Asian capital is flowing and how it is transforming strategic relationships and building markets for savvy global investors.

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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.



Parag Khanna

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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  • UK:

    £30k to £50k

  • Europe:

    £30k to £50k

  • US:

    £30k to £50k

  • Africa/Asia/ME:

    £30k to £50k

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