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Parag Khanna        

Managing Partner at FutureMap; Strategic Advisor to Governments & Global Companies; Bestselling Author; TED Speaker

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. Khanna's newest book is "MOVE: The Forces Uprooting Us" (2021), which was preceded by "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 the 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).

Khanna 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 Ph.D. from the London School of Economics, and Bachelors and Masters degrees from the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University. He has traveled to nearly 150 countries and is a Young Global Leader of the World Economic Forum.

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Billions of People, Trillions of Dollars: How Asia Will Shape the Next Decade

Asia has become a world unto itself, an economic zone on par with North America and the European Union containing more than half the world’s population and sovereign wealth. In the coming decade, Asia will be the source of over $2 trillion in foreign investment into other regions such as North America, Europe, Africa and the Middle East. From his unique perch in Singapore and regular consultations worldwide, Dr. Khanna explains where Asian capital is flowing and how it will shape the global economy and transform strategic relationships.

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. 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. Dr. Khanna provides insights and case studies that help you strategize your move up the value chain and train strong and distributed regional management.

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

Globalization 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, globalization is actually global, ushering in a new era of strategic competition on the geopolitical, geo-economic, and geo-technological levels. Dr. Khanna will customize his presentation based on your audience and industry, offering an insightful look into the foundations of the future world order including: The new geopolitical marketplace emerging with the rise of China, India, Brazil and Russia; 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” as a prism to capture how biotechnology, nano-technology, robotics and other sectors, as well as the rise of “smart cities” and other high-tech clusters, will re-shape the global balance of innovation.

Collective Leadership in a Turbulent Age

As we continue to experience a perfect storm of financial shocks, climate change, failed states, and fragile economies, it seems the world itself is not "too big to fail." Leveraging his multi-disciplinary training and scenario-planning expertise, Dr. Khanna explains the chain reactions that produce unpredictable "black swan" events and how to cope with vulnerability. He then charts a new integrated global agenda in which all organizationscountries, cities, companies, and civic communitiescollaborate in dynamic public-private combinations to address the challenges of economic uncertainty, political stability, and socioeconomic stress. Dr. Khanna's tailored roadmaps provide wise and pragmatic guidance to corporations and other actors across all sectors.

The Rise of Geo-Technology

Technology is the key to success and dominance in the 21st century. Building on his neologism "geo-technology," Dr. Khanna discusses how innovations in key leading sectors such as information technology, bio-technology, nano-technology, alternative energy, robotics, advanced manufacturing, and the emergence of "smart cities" are rapidly translating into geo-economic and geopolitical shifts. From China's most recent five-year plan to Russia and Saudi Arabia's investments in high-tech industrial zones, emerging markets are placing enormous bets on cutting-edge technologies. He tours which societies are innovating the fastest and which markets are the most fertile ground for new product deployment, and provides complex scenarios of geo-technological competition. These insights into the future hold profound implications for the strategies of government agencies, corporate management, market forecasters, university leaders, and other professional groups.

Re-Mapping the Global Economy

Policymakers and investors alike are being forced to revise their mental maps of how the world economy works as patterns of growth, trade, and investment rapidly shift. While the West faces sovereign debt crises and deleveraging, emerging markets constantly grapple with currency volatility, inflation, labor productivity, and inequality. Which are the new centers of production and consumption, resources and industries, and investment in infrastructure that are driving globalization forward? Dr. Khanna confidently explains which regions and markets will capture the commanding heights and which will stagnate under competitive pressures. He provides tailored geostrategic guidance for companies to enhance their position in key markets and achieve long-term growth.

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The New Geopolitical Marketplace

Asia has accelerated the worldwide competition for natural resources and alliances. A "New Great Game" is afoot in Latin America, Africa, and Central Asia, while "New Silk Roads" are flourishing over land and sea from the Middle East to the Far East. Leveraging his firsthand experience and expertise on countries ranging from Brazil to Saudi Arabia to Kazakhstan to Indonesia, Dr. Khanna provides the latest analysis of emerging market political risk and the maneuverings of Europe, China, India, and Russia to capture the loyalty of new power centers. He also assesses the 2012 US presidential election and its implications for foreign policy and America's global standing.

Mapping the Future of Countries

Many people think the lines on the map no longer matter, but speaker Parag Khanna says they do. Using maps of the past, present, and future, he explains the root causes of border conflicts worldwide and proposes simple yet cunning solutions for each. He foresees a future where American influence is waning and the new powerhouses (and threats) may not be the players you'd expect. Khanna shows how the way we view the world constantly changes when geopolitics and globalization intersect.

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