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Parag Khanna        

Leading Geo-Strategist & Author

Parag Khanna is the leading next-generation voice on the future of global affairs. 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)Named one of Esquire Magazine's "75 Most Influential People of the 21st Century," Khanna has travelled to over 100 countries and speaks English, German, French, Spanish, Hindi, and basic Arabic, earning him recognition as one of the world's most informed sociopolitical experts. Hailed by the New York Times Book Review as a “geopolitical wiz kid,” Khanna is also an internationally bestselling author, who provides expert commentary around the world on international economic trends and emerging markets. A prolific voice in international media, Khanna is regularly featured in major print publications and televised media, and is currently a columnist for CNN.

Khanna has correctly predicted the direction of geopolitics for years. In his book The Second World: How Emerging Powers Are Redefining Global Competition in the 21st Century, Khanna heralded China's arrival as a superpower, foresaw the political power of Asian and Arab state-capitalism and sovereign wealth funds, depicted the growth of today's thriving cross-emerging market trade patterns, predicted that Egypt and the Arab world were "ripe for revolution," and warned of the risks poor infrastructure pose to American competitiveness. Not only does Parag Khanna predict the future, but he also works to shape it. In another book How to Run the World: Charting a Course to the Next Renaissance, Khanna provides a bold yet viable roadmap to establishing a more resilient world order, one that incorporates governments, cities, corporations, and civic communities into a dynamic diplomatic system. Khanna is also currently a senior fellow at the New America Foundation, the country's most innovative think tank. At New America, he directs the Roundtable on the Future of the World Economy and advises the US National Intelligence Council's Global Trends 2030 program.

As Asia continues to grow in geopolitical significance and influence, Khanna remains one of the premier experts on the future of Asia in the worldwide political economy. With his base in Singapore, he travels widely around Asia to capture the geopolitical and economic dynamics of the world’s fastest growing region. He has advised many governments and companies on understanding commercial opportunities and geopolitical risks in Asia and on predicting how Asian governments and multinationals will increasingly flex their financial muscle abroad. Also an expert on emerging technology, Khanna has been hailed as a "21st-century Alvin Toffler-style global futurist" for his remarkably prescient predictions of geopolitical changes and crises, as well as his insights into game-changing economic and technological breakthroughs that transform the world's balance of power. He is also co-director of the Hybrid Reality Institute, a global research and advisory firm providing insight into the implications of emerging technologies. As director of the Hybrid Reality Institute, he develops leading-edge scenarios for governments and corporate clients around the world

For most people, the future seems to be an unpredictable, sometimes scary place. There is nothing more valuable, for governments, corporations and individuals, then to be able to predict future trends. With Parag Khanna as a guide, audiences will have the most cutting edge roadmap of geopolitics. A noted adventurer, Parag Khanna has spent his career diving into global politics, and now invites audiences to do the same. Intelligent, energetic and wise beyond his years, Parag Khanna electrifies audiences with his presentations, showing them how they can enter into the unpredictable, complex, overwhelming global future, and thrive.

Speech Topics

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 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.

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.

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.


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