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Parag Khanna

Leading Global Strategist, World Traveler and best-selling author

Parag Khanna is a leading figure in the next generation of global affairs strategists and geopolitical experts. He travels the world giving executive briefings to government leaders and to major corporations on global trends and economic master planning. A trenchant critic of the standard wisdom about the second and third world - he is a senior academic, bestselling author and adventurer. 

Videos of Parag Khanna

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Connectivity Is the New World Order

Speaker Profile

About Parag Khanna

Current / Past Roles & Positions

  • 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
  • Senior geopolitical advisor to the US government
  • One of Esquire's '75 Most Influential People of the 21st Century'
  • Honoured as a Young Global Leader of the World Economic Forum 2009
  • Managing Partner of the Hybrid Reality Institute, where he helps explore human-technology co-evolution
  • Co-Founder and CEO of Factotum

Awards, Accolades, Achievements & Honours

  • Named Young Global Leader of the World Economic Forum 2009
  • Named one of Esquires 75 Most Influential People of the 21st Century 2008
  • Featured in WIRED magazines Smart List. 2008
  • Awarded the OECD Future Leaders Prize 2002
  • Member of the Council on Foreign Relations
  • Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society.


Parag speaks English and German.

Speaking Style

Parag Khanna presents with energy, intellect and wit. He is bi-lingual in English and German.

A leading geopolitical expert who is in great demand all over the world - briefing both governments and major corporations on new global trends, emerging markets and technological disruptions.

He is a senior fellow at the New America Foundation, the country's most innovative think tank, where he directs the Roundtable on the Future of the World Economy and advises the US National Intelligence Council's Global Trends 2030 programme.

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 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, Dr. Khanna 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, 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.

He also appears frequently in media around the world such as CNN, 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 is currently involved in two Silicon Valley start-ups as a Senior Advisor at Globality and Advisor at Teleport. 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.

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 eight thousand miles 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 has been honored 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 Geo-economics, and advisory board of its Future of Urban Development Initiative. He also serves on the Council of the American Geographical Society, advisory board of Independent Diplomat and board of trustees of the New Cities Foundation. 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.

Speaking Topics

  • Connectography
  • Managing Risks in a Complex World
  • The Future of Globalization: Strategic Trends, Economic Competition & Technological Innovation
  • Winning The Global War for Talent
  • Billions of People, Trillions of Dollars: How Asia will Shape the World in the Coming Decade
  • Mega-Trends: Technology, Cities and Map of the Future


"Parag Khanna has vision." - Nassim Nicholas Taleb

"Khanna is something of a foreign policy whiz kid." - Raymond Bonner, The New York Times Book Review

"Hybrid Reality is an enormously important contribution our thinking about how to create a better tomorrow." - Peter H. Diamandis, Chairman/CEO, X PRIZE and Chairman, Singularity University

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End of the World: Interview with Mark Leonard of ECFR

Mark Leonard, founder of ECFR discusses the future of world order with Parag Khanna, global strategist. ... read more »

Posted on 6 Aug, 2017

America and the World under President Trump

Posted on 9 Nov, 2016

Even though the US presidential election resulted in a decisive victory for Donald J. Trump, it nonetheless revealed a deeply divided America. Yet with Republicans in control of the White House,...

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