Former Prime minister of Denmark (2011 – 2015); CEO, Save the Children International
Geopolitics speaker Parag Khanna is a renowned global strategist and best-selling author of 'The Future is Asian'; 'Technogracy in America', 'Connectography' and 'MOVE: Where People are Going for a Better Future'. With his extensive academic background and years of experience advising Fortune 500 companies and governments worldwide, Khanna is a sought-after keynote speaker for organizations seeking to understand the complex forces shaping our economic and geopolitical future.
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Global strategy speaker Parag Khanna is a leading expert on the current and future global economy. His conference lectures and keynote speeches offer a unique blend of wit, wisdom, and deep insight into the world’s most pressing issues.
After a successful career as a research fellow, Khanna founded FutureMap. FutureMap is a data-driven strategic advisory firm working with organizations around the world. He is also a popular bestselling author. Above all, The Future is Asian cemented his position as one of the most influential thinkers of the 21st century.
In Connectography, Khanna argues that the increasing importance of infrastructure, such as transportation and communication networks, is transforming the world’s economic and political landscape by creating a new geography of power that transcends traditional borders and boundaries. He also wrote The Second World, How to Run the World, and Technocracy in America. All of them provide a visionary outlook on the future.
In his latest book, Move, Khanna explores the global forces driving mass migration, political upheaval, and the redefinition of civilization.
Khanna’s writing has appeared in numerous publications, including the New York Times, the Harvard Business Review, and the Financial Times. He is also a contributing editor to WorldPost and serves on the editorial board of Global Policy. His media appearances range from MTV, where he hosted InnerView, to the BBC. He was ForeignPolicy.com’s first vlogger in 2010, and his TED talks have garnered over 3 million views.
With a PhD from the London School of Economics, Khanna began his career as a research fellow working with institutions such as the Singapore Institute of International Affairs and the European Council on Foreign Relations. He has received research grants from the United Nations, the Ford Foundation, and the Smith Richardson Foundation.
Governments around the world have sought keynote speaker Parag Khanna’s expertise as an advisor to help them understand global trends and manage risk.
The post-pandemic world can be best described as a time of "continental drift." While globalization persists in areas such as digital services, capital flows, and commodities, the global economy is increasingly regionalizing. To gain control over supply chains, North America, Europe, and Asia are developing trade agreements and industrial policies to become more self-sufficient. Additionally, a new era of competitive connectivity has emerged as China's Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) and the West's "Build Back Better World" (B3W) agenda battle for dominance. Drawing on research from his book Connectography, Parag Khanna offers unique insights into the future of geopolitics, geoeconomics, and geo-technology, along with practical advice on where and how to invest in a volatile world.
The pandemic's impact will have lasting demographic and geographic consequences. As we approach "peak humanity," with a global population that is unlikely to exceed nine billion, the world's youth will shape the future by deciding which countries will succeed and which will fail. To attract the future's taxpayers, workers, homeowners, and entrepreneurs, countries and companies are in a fierce global competition for youth. However, in a world of remote work, millennials and Gen-Z are a constantly moving target. How can corporations attract young talent to their headquarters while still fostering a decentralized workplace culture? Drawing on research from his book MOVE, Parag Khanna provides valuable insights into the perspective of the youth who will shape the future, guiding talent acquisition and retention strategies for the years to come.
Disastrous events are becoming more deadly and costly to societies worldwide. Floods, rising sea levels, heatwaves, forest fires, and droughts result in damages of over $200 billion annually. Climate refugees now outnumber political and economic migrants, and food and water conflicts are increasingly leading to violence and mass migrations. This is why climate adaptation must be the top priority for every nation and company. This includes redesigning and fortifying homes and buildings, investing in renewable energy and resilient food production, and relocating businesses, citizens, and workers to more stable habitats. We must adapt to the climate as it will not adapt to us. By utilizing FutureMap's Climate Alpha software, Parag Khanna offers personalized analysis of the best global locations for your business needs and guides the development of a tailored strategy for climate resilience.
Asia continues to be the driving force behind global growth, accounting for half of the world's GDP and more than half of its population. China is competing with the US as the top destination for foreign investment and increasing its push for technological autonomy and expanding the use of its currency. The Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP), the world's largest trade agreement, is now in effect, shaping the next chapter of Asia's economic narrative. This chapter will be led by South and Southeast Asia's "fourth wave" regions, with countries such as India and Vietnam driving the world's fastest growth and leading the way in new unicorn companies. Parag Khanna, author of the influential book "The Future is Asian," is the ultimate guide to the geography driving the global economy.
Dr. Khanna's expertise in mapping the future of demographics and infrastructure is in high demand within the transportation industry. He vividly depicts the cities, nations, and regions that will shape the demand for mobility services and the flow of goods and people between them. Furthermore, he addresses significant concerns such as how sustainable and multimodal transportation can meet the needs of the next generation of workers and travelers and what transportation will look like in the cities and habitats of the future.
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