Nobel Prize Laureate, Author, Columbia University Graduate School of Business Professor and Former World Bank Chief Economist
A historian of the evolving world order and eminent strategic advisor, economics speaker Parag Khanna helps us see opportunity and mitigate risk. His popular books draw on an impressive academic career, and Fortune 500 companies around the world have engaged his talents. Events with an eye to understanding our economic and geopolitical future enlist Khanna for the perfect keynote address.
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No one is more attuned to the global economy’s present and future than global strategy speaker Parag Khanna. In conference lectures and as a keynote speaker, Parag Khanna offers wit, wisdom, and a deeply informed sense of optimism.
After a successful career as a research fellow, Parag Khanna launched FutureMap, a data-based strategic advisory firm. Organizations around the world rely on Khanna for his insights and guidance; the public knows him from his bestselling books.
Khanna’s 2019 bestseller The Future is Asian cemented his role as one of the 21st century’s most influential thinkers. It builds on the success of his trilogy on the evolving world order. The Second World, How to Run the World, and Connectography offered a boldly reimagined vision of the future. Moreover, Khanna’s latest book, Move, examines the global forces encouraging mass migration, political upheaval, and the redefinition of civilization itself.
Additionally, his columns and commentaries have appeared in the New York Times, the Harvard Business Review, and the Financial Times, among other publications. Khanna also serves on the editorial board of Global Policy and is a contributing editor to WorldPost.
Khanna’s media appearances have taken him from MTV, where he hosted InnerView, to the BBC. In 2010, he became ForeignPolicy.com’s first vlogger, and his TED talks have earned more than 3 million views.
After earning his PhD from the London School of Economics, Khanna began a career as a research fellow. He worked with the Singapore Institute of International Affairs, the European Council on Foreign Relations, among other institutions. Khanna has also received research grants from the United Nations, the Ford Foundation, and the Smith Richardson Foundation.
As an advisor, Khanna has helped governments around the world understand global trends and mitigate risk.
The two words that best capture the post-pandemic world are “continental drift.” The global economy is rapidly becoming more regional. Globalization continues in many areas such as commodities, capital flows, and digital services, but from energy to electronics, North America, Europe, and Asia are becoming more self-sufficient through trade agreements and industrial policy aimed at controlling the supply chains. At the same time, a new era of competitive connectivity has begun as the tug-of-war heats up between China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) and the West’s “Build Back Better World” (B3W) agenda. Drawing on the copious research presented in his acclaimed book Connectography, Parag Khanna provides cutting-edge insights into the geopolitical, geoeconomic, and geotechnological shape of the future, with specific recommendations on how and where to invest in a volatile world.
The lasting impact of the pandemic will be both demographic and geographic. We are reaching “peak humanity,” a global population not likely to cross nine billion people, but most of the world’s people are still young -- and as they vote with their feet, they determine the winners and losers of the 21st century. Countries are now vigorously competing in a global war for youth to attract the taxpayers, workers, homeowners, and entrepreneurs of the future. Companies must do the same -- but in a remote working world, millennials and Gen-Z are a moving target. How can corporations attract young employees to headquarters while also building a decentralized workplace culture? Drawing upon the insightful research from his latest book MOVE, Parag Khanna presents the world from the standpoint of the youth who will define it, guiding your talent acquisition and retention strategies for the years ahead.
Deadly disasters are intensifying, with ever greater costs to societies everywhere. Rising sea levels and floods, droughts and heatwaves, cyclones and forest fires, cause upwards of $200 billion in damage annually. Climate refugees now outnumber political and economic migrants. The world will not only be hotter but also more violent, with conflicts over food and water, and uncontrolled mass migrations. That is why climate adaptation must be every nation and company’s foremost priority. This includes fortifying and redesigning our homes and buildings, investing in renewable energy and resilient food production, and relocating our businesses, citizens, and workers to more stable habitats. The climate will not adapt to us; we will have to adapt to it. Drawing up FutureMap’s proprietary Climate Alpha software, Parag Khanna provides tailored analysis of the locations across the globe best suited to your business requirements and guides you in creating a tailored strategy for climate resilience.
Asia remains the world’s growth engine, representing more than half the world’s population and fifty percent of global GDP. China is neck-and-neck with the US as the top destination for foreign investment, and has accelerated its quest for technological autonomy and expanded use of its currency. Meanwhile, the world’s largest trade agreement -- Asia’s Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) -- has come into effect. The next chapter of Asia’s economic story is also being written by the “fourth wave” regions of South and Southeast Asia, with countries such as India and Vietnam delivering the world’s fastest growth and taking the lead in new unicorn companies. As the author of the landmark book The Future is Asian, there is no better guide than Parag Khanna to the geography that drives the world economy.
Dr. Khanna’s mapping of the future of demographics and infrastructure is highly sought after in the transportation sector. He brings to life the cities, nations, and regions that will drive demand for mobility services, and flows of goods and people between them. He also answers big questions such as how sustainable and multimodal transport can cater to 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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