Parag Khanna is a 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. He is managing partner of Hybrid Reality, a geostrategic advisory firm, and co-founder & CEO of Factotum, a boutique content strategy agency.

    Khanna's latest book is "Connectography: Mapping the Future of Global Civilization" (2016). He is also co-author of "Hybrid Reality: Thriving in the Emerging Human-Technology Civilization" (2012), and author of "How to Run the World: Charting a Course to the Next Renaissance" (2011) and "The Second World: Empires and Influence in the New Global Order" (2008), which was translated into more than 20 languages.

    He 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. 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.

    Khanna holds a PhD in international relations from the London School of Economics, and Bachelors and Masters degrees from the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University.

    Born in India, Khanna grew up in the United Arab Emirates, New York, and Germany. He has traveled to more than 100 countries on all continents. Some of his 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 8,000 miles from London to Ulaanbaatar in the Mongolia Charity Rally.

    He is a Young Global Leader of the World Economic Forum, a 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.

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