Ayesha Khanna


Ayesha Khanna is Co-Founder and Director of the Hybrid Reality Institute, a research and advisory group focused on emerging technologies and their policy and economic consequences. She is also the Editorial Director of Look Ahead, an award-winning series on global innovation trends published by The Economist Group.

She is CEO of Technology Quotient, which develops content and technology platforms for the vocational and K-12 educational sectors. Within the company, Applied Skills develops courses to boost productivity in rapidly growing sectors such as hospitality and retail, and 21C Kids teaches 21st century skills to children, including concepts in coding, robotics, and design. In 2014, she joined the Singapore Ministry of Education's ASPIRE Steering Committee on higher education reform.

Ayesha has over 15 years of experience as a technology and innovation strategy expert advising corporate clients on product development, knowledge management, digital branding, and customer experience. She also directs the Future Cities Group at the London School of Economics and was a Faculty Advisor at Singularity University.

Ayesha has been widely published and quoted on technology, innovation and intelligent cities in the New York Times, BusinessWeek, TIME, Newsweek, Forbes, Harvard Business Review, Strategy+Business, Foreign Policy, Straits Times and BigThink. She is author of Straight Through Processing (2008) and co-author of Hybrid Reality: Thriving in the Emerging Human-Technology Civilization (2012).

Ayesha is on the Board of Advisors for Humanity+, a Fellow at the Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies, and was co-curator of TEDxGotham. In 2010, she co-chaired the Innovation Advisory Board with leading US entrepreneurs in the Internet, clean technology, and bio-technology industries for the New York City congressional campaign of Ms. Reshma Saujani. Ayesha was also the Founder and Editor-in-Chief of EGO Magazine (2004-2011), one of the first arts and culture magazines for the South Asian Diaspora in New York City. She is the Founder of 21C GIRLS, a campaign which delivers free and subsidized technology camps for school girls in Singapore.

Ayesha has a BA (honors) in Economics from Harvard University, an MS in Operations Research from Columbia University and is completing her PhD on urban information infrastructures at the London School of Economics.

Contact: ayeshakhanna1@gmail.com Twitter: @ayeshakhanna1

Parag Khanna


Parag is Co-Founder & Director of the Hybrid Reality Institute, Senior Research Fellow at the New America Foundation and Visiting Fellow at LSE IDEAS. He is author of Hybrid Reality: Thriving in the Emerging Human-Technology Civilization(TED Books, 2012), and the international best-sellers How to Run The World: Charting a Course to the Next Renaissance (Random House, 2011) and The Second World: Empires and Influence in the New Global Order (Random House, 2008). During 2007 he was a senior geopolitical advisor to United States Special Operations Forces in Iraq and Afghanistan. In 2008 he was named one of Esquire’s 75 Most Influential People of the 21st Century, and one of fifteen individuals featured in WIRED magazine’s “Smart List.”

Parag’s essays and reviews have appeared in publications such as The New York Times, Washington Post, Financial Times, Forbes, Newsweek, Harper’s, and BusinessWeek, and he has been featured on CNN, BBC, PBS, Al Jazeera International, National Public Radio (NPR), and other media. He has traveled in more than 100 countries, is a Term Member of the Council on Foreign Relations, and was honored in 2009 as a Young Global Leader of the World Economic Forum.

He holds a BS and MA in International Affairs from Georgetown University, and a PhD from the London School of Economics.

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Contact: paragkhanna@gmail.com Twitter: @paragkhanna

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