Parag Khanna

Director of the Hybrid Reality Institute: a research and advisory group focused on human technology co-evolution and geo-technology issues and their implications for global business, society, and politics

The Pivot to Asia: Prospects for the Next Administration

About the Speaker

Parag Khanna is a leading geo-strategist, world traveler and author. He is Director of the Hybrid Reality Institute. His current affiliations include: Senior Research Fellow at the New America Foundation, Visiting Fellow at LSE IDEAS, Senior Fellow at the European Council on Foreign Relations, and Senior Fellow at the Singapore Institute of International Affairs. He is author of Hybrid Reality: Thriving in the Emerging Human-Technology Civilization (2012) and the international bestsellers 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). In 2008, Parag was named one of Esquire’s “75 Most Influential People of the 21st Century,” and featured in WIRED magazine’s “Smart List.”

As Director of the Hybrid Reality Institute, a research and advisory group focused on human-technology co-evolution and geo-technology issues. Parag lectures frequently at international conferences and gives executive briefings to major corporations on global trends, systemic risks and emerging market strategies. At the New America Foundation, Parag co-directs the World Economy Roundtable and advises the U.S. National Intelligence Council’s Global Trends 2030 program. Previously, he 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.

Dr. Khanna appears regularly in media around the world. He is a contributing columnist on, regular guest host of CNBC, and the first video-blogger of 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 essays and articles have appeared in major international newspapers and journals such as the Wall Street JournalInternational Herald Tribune, Washington Post, Financial Times, TIME, Forbes, The Atlantic, Quartz, Foreign Policy, Newsweek, Harper’s, BusinessWeek, Harvard Business Review, The Guardian, The National Interest, McKinsey Quarterly, Prospect, Esquire,, Die Zeit, and Strategy+Business. He has been featured on CNN, BBC, PBS, Al Jazeera, CCTV, Russia Today, National Public Radio (NPR), and other media all over the world. From 2008-9, Parag was the host of “InnerView” on MTV. He spoke on “Invisible Maps” at TED Global 2009 and was a guest host of TED Global 2012.

Dr. Khanna holds a PhD from the London School of Economics, and Bachelors and Masters degrees from the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University. He has been a Distinguished Visitor at the Munk School of Global Affairs at the University of Toronto, Distinguished Visitor at the American Academy in Berlin (2008), Next Generation Fellow of the American Assembly (2007-8), Visiting Fellow at the Lee Kwan Yew School of Public Policy in Singapore (2006), Non-Resident Associate of the Institute for the Study of Diplomacy at Georgetown University (2004-5), and a Visiting Fellow at the Observer Research Foundation in New Delhi (2004). He has received grants from the United Nations Foundation, Smith Richardson Foundation, and Ford Foundation. He currently serves on the executive boards of Independent Diplomat and the Micro Equity Development Fund, the board of trustees of the New Cities Foundation, the advisory board of Ergo, and the editorial board of Global Policy.

Born in India, Parag grew up in the United Arab Emirates, New York, and Germany. He is an accomplished adventurer who has traveled in 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 an advanced tennis player.

In 2009, Parag was honored as a Young Global Leader of the World Economic Forum. He is 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. He speaks German, Hindi, French, Spanish, and basic Arabic.