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Ayesha Khanna

The Leading Expert on Our Intelligent Future
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Biography

Ayesha Khanna is an innovation expert advising governments and companies on smart cities, future skills, financial technology, and emerging industries.

She was most recently Co-Founder and CEO of The Keys Global, a pioneering education center whose unique model of "externships" with leading companies provides students the opportunity to apply their skills to critical 21st century industries. In 2014, Ayesha also served on the Singapore Ministry of Education’s ASPIRE Steering Committee on higher education reform and applied learning. Ayesha is also the Founder of 21C GIRLS, a non-profit that provides free coding classes for girls in Singapore.

Ayesha previously co-founded the Hybrid Reality Institute, a research and advisory group established to analyze emerging technologies and their social, economic and political implications. She directed the Future Cities Group at the London School of Economics and has been a Faculty Advisor at Singularity University.

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

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.

Topics

Automation, AI & The Future of Work

Five years from today, which industries will still require human labor and which will be automated to robots and algorithms? How can individuals prepare themselves and be innovative so that they can work effectively with artificial intelligence? As founder of innovation advisory company Technology Quotient (TQ), Ayesha shares her insights into the evolving workplace, emerging industries, and lessons for individuals and teams to add value to the new corporate environment. An essential primer for those who are seeking professional relevance in the 21st century.

Hybrid Reality: 5 Trends That Will Transform Humanity

In an age of ceaseless technology disruptions, there are deep patterns revealing how technology is reshaping our societies and businesses. In particular, artificial intelligence (AI), virtual reality and robotics are breakthrough technologies that will fundamentally alter life and work as we know it. Based on her provocative research, writings and advisory work on the emerging man-machine hybrid age, Ayesha Khanna takes audiences to the frontier of these emerging technologies from macro scenarios of how it will affect organizational culture and business models to how it will impact their lives at a very personal level. This is a mind-blowing look at the world of tomorrow, with lessons both organizations and individuals can take home.

Smart & Sustainable Cities: The Future of Urban Living

By 2030, 70 percent of humanity will live in cities, the world’s capital and talent hubs. New technologies such as the Internet of Things and Big Data are being widely deployed in cities new and old, to improve infrastructure and quality of life, and to promote entrepreneurial matchmaking. As a leading expert and advisor on smart cities, Ayesha Khanna will tour today’s most innovative urban hubs and explain how successful future cities will leverage new technologies in ways that make urban life more efficient, sustainable, livable, and productive.

Cultivating a Culture of Innovation: Winning the New Talent War

How can firms create a culture of creativity and entrepreneurial thinking? Successful companies have to motivate employees and freelancers, often in far-flung networks, using new platforms and tools that leverage specialized skills. Meanwhile, the talent wars are intensifying due to both globalization and automation. With close to two decades experience advising leading corporations, Ayesha uses cutting-edge examples from Google and GE to disruptive startups in emerging industries like Fintech, to provide an entertaining and enlightening glimpse into the mind of the 21st-century worker—and how to harness it.

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