In Conversation with Parag Khanna

In Conversation with Parag Khanna

February 6, 2019 | Author: Indiaspora staff


Internationally acclaimed global strategist Parag Khanna chats with Indiaspora’s Executive Director Sanjeev Joshipura about his newest book, released February 5: The Future is Asian: Commerce, Conflict & Culture in the 21st Century (2019).

In our current “Asian moment,” he lays out the case for the continent as a whole wielding power as the next geopolitical force. With an entire region of 5 billion people, of which China only has 1.4 billion, and India emerging as the world’s fastest-growing large economy, the future is surely Asian!

In a far-ranging interview, he discusses everything from his experience as part of the Indian diaspora growing up in the United Arab Emirates, New York, and Germany, to the mood at the recent World Economic Forum, where he interviewed Kevin Sneader, the first Global Managing Director of McKinsey & Company to be based in Asia.

He also shares how his wife, technologist Ayesha Khanna, contributed to his thinking for his new book, and playing tennis with his friend and mentor Fareed Zakaria!

Also an accomplished adventurer who has traveled to more than 100 countries and climbed several 20,000-foot plus peaks, he explains the spiritual significance of climbing Mount Kailash.

Indiaspora Founder MR Rangaswami and Senior Communications Manager Mansi Patel also joined for the call.



Parag Khanna is a leading global strategy advisor, world traveler, and best-selling author. He is Founder & Managing Partner of FutureMap, a data and scenario based strategic advisory firm. He is the author of several books, including a trilogy of books on the future of world order beginning with The Second World: Empires and Influence in the New Global Order (2008), followed by How to Run the World: Charting a Course to the Next Renaissance (2011), and concluding with Connectography: Mapping the Future of Global Civilization (2016).

Parag is currently a CNN Global Contributor. He lectures frequently at international conferences and gives tailored briefings to government leaders and corporate executives on global trends and scenarios, systemic risks and technological disruptions, and market entry strategies and economic master planning. He has provided expertise to many governments including the US, Canada, Brazil, Argentina, UK, Germany, Switzerland, the Netherlands, Norway, Finland, Italy, Russia, the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, Oman, Qatar, Japan, China, India, and numerous others. 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.”

Parag 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.

For a complete bio, visit his website.