Leading global strategist and BGA Senior Advisor Parag Khanna gave a presentation entitled “1989: Fall of the Wall – Birth of the Internet” hosted by Triad at the Brandenburg Gate Museum. The graphically rich presentation focused on global trends in infrastructure of transportation, energy, and communication. According to Khanna, in the last quarter century, the world has experienced a quantum leap in connectivity greater than any other period in human history. The presentation posed questions including:
- How will we manage the geopolitical volatility and migrant flows?
- Do we, as a society, have a strategy to capture the benefits of connectivity?
- What are the opportunities for Germany and Europe along the new Silk Road?
The presentation was followed by a Q&A session moderated by BGA CEO Jan Kallmorgen.
Parag Khanna serves as an Advisor to BGA. He is a leading global strategist, world traveler, and best-selling author. Parag 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 also the Managing Partner of Hybrid Reality, a boutique geostrategic advisory firm, and Co-Founder & CEO of Factotum, a leading content branding agency.
Parag’s latest book is Technocracy in America: Rise of the Info-State (2017). He is author of 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). He is also co-author of Hybrid Reality: Thriving in the Emerging Human-Technology Civilization (2012). 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.”
He 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 traveled to more than 100 countries and is a Young Global Leader of the World Economic Forum.