ABOUT

Ayesha Khanna is an innovation and technology expert advising governments and companies on smart cities, future skills, fintech, and other emerging industries. She spent more than a decade on Wall Street advising product innovation teams developing large scale trading, risk management and data analytics systems.

From 2014-2016 she co-founded and served as CEO of The Keys Global, an innovative education hub whose unique model of "externships" partnered students with leading companies to apply their skills in coding, robotics, 3D printing and other new technologies. In 2014, Ayesha also served on the Singapore Ministry of Education’s ASPIRE Steering Committee on future skills and applied learning.

Ayesha was also co-founder of the Hybrid Reality Institute, a research and advisory group established to analyze the social and economic impact of accelerating technologies. She directed the Future Cities Group at the London School of Economics, and has been a Faculty Advisor at Singularity University.

Ayesha is author of Straight Through Processing (2008) and co-author of Hybrid Reality: Thriving in the Emerging Human-Technology Civilization (2012). 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.

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

She is the Founder of 21C GIRLS, a non-profit that delivers free coding classes to girls in Singapore.

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