Ayesha Khanna is an innovation and technology expert advising governments and companies on smart cities, future skills, financial technology, and emerging industries. She was CEO and Co-Founder of The Keys Global, an innovative 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, 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.