Ayesha Khanna is Managing Partner of Hybrid Realities, a consulting firm specializing in scenario analysis, technology trends, future cities, and geostrategy. She is a technology strategy advisor with over ten years of experience working with clients on new product development, market entry, digital branding, customer experience, and operations management. She has advised organizations in the financial services, real-estate, and government sectors. Her clients have included Bank of America, JP Morgan Chase, UBS, American International Group, and Deutsche Bank.
Ayesha is also Founder and Principal of the Hybrid Reality Institute, which explores human/technology co-evolution and its implications for society, business and politics. The Institute is specifically focused on the Hybrid Age â€“ the post-Information era we are entering today where humans live in a world of proliferating, disruptive and increasingly intelligent technologies. Institute fellows examine how individuals and society at large can make informed decisions about how to lead â€œthe good lifeâ€ in the Hybrid Age.
She is the author of Straight Through Processing (Reed Elsevier, 2007), and is series editor of The Complete Technology Guides published by Reed Elsevier, which includes the titles Next Generation Datacenter: Driving Extreme Efficiency and Effective Cost Savings (2009), Electronic and Program Trading (2006), and Introduction to Financial Technology (2005). Ayesha has written for diverse publications such as BusinessWeek, Forbes, Strategy+Business, and Foreign Policy. She also blogs with Parag Khanna on human/technology co-evolution at BigThink.
Ayesha is on the Scientific Advisory Board of the Lifeboat Foundation and part of the organizing committee of TEDxGotham. In 2010, she advised Congressional candidate Reshma Saujani on innovation and entrepreneurship in New York, and co-chaired the Innovation Advisory Board, which included leading technology entrepreneurs from Silicon Valley and New York. She is also Founder and Editor-in-Chief of EGO Magazine, a leading arts and culture publication for the South Asian diaspora in New York. She has a BA (honors) in Economics from Harvard University, an MS in Operations Research from Columbia University, and is writing her PhD on smart cities at the London School of Economics.