Ayesha Khanna

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Ayesha Khanna

Technology & innovation strategy expert & founder of Hybrid Reality Institute

Ayesha Khanna is CEO of Urban Intel, a global e-learning platform for professional skills development. Urban Intel provides digital training that equips current and prospective employees of corporations and governments to meet the demands of a rapidly urbanising world. Currently she serves as the Senior Editor of Look Ahead, a series on global innovation trends in The Economist.

Ayesha has over 15 years of experience as a technology and innovation strategy expert advising corporate clients on… 

Ayesha Khanna is CEO of Urban Intel, a global e-learning platform for professional skills development. Urban Intel provides digital training that equips current and prospective employees of corporations and governments to meet the demands of a rapidly urbanising world. Currently she serves as the Senior Editor of Look Ahead, a series on global innovation trends in The Economist.

Ayesha has over 15 years of experience as a technology and innovation strategy expert advising corporate clients on product development, knowledge management, digital branding, and customer experience. Prior to founding Urban Intel, Ayesha founded the Hybrid Reality Institute, a research and advisory group focused on emerging technologies and their policy and economic consequences for cities. She also directs the Future Cities Group at the London School of Economics and is a Faculty Advisor at Singularity University.

Ayesha has been widely published and quoted on technology, innovation and intelligent cities in the New York Times, BusinessWeek, TIME, Newsweek, Forbes, Harvard Business Review, Strategy+Business, Foreign Policy, Straits Times and BigThink. She is author of Straight Through Processing (2008) and co-author of Hybrid Reality: Thriving in the Emerging Human-Technology Civilisation (2012).

Ayesha is on the Board of Advisors for Humanity+, a Fellow at the Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies, and was co-curator of TEDxGotham. In 2010, she co-chaired the Innovation Advisory Board with leading US entrepreneurs in the Internet, clean technology, and bio-technology industries for the New York City congressional campaign of Ms. Reshma Saujani. Ayesha was also the Founder and Editor-in-Chief of EGO Magazine (2004-2011), one of the first arts and culture magazines for the South Asian Diaspora in New York City.

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.

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