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Ayesha Khanna is an artificial intelligence and technology expert advising companies and governments 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. Ayesha is CEO and Co-Founder of ADDO AI, an artificial intelligence advisory firm and incubator that helps companies to innovate, optimise and grow. Previously, she served as CEO of The Keys Global, an innovative education hub that matched students with leading companies to apply their skills in coding, robotics, and 3D printing. In 2014, Ayesha served on the Singapore Ministry of Education's Steering Committee on future skills and applied learning. Ayesha was previously the CEO of Urban Intel and was also the Senior Editor of "Look Ahead", a series on global innovation trends in The Economist.

Prior to starting Urban Intel, Ayesha founded the Hybrid Reality Institute, a research and advisory group focused on emerging technologies and their implications for society, business and government. 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 smart cities. Regularly contributing to the New York Times, BusinessWeek, TIME, Newsweek, Forbes, Harvard Business Review, Strategy+Business, Foreign Policy, Straits Times and BigThink. She is the author of Straight Through Processing for Financial Services (2008) and co-author of Hybrid Reality: Thriving in the Emerging Human-Technology Civilization (2012).

She is based in Singapore where she and her husband are permanent residents. She holds a BA (Honors) in Economics from Harvard University, an MS in Operations Research from Columbia University and has recently completed a PhD on urban information infrastructures at the London School of Economics.

Sample presentation topics:

  • The Hybrid Reality – how emerging technologies and their interaction with humans will have implications for society, business and governments.
  • Intelligent Cities of the future: how we will live, work and move more smartly.
  • Technology – Friend or Foe? Will technology be a powerful partner or a threat?


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