Ayesha Khanna is a technology and smart cities expert with over 15 years of experience as an innovation strategist advising corporate clients on data analytics, product development, knowledge management, digital branding, and customer experience.
She is CEO of Urban Intel, which provides interactive online courses for skills development. Urban Intel focuses on boosting productivity in the fastest growing urban sectors such as retail, healthcare, financial services, hospitality, construction, and more.
Ayesha is also currently 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 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 for Financial Services (2008) and co-author of Hybrid Reality: Thriving in the Emerging Human-Technology Civilization (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 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 in the Department of Management at the London School of Economics.
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