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Ayesha  Khanna

Ayesha Khanna

The Leading Expert on Our Intelligent Future


Ayesha Khanna is an innovation expert advising governments and companies on smart cities, future skills, financial technology, and emerging industries. Read More >

Ayesha​ ​Khanna​ ​is​ ​Co-Founder​ ​and​ ​CEO​ ​of​ ​​ADDO​ ​AI​,​ ​an  artificial​ ​intelligence​ ​(AI)​ ​advisory​ ​firm​ ​and​ ​incubator.​ ​She  is​ ​a​ ​strategic​ ​advisor​ ​on​ ​artificial​ ​intelligence,​ ​smart​ ​cities  and​ ​fintech​ ​to​ ​clients​ ​such​ ​as​ ​SMRT,​ ​Singapore's​ ​largest  public​ ​transport​ ​company,​ ​SmartDubai,​ ​which​ ​is  transforming​ ​the​ ​city's​ ​governance​ ​and​ ​service​ ​delivery,  and​ ​YES​ ​Bank,​ ​one​ ​of​ ​India's​ ​largest​ ​banks.​ ​In​ ​2017,  ADDO​ ​AI​ ​was​ ​featured​ ​in​ ​​Forbes ​magazine​ ​as​ ​one​ ​of​ ​four leading​ ​artificial​ ​intelligence​ ​companies​ ​in​ ​Asia.   

Prior​ ​to​ ​founding​ ​ADDO​ ​AI,​ ​Ayesha​ ​spent​ ​more​ ​than​ ​a  decade​ ​on​ ​Wall​ ​Street​ ​developing​ ​large​ ​scale​ ​trading,​ ​risk  management​ ​and​ ​data​ ​analytics​ ​systems.​ ​Ayesha​ ​was  co-founder​ ​of​ ​the​ ​​Hybrid​ ​Reality​ ​Institute,​​ ​a​ ​research​ ​and advisory​ ​group​ ​established​ ​to​ ​analyze​ ​the​ ​social​ ​and​ ​economic​ ​impact​ ​of​ ​accelerating technologies.​ ​She​ ​directed​ ​the​ ​Future​ ​Cities​ ​Group​ ​at​ ​the​ ​London​ ​School​ ​of​ ​Economics, and​ ​has​ ​been​ ​a​ ​Faculty​ ​Advisor​ ​at​ ​Singularity​ ​University.  

Ayesha​ ​has​ ​been​ ​named​ ​one​ ​of​ ​Singapore's​ ​leading​ ​female​ ​entrepreneurs​ ​and​ ​a​ ​leading Asian​ ​fintech​ ​influencer​ ​by​ ​​Fintech Asia. ​She​ ​also​ ​served​ ​on​ ​the​ ​Singapore​ ​Ministry​ ​of Education’s​ ​Steering​ ​Committee​ ​on​ ​future​ ​skills​ ​and​ ​applied​ ​learning​ ​for​ ​emerging industries.   

Ayesha​ ​is​ ​author​ ​of​ ​Straight​ ​Through​ ​Processing​ ​(2008)​ ​and​ ​co-author​ ​of​ ​Hybrid​ ​Reality:  Thriving​ ​in​ ​the​ ​Emerging​ ​Human-Technology​ ​Civilization​ ​(2012).​ ​She​ ​has​ ​been​ ​published and​ ​quoted​ ​on​ ​technology,​ ​innovation​ ​and​ ​smart​ ​cities​ ​in​ ​The​ ​New​ ​York​ ​TimesBusinessWeek,​ ​TIME,​ ​Newsweek,​ ​Forbes,​ ​Harvard​ ​Business​ ​Review,​ ​Strategy+Business, and​ ​Foreign​ ​Policy.​ ​She​ ​has​ ​presented​ ​at​ ​major​ ​financial,​ ​technology​ ​and​ ​other​ ​industry  conferences,​ ​provided​ ​high​ ​level​ ​government​ ​briefings,​ ​chaired​ ​symposiums​ ​such​ ​as​ ​AI  Asia,​ ​and​ ​spoken​ ​at​ ​TEDx​ ​events.   

Ayesha​ ​has​ ​a​ ​BA​ ​in​ ​Economics​ ​from​ ​Harvard​ ​University,​ ​an​ ​MS​ ​in​ ​Operations​ ​Research  from​ ​Columbia​ ​University​ ​and​ ​is​ ​completing​ ​her​ ​PhD​ ​on​ ​smart​ ​city​ ​infrastructures​ ​at​ ​the  London​ ​School​ ​of​ ​Economics.   

 She​ ​is​ ​the​ ​Founder​ ​of​ ​​21C​ ​GIRLS​,​ ​a​ ​charity​ ​that​ ​delivers​ ​free​ ​coding​ ​and​ ​artificial  intelligence​ ​classes​ ​to​ ​girls​ ​in​ ​Singapore.​

​Ayesha​ ​lives​ ​in​ ​Singapore​ ​and​ ​Berlin.  Read Less ^

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Winning with AI: How Innovative Leaders Drive Growth

Artificial intelligence has been called one of the most significant technologies of our time. But what is the reality behind the hype? With some of the world’s most recognized companies as her clients, Dr. Khanna provides insights on how innovative firms are embracing data and machine learning to leapfrog competitors and win new customers in the process. She also provides recommendations for how your firm can accelerate its AI journey as well as use AI responsibly to engender trust amongst consumers and investors. 

The Future of Work: How to Amplify Human Potential in the Fourth Industrial Revolution

AI, robotics, additive manufacturing, AR/VR, quantum computing, and gene editing are among the suite of revolutionary technologies that are disrupting every industry in the world. What do they mean for the future of work and jobs? Dr. Khanna takes you on a journey through the main forces that will reshape the corporate world and labor markets, emphasizing how each sector can leverage these breakthroughs to make workers more productive, innovative, and empathetic. This process of human-technology co-evolution will forever change how we view the global economy and our role in it.

Smart Cities 2.0: Public-Private Partnerships at the Technological Frontier

New technologies such as artificial intelligence (AI), the Internet of Things, and robotics can offer urban businesses and citizens higher quality, more productive, and more sustainable lifestyles. The key shift underway is from centralized, top-down models to an ecosystem approach that is inclusive of corporate and civic stakeholders, especially digital native and data-driven companies. With a PhD in information systems focused on smart cities, Dr. Khanna delivers a comprehensive assessment of case studies and best practices on how to effectively implement and be part of the Smart Cities 2.0 paradigm.

Top Ten Trends That Will Affect Your Industry

AI-driven automation, edge computing, industrial and nano-robotics, and human enhancement are just a few of the main trends that will significantly impact all industries in the coming 5-10 years.  Using illuminating case studies, Dr. Khanna discusses how these accelerating technologies will both disrupt business models and operations but also open up new opportunities to lift your firm to new heights. With experience advising some of the world’s largest corporations on data-driven digital transformation and innovation, Dr. Khanna highlights the key technologies that you must include in your strategic planning for the decade beyond.