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Ayesha Khanna

Dr. Ayesha Khanna is an expert on artificial intelligence, smart cities, and other emerging technologies as well as a highly requested keynote speaker and strategic advisor.

Meet Ayesha Khanna

As a longtime expert on artificial intelligence, smart cities, and other emerging technologies, Dr. Ayesha Khanna has been a strategic advisor to many leading corporations and governments around the world. Her expertise has also made her well-known for her keynote and motivational speaking. Ayesha Khanna is available to be booked for corporate and private events. Contact the Mollie Plotkin Group today to inquire about Ayesha Khanna’s fees.

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Celebrated Entrepreneur & Advisor

Dr. Ayesha Khanna has a BA (honors) in Economics from Harvard University, an MS in Operations Research from Columbia University, and a Ph.D. in Information Systems (focused on digital innovation in smart cities) from the London School of Economics.

Today, Ayesha is the Co-Founder and CEO of Addo, a global artificial intelligence (AI) solutions firm headquartered in Singapore. She was named one of Southeast Asia’s groundbreaking female entrepreneurs by Forbes magazine and is a strategic advisor on artificial intelligence, smart cities, and the metaverse to leading corporations and governments worldwide. For instance, Ayesha was a member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Future Councils, a community of international experts who provide thought leadership on the impact and governance of emerging technologies.

Board Experience

On top of her work as CEO, Ayesha currently serves on the board of some of the most forward-looking companies around the globe.

First, Ayesha serves on the board of Johnson Controls, a global leader in smart buildings. Specifically, she is a member of the Governance Committee. Next, she serves on the board of NEOM Tonomous, which is responsible for formulating the vision and delivery of the technology infrastructure (which includes AI, robotics, blockchain, and metaverse) for NEOM, the $500 billion smart city under development in Saudi Arabia. She is the Chairwoman of the Investment Committee. Ayesha also serves on the Scientific Advisory Board of L’Oreal where she advises on new technologies and disruptive innovations. Lastly, she serves on the Consumer Committee of the Board for Mercy, one of the largest healthcare providers in the United States and one of Fortune magazine’s most innovative companies of 2023.

Furthermore, Ayesha has served on several Singapore government boards, including:


Ayesha is the co-author of Hybrid Reality and the author of Straight Through Processing. She is currently writing her next book U+AI on the impact of emerging technologies on our work, relationships, and health.

She has also been published and quoted on technology, innovation, and smart cities in The New York Times, BusinessWeek, TIME, Newsweek, Forbes, Harvard Business Review, Strategy+Business, and Foreign Policy.

Awards & Recognition

Ayesha has been globally recognized for her work in artificial intelligence and her thought leadership on the impact of technology disruptions on the future of work and smart cities.

To start, ZDF (Germany’s largest TV channel) featured Ayesha in a documentary on twelve “Leading Women” around the world in 2019. Additionally, she has been named one of Singapore’s leading women in tech by the Singapore Computer Society, and been profiled for her work in leading publications including Neue Zürcher Zeitung (Switzerland), Focus Magazin (Germany), Corriere della Sera (Italy), Dagens Næringsliv (Norway), Lëtzebuerger Journal (Luxembourg), Computer Sweden (Sweden), Information Age (Nordics), Peak (Singapore), and In The Black (Australia).


Ayesha is also a passionate advocate of diversity and inclusion. In fact, she founded 21st Century Girls, a charity that delivers girls free coding and artificial intelligence classes. In collaboration with major companies like Google, PayPal, Visa, and Infocomm Media Authority, 21st Century Girls is focused on educating girls in tech.

Hire Ayesha Khanna

Dr. Ayesha Khanna is a sought-after keynote speaker for some of the world’s largest global companies, governments, and industry associations.

With a deep understanding of current trends and their real-world applications, she engages audiences with insightful discussions on the transformative impact of AI, smart cities, and other emerging technologies on various industries and society as a whole. You can schedule a zoom call to discuss what topics you’d like Ayesha to discuss at your event. She has spoken for companies around the world, including:

  • Goldman Sachs
  • Barclays
  • Citi
  • Schroders
  • Bisnode
  • Oracle
  • Deloitte
  • Teradata
  • Gartner
  • Reuters
  • and more

How to Hire Ayesha Khanna

Find out how to hire Ayesha Khanna to appear at your next event. Contact the Mollie Plotkin Group to inquire about Ayesha Khanna’s availability and cost. When booking Ayesha Khanna for an event, we need to know the type of venue and location the event will take place. Ayesha Khanna is a popular choice for corporate events, private events, and virtual events. So, you can click the Check Availability button or contact us and an MPG Ayesha Khanna booking agent will get back to you within 48 hours.

Ayesha Khanna Booking Price

How much to book Ayesha Khanna depends on the type of event. So, the cost to hire Ayesha Khanna for corporate or private events is available by contacting a Mollie Plotkin Group Agent. Notably, Ayesha Khanna is available for conferences, festivals, private parties and events. Just contact the Mollie Plotkin Group and tell the booking agent the proposed date, time, and location.

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Upcoming Engagements

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Aug 08 - 09 2024

Global Leadership Summit 2024 – Keynote Speaker Carey Lohrenz – Chicago, IL

Willow Creek Community Church
Aug 18 - 21 2024

Allied Solutions CNC’24 – Keynote Speaker Lisa Bodell – BC, Canada

The Fairmont Chateau Whistler
Sep 04 - 06 2024

Credit Union Leadership Symposium 2024 – Keynote Speaker Samantha Radocchia – Nashville, TN

Omni Nashville Hotel
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Key Audience Takeaways

AI for Everyone: Enhancing productivity

AI is not just another technology – it is THE technology. Eventually it will change every facet of human existence, from everyday life to work to entertainment. Therefore, it is bound to impact productivity as well. Dr. Ayesha Khanna, having spent 20+ years in the field, is an expert on how to use AI to boost productivity rather than hamper it.

She takes the audience on the journey of discovering the three facets of AI and productivity: AI that makes humans more productive, AI that makes machines more productive, and AI that makes AI more productive. Through practical and real-world examples, she explains how AI can elevate your organization to a new level of productivity.


The Future of Work

Generative AI, robotics, additive manufacturing, AR/VR, quantum computing, and gene editing are among the revolutionary technologies disrupting every industry in the world. But what do they mean for the future of work and jobs?

Dr. Khanna takes audiences 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 our global economy and our role in it. Best be prepared for it.


Top Tech Trends That Will Transform Your Industry

Technologies like Generative AI, edge computing, robotics, and human enhancement will significantly impact all industries in the coming 5-10 years. Using illuminating case studies, Dr. Khanna discusses how these accelerating technologies will disrupt business models and operations and 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 you must include in your strategic planning for the decade beyond.


Smart Cities: The Future of How We’ll Work, Live and Play

New technologies like AI, the Internet of Things, and robotics offer urban businesses and citizens high-quality, productive, and sustainable lifestyles. The critical shift is from centralized, top-down models to an ecosystem approach where corporate and civic stakeholders are leveraging data and AI.

With a Ph.D. in information systems focused on smart cities, Dr. Khanna delivers a comprehensive assessment of Smart City 2.0 best practices supported by a rich suite of illustrative case studies.


Generative AI 101

Generative AI is one of the fastest-growing technologies of our time. Amidst the hype and heightened fears, Dr. Ayesha breaks the truth down into bite-sized, digestible pieces that anyone can grasp.

She covers everything about generative AI – from what it is, its applications, and the various types, to how to run your own generative AI pilot. Dr. Ayesha takes the audience on a jargon-free journey full of relatable anecdotes and examples that leave them more confident when discussing generative AI, whether in everyday conversations or board meetings.


Winning with AI

Artificial intelligence has been called one of the most powerful technologies of our time. However, what is the reality behind the hype? With some of the world’s most recognized companies as her clients, Dr. Khanna provides insights into how innovative firms embrace data and machine learning to leapfrog competitors and win new customers. She also provides recommendations for accelerating your AI journey and using AI responsibly to engender trust amongst consumers and investors.


Hybrid Reality - Thriving in the Emerging Human-Technology Civilization Book Cover
Hybrid Reality: Thriving in the Emerging Human-Technology Civilization

Technology futurists Ayesha and Parag Khanna (whom Esquire magazine calls one of the 75 people who will influence the 21st century) declare that we are rapidly moving from a point of co-existence with technology to a phase of co-evolution with it.

In the Hybrid Age, technology is ubiquitous (with trillions of sensors coating our environment), intelligent (devices communicating with each other as well as with us), and social (encouraging us to develop emotional relationships with it). Technology no longer just processes our instruction; it has its own agency, and we respond to it as much as it responds to us. What this means for societies and individuals, as well as communities and nations, is truly world changing. How will we respond and adapt?

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