Global Cities and Megacities: The New Economic Geography
17 May | FCL lunch talk features Parag Khanna, a leading global strategist, world traveler, and best-selling author.
Various typologies have been offered for super-scale urban agglomerations (megacities) and cities with cross-border/global influence (global cities). What are the most significant characteristics of such cities in terms of their domestic and international economic roles? What are the measurement challenges associated with quantifying their significance? In what ways are they the harbinger of a new mode of global organisation?
Parag Khanna is a leading global strategist, world traveler, and best-selling author. He is a senior research fellow in the Centre on Asia and Globalisation at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy at the National University of Singapore. He is also the managing partner of Hybrid Reality, a boutique geostrategic advisory firm, and co-Founder & CEO of Factotum, a leading content branding agency.
Parag's latest book is Technocracy in America: Rise of the Info-State (2017). He is author of a trilogy of books on the future of world order beginning with The Second World: Empires and Influence in the New Global Order (2008), followed by How to Run the World: Charting a Course to the Next Renaissance (2011), and concluding with Connectography: Mapping the Future of Global Civilization (2016). He is also co-author of Hybrid Reality: Thriving in the Emerging Human-Technology Civilization(2012). In 2008, Parag was named one of Esquire’s “75 Most Influential People of the 21st Century,” and featured in WIRED magazine’s “Smart List.”
He holds a PhD from the London School of Economics, and Bachelors and Masters degrees from the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University. He has traveled to more than 100 countries and is a Young Global Leader of the World Economic Forum.