Ayesha Khanna is the Co-Founder and CEO of ADDO AI, an artifical intelligence solutions firm and incubator. She has been a strategic advisor on artificial intelligence and smart cities to leading corporations and governments.
She is also the Founder and Director of the Hybrid Reality Institute, a research and advisory think tank focused on the intersection of technology trends, data intelligence and geopolitics, and also of Urban Intel, a digital skills development platform for professionals building careers related to the many demands of rapid urbanisation.
Ayesha is on the Scientific Advisory Board of the Lifeboat Foundation, a Fellow at the Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies and one of the organisers of TEDxGotham. As an author, she co-wrote (with her husband Parag Khanna) Hybrid Reality: Thriving in the Emerging Human-Technology Civilization (TED Conferences, 2012). The book explores how, in this era of disruptive technologies, accelerating change, and deep anxiety about the future, the “balance of innovation” has superseded the military “balance of power” as a measure of national potential. It provides a global tour of how the smartest countries, cities, and companies are harnessing new technologies to gain an edge. Ayesha’s upcoming book, “U+AI” explores how artificial intelligence can benefit humanity.
She is also the founder of 21st Century Girls, a charity that teaches girls coding and artificial intelligence.
Ayesha has a BA (honours) in Economics from Harvard University, an MSc in Operations Research from Columbia University and is writing her PhD in Information Systems and Innovation at the London School of Economics.