Congress theme: “Future Libraries: Infinite Possibilities”

Wednesday's Plenary Session: Ubiquitous libraries in a hybrid reality

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21 August, 08:30-09:15


Exhibition Hall 404-405

Parag Khanna

Parag Khanna

Parag Khanna is a leading geo-strategist, world traveler, and author. He is Director of the Hybrid Reality Institute, Senior Research Fellow at the New America Foundation, Visiting Fellow at the London School of Economics IDEAS, Senior Fellow at the European Council on Foreign Relations, Senior Fellow at the Singapore Institute of International Affairs, and Adjunct Professor in the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy at the National University of Singapore.

Parang is also the author of “Hybrid Reality: Thriving in the Emerging Human-Technology Civilization” (2012), the international bestseller “The Second World: How Emerging Powers are Redefining Global Competition in the Twenty-first Century” (2008), and “How to Run the World: Charting a Course to the Next Renaissance” (2011).

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.” Parag is regularly featured in media around the world such as the New York Times, TIME, Financial Times, and the Wall Street Journal, and appears regularly on CNN, BBC, Al Jazeera, PBS, and NPR. He holds a PhD from the London School of Economics, and Bachelors and Masters degrees from the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University. Born in India, Parag grew up in the United Arab Emirates, New York, and Germany. He has travelled to more than 100 countries and is a Young Global Leader of the World Economic Forum and a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society.

Chair of the Session: Choy Fatt Cheong
(University Librarian, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore)