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Ayesha Khanna

Expert on Technology, Environment, Energy and Education
Co-Founder and CEO of ADDO AI


Innovation & Future


Asien / China / Indien



Ayesha Khanna is Co-Founder and CEO of ADDO AI, an artificial intelligence (AI) advisory firm and incubator which was featured in Forbes magazine as one of four leading artificial intelligence companies in Asia in 2017.

Ayesha has been a strategic advisor on artificial intelligence, smart cities and fintech to clients such as SMRT, Singapore's largest public transport company, SOMPO, Japan's largest insurance firm, and Smart Dubai, the government agency tasked to transform Dubai into a leading smart city. In 2018 Ayesha was named one of South East Asia's groundbreaking female entrepreneurs by Forbes magazine and Fintech Asia named her one of Singapore's leading female entrepreneurs and a leading Asian fintech influencer.

Ayesha has a BA in Economics from Harvard University, an MS in Operations Research from Columbia University and a PhD in Information Systems and Innovation from the London School of Economics.

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 analyse 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. She also served on the Singapore Ministry of Education’s Steering Committee on future skills and applied learning for emerging industries.

Ayesha has 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. 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.


  • Creating A Culture of Innovation
  • Education
  • Smart Cities and the Future of Urban Living
  • Hybrid Reality & Technology Trends
  • Intelligent Living
  • Future of Society
  • The Future of Work & Skills


  • Hybrid Reality: Thriving in the Emerging Human-Technology Civilisation, 2012
  • Straight Through Processing, 2007