Nor-Shipping looks to future with world-class moderators

Renowned global strategist and intellectual Parag Khanna and award winning BBC presenter and journalist Nisha Pillai will be the Nor-Shipping conference moderators in 2017.

Khanna, named by Esquire magazine as one of the 75 most influential people of the 21st century, is the author of numerous books on future world order, including the acclaimed Connectography: Mapping the Future of Global Civilization, focusing on how connected infrastructure supersedes traditional geographic and political barriers. He has also been an adviser to the U.S. National Intelligence Council’s Global Trends 2030 program, and served in the foreign policy advisory group to the Barack Obama for President campaign.

Pillai, meanwhile, has over 20 years of broadcast experience with the BBC, becoming a globally recognised face through her work anchoring rolling news on BBC World News.

World-class moderators
According to Nor-Shipping Director Birgit Liodden, the pair offer the perfect combination of authority and intellect to marshal a diverse programme of thought provoking, engaging and insight-rich debates and presentations.

“We are tailoring our conferences in 2017 to help the global shipping community tackle current challenges and exploit future potential,” she comments. “Those challenges are great, but so is the opportunity, and we’re expecting all our events to be fast paced, vibrant and visionary as they address crucial issues.

“As such we felt we needed world-class moderators, who are used to getting the very best out of high-level participants and delivering the most value for delegates. Parag and Nisha fit the bill perfectly. They are capable of facilitating energetic, memorable discussions, while helping audiences pinpoint, engage with, and really understand ‘big’ ideas, technologies and takeaways. We are delighted to have them on board.”

Catalyst for Change
Nor-Shipping 2017 has committed itself to not only showcasing industry actors, services and innovations – across five themed halls and 45,000 m2 of exhibition space – but also providing a pro-active platform for future solutions. As such it has adopted an overall theme of Catalyst for Change, while dedicating exhibition Hall A to Disruptive Sustainability. Initiatives such as Problem to Profit, where shipping’s next generation seek to find solutions to this generation’s challenges, mirror its far-reaching ambition.

It’s a context that Parag Khanna will, Liodden explains, greatly complement.

“Parag is one of the great thinkers and presenters of our time,” she says. “From writing books that help us map successful and sustainable courses for the future, through to advising politicians and institutions on key areas of geostrategic importance, he is an individual that understands the potential of global connectivity and innovation, while inspiring audiences to reach for their own personal goals.

Navigate future paths
“The world doesn’t stand still and shipping can’t afford to. Our conferences will help navigate future paths that take in new ideas, talent and directions. Both Parag and Nisha will help us achieve that. In the meantime we’ll be working with the industry to fine-tune the content that they want to see – listening to, and provoking, debate to ensure we address key issues and business concerns.

“Remember, this is your event week, and that’s something we never lose sight of.”

Meet the moderators
Parag Khanna
is a widely cited global intellectual and strategist. He is a Senior Research Fellow in the Centre on Asia and Globalisation at the National University of Singapore, and Managing Partner of Hybrid Reality, a boutique geostrategic advisory firm. His books include How to Run the World: Charting a Course to the Next Renaissance, the international bestseller The Second World: Empires and Influence in the New Global Order, and Connectography: Mapping the Future of Global Civilization.

Khanna has been an adviser to the U.S. National Intelligence Council’s Global Trends 2030 program, and served in the foreign policy advisory group to the Barack Obama for President campaign. He provides executive briefings to government leaders and major corporations on global trends and scenarios, systemic risks and technological disruptions, and market entry strategies and economic master planning.

Amongst his many media appearances, Khanna is a regular CNN Global Contributor. He also spoke at TED in 2016, TED Global 2009 and was a guest host of TED Global 2012, and is a featured speaker at SXSW – the leading global tech event South by South West in Austin.

Watch Parag Khanna discuss Connectography

Nisha Pillai is a seasoned BBC presenter and journalist, known globally for bringing major breaking stories to audiences with style and composure. With more than two decades of broadcast experience, Pillai has reported on a series of defining events from recent years, including the first two hours of the 9/11 attacks in the US and the fall of Baghdad during the Iraq War.

Alongside her work on BBC World News, she has also presented Panorama, Money Programme and HARDtalk.

She now works worldwide as a successful conference host, motivational speaker and coach.

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