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Praise for Ravi Agrawal..

  • “Quite simply, the [author of the] best book about India today.”

    Fareed Zakaria, CNN

Ravi Agrawal: Speech Topics


① GLOBAL FORECAST | ② INDIA CONNECTED

① Global Forecast and Trends Report


Addressing the important global stories and underlying trends, Foreign Policy Managing Editor Ravi Agrawal will take you on a tour of the world. From China becoming the world’s biggest economy, to India having the world’s largest population, and Nigeria doubling to 400 million citizens—surpassing the United States—conventional wisdom is that the story of the 21st century will be the decline of America, and “the rise of the rest.” But the reality is more complicated. Scanning the horizon for events that can alter the current course for fast growing countries and regions, Agrawal examines what may happen when China’s growth miracle slows, how India’s trajectory might hit a ceiling, why Nigeria and its neighbors are facing a looming crisis. Overlaying all this is the effect technology and climate change will have on jobs, food sources, living conditions, with some countries faring better than others. Through it all, the United States will end up being far more resilient than one might imagine.

② India Connected


While most people in the west have evolved with the internet—from dialup connections on a PC in the 1990s, to cable, broadband, wireless, 3G, and then 4G on a smartphone today—the story is quite different in a place like India. Only 20 million Indians (2 percent of the population) had access to the internet in 2000; that number rose to 100 million in 2010, and then 300 million in 2015, accelerating to 500 million in 2018. A billion Indians are projected to be online by 2025. This unprecedented surge in internet users is entirely because of the rise of smartphones. Indians aren’t experiencing a Western-style evolution. They are experiencing a revolution. No other country has ever had so many people get online, so quickly. And the smartphone is not just an internet device for hundreds of millions of rural (and poor) Indians: it is also their first camera, first MP3 player, and first video device. The smartphone is transformative for the world’s largest democracy. It will change education, the job market, consumption, shipping, dating and marriage, efficiency, productivity. It can be a force for good; but it can also be a force for bad. The smartphone is unleashing fake news, pornography, a national epidemic of screen addiction, government surveillance, and more. The story of modern India will be charted and determined in large part by this tiny but transformative device. And that will have an impact on not just the world’s largest democracy, but also the trajectory of the global economy in the 21st century. Ravi Agrawal is the person to illuminate these trends. His book INDIA CONNECTED has been called “quite simply, the best book about India today” by Fareed Zakaria; Ian Bremmer says “like no one else, Agrawal highlights just how far India has come with the smartphone, and how much further it can go.”


Ravi Agrawal: Books


India Connected: How the Smartphone is Transforming the World's Largest Democracy

Foreign Policy managing editor and former CNN South Asia bureau chief Ravi Agrawal takes readers on a journey across India … ➡︎

Ravi Agrawal: Bio



      
Ravi Agrawal is the Managing Editor of Foreign Policy, the world’s leading website and print magazine on international relations and author of INDIA CONNECTED: How the Smartphone is Transforming the World’s Largest Democracy.

An award-winning journalist and media executive, Agrawal is a frequent commentator on TV and radio.

Before joining Foreign Policy in 2018, Agrawal worked at CNN for more than 11 years, spanning full-time roles on three continents. His most recent position at CNN was as New Delhi bureau chief and correspondent. In that role, Agrawal led the network’s coverage of news from South Asia and traveled across the region to report on-air and for CNN.com. He was responsible for global exclusive interviews with U.S. President Barack Obama and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Before his time in New Delhi, Agrawal worked as a senior producer in CNN’s London and New York bureaus, covering a wide range of stories around the globe. His work in TV news has been recognized with a Peabody Award and three Emmy nominations.

Agrawal has been named a Young Global Shaper by the World Economic Forum, and an Asia21 Young Leader by the Asia Society in New York. He has a Bachelor’s degree from Harvard University. Agrawal was born in London, England, and grew up in Kolkata, India. He lives with his wife in Brooklyn, NY.

Follow him on Twitter @RaviReports

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RAVI AGRAWAL


Award-winning journalist, author, media executive, and Managing Editor of Foreign Policy.

SPEECH TOPICS


① Global Forecast and Trends Report


Addressing the important global stories and underlying trends, Foreign Policy Managing Editor Ravi Agrawal will take you on a tour of the world. From China becoming the world’s biggest economy, to India having the world’s largest population, and Nigeria doubling to 400 million citizens—surpassing the United States—conventional wisdom is that the story of the 21st century will be the decline of America, and “the rise of the rest.” But the reality is more complicated. Scanning the horizon for events that can alter the current course for fast growing countries and regions, Agrawal examines what may happen when China’s growth miracle slows, how India’s trajectory might hit a ceiling, why Nigeria and its neighbors are facing a looming crisis. Overlaying all this is the effect technology and climate change will have on jobs, food sources, living conditions, with some countries faring better than others. Through it all, the United States will end up being far more resilient than one might imagine.


② India Connected


While most people in the west have evolved with the internet—from dialup connections on a PC in the 1990s, to cable, broadband, wireless, 3G, and then 4G on a smartphone today—the story is quite different in a place like India. Only 20 million Indians (2 percent of the population) had access to the internet in 2000; that number rose to 100 million in 2010, and then 300 million in 2015, accelerating to 500 million in 2018. A billion Indians are projected to be online by 2025. This unprecedented surge in internet users is entirely because of the rise of smartphones. Indians aren’t experiencing a Western-style evolution. They are experiencing a revolution. No other country has ever had so many people get online, so quickly. And the smartphone is not just an internet device for hundreds of millions of rural (and poor) Indians: it is also their first camera, first MP3 player, and first video device. The smartphone is transformative for the world’s largest democracy. It will change education, the job market, consumption, shipping, dating and marriage, efficiency, productivity. It can be a force for good; but it can also be a force for bad. The smartphone is unleashing fake news, pornography, a national epidemic of screen addiction, government surveillance, and more. The story of modern India will be charted and determined in large part by this tiny but transformative device. And that will have an impact on not just the world’s largest democracy, but also the trajectory of the global economy in the 21st century. Ravi Agrawal is the person to illuminate these trends. His book INDIA CONNECTED has been called “quite simply, the best book about India today” by Fareed Zakaria; Ian Bremmer says “like no one else, Agrawal highlights just how far India has come with the smartphone, and how much further it can go.”


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Ravi Agrawal is the Managing Editor of Foreign Policy, the world’s leading website and print magazine on international relations and author of INDIA CONNECTED: How the Smartphone is Transforming the World’s Largest Democracy.

An award-winning journalist and media executive, Agrawal is a frequent commentator on TV and radio.

Before joining Foreign Policy in 2018, Agrawal worked at CNN for more than 11 years, spanning full-time roles on three continents. His most recent position at CNN was as New Delhi bureau chief and correspondent. In that role, Agrawal led the network’s coverage of news from South Asia and traveled across the region to report on-air and for CNN.com. He was responsible for global exclusive interviews with U.S. President Barack Obama and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Before his time in New Delhi, Agrawal worked as a senior producer in CNN’s London and New York bureaus, covering a wide range of stories around the globe. His work in TV news has been recognized with a Peabody Award and three Emmy nominations.

Agrawal has been named a Young Global Shaper by the World Economic Forum, and an Asia21 Young Leader by the Asia Society in New York. He has a Bachelor’s degree from Harvard University. Agrawal was born in London, England, and grew up in Kolkata, India. He lives with his wife in Brooklyn, NY.

Follow him on Twitter @RaviReports

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