Banning Garrett

Exponential Tech & Global Megatrends

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Alexandria, VA
Monday-Friday, 9-5


Washington-based Banning Garrett is faculty at SingularityUniversity, Senior Fellow with the Global Federation of CompetitivenessCouncils, Senior Fellow with Global Urban Development, co-founder of nano RFIDcompany nR LLC, and adviser to several technology startups.  Garrett has more than four decades ofexperience as a strategic thinker, writer, consultant, speaker, programdirector, and entrepreneur.  He has madekeynote presentations in Asia, Africa, Latin America and Europe as well as theUnited States on accelerating technological change, long-term global trends,and geopolitics.

Garrett was founding director of the Atlantic Council’sStrategic Foresight Initiative and established and led the Council’scooperation with the U.S. National Intelligence Council (NIC) in production ofits unclassified, quadrennial long-term global trends assessments, including GlobalTrends 2030: Alternative Worlds. He was director of the Council’sAsia Program and directed the Council’s US-China joint assessment of long-termglobal trends project and co-authored the project's 2013 report, China-USCooperation: Key to Global Future. Garrett has been published inmore than two dozen journals and media outlets. He received his BA fromStanford and his PhD in Politics from Brandeis.

Garrett was Director of the Asia Society’s Initiative forUS-China Cooperation on Energy and Climate (2008) and co-author of theInitiative’s 2009 report, CommonChallenge, Collaborative Response: A Roadmap for U.S.-China Cooperation onEnergy and Climate Change. Garrett was a consultant for twenty-twoyears to the US Department of Defense and other US government agencies carryingon a strategic dialogue with China. Garrett has made sixty trips to China since1981 for consultations with Chinese officials and analysts as well as numeroussimilar visits to Russia, Taiwan, Japan, and South Korea. He has also traveledwith the National Intelligence Council on more than a dozen trips to most ofthe G-20 countries for global trends consultations.