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Dr Maha Hosain Aziz

Professor, Author, Cartoonist in the NYU MA International Relations Program

NYU - The Graduate School of Arts and Science, USA

Dr Maha Hosain Aziz, a former banker and Businessweek columnist, is a professor, author and cartoonist in the MA International Relations Program at New York University’s Graduate School of Arts & Sciences specialising in global risk and prediction, which she also teaches at e-learning startups; and she is a risk expert in the Global Future Council on Frontier Risk at the World Economic Forum. She has given speeches on future trends to varied audiences at venues worldwide, including the United Nations, Commonwealth Secretariat, European Parliament, Bosphorus Forum, Cyfy Africa, Asia Society, Convoco Forum and Betaworks Studios.

Her first book, seven-time award-winning bestseller Future World Order (2020), on global risk has been called a “must-read” (Dr Ian Bremmer, Kishore Mahbubani) written by a “global thinker to watch” (Dr Nouriel Roubini) and an “engaged scholar activist” (Dr Parag Khanna). The sequel, A Global Spring (2022), considers what’s next in a post-pandemic era. Her ideas have been featured in outlets including the Huffington Post, Forbes, Medium, CNN and the Observer. And on occasion she still consults on political risk with governments via Wikistrat, the world’s first geopolitical crowdsourced consultancy, also leading the annual NYU-Wikistrat Top Ten Global Risks project.

In December 2021, she launched award-winning The Global Kid: The World’s First VR/AR Political Comic Book which has been featured in outlets including Tatler Asia and Authority Magazine. She donated a week’s profits to the WHO’s Covid fund during the Omicron surge and another week’s profits to UNICEF’s Ukraine appeal amid the ongoing war. The Global Kid also supported nonprofit Global Citizen‘s #StandUpForUkraine campaign in April 2022, which led to over $10B in grants and loans for refugees globally. The comic is the sequel to her 2016 political comic book of the same name which won seven global awards. Maha donated the profits and prize money from her first book and first comic in 2019-2021 to her brother’s memorial fund supporting Syrian refugee youth in Jordan’s Za’atari camp via Peace and Sport.

She earned a Bachelor’s at Brown University, a Master’s at Columbia University, a Master’s and PhD at the LSE, and a research certification in Leveraging Crowds in the Public Sector at the NYU Polytechnic School of Engineering


Opening Keynote

A Global Spring – Predictions of a Post-Pandemic Era

Dr Maha Hosain Aziz | NYU - The Graduate School of Arts and Science, USA