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Banning Garrett

Independent Consultant

Banning Garrett is a Washington-based strategic thinker, writer, convener, and entrepreneur. He works at the intersection of policy, technology, long-term global trends, urbanization, and geopolitics, and has sought to bridge the gap between the S&T and Washington policy communities to address global grand challenges. Garrett has written for more than two dozen journals and media outlets, and made presentations to think tanks, business groups, international conferences, and governments around the world. Most recently, Garrett was strategic foresight senior fellow for Innovation and Global Trends at the Atlantic Council. From 2003 to 2012, he was director of the Asia Program, and in 2006 established and subsequently led the Council’s cooperation with the National Intelligence Council (NIC) in production of the NIC’s unclassified, quadrennial long-term global trends assessments, including “Global Trends 2030: Alternative Worlds (2012).” In addition, Garrett also has worked on U.S.-China relations since the 1970s. Besides writing and speaking about U.S.-China relations, he consulted to the U.S. Government and conducted an informal strategic dialogue between China and the U.S. from 1981 to 2002. Garrett received his B.A. in the history of social thought and institutions from Stanford University and his Ph.D. in politics from Brandeis University. He is adjunct faculty at Singularity University.