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Sanjay Khanna

Sanjay Khanna is Director and Futurist of Whitespace Legal Collab, winner of a Financial Times Innovative Lawyers North America Award. The first futurist appointed to a global law firm, Sanjay advises senior leaders in business, government and civil society on complex twenty-first century risks and opportunities. A global megatrends and scenarios expert, Sanjay has been a strategy consultant to Insurance Bureau of Canada and Centre for Social Innovation’s Agents of Change: Climate Solutions Program. Ford Motor Co.’s chief futurist invited Sanjay's contributions to Ford Trends 2017 and Ford Trends 2018. Sanjay was a founding member of the Loblaw Food Council, launched in 2016 by Loblaws, Canada's food and pharmacy leader. His interdisciplinary background includes academic and industry collaborations in artificial intelligence and robotics; mobile and ubiquitous computing; ethics, law, future of work and smart cities; global health, public health and public safety; and disaster risk reduction, environmental and climatic change. Media outlets featuring Sanjay include The Globe and Mail, CBC’s The Current, The Lawyer, and AMA Quarterly, the journal of the American Management Association. Recently, Sanjay was a member of a global Baker McKenzie team advising Canada’s Expert Panel on Sustainable Finance on a pro bono basis.

The Baker McKenzie Global Climate Change practice expects 2020 to bring both scaled up developments and new challenges in a broad-based response to climate change. Given widespread coverage of the shortcomings of last December’s climate negotiations in Madrid, it may seem counterintuitive to anticipate positive movement on climate action this…