Factotum is a team of strategists, journalists, communications experts, research analysts, design and digital gurus working with clients to build successful global brands.

PARAG KHANNA

CO-FOUNDER & CEO

A global strategist, world traveler and best-selling author, Parag is CEO of Factotum. He is the author of The Second World: Empires and Influence in the New Global Order (2008), How to Run the World: Charting a Course to the Next Renaissance (2011) and co-author of Hybrid Reality: Thriving in the Emerging Human-Technology Civilization (2012). He is a Young Global Leader of the World Economic Forum

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SCOTT MALCOMSON

DIRECTOR, STRATEGY

Scott Malcomson has worked as a journalist in Africa, the Americas, Asia and the Middle East and is the author of four books as well as the forthcoming Anonymity: The Web Self (2015). He was a senior official at both the United Nations (2003) and the U.S. State Department (2011-12), editorial advisor to Eric Schmidt and Jared Cohen for their book The New Digital Age, and director of communications for two global NGOs. At the New York Times he was foreign-affairs opinion editor in 2001-2 and foreign editor of the magazine in 2004-11, managing correspondents around the globe.

DR. ELIE CHACHOUA

DIRECTOR, EDITORIAL

Dr. Elie Chachoua is an expert in strategic and multidisciplinary research. His work focuses on identifying trends and challenges associated with globalization and sustainability. Elie holds a PhD in Theoretical Physics from the University Pierre et Marie Curie in France, a Master of Public Administration from the School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA) from Columbia University. He is trained in negotiations and climate diplomacy.

HOLLY HICKMAN

SENIOR WRITER

Holly Hickman has built an international journalistic career focused on space, science, medicine and health, finance and environmental sustainability. She specializes in conveying complex concepts and ideas in ways that are accessible and engaging, without robbing them of their integrity. She began her career as an Associated Press newswoman reporting from France, Italy, Cuba, Chile, and Washington, D.C. Her work has been published by The Washington Post, The World Economic Forum, The Smithsonian’s Air & Space magazine, The Economist Group, and in numerous travel, food and financial services publications. She holds an MS in Journalism from Columbia University.


AYESHA KHANNA

CO-FOUNDER AND CHAIRMAN

Ayesha Khanna is a technology, urbanization and education expert with over 15 years of experience in product and service innovation and human capital development. She is author of Straight Through Processing for Financial Services (2008) and co-author of Hybrid Reality: Thriving in the Emerging Human-Technology Civilization (2012). She was the Founder and Editor-in-Chief of EGO Magazine (2004-2011), one of the first arts and culture magazines for the South Asian diaspora in New York City.



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ASSOCIATES

Our network spans the globe, allowing us to tailor content for any market or industry. Our high-caliber associates include:

  • Editors who have worked for well-known publishers like the New York Times, and the Economist Group 
  • Journalists who have written for publications such as Fast Company, the Wall Street Journal, Forbes, and the New York Times
  • Visual artists with clients such as the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, and Businessweek
  • Filmmakers with clients such as CNBC
  • Analysts affiliated with Columbia, Sorbonne, and Harvard