Keynote Speakers

Enjoy thought-provoking commentary from our keynote speakers about how you can reach, grow, and innovate both your affiliate program and overall business.

Waleed Al-Atraqchi

President, CJ Affiliate

In the two years that Waleed Al-Atraqchi has lead CJ Affiliate, we have made tremendous strides in our promise to remain innovative, launching game-changing solutions like Cross-Device and Affiliate Customer Insights. Backed by these new products and our unparalleled data assets, CJ is able to recognize the individual—more than 160 million of them—and provide the scale, accuracy, and persistence needed for success. In the CJU17 President’s Keynote, Waleed will speak to how these solutions are pushing the boundaries of the channel as a whole.

Waleed will also address the growing global nature of the industry, and how CJ is positioned to help businesses expand to meet these international needs. In this vein, we’ve added a Global Markets Index session to CJU17, where marketers will learn how to tap into to these new, growing markets. We’ve also added a Global Expo that puts you face-to-face with your next international partner.

Throughout the keynote, Waleed will highlight how understanding your consumer and their path to purchase, wherever they are in the world, underpins how CJ is leading the way in affiliate.

Parag Khanna

Managing Partner, Hybrid Reality
Co-Founder & CEO, Factotum

As the world becomes increasingly more connected, the affiliate space has evolved to adapt to these global trends. In this vein, we are honored to welcome leading global strategist, world traveler, and best-selling author Parag Khanna as our CJU17 keynote speaker.

Born in India, Parag grew up in the United Arab Emirates, New York, and Germany, and has traveled to more than 100 countries on all continents. Dr. Khanna holds a PhD in international relations from the London School of Economics, and Bachelors and Masters degrees from the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University. Parag also appears as a global contributor on CNN, BBC, CNBC, Al Jazeera and other international news media. His 2008 cover story for the New York Times Magazine titled “Waving Goodbye to Hegemony,” is one of the most globally debated and influential essays since the end of the Cold War. In 2008, Parag was named one of Esquire’s “75 Most Influential People of the 21st Century,” and featured in WIRED magazine’s “Smart List.”

CJU17 will largely highlight the current international developments occurring in affiliate, making Parag an ideal keynote speaker as he discusses worldwide trends, economic ecosystems, and how global connectivity is impacting macro commerce and ecommerce trends.