As the Philadelphia 76ers Vice President of Strategy, Wharton School of Business alumni, and 2017 Forbes 30 Under 30 Winner, Akshay Khanna is responsible for identifying, appraising and driving the organization’s strategic direction and new business initiatives and investments. Over his past two years with the Sixers organization he has played a crucial role in initiating some of the sports industry and NBA team’s most innovative and groundbreaking business decisions. With Khanna’s assistance the Sixers have become the first team in North American professional sports to acquire and merge two eSports teams; launched the most dynamic Innovation Lab managed by a professional sports team in the United States; developed a groundbreaking ticketing platform that has revolutionized the live event industry and ticketing ecosystem; and signed a landmark agreement to become the first professional team in “Big Four” North American sports with a jersey patch sponsor. In his role with the NBA team Khanna reports directly to Chris Heck, Philadelphia 76ers Chief Sales and Marketing Officer. His research and conclusions on sports analytics are routinely utilized in the New Jersey Devils and Prudential Center arena’s business operations plans.