abir Sehgal works in corporate strategy at First Data Corporation, a global payments technology firm, which completed the largest IPO on the New York Stock Exchange in 2015. Previously, he was a vice president in emerging market equities at J.P. Morgan and traveled to over twenty-five developing countries to generate investment advice for institutional investors. He helped place the Alibaba IPO, the largest in history. He began his career by founding an online educational network.
He is the New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestselling author of eight books including: three non-fiction books, Coined, Jazzocracy, Walk in My Shoes (with Andrew Young); four children’s books, A Bucket of Blessings, The Wheels on the Tuk Tuk, Festival of Colors(forthcoming), and Thread of Love(forthcoming); and a work of poetry. A Bucket of Blessings was adapted into a stage production at the Alliance Theater. He has written for Fortune, Foreign Policy, MarketWatch, New York Observer, Harvard Business Review, TheStreet, CNBC, Quartz, ZeroHedge, Investopedia, and Atlanta Business Chronicle. He has appeared on CNN, PBS, NPR, C-SPAN, CNBC, Bloomberg, Fox News, National Geographic, and Fusion.
Sehgal has won two Grammy & one Latin Grammy Awards, and his productions have garnered 8 nominations and 5 wins. His winning productions: “Presidential Suite” (Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album); “Spoken at Midnight” (Best Instrumental Composition), all by Ted Nash; “Cuba: The Conversation Continues” (Best Latin Jazz Album); “The Offense of the Drum” (Best Latin Jazz Album); and “The Afro Latin Jazz Suite” (Best Instrumental Composition), all by Arturo O’Farrill. Sehgal is a composer, librettist, and musician who wrote an opera on the European financial crisis. He co-founded an arts non-profit organization that merged with the Afro Latin Jazz Alliance.
Sehgal is a US Navy veteran and reserve officer who served on active duty with special operations in the Middle East, and he received the Defense Meritorious Service Medal. He served as a speechwriter on a presidential campaign and is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. Sehgal is a graduate of Dartmouth College and the London School of Economics. He is an Atlanta Braves fan.