Kabir Sehgal

  • Former Vice President in Emerging Market Equities, J.P. Morgan
  • New York Times and Wall Street Journal Bestselling Author
  • Godson of Ambassador Andrew Young

Kabir Sehgal is the godson of Ambassador Andrew Young and the New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestselling author of books including Coined, Walk in My Shoes (with Andrew Young), A Bucket of Blessings, and Jazzocracy. A former vice president in emerging market equities at J.P. Morgan, Sehgal's new book is Coined: The Rich Life of Money and How Its History Has Shaped Us. In its review of Coined, the Financial Times wrote "Sehgal is a tireless and eloquent guide."

 

A dynamic speaker, Sehgal speaks on a wide diversity of topics, ranging from civil rights and mentorship to capitalism and economics.

 
  

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Coined doesn't resemble any of the usual text books on money. For one thing, it's actually fun to read—and Kabir Sehgal will stimulate your thinking about our financial crisis and banking.

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Coined: The Rich Life of Money and How Its History Has Shaped Us

Kabir Sehgal traveled to over twenty-five countries over four years to research the role of money in society, and how it shapes our lives in often imperceptible ways. He casts aside our workaday assumptions about money and takes the audience on a global quest, from the Galapagos Islands to the Mongo ...

Kabir Sehgal traveled to over twenty-five countries over four years to research the role of money in society, and how it shapes our lives in often imperceptible ways. He casts aside our workaday assumptions about money and takes the audience on a global quest, from the Galapagos Islands to the Mongolian Steppes, to uncover a deeper understanding of the relationship between money and humankind. In Coined: The Rich Life of Money And How Its History Has Shaped Us, he presents on the origins and evolution of money by examining it through the multiple lenses of disciplines as varied as biology, psychology, anthropology, theology, history and economics. In his book and during talks, his presentation is grounded in current academic research while using entertaining stories accumulated from the frontlines of emerging market investing.

A sample of questions that Kabir addresses:

  • What is the most powerful type of currency?
  • How does the brain process financial decisions?
  • How can the symbols found on money tell the story of humanity?
  • What is the future of money?
  • How should we use money?

See a short video of Kabir discussing Coined.

Civil Rights and My Relationship with Ambassador Andrew Young

Kabir Sehgal is the godson of Andrew Young who was the top aide to Martin Luther King, Jr. During the civil rights movement, Ambassador Andrew Young worked tirelessly as a strategist and negotiator during the campaigns that resulted in the passage of the Civil Rights Act and Voting Rights Act, and w ...

Kabir Sehgal is the godson of Andrew Young who was the top aide to Martin Luther King, Jr. During the civil rights movement, Ambassador Andrew Young worked tirelessly as a strategist and negotiator during the campaigns that resulted in the passage of the Civil Rights Act and Voting Rights Act, and was at Martin Luther King, Jr.’s side when he was assassinated. For years, in correspondence and conversation, he has been mentoring his godson, Kabir Sehgal. They published a book together entitled Walk in My Shoes with a foreword by Bill Clinton.

In this speech, Kabir recounts the lessons learned from "Uncle Andy" on a range of topics, and adapts lessons from the civil rights movement for a younger generation. A sample of questions that Kabir addresses:

  • Why were young people important to the civil rights movement?
  • What is the civil rights challenge of today?
  • Why was Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. a macroeconomist?

See a short video of Kabir and Ambassador Young on PBS Newshour.

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Biography

Kabir Sehgal was a vice president in emerging market equities at J. P. Morgan in New York. He serves as an officer in the United States Navy Reserve, served as a speechwriter on a presidential campaign, and is a term member of the Council on Foreign Relations. 

He is the New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestselling author of books including Coined, Walk in My Shoes (with Andrew Young), A Bucket of Blessings, and Jazzocracy. 

A Grammy-winning producer who has performed with Grammy-winning musicians as a jazz bassist, he co-founded an arts organization which merged with the Afro Latin Jazz Alliance. 

Sehgal is a graduate of Dartmouth College and the London School of Economics. He is a diehard Atlanta Braves fan.