Samir began his career with the General Electric Company (GE) graduating from its highly regarded Information Management Program (IMLP). After IMLP, he assumed numerous leadership roles at GE headquarters in Fairfield, CT and its Energy division based in Atlanta, GA. While at GE Energy, Samir took his first divisional CIO role at age 25 supporting a $250M temporary power business called GE Energy Rentals. Following this role, he was positioned to build an internal IT shared services organization providing centralized Oracle ERP implementation services to GE Energy Services, the largest business unit under GE Energy.
Following his 9-year career with GE, Samir worked as the VP for Corporate Systems for MGM Resorts International (MGM) and CIO for the Atlanta Housing Authority (AHA). Samir is currently the Commissioner and CIO for the City of Atlanta. As CIO, Samir is accountable for information technology services for all 25 city departments to include Public Safety, Justice, Operations, Administration, and Hartsfield-Jackson Int’l Airport.
David Lightburn is co-founder and President of Atlanta Tech Village – a 103,000 square foot building that houses 300+ startups and 1000+ members. David leads the Village management team developing and implementing the Village’s vision, mission, culture and strategic goals. Intimately involved with the creation and growth of Atlanta Tech Village, David has overseen the transformation of a run-down 1980s office building into America’s 4th largest tech hub.
In 2009 he co-founded Clickscape, a real estate technology company focused on lead generation and lead management software for real estate agents, and later Village Realty, a consumer-first, tech-enabled real estate brokerage.
David has played prominent roles in early stage tech startups in the goal management and business intelligence space, was a Techstars Mentor, and pays it forward by mentoring and advising several startups in Atlanta. David is a graduate of Rhodes College and lives in Alpharetta with his wife and 3 kids.
With more than 15 years of leadership experience in mobile and social media, Doug Busk brings a diverse background to his role as Group Director of Digital Communications & Social Media at The Coca-Cola Company. His responsibilities include overseeing the evolution and international expansion of the Coca–Cola Journey and Coca–Cola Unbottled storytelling platforms; driving strategic growth of the company’s corporate social media channels; and leading the development and execution of digital training and capability-‐‐building worldwide.
Previously, as director of Connections Innovation at Coke, Doug led a global effort to empower the company’s global marketing community to engage consumers in real time. In 2013, he spearheaded the creation and launch of the HUB Network, Coca-‐‐Cola’s global social listening, analysis and engagement platform, connecting and harmonizing the real-‐‐time work of more than 2,000 social media marketers worldwide.
Before joining Coca–Cola, Doug held business development and product marketing executive roles with Amdocs and SinglePoint. During the 2008 presidential election cycle, he served as outside strategic advisor to the Obama campaign’s landmark mobile efforts.
Prior to that, Doug led product management and development for Verizon Wireless and Cingular. At Verizon, he drove the creation of the nation’s first cross-‐‐carrier nonprofit fundraising capability via text messaging, which, in 2010, resulted in more than $40 million raised for the Red Cross’ Haiti earthquake relief efforts.
Doug earned a B.A. in political science from Emory University.
Kashi Sehgal is Co-Founder & CEO of Gigabark, an integrated mobile solutions company rooted in phone and text messaging technologies. She is also Director of Strategic Initiatives & Business Development for IG Design Group, a UK-based company that specializes in design and has creates products for celebrations, stationary and creative play, and giftables. She also serves as Founder & Executive Director of SuperNova South, the largest and most accessible multi-disciplinary technology conference in the Southeast.
Previously, Kashi spent time as a management consultant at Accenture where she worked with both government and Fortune 100 clients in areas such as visioning and gap analysis, cost reduction, communication plans, training, performance measurement, incentive structures, and more. She also has experience in strategic planning and brand strategy – especially as it relates to startups, early stage companies, and non-profits.
She has started several non-profits including Music For Tomorrow which provided immediate financial assistance to jazz musicians affected by Hurricane Katrina and currently provides economic opportunities for jazz musicians around the country. MFT is now housed as a program of the Afro Cuban Jazz Alliance in New York. She also works with the Campus Community Partnership Foundation as Executive Director which promotes education through a student-centered approach focused on social responsibility and runs the Mentor Walk program.
Kashi is actively engaged in the Atlanta community serving on various boards such as WonderRoot, Andrew J Young Foundation Advisory Council, Fulton County Career & Technical Education, Amplify4Good, WINGS for Kids, and Georgia’s WIN List and with groups such as the Metro Atlanta Chamber’s Mobility Leadership Council, ChooseATL, Atlanta Regional Commission’s Innovation Committee, The Lovett School’s Sustainability Committee and as an Advice For Good Advisor.
Kashi is a native Atlantan. She attended The George Washington University for her undergraduate studies and Georgia Tech for graduate research. Kashi was selected as a member of Outstanding Atlanta’s Class of 2015, as one of Atlanta Business Chronicle’s 40 Under 40 in 2014, and as a member of the 2013 LEAD Atlanta and LaunchPad2X classes. She volunteers her time mentoring and with CARE, Acumen, and other organizations in her community.