Citizen Eight

Building inclusive 21st century economies.


Citizen Eight is a global consulting firm focused on building inclusive 21st century economies. We are uniquely situated at the intersection of technology, entertainment, and justice.

We have convened over 1000+ global leaders including presidents, ministers, mayors, NGOs, CEOs, and top industry experts on how to develop sustainable and equitable modern communities.

Our signature platform, Smart City Expo Atlanta, the only U.S. edition of Fira Barcelona’s Smart City Expo World Congress, is at the forefront of assisting government officials and leading members of the private sector harness the $1.6 trillion global smart city marketplace through public private partnerships and innovative financing models.

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Aarti Tandon CEO Aarti is a seasoned lawyer, human rights advocate, smart cities expert, and film and event producer, who has been deeply committed to building inclusive economies for the last twenty years.

Since 2017, Ms. Tandon has convened 1000+ global leaders including presidents, ministers, mayors, NGOs, CEOs, and top industry experts on how to build sustainable and equitable 21st century communities by harnessing the $1.6 trillion global smart city marketplace.

Ms. Tandon spent a decade representing Grammy-nominated artists, emerging songwriters, filmmakers, publishers, producers, and more. She has overseen the tours of the world’s most famous Bollywood stars and organized high-level sports and entertainment delegations for the U.S. State Department in advance of the 2014 World Cup. She has consulted for new media companies such as Derek Jeter’s The Players’ Tribune,’s sustainable joint venture with Coca-Cola, EKOCYCLE, and served as a content producer for the 2018 Goalkeepers event featuring Bill and Melinda Gates, President Macron, and other heads of state.

An early steward of criminal justice reform, Ms. Tandon is one of the rare lawyers in the United States to have successfully received a Presidential Commutation on behalf of a client serving time in federal prison. In 2008, after a five-year pro bono campaign, President George W. Bush granted the early release of Ms. Tandon’s client – it was one of only 11 Commutations granted during President Bush’s eight years in office. Her decades long commitment to reducing mass incarceration continues to this day and has included working with the wrongfully convicted through the Deskovic Foundation and with formerly incarcerated women through Project Liberation.

Her feature documentary film credits include: Producer, ”Catching the Sun”, a film on solar energy’s ability to address income inequality, executive produced by Leonardo DiCaprio and Adrian Grenier; Co-Executive Producer, ”The Uncondemned”, a film on the historic Akayesu case and first ever conviction of rape as a crime of war supported by Global Citizen with music by Aloe Blacc and Maya Jupiter, and; Co- Producer, “Survivors Guide to Prison”, executive produced by Susan Sarandon, Gina Belafonte, Adrian Grenier, and others committed to criminal justice issues.

Ms. Tandon is a frequent speaker on criminal justice reform, smart cities and innovation, and 21st century public policy. She is a member of the Blockchain Commission for Sustainable Development, a member of the Leadership Council of Blue Sphere Foundation, and a board member of Project Liberation. She is a graduate of Emory University (B.A., International Studies) and the Benjamin Cardozo School of Law (J.D.) where she served as Editor-in-Chief of the Moot Court Honor Society.