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Meet theTED Fellows

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TED Fellows are a global group of visionary individuals who work in all disciplines to make the world safer, healthier and more just. From hilarious stand-up comedians to cutting-edge cancer researchers, TED Fellows are pioneers in their field and will light up any audience with their remarkable life stories and groundbreaking work.

 
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Jean-Baptiste Michel

Data Scientist | Author

“As the world is further digitized, the sciences and the humanities will come closer together to being able to answer deep questions about mankind, and mathematics will be a powerful language to do that with.” Expand

Jean-Baptiste Michel

Jean-Baptiste Michel is a leading data scientist and the founder of Quantified Labs, a company that turns big data into products. While at Harvard and Google, he invented new ways to extract meaning from big data. His technologies, used by tens of millions of people, have been featured on the front page of The Wall Street Journal, on the cover of Science, and on TED. He is the author of the “irresistible” (New York Times) book Uncharted: Big Data as a Lens on Human Culture. 

 

Michel is a TED Fellow, entrepreneur, and scientist, and the co-author of Uncharted: Big Data as a Lens on Human Culture. He is the founder of the data science company Quantified Labs, an associate scientist at Harvard University, and a former visiting faculty at Google. He turned the massive Google Books library into an addictive tool for plotting cultural trends: the Ngram Viewer was used by tens of millions. His TED talks have been viewed nearly two million times. His work has been featured on the front page of The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and The Boston Globe, and he was named a Forbes’ “30 under 30.”

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Can We Explain History Using Math?

Jean-Baptiste Michel is a leading data scientist and the founder of Quantified Labs, a company that turns big data into products. While at Harvard and Google, he invented new ways to extract meaning from big data. His technologies, used by tens of millions of people, have been featured on the front page of The Wall Street Journal, on the cover of Science, and on TED. He is the author of the “irresistible” (New York Times) book Uncharted: Big Data as a Lens on Human Culture. 

 

Michel is a TED Fellow, entrepreneur, and scientist, and the co-author of Uncharted: Big Data as a Lens on Human Culture. He is the founder of the data science company Quantified Labs, an associate scientist at Harvard University, and a former visiting faculty at Google. He turned the massive Google Books library into an addictive tool for plotting cultural trends: the Ngram Viewer was used by tens of millions. His TED talks have been viewed nearly two million times. His work has been featured on the front page of The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and The Boston Globe, and he was named a Forbes’ “30 under 30.”

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Technology /
Catarina Mota

Maker | Open Source Advocate

“Imagine walking into a shared space where people of all ages are hard at work, creating strange, beautiful, and useful things. People from all walks of life chose to pool resources and spend their free time learning, teaching each other, and inventing.” Expand

Catarina Mota

TEDGlobal Fellow Catarina Mota is a maker and open-source advocate and the co-founder of Open Materials. She encourages the making of things using smart materials: ink that conducts electricity; a window that turns from clear to opaque at the flip of a switch; a jelly that makes music. An enchanting speaker, Mota brings a delightful element of play to the forward-thinking maker movement. 

  
Mota is co-founder of Open Materials (do-it-yourself smart materials), Everywhere Tech (open source technology transfer), and AltLab (Lisbon’s hackerspace). She teaches hands-on workshops on high-tech materials and simple circuitry with the goal of encouraging people with little to no science background to take a proactive interest in science, technology, and knowledge-sharing. Mota received her PhD on the social impact of open and collaborative practices for the development of physical goods and technologies from the New University of Lisbon (in Lisbon, Portugal). She is currently a visiting scholar at ITP-NYU, Research Chair at the Open Source Hardware Association, a TEDGlobal Fellow, and a member of NYC Resistor.

 

Previously, she co-chaired the Open Hardware Summit 2012, served on the board of directors of the Open Source Hardware Association, taught as an adjunct faculty member at ITP-NYU, and was a fellow of the National Science and Technology Foundation of Portugal.

 
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Playing with Smart Materials

TEDGlobal Fellow Catarina Mota is a maker and open-source advocate and the co-founder of Open Materials. She encourages the making of things using smart materials: ink that conducts electricity; a window that turns from clear to opaque at the flip of a switch; a jelly that makes music. An enchanting speaker, Mota brings a delightful element of play to the forward-thinking maker movement. 

  
Mota is co-founder of Open Materials (do-it-yourself smart materials), Everywhere Tech (open source technology transfer), and AltLab (Lisbon’s hackerspace). She teaches hands-on workshops on high-tech materials and simple circuitry with the goal of encouraging people with little to no science background to take a proactive interest in science, technology, and knowledge-sharing. Mota received her PhD on the social impact of open and collaborative practices for the development of physical goods and technologies from the New University of Lisbon (in Lisbon, Portugal). She is currently a visiting scholar at ITP-NYU, Research Chair at the Open Source Hardware Association, a TEDGlobal Fellow, and a member of NYC Resistor.

 

Previously, she co-chaired the Open Hardware Summit 2012, served on the board of directors of the Open Source Hardware Association, taught as an adjunct faculty member at ITP-NYU, and was a fellow of the National Science and Technology Foundation of Portugal.

 
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Carrie Nugent

Asteroid Hunter

“Unlike earthquakes, hurricanes, or volcanic eruptions, asteroid impacts are a natural disaster that can be precisely predicted, and with enough time, entirely prevented. What we need to do now is find all the large asteroids that get close to Earth.” Expand

Carrie Nugent

Dr. Carrie Nugent is an asteroid hunter who works with a small team to discover and study asteroids at Caltech/IPAC. She earned her PhD in Geophysics and Space Physics from UCLA in 2013 and is a TED Fellow. Asteroid 8801 Nugent was named in her honor.

 

She is the author of Asteroid Hunters (2017, TED Books, Simon & Schuster)—a popular science book that explains how and why astronomers search for these mysterious objects. Asteroid Hunters was a “Best of March” selection by Apple iTunes.  In her free time, Nugent hosts and produces Spacepod: a weekly podcast where she invites astronomers, planetary scientists and engineers to sit, share a drink and tell the world about their corner of the cosmos.

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Adventures of An Asteroid Hunter

Dr. Carrie Nugent is an asteroid hunter who works with a small team to discover and study asteroids at Caltech/IPAC. She earned her PhD in Geophysics and Space Physics from UCLA in 2013 and is a TED Fellow. Asteroid 8801 Nugent was named in her honor.

 

She is the author of Asteroid Hunters (2017, TED Books, Simon & Schuster)—a popular science book that explains how and why astronomers search for these mysterious objects. Asteroid Hunters was a “Best of March” selection by Apple iTunes.  In her free time, Nugent hosts and produces Spacepod: a weekly podcast where she invites astronomers, planetary scientists and engineers to sit, share a drink and tell the world about their corner of the cosmos.

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Kellee Santiago

Video Game Developer

“I believe we are at a unique moment in the history of media and storytelling–one in which we can choose to incorporate technology with humanity. I am passionate about marrying technology with empathy to inspire, delight, and connect people around the world.” Expand

Kellee Santiago

Kellee Santiago, as former president and co-founder of thatgamecompany, has developed one of the most prominent brands in independent and innovative game development, pushing the communicative possibilities of video games as a medium. Its games for Playstation 3 and 4 were each record-breaking commercial successes and “Journey” was declared “Game of the Year.”

 

She is currently at Google Daydream as a Publishing Producer for virtual and augmented reality applications. She is also Co-Founder and Partner of Indie Fund, an angel investment fund which aims to support the growth of games as a medium by helping indie developers get, and stay, financially independent. 

 

Kellee speaks around the world at video game business and entertainment conferences on innovation in games, entrepreneurship, games as art and better methods for video game development. Her games are exhibited in museums around the world, and “Flower” became one of the first two video games to be installed in the permanent collection at the Smithsonian American Art Museum. In 2010, she became a TED Fellow and was recognized as one of The Ten Most Influential Women in Games of the Past Decade. Kellee has also received the 2011 Microsoft Top Women in Gaming award for Business.

 
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Somewhere Around

Kellee Santiago, as former president and co-founder of thatgamecompany, has developed one of the most prominent brands in independent and innovative game development, pushing the communicative possibilities of video games as a medium. Its games for Playstation 3 and 4 were each record-breaking commercial successes and “Journey” was declared “Game of the Year.”

 

She is currently at Google Daydream as a Publishing Producer for virtual and augmented reality applications. She is also Co-Founder and Partner of Indie Fund, an angel investment fund which aims to support the growth of games as a medium by helping indie developers get, and stay, financially independent. 

 

Kellee speaks around the world at video game business and entertainment conferences on innovation in games, entrepreneurship, games as art and better methods for video game development. Her games are exhibited in museums around the world, and “Flower” became one of the first two video games to be installed in the permanent collection at the Smithsonian American Art Museum. In 2010, she became a TED Fellow and was recognized as one of The Ten Most Influential Women in Games of the Past Decade. Kellee has also received the 2011 Microsoft Top Women in Gaming award for Business.

 
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Angelo Vermeulen

Biologist | Artist

“My fascination with the future informs everything I do. Engaging with it is a global and communal effort. I love to examine how the world works, and consequently how to break through established paradigms to come up with new and potentially disruptive ideas, both in my scientific and artistic work.” Expand

Angelo Vermeulen

Angelo Vermeulen is a true contemporary polymath. He is a biologist, active in the fields of systems engineering, aerospace and architecture. And he’s also a photographer and a visual artist, and wrote a dialogue book with a philosopher. He works with space agencies such as NASA and ESA, and is currently pursuing a second PhD at Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands working on the topic of interstellar travel. 

 

Over the past few years he has been developing a multitude of art-and-science projects throughout the world. As an artist Vermeulen is interested in working with technology and co-creating with communities. Biomodd, a worldwide series of art installations in which living ecosystems are built inside computers, is one of his most well-known projects.  Vermeulen’s background as a scientist and his expertise in community building has led him to become Crew Commander of the 2013 NASA-funded HI-SEAS Mars simulation in Hawaii.  


His unique way of combining science and art with co-creation and community building has been providing him useful insights on teamwork and leadership. He now globally shares these insights through talks and workshops where specific topics such facilitating leadership, conflict management and personal career choice have consistently provoked strong interest.

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How to Go to Space, Without Having to Go to Space

Angelo Vermeulen is a true contemporary polymath. He is a biologist, active in the fields of systems engineering, aerospace and architecture. And he’s also a photographer and a visual artist, and wrote a dialogue book with a philosopher. He works with space agencies such as NASA and ESA, and is currently pursuing a second PhD at Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands working on the topic of interstellar travel. 

 

Over the past few years he has been developing a multitude of art-and-science projects throughout the world. As an artist Vermeulen is interested in working with technology and co-creating with communities. Biomodd, a worldwide series of art installations in which living ecosystems are built inside computers, is one of his most well-known projects.  Vermeulen’s background as a scientist and his expertise in community building has led him to become Crew Commander of the 2013 NASA-funded HI-SEAS Mars simulation in Hawaii.  


His unique way of combining science and art with co-creation and community building has been providing him useful insights on teamwork and leadership. He now globally shares these insights through talks and workshops where specific topics such facilitating leadership, conflict management and personal career choice have consistently provoked strong interest.

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Anastasia Taylor-Lind

Documentary Photographer

“In order to tell the individual human stories, I felt I needed to remove the dramatic visuals that become so familiar and repetitive in the mainstream media. What I was witnessing was not only news, but history.” Expand

Anastasia Taylor-Lind

“Men fight wars, and women mourn them,” says documentary photographer Anastasia Taylor-Lind. When she arrived in Kiev in February 2014, Taylor-Lind found Independence Square under siege. At her makeshift studio a few feet away, she began documenting the unrest. In moving talks, this TED Fellow shares what she discovered about art, revolution, and humanity. 

 

Taylor-Lind is a photojournalist, a TED fellow, and a National Geographic Magazine contributor. She is currently a Harvard 2015 Nieman Fellow, based out of Boston. She works for leading magazines all over the world on issues relating to women, birth rights, population, and war. Taylor-Lind has lived in Syria and Lebanon, and travels regularly in the Middle East, Russia, and Eastern Europe. Her images are exhibited internationally and she has received a number of prestigious photography awards from a diverse range of organisations that enable her to undertake in-depth long-term reportage.

 

Her first book Maidan: Portraits from the Black Square documents the 2014 Ukrainian uprising in Kiev. She holds degrees in Documentary Photography from the University of Wales Newport and the London College of Communication.   

 
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Meet the Fighters and Mourners of the Ukrainian Revolution

“Men fight wars, and women mourn them,” says documentary photographer Anastasia Taylor-Lind. When she arrived in Kiev in February 2014, Taylor-Lind found Independence Square under siege. At her makeshift studio a few feet away, she began documenting the unrest. In moving talks, this TED Fellow shares what she discovered about art, revolution, and humanity. 

 

Taylor-Lind is a photojournalist, a TED fellow, and a National Geographic Magazine contributor. She is currently a Harvard 2015 Nieman Fellow, based out of Boston. She works for leading magazines all over the world on issues relating to women, birth rights, population, and war. Taylor-Lind has lived in Syria and Lebanon, and travels regularly in the Middle East, Russia, and Eastern Europe. Her images are exhibited internationally and she has received a number of prestigious photography awards from a diverse range of organisations that enable her to undertake in-depth long-term reportage.

 

Her first book Maidan: Portraits from the Black Square documents the 2014 Ukrainian uprising in Kiev. She holds degrees in Documentary Photography from the University of Wales Newport and the London College of Communication.   

 
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Stanford Thompson

Educator | Musician

“Society thrives when artists prioritize the needs of their communities. My goal is to share how music is one of the best ways to create harmony and opportunity—particularly in under-served populations.” Expand

Stanford Thompson

Stanford Thompson is a musician and educator who is passionate about using music for social action.  He serves as the Founder and Executive Director of Play On, Philly!, an El-Sistema inspired program bringing music education to students in underserved areas in Philadelphia.

 

Recently recognized as a TED Fellow, Thompson regularly appears at local TED events, national conferences and international symposiums as a keynote presenter and contributor. He believes that music education and orchestras offer important lessons in leadership, innovation, and diversity and inclusion. As a professional trumpeter, Thompson has performed with the Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra, Curtis Symphony Orchestra, Lancaster Symphony Orchestra, Symphony in C and recorded on the Ondine label with Christoph Eschenbach. He also appeared as a soloist with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, Ocean City Pops Orchestra and the North Springs Philharmonic. He leads residencies with Philos Brass in Pennsylvania and Georgia where they performed recitals and outreach presentations, presented master classes, and conducted clinics. In the jazz idiom, he has performed for the Berks Jazz Festival, on the Washington College Concert Series and presented for the opening gala of the Philadelphia Orchestra with the Rittenhouse Jazz Quintet.
 
Thompson is a native of Atlanta, GA and hold degrees from The Curtis Institute of Music and the New England Conservatory’s Abreu Fellows Program.

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Orchestras Everywhere: The Power of Music

Stanford Thompson is a musician and educator who is passionate about using music for social action.  He serves as the Founder and Executive Director of Play On, Philly!, an El-Sistema inspired program bringing music education to students in underserved areas in Philadelphia.

 

Recently recognized as a TED Fellow, Thompson regularly appears at local TED events, national conferences and international symposiums as a keynote presenter and contributor. He believes that music education and orchestras offer important lessons in leadership, innovation, and diversity and inclusion. As a professional trumpeter, Thompson has performed with the Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra, Curtis Symphony Orchestra, Lancaster Symphony Orchestra, Symphony in C and recorded on the Ondine label with Christoph Eschenbach. He also appeared as a soloist with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, Ocean City Pops Orchestra and the North Springs Philharmonic. He leads residencies with Philos Brass in Pennsylvania and Georgia where they performed recitals and outreach presentations, presented master classes, and conducted clinics. In the jazz idiom, he has performed for the Berks Jazz Festival, on the Washington College Concert Series and presented for the opening gala of the Philadelphia Orchestra with the Rittenhouse Jazz Quintet.
 
Thompson is a native of Atlanta, GA and hold degrees from The Curtis Institute of Music and the New England Conservatory’s Abreu Fellows Program.

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Politics /
Trevor Aaronson

Journalist | Author of The Terror Factory

“Central to my stories is a question: Are intrusive techniques keeping us any safer? I report on the intersection of civil liberties and national security, focusing on federal law enforcement’s use of surveillance, informants, and sting operations to thwart would-be terrorists.” Expand

Trevor Aaronson

Trevor Aaronson is an investigative journalist who researches the intersection of civil liberties and national security. Aaronson is the co-founder and executive director of the nonprofit Florida Center for Investigative Reporting and a contributing writer at First Look Media’s The Intercept


He is also author of The Terror Factory: Inside the FBI’s Manufactured War on Terrorism. A two-time finalist for the Livingston Awards, Aaronson has won more than two dozen national and regional awards, including the Molly National Journalism Prize, the international Data Journalism Award and the John Jay College/Harry Frank Guggenheim Excellence in Criminal Justice Reporting Award. Aaronson has been featured on CBS This Morning, NPR’s All Things Considered, MSNBC, This American Life, C-SPAN’s Washington Journal, WNYC’s On the Media and The Leonard Lopate Show, among others.

 

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How This FBI Strategy is Actually Creating US-Based Terrorists

Trevor Aaronson is an investigative journalist who researches the intersection of civil liberties and national security. Aaronson is the co-founder and executive director of the nonprofit Florida Center for Investigative Reporting and a contributing writer at First Look Media’s The Intercept


He is also author of The Terror Factory: Inside the FBI’s Manufactured War on Terrorism. A two-time finalist for the Livingston Awards, Aaronson has won more than two dozen national and regional awards, including the Molly National Journalism Prize, the international Data Journalism Award and the John Jay College/Harry Frank Guggenheim Excellence in Criminal Justice Reporting Award. Aaronson has been featured on CBS This Morning, NPR’s All Things Considered, MSNBC, This American Life, C-SPAN’s Washington Journal, WNYC’s On the Media and The Leonard Lopate Show, among others.

 

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Karim Abouelnaga

Social Change Advocate | CEO of Practice Makes Perfect

“Coming from a low-income household means I want to ensure that all children have the same educational opportunities in order to realize their full potential. Eliminating the summer learning loss and other education biases is just one way of accomplishing this.” Expand

Karim Abouelnaga

Karim Abouelnaga is the founder & CEO of Practice Makes Perfect (PMP). He received over a quarter million dollars in scholarships to make his education possible. 


Abouelnaga founded PMP at 18, writes for Entrepreneur and Forbes, is a TED Fellow, Echoing Green Fellow, Global Good Fellow, and a Global Shaper. At 23 he was named to Forbes’ “30 under 30” list in Education, and at 24 was named to Magic Johnson’s “32 under 32” list. In 2016, he was ranked in the top 5 most powerful young entrepreneurs under 25 in the world by Richtopia. Abouelnaga graduated from Cornell University’s School of Hotel Administration in 2013. 

 

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TED Talks: A Summer School Kids Actually Want to Attend

Karim Abouelnaga is the founder & CEO of Practice Makes Perfect (PMP). He received over a quarter million dollars in scholarships to make his education possible. 


Abouelnaga founded PMP at 18, writes for Entrepreneur and Forbes, is a TED Fellow, Echoing Green Fellow, Global Good Fellow, and a Global Shaper. At 23 he was named to Forbes’ “30 under 30” list in Education, and at 24 was named to Magic Johnson’s “32 under 32” list. In 2016, he was ranked in the top 5 most powerful young entrepreneurs under 25 in the world by Richtopia. Abouelnaga graduated from Cornell University’s School of Hotel Administration in 2013. 

 

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Nassim Assefi

Doctor | Novelist | Activist

“I’ve been the target of a Molotov cocktail in Afghanistan, recorded a CD in an underground studio in Havana, and once did a stealth medical exam of Fidel Castro. Everybody has gifts to give—gifts of money, talent, time, ideas. Thrillionaires (like me) know that the thrill is in the giving, not the gift.” Expand

Nassim Assefi

Nassim Assefi is a doctor, novelist, creative content curator, and activist who has crafted a rich and unconventional “portfolio life.” Most recently, as an outgrowth of a 2009 TEDGlobal Fellowship, she was director of stage content for TEDMED, which included leading speaker selection and coaching and stage hosting.

 

An internist specializing in women’s health, she cares for vulnerable urban patients in a community health clinic in Seattle, including doing torture evaluations of refugees seeking political asylum, and helps strengthen health systems when working in global contextslately in Cuba and Afghanistan. Assefi is the author of Aria (Harcourt & 5 foreign translations) and Say I Am You (forthcoming). She serves as an advisor to non-profit organizations and companies—from Hedgebrook to Fine Acts, Maven to ZocDoc—and has curated many cultural events outside of the TED world.  A second generation Iranian-American, she’s traveled to more than 50 countries and speaks and sings in five languages. She's a graduate of Wellesley College, University of Washington School of Medicine, and a Harvard medical residency program. Her favorite self-description is “thrillionaire.”

 
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How in Vitro Fertilization (IVF) Works

Nassim Assefi is a doctor, novelist, creative content curator, and activist who has crafted a rich and unconventional “portfolio life.” Most recently, as an outgrowth of a 2009 TEDGlobal Fellowship, she was director of stage content for TEDMED, which included leading speaker selection and coaching and stage hosting.

 

An internist specializing in women’s health, she cares for vulnerable urban patients in a community health clinic in Seattle, including doing torture evaluations of refugees seeking political asylum, and helps strengthen health systems when working in global contextslately in Cuba and Afghanistan. Assefi is the author of Aria (Harcourt & 5 foreign translations) and Say I Am You (forthcoming). She serves as an advisor to non-profit organizations and companies—from Hedgebrook to Fine Acts, Maven to ZocDoc—and has curated many cultural events outside of the TED world.  A second generation Iranian-American, she’s traveled to more than 50 countries and speaks and sings in five languages. She's a graduate of Wellesley College, University of Washington School of Medicine, and a Harvard medical residency program. Her favorite self-description is “thrillionaire.”

 
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Christopher Ategeka

Serial Entrepreneur | Engineer

“I believe we can embrace the benefits of technology and confront the challenges it poses for the future of humanity.” Expand

Christopher Ategeka

Christopher Ategeka is an award-winning serial entrepreneur, engineer, and inventor. He is the founder at LyfBase—a pioneer company creating solutions for unintended consequences of technology.

 

Prior to this, Ategeka founded Health Access Corps, a successful non-profit that works to create sustainable health systems on the African continent. He has won many international awards for his work, most recently 2016 World Economic Forum Young Global Leader; 2017 TED Fellowship; Forbes Magazine “30 Under 30”; Ashoka Fellowship; and Echoing Green Fellowship. Ategeka's work has been featured in many major media publications both local and international such as BBC, Forbes, and NPR. He holds a Bachelor’s and a Master’s of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the University of California, Berkeley.

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From Rural Uganda to Global Impact

Christopher Ategeka is an award-winning serial entrepreneur, engineer, and inventor. He is the founder at LyfBase—a pioneer company creating solutions for unintended consequences of technology.

 

Prior to this, Ategeka founded Health Access Corps, a successful non-profit that works to create sustainable health systems on the African continent. He has won many international awards for his work, most recently 2016 World Economic Forum Young Global Leader; 2017 TED Fellowship; Forbes Magazine “30 Under 30”; Ashoka Fellowship; and Echoing Green Fellowship. Ategeka's work has been featured in many major media publications both local and international such as BBC, Forbes, and NPR. He holds a Bachelor’s and a Master’s of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the University of California, Berkeley.

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Zubaida Bai

Women's Health Advocate

“Healthy, productive women are the cornerstone of survival and progress in the developing world. My goal is to make womanhood and motherhood healthier and happier for the world’s most vulnerable women. Each of them has the right to access low-cost, high-quality health products, which can bring empowerment and a greater opportunity to rise out of poverty.” Expand

Zubaida Bai

Building on her expertise as a mechanical engineer, a social worker and her public speaking skills, Zubaida Bai put her unique passion to work. In the process, she built a brand and a product line, and she set in motion a movement that addresses market failures, breaks taboos and gives voice to the oft-ignored matter that is women’s health.

 

Bai is the founder and CEO of ayzh (pronounced "eyes"), a social enterprise based in India that designs vital healthcare products to improve the health and happiness of women and girls across their reproductive lives. Bai launched her company with janma, a $3 clean birth kit in a purse, but her story goes further back to when she stood by her mother to face head-on the challenge of survival facing her family when she had just entered her teens.

 

janma was conceived after traveling to one of the poorest communities in India and confronting the reality that more than one million mothers and babies lose their lives in the developing world each year due to uncleanliness at the time of childbirth. Packaged in a pink biodegradable jute bag, a design that mothers can reuse as a purse, the kit provides both cleanliness and dignity. Since beginning sales in 2012, Bai’s company has sold more than 250,000 kits to more than 300 health institutions in 20 countries, touching the lives of more than 500,000 women and newborns. Bai is now expanding her product line to include kits for newborn, postpartum and menstrual health, while scaling her proven model across India and into Africa.

 

Bai was selected as a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum, a Maternal Health Champion by Ashoka, a TED speaker (Fellow and Resident) and the United Nations SDG Pioneer by the United Nations Global Compact (UNGC). ayzh’s strategic partners from around the world who have written about Zubaida's work: TOMS shared her safe birth story; USAID blogged about how she's empowering women through a simple purse; and Grand Challenges Canada recognizes her lead role in scaling life-changing kits for mothers and newborns.

 

Bai believes that building a sustainable company takes a great team, stamina and a sturdy suitcase. She is fluent in eight languages and travels the world forging new partnerships and advocating for women’s health. She has spoken at events for Women in the World, Pfizer Foundation and Women Deliver. She holds a master's degree in mechanical engineering specializing in development of modular products, and an MBA in social and sustainable enterprises.

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TED: A simple birth kit for mothers in the developing world

Building on her expertise as a mechanical engineer, a social worker and her public speaking skills, Zubaida Bai put her unique passion to work. In the process, she built a brand and a product line, and she set in motion a movement that addresses market failures, breaks taboos and gives voice to the oft-ignored matter that is women’s health.

 

Bai is the founder and CEO of ayzh (pronounced "eyes"), a social enterprise based in India that designs vital healthcare products to improve the health and happiness of women and girls across their reproductive lives. Bai launched her company with janma, a $3 clean birth kit in a purse, but her story goes further back to when she stood by her mother to face head-on the challenge of survival facing her family when she had just entered her teens.

 

janma was conceived after traveling to one of the poorest communities in India and confronting the reality that more than one million mothers and babies lose their lives in the developing world each year due to uncleanliness at the time of childbirth. Packaged in a pink biodegradable jute bag, a design that mothers can reuse as a purse, the kit provides both cleanliness and dignity. Since beginning sales in 2012, Bai’s company has sold more than 250,000 kits to more than 300 health institutions in 20 countries, touching the lives of more than 500,000 women and newborns. Bai is now expanding her product line to include kits for newborn, postpartum and menstrual health, while scaling her proven model across India and into Africa.

 

Bai was selected as a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum, a Maternal Health Champion by Ashoka, a TED speaker (Fellow and Resident) and the United Nations SDG Pioneer by the United Nations Global Compact (UNGC). ayzh’s strategic partners from around the world who have written about Zubaida's work: TOMS shared her safe birth story; USAID blogged about how she's empowering women through a simple purse; and Grand Challenges Canada recognizes her lead role in scaling life-changing kits for mothers and newborns.

 

Bai believes that building a sustainable company takes a great team, stamina and a sturdy suitcase. She is fluent in eight languages and travels the world forging new partnerships and advocating for women’s health. She has spoken at events for Women in the World, Pfizer Foundation and Women Deliver. She holds a master's degree in mechanical engineering specializing in development of modular products, and an MBA in social and sustainable enterprises.

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Visual Artists /
Uldus Bakhtiozina

Photographer | Visual Artist

“I started my artwork, using ironic self-portraits, as away to lay open so many stereotypes about nationalities, genders, and social issues—using photography as my tool to send a message. I focus on balancing meaningful message, aesthetic, beauty, composition, some irony, and artifacts.” Expand

Uldus Bakhtiozina

Based in Russia, Uldus Bakhtiozina is a photographer who asks ordinary people to model for elaborately staged and surreal portraits. Full of color, whimsy, and drama, her images inspire wonder while rebuffing cultural stereotypes. Through art and imagination, Bakhtiozina, a 2014 TED Fellow, offers a window into the “real” Russia.

  
She was born in Leningrad (now Saint Petersburg) to a Muslim father and Christian mother. She studied photography at the University of Arts, London, and got her start in art and fashion photography in the UK. She has also lived and worked in Indonesia, India, and Nepal, before returning to Moscow and opening a visual arts studio. Bakhtiozina currently specializes in photo-based art, fashion photo shoots, and music videos. Her photos have appeared in Vogue Italy, among other places, and her art has been exhibited in London, Berlin, and Moscow.

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Portraits That Transform People into Whatever They Want to Be

Based in Russia, Uldus Bakhtiozina is a photographer who asks ordinary people to model for elaborately staged and surreal portraits. Full of color, whimsy, and drama, her images inspire wonder while rebuffing cultural stereotypes. Through art and imagination, Bakhtiozina, a 2014 TED Fellow, offers a window into the “real” Russia.

  
She was born in Leningrad (now Saint Petersburg) to a Muslim father and Christian mother. She studied photography at the University of Arts, London, and got her start in art and fashion photography in the UK. She has also lived and worked in Indonesia, India, and Nepal, before returning to Moscow and opening a visual arts studio. Bakhtiozina currently specializes in photo-based art, fashion photo shoots, and music videos. Her photos have appeared in Vogue Italy, among other places, and her art has been exhibited in London, Berlin, and Moscow.

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Neuroscience /
Diego Bohórquez

Gut-Brain Neuroscientist

“The increase of disorders—anorexia, autism, depression, Parkinson’s—linked to gut issues highlight the need to expose the gut-brain dialogue. We now know that the gut’s sense is hardwired to the brain. Unveiling how they exchange signals from food and microbes will open therapies to treat the brain from the gut.” Expand

Diego Bohórquez

Diego Bohórquez is a gut-brain neuroscientist, Ph.D, at Duke University. His expertise is a rare, but synergistic, blend of nutritional biochemistry, gastrointestinal physiology, and sensory neurobiology. His ambition is to uncover the neural circuits that allow the brain to perceive what the gut senses—and ultimately treat the brain from the gut.  

 

Though Bohórquez’s initial studies focused on gut physiology and nutrition, his expertise evolved to include neuroscience following many personal stories—which sharpened his vision.  A memorable story was while he was pursuing a Doctoral degree in Nutrition, a friend shared her struggles with obesity and gastric bypass surgery. Surgery was a last resort but it helped reduce her body weight dramatically, and resolved her diabetes. Yet, the most striking part of her story was that her perception of taste had been markedly transformed: reshaping her gut caused her brain to convert a prior repulsion at the appearance of runny egg yolk into a strong craving to eat those same eggs. 

 

Bohórquez’s focus is to unveil how the brain perceives what the gut feels, how food in the intestine is sensed by our body, and how a sensory signal from a nutrient is transformed into an electrical signal that alters behavior. Today, we are still a long way from understanding the full details of these intriguing conversations between our gut and our brain. But, the more we understand, the closer we are getting to treating disorders involving alterations in the perception of food in our gut. 

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How does our gut talk to our brain?

Diego Bohórquez is a gut-brain neuroscientist, Ph.D, at Duke University. His expertise is a rare, but synergistic, blend of nutritional biochemistry, gastrointestinal physiology, and sensory neurobiology. His ambition is to uncover the neural circuits that allow the brain to perceive what the gut senses—and ultimately treat the brain from the gut.  

 

Though Bohórquez’s initial studies focused on gut physiology and nutrition, his expertise evolved to include neuroscience following many personal stories—which sharpened his vision.  A memorable story was while he was pursuing a Doctoral degree in Nutrition, a friend shared her struggles with obesity and gastric bypass surgery. Surgery was a last resort but it helped reduce her body weight dramatically, and resolved her diabetes. Yet, the most striking part of her story was that her perception of taste had been markedly transformed: reshaping her gut caused her brain to convert a prior repulsion at the appearance of runny egg yolk into a strong craving to eat those same eggs. 

 

Bohórquez’s focus is to unveil how the brain perceives what the gut feels, how food in the intestine is sensed by our body, and how a sensory signal from a nutrient is transformed into an electrical signal that alters behavior. Today, we are still a long way from understanding the full details of these intriguing conversations between our gut and our brain. But, the more we understand, the closer we are getting to treating disorders involving alterations in the perception of food in our gut. 

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Visual Artists /
Kitra Cahana

Photographer

“We will all have moments of paralysis in our lives, but we must emerge, and rekindle our life force.” Expand

Kitra Cahana


Kitra Cahana is an award-winning photographer whose work combines art, spirituality, and anthropology. In moving talks, she tells the extraordinary story of her father’s severe brainstem stroke, and shares the exceptional way she documented his recovery. “We will all have moments of paralysis in our lives,” says Cahana, “but we must emerge, and rekindle our life force.” 

  
As a documentary photographer, Cahana embeds herself in communities, often for months at a time, in order to learn the language of her subjects. She has chronicled the daily lives of teens at a Texas high school, told the story of a Venezuelan cult, and followed a group of nomadic youth across the United States. She is one of the youngest contributing photographers to National Geographic.
 

Cahana is the recipient of numerous grants and awards, including a 2014 TED Fellowship, a 2014 artist residency at Prim Centre, the 2013 International Center of Photography’s Infinity Award, first prize for the 2010 World Press Photo, a scholarship at FABRICA in Italy, and the Thomas Morgan internship at the New York Times, among others. Born in Miami, but raised in Canada and Sweden, Kitra earned her B.A. in philosophy from McGill University and her M.A. in Visual and Media anthropology from the Freie Universitat in Berlin.   

 
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Recovering Motion, Freedom, & Spirituality after Paralysis


Kitra Cahana is an award-winning photographer whose work combines art, spirituality, and anthropology. In moving talks, she tells the extraordinary story of her father’s severe brainstem stroke, and shares the exceptional way she documented his recovery. “We will all have moments of paralysis in our lives,” says Cahana, “but we must emerge, and rekindle our life force.” 

  
As a documentary photographer, Cahana embeds herself in communities, often for months at a time, in order to learn the language of her subjects. She has chronicled the daily lives of teens at a Texas high school, told the story of a Venezuelan cult, and followed a group of nomadic youth across the United States. She is one of the youngest contributing photographers to National Geographic.
 

Cahana is the recipient of numerous grants and awards, including a 2014 TED Fellowship, a 2014 artist residency at Prim Centre, the 2013 International Center of Photography’s Infinity Award, first prize for the 2010 World Press Photo, a scholarship at FABRICA in Italy, and the Thomas Morgan internship at the New York Times, among others. Born in Miami, but raised in Canada and Sweden, Kitra earned her B.A. in philosophy from McGill University and her M.A. in Visual and Media anthropology from the Freie Universitat in Berlin.   

 
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Arts & Pop Culture /
Esther Chae

Actor | Writer

“Through my acting and advocacy, I emphasize the importance of diversity and equal opportunity. I address the problem of whitewashing and lack of Asian American representation. I act because it is one of the most powerful ways to experience being human.” Expand

Esther Chae

Esther K. Chae is an award-winning actor, writer and TED fellow based in Los Angeles. Her artistic work has been seen and heard on stage, television and film in the United States, Korea, Ireland, Australia, Canada, Italy, Nigeria and Russia.  Chae has acted in television shows such as NCIS, Law and Order: Criminal Intent, The West Wing, 24, The Shield; and on theatre stages such as Yale Repertory Theater, La Mama, Mark Taper Forum/Kirk Douglas Theater, P.S. 122 and Harvard/A.R.T.

 

As a writer, Chae created and performed So the Arrow Flies, her internationally acclaimed solo performance about an alleged North Korean spy and the FBI agent who hunts her down. It is published by NoPassport Press (US) and Dong-in Press (Korea).

 

Chae graduated from the Yale School of Drama (MFA in Acting), the University of Michigan (MA in Theater Studies), and Korea University. She served as the Martin Luther King, Jr./Cesar Chavez/Rosa Parks Visiting Professor (University of Michigan), keynote speaker for the Arts Council of Korea and as a visiting artist at the Institute on the Arts and Civic Dialogue, founded by Anna Deavere Smith, at Harvard University.

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What if Bruce Lee Didn't Die?

Esther K. Chae is an award-winning actor, writer and TED fellow based in Los Angeles. Her artistic work has been seen and heard on stage, television and film in the United States, Korea, Ireland, Australia, Canada, Italy, Nigeria and Russia.  Chae has acted in television shows such as NCIS, Law and Order: Criminal Intent, The West Wing, 24, The Shield; and on theatre stages such as Yale Repertory Theater, La Mama, Mark Taper Forum/Kirk Douglas Theater, P.S. 122 and Harvard/A.R.T.

 

As a writer, Chae created and performed So the Arrow Flies, her internationally acclaimed solo performance about an alleged North Korean spy and the FBI agent who hunts her down. It is published by NoPassport Press (US) and Dong-in Press (Korea).

 

Chae graduated from the Yale School of Drama (MFA in Acting), the University of Michigan (MA in Theater Studies), and Korea University. She served as the Martin Luther King, Jr./Cesar Chavez/Rosa Parks Visiting Professor (University of Michigan), keynote speaker for the Arts Council of Korea and as a visiting artist at the Institute on the Arts and Civic Dialogue, founded by Anna Deavere Smith, at Harvard University.

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Visual Artists /
Damon Davis

Interdisciplinary Artist

“I create things to work through the problems I face in everyday life: race, class, internal conflict. In the creation of my art, I hope to help myself and others through these problems. I try to keep the principles of love and respect at the forefront.” Expand

Damon Davis

Damon Davis is an award-winning interdisciplinary artist who works and resides in St. Louis, Missouri. His scope includes illustration, painting, printmaking, music, film, and public art. Davis has work in the permanent collection at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture, and has exhibited at the Museum of Contemporary African Diaspora Arts (MoCADA) in Brooklyn and the San Diego Contemporary Museum of Art.

 

Acclaimed cultural critic and scholar Jeff Chang licensed Davis’ piece, All Hands on Deck, as the cover art for Chang’s 2016 book We Gon’ Be Alright: Notes on Race and Resegregation. For his work as the founder of independent music and art imprint, Far Fetched, Davis received The Riverfront Times MasterMind Award, St. Louis Soup Across the Delmar Divide Award, and Best Hip Hop Producer SLUMfest Award. 

 

He is also a Regional Arts Commission Community Arts Training Fellow and was named to Alive Magazine's Buzz List in 2013. The documentary short A Story To Tell, which profiled Davis, his work, and the creative process, won an Emmy Award Mid America for Best Short Form Program. Whose Streets? is Davis’ first foray into feature-length documentary; Filmmaker Magazine selected him and Director Sabaah Folayan for their “25 New Faces of Independent Film 2016.” Davis is a 2015 Firelight Media Producers Lab Fellow and a 2016 Sundance Institute Music and Sound Design Lab Fellow at Skywalker Sound.

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A Story To Tell

Damon Davis is an award-winning interdisciplinary artist who works and resides in St. Louis, Missouri. His scope includes illustration, painting, printmaking, music, film, and public art. Davis has work in the permanent collection at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture, and has exhibited at the Museum of Contemporary African Diaspora Arts (MoCADA) in Brooklyn and the San Diego Contemporary Museum of Art.

 

Acclaimed cultural critic and scholar Jeff Chang licensed Davis’ piece, All Hands on Deck, as the cover art for Chang’s 2016 book We Gon’ Be Alright: Notes on Race and Resegregation. For his work as the founder of independent music and art imprint, Far Fetched, Davis received The Riverfront Times MasterMind Award, St. Louis Soup Across the Delmar Divide Award, and Best Hip Hop Producer SLUMfest Award. 

 

He is also a Regional Arts Commission Community Arts Training Fellow and was named to Alive Magazine's Buzz List in 2013. The documentary short A Story To Tell, which profiled Davis, his work, and the creative process, won an Emmy Award Mid America for Best Short Form Program. Whose Streets? is Davis’ first foray into feature-length documentary; Filmmaker Magazine selected him and Director Sabaah Folayan for their “25 New Faces of Independent Film 2016.” Davis is a 2015 Firelight Media Producers Lab Fellow and a 2016 Sundance Institute Music and Sound Design Lab Fellow at Skywalker Sound.

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Social Change /
Kyle DeCarlo

Policy Influencer

“Many medical professionals operate under the flawed illusion that for a deaf baby to be successful, we need to give him or her access to sound—via cochlear implants or hearing aids. The solution is not giving a deaf baby access to sound. The solution is giving a deaf baby access to language.” Expand

Kyle DeCarlo

Kyle DeCarlo is a TED Global Fellow and is a founder of the Deaf Health Initiative (DHI). The Deaf Health Initiative brings together for/non-profit organizations, policy makers, and world- renowned researchers to address social and health issues that negatively impact the Deaf community. 

 

Through advocacy, policy changes, and the creation of new technologies, DHI works to forge coalitions and campaigns that improve the public health and wellbeing of the Deaf community. DHI delivers healthcare advocacy through the Association of Medical Professionals with Hearing Losses and is working to improve the hospital experience for deaf and hard of hearing patients. 

 

This past year, DeCarlo was named a TED Global Fellow as part of the "Builders. Truth-Tellers. Catalysts." cohort. DeCarlo is a graduate of Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Dept. Health Policy & Management, where he earned his graduate degree in public policy. 

 

 
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Deaf Health Initiative

Kyle DeCarlo is a TED Global Fellow and is a founder of the Deaf Health Initiative (DHI). The Deaf Health Initiative brings together for/non-profit organizations, policy makers, and world- renowned researchers to address social and health issues that negatively impact the Deaf community. 

 

Through advocacy, policy changes, and the creation of new technologies, DHI works to forge coalitions and campaigns that improve the public health and wellbeing of the Deaf community. DHI delivers healthcare advocacy through the Association of Medical Professionals with Hearing Losses and is working to improve the hospital experience for deaf and hard of hearing patients. 

 

This past year, DeCarlo was named a TED Global Fellow as part of the "Builders. Truth-Tellers. Catalysts." cohort. DeCarlo is a graduate of Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Dept. Health Policy & Management, where he earned his graduate degree in public policy. 

 

 
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Biology /
Nina Dudnik

Molecular Biologist | Founder of Seeding Labs

“My grandmother never attended high school, but within her lifetime, I earned a PhD in genetics. Where you are born has a disproportionate impact on the opportunities you have, and this has given me a lasting sense of obligation to help people access opportunity no matter where they live.” Expand

Nina Dudnik

Nina Dudnik is the founder and CEO of Seeding Labs. Dudnik decided at a very early age to become a scientist but her interest in science always had a humanitarian angle. She has a PhD in molecular biology from Harvard University and has worked for the Consultative Group for International Agricultural Research in Italy and in Cote d’Ivoire, where she was a Fulbright Scholar. 

 

Upon completing her Fulbright and returning to the US, Dudnik founded Seeding Labs in 2003 to ensure that scientists in the developing world have the tools, training and network to pursue world-class research. Since 2003, Seeding Labs has provided resources for teaching and research to scientists in 26 countries in Latin America, the Caribbean, Africa and India.

 

Dudnik has been named a TED Global Fellow and one of the 100 most influential people in biotechnology by Scientific American's Worldview magazine. She was recognized with a New England Biolabs 2016 Passion in Science Humanitarian Duty award and the 2014 John F. Kennedy New Frontier award. Seeding Labs was among Fast Company Magazine's top 10 most innovative not-for-profit companies in 2015 and has been featured in the Boston Globe and Wall Street Journal.

 
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Pop Tech: Seeding Labs

Nina Dudnik is the founder and CEO of Seeding Labs. Dudnik decided at a very early age to become a scientist but her interest in science always had a humanitarian angle. She has a PhD in molecular biology from Harvard University and has worked for the Consultative Group for International Agricultural Research in Italy and in Cote d’Ivoire, where she was a Fulbright Scholar. 

 

Upon completing her Fulbright and returning to the US, Dudnik founded Seeding Labs in 2003 to ensure that scientists in the developing world have the tools, training and network to pursue world-class research. Since 2003, Seeding Labs has provided resources for teaching and research to scientists in 26 countries in Latin America, the Caribbean, Africa and India.

 

Dudnik has been named a TED Global Fellow and one of the 100 most influential people in biotechnology by Scientific American's Worldview magazine. She was recognized with a New England Biolabs 2016 Passion in Science Humanitarian Duty award and the 2014 John F. Kennedy New Frontier award. Seeding Labs was among Fast Company Magazine's top 10 most innovative not-for-profit companies in 2015 and has been featured in the Boston Globe and Wall Street Journal.

 
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Social Change /
Sophal Ear

Refugee | Author | Expert in Diplomacy & World Affairs

“Nation-building isn’t like building a house, where you can have a kitchen, a living room, bedrooms. You don’t get a nation by following a blueprint through. Nation-building is much more like gardening, with changes in weather and soil. Most of all, gardeners have no illusion of control.” Expand

Sophal Ear

Sophal Ear escaped the Khmer Rouge thanks to his mother’s determination and moved to the US at the age of ten. He’s overcome both genocide and poverty to become a world-renowned expert on war, peace, and development. An author, professor, and TED Fellow, Ear speaks about conflict in the first person, providing uncommon insights into global issues from his truly uncommon, inspirational life. 

 

Today, professor Ear is an authority on international unrest, non-traditional security, epidemics and pandemics, and how to rebuild countries after wars. In addition to his own incredible story, he speaks on the political economy of development, China’s global resource quest, and the politics of diseases like Ebola, Avian Influenza, Swine Flu, and Malaria.
 
Ear is the author of Aid Dependence in Cambodia: How Foreign Assistance Undermines Democracy and co-author of The Hungry Dragon: How China’s Resource Quest Is Reshaping the World. A TED Fellow, he is the writer and narrator of the award-winning documentary The End/Beginning: Cambodia, which follows his family’s escape from Cambodia through Vietnam to France and America. Aside from numerous scholarly journals, his work has appeared in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and CNN. He has been featured on Public Radio International’s The World, and quoted in The Economist, The Washington Post, and Al Jazeera America, among other venues.
 
Ear worked for the World Bank and the United Nations Development Programme in East Timor prior to academia. A graduate of Princeton and Berkeley, he’s now a tenured Associate Professor of Diplomacy & World Affairs at Occidental College in Los Angeles, for which he was named one of “40 Under 40: Professors Who Inspire” by NerdWallet in 2015. He is recognized as a Fulbright Specialist, a Young Global Leader of the World Economic Forum, and a Term Member of the Council on Foreign Relations. He serves on the boards of the Nathan Cummings Foundation, Refugees International, Partners for Development, the Southeast Asia Resource Action Center, Diagnostic Microbiology Development Program, and the Southeast Asia Development Program. Previously, he was an Advisor to Leopard Capital, Cambodia’s first private equity fund.    

 
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Escaping the Khmer Rouge

Sophal Ear escaped the Khmer Rouge thanks to his mother’s determination and moved to the US at the age of ten. He’s overcome both genocide and poverty to become a world-renowned expert on war, peace, and development. An author, professor, and TED Fellow, Ear speaks about conflict in the first person, providing uncommon insights into global issues from his truly uncommon, inspirational life. 

 

Today, professor Ear is an authority on international unrest, non-traditional security, epidemics and pandemics, and how to rebuild countries after wars. In addition to his own incredible story, he speaks on the political economy of development, China’s global resource quest, and the politics of diseases like Ebola, Avian Influenza, Swine Flu, and Malaria.
 
Ear is the author of Aid Dependence in Cambodia: How Foreign Assistance Undermines Democracy and co-author of The Hungry Dragon: How China’s Resource Quest Is Reshaping the World. A TED Fellow, he is the writer and narrator of the award-winning documentary The End/Beginning: Cambodia, which follows his family’s escape from Cambodia through Vietnam to France and America. Aside from numerous scholarly journals, his work has appeared in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and CNN. He has been featured on Public Radio International’s The World, and quoted in The Economist, The Washington Post, and Al Jazeera America, among other venues.
 
Ear worked for the World Bank and the United Nations Development Programme in East Timor prior to academia. A graduate of Princeton and Berkeley, he’s now a tenured Associate Professor of Diplomacy & World Affairs at Occidental College in Los Angeles, for which he was named one of “40 Under 40: Professors Who Inspire” by NerdWallet in 2015. He is recognized as a Fulbright Specialist, a Young Global Leader of the World Economic Forum, and a Term Member of the Council on Foreign Relations. He serves on the boards of the Nathan Cummings Foundation, Refugees International, Partners for Development, the Southeast Asia Resource Action Center, Diagnostic Microbiology Development Program, and the Southeast Asia Development Program. Previously, he was an Advisor to Leopard Capital, Cambodia’s first private equity fund.    

 
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Visual Artists /
Alicia Eggert

Interdisciplinary Artist

“I believe that wonder and inspiration can be found within the ordinary and every day, and that doing it together is better than doing it yourself. I give lectures and teach collaborative creative workshops that focus on the relationship between language, image and time.” Expand

Alicia Eggert

Alicia Eggert is an interdisciplinary artist whose work focuses on the relationship between language, image and time. Her artwork often moves, changes, deteriorates, and in some cases, even dies. She frequently collaborates with specialists in other disciplines to bring her work to life, from roboticists and engineers to international human rights activists.

 

Eggert’s artwork has been exhibited internationally, at venues such as the CAFA Art Museum in Beijing and the Triennale Design Museum in Milan. It has been featured in publications such as Typoholic: Material Types in Design and Elements and Principles of 4D Art & Design. She is the recipient of a TED Fellowship, an Artist Microgrant from the Nasher Sculpture Center, and a Direct Artist Grant from the Harpo Foundation. She is an Assistant Professor of Studio Art at the University of North Texas in Denton, where she is the co-coordinator of the Sculpture program. 

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Making art is like speaking in tongues

Alicia Eggert is an interdisciplinary artist whose work focuses on the relationship between language, image and time. Her artwork often moves, changes, deteriorates, and in some cases, even dies. She frequently collaborates with specialists in other disciplines to bring her work to life, from roboticists and engineers to international human rights activists.

 

Eggert’s artwork has been exhibited internationally, at venues such as the CAFA Art Museum in Beijing and the Triennale Design Museum in Milan. It has been featured in publications such as Typoholic: Material Types in Design and Elements and Principles of 4D Art & Design. She is the recipient of a TED Fellowship, an Artist Microgrant from the Nasher Sculpture Center, and a Direct Artist Grant from the Harpo Foundation. She is an Assistant Professor of Studio Art at the University of North Texas in Denton, where she is the co-coordinator of the Sculpture program. 

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Religion /
Shereen El Feki

Author of Sex and the Citadel

“If we’re not seeing revolution in political life, to my mind we’re not going to see revolution in sexual life. Because sexuality is so much more complex than politics. But now that politics are so connected to religion in the Arab world, I’m asking people to consider aspects of sexual life.” Expand

Shereen El Feki

In Sex and the Citadel: Intimate Life in a Changing Arab World, TED Global Fellow Shereen El Feki sheds light on a highly sensitive and still largely secret aspect of Arab society: the sexual lives of men and women. Linking sex to political, economic, social, and religious trends, El Feki opens a window on the greater landscape of the Arab world. In engaging and deeply personal talks, she uncovers how what’s happening behind closed doors can give us profound insight into the past, present, and future of a rapidly changing part of the world. 

 

“A fascinating survey of sex that is rich in detail … Shereen El Feki is a brave woman.” (The Economist) El Feki started her career in medical science, with a doctorate in immunology from the University of Cambridge, before going on to become an award-winning healthcare correspondent with The Economist and a presenter with Al Jazeera English. She is the former vice-chair of the UN’s Global Commission on HIV and the Law, as well as a TED Global Fellow. Shereen sits on the board of a number of civil society groups working in the Arab region, among them Meedan and the Arab Foundation for Freedoms and Equality. She also contributes to a number of publications, including The Huffington Post, International Affairs, and The Independent, and has written and spoken widely on women, sexuality, and HIV in the Arab region. 

 
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Understanding Sex in the Arab World

In Sex and the Citadel: Intimate Life in a Changing Arab World, TED Global Fellow Shereen El Feki sheds light on a highly sensitive and still largely secret aspect of Arab society: the sexual lives of men and women. Linking sex to political, economic, social, and religious trends, El Feki opens a window on the greater landscape of the Arab world. In engaging and deeply personal talks, she uncovers how what’s happening behind closed doors can give us profound insight into the past, present, and future of a rapidly changing part of the world. 

 

“A fascinating survey of sex that is rich in detail … Shereen El Feki is a brave woman.” (The Economist) El Feki started her career in medical science, with a doctorate in immunology from the University of Cambridge, before going on to become an award-winning healthcare correspondent with The Economist and a presenter with Al Jazeera English. She is the former vice-chair of the UN’s Global Commission on HIV and the Law, as well as a TED Global Fellow. Shereen sits on the board of a number of civil society groups working in the Arab region, among them Meedan and the Arab Foundation for Freedoms and Equality. She also contributes to a number of publications, including The Huffington Post, International Affairs, and The Independent, and has written and spoken widely on women, sexuality, and HIV in the Arab region. 

 
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Environment /
Colleen Flanigan

Ocean Activist | Artist

“My professional emphasis is on the environment and regenerating coral reefs. Art and interdisciplinary collaboration can inspire solutions to complex problem, so the artistic method I use prioritizes visceral experience, helping us move from passive support to active engagement.” Expand

Colleen Flanigan

Colleen Flanigan has spent the past 10 years uniting art and science to create her Living Sea Sculptures: coral nurseries and reef forms that protect and regenerate underwater ecosystems. In impassioned talks, this TED Fellow draws on her work to describe the powerful effects of transdisciplinary collaboration: to innovate, solve problems, and achieve more than ever. 

  
In 2003, Flanigan learned that coral reefs were dying all around the world. Leveraging her background in design and sculpture, she decided to start making Living Sea Sculptures as the artistic sister to the Global Coral Reef Alliance. By utilizing Biorock® mineral accretion, her projects stimulate reef growth two to six times the regular rate while artistically highlighting our intrinsic connection to the sea. Flanigan is developing an interactive, multimedia exhibit correlating human health with coral health to reveal biological intersections between species and cultivate a healthier perspective on our shared earth. Flanigan also creates ball-and-socket skeletons for stop-motion animation puppets, most notably Coraline.
 
Colleen Flanigan exhibits artwork nationally and internationally, including designing and making installations for schools and children's museums. To raise awareness and engage people in public spaces, she creates socio-ecological alter egos, such as “Miss Snail Pail: A Healthy Alternative to Pesticides” and “TrashTara: Compassionate Deity of the Dregs.” Her activities while attired in these conversation-catalyzing wearable artworks are a unique form of interactivist performance with the capacity to initiate shifts in behavior and relationships with natural resources and pollution. "Miss Snail Pail" is the protagonist of a short documentary, On the Trail with Miss Snail Pail, that was selected for the Wild and Scenic Film Festival, among others. She taught jewelry and sculpture, and directs large-scale art installations. With her focus on reef ecosystems, Flanigan leads interactive coral restoration re-enactments in combination with her public speaking on land to make our efforts in the ocean more tangible. From the American Museum of Natural History, to Science Pubs and Maker Faires, she blends visual and verbal engagement to facilitate sensory connection and invite people from all backgrounds into the conversation. In 2015, she was named one of Women for Wildlife's Women Visionaries.    

 
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Using Metal to Grow Life

Colleen Flanigan has spent the past 10 years uniting art and science to create her Living Sea Sculptures: coral nurseries and reef forms that protect and regenerate underwater ecosystems. In impassioned talks, this TED Fellow draws on her work to describe the powerful effects of transdisciplinary collaboration: to innovate, solve problems, and achieve more than ever. 

  
In 2003, Flanigan learned that coral reefs were dying all around the world. Leveraging her background in design and sculpture, she decided to start making Living Sea Sculptures as the artistic sister to the Global Coral Reef Alliance. By utilizing Biorock® mineral accretion, her projects stimulate reef growth two to six times the regular rate while artistically highlighting our intrinsic connection to the sea. Flanigan is developing an interactive, multimedia exhibit correlating human health with coral health to reveal biological intersections between species and cultivate a healthier perspective on our shared earth. Flanigan also creates ball-and-socket skeletons for stop-motion animation puppets, most notably Coraline.
 
Colleen Flanigan exhibits artwork nationally and internationally, including designing and making installations for schools and children's museums. To raise awareness and engage people in public spaces, she creates socio-ecological alter egos, such as “Miss Snail Pail: A Healthy Alternative to Pesticides” and “TrashTara: Compassionate Deity of the Dregs.” Her activities while attired in these conversation-catalyzing wearable artworks are a unique form of interactivist performance with the capacity to initiate shifts in behavior and relationships with natural resources and pollution. "Miss Snail Pail" is the protagonist of a short documentary, On the Trail with Miss Snail Pail, that was selected for the Wild and Scenic Film Festival, among others. She taught jewelry and sculpture, and directs large-scale art installations. With her focus on reef ecosystems, Flanigan leads interactive coral restoration re-enactments in combination with her public speaking on land to make our efforts in the ocean more tangible. From the American Museum of Natural History, to Science Pubs and Maker Faires, she blends visual and verbal engagement to facilitate sensory connection and invite people from all backgrounds into the conversation. In 2015, she was named one of Women for Wildlife's Women Visionaries.    

 
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Big Data /
Yale Fox

Open Data Specialist | CEO of Rentlogic

“Open data policies are instrumental to living smarter, fairer, and more connected lives in the city. I collaborate with the likes of the mayor’s office, the attorney general, the public advocate, civil hackers, not-for-profits, and data scientists to help bring transparency to the rental market.” Expand

Yale Fox

Activist and entrepreneur Yale Fox is the CEO of Rentlogic: a rental search engine that scans government databases to rate landlords and buildings. He works with cities and communities to put power back into the hands of tenants—and to show how open data can serve the public’s interest. Previously, he turned a nightclub into a sociological research lab: a big data analysis earning him a TED Fellowship.

  
Fox’s Rentlogic works with the City of New York to analyze millions of building inspection records and rank each building based on quality.  Their listings include additional information that most renters wouldn’t know about until it’s too late—like mold, heat and hot water problems, rodents, cockroaches, broken elevators, unexpected rent increases, or if the landlord has a tendency to keep the security deposit—all so that renters can be fully informed before signing a lease.
 
He’s also the director of LandlordWatch: a website that combines citizen-journalism, housing activism and problem solving with social technologies. LandlordWatch uses open government data provided by the City of Toronto respecting building inspections in order to create transparency in the rental housing market.
 
Previously, Fox focused on the evolutionary origin to music, and which factors influence popular taste. In 2010, he wrote a paper on how music can be used to drive bar sales in a nightclub environment. It was written under the supervision of Dr. Kip Pegley at Queen’s University in Canada. He was also the first to write and publish about Musical Attention Deficit Disorder, which he did under the supervision of Dr. Robert J. Brym at the University of Toronto. In 2011, he successfully proved the link between the state of the economy and what’s trending in popular music. His research has appeared in dozens of publications, international documentaries, textbooks, and online periodicals. 

 
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Empowering Homeowners with Open City Data

Activist and entrepreneur Yale Fox is the CEO of Rentlogic: a rental search engine that scans government databases to rate landlords and buildings. He works with cities and communities to put power back into the hands of tenants—and to show how open data can serve the public’s interest. Previously, he turned a nightclub into a sociological research lab: a big data analysis earning him a TED Fellowship.

  
Fox’s Rentlogic works with the City of New York to analyze millions of building inspection records and rank each building based on quality.  Their listings include additional information that most renters wouldn’t know about until it’s too late—like mold, heat and hot water problems, rodents, cockroaches, broken elevators, unexpected rent increases, or if the landlord has a tendency to keep the security deposit—all so that renters can be fully informed before signing a lease.
 
He’s also the director of LandlordWatch: a website that combines citizen-journalism, housing activism and problem solving with social technologies. LandlordWatch uses open government data provided by the City of Toronto respecting building inspections in order to create transparency in the rental housing market.
 
Previously, Fox focused on the evolutionary origin to music, and which factors influence popular taste. In 2010, he wrote a paper on how music can be used to drive bar sales in a nightclub environment. It was written under the supervision of Dr. Kip Pegley at Queen’s University in Canada. He was also the first to write and publish about Musical Attention Deficit Disorder, which he did under the supervision of Dr. Robert J. Brym at the University of Toronto. In 2011, he successfully proved the link between the state of the economy and what’s trending in popular music. His research has appeared in dozens of publications, international documentaries, textbooks, and online periodicals. 

 
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Science /
Mike Gil

Scientist | Founder of SciAll.org

“Growing up working class, in a small oil town in Texas, I thought I hated science. But through my adventures in the world’s oceans, I’ve lived an exhilarating side of science that few can imagine. The secrets that I’ve discovered about marine life provide timely lessons for humanity, in our quest for a sustainable future.” Expand

Mike Gil

Dr. Mike Gil, Ph.D., is a National Science Foundation Research Fellow and TED Fellow. He has led research around the world: from coral reefs in the Caribbean, French Polynesia and Southeast Asia, to ‘microislands’ of plastic garbage, teeming with life, in the middle of the Pacific.Dr. Gil’s diverse research efforts, featured by various national and international media outlets, are unified by a common goal: to better understand how natural communities of organisms function and provide invaluable services to humankind in a changing world.

 

In addition to his scientific research, Dr. Gil is an award-winning science communicator with broad interests in connecting the public with the process of scientific discovery. To this end, Dr. Gil founded and runs SciAll.org, which uses unconventional videos to diversity interest in science. By bringing mass online audiences along for the adventures of his career, including run ins with sharks, whales and other underwater wonders, Dr. Gil aims to deliver the timely message that science is truly accessible to all and in the service of all.

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Mike Gil Science Fuels Humanity

Dr. Mike Gil, Ph.D., is a National Science Foundation Research Fellow and TED Fellow. He has led research around the world: from coral reefs in the Caribbean, French Polynesia and Southeast Asia, to ‘microislands’ of plastic garbage, teeming with life, in the middle of the Pacific.Dr. Gil’s diverse research efforts, featured by various national and international media outlets, are unified by a common goal: to better understand how natural communities of organisms function and provide invaluable services to humankind in a changing world.

 

In addition to his scientific research, Dr. Gil is an award-winning science communicator with broad interests in connecting the public with the process of scientific discovery. To this end, Dr. Gil founded and runs SciAll.org, which uses unconventional videos to diversity interest in science. By bringing mass online audiences along for the adventures of his career, including run ins with sharks, whales and other underwater wonders, Dr. Gil aims to deliver the timely message that science is truly accessible to all and in the service of all.

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Big Data /
Sean Gourley

Mathematician | Founder of Primer

“I use big data to help clients make significant decisions, looking at the math that informs the ideas. This research has taken me all over the world from the Pentagon, to the House of Lords, the United Nations, and to Iraq.” Expand

Sean Gourley

Sean Gourley is founder and CEO of Primer. Previously, he was CTO of Quid, an augmented intelligence company he co-founded in 2009. Prior to Quid, Gourley worked on self-repairing nano-circuits at NASA Ames.

 

Gourley holds a PhD in physics from Oxford, where his research as a Rhodes Scholar focused on complex systems and the mathematical patterns underlying modern war. This research was published on the cover of Nature, and has taken him all over the world. He has served as a political advisor, briefed USCENTCOM at the Pentagon, and addressed the United Nations in Vienna.

 

A native of New Zealand, Gourley helped start the country’s first nanotech company, ran for national elected office, and is a two-time track New Zealand track and field champion. He sits on the Board of Directors at Anadarko (NYSE: APC) and is also a TED Fellow.

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Understanding Algorithms and High-Frequency Trading

Sean Gourley is founder and CEO of Primer. Previously, he was CTO of Quid, an augmented intelligence company he co-founded in 2009. Prior to Quid, Gourley worked on self-repairing nano-circuits at NASA Ames.

 

Gourley holds a PhD in physics from Oxford, where his research as a Rhodes Scholar focused on complex systems and the mathematical patterns underlying modern war. This research was published on the cover of Nature, and has taken him all over the world. He has served as a political advisor, briefed USCENTCOM at the Pentagon, and addressed the United Nations in Vienna.

 

A native of New Zealand, Gourley helped start the country’s first nanotech company, ran for national elected office, and is a two-time track New Zealand track and field champion. He sits on the Board of Directors at Anadarko (NYSE: APC) and is also a TED Fellow.

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Technology /
Peter Haas

Robotics Expert

“About 45% of current US employment will be automated in the next twenty years. Advances in robotics and AI mean some impacts will be felt within five years. What can society do to adjust to this, and what are the jobs of the future to replace what is lost?” Expand

Peter Haas

Peter Haas is the Associate Director of the Brown University Humanity Centered Robotics Initiative (HCRI). HCRI is a group of Brown University faculty, students, and affiliates dedicated to robotics as a means to tackle the problems the world faces today.

 

He was the Co-Founder and COO of XactSense, a UAV manufacturer working on LIDAR mapping and autonomous navigation. Prior to XactSense, Haas founded AIDG—a small hardware enterprise accelerator in emerging markets. He received both a TED Senior Fellowship and an Echoing Green Fellowship. Haas has been a speaker at such venues as TED Global, The World Bank, Harvard University among others. He holds a Philosophy B.A. from Yale.

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Haiti's Disaster of Engineering

Peter Haas is the Associate Director of the Brown University Humanity Centered Robotics Initiative (HCRI). HCRI is a group of Brown University faculty, students, and affiliates dedicated to robotics as a means to tackle the problems the world faces today.

 

He was the Co-Founder and COO of XactSense, a UAV manufacturer working on LIDAR mapping and autonomous navigation. Prior to XactSense, Haas founded AIDG—a small hardware enterprise accelerator in emerging markets. He received both a TED Senior Fellowship and an Echoing Green Fellowship. Haas has been a speaker at such venues as TED Global, The World Bank, Harvard University among others. He holds a Philosophy B.A. from Yale.

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Musicians /
Meklit Hadero

Musician | Cultural Activist

“I engage the pure human need for music and expression, as well as the joy and connectivity that comes from it. I think about shifts in culture brought about by movements of people, as well as the questions that the arts can help us ask about who we are and where we want to go collectively.” Expand

Meklit Hadero

Meklit Hadero is an Ethiopian-American singer, composer, cultural activist and TED Senior Fellow, currently signed to Six Degrees Records. Hadero has received musical commissions from Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts as well as the MAP Fund, and has toured extensively across the US, UK, and East Africa.

 

Her music and projects have been covered by press outlets such as USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, NPR, The New Yorker, the San Francisco Chronicle, Chicago Sun Times, PBS, PRI, the BBC and more. Hadero was a featured singer in the UN Women Theme Song, “One Woman,” and is the co-founder of the Nile Project, which The New York Times hailed as "a committed, euphoric international coalition."  Hadero has been an artist in residence at NYU, Purdue, the University of Missouri and the de Young Musuem. She has released three solo albums, three collaborative albums, and holds a BA from Yale University. 

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The Unexpected Beauty of Everyday Sounds

Meklit Hadero is an Ethiopian-American singer, composer, cultural activist and TED Senior Fellow, currently signed to Six Degrees Records. Hadero has received musical commissions from Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts as well as the MAP Fund, and has toured extensively across the US, UK, and East Africa.

 

Her music and projects have been covered by press outlets such as USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, NPR, The New Yorker, the San Francisco Chronicle, Chicago Sun Times, PBS, PRI, the BBC and more. Hadero was a featured singer in the UN Women Theme Song, “One Woman,” and is the co-founder of the Nile Project, which The New York Times hailed as "a committed, euphoric international coalition."  Hadero has been an artist in residence at NYU, Purdue, the University of Missouri and the de Young Musuem. She has released three solo albums, three collaborative albums, and holds a BA from Yale University. 

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Environment /
Cesar Harada

Inventor | Environmentalist

“Plastic, oil and radioactivity are terrible, but the worst legacy to leave our children with is lies. We can no longer afford to shield our kids from the truth, because we need their imagination to invent the solutions. I’m trying to prepare the next generation to care about the environment.” Expand

Cesar Harada

Cesar Harada is using technology to save our planet, starting with our oceans. A French-Japanese entrepreneur and TED Fellow, Harada is the brains behind Protei—a groundbreaking, low-cost invention used, originally, to clean up oil spills. Protei is an unmanned, shape-shifting, revolutionary robot, and its impact—and that of Harada—is spreading. 

  
When Harada learned of the devastating effects of the BP Oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, he quit his dream job and moved to New Orleans to create a more efficient way to soak up the oil. He designed a highly maneuverable, flexible boat capable of cleaning large tracts quickly. Aside from dealing with oil spills, Harada’s Protei will also be used to measure radioactivity and plastic debris, monitor fisheries and coral reefs, provide general oceanographic data, and serve as a surface satellite link to underwater vehicles. 
 
Harada built Protei to be unmanned (no humans exposed to toxicants), green, and cheap. It is a machine that has sensing and decision-making skills, and the ability to right itself when necessary as it sails upwind and captures oil downwind. But rather than turn a profit, he has opted to open-source the design.
 
Harada and his team are also working on giving these robots a home: the International Ocean Station (IOS), an open-source hardware and software mobile laboratory. He taught Masters in Design & Environment at Goldsmiths University, London, and was a project leader at MIT. His films, installations, and lectures have been seen from America to Europe and Japan. He is currently based in Hong Kong. 

 
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Teaching Kids to Love Science

Cesar Harada is using technology to save our planet, starting with our oceans. A French-Japanese entrepreneur and TED Fellow, Harada is the brains behind Protei—a groundbreaking, low-cost invention used, originally, to clean up oil spills. Protei is an unmanned, shape-shifting, revolutionary robot, and its impact—and that of Harada—is spreading. 

  
When Harada learned of the devastating effects of the BP Oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, he quit his dream job and moved to New Orleans to create a more efficient way to soak up the oil. He designed a highly maneuverable, flexible boat capable of cleaning large tracts quickly. Aside from dealing with oil spills, Harada’s Protei will also be used to measure radioactivity and plastic debris, monitor fisheries and coral reefs, provide general oceanographic data, and serve as a surface satellite link to underwater vehicles. 
 
Harada built Protei to be unmanned (no humans exposed to toxicants), green, and cheap. It is a machine that has sensing and decision-making skills, and the ability to right itself when necessary as it sails upwind and captures oil downwind. But rather than turn a profit, he has opted to open-source the design.
 
Harada and his team are also working on giving these robots a home: the International Ocean Station (IOS), an open-source hardware and software mobile laboratory. He taught Masters in Design & Environment at Goldsmiths University, London, and was a project leader at MIT. His films, installations, and lectures have been seen from America to Europe and Japan. He is currently based in Hong Kong. 

 
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Business Strategy /
Joel Jackson

Founder & CEO of Mobius Motors

“A child in Kenya typically walks 3 hours a day, while a kid in the west usually has access to safe, reliable and regular bus service to-and-from school. The key impediment to Africa’s transport system is the vehicles themselves—which is why I started Mobius: Africa’s first mass-market car brand.” Expand

Joel Jackson

Joel Jackson is the founder and CEO of Mobius Motors, a venture building highly durable, highly affordable vehicles for Africa’s mass-market. A Forbes 30 Under 30 Entrepreneur, Jackson speaks on social entrepreneurship, innovation, and emerging markets—and how he combined those three things to build a game-changing company. 

 

Jackson is an internationally awarded entrepreneur recognized by the Forbes 30 Under 30, Clinton Global Initiative, TED Global, and the UN. Before becoming the founder and CEO of Mobius Motors, Jackson worked on business strategy with an acclaimed micro-forestry social enterprise in rural Kenya. It was there that he first experienced the challenges facing millions of people throughout the continent without access to appropriate forms of transport. Jackson also worked as a management consultant, advising top Fortune 500 companies across Europe and North America. He is a TED Fellow and the recipient of the WIRED Innovation Fellowship and Echoing Green Fellowship.

 
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Reimagine the Car with Mobius Motors

Joel Jackson is the founder and CEO of Mobius Motors, a venture building highly durable, highly affordable vehicles for Africa’s mass-market. A Forbes 30 Under 30 Entrepreneur, Jackson speaks on social entrepreneurship, innovation, and emerging markets—and how he combined those three things to build a game-changing company. 

 

Jackson is an internationally awarded entrepreneur recognized by the Forbes 30 Under 30, Clinton Global Initiative, TED Global, and the UN. Before becoming the founder and CEO of Mobius Motors, Jackson worked on business strategy with an acclaimed micro-forestry social enterprise in rural Kenya. It was there that he first experienced the challenges facing millions of people throughout the continent without access to appropriate forms of transport. Jackson also worked as a management consultant, advising top Fortune 500 companies across Europe and North America. He is a TED Fellow and the recipient of the WIRED Innovation Fellowship and Echoing Green Fellowship.

 
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Social Entrepreneurship /
Su Kahumbu

Social Entrepreneur | Organic Farmer

“I am driven to educate small holder farmers in sustainable agroecological production methods, for the good of mankind and planet earth. This is how we can create scalable solutions that result in access and inclusion for the less advantaged in our world.” Expand

Su Kahumbu

Su Kahumbu Stephanou is a passionate organic farmer, Founder and CEO of Green Dreams Ltd and Green Dreams Tech Ltd.  She is a pioneer in the organic industry in Kenya and has worked with small holder farmers for more than 17 years. Her goal is to inspire, enable, and support the youth and farmers across Africa to engage in sustainable agroecological agriculture in order to alleviate poverty and contribute to food security and a sustainable environment. 


Through her company Green Dreams Tech Ltd, Kahumbu developed the award-winning mobile phone application “iCow.”  iCow, designed for low end phones, is used in Kenya by thousands of small holder farmers to increase productivity and spread information through SMS; and is currently being deployed in Tanzania and Ethiopia expanding its impact to farmers there.

 

Kahumbu is a TED Global Fellow and sits on the Advisory Board of The Changing Course in Global Agriculture as well as the Technical Group of the Changing Course in Kenyan Agriculture. 

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Mobile Tech Spreads Seeds of Information To Farmers

Su Kahumbu Stephanou is a passionate organic farmer, Founder and CEO of Green Dreams Ltd and Green Dreams Tech Ltd.  She is a pioneer in the organic industry in Kenya and has worked with small holder farmers for more than 17 years. Her goal is to inspire, enable, and support the youth and farmers across Africa to engage in sustainable agroecological agriculture in order to alleviate poverty and contribute to food security and a sustainable environment. 


Through her company Green Dreams Tech Ltd, Kahumbu developed the award-winning mobile phone application “iCow.”  iCow, designed for low end phones, is used in Kenya by thousands of small holder farmers to increase productivity and spread information through SMS; and is currently being deployed in Tanzania and Ethiopia expanding its impact to farmers there.

 

Kahumbu is a TED Global Fellow and sits on the Advisory Board of The Changing Course in Global Agriculture as well as the Technical Group of the Changing Course in Kenyan Agriculture. 

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