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"Make a difference through the everyday."

Nelson Contador

Freelance Business Analyst

Bondi, Australia

Respect for differance and diversty defines who I am. Strong sense of community and making a contribution is what motivates me. Over the last twenty year my work in the community and government sector has been focused on local intitiative to make a difference to the community I live in. I am now at a  … [see more]

""Long live the high tide and long live the low, but above all, long live the difference.""

Mandy Nguyen

The GO Project

San Jose, United States

In the beginning of 2014, I collided with 9 people that profoundly transformed the way I lived and thought. I joined The GO Project, an eclectic group of 9 individuals who had decided to take learning into their own hands, dedicating an entire year to travel to international innovation hubs and immerse themselves in culture,  … [see more]

"“A stage space has two rules: 1 - Anything can happen and 2 - Something must happen.”"

Nicholas Pickard

Director of Communications & Government Relations | Copyright Agency

Sydney, Australia

Nicholas is a communications specialist with an in-depth knowledge of media relations, public affairs, strategy and messaging development, reputation management, social media and marketing. Nicholas has managed the profile and reputation of organisations and public figures across government, transport and infrastructure, creative industries and the media. His experience includes orchestrating the narrative and communications plans  … [see more]

"Passionate Entrepreneur, Curious Learner, Art Lover"

Canay Atalay

Cofounder | Patica

Istanbul, Turkey

I am a humanist, curious learner and mother -growing up together with my 2 daughters-. I accumulated and synthesized global business experience and methodologies over more than a decade mainly in innovation and business transformation domains using digital transformation, business design, design thinking & agile philosophical approaches. I co founded Patica in 2015., a disruptive  … [see more]

"Entertaining Ideas"

LIsa George

Director | By George & Co

Sydney, Australia

Boutique agency providing boardroom entertainment drawing on the world of big ideas. … [see more]

"Passionate Do-er"

Margaret Cheng

People, Culture & Engagement Lead | TEDxSydney

Sydney, Australia

I thrive on diversity of work and finding and delivering creative solutions to challenges. I am a passionate program delivery specialist with a proven track record of delivering innovative solutions, and major operational improvements to bring efficiency and quality. I have demonstrated success bringing to life large scale and critical projects/events in ambiguous operating environments.  … [see more]

"growing demand for design"

Mark Bergin

Founder | DRIVENxDESIGN - THE DESIGN 100

Blairgowrie, Australia

I'm DRIVENxDESIGN - founded the DESIGN SUMMIT TOUR and [city] design awards - NYC - SFO - CHI - LON - BRL - HKG - MEL - SYD DRIVENxDESING celebrates courage through 11 design awards programs. All programs are marketplace centric and offer an opportunity to recognise those that are defining tomorrow. When I'm not  … [see more]

"People worth talking to."

Gideon Warhaft

Co-founder | Sage.fm

Sydney, Australia

I am a technology entrepreneur with an arts and community building background. I am the co-founder of Sage.fm, an online video consultation platform that makes it easy for 'sages' - people with knowledge - to connect with 'seekers' willing to pay to speak with them. Sage.fm’s mission is to give greater value to people’s hard-won  … [see more]

Amy Denmeade

independent consultant

Sydney, Australia

I've worked in various strategy and business development roles for media and technology companies, large and small, in Australia and the US. Currently working as an independent consultant. Co-founder TEDxSydney. Supporter of a number of fabulous organisations, including the Sydney Story Factory. … [see more]

"Doing well, while doing good"

Jose Adrian Gabriel-Camacho

Creador de Redes | Workósfera

Puebla, Mexico

I was born in African Safari amongst lions and giraffes therefore I grew up with a love for nature and questioning our humanity's footprint and the impact we have to the environment. I've lived in Mexico for most of my life but I have spent many years abroad. Recently I lived in Australia where I  … [see more]

"Be present and help great people be even better"

Murray Strong

Independent Chairman & Director

Christchurch, New Zealand

I'm a specialist generalist. With experience in aviation, education, tourism, banking, central and local government and a host of others, I've been lucky to work with a lot of great people. That's extended to public speaking and working with speakers in TEDx Queenstown and Christchurch as their speaker coach - fun and really rewarding to  … [see more]

"If the Gods are watching, then put on a good show."

Dee Anderson

Author | Kikir of the Walking Trees

Christchurch, New Zealand

A decade in the music industry led to consulting in the arts and culture sector bringing REMIX to Sydney, a global summit exploring the intersection between Culture, Technology and Entrepreneurship. I also consult in International Government relations with a speciality in international student mobility, scholarships and trade relations. Recently I have launched global creative crowdsourcing  … [see more]

"to embody & live, know, connect, transcend, share, care and dare in common frames of references"

Heiner Benking

Journalist, Scholar, Futurist, Consultant, Facilitator, ... | various GLocally....

Berlin, Germany

"I had a couple of lifes: technician and engineer, planner, consultant, sales and marketing, infographics coiner, environmental management and research, curator, futurist, educator, facilitator, ... in fields as wide as: environmental education, culture, youth, media,... My function is capacitity building along and across scales and cultures in an appreciative, attentive style typical for concerned generalists,  … [see more]

Veronique Faber

Advocate

Luxembourg, Luxembourg

I am passionate about bringing people together and solving problems. I love the arts and social justice, and love the big picture as well as the fine details. Having lived in Accra, Vienna and Dublin, and having worked in both the public and private sector, I feel at ease in all worlds. I studied social  … [see more]

"Be flexible."

Alf Lim

Leadership Development Program | The Global Education & Leadership Foundation

Arendal, Norway

My name is Alf Lim. I was born and raised in Arendal, Norway, lived in Singapore, Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Shanghai, New York, and I am now residing in New Delhi, India. I have degree in Economics with a double minor in Psychology and Business Studies at New York University's honors college in Abu Dhabi. I  … [see more]

"Putting the Culture back into Agriculture"

Robert Pekin

Founder & CiEiO | Food Connect

Brisbane, Australia

Born and bred on a dairy farm in Western Victoria, later to return to continue the family farm after a 10 year stint as an aircraft maintenance engineer, marine service proprietor, contract musterer, builders labourer, truck driver, mechanic and hydraulics technician. Since returning to farming my life has been committed to putting agriculture on a  … [see more]

"Ideas excite me!"

Joan Margaret Anderson

Editor | SGI (Soka Gakkai International)

Tokyo, Japan

I have been in Japan for nearly 20 years, working for the SGI Buddhist association which has been an excellent place to encounter interesting people from around the world. The challenge of communicating what socially engaged, community based Buddhism is has kept me busy and as my language skills have improved, and my love of  … [see more]

"SenseMaking for ChangeMaking"

GK VanPatter

SenseMaker, Author of Innovation Methods Mapping, CoFounder Humantific | Humantific / New York

New York, United States

Humantific helps organizational leaders tackle complex challenges and build SenseMaking for ChangeMaking capacity. We are pioneers in how to make sense of and integrate visualized data, information (in some communities now being reframed as "evidence") into the multi-disciplinary innovation process. In Humantificland we call these Complexity Navigation skills and consider them to be next generation  … [see more]

"best time to solve a problem is immediately"

Fenella Kernebone

Presenter & Cultural Producer | Frankly Group + Freelance

Sydney, Australia

Head of Curation for TEDxSydney, presenter, interviewer and writer. I worked at the ABC for eons hosting all manner of radio and television programs in arts, design, culture, music. My hosting roles included Radio National’s By Design, The Sound Lab on Triple J, Art Nation on ABC TV and The Movie Show on SBS. As  … [see more]

"From the Global Village to A Globe Of Villages"

Franz Nahrada

Connector and Researcher | GIVE research lab - Global Villages Network

Vienna, Austria

Since I was young, I was fascinated about two things: the enormous amount of human possibilities and potentials, and the gargantuan amount of suffering, blocks and inhibitions humans inflict on each other. The main theme of my life was to find out about social and spatial structures that foster both, individual growth and social harmony  … [see more]

"No man is an island"

Hannington Segirinya

Team Lead | New Dawn Africa Foundation

Kampala, Uganda

I am a free thinker and believe in a just society where it's each citizen's role to make sure everyone has fun and lacks no basic needs. I work with New Dawn Africa Foundation an organisation that cares for children & women living with HIV/AIDS in Uganda Africa. We show them that they are useful  … [see more]

"Making saving the world groovy and fun..."

Scott Bolden

Sustainable Solutions Developer and Designer | Das Baumhaus Berlin

Berlin, Germany

I have degrees in Art and Engineering and practical experience in those fields as well as in systems, product, interior, and architectural design. I also have experience in music and event production as well as a broad range of activities having to do with sustainable development. if a system is sustainable then it means it  … [see more]

"bring on the new ecological civilisation"

Nell Schofield

Project Manager | Solar Citizens

Sydney, Australia

I create events and projects to inspire the renewable revolution we all want to see. After working in television and radio for many years as a presenter/producer/reporter, I now use those skills to help the environment movement reach out to new audiences. I love making short films, surfing with dolphins and teaching yoga asanas. … [see more]

"Free thinker"

Yaron Schwarcz

Entrepreneur | Tridom

Tel-Aviv, Israel

I'll start back when I was in high-school, when I was building fire extinguishing robots, although simplistic, they were able of autonomously navigating in an apartment finding the source of the fire and putting it out. My team and I even achieved 2nd place at the international competition for universities- my 15 min of fame.  … [see more]

Jonathan Duncan

Executive Producer

London, Great Britain

Recently arrived in London, producing/developing TV, film and digital projects alongside running marketing and content for a strategic B2B agency across UK and Asia Pacific. Prior to that I have many years experience across entertainment and marketing; generating new business and ideas, developing commercial partnerships for funding across feature film, TV and digital content projects  … [see more]

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