Friday, 30 August 2013

First set of amazing speakers announced for TEDxEuston 2013

There is a famous verse in the Bible, where Jesus said to Thomas, his disciple -
“Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.” – John 20:26-29
Thank you to all those that have registered for TEDxEuston 2013, with no clue about who our speakers will be this year! Thank you for believing in your event!

Choosing the speakers to offer the TEDxEuston stage is probably the most challenging and exciting aspect of putting the event together. It is a rigorous process as we try to find only the speakers that you will make a genuine connection with YOU. You are the only reason our speakers agree to give up their time, often over several days to make a long trip to London to share their stories for 18 minutes on the TEDxEuston stage.

Today - we offer you the first release of a mix of nine intriguing, powerful, eclectic speakers at TEDxEuston 2013!

There are a few tickets left for you. Grab yours today. when they are gone, they are gone! Register HERE

Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala needs little introduction! She is currently Finance Minister of Nigeria, a position she has previously held before resigning from the Obasanjo administration. She also served as one of the managing Directors at the World Bank from  October 2007–July 2011.

Herman Mashaba was born in 1959, in apartheid South Africa. His academic dreams were ​shattered ​ when his university was shut down due to political unrests. In 1985 he started own hair care manufacturing business named “Black Like Me”, becoming one of the first successful black entrepreneurs of that era. Herman has recently launched his autobiography, “Black Like You”.

Fred Swaniker has lived and worked in 10 different African countries. He passionately believes that good leadership is the most critical need for the continent. He has founded two organizations that aim to catalyze a new generation of ethical, entrepreneurial African leaders: African Leadership Academy and the African Leadership Network, both fulcrums of leadership training for the continent.

Nkwo Onwuka’s foray into the world of fashion all started with an obsession with dolls and a mother who taught her how to sew. Her label debuted at the prestigious Kulture2Couture, 2007. After a few years of exploration and experimentation, the brand has come full circle and now focuses on creating  collections that capture the African story with a 21st century slant.

Wanuri  Kahiu completed her first feature film in 2007 titled; “From A Whisper” based on the real life events surrounding the August 7, twin bombings of US Embassies in Nairobi and Dar es Salaam in 1998. In 2009 she wrote and directed a short Science Fiction Film “Pumzi” that had its international premiere at Sundance Film Festival. Yes, you heard it right Science Fiction out of Africa.

Redi Tlhabi is currently the presenter of the Redi Tlhabi show on Talk Radio 702 listened to by millions of South Africans on their way to work every morning and host of South to North, an African current affairs show on Al-Jazeera. She has just published her first book; Endings and Beginnings, through which she makes the painful journey back to her death-marred childhood of Orlando East, Soweto in apartheid South Africa, a journey in which she eventually finds peace and allows her demons to rest.

Sada Mire is a ​Somalian archaeologist. She lived the first fifteen years of her life in Mogadishu, until 1991. She is founder and executive director of the Horn Heritage Organization and in the last five years, she and her team have made many archaeological discoveries, which feature in her numerous articles and chapters in international scientific publications.  Sada believes that cultural heritage is a basic human need.

Vuyiseka Dubula is General Secretary of the Treatment Action Campaign (TAC), based in South Africa. As a young woman she joined TAC after learning her HIV positive status. Founded in 1998, TAC advocates for increased access to treatment, care and support services for people living with HIV. Since 1998, TAC has held government accountable for health care service delivery; campaigned against official AIDS denialism; challenged the world’s leading pharmaceutical companies to make treatment more affordable and cultivated community leadership on HIV and AIDS.  

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