TEDxHamburg "Exploring New Territories" Speaker Ngaire Blankenberg

Ngaire Blankenberg

Ngaire Blankenberg is internationally recognized for her work planning innovative museums and revitalizing urban spaces. She is co-author, with Gail Lord, of Cities, Museums and Soft Power (AAM Press 2015) which urges museums to play a more vital role in creating equitable, inclusive and empowering cities. She is co-founder of the Museum of AIDS in Africa- a pan-African project which collects, preserves, interprets and remembers the history and impact of AIDS on the continent.

As European Director and Principal Consultant at Lord Cultural Resources, the world's largest museum and cultural professional practice, Ngaire advises museums, the private sector and governments throughout the world on ways to develop their cultural assets for public benefit.  Her clients include, among others, the National Museum of African American History and Culture (Smithsonian); the Canadian Museum for Human Rights; the Bihar Museum (India); the Historic District of Dubai, the King Abdulaziz Center for World Culture (Saudi Arabia); Te Papa National Museum of New Zealand; Barangaroo Delivery Authority (Sydney) and the Parlamentarium of the European Parliament. Ngaire has also been a youth worker, jazz poet, cartoonist, documentary-maker and television producer, and is the mother of two spectacular teens. She is South African-New Zealander-Canadian-British and has lived in Winnipeg, Christchurch, Durban, Johannesburg, Harare, Ottawa, Toronto, Paris and Barcelona where she is currently based.


TEDxHamburg "Exploring New Territories" Speaker Ricky Burdett

Ricky Burdett

Ricky Burdett is Professor of Urban Studies, and director of LSE Cities and the Urban Age Programme. He is currently a Visiting Professor in Urban Planning and Design at the Graduate School of Design, Harvard University as well as a member of the UK Government’s Independent Airports Commission and a member of Council of the Royal College of Art in London. Professor Burdett was Global Distinguished Professor at New York University from 2010 – 2014. He has been involved in regeneration projects across Europe and was Chief Adviser on Architecture and Urbanism for the London 2012 Olympics and architectural adviser to the Mayor of London from 2001 to 2006. He is a judge in the Rockefeller Foundation’s 100 Resilient Cities initiative and is a member of the Hurricane Sandy Regional Planning and Design Competition organised by US Secretary of Housing and Urban Development. Professor Burdett was also a member of the Urban Task Force which produced a major report for the UK government on the future of English cities. He is co-editor of The Endless City (2007), Living in the Endless City (2011) and Transforming Urban Economies (2013) and editor of Innovation in Europe’s Cities (2015). 


TEDxHamburg "Exploring New Territories" Speaker Dhairya Dand

Dhairya Dand

Dhairya Dand’s work investigates the human body as a medium for computation, new materials as a tool to embody interactions and design as a vehicle for mindfulness.  His work is situated in the belief that human well-being in an increasingly computational world can be achieved at the intersection of thoughtful design, innovative engineering and radical paradigms. His work feeds from disconnected fields, skills and mediums to eventually bring them together in new thoughtful and playful ways.

Currently he is the Principal at oDD (a futurist factory) in Seattle and teaches studio-focused graduate courses at the Art Institute of Seattle; previously he was a researcher at the MIT Media Lab in Boston. Prior to that he was an amateur geologist in Saudi Arabia, a sensorial researcher in Tokyo, a toy designer in Phnom Penh, activist and researcher in Singapore, social-political entrepreneur/researcher in Bombay.

He was part of the Forbes 30 under 30 list 2015, ELLE’s 15 names to know in 2015, was named as the first WIRED Innovation fellow ‘innovators who will change our world’ and an INK Fellow in 2014, part of Globe’s ‘Top 25 Innovators’ list, the Smithsonian’s National Design Award. 

His work has been exhibited at various places around the world including the V&A, MIT Museum, Singapore Arts House; his research published at academic conferences including CHI, TEI, UIST; and has been written and interviewed in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, TIME Magazine, CNN, BBC, ABC, Forbes Magazine, NPR, Discovery among others.

He has managed to live, work and study in Seattle, Cambridge, New York, London, Ad-Dammam, Tokyo, Phnom Penh, Singapore and Bombay and wishes to continue this cross-cultural wandering.

Twitter: @3dee


TEDxHamburg "Exploring New Territories" Speaker Vincent Forster

Vincent Forster

Dr. Vincent Forster is the CEO and Co-Founder of Versantis, a preclinical stage pharmaceutical company based in Switzerland, which develops a versatile detoxification therapy. Vincent received his PhD in Pharmaceutical Sciences from ETH Zurich, which built upon a multidisciplinary education in Biomedical Engineering and Biotechnology, completed at EPFL (Switzerland) and UCSD (USA). His research in the field of Drug Delivery taught him the Art of formulating and conveying pharmaceuticals. Paradoxically, his recent work has been focused on the conception of a universal antidote to “un-deliver” drugs and remove them from overdosed patients. Specifically, he developed a revolutionary peritoneal dialysis approach for the detoxification body wastes and toxic chemicals. Enthusiastic and passionate, he now dedicates his energy to translate this technology to the patient’s bedside. For that, Vincent and his co-founders recently established Versantis (www.versantis.ch), which rapidly raised interests from the medical, commercial, and mass media communities. When winter comes, Vincent spends his spare time on a snowboard or on telemarks exploring new summits and seeking for the best slopes in the Alps.


TEDxHamburg "Exploring New Territories" Speaker Fred Jansen

Fred Jansen

Fred Jansen studied astrophysics at Amsterdam University, Netherlands. During his study he participated in a Leiden/MIT program which launched a balloon borne set of X-ray detectors observing the universe. After his PhD, on a thesis of X-ray observations of supernova remnants (the hot and bright remains of exploded stars), he worked on the development of one of the X-ray instruments for the XMM-Newton observatory. 

In 1995 he joined the European Space Agency and was appointed project scientist for this mission shortly afterwards. Following the launches of the Mars Express and Venus Express missions he also became mission manager for these projects.

He temporarily left XMM-Newton in 2006 to work as interim project scientist for the GAIA mission. In 2013 he left Mars Express and Venus Express and re-joined XMM-Newton - soon to be followed by joining Rosetta as mission manager.

Fred was Rosetta mission manager of from June 2013 until February 2015. This period covered the hibernation exit, comet approach, landing and post-landing operations periods. 

Fred is currently mission manager of Gaia and XMM-Newton.

Twitter: @redplanet00


TEDxHamburg "Exploring New Territories" Speaker Bruce Katz

Bruce Katz

Bruce J. Katz is a vice president at the Brookings Institution and founding director of the Brookings Metropolitan Policy Program. He is also the co-author of The Metropolitan Revolution (Brookings Press, 2013) which argues that cities and metropolitan areas are not only the engines of national economies but also the vanguard of economic policy innovation. 

With the federal government and most states adrift, cities and metros are taking the lead—investing in infrastructure, making advanced industry a priority, and upgrading the education and skills of workers.

Katz regularly advises federal, state, regional and municipal leaders on policy reforms that advance the competitiveness of metropolitan areas. He counsels on shifting demographic and market trends as well as on policies critical to metropolitan prosperity (e.g. innovation, human capital, infrastructure, housing) and new forms of metropolitan governance. After the 2008 presidential election, he co-led the housing and urban issues transition team for the Obama administration and served as a senior advisor to new Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Shaun Donovan for the first 100 days of the administration. 

Katz gives dozens of lectures and presentations annually in the United States before public, corporate, civic and university audiences. In recent years, he has also lectured about urban and metropolitan issues in countries such as Canada, China, Germany, Turkey, Great Britain, Italy and South Africa. In 2006, he received the prestigious Heinz Award in Public Policy for his contributions to the understanding of the "function and values of cities and metropolitan areas and profoundly influencing their economic vitality, livability and sustainability."

Katz is a graduate of Brown University and Yale Law School and a visiting professor at the London School of Economics.


TEDxHamburg "Exploring New Territories" Speaker Marjo Kyllönen

Marjo Kyllönen

Since 2004, Dr Marjo Kyllönen is the Education Manager at General Education division in Helsinki.

She has PhD in Education. She defended her doctoral thesis on Future School and Leadership in December 2011. After defending her thesis she further developed the concept of future school and its role and prospect in society.

At her current position she is responsible for various areas of basic education, such as curriculum matters and development, pupils participation, special education, multicultural issues.

She has also been appointed to various committees on a national level such as the national core curriculum work, pupils welfare, pupils assessment. On a city level she is in the lead for curriculum renewal and implementing the Future School Concept in Helsinki. Dr Kyllönen does a lot of voluntary work promoting children’s education in developing countries, which is really important top her.


TEDxHamburg "Exploring New Territories" Speaker Marco Maas

Marco Maas

Marco Maas has been working as a freelance journalist and entrepreneur in Hamburg and Berlin since 1999. As such, he was involved in the development of the “ZDF-Parlameter", which won the Grimme Online Award. He also received the CNN Journalist Award for the G8 coverage on gipfelblog.de

Marco is also a managing partner and data journalist at OpenDataCity, an agency for data journalism and data visualization. There, he leads a team of journalists, developers and visualizers. The agency has won several national and international awards (Lead Awards, Grimme Online Award, the World Summit Award, Online News Award, etc.).

He has dealt with the topic of Open Data/Linked Data since 2009, and for the last two years has focussed mainly on the Internet of Things. He blogs on TheMaastrix.net and twitters on @themaastrix.


TEDxHamburg "Exploring New Territories" Speaker Ana Pereira Roders

Ana Pereira Roders

Ana Pereira Roders is a theoretical architect working at the intersection of architecture, urban planning, law, environmental management and computer sciences. She wants to rewrite urban theory, to reveal how efficiently cities can use their resources, in relation to standards and values. Her latest work uses UNESCO World Heritage nominations in urban settings, to discuss impact evaluation of policies and projects, based on their conservation status. Protected Urban Planet is a step towards more ambitious goals, enabling real-time big data analytics and co-authorship of urban theory.

Pereira Roders earned an architecture degree at University Lusíada, Portugal, followed by a PhD at Eindhoven University of Technology, The Netherlands. She was a visiting fellow at University of Lúrio, Mozambique and Durham University, UK. Currently, she is an assistant professor at Eindhoven University of Technology, and the founding co-editor of the Journal of Cultural Heritage Management and Sustainable Development, Emerald, UK.


TEDxHamburg "Exploring New Territories" Speaker Martin Powell

Martin Powell

Martin Powell is the head of Urban Development within Siemens Global Centre of Competence for Cities. This involves working with mayors and leaders providing advice and support to those cities as they strive to meet tough economic, social and environmental targets and looking at economic and technical models of delivering solutions at scale.

Martin was previously the Mayoral Advisor on the Environment to the current Mayor of London, Boris Johnson. As Executive Director of Environment he also had responsibility for delivery of London’s Environmental Projects and Programmes.

As Managing Director of Cambridge Management & Research, an organisation working with a number of cities, Martin was a Special Advisor to The C40 Cities Group, Chaired by former Mayor of New York, Michael Bloomberg.

Martin is co-author of ‘Our Urban Future’ and ‘Better Cities, Better Life’.


TEDxHamburg "Exploring New Territories" Speaker Priya Prakash

Priya Prakash

Priya Prakash is a serial change agent, entrepreneur and founder of London based D4SC - Design for Social Change.

The applied product innovation studio specializes in collaborative urban systems combining human and machine intelligence. 

In 2014, she was listed ‘Tech City Insider 100’, IBM’s People for Smarter Cities and featured in BBC, Wired, Outlook India. D4SC’s products have won The Smart City World Expo Showcase, Innovate UK’s Connected Cities Challenge and got shortlisted for Zumbtobel’s Applied Innovation.

Prior to D4SC, Priya was Head of Mobile Phone User Experience at Nokia. She led the global design team to launch Nokia Asha in 144 countries turning mobile phones to affordable smart phones. At BBC, she was lead-designer and co-inventor of iPlayer with joint patents.

Since 2001, her innovations have changed industries radically across media, publishing, telecom and retail. Her focus now is on reimagining smart cities.

Priya is visiting professor at Syracuse University, RCA, UCL and LSE and advises early stage iOT & smart tech startups. A regular keynote speaker and judge, Prakash is FRSA with MA in Computer Related Design, Royal College of Art. Priya enjoys discovering cities by running, cycling and tasting local cuisines. 

Twitter: @changify


TEDxHamburg "Exploring New Territories" Speaker Andras Vamos-Goldman

Andras Vamos-Goldman

"What if we could get closer to stopping the cycles of violence that plague so much of our planet?" As a son of parents who endured the Holocaust, Andras Vamos-Goldman has been on a mission to turn "Justice Denied" for victims of mass atrocities into "Justice Achieved". Andras’ vision is for the investigation of mass atrocities to be done as quickly and professionally as the investigation of any ordinary domestic crime.

In pursuit of this vision, Andras helped to create, and is the Executive Director of Justice Rapid Response (JRR). JRR is a standard-setting multi-stakeholder facility that recruits, trains and deploys criminal justice professionals from all over the world to investigate mass atrocities. Since becoming operational in 2009, JRR has certified over 500 professionals to its rapidly deployable roster and has supported 50 investigations of the worst crimes known to humanity. Andras’ goal is that the quality and timeliness of investigations achieved by JRR becomes the standard to which all investigations of genocide, war crimes and crimes against humanity are carried out. Only by getting the investigations of these crimes right, is credible accountability a possibility. And only credible accountability leads to justice for victims, deterrence for future offenders, thereby helping to break the cycle of violence.

A relentless social entrepreneur, an international lawyer and Canadian diplomat, Andras’ involvement with international criminal justice includes playing an instrumental role in the establishment of the Sierra Leone Special Court and working on the creation of International Criminal Court.  

Andras is also an Ashoka fellow.


TEDxHamburg "Exploring New Territories" Speaker Rose Wang

Rose Wang

Rose is the co-founder and CEO of Six Foods, an organization that is normalizing insects as a more sustainable protein. Rose worked in strategy and marketing at Nutraclick and Microsoft. In college, Rose managed HSA Cleaners and The Harvard Shop through Harvard Student Agencies, managing an annual budget of $1.5M. She also has a passion for education and sits on the board of an education non-profit, Wema Inc., in Kenya. She founded Six Foods at the age of 22 (after eating a scorpion in China). Business Insider named Six Foods as one of the top ten startups changing the future of food, and they have one of the most funded food Kickstarters to date. Rose is a graduate of Harvard College and plans to matriculate to Harvard Business School in 2018 as a part of the 2+2 program.


TEDxHamburg "Exploring New Territories" Speaker Rasa Weber

Rasa Weber

Rasa Weber (1989) is a designer and researcher currently working and living in Berlin. She is one of the founders and designers of Studio Blond and Bieber, a cooperation with designer Essi Johanna Glomb, which meets on the border between textile- and productdesign, and currently working at the Interdisciplinary Laboratory “Bild Wissen Gestaltung” of the Humboldt University Berlin. Her work is based upon material research in cooperation with scientific institutions (such as Fraunhofer Institute or Schlafakademie Berlin / Charité) and a narrative perspective on design. Further information on: blondandbieber.com and rasaweber.com.


TEDxHamburg "Exploring New Territories" Speaker André Wilkens

André Wilkens (© Gerlind Klemens)

André Wilkens is a Weltverbesserer (social entrepreneur) and author from Berlin, who works on European and international affairs, equality, climate change as well as for a more human digital world.

His recent book 'Analog ist das neue Bio (Analogue is the new Organic)' explores our wonderful and crazy digital lives, it considers the risks and side effects of digital, analogue alternatives, and what needs to be done so that our digital society remains human.

During his career, André has worked as Chief Strategist for Stiftung Mercator in Berlin, Director of the Open Society Institute in Brussels, Head of Strategic Communication for UNHCR in Geneva, Director for Public Policy Communication in Brussels and Turin.

André is an initiator and founding member of the European Council for Foreign Relations, and the founding Director of the Roma Initiative. He is also a board member of Tactical Tech Cooperative.

André holds a Masters in European studies from the London School of Economics and a Masters in international relations from Potsdam University. 

André is a German citizen and lives with his German-British family in Berlin.


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