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Sometimes, all we need is a simple thing that will empower us to move forward and overcome obstacles. A single puzzle piece that is missing and that is often hidden in plain sight. At our 2018 TEDxHamburg conference, we want to celebrate people who have made that special discovery and want to share what they have learned with you, our audience.

A special journey of discovery is waiting for you. Listen to the stories of people who found what they were missing and connect with them at TEDxHamburg 2018!



  • Cordelia Röders-Arnold
    Cordelia Röders-Arnold

    Cordelia is a marketeer at heart, who made her career within the major FMCG players. At some point, growth, scale and money weren't motivation enough: With the tools and skills she collected over the past years, she decided to use them for a social cause, that she felt needed her even more: She said adieu to the corporate world to join einhorn, a fairstainable start-up in Berlin - and started the period revolution. She conducted the nation’s biggest period survey ever with 20.000 participants and knows how Germany menstruates.

    The results shocked her and keep her working on her biggest mission: Bringing power to the period!

    Instagram: @einhorn.period l Website:

  • Jillian York
    Jillian York

    Jillian C. York is a writer and activist whose work examines the impact of technology on our societal and cultural values. Based in Berlin, she is the Director for International Freedom of Expression at the Electronic Frontier Foundation and a fellow at the Center for Internet & Human Rights at the European University Viadrina. She is currently writing a book.

    Twitter: @jilliancyork l Website:

  • Paul Bethke
    Paul Bethke

    Paul Bethke is the founder of the beverage project „Lemonaid” and „ChariTea”. Paul grew up in Hamburg. When he was 16 he got tired of not getting answers to fundamental questions. As a result he left Europe in 1997 and moved to Sri Lanka. At the time the island was a civil war prone area with extreme contrast. Living in this completely different place without family, he explored a new world. The place and people and new friends inspired him to follow a different path.

    He decided to enter the lion´s den and study psychology and economics in the UK, Germany and later Fance. He finished his studies at the Sorbonne University in Paris, heatedly discussing international economics with renowned professors such as nobel prize winner Edmund Phelps.

    After studies Paul wanted to see what the international aid organisations were doing in order to support other nations and their people. After a short glimpse into the world of international aid, Paul quit and left the GIZ (the German development aid agency) and in 2009 went on to found his company, Lemon Aid and ChariTea, which supports charitable projects around the globe and which has been awared numerous prizes for it’s take on the business world.

    When not at the office Paul studies different topics from philosophical and religious issues to scientific discoveries in the world of physics.


  • Jana Boulus
    Jana Boulus

    Jana has worked alongside the founders of Humanity Crew to strengthen its grassroots initiative which focuses on providing mental health support to people in crisis. Jana is proud to manage the programming for an organization which was founded by Palestinians of `48 and which in itself embodies the self-help mentality that is often lacking in the Middle East where conflict and frustration have left many people stranded and unable to devise a strategy that can promise a better future.

    Alongside her work at Humanity Crew, Jana practices photography and has received national awards and exhibited internationally. She finds photography to be her only means of expressing the myriad of feelings and conflicting forces that shape her life as a Palestinian Christian who grew up behind a check-point in East Jerusalem.

    Previously, Jana was a fellow at The International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation and Political Violence at King’s College London. She has worked to support the protection of human rights and to better her community through a variety of initiatives and organizations, most notably Human Rights Watch and Adalah. Jana is driven to continue working on the empowerment of her community, and the advancement of Palestinian aspirations for justice, self determination, and freedom.


  • Reza Pakravan
    Reza Pakravan

    Reza Pakravan is a filmmaker, adventurer and author. He is a fellow of the Royal Geographical Society and listed amongst the world’s top 20 most seasoned travellers.

    His documentaries, talks and books have taken audiences on his epic journeys to some of the most remote corners of the world. He has presented and produced prime time TV series aired worldwide on networks such as the BBC, Channel 4, Fox, Aljazeera, CBC and SRF.

    Originally from Iran, Reza’s constant thirst for adventure has earned him the Guinness World Record for crossing the Sahara Desert by bicycle. Pushing his ultra endurance limits further, he cycled the 11,000-mile length of the planet from north to south in the record time of 102 days.  

    Much of Reza’s recent work has focused on the issues faced by remote, indigenous peoples. He is currently a featured contributor to The Outdoor Journal and

    Twitter: @RezaPakravan | Website:

  • Jessica Berlin
    Jessica Berlin

    Jessica Berlin is a public-private sector strategy advisor with a knack for turning ideas into reality. As founder and Managing Director of CoStruct, a Berlin-based strategy consultancy, she connects dots and fills gaps between public, private, and nonprofit sector approaches to sustainable development. Her work is grounded in 11+ years in security, foreign policy, economic development, and tech entrepreneurship in Africa, Asia, Europe, MENA, and the US. Jessica is also co-founder of Die Brückenbauer (‘Bridge Builders’), a nonprofit initiative fostering transatlantic exchange and socioeconomic inclusion of marginalized communities in Europe and North America. She holds an M.Sc. in Political Economy of Emerging Markets from King’s College London, a B.A. in International Relations from Tufts University, and speaks five languages.

    Twitter: @berlin_bridge | Website:

  • Joana Osman
    Joana Osman

    Peace activist and writer Joana Osman was born in 1982 as the daughter of a Palestinian father and a German mother. Since her family has been severely affected by the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, she has always felt the urge to work in peace activism and intercultural dialogue. For her work in the viral social media project, the Peace Factory ( she developed a concept of intercultural writing workshops that evokes empathy and mutual understanding between people who find themselves on different sides of a political conflict. Joana works a storytelling coach, writer and mediator. She is currently living near Munich, Germany.

    Facebook: @palestinelovesisrael.peacefactory | Website:


  • Sivan Talmor
    Sivan Talmor

    Sivan Talmor is a singer & songwriter from Israel. In recent years Sivan had built a name for herself in Israel as one of the most unique voices in the Israeli music scene. After collaborating with many Israeli artists and releasing music in Hebrew for her Israeli crowd, in 2016 Sivan started releasing music in English and reaching out fans from around the world.

    Her 1st album “Fire” produced by Ori Winokur (Producer of Asaf Avidan & The Mojos) was released by the small German label "Bauer Studios" and received great responses from critics and fans alike.

    Sivan is now about to release her 2nd album called “Immigrants Of Lace” (Also produced by Ori Winokur), the album is a mixture of musical influences (Pop, Jazz, Rock) and personal experiences from Sivan’s life, being a musician, a mother & a strong independent woman.

    These days Sivan and her band are touring Germany and Israel and releasing new singles, so far “Falling” & “Dancing” are released and the full album will be released in February 2019.

    Instagram: @sivantalmor | Website:

  • Leona Berlin
    Leona Berlin

    Musically Leona Berlin packs her view of the world into atmospherically dense neo soul with jazzy influences and poppy structures, with additional traces of R’n’B, soul and hip-hop. The Süddeutsche Zeitung summed it up after one of her concerts in Munich: “As a singer she masters everything you need for soul: a crystal-clear voice that is also powerful and strong, with the necessary shot of blackness and toughness. As needed, she uses a blues timbre, funk-shout or pop vocals, always flawlessly intoned and perfectly phrased.” What this means specifically can be felt in every single note of every single song of her debut album Leona Berlin. She says: “My songs are about me, my outlook on life, my feelings and experiences – and the issues, difficulties and discoveries related to these. I would like to give the listener the freedom to delve in as deeply as they want and to take away as much as they want, without forcing anything on anybody.”

    Her debut album LEONA BERLIN incl. FREE, NOTHING COMPARES 2 U, THINKING ABOUT YOU was presented live at The Peppermint Club Los Angeles, A-Trane Berlin and just released by Warner Music.

    Instagram: @leonaberlin | Website:


1pm -2pm Registration
2pm - 3pm Session 1
Caren Brockmann & Stephan Balzer Welcome
Paul Bethke The Russian Roulette of Life
Jillian York Opening the doors to Silicon Valley's backrooms
Jana Boulus Showing Evil the Other Face of Humanity
3pm - 4pm Coffee Break
4pm - 5pm Session 2
Leona Berlin Performance
Jessica Berlin What Obama Got Wrong (and How to Set It Right)
Derek Sivers (TED Talk) How to start a movement
Joana Osman Becoming friends with the enemy
5pm - 5.30pm Coffee Break
5.30pm - 6.30pm Session 3
Cordelia Röders-Arnold Unf*ck Menstruation
Sivan Talmor Performance
Reza Pakravan The Power of Add-venture
Caren Brockmann & Stephan Balzer Thank you & Good Bye
The Child President (TEDTalk) We all need a Pep Talk




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