TEDxEuston 2018: Dreamweavers
155 Bishopsgate, London EC2M 3YD, UK
In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDxEuston is an independently organised event that brings people together to share a TED-like experience. Founded in 2009, TEDxEuston is a platform that champions 'African ideas worth spreading'.
In our 9th year, we call upon our community to leave behind labels, imposed or assumed, as we forge ahead with a theme that signifies the point of intersection between unbridled aspiration, and tangible activity.
TEDxEuston 2018: Dreamweavers will be the official meeting point for all who share intellectual curiosity about Africa. A space for the diaspora and for all to imagine, collaborate and take action.
With 13 dynamic speakers and 2 outstanding performers a ticket to TEDxEuston includes:
**Access to the venue and the TEDxEuston Marketplace
**Complimentary refreshments throughout the day
**Hot buffet lunch
**TEDxEuston goodie bag
**Complimentary entry to the afterparty
This year’s event also signals the launch of the new TEDxEuston Marketplace where we’ll be showcasing some of the amazing products and services from you, our community! If you’re interested in exhibiting with us this year (or your know someone who would be), please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Speakers announced to date are as follows:
Femi Oguns (MBE) is a former actor and agent. His passion to create a platform which would give actors of all ethnicities the platform to express themselves to their fullest, led to the establishment of the Identity School of Acting and Identity Agency Group in October 2003. In 2010, Femi was named a UK Film Council Breakthrough Brit in the fields of Acting and Writing. He also made Powerful Media's Power List of the top 100 most influential figures of African/Caribbean descent. In 2017 he became the first agent in the UK to be awarded with a special jury prize by the British Independent Film Award (BIFA) for his contribution to the British Film Industry. Most recently he opened the LA division of Identity School of Acting, and former students, John Boyega and Letitia Wright are amongst it’s patrons.
Dr Claire Karekezi is a Specialist Neurosurgeon. Born and raised in Rwanda, Claire completed her Clinical Fellowship in Neuro-Oncology & Skull Base Surgery at the University of Toronto in 2018 and returned to Rwanda as the country's first and only female neurosurgeon.Over the course of her training, Claire has received several awards, including a 2013 American Association of Neurological Surgeons (AANS) award, a Women In Neurosurgery (WINS) award, a Greg Wilkins-Barrick Chair Visiting International Surgeon Award, the 2016 American Association of Neurological Surgeons (AANS) International Visiting Surgeon Fellowship in Neurosurgery/Neuro-Oncology, amongst others.She hopes to inspire young women to pursue neurosurgery.
Georgia Arnold is the Senior Vice President of Social Responsibility at Viacom International Media Networks. Responsible for developing social initiatives for the company’s portfolio of over two hundred TV channels and websites, Georgia has initiated unprecedented partnerships and campaigns for MTV on HIV and AIDS awareness, as well as for Nickelodeon on children’s rights. Since its launch in 1988, she has been overseeing the Staying Alive Campaign and was instrumental in establishing the MTV Staying Alive Foundation, a global charitable body that provides grants to grassroots, youth-led organisations to set up HIV and AIDS awareness campaigns in their communities. A particular highlight of Ms. Arnold’s career is her involvement with the multi award-winning MTV Shuga – a 360-degree mass-media HIV prevention campaign with a worldwide viewership of over 720 million people (and which discovered the Oscar-winner Lupita Nyong'o).In 2013, MTV Breaks was born - Georgia’s latest international initiative to inspire and give real life opportunities to the next generation of creative talent around the world.
Omar Degan is a Somali-Italian Architect. He is the Principal and Founder of DO Architecture and Design , an architecture firm based in Mogadishu, specialised in sustainability, emergency architecture and post-conflict reconstruction.Born in 1990, Degan holds a BA in Architecture, an MSc (Hons) in Architecture for Sustainability and a postgraduate degree in Habitat and Cooperation - Emergency architecture and developing countries. His passion for serving the most vulnerable populations led him to establish a firm in the capital city of Somalia devoted to supporting the post conflict reconstruction process through the use of architecture.
Lebo Mashile is an award-winning writer, spoken word artist, presenter, actress and activist. A household name in South Africa, Lebo has performed in over 24 countries, won a NOMA Award and has, among other things, just released her second studio album, Moya, in collaboration with singer/songwriter Majola. In February, she debuted a theatre piece on Saartjie Baartman.
Million Belay is the founder of MELCA – Ethiopia, an indigenous NGO working on issues of agro-ecology, intergenerational learning, advocacy and livelihood improvement of local and indigenous peoples. He is also a researcher in food systems transformation at the Stockholm Resilience Centre, coordinates the Alliance for Food Sovereignty for Africa, a network of networks of major networks in Africa and is a member of the International Panel of Experts on the Sustainable of Food Systems (IPES-Food).
Million has been working for over two decades on the issues of intergenerational learning of bio-cultural diversity, sustainable agriculture, the right of local communities for seed and food sovereignty and forest issues. His main interest is now advocacy on food sovereignty, learning among generations, knowledge dialogues and the use of participatory mapping for social learning, identity building and mobilisation of memory for resilience.
Salooni is a Ugandan multidisciplinary arts collective made up of four talented Ugandan women. At TEDxEuston 2018 Dreamweavers, Aida Holly-Nambi and Darlyne Komukama will take centre stage to represent the collective. Aida is the director of Arts and Culture for an Africa-wide LGBT digital media organization, None on Record, where among other projects, she produces the podcast, AfroQueer. Darlyne is a self-taught photographer and installation artist. Her photographs are full of regal, statuesque black women and exhort a return to the natural world. Her work has appeared on CNN, BBC, The Guardian, Quartz and Okay Africa.
Iyinoluwa Aboyeji is an impact entrepreneur with a passion for building the future of Africa. He’s spent the past 8 years building ventures in the education, technology, youth employment, publishing and finance spaces. He led Imprint Publications, one of Canada’s largest student-owned publishing houses, as President of the Board in 2010, and he helped found and run Bookneto Inc, a social e-learning platform, acquired in 2013 by the Canadian Innovation Centre. In 2014, He co-founded Andela to find and prepare the brightest young people in Africa to become the continent’s next generation of technology leaders through deep immersive remote-work experience with companies like Facebook, IBM, Microsoft and Google amongst others. He left Andela to co-found Flutterwave, a payments technology company connecting Africa to the global economy.
Faraja Nyalandu, born and raised in Tanzania is a resourceful social entrepreneur. She has degrees in law but has dedicated herself to her passion: developing cutting edge social and educational programs that empower youth and children. A member of the World Economic Forum’s Expert Network, she has served on the Global Future Council for Education, Gender and Work.
In 2013, she established Shule Direct which provides comprehensive web and mobile educational platforms (offering learning content across multiple subjects) to over a million in and out of school youth. In 2016, Faraja won the Tanzania Leadership Awards’ Hall of Fame Woman of the Year Award. In 2017, she was awarded a 2017 System Innovator award by Segal Family Foundation for systemic change in digital learning in Secondary School education in Tanzania, and in 2018 was named as one of 100 Most Influential Young Africans.
Brian Gitta is an entrepreneur with a computer science background interested in using design thinking, machine learning and artificial intelligence to create solutions to the world’s hardest problems – starting with those in African communities. He is the CEO and co-founder of Matibabu, a company that offers a non-invasive malaria diagnosis kit. Matibabu has won a host of different awards including the UN Empowerment Award and The Aspirin Social Innovation Award. Brian most recently won the Royal Academy of Engineering Africa Prize for Engineering Innovation for the work he and his team have done at Matibabu.
The Compozers are a four-piece band from North London, known for producing live arrangements and renditions of hit songs. With no lead singer in the forefront, the audience is invited to become the fifth member in a unique musical experience. They’ve worked with an impressive array of international artists including J Hus (with whom they worked on his chart topping album, Common Sense) Wizkid, Davido and Mr Eazi. A Night With The Compozers, their annual headline concert typically attracts an audience of over three thousand people, in some of London’s most iconic gigging venues including the O2 Shepherds Bush Empire and the Roundhouse in Camden.
Nana Oforiatta Ayim is a writer, filmmaker and art historian. She is one of the leading ambassadors of African contemporary art and is the founder of the non-profit arts institution ANO Institute of Arts & Knowledge in Accra. Through ANO, she has pioneered a pan-African Cultural Encyclopaedia and a Mobile Museums project that travels and exhibits in communities, creating discourse about narratives, memory and value. She was also the founder and previous creative director of Gallery 1957, which focuses on contemporary Ghanaian art.
Nana is the recipient of several awards and has been named one of the Apollo ’40 under 40', one of 50 African Trailblazers by The Africa Report, one of 12 African women making history by Okayafrica, and a Quartz Africa Innovator. She has written widely on cultural narratives and institutions in Africa, and is publishing her first novel with Bloomsbury Publishing in 2019.
W. Gyude Moore served as Liberia’s Minister of Public Works and country lead on construction and maintenance infrastructure from December 2014 to January 2018. Prior to this, he served as Deputy Chief of Staff to President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf and Head of the President’s Delivery Unit. As one of the President’s most trusted advisors, Gyude played a crucial role in supporting President Sirleaf as Liberia shaped its post-Ebola outlook. He is currently a visiting fellow at the Center for Global Development in Washington D.C. and serves on the Board of Advisors of the Master of Science in Foreign Service Program at Georgetown University.
Hafsat Abiola-Costello is a human and civil rights campaigner and was appointed the Executive President of Women in Africa (WIA) Initiative in June 2018. She is the Founder of the Kudirat Initiative for Democracy (KIND), which seeks to strengthen civil society and promote democracy in Nigeria. In 2008 she founded the China Africa Bridge (CAB), an organisation that works to ensure that Sino-African ties are mutually beneficial. Hafsat has won many prizes for her work including the World Forum’s Change Maker award in 1998 and the World Economic Forum’s Global Leader of Tomorrow Award 2000.
And last but not least this year's hosts:
Dr Chibundu Onuzo is the author of 'The Spider King's Daughter', and 'Welcome to Lagos'. She has won the Betty Trask Awards and been shortlisted for the Dylan Thomas Prize, Commonwealth Book Prize and The Encore Award. Her essays and short stories have been commissioned by BBC Radio 3. She writes for the Guardian and is a musician. She is also a historian with a special interest in the emergence of 20th century West African nationalism. She is also a Senior Teaching Fellow at SOAS. Chibundu has been attending TEDxEuston since 2011, and graced the salon stage in 2013 - so we cannot wait to have her on the stage again as a host!
Eddie Kadi is becoming a familiar face on the TEDxEuston stage, returning this time to host Dreamweavers. Eddie Kadi is a host, stand-up comedian, and actor amongst many other things. He began hosting stand-up shows which further cemented that entertaining people seemed to come naturally and he’s never looked back since. He is a household name within the British comedy scene and was the first British black comedian to headline the O2 Arena. He recently repeated this success at his one man show at Hackney Empire, when both nights were sold out. He has since has appeared on numerous British TV show, including Virtually Famous, Lenny Henry show and QI show along Stephen Fry. He performed at TEDxEustonSalon in 2016, and hosted METAMORPHOSIS in 2017, and we're excited to have him with us again alongside Chibundu.
We look forward to seeing you soon!
Your TEDxEuston Team
What's the refund policy? All tickets purchased are non-refundable.
Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event? No, if you give your name atthe door we will be able to check you in but please remember to bring valid ID if you are a student.
Can I update my registration information? Yes. This can be done via universe, please remember to update all attendees information up to two weeks prior to the event to ensure that names are accurate on name badges.
Do TEDxEuston profit from this event? No. Please note all TEDxEuston events are not-for-profit and the team work on a voluntary basis. The tickets for each event are subsided by our generous partners.
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1. Please note that all tickets purchased are non-refundable except if the event is cancelled or significantly altered by the organisers.
2.TEDxEuston reserves the right to make alterations to the programme such as speaker line up changes but will endeavour to ensure that all speakers are of a similar calibre and stature.
3. TEDxEuston reserves the right to refuse admission to the venue.
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