Kenyans feature as TEDGlobal conference opens in Tanzania

TED opens itsTEDGlobal 2017 Conference Monday in Arusha, Tanzania.

Themed “Builders. Truth-tellers. Catalysts.,”the event will host 700 attendees at the Ngurdoto Mountain Lodge for a program of 45+ speakers and performers sharing ideas in TED’s signature format of short, powerful talks – no longer than18 minutes.

The four-day event will also feature presentations and performances from 27 TED Fellows. It marks TED’s first return to Africa since the memorable TEDGlobal 2007 Conference held at the same location.

“Our event here a decade ago led to so many meaningful ideas, connections and collaborations,” said head of TED Chris Anderson. “Now, we have a chance to reignite those sparks. The ideas emerging from Africa have the potential to create transformative impact, not just here on the continent, but worldwide.”

“This gathering couldn’t come a moment too soon,” said TEDGlobal co-curator EmekaOkafor. “Africa has experienced spectacular economic, demographic and creative growth, but both opportunity and danger are rising at an exponential rate. Our conference will gather the idea catalysts, problem-solvers and change-makers already hard at work here charting Africa’s own path to modernity.”

The speakers and performers selected for TEDGlobal2017 offer fresh, unique perspectives and solutions on a global level. They include:

  • OluTimehinAdegbeye, Writer and activist
  • OshiorenoyaAgabi, Neurotechnology entrepreneur
  • Nabila Alibhai, Place-maker
  • Alsarah& the Nubatones, East African retro-popsters
  • BibiBakare-Yusuf, Publisher
  • Christian Benimana, Architect
  • NitiBhan, Founder and owner, Emerging Futures Lab
  • MahenBonetti, Film curator
  • AugustusCasely-Hayford, Cultural historian
  • Natsai Audrey Chieza, Designer
  • LlewClaasen, Strategist
  • Tania Douglas, Biomedical engineering professor
  • Touria El Glaoui, Art fair curator
  • Chika Ezeanya-Esiobu, Indigenous knowledge expert
  • KamauGachigi, Technologist
  • AmeenaGurib-Fakim, President of Mauritius
  • Leo Igwe, Human rights activist
  • Amar Inamdar, Entrepreneurial business leader
  • Joel Jackson, Transport entrepreneur
  • TundeJegede, Composer, cellist, kora virtuoso
  • Paul Kagame, President of the Republic of Rwanda
  • Zachariah Mampilly, Political scientist
  • VivekMaru, Legal empowerment advocate
  • Kola Masha, Agricultural leader
  • ClappertonChakanetsaMavhunga, MIT professor, grassroots thinker-doer, author
  • ThandiswaMazwai, Singer
  • Yvonne ChiomaMbanefo, Language and culture advocate
  • Sara Menker, Technology entrepreneur
  • SethembileMsezane, Artist
  • KisiluMusya, Farmer and filmmaker
  • Robert Neuwirth, Author
  • Kevin Njabo, Biodiversity scientist
  • NdidiNwuneli, Social innovation expert
  • DayoOgunyemi, Cultural media builder
  • NnediOkorafor, Science fiction writer
  • FredrosOkumu, Mosquito scientist
  • QudusOnikeku, Dancer, Choreographer
  • DK Osseo-Asare, Designer
  • Keller Rinaudo, Robotics entrepreneur
  • Chris Sheldrick, Co-founder and CEO, what3words
  • Sauti Sol, Afro-pop band
  • George Steinmetz, Aerial photographer
  • Olúf??miTáíwò, Historian and philosopher
  • Pierre Thaim, Chef
  • IkéUdé, Artist
  • Washington Wachira, Wildlife ecologist and nature photographer
  • Magatte Wade, Brand creator
  • GhadaWali, Designer

A number of exciting brands and companies have partnered with TEDGlobal2017 to help share ideas and foster an atmosphere of curiosity and discovery. Partners include: The Africa Center, Boston Consulting Group, Brightline Initiative, Gilead Sciences, Logitech,Omidyar Network, Sandstorm Kenya, Tommy Hilfiger, Westpac Banking Group and Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany.



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