With the topic Interconnected, the seventh edition of the conference TEDxBucharest, organized independently under TED licence, will take place this year on Saturday, November 7, at the Auditorium Pallady Conference Centre.
The event will be attended by 18 speakers of seven countries, who will discuss how a simple idea or happening may influence and even change completely the life of people or entire communities.
Among them, there is Jon White, consultant leadership and speaker. He was an officer in the Royal British Marine when he suffered apparently devastating lesions during a mission in Afghanistan. In the last five years, Jon recovered physically, got married and started out on a new career. At the time being, he is helping persons in positions of leadership find inspiration to become good leaders.
Another speaker will be Adriana Istrate, Banking Consultant and ultra-marathon Runner. After realizing she was turning into a workaholic 2 years ago, Adriana decided to make a change in her life. A sole decision, starting a new habit – running – changed her in a way she couldn’t ever imagine. Through perseverance and dedication, careful planning and hard work, Adriana managed to complete project 777: one marathon and one ultramarathon on each of the seven continents. She runs for a better life, changing the world one step at a time.
Andrei Lupse, founder of Baza Ulmu, will also speak at the conference. Choosing this sustainable way of life takes courage and perseverance, as it determines people to walk on a road less traveled. Andrei decided to take his chances and for the past 3 years, he is spending his time at Baza Ulmu, a special place where houses are built of dirt, people take care of livestock and everyone personally knows everyone. His story is one of simplicity, with minimal intrusion in the natural landscape, away from technology but directly connected to people and the surrounding environment.
Another guest is Paul J.R. Renaud. A Canadian with a broad-based career who managed to live and work on 5 of 7 continents. Paul is a qualified Executive Coach, specialized in Behavioral Coaching, Peak Performance, Brain Science & Marketing. An energetic communicator and captivating facilitator, in 2014 he launched his book, ‘A Networking Book’, available on Amazon. Paul is also Adjunct Professor of Marketing at the Maastricht School of Management & the University of New York in Prague (UNYP).
The audience may also listen to Vijay Raju, Deputy Head of the Global Shapers Community, World Economic Forum. He is an expert on creativity and business model innovation, credited for several successful projects. His innovation work has been mentioned in the Lean Startup, Little Black Book of Innovation and First Mile. Also, Vijay is himself a writer, addressing subjects such as leadership and innovation, and contributing to WEF Agenda and Huffington Post India. Mr. Raju also spent several years leading animation and computer graphics projects, one of which was among the first 3D animations to come out of India.
Adrian Buzatu, Research associate, University of Glasgow and member of the ATLAS experiment at CERN will also speak at TEDxBucharest. He is a researcher specialised in data analysis to search for the Higgs boson, a fundamental ingredient of matter. Passionate about science communication, Adrian loves to tell the story of the Higgs boson discovery, of which he was a part of, and its implications for science and philosophy. He is also fond of teaching, especially programming for science (C++, ROOT), and how to create great presentation and reports in science.
Thomas C. Knobel, Founder & CEO, NOBEL & WowApp, will also attend the event. Born in Switzerland, Thomas founded his first company at age 7, a fresh food delivery business. His inherent entrepreneurial spirit has led him to start several businesses throughout his life, currently on three continents. Today, Thomas is working on his most special project of all time, a project with big ambitions to reinvent world economy and do good in the world through the power of connections and sharing. It has been officially launched in Romania in October 2015.
Lars Soeftestad, Social Anthropologist and CEO, Supras Limited will also come to Bucharest for this event. Born in Norway, and currently living both there and in Bulgaria, Lars is trained as a social anthropologist. He works on development cooperation since more than 30 years. He has founded and presently manages Supras Limited, two consulting firms registered in Bulgaria and Norway. His expertise stretches over project management, social/institutional analyses, capacity building, and strategic communication. Supras operates in countries in Africa, Middle East, South Asia and Eastern Europe / Balkans, focusing on civil society and its relationships with the public and private sectors, in the context of broader issues like governance, inclusion, participation and transparency.
For seven years, TEDxBucharest is an important place for generating and communicating ideas that change the world, as focus is always on speakers who have a major impact on communities and who are able to change mentalities.
The previous six editions were attended by attended by a total number of 3,000 persons, and approximately 850 are awaited this year.
TED is a non-profit organization dedicated to ideas, as shown by its slogan, Ideas Worth Spreading. It started 25 years ago as a four – day conference held in California and it became a worldwide conference that invites the leaders of the world annually to present their ideas in 18 minutes.