Rachel Cook (USA)
Rachel Cook is founder of Seeds Inc., a tech startup that builds microlending into games to convert players into payers for gaming companies while transforming the world for the better through mobile microlending, largely to female entrepreneurs.
Seán Ó hÉigeartaigh (UK)
Seán Ó hÉigeartaigh will talk about bringing technology, physics and philosophy together to tackle seemingly impossible problems. He is the Academic Project Manager of the Centre for the Study of Existential Risk at Cambridge University. He also manages Oxford’s Future of Humanity Institute and the Oxford Martin School’s Programme on the Impacts of Future Technology. His current focus is on risks and impacts relating to emerging technologies, including artificial intelligence and robotics, biotechnology including synthetic biology and genomics, and surveillance technology.
Are the borders between different cultures disappearing due to the rise of the internet and social media? Or do cultures just become more detached from each other? Tim Richardson will talk about differences between cultures. He has spent most of his career in the U.S. diplomatic corps in such far-flung and diverse postings as Afghanistan, the United Arab Emirates, Russia, Malaysia and the Republic of Georgia. Now living in Brussels, Tim is the Counselor for Political and Economic Affairs at the U.S. Embassy to the Kingdom of Belgium.
Sam Furfari will talk about what’s wrong with the global energy policy and how it can be redone in order to be more sustainable, all over the world. Sam has been working for more than 31 years at the European Commission where he devoted his entire career to energy. He designed and implemented various energy policies and sustainable development initiatives. Sam is also a professor Geopolitics of Energy at the Université Libre de Bruxelles.
Charles Spence (UK)
Professor Charles Spence is the head of the Crossmodal Research Laboratory at the Department of Experimental Psychology, Oxford University. He is interested in how people perceive the world around them. In particular, how our brains manage to process the information from each of our different senses to form the extraordinarily rich multisensory experiences that fill our daily lives. At TEDxUHasselt, he will talk about multisensory contributions to pleasure and pain.
Peter is a Belgian writer, director and producer. He started his carreer as scriptwriter for television in 1989. From 1997 onwards he combined television work with writing and producing for theatre, in drama as in comedy. For his comedywork he founded his own production company in 1997, 3pees. At TEDXUHasselt he will reveal why the world needs funny people for innovation, based on recent developments in neuroscience.
Maarten Vanhoof has quite a different view on creativity, education and innovation. Why? Because he has a hearing disability. At TEDxUHasselt, Maarten will explain this unexpected connection. One thing is for sure: his unique views pay off. Currently, he is pursuing a PhD as the youngest member of the SENSE team in the Orange Innovation Lab in Paris. He mixes ideas from geography, sociology and design with computational and data visualisation techniques to understand the interplay between human mobility and social networks.
Jeanne Devos (IN)
Jeanne Devos ICM brings people and cultures together to create a peaceable community of young people in India. She has lived in India since 1963. She is a homescience graduate and an ortho-psychologist and accupedist by profession. Jeanne studied the issues and concerns of domestic workers. In 1985 she started the Domestic Workers Movement with the CBCI (Catholic Bishops Conference of India) and founded the Children in Domestic Work movement, The Young Student Movement for Development and the National Forum for Migrant Workers’ Rights.
Shakuntala Banaji (UK)
Dr. Shakuntala Banaji is Programme Director for the Master’s in Media, Communication and Development at London School of Economics and Political Science. Her research has addressed internet cultures; online civic participation; the socio-political contexts of cinema audiences; young people and creativity.
Thomas Spaas is not only a lawyer specialising in Belgian and International taxation, he is also co-director of the Belgian Bitcoin Association. Thomas focuses on the regulatory aspects of Bitcoin in general and on providing legal support to the association and its members. At TEDxUHasselt, Thomas will share how the concepts underlying bitcoin can be used to innovate in law. An eye-opening talk!
Jenny Zhang (UK)
Jenny is a Marie Curie International Post-Doctoral Fellow in the research group of Dr Erwin Reisner at the University of Cambridge. She works on developing the basic science behind artificial photosynthesis by combining natural bio-catalysts with earth-abundant metal oxides.
Leo is an expert on creating business opportunities by bringing domains together. He is the founder at westartup – a community of over 3,500 first-time entrepreneurs, co-founders, mentors and investors. Leo’s career includes consumer research roles at The Coca-Cola Company in Moscow and Brussels, and product management work at a Belgian startup in the sunset years of the dot-com boom. He led the European marketing team at Mio Technology, Europe’s 3rd largest GPS maker at the time.
Yves Tielemans is a Project Manager at Group Machiels, leading the research, development and demonstration of the Enhanced Landfill Mining concept and the Closing the Circle project. He is convinced that closing the loops is an essential part of the transition to a circular low carbon sustainable economy. Mining landfills for renewable energy and resources? Yes, it is possible!
Tim Nawrot studied environmental health sciences at Maastricht University and Vermont Medical School, US. In 2005, he obtained his Ph.D. degree in medical sciences from the University of Leuven, Belgium. Nawrot currently works as an associate professor of environmental epidemiology at Hasselt University and part time (20%) at Leuven University. His research focus on health effects of environmental pollutants on ageing including effects in early life.
Bjorn Troch is a guy with a big smile and 3 passions: People, Travel and Social Media. In January 2010, he decided to combine his passions and started a unique social travel project around the world. The Social Traveller was born. At TEDxUHasselt, Bjorn will not only share some of his wonderful adventures, he will also learn you how to travel in a unique and affordable way.
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