Speakers & Contributors
Considering this will be a very special 30th anniversary event, we are brining together some of the best speakers from past editions and new faces bringing relevant innovation and questions to explore the theme of this event.
Below just the first confirmed speakers in a long list of contributors to new thinking and experiences that we will be updating soon.
I am a 15 year old Canadian who is interested in the state of the world and how we as a society could be thriving in diversity, actively exploring the ways in which we can come together and unite towards common goals. I strive to create projects and dedicate what I do towards improving ourselves and changing our mindsets so that we can have the tools to create better communities starting from the grassroots. Recently I have been travelling around the world, interviewing people on the topic of a reform of the UN, new forms of global governance and finding out how the world works. I enjoy projects and the arts, specially music, acting, writing, trying to use all these things to explore and interest others in co-creating purposeful projects. I strongly believe that youth has a role to play in dreaming and applying new forms of success and that right now the world has not find a way to connect with the youth, to make them part of the solution.
I aim to explore and present at the conference ways to build those bridges and create common paths of understanding and action that include youth.
Shane Tedjarati is responsible for driving Honeywell’s business expansion in High Growth Regions of the world: Asia, Africa, Latin America, the Middle East, and Eastern Europe.
Tedjarati has been instrumental in engineering Honeywell’s success story, starting in China and India, and expanding globally to the High Growth Regions of the world where today Honeywell drives the majority of its growth.
Tedjarati accumulated more than 20 years of consulting experience in various industries. Before coming to Honeywell, he was the regional managing director for Deloitte Consulting (Greater China), where he worked with Chinese stated-owned enterprises and multi-national corporations to help them formulate and execute strategies for sustainable growth in China and abroad.
Tedjarati is a Henry Crown Fellow of Aspen Institute and also the co-founder of its Middle East Leadership Initiative and China Fellowship Program; special advisor to Chongqing and Wuhan Mayors; and industry Co-chair of the dual master’s degree program by MIT and Shanghai Jiao Tong University. He is a frequent guest lecturer on a broad range of topics related to globalization.
Tedjarati is an avid aviator. He has lived in China for more than 20 years and speaks six languages.
Layli Miller-Muro is the founder of the Tahirih Justice Center, a non-profit organization that uses legal services and public policy to assist immigrant women and girls trying to escape situations of danger and violence through immigration. She founded the organization after a high-profile case in which she defended a woman fleeing genital mutilation and polygamous marriage. The 1997 case would go on to set a national precedent for using gender-based persecution as grounds for asylum. Miller-Muro funded the center using her share of the profits from a book she and her client co-authored, titled ‘Do They Hear You When You Cry?’
Over the past decade, Miller-Muro has been tirelessly working to expand the Tajirih Justice Center, helping over 14,000 women in the process.
You can see here her TEDX talk dedicated to innovation and justice.
Sean Hinton joined the Open Society Foundations in September 2015 as Chief Executive Officer of the Soros Economic Development Fund and Director of the Economic Advancement Program
Prior to this, Hinton was principal of Terbish Partners, which he founded in 2007 to provide strategic advisory services focusing on China, Mongolia, and Africa and the social and economic impact of large-scale extractive investments. He was a long-term senior advisor to Goldman Sachs (Asia) and the Rio Tinto group. His other roles have included: deputy chairman of SouthGobi Resources; special advisor to the CEO of SOHO China; and chairman of China Networks.
Hinton has over 25 years of experience in China and Mongolia, where he lived from 1988 to 1995. He subsequently served as Mongolia’s first honorary consul-general in Australia.
Hinton began his career as a consultant at McKinsey & Company as a specialist in their media and entertainment practice. He studied at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London, the University of Cambridge, and the MIT Sloan School of Management. He is a Henry Crown fellow of the Aspen Institute, and serves on the board of the Natural Resources Governance Institute and the international advisory board of the Baha’i Chair for World Peace at the University of Maryland.
Nishat Ruiter is General Counsel of TED conferences, a nonprofit organization that believes passionately in the power of ideas to change attitudes, lives and, ultimately, the world. Through creativity, and a deep respect for TED’s mission, Nishat’s work is centered on ensuring that TED’s legal requirements are met through a combination of practical and creative solutions that meets its needs, while still retaining the authentic TED voice across every area where possible. Prior to TED she worked at software technology companies, financial services and in private practice for 20 years as corporate counsel managing legal teams, counseling on licensing and advising on intellectual property and compliance issues. Inspired by a Bahá’í perspective on things, she loves resolving the most complex problems with an elegant solution, but always with coffee on hand. She enjoys music, tennis, hosting Spiritual Cafes in her community to foster meaningful conversations, and finding connectedness with people from all walks of life.
Arash Aazami is half Dutch, half Persian and grew up in Niger,
He is an entrepreneur, system innovator and free thinker. He studied jazz and rock guitar at conservatory and worked as a musician, and then founded, failed and succeeded at multiple startups in IT before he found his calling in the energy sector in 2006. He became director of an energy supplier, developed radically different business models and founded the world’s first “energy independence company” in 2010, which earned more as it sold less energy. He gained international attention when his work was awarded by MIT in 2014. In 2015 Arash founded Kamangir. His team of scientists, philosophers and creatives design the foundation for our future energy system, developing long-term visions, strategies and disruptive innovations for generations to come. His credo: Dream. Develop. Do.
Dr. Marcic is a former professor at Vanderbilt University’s Owen Graduate School of Management and former Director of Graduate Programs in Human Resource Development. She is the author of 12 published books on women, values-based organizations, and management. Previously, she was a Fulbright Scholar at the University of Economics-Prague, teaching MBA students and practicing managers. During the past 25 years, Dorothy has conducted over 2000 keynote addresses and seminars on topics such as leadership, women and leadership, business ethics, and high-performing organizations, including topics on her book, Managing with the Wisdom of Love: Uncovering Virtue in People and Organizations. As a consultant, she has worked with executives at Ford Motor Company, Coca-Cola Corp, AT&T Bell Labs; the Governor and Cabinet of North Dakota; the US Department of State; and Hallmark Corporation. She has worked with health care organizations in the US and Latin America and served as a faculty member in Health Administration. While in Europe, she served as advisor to the US Ambassador of the Czech Republic and was a delegate to the UN Economic and Social Develop Summit in Copenhagen. In 2008 she will be delegate to the UN Commission on the Status on Women.
Victoria Wyszynski Thoresen holds the UNESCO Chair for Education about Sustainable Lifestyles at The Collaborative Learning Centre for Sustainable Development at Inland Norway University. The Centre promotes the development and use of research and learning methods that assist people to contribute to constructive change through the way they choose to live. Thoresen has specialized in curriculum development, global education, peace education, value-based education and consumer education. In addition to many years of experience as a teacher and teacher trainer, Thoresen has written articles and textbooks for teacher training and has functioned as an international educational consultant. As leader of PERL, The Partnership for Education and Research about Responsible Living, she has worked closely with UNEP, UNESCO and other international agencies concerned with sustainable development particularly in connection with the 10-Year Framework of Programmes (now known as the One Planet Program) about Sustainable Consumption and Production’s program on Sustainable Lifestyles and Education as well as with the U.N. Decade on Education for Sustainable Development and the present Global Action Plan for Education for Sustainable Development. Thoresen has been an invited speaker at many conferences on sustainable human development, education and behavior change, citizenship and social responsibility, economic growth and well-being. She is a member of the Scientific Committee for the World Resources Forum and has been actively involved in the World Forum for Circular Economy.
Arthur Lyon Dahl is a board member of ebbf, President of the International Environment Forum, and a retired Deputy Assistant Executive Director of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), where he was Deputy Director of the Oceans and Coastal Areas Programme, Coordinator of the UN System-wide Earthwatch, and founding Director of the Coral Reef Unit. He is a frequent consultant on sustainability, environmental assessment and indicators to the World Bank, the World Economic Forum, UNESCO and UNEP. He was Visiting Professor, University of Brighton, and for 13 years has taught in advanced studies courses in sustainable development and environmental diplomacy at the University of Geneva and other universities. He has published over 200 papers and reports, and books including “The Eco Principle: Ecology and Economics in Symbiosis”, and more recently “In Pursuit of Hope”.
Former UNFCCC Secretariat organising climate change negotiations, he is advising the Biodiversity Convention Secretariat on the negotiation of the next biodiversity targets and action plan and is in Nairobi.
Sylvia Karlsson-Vinkhuyzen works as Assistant Professor with the Public Administration and Policy Group of Wageningen University and Adjunct Professor in Global Environmental Governance with the University of Helsinki, Finland. Sylvia has a master’s degree in biology from Uppsala University and a PhD in political science from Linköping University (both Sweden)
Sylvia strives to give both natural and social science students opportunities to understand the actors, mechanisms and processes of global governance and to reflect on what role they could have in such processes. In her research she seeks to understand the key determinants of what makes global public governance processes exert influence and build legitimacy where issues such as transparency, participation, accountability and equity are important. She has publishes in a wide range of academic journals but also writes policy briefs and her own blog.