On October 28 2016 we will once again bring you speakers from all over the world to inspire you, provoke you, move you, and engage you to think different.

Speakers 2016

We’re proud to present the speakers who will be sharing their story with us.


Sjaron Minailo
Opera director and performer
Sjaron Minailo is an opera director and performer living and working in Amsterdam. He is the artistic director of Studio Minailo – a laboratory for experimental music theatre and opera performances....
Anat Spiegel
Composer and vocalist specialised in cross-platform performance
Anat Spiegel is a composer and vocalist specializing in cross-platform performance. Her work stems from a vocal perspective and focuses on the endless expressions of the human voice. Trained in Jazz, ...
Mariéme Jamme
Businesswoman in technology
Mariéme Jamme is a Senegalese-born British businesswoman in technology. Her consultancy company Spotone Global Solutions helps technology companies to set a foothold in Africa, Europe, the Middle Eas...
Ute Passionflower
Electric violinist
Ute Apfelstedt a.k.a. Ute Passionflower is a violinist, singer, songwriter, composer and performing artist. She has played on many club and event stages around the world and composed for Unicef, Terre...
Anouk Visser
Founder Birds.ai
Anouk Visser is one the finalists of TEDxAmsterdamWomen Startup Award and founder
of Birds.ai. She analyses aerial shots and places, measure and registers assets. This vision- software can be ...
Eline Leijten
Founder Plugify
Eline Leijten is one the finalists of TEDxAmsterdamWomen Startup Award and founder
of Plugify. This is an online platform for watching, listening and booking live music. Whether it’s bands o...
Renske de Bruine
Founder Mount Software
Renske de Bruine is one the finalists of TEDxAmsterdamWomen Startup Award and founder of Mount Software. Patients forget 80% of the information told by doctors and nurses during consultation. The rema...
Aïscha Traïdia
Singer - performer
Aïscha Traïdia is a young singer-songwriter boasting Dutch-Algerian roots. Her family is dedicated to art, music and film and daily enhances her own passion for music. She is inspired by the music o...
Chagall
Singer and producer of electronic music
Chagall will be giving a stunning performance at TEDxAmsterdamWomen 2016 wearing her Mi.Mu gloves. Mi.Mu is a startup that develops wearable technology through which artists can create and perform mus...
Saumya Pandya Thakkar
3D Painting Artist
I strongly believe that my skills should feed two birds with one seed. My mother and I started the dance for fitness institute. We launched old heritage games and folk dances to burn fat using traditi...
Monique Maarsen
Managing Director & CEO
After finishing her studies in Business Administration at the University of Groningen, Monique started working as International Consultant at Nestle International in Switzerland. She continued her car...
Bénédicte Ficq
Lawyer
Bénédicte Ficq is a renowed Dutch lawyer who was chosen as best female criminal lawyer for many years in a row. In April 2016 Bénédicte Ficq made the news headlines when she, together with lung ca...
Jan Ilhan Kizilhan
Prof. Dr. Dr.
Jan Ilhan Kizilhan is a German doctor who visited war-torn areas and refugee camps for his profession. He is head of a special project that strives to bring 1.100 Yazidi girls and women to Germany for...
Asma Mansour
Co-founder Center for Tunisian Social Entrepreneurship
Asma Mansour, is co-founder of the "Center for Tunisian Social Entrepreneurship". She supports young people from Tunisia, Morocco, Algeria and Libya to start social enterprises as an alterna...
Gloria Wekker
Cultural anthropologist
Gloria Wekker is cultural anthropologist professor emeritus in Gender Studies at Utrecht University. At TEDxAmsterdamWomen 2016 she will expose some of the modern day effects of 400 years of the colon...
Michelle Miller
Writer | Producer
Michelle Miller is a writer and producer of books, television, apps and experiments in digital art. Her novel The Underwriting, a satirical corporate thriller about Wall Street, Silicon Valley and onl...






In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TED has created a program called TEDx. TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. Our event is called TEDxAmsterdamWomen, where x = independently organized TED event.


At our TEDxAmsterdamWomen event, TEDTalks video and live speakers will combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events, including ours, are self-organized.