Speakers 2019


Please see below an overview of the great line up of speakers and entertainers you’ll be able to see on stage during the 10th edition of TEDxAmsterdamWomen.

Belinda Otas

Editor, journalist, writer and media consultant who was recently appointed editor of the Ethiopian Airlines inflight magazine, Selamta. As a journalist, Belinda has a keen interest in gender, social development, arts and culture, health, education, innovation and technology, and the African diaspora. As a freelance journalist, she has contributed to Al Jazeera, CNN, BBC News Online, The Africa Report, M&G Africa, New African and Wings magazines, amongst many others.

Belinda was a news and social commentator on Monocle Radio’s The Globalist programme between 2012 and 2015. She has also appeared on the BBC World Service NewsDay programme and was the deputy editor of the New African Woman.

Belinda started living on dialysis at the age of 16, and has had two kidney transplants, between 2002 and 2017. Unfortunately, her second transplant failed, and she found herself back on dialysis in January 2018. It was an experience which highlighted the urgent need for more people from the global African diaspora to engage with the issue of organ donation. To this end, she uses her voice and platform as a journalist to create awareness.

Earlier this year and for World Kidney Day, she created a social media campaign on Twitter and Facebook, and with the help of Pin Africa, an African owned media platform, she told her story: The cost of African organ donation – Belinda’s Story: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W8E1NdhWYdM

Clarice Gargard (1988)
Journalist, columnist and UN Women’s representative

As a journalist, columnist and UN Women’s representative, Clarice criticises power structures, addresses social injustice and shows society from a different perspective. To understand more about her Liberian family history, she made a documentary (alongside director Shamira Raphaela) about her father and his work for the govern- ment and dictator Charles Taylor. ‘Daddy & the Warlord’ was released in March 2019 and won a Gouden Kalf for best short documentary. Delving deeper into the story of morals, conflict, spirituality and migration, Clarice wrote the book ‘Drakendochter’ (Dragon’s Daughter), which will be released in November. Website

Edna Adan Ismail (1937)
Former Minister of Somaliland, UN and WHO ambassador

In 2002 Edna Adan Ismail became the first ever female cabinet minister in Somaliland. She’s been the Minister of Foreign affairs and Social development of Somaliland and worked for the UN and WHO. Though first and foremost, she states herself, Edna is a midwife. She has devoted her whole life to improve maternal healthcare in Somaliland and to abolish female genital mutilation (FGM). Somalia has the highest rate of FGM in the world, with the procedure carried out on up to 98 per cent of women. In 2002 Edna openend the Edna Adan Maternity Hospital in Hargeisa. Edna Hospital Foundation website

Gina Doekhie (1987)
Digital detective and court expert

As a digital detective and Court expert, Gina is a digital crime fighter who works on digital forensics, like fraud cases, hacking and phishing. She also lectures on, and helps the court with interpreting digital evidence. Her knowledge of artificial intelligence algorithms and forensic science helps her to uncover digital criminals. As a cyber-detective, Gina is an expert on online safety and protecting oneself against cybercrime. Linkedin

Hanneke Wigman (1983)
Assistant Professor

Hanneke is an Assistant Professor at the University of Groningen, where she focuses on early development of psychopathology – specifically psychosis – in young people. As a project leader of an Mapping Individual Routes of Risk and Resilience study Hanneke hopes to contribute to the existing knowledge on psychosis and the mechanisms behind the concept. LinkedIn

Niki Korteweg (1971)
Journalist and doctor in neurobiology

As a science journalist at NRC Handelsblad with a PhD in neurobiology, Niki is very knowledgeable about brain research, medical science and psychology. She is a versatile journalist: she writes features, interviews, news articles and books, gives lectures and teaches about science writing. After experiencing a burnout in 2010, Niki published the book ‘Een beter brein’ (A better brain) in 2017. In this book, she discusses the fast-moving developments in neuroscience, and all the ways in which we can use those insights to take good care of our brains. Website

Märtha Louise (1971)
Author and entrepreneur

State of mind when you realized that your destiny to become queen of Norway was altered because you’re a woman. Märtha Louise is the eldest child and only daughter of King Harald V and Queen Sonja. At birth, she was not in line for the throne, because according to law only males could inherit the Norwegian throne. The constitution was changed in 1990, but only affects those born in that year or later. Märtha currently has more freedom from her constitutional role, because of her own commercial entertainment business. Instagram 

Raquel van Haver (1989)
Visual artist

Through her work as a visual artist, Raquel aims to tell stories. She highlights simila- rities between different groups of people, with an emphasis on marginalised societal groups. Raquel’s art finds its origin in her travels, where she takes pictures and makes sketches of local communities. By compiling images from different communities, she is able to create a narrative about personal and shared experiences. Instagram

Sanne Kanis (1981)
Independent tech & media business advisor

Sanne is an independent start-up advisor, who has previously worked at Google, Spotify, and Booking.com. Earlier this year she has written a novel, ‘De Bubbel’ (The Bubble), about her experiences at these big firms, through which she aims to show the importance of ethical decision-making in the tech-world. Sanne recognizes that there is a disbalance in the field, whilst consumers are increasingly demanding solid values and transparency. Linkedin


Naomi Sharon 

Naomi is an independent musician, with experience in musical theatre as well as song-writing. Her songs are emotional, warm and empowering, as she sings about topics like self-acceptance and self-love. At TEDxAmsterdamWomen 2019 she will perform something from her own repertoire that relates to the theme ‘State of Mind’. Instagram

Tara Salahshor

Tara Salahshor is a dancer, who will perform a hiphop lyrical dance. Through her choreography she will tell a story related to the 2019 theme of TEDxAmsterdamWomen ‘State of Mind’ – about the difference between living within your own mind versus in the outside world. Instagram

Zaïre Krieger
Spoken word artist

Zaïre is a passionate spoken word artist, concerned with societal issues such as racism, feminism, and the LGBTQ+ community. She will construct a perfor- mance in relation to the theme ‘State of Mind’ and some of the subjects of the speakers of TEDxAmsterdamWomen 2019. Instagram

David Laport
Fashion designer

David is a fashion designer, focussed on creating experimental high-end wo-men’s wear. During the TEDxAmsterdamWomen main event on the 9th of December he will give a short talk on his designs and show the audience his latest creations. Website



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Stine Carle – AMMP Technologies

AMMP Technologies is a digital platform for remote monitoring and management of off-grid, mini-grid, and grid-edge energy systems in emerging markets.



Ambrien Rukhsar Moeniralam – Winner

My perspective is worth spreading, because I am raising awareness about (street) harassment, an issue that is still not seen as an issue.


Houda (el Khan) Noussi – Runner up Talent Night

We need to look past a diagnosis such as Down Syndrome to see others for who they are first and foremost, human. And I will share this through spoken word poetry.