I am Lili van Belle
Lili van Belle, with a master’s degree in comparative modern literature, is a student from Ghent, Belgium, on the road to becoming a teacher. Her studies inspired an evaluation of common assumptions associated with youngsters; specifically, their perceived decreased interest in traditional literature and poetry, as compared to previous generations. Lili’s master’s degree is focused on a new vision for these areas, as she evaluates literature and poetry’s purpose and use within today’s world – one with increased technology. Her TEDtalk will focus on her research into this new vision of poetry.
I am Hélène Christelle
Hélène Christelle Munganyende, called Christella amongst friends, moved from Rwanda to the Netherlands when she was 5 years old. She studied Political Science at VU Brussels, and is the founder and president of IamSHERO – an organization focused on showing young women in the Netherlands and Belgium that there are equal chances for all. As a young feminist, Christella strives to bring more attention to the practical side of feminism and highlights the importance of diversity in female role models. Her TEDtalk will center on the definition of the Afropean identity – a story close to her heart.
I am Evelien Fokker
Yoga Instructor & Music Therapist
Evelien Fokker is a yoga instructor and music therapist from the Netherlands. She combines live cello with yoga classes and therapeutics to support personal growth, transformation and deep relaxation. During workshops, retreats, festivals and in corporate settings, Evelien inspires individuals to connect with their inner self. Her unique and diverse background provides her with the tools needed to stimulate a connection between heart and head. Evelien will bring her art to the TEDxAmsterdamWomen 2017 stage, stimulating rest, space and inspiration in the audience.
I am Eric van Furth
Professor Dr. of Eating Disorders at Leiden University
Eric van Furth, Ph.D., FAED is Clinical Director of Rivierduinen Eating Disorders Ursula in Leiden and Professor of Eating Disorders at the department of psychiatry, Leiden University Medical Center (LUMC). He is a clinical psychologist specialized in family therapy, with over 30 years of research in eating disorders. His most recent work focuses on e-mental health and other interventions to improve patient outcome. He’s also involved in research on orthorexia nervosa – the obsession with healthy eating – an alleged eating disorder which is on the rise with today’s health and wellness movement. On the TEDxAmsterdamWomen 2017 stage, Eric will summarize the available research and present his views on orthorexia nervosa.
I am Karoli Hindriks
Founder & CEO of Jobbatical.com
Karoli Hindriks is the founder and CEO of Jobbatical.com – a platform designed to connect globally-minded companies with a community of ready-to-relate business, technology and creative professionals. In short, Jobbatical’s mission is to help the world work together and think beyond borders. Prior to founding Jobbatical, Karoli received accolades for being, at 16, the youngest investor of a patent in Estonia; and at 23, being hired as CEO of MTV Estonia, the youngest CEO MTV has ever appointed. More recently, Karoli was listed, in 2016, among the 50 most influential women in the European startup and venture capital space by EU-Startups.com. In 2017, she was listed as one of the Inspiring Fifty women in technology in Europe and nominated as the Person of the Year by the Estonian ICT Association.
I am Leila Janah
Founder and CEO of Samasource and LXMI
Leila Janah is the Founder and CEO of Samasource and LXMI, two companies that go beyond charity to give work to low-income people around the world using cutting-edge social enterprise models in technology and luxury skincare, respectively. She is the author of the forthcoming book Give Work (Penguin/RandomHouse), to be released in September, 2017. Prior, Leila was a Visiting Scholar with the Stanford Program on Global Justice and Australian National University’s Center for Applied Philosophy and Public Ethics. She was a founding Director of Incentives for Global Health, and a management consultant at Katzenbach Partners (now Booz & Co.).Leila is a Young Global Leader of the World Economic Forum, a Director of CARE USA, a 2012 TechFellow, recipient of the inaugural Club de Madrid Young Leadership Award, and the youngest person to win a Heinz Award in 2014. She was named one of Fortune’s Most Promising Entrepreneurs in 2014 and was the subject of cover stories in Entrepreneur, Fast Company, and Conscious Company Magazines. She received a BA from Harvard and lives in San Francisco. Ted Talk During her time on the TEDxAmsterdamWomen 2017 stage, Leila will share her passion and purpose. Centered around Samasource, she’ll share how she’s reduced global poverty by giving dignified online work to people living in poverty – a model she refers to as ‘impact sourcing,’ and an aim she was once told was impossible. Her recent book, ‘Give Work,’ published September 2017, illustrates her journey; and her talk will pull from her experience with the hopes of inspiring global change.
I am Jeannette ten Kate
Founder of the Arts Club
Drs. Jeannette ten Kate (1962) was trained at Sotheby’s after receiving her masters in art history (University of Leiden) in 1988. She is the founder of Sinopia Art Consultancy, the Arts Club, Investment fund for Chinese Contemporary Art, and co-founder of the Art Connector. In addition, she is an ambassador of Unseen, Advisory board member of Studio Stallinga and Jury member of beelden in Leiden. Jeannette has developed a holistic vision of how the ‘spirit of time’ determines the emergence of new artificial currents -- in the past, present and future. And, utilizing her vision, has accompanied countless collectors and organizations on their way in the art market. During her TEDxAmsterdamWomen 2017 talk, Jeannette will walk-the-talk with inspiring examples of art -- both in the past and where we stand today.
I am Rens Kroes
Author bestseller cook books, food influencer & healthy lifestyle blogger
At an early age Rens Kroes was introduced to the healing powers of herbs and biological farming thanks to her ”Beppe & Pake” – Frisian for grandmother and grandfather. Her interest in good and healthy food, and the psychological aspects associated with it, led her to set-up her own Food Coaching practice. Her cookbooks are published in the Netherlands, USA, UK and Australia and are ranked high in the Dutch Bestseller Top 60. This year, Rens is trading Amsterdam for New York as she has gotten an American Book deal. She will also trade in her coaching clients for a larger reach through her books, vlogs, blog and social media, in order to inspire more people to live a happier and healthier life.
I am Lokke Moerel
Senior Of Counsel at Morrison & Foerster LLP
Prof. Lokke Moerel is among the world’s best-known data privacy lawyers consistently ranked as a leader in her field by publications including Chambers Global and Legal 500. Her work with large US tech giants on their strategic privacy and ethical issues has made her an expert on big data and artificial intelligence (AI). She is part of the global privacy & cybersecurity team of the technology-focused US law firm Morrison & Foerster, and also professor of Global ICT law at Tilburg University. In addition, Moerel is a member of the Dutch Cyber Security Council (the advisory body of the Dutch cabinet on cybersecurity) and, in 2016, was appointed as co-author of the annual public advice to the Dutch government on behalf of the Dutch Lawyers Society (under auspices of the Dutch Supreme Court) on Big Data and the Internet of Things. Lokke Moerel’s TEDxAmsterdamWomen 2017 talk will touch on the positive and negative aspects of artificial intelligence.
I am Anna Nooshin
Fashion Blogger, Online Entrepreneur & Author
Anna Nooshin is a fashion blogger, online entrepreneur and author. With over 2.5 million views per month on YouTube, she is quickly becoming one of the most influential style icons in the Netherlands. Originally from Teheran, Anna and her family fled to the Netherlands in 1993. At age 22, she completed her Communication Science studies -- cum laude -- and continued with an internship in New York. Soon thereafter, Anna co-founded the webzine NSMBL, one of the biggest lifestyle websites in the Netherlands. Since its incredible success, she has launched her own lingerie line at Hunkemöller, published her own book, and started a jewelry line, Anna + Nina. Anna’s talk will illustrate her transformative journey from refugee to entrepreneur.
I am Şenay Özdemir
International Journalist / Wine Entrepreneur
Senay, known as the ‘European Oprah’, is an author, publicist, lecturer, women’s rights advocate and wine connoisseur. She is known as tv-presenter for TROS, the largest broadcast organization of The Netherlands. In addition, Senay was producer of TROS’ news programs like 2Vandaag, and Radar. Before becoming publisher of SEN, an award winning monthly magazine targeting mediterranean women, she served as director, producer and presenter for regional tv-channels. At the end of 2008 she left for Austin in the United States, where she started working as a visiting professor at the University of Texas School of Journalism. Her work has been profiled in Dutch and international papers including the International Herald Tribune, the New York Times, Foreign Policy, Forbes and Austin American Statesman. In 2013, she founded the first wine marketing agency, House of Red & White focusing on promoting ‘wines with a road less traveled’. Senay’s TEDtalk will focus on female leadership within the wine industry.
I am Lonny van Ryswyck
Designer and Co-founder of Atelier NL
Lonny is a designer passionate about sharing the wonders of everyday things that often go unnoticed. This celebration and recognition is visible in all aspects of her work. As Co-founder of Atelier NL, an Eindhoven-based design studio, Lonny’s work strengthens the connection between earth’s materials and its living communities. Ted Talk Have you ever looked at a grain of sand? Look very closely. You are holding the world in the palm of your hand. As you grow to appreciate the things around you, more and more worlds reveal themselves. Every earthly element tells a different story and yields a different product. As we start to understand that everything is related back to earth, its geology, and the cultures living on it - we begin to change our way of living and see even the most mundane things around us with new eyes.
I am Ying Zhang
Professor Dr. of Entrepreneurship and Innovation
Doctor Ying Zhang, originally from China, with a background in industrial engineering, economics and management, is an Associate Dean for China Business & Relations and a tenured Professor of Entrepreneurship and Innovation at Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University. In 2015, Professor Zhang was recognized as "Best 40 Under 40" Business School Professors worldwide awarded by Poets & Quants. Professor Zhang is also founder and Head of the Erasmus-Huawei Collaboration Program which aims to facilitate knowledge-sharing between technology, innovation, business development and education in order to add value to the local social-economic community. Her role as an educator directly influenced Zhang’s most recent research on the value of social business and the role of education in creating a social environment which includes individual responsibility in crafting a sustainable society – what professor Zhang’s TEDtalk will focus on.
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I am Nafisah Baba
Nafisah Baba is a contemporary dancer from London. In April 2017, she was awarded the BBC Young Dancer 2017 prize, beating out four other finalists. She started ballet at the age of 3, and is currently a member of post-graduate dance company Chyrysalis London, and is an associate with Ballet Black – a professional ballet company aimed at bringing ballet to a more culturally diverse audience by celebrating black and Asian dancers.
I am Annelies Damen
Annelies Damen graduated from the Academy of Photography, Amsterdam in 2006, after transforming her career from business to fine art photography. Using this medium, Damen (born in ‘68, lives in Amsterdam) has skill fully and sensitively captured strong female imagery from a myriad of cultures. This female poetry complements the surrounding landscape, creating a fluid interaction in her work. Damen’s photography has taken her across many continents; her favorite is Africa where she describes the magic, proud independence and sensuality of women in a variety of cultures, as the inspiration for her work. As an artist she demonstrates the symphony between the female form in natural settings, creating a painterly meeting of shadows, shapes and lines, that are steeped in organic beauty. Damen has exhibited worldwide, including shows in New York, Miami, Paris, Mumbai and Amsterdam. Her work is widely collected and has been exhibited in various institutions and events both nationally and internationally. Some important exhibitions/ shows of the last few years: • Group exhibition, Gaudi Art Gallery, Donostiartean international Art fair, San Sebastian, 2017. • Group exhibition, Gaudi Art Gallery, AAF Milan, Milan, 2017. • Solo exhibition, ‘My African Odyssey’, Rademakers Gallery, Amsterdam, 2016. • Solo exhibition, 38 works of the last 10 years, in collaboration with Art Fund Nyenrode, Breukelen, October 2016 - January 2017. • Group exhibition, AAF Hamburg, Rademakers Gallery, Hamburg, 2016. • Group exhibition, SeeMe x Scope Art Final show, Art Miami, 2015. • Duo exhibition with George Lewis, Rademakers Gallery, Amsterdam, 2015. • Group exhibition, Pan Amsterdam, Rademakers Gallery, Amsterdam, 2014. • Solo exhibition ‘Eivissa’, Embassy Tea Gallery, London, 2014.
I am Emma Evelein
Hani Andary, Serano Pinas, Marie Korbl, Alessio Reedijk, Jori Meijer, Ruben Sanchez, Alec Kakinsina and Emma Evelein graduated in urban/contemporary dance at the Hogeschool van de Kunsten Amsterdam. Initially brought together by Emma for a video project, the group’s style is characterized by pure, fast yet flowing movements with a raw intensity. Honesty and contact melt into one. While a group, each artist also works independently, in other groups, projects, children’s productions, bands and musicals, and as singers and choreographers.
I am Indigo Ink
Diverse group of performing word-artists
Indigo Ink is a diverse group of performing word-artists with a variety of disciplinary backgrounds (i.e. poetry, spoken word, rap, singer-songwriting). They combine efforts through a shared platform to bring an uplifting and conscious message, and open the doors for positive change. The original styles and genres of each artist make this crew's performance into a surprising and exciting mix. Through their collective awareness of social, political and environmental issues, they aim to connect heart and mind, body and soul, art and vision.For it is their belief that words have the power to induce growth; they resonate and connect into an energetic field of inspiration. Performers include: Leonie Klooster, Joan Gannii, Benjamin Fro, Gimotion (Guillermo Blinker)
I am MD Dance
Monique Duurvoort is a Dutch choreographer. Born in Amsterdam, with roots in Surinam and the US, Monique received her education at the School of the Arts in Amsterdam and worked for thirteen years as a professional dancer at the Dutch National Ballet. After ending her career at Dutch National Ballet in 2003, Monique studied Arts and Cultural Management at the Erasmus University in Rotterdam and started choreographing. In 2007 she received the prestigious 'Prize of the Dutch Dance Days', for most talented choreographer in the Dutch professional dance scene. The choreography “Dentro” premiered earlier this month, and was specially created by Monique Duurvoort for the Black Achievement Month in association with the Dutch National Ballet. “Dentro” is performed by dancers Bruno Da Rocha Pereira and Daniel Robert Silva.
I am Anke Kuik
COO and Co-Founder Faktor
Anke Kuik has 10 years experience in Digital Marketing with a strong focus on technology and international team management. She started her career in London in Search and later in Programmatic Advertising as Director of Accuen EMEA. In 2013 she came back to Amsterdam to build the programmatic EMEA Hub for Publicis Groupe. For the same group she was later Head of Programmatic and Digital Transformation at Zenith where she integrated programmatic marketing within the media agency. After so many years in advertising, Anke felt it was time to broaden her scope and work on creating better online experiences. As Co-Founder of Faktor she facilitates a fair value exchange between consumers, brands and publishers – creating a better internet for everyone. Faktor gives consumers control and choice over their personal data, publishers the tools to operate sustainable business models and brands the ability to advertise more effectively.
I am Lotte Leufkens
Lotte Leufkens, a Mechanical Engineering student from Delft, founded CloudCuddle to help families with handicapped children. During her studies she was approached by a family who was in need of a transportable safe bed, which would give them back the freedom to travel. In March 2017 she became Student Entrepreneur of the year with CloudCuddle, enabling her to launch the product on the market. In 2018 CloudCuddle will launch the R&D project for CloudCuddle for handicapped elders. Seeing and experiencing the impact that CloudCuddle has had on the lives of families has been Lotte’s biggest driving force and motivates her to keep developing more and better care-aids.
I am Manon van Essen
What if pizza could be your favorite vegetable? Magioni creates vegetable pizza’s. Our cauliflower pizza crust is our most known pizza flavor. Started in a small pizzeria in Amsterdam, now we’re selling 90 million grams of vegetables through our pizza. We are determined that one day, Magioni pizza will become the new standard. For everyone.
Finalists Startup Award 2017
Underneath an overview of the Startup Award finalists who pitched their company by giving a TED Talk at TEDxAmsterdamWomen 2017. Keep an eye on our Startup Award page to see how you can join the Startup awards 2018!