TEDx Live-Stream

Join swissnex Boston as one of the official viewing locations of the 2016 edition of TEDxPlaceDesNations, streamed live from the United Nations Organization in Geneva. Martin Dahinden, Swiss Ambassador to the U.S., will be present.

Event Details


swissnex Boston
420 Broadway, Cambridge , Massachusetts 02138 United States


February 11, 2016 from 8:45 am to 2:00 pm America/New York (UTC-05:00)


Free - RSVP required

Watch the recorded talks here


TEDxPlaceDesNations 2016: “Transforming Lives”

February 11, TEDxPlaceDesNations will bring together 11 diverse and distinguished speakers from around the world, all with powerful and inspiring stories to tell. They are innovators, public health and energy specialists, human rights defenders and humanitarians, all of whom have made a real difference in people’s lives around the world. The speakers are: Ranyee Chiang, Cookstove Technologist; Ger Duany, Refugee Ally; Scott Foster, Energy Activator; Thabitha Khumalo, Democracy Advocate; Beeban Kidron, iRights Campaigner; Dennis Liotta, Drug Discoverer; Şafak Pavey, Inclusion Champion; Didier Pittet, Hand-washing Provocateur; Coline Rapneau, Sexual Violence Adversary; Leonardo Sakamoto, 21st Century Abolitionist; and Rohini Swaminathan, Satellite Humanitarian.

More information on the programme and the 11 speakers is available at www.tedxplacedesnations.ch.


swissnex Boston Viewing Session

moderated by Richard Golob, President of the United Nations Association of Greater Boston

with special guest Ambassador Martin Dahinden

Join us at swissnex Boston for a moderated live-streaming of the TEDxPlaceDesNations. Ambassador Martin Dahinden will be giving remarks on the significance and limitations of the United Nations Organization.


Moderated by Richard Golob

8:15 – 8:45am: Doors opening, coffee

8:45 – 9:00am: Words of welcome

9:00 – 10:30am : 1st session of live streamed testimonials

10:30 – 11:15am: Break – Remarks by Martin Dahinden, Ambassador of Switzerland to the United States

11:15am – 1:00pm: 2nd session of live streamed testimonials

1:00 – 1:15pm: Closing remarks

1:15 – 2:00pm: Networking reception

 Read the blog post about our 2014 Viewing Session

About Martin Dahinden
Ambassador Martin Dahinden

Ambassador Martin Dahinden

Martin Dahinden was appointed by the Swiss Government as the Ambassador of Switzerland to the United States to take office in 2014. Prior to that, he served as Director of the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) from 2008 to 2014 and headed the Directorate of Corporate Management of the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs (FDFA) from 2004 to 2008.

During his long career in the Swiss diplomatic service, Martin Dahinden has served as Director of the Geneva International Centre for Humanitarian Demining, as a member of the Swiss Delegation to GATT (General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade), at the Embassy of Switzerland in Paris, as Deputy to the Swiss Ambassador in Nigeria, and in a temporary posting at the Swiss Mission to the UN in New York. In addition, he worked in the FDFA’s Service for Disarmament Policy and Nuclear Issues, as Head of the OSCE (Organization for Security and Co- operation in Europe) Service of the Directorate of Political Affairs , and held the position of Deputy Head of the OSCE Coordination Unit during the Swiss Chairmanship of the OSCE in 1996. The following year, he was sent abroad as Deputy Head of the Swiss Mission to NATO in Brussels.

Martin Dahinden was born in Zurich, Switzerland, in 1955. He earned a Ph.D. in Economics (Business Administration) from the University of Zurich. Before joining the diplomatic service, he worked as a postgraduate assistant at the university, and was then employed by a bank and a publishing house. Ambassador Dahinden is married to Anita Dahinden and they have two children, Robert and Andrea.

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