On December 11th in Geneva, Switzerland, a TEDx stage will open to showcase remarkable stories of people helping people. Drawn from Geneva’s myriad of international organizations, you are invited to hear innovators, humanitarians, entrepreneurs, scientists and peacemakers discuss the impact they are making to find solutions to todays’ challenges and shape tomorrow’s world. At swissnex Boston we will provide a moderated streaming of the TEDxPlaceDesNations in Geneva, live from our event space in Cambridge, MA.
The conference will start at 9 a.m. EST and end at 1 p.m., divided into two 90-minute sessions, with a 45-minute intermission. We will be live-streaming both sessions in our space at swissnex Boston, moderated and commented by Anne Bennett, Executive Director of Hirondelle USA, Media for Peace and Human Dignity.
8.30 AM Doors opening, Coffee
8.45 AM Words of Welcome
9.00 AM – 1.00 PM Live-Streaming
09:00 – 10:30 Session I – five speakers & one musical performance
10:30 – 11:15 Networking Break
11:15 – 12:45 Session II – six speakers & one musical performance
1.00 PM – 2.00 PM Light lunch reception
A curated audience – register now
In order to build a diverse audience, our attendees, like the TEDx speakers, are curated. To apply for an invitation, please fill out the questions in the registration form below. This process is intended to help us learn more about you. We carefully read each application and will notify selected attendees on a rolling basis.
Registration is closed
About the moderator
Anne Bennett is the Executive Director and Founding Board Member of Hirondelle USA (HUSA). Prior to joining HUSA, Bennett served as the Country Representative for Sierra Leone, Sudan and South Sudan for Foundation Hirondelle, a Swiss non-governmental organization that creates news media in post-conflict and crisis zones. Ms. Bennett has also served as a Consultant at the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and United Nations Office in Geneva from 2001 to 2006. She graduated from University of California with a degree in History and holds a Masters in International History and Politics from the Graduate Institute of International Studies, University of Geneva.
SPEAKERS at TEDx in Geneva
Aromar Revi is a global expert on Sustainable Urban Development, and has helped mobilize a successful international campaign for an urban Sustainable Development Goal as part of the UN’s post-2015 development agenda.
Beatrice Ayuru founded the Lira Integrated School located in the Northern Region of Uganda in 2000. The first female University graduate from her region, she began with a vision of building a school to combat illiteracy, eradicate poverty, and fight for girl child rights.
Elisabeth Decrey Warner is the Executive President and co-founder of Geneva Call. For over 30 years, she has worked with NGOs on issues relating to refugees, torture, disarmament and humanitarian norms.
Javier Serrano is a Physicist and Electronics Engineer working in the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN). He specializes in the design and development of electronics for controlling the particle accelerators that probe the most minute constituents of matter, and is co-author of CERN’s Open Hardware License.
Mahlet Afework, a fashion designer based in Addis Ababa, has gained critical acclaim for her cutting-edge designs.
Mafi works exclusively with hand-woven fabrics made by women, working with traditional fabrics and weavers to express the rich cultural history of Ethiopia and creating sustainable small businesses at the same time.
Maryanne Diamond is immediate Past President of the World Blind Union (WBU) and a tireless advocate for the rights of persons who are blind and live with print disabilities. She led the WBU’s delegation to the World Intellectual Property Organization negotiations which resulted in the ground breaking Marrakesh Treaty to Facilitate Access to Published Works for Persons Who Are Blind, Visually Impaired or Otherwise Print Disabled.
Miguel Luego-Oroz is Chief Scientist at UN Global Pulse, an innovation initiative at the Executive Office of the United Nations Secretary-General, harnessing Big Data for global development and humanitarian action.
Vincent Cochetel is the Director of the Bureau for Europe at the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees. He will explore why humanitarians continue working in the face of danger and reflect on his own experiences in captivity, having been kidnapped near Chechnya in 1998.
To learn more about TEDx Place des Nations visit the official Website.