Line Up

We are proud to announce that the following thinkers, doers & makers will be spreading their ideas at this year's TEDxSkoll event. Keep your eyes peeled for more speaker information here as it is released in the lead up to the day itself on Friday 7th April.

Uzodinma Iweala is an award-winning writer, a filmmaker, and a medical doctor. He is the CEO, Editor-In-Chief and co-Founder of Ventures Africa Magazine, a publication that covers the evolving business, policy, culture and innovation spaces on the continent of Africa. Uzodinma was a Radcliffe Fellow at Harvard University, where he worked on a novel about Washington, D.C. entitled Speak No Evil. His first novel, Beasts of No Nation, was released in 2005 to critical acclaim, and won numerous awards. Beasts of No Nation was translated into 14 languages and selected as a New York Times Notable Book. It has been adapted as a major motion picture starring Idris Elba. His second book, Our Kind of People, a non-fiction account of HIV/AIDS in Nigeria, was released in 2012 in the United States and United Kingdom. He is the producer of the short documentary Waiting for Hassana which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in January, 2017. He has published numerous short stories, articles, and essays in addition to appearing as a guest on various international Cable TV news shows. Uzodinma was the founding CEO of the Private Sector Health Alliance of Nigeria, an organisation that promotes private sector investment in health services and health innovation in Nigeria. He is also a founding partner of Lumos Txtlite Nigeria Ltd, a company that provides off-grid solar solutions across Africa. Uzodinma holds an AB, magna cum laude, in English and American Literature and Language from Harvard College and is a graduate of Columbia University’s College of Physicians and Surgeons. Website: www.venturesafrica.com Twitter: @venturesafrica

Uzodinma Iweala is an award-winning writer, a filmmaker, and a medical doctor. He is the CEO, Editor-In-Chief and co-Founder of Ventures Africa Magazine, a publication that covers the evolving business, policy, culture and innovation spaces on the continent of Africa. Uzodinma was a Radcliffe Fellow at Harvard University, where he worked on a novel about Washington, D.C. entitled Speak No Evil. His first novel, Beasts of No Nation, was released in 2005 to critical acclaim, and won numerous awards. Beasts of No Nation was translated into 14 languages and selected as a New York Times Notable Book. It has been adapted as a major motion picture starring Idris Elba. His second book, Our Kind of People, a non-fiction account of HIV/AIDS in Nigeria, was released in 2012 in the United States and United Kingdom.

He is the producer of the short documentary Waiting for Hassana which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in January, 2017. He has published numerous short stories, articles, and essays in addition to appearing as a guest on various international Cable TV news shows. Uzodinma was the founding CEO of the Private Sector Health Alliance of Nigeria, an organisation that promotes private sector investment in health services and health innovation in Nigeria.

He is also a founding partner of Lumos Txtlite Nigeria Ltd, a company that provides off-grid solar solutions across Africa. Uzodinma holds an AB, magna cum laude, in English and American Literature and Language from Harvard College and is a graduate of Columbia University’s College of Physicians and Surgeons.

Website: www.venturesafrica.com

Twitter: @venturesafrica

Dr. Deborah E. Lipstadt is Dorot Professor of Modern Jewish and Holocaust Studies at Emory University in Atlanta. Her most recent book, Holocaust: An American Understanding (Rutgers, 2016) explores how America has understood and interpreted the Holocaust since 1945. Her previous book, The Eichmann Trial (Schocken/Nextbook 2011) published in commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the Eichmann trial, was called by Publisher’s Weekly, “a penetrating and authoritative dissection of a landmark case and its after effects.” The New York Times Book Review described Lipstadt as having “done a great service by… recovering the event as a gripping legal drama, as well as a hinge moment in Israel’s history and in the world’s delayed awakening to the magnitude of the Holocaust.” The Wall Street Journal called the book “a thoughtfully researched and clearly written account of the courtroom proceedings and of the debates spurred by the trial.” She has held and currently holds a Presidential appointment to the United States Holocaust Memorial Council (from Presidents Clinton and Obama) and was asked by President George W. Bush to represent the White House at the 60th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz. At the US Holocaust Museum Lipstadt chairs the Committee on Antisemitism and State Sponsored Holocaust Denial. She is currently writing a book, The Antisemitic Delusion: Letters to a Student which will be published in 2018. Website: www.hdot.org Twitter: @deborahlipstadt

Dr. Deborah E. Lipstadt is Dorot Professor of Modern Jewish and Holocaust Studies at Emory University in Atlanta. Her most recent book, Holocaust: An American Understanding (Rutgers, 2016) explores how America has understood and interpreted the Holocaust since 1945. Her previous book, The Eichmann Trial (Schocken/Nextbook 2011) published in commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the Eichmann trial, was called by Publisher’s Weekly, “a penetrating and authoritative dissection of a landmark case and its after effects.” The New York Times Book Review described Lipstadt as having “done a great service by… recovering the event as a gripping legal drama, as well as a hinge moment in Israel’s history and in the world’s delayed awakening to the magnitude of the Holocaust.” The Wall Street Journal called the book “a thoughtfully researched and clearly written account of the courtroom proceedings and of the debates spurred by the trial.”

She has held and currently holds a Presidential appointment to the United States Holocaust Memorial Council (from Presidents Clinton and Obama) and was asked by President George W. Bush to represent the White House at the 60th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz. At the US Holocaust Museum Lipstadt chairs the Committee on Antisemitism and State Sponsored Holocaust Denial. She is currently writing a book, The Antisemitic Delusion: Letters to a Student which will be published in 2018.

Website: www.hdot.org

Twitter: @deborahlipstadt

 
Named one of 15 Faith Leaders to Watch by the Center for American Progress, Rev. Jennifer Bailey is an ordained minister, public theologian, and emerging national leader in multi-faith movement for justice. She is the Founding Executive Director of the Faith Matters Network, a new interfaith community equipping emerging faith leaders to challenge structural inequality in communities throughout the American South by imagining a new moral horizon. Rev. Bailey comes to this work with nearly a decade of experience at nonprofits, combatting intergenerational poverty. An Ashoka Fellow, Nathan Cummings Foundation Fellow, and Truman Scholar, Rev. Bailey earned degrees from Tufts University and Vanderbilt University Divinity School where she was awarded the Wilbur F. Tillett Prize for accomplishments in the study of theology. She writes for a number of publications including On Being, Sojourners and The Huffington Post. Her first book, tentatively titled Confessions of a #Millennial #Minister is currently under contract with Chalice Press. Rev. Bailey is an ordained itinerant elder in the African Methodist Episcopal Church, the oldest historically black denomination in the United States. Website: www.faithmattersnetwork.org Twitter: @revjenbailey | @faithmattersnet

Named one of 15 Faith Leaders to Watch by the Center for American Progress, Rev. Jennifer Bailey is an ordained minister, public theologian, and emerging national leader in multi-faith movement for justice. She is the Founding Executive Director of the Faith Matters Network, a new interfaith community equipping emerging faith leaders to challenge structural inequality in communities throughout the American South by imagining a new moral horizon.

Rev. Bailey comes to this work with nearly a decade of experience at nonprofits, combatting intergenerational poverty. An Ashoka Fellow, Nathan Cummings Foundation Fellow, and Truman Scholar, Rev. Bailey earned degrees from Tufts University and Vanderbilt University Divinity School where she was awarded the Wilbur F. Tillett Prize for accomplishments in the study of theology. She writes for a number of publications including On Being, Sojourners and The Huffington Post. Her first book, tentatively titled Confessions of a #Millennial #Minister is currently under contract with Chalice Press. Rev. Bailey is an ordained itinerant elder in the African Methodist Episcopal Church, the oldest historically black denomination in the United States.

Website: www.faithmattersnetwork.org

Twitter: @revjenbailey | @faithmattersnet

Benjamin Grant founded and runs Daily Overview - an artistic, environmental, and educational project that uses satellite photography to detail how human activity has shaped the landscape of the planet. To date his images have been featured in more than 45 countries around the world, both online and in major publications such as The New York Times, The Guardian, and WIRED. The project’s following across social media currently exceeds an audience of 650,000. Prints of his images have been displayed in New York City, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Munich, and Paris. In 2016, Penguin Random House published his large-format book with a collection of images from the project, which has now been translated into seven languages. Benjamin graduated from Yale University, where he studied world history, art history, and rowed on the heavyweight crew team. He currently lives in New York City. Website: www.dailyoverview.com Twitter: @DOverview

Benjamin Grant founded and runs Daily Overview - an artistic, environmental, and educational project that uses satellite photography to detail how human activity has shaped the landscape of the planet. To date his images have been featured in more than 45 countries around the world, both online and in major publications such as The New York Times, The Guardian, and WIRED. The project’s following across social media currently exceeds an audience of 650,000. Prints of his images have been displayed in New York City, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Munich, and Paris. In 2016, Penguin Random House published his large-format book with a collection of images from the project, which has now been translated into seven languages.

Benjamin graduated from Yale University, where he studied world history, art history, and rowed on the heavyweight crew team. He currently lives in New York City.

Website: www.dailyoverview.com

Twitter: @DOverview

 
Femi Nylander is an actor, musician, poet and activist. Born in the UK but with Nigerian heritage, he has spoken at universities around the country, appeared on the BBC's The Big Questions and written for a variety of publications; from The-Platform to The Guardian. His poetry is eclectic, covering a range of topics including the environment, the legacy of colonialism and the nature of the universe. Website: www.feminylander.com Twitter: @FemiNylander

Femi Nylander is an actor, musician, poet and activist. Born in the UK but with Nigerian heritage, he has spoken at universities around the country, appeared on the BBC's The Big Questions and written for a variety of publications; from The-Platform to The Guardian. His poetry is eclectic, covering a range of topics including the environment, the legacy of colonialism and the nature of the universe.

Website: www.feminylander.com

Twitter: @FemiNylander

Yvette Alberdingk Thijm is Executive Director of WITNESS, a global network of activists that helps anyone anywhere use the power of video and technology to protect and defend human rights. She believes in the potential of citizen media to level the playing field for marginalized communities and tell stories of truth that contradict the self-serving narratives of the powerful. With millions of people as potential civic witnesses, video can be an important source of data about violations, disprove false narratives, be used as evidence, or expose patterns of exclusion. WITNESS works in collaboration with activists and ordinary citizens creating tools, strategies and solutions to bolster the credibility of alternative voices, support the strategic use of civic media to create concrete change, and make it possible for millions to be safe, ethical, and effective witnesses for human rights. Yvette is a human rights activist with a truth obsession and a ‘strategista’ who works to build effective ecosystems for a just world. Website: www.witness.org Twitter: @yvettethijm | @witnessorg

Yvette Alberdingk Thijm is Executive Director of WITNESS, a global network of activists that helps anyone anywhere use the power of video and technology to protect and defend human rights. She believes in the potential of citizen media to level the playing field for marginalized communities and tell stories of truth that contradict the self-serving narratives of the powerful.

With millions of people as potential civic witnesses, video can be an important source of data about violations, disprove false narratives, be used as evidence, or expose patterns of exclusion. WITNESS works in collaboration with activists and ordinary citizens creating tools, strategies and solutions to bolster the credibility of alternative voices, support the strategic use of civic media to create concrete change, and make it possible for millions to be safe, ethical, and effective witnesses for human rights. Yvette is a human rights activist with a truth obsession and a ‘strategista’ who works to build effective ecosystems for a just world.

Website: www.witness.org

Twitter: @yvettethijm | @witnessorg

 
Carne Ross is a radical writer and thinker about world affairs who leads Independent Diplomat (ID), an innovative non-profit service that helps democratic governments and political groups use diplomacy to achieve justice. Their clients include the democratic Syrian opposition and the Marshall Islands which, with ID's help, led a large coalition of countries to achieve a stronger UN climate agreement in Paris. Carne is a former senior British diplomat who resigned over the 2003 Iraq war. Having worked on Iraq / WMD for the UK for many years at the UN, the publication of his hitherto-secret testimony about the government's lies helped create pressure for a full public inquiry into the war. Today, he writes and speaks about diplomacy and new forms of political action and democracy, in particular anarchism. He is the subject of a new feature documentary film Accidental Anarchist about his conversion from believer in government to anarchist, which will shortly be released for broadcast worldwide. His books Independent Diplomat and The Leaderless Revolution respectively examine the flaws in contemporary diplomacy and democracy, and propose radical solutions in both practices. Carne's writing has been published in the New York Times, Financial Times and The Guardian, and his work with Independent Diplomat has been profiled in Foreign Policy, The New York Times, Die Zeit and many other publications. Website: www.carneross.com Twitter: @carneross

Carne Ross is a radical writer and thinker about world affairs who leads Independent Diplomat (ID), an innovative non-profit service that helps democratic governments and political groups use diplomacy to achieve justice. Their clients include the democratic Syrian opposition and the Marshall Islands which, with ID's help, led a large coalition of countries to achieve a stronger UN climate agreement in Paris. Carne is a former senior British diplomat who resigned over the 2003 Iraq war.

Having worked on Iraq / WMD for the UK for many years at the UN, the publication of his hitherto-secret testimony about the government's lies helped create pressure for a full public inquiry into the war. Today, he writes and speaks about diplomacy and new forms of political action and democracy, in particular anarchism. He is the subject of a new feature documentary film Accidental Anarchist about his conversion from believer in government to anarchist, which will shortly be released for broadcast worldwide.

His books Independent Diplomat and The Leaderless Revolution respectively examine the flaws in contemporary diplomacy and democracy, and propose radical solutions in both practices. Carne's writing has been published in the New York Times, Financial Times and The Guardian, and his work with Independent Diplomat has been profiled in Foreign Policy, The New York Times, Die Zeit and many other publications.

Website: www.carneross.com

Twitter: @carneross

Professor Agnes Binagwaho, MD, M(Ped), PhD is a Rwandan pediatrician who completed her MD in General Medicine at the Universite Libre de Bruxelles and her MA in Pediatrics at the Universite de Bretagne Occidentale. She returned to Rwanda in 1996. She was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Science from Dartmouth College and earned a Doctorate of Philosophy from the University of Rwanda College of Business and Economics, with her PhD Dissertation entitled Children’s Right to Health in the Context of the HIV Epidemic. From 2002-2016 she served the Rwandan Health Sector in high-level government positions, first as the Executive Secretary of Rwanda's National AIDS Control Commission, then as Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Health, and then during 5 years as the Minister of Health. She is currently a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Global Health and Social Medicine at Harvard Medical School, a Professor of the Practice of Global Health Delivery at the University of Global Health Equity in Rwanda, and an Adjunct Clinical Professor of Pediatrics at the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth. She has held an array of leadership and advisory positions on national and international scale. In 2015, She received the annual Roux Prize and Ronald McDonald House Charities Award of Excellence. With over 150 peer-reviewed publications, her academic engagements include research across areas including health equity, HIV/AIDS, information and communication technologies (ICT) in e-health, and pediatric care delivery systems. Website: www.dr-agnes.blogspot.co.uk Twitter: @agnesbinagwaho

Professor Agnes Binagwaho, MD, M(Ped), PhD is a Rwandan pediatrician who completed her MD in General Medicine at the Universite Libre de Bruxelles and her MA in Pediatrics at the Universite de Bretagne Occidentale. She returned to Rwanda in 1996. She was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Science from Dartmouth College and earned a Doctorate of Philosophy from the University of Rwanda College of Business and Economics, with her PhD Dissertation entitled Children’s Right to Health in the Context of the HIV Epidemic.

From 2002-2016 she served the Rwandan Health Sector in high-level government positions, first as the Executive Secretary of Rwanda's National AIDS Control Commission, then as Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Health, and then during 5 years as the Minister of Health. She is currently a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Global Health and Social Medicine at Harvard Medical School, a Professor of the Practice of Global Health Delivery at the University of Global Health Equity in Rwanda, and an Adjunct Clinical Professor of Pediatrics at the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth. She has held an array of leadership and advisory positions on national and international scale.

In 2015, She received the annual Roux Prize and Ronald McDonald House Charities Award of Excellence. With over 150 peer-reviewed publications, her academic engagements include research across areas including health equity, HIV/AIDS, information and communication technologies (ICT) in e-health, and pediatric care delivery systems.

Website: www.dr-agnes.blogspot.co.uk

Twitter: @agnesbinagwaho

 
Jay Van Bavel is an Associate Professor of Psychology at New York University, an affiliate at the Stern School of Business in Management and Organizations, and a Visiting Scholar at the Russell Sage Foundation. Jay completed his PhD at the University of Toronto. He conducts award-winning research on how collective concerns—group identities, moral values, and political beliefs—shape the brain and behavior. This work covers issues of group identity, moral judgment and decision-making, social motivation, cooperation, implicit bias, and group regulation. In addition to publishing over fifty scientific papers, Jay has written about his research for the public in the Harvard Business Review, The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and Scientific American. His research has been cited in the US Supreme Court and received international media attention, including Newsweek, TIME, The New Yorker, The Daily Telegraph, CBC News, Women’s Health, WNYC, The Guardian, and Salon. He has also appeared on Through the Wormhole with Morgan Freeman and given talks at universities, conferences, and organisations around the world. Website: www.psych.nyu.edu/vanbavel/lab Twitter: @jayvanbavel | @vanbavellab

Jay Van Bavel is an Associate Professor of Psychology at New York University, an affiliate at the Stern School of Business in Management and Organizations, and a Visiting Scholar at the Russell Sage Foundation. Jay completed his PhD at the University of Toronto. He conducts award-winning research on how collective concerns—group identities, moral values, and political beliefs—shape the brain and behavior. This work covers issues of group identity, moral judgment and decision-making, social motivation, cooperation, implicit bias, and group regulation.

In addition to publishing over fifty scientific papers, Jay has written about his research for the public in the Harvard Business Review, The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and Scientific American. His research has been cited in the US Supreme Court and received international media attention, including Newsweek, TIME, The New Yorker, The Daily Telegraph, CBC News, Women’s Health, WNYC, The Guardian, and Salon. He has also appeared on Through the Wormhole with Morgan Freeman and given talks at universities, conferences, and organisations around the world.

Website: www.psych.nyu.edu/vanbavel/lab

Twitter: @jayvanbavel | @vanbavellab

Jane McGonigal, PhD is a world-renowned designer of alternate reality games — or, games that are designed to improve real lives and solve real problems. She believes game designers are on a humanitarian mission — and her #1 goal in life is to see a game developer win a Nobel Peace Prize. She is the two-time New York Times bestselling author of Reality is Broken: Why Games Make Us Better and How They Can Change the World and SuperBetter: The Power of Living Gamefully. She is the inventor of SuperBetter, a game that has helped nearly one million players tackle real-life health challenges such as depression, anxiety, chronic pain, and traumatic brain injury. She has created and deployed award-winning games, sports and secret missions in more than 30 countries on six continents, for partners such as the American Heart Association, the International Olympics Committee, World Bank Institute, and New York Public Library. She specialises in games that challenge players to tackle real-world problems, such as poverty, hunger and climate change, through planetary-scale collaboration. Jane is also a future forecaster, and the Director of Games Research & Development at the Institute for the Future, a non-profit research group in Palo Alto, California. Website: iftf.org | superbetter.com Twitter: @avantgame

Jane McGonigal, PhD is a world-renowned designer of alternate reality games — or, games that are designed to improve real lives and solve real problems. She believes game designers are on a humanitarian mission — and her #1 goal in life is to see a game developer win a Nobel Peace Prize. She is the two-time New York Times bestselling author of Reality is Broken: Why Games Make Us Better and How They Can Change the World and SuperBetter: The Power of Living Gamefully.

She is the inventor of SuperBetter, a game that has helped nearly one million players tackle real-life health challenges such as depression, anxiety, chronic pain, and traumatic brain injury. She has created and deployed award-winning games, sports and secret missions in more than 30 countries on six continents, for partners such as the American Heart Association, the International Olympics Committee, World Bank Institute, and New York Public Library. She specialises in games that challenge players to tackle real-world problems, such as poverty, hunger and climate change, through planetary-scale collaboration. Jane is also a future forecaster, and the Director of Games Research & Development at the Institute for the Future, a non-profit research group in Palo Alto, California.

Website: iftf.org | superbetter.com

Twitter: @avantgame

 
Gardenia, Member of the Syrian Civil Defence “White Helmets”

Gardenia, Member of the Syrian Civil Defence “White Helmets”