TEDxOdense speakers 2019

Helen Russell

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Helen is a British journalist, author, and speaker. As the former editor of marieclaire.co.uk, she now writes for magazines and newspapers around the world, including The TelegraphStylist, and The Times and The Sunday Times. Helen is also a correspondent for The Guardian.

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Helen’s first book, The Year of Living Danishly – Uncovering the Secrets of the World’s Happiest Country, is now an international bestseller. She has also authored two more non-fiction titles: Leap Year, and the bestseller The Atlas of Happiness. Last year Helen published her debut novel, Gone Viking.

When someone asked this happiness researcher “What if I don’t want to be happy?“, she got inspired to do some research on “How to be miserable”. In her brand new talk, Helen will explore happiness with you in a witty, unconventional way.

As an author of many books on happiness, when asked how she handles bad days, she replies thought-provokingly, “Nowadays, optimism isn’t frivolous, it’s necessary.

Dr. Imran Rashid

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Imran is a Danish doctor of family medicine, digital entrepreneur, bestselling author, keynote speaker, and the founder of SundDigital—a consultancy business focusing on healthy digital habits.

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Imran’s first book ‘Sluk—kunsten at overleve i en digitaliseret verden’ quickly became a national bestseller, and he published his first book in English in the UK in January 2019 under the title Offline: Free Your Mind from Smartphone and Social Media Stress.

A pioneer in the combined fields of health and technology, Imran uses his formal schooling to bridge the gap between medicine and tech to highlight the unhealthy ways in which new, smart technology interacts with our old brains.

On what his upcoming TED talk will focus on, Imran states: “I want to make people aware of how digital pollution is a new and dangerous lifestyle risk factor as well as a threat to humanity’s free will, and why the ‘there’s an app for that’-philosophy is dehumanizing our modern world. People need to re-learn how to consciously use their smart devices.”

Lene Gammelgaard

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Lene was the first Scandinavian woman to climb Mount Everest. Since making the incredible ascent in 1996, Lene has harnessed all that she learned about herself and the human psyche into a method for all to accomplish their Everest. From South America to Africa, she has lead expeditions to epic peaks and inspired the biggest companies in the world. 🏔

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Lene has mountains of wisdom from venturing into the unknown and working with global companies and has written several books. Her bestseller, Climbing High, details the fateful expedition where she powered through the most extreme event that had ravaged Everest and claimed eight of her fellow climbers’ lives. 

It’s natural to take stock in what’s around us in the face of extreme situations, but when asked if she had any epiphanies while climbing Mount Everest, Lene firmly stated, “no.” Her only goal was success, and that meant absolute focus on what would help her reach her goal—an unwavering mental focus, which Lene calls THE EVEREST WAY. 🧠

At TEDxOdense 2019, you’ll get to join Lene on a journey beyond the edge and learn to say yes to your Mount Everest.

Gudrun Bojesen

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Gudrun is a former principal dancer with the Royal Danish Ballet and will take us on a master-class of perfection.

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Known for her technique and incredible radiance, she has been acclaimed for her many roles in ballet performances such as The Lady Of The Camellias, Giselle, Swan Lake and Nutcracker. She gives every piece of herself on stage and attracts the spectator into a dream world with the greatest emotions.

She will step onto our iconic red dot to share her insights on how to overcome the mental and physical challenges of becoming a professional dancer.
What does it take to have such unwavering dedication to the pursuit of perfection?

Niaz Bayati

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Born in Iraq to Kurdish parents, Niaz has always drawn, designed, and been interested in art from a very small age. In 1994, he had to flee to Iran because of his opposition to the Iraqi regime.

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His active struggle against the assault on the Kurdish population meant he was imprisoned many times and had to flee to Iran in 1994. He remained there for a year, of which he was imprisoned for 11 months.

Now in Denmark, he is an expert with sculpture and image making. He has made ceramics and paintings for Queen Margrethe, Prime Minister Lars Løkke Rasmussen, and Foreign Minister Lene Espersen, commissioned by the Iraqi Embassy.

But behind every one of Niaz’s artworks is a hidden message hiding between the edge of light and darkness. Niaz talks not with words, but with art.

Join us on April 13th and see for yourself!

Simon Høegmark

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Nature guide Simon Høegmark will take you out in the wildness where your natural instincts will be awaken!

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Simon is currently writing his PhD at the Department of Psychology at the University of Southern Denmark, where he is conducting a study on the effects that nature has on anxiety, depression, stress, and burnout. Simon is also affiliated with Naturama and has his own company Vinatur.

He will take you on a journey from a stressful society to a mountain top in Norway, back down and out in the forest.
Simon will share his own story and invite you to see the healing power of reconnecting with nature.

Put on your boots and take a step outside with Simon.

Dennis Glanby

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Swedish-born, Dennis Glanby is what might best be described as a tall, blue-eyed, blond, modern day Scandinavian Viking. Having spent most of his life focusing on motor sports and drag racing, all was turned upside down the day Dennis first took part in a Viking reenactment sword fight. As he heard the metallic clink of two blades connecting, something instinctual and deeply rooted clicked in him, and his life has never been the same since.

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On April 13th, Dennis will share his heart-felt and memorable story of returning home. For him, the process went through reenacting Viking fights in full armour, but the yearning and longing for connection and community runs deeper than that, he says. He describes it as cellular memory, that the lessons our ancestors learned are deeply ingrained in us to learn from as well. Dennis now shares what he dug out of the past to help people find this deeply rooted call in a modern-day society, and to charge right at it.

At TEDxOdense, Dennis will take you on a 1000-year journey through time, and back again. Get ready to connect with your roots and be blown away by the ancient Nordic teachings. 

James Rogers

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James is a British assistant professor of War Studies at SDU in Odense and a visiting fellow at Yale University. His research focuses on drone warfare, contemporary security policy, and the history of warfare.

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Currently, James is focusing his attention on the future of conflict, and how drones are being used maliciously by terrorist groups and non-state organizations for assassinations, surveillance, missile drops, spying, and to disrupt vulnerable domestic targets. 

At TEDxOdense, James will tell us more about rogue drones. He will start by telling us how they impact air traffic, before exploring the darker side of this modern-day technology. The question is not IF a drone will ever hit a plane or helicopter—this has already happened—it is WHEN this will happen again, and what the fatal consequences may be. 
As James himself puts it: “Humanity’s most heinous atrocities have been carried out using tools made with the best intentions. Small ‘toy’ drones have the potential to cause large scale chaos and disruption.”

At TEDxOdense 2019, Dr. James Rogers explores this uncharted landscape and explains how drones might impact our future.

Stig Åvall Severinsen

Stig is a Danish world champion freediver, bestselling author, and holder of multiple world records—among these is the longest freedive under ice, and becoming the first person to ever hold their breath for more than 20 minutes!

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When Stig is not training or setting new records, he runs a global business based on his revolutionary concept, Breatheology, aimed at changing the world one breath at a time. Combining yoga and meditation with his knowledge of physiology from his degree in biology and Ph.D. in medicine, Stig teaches people around the world the art of better breathing, as well as holding their breath.

On April 13th, Stig will step onto the iconic red TEDx dot in Odense to share his story of going to the edge of the human body, willpower, capability, and life itself.

At TEDxOdense 2019 you will have a chance to go to the edge with Stig—both of the deep and of the mind.

Janne R. Mortensen

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Do you want to develop the mind of a winner? Have you ever wondered what gives young, elite athletes the edge? How can you transform a kid into a champion?

Expert in sports psychology and mental training, Janne Mortensen has coached national teams and world-class athletes, taking them to European and World championships countless times. 

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In 2016, numerous athletes used her help at the Paralympics in Rio. Janne works with young, talented athletes on their way to fulfill their dreams. Aiding your mindset every step of the way, Janne can optimize every part of your personality to handle any obstacle you might face. But sometimes, your biggest obstacle isn’t the competition, it’s your family.

Find out what you can do to encourage a winner in your family with this eye-opening glimpse into the world of young elite athletes. 

HeartBeatGroup

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BANG, CRASH, WALLOP, SMASH! HeartBeat Group delivers a loud, active and explosive performance of rhythm and action. Their combination of highly energetic stomp and wildly entertaining acting with a twist has delighted audiences around the world.

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Creating a pounding drum beat on any unusual instrument they can find, HeartBeat will get the TEDxOdense 2019 audience out of their seat and jumping to the rhythm of the world around them. In a brand new performance, created especially for TEDxOdense, get ready to clap, stomp, jump, and laugh to the beat of a different drum.

LOOK MUM NO COMPUTER

Sam Battle, also known as LOOK MUM NO COMPUTER, will be flying in straight from the UK to perform at our event, and will take you on a journey to the edge of music!

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An orchestra of flamethrowers. A dangerous high voltage drum kit. An organ made from furbies. A synthesizer powered by a bike. Welcome to the weird, wild, and wired world of genius/madman musician, inventor, and producer Sam Battle—better known as “Look Mum, No Computer”.

Over 15 million people have seen Sam bring his edgy, unusual, and humorous musical instruments to life online, but at TEDxOdense, he will show us the methods behind the madness, the secrets, the successes, and the scars.

If you have ever wondered what putting a flamethrower inside a vacuum cleaner sounds like, how to build a musical instrument for seagulls, how to play a theremin with a lightsaber, or how to play guitar through a lightbulb, this is for you.

There are no limits, no safety, and no off switch. Get ready for the most dangerous musician you will ever hear.

Jakob Lange

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Jakob Lange is a Partner at BIG - Bjarke Ingels Group, and sits on the board of Hyperloop—the future transportation system that BIG designed to take you across the world! At this year’s TEDxOdense, Jakob will take us on a different travel experience—a hot trip all the way across the Universe!

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Mars Science City is a prototype designed by BIG to test different solutions for WHEN we are ready for life on Mars. Will we still need staircases? How do we stay safe from radiation, and how can we make our martian homes more pleasant? Will we want to live in a scifi-style white, minimalist environment, or in cozy environments reminiscent of home? 

Join Jakob for the architect's guide to the galaxy! This time it’s a two-way trip!

Momen Machlah

Join TEDxOdense 2019 and climb into a secret world with Denmark’s most prolific rooftopper. Daredevil Momen Machlah scales the heights of beautiful buildings the world over, from the streets of Denmark to the skyscrapers of Dubai.

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In his stomach-churning exploration of urban heights, Momen stands on the edge, literally, and takes one giant leap into pure fear when the tips of his toes are carefully placed between terror and peacefulness.

This sky-high climber takes risks with each step on his quest for personal growth. Join him on a stunning, beautiful, and terrifying journey above the city and inside himself. But whatever you do... don’t look down!

TEDxOdense 2019 host

Heather Hansen

Director of Global Speech Academy and TEDxOdense 2018 speaker, Heather helps top corporate professionals speak clearly and confidently so they can make a greater impact as leaders and achieve more in the world.
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She works internationally as a global communication specialist and an enthusiast for understanding. She empowers global voices to speak with confidence, regardless of their accents, and reminds the rest of the world to listen more carefully.

Impressions from TEDxOdense 2019

Visionary Partners 2019

We’re a Danish design studio, working in the realm of children, culture and society – converting complex communication and knowledge into tangible, immersive experiences. We create positive impact through design. Just like the TED organization, we deeply believe that real and lasting positive impact begins by welcoming people from every discipline and culture to seek a deeper understanding of the world – yet every single initiative around the planet takes root in the local community. In this case Odense. We cannot imagine not being part of TEDxOdense.

Christian Mogensen, Partner, Director of New Business

Orifarm Group is an ambitious operator in the European market for pharmaceuticals. An important contribution to our success is our curiosity and our will to try new things - a driving force that continues to bring our business forward. Since its foundation in 1994, Orifarm has grown from an entrepreneurial start-up with 3 employees to a successful company with 1,100 employees, every day working to achieve our mission of REthinking the business of healthcare. Rethinking is also what TEDx is about; to create a space for sharing ideas and to plant seeds that can grow to become new solutions to the challenges of tomorrow. This is why Orifarm is a proud visionary sponsor of TEDxOdense.

Eva Berner, Executive Vice President, Corporate HR & Communication, Orifarm

TEDx is an internationally acclaimed brand and speaker series that matches City of Odense's strategy to position Odense as a growth hub and frontier for robotics, health and drone technology. With its inclusion of Odense’s core competencies - robotics, health and drone technology - TEDxOdense supports City of Odense’s strategic focus and celebrates local talent and entrepreneurship, a growth arena that is also within the realm of City of Odense

Louise Hansen, Head of Secretariat and Entrepreneurship, City of Odense

Growth Partners 2019

PwC is passionate about the development of companies and talents. We want to unite inspiration, insight and people. Being part of TEDxOdense is therefore obvious, and we are looking forward to spreading the good ideas of tomorrow!

Mette Holy Jørgensen, Partner at PwC

Instafilm is proud to deliver content for something as important as TEDxOdense. We are a full-service video production company made for social media and if there is something we love - it's sharing ideas. TEDxOdense is right up our alley and we look forward to collaborating.

Jesper Quistgaard, Creative Director

Start-up Partners 2019

I ♥ TEDxOdense Partners

License holders

Steffie Limère

Head organizer and co-license holder

Steffie Limère

Head organizer and co-license holder

Steffie is the head organizer and co-license holder for TEDxOdense. She started as a TEDx organizer in 2014, where she ran a university TEDx event: TEDxEAL. After two great TEDxEAL editions, she and Adam decided to take it to a city level, and then TEDxOdense was born. Besides TEDx, Steffie runs her own event company, Unfolding Events, where she works as a freelance event manager and works on events such as Thinkers50, Schunk Expert Days, and her own event concepts such as Factory of Imagination.

I was introduced to TED through my dad when I was 17. He would send me links to TED video’s that I had to watch. Stubborn as I was, it took me some years before I took his advice. Since then, I fell in love with it. I then started as a volunteer at a local TEDx and discovered the TEDx magic. When I moved to Odense I saw there was no local TEDx event yet, so I took the opportunity to start one.

Favorite TED Talk: Simon Sinek - Start With Why

Adam Montandon

Speaker curator and coach, and co-license holder

Adam Montandon

Speaker Curator and Coach, and Co-License Holder

Inventor, author, innovator, and educator, Adam Montandon loves to share his knowledge and energy. He uses playfulness and interactivity to help you unlock your full creative potential. He has given inspiring keynotes at many universities and events around the world. Highlights include the prestigious Royal Institute of Science in London, Berkeley University in California, Transmedial in Berlin, MipTV in Cannes, TEDxLinz in Austria, and many more. His work appears in magazines, newspapers, and TV programs around the world. He has been featured in award-winning documentaries for the Discovery Channel and Research TV.

I wanted to bring the TEDx concept to the city of Odense, and it is my absolute pleasure to work with so many talented people from around the world to bring this very special event to the city.

Favorite TED talk: Rita Pierson - Every kid needs a champion

TEDxLinz talk: How to live your good ideas
TEDxKlagenfurt talk: Lessons every student will love

The core volunteer team 2019

TEDxOdense is a nonprofit organization with a common interest of Ideas Worth Spreading, fueled by the energy of 50 volunteers:

Alina Strihhartsuk

Audience Experience

Alina Strihhartsuk

Audience Experience

Alina loves beautiful things and she thinks that craftsmanship is a main principle of a great design. Alina finished BA in Multimedia Design and Digital Concept development, but quickly realized that her heart (and hands) belong to design of everyday objects. Therefore, now she is studying MSc in IT Product Design, where she does everything from sewing to soldering. She follows the idea of Human-Centered Design and Design Thinking.

TED talks have always been a great source of inspiration for me. To be honest, I admire people’s bravery and desire to share stories of their life and spread ideas. However, it is even more admirable how much work and energy organizers are spending to create those events. For me it is a big challenge and huge privilege to be a part of core team, and contribute my design skills into TEDxOdense.

Favorite TED or TEDx Talk: Rita Pierson - Every kid needs a champion

Theresa Kittendorf

Head of Audience Experience and Volunteer Management

Theresa Kittendorf

Head of Audience Experience and Volunteer Management

Theresa studied business administration with a focus on services for her bachelor’s degree, and then started to gain some working experience in different areas of human resources in Berlin, Germany. After traveling and exploring some new places around the globe, her mind and heart made her want to go someplace else again very soon. That’s when she decided to move to Odense to meet new people and to start new projects next to a master’s program in brand management and marketing communication.

The first time I can recall seeing a TED Talk was in one of the classes during my bachelor studies. Since then I think TED and TEDx Talks are one of the best videos YouTube has to offer. Watching TED Talks, to me, means being inspired by other people’s experiences, research, personal stories, and their courage to share all of that. When I saw the ad for the core team right after I moved Odense, I thought this is the perfect opportunity to work on something I can be passionate about. TEDxOdense will be my first live TEDx event, and I am very pleased and excited to be a part of a gorgeous team that is devoted to spreading ideas that are worth being heard and inspire others.

Favorite TED or TEDx Talk: Mariana Atencio - What makes you special?

Diana Trifon

Audience Experience

Diana Trifon

Audience Experience

Diana is a robot engineer with an interest in human psychology and cognition. She joined the audience experience team with the goal of learning as much as possible from the opportunity and to broaden her horizons. After graduating in mechanical engineering, she also finished a master’s degree in robotics and automatic control. Professionally, she has a passion for robot perception and artificial intelligence, being able to develop her interests on a daily basis by working as a robotics developer.

I've started following TED Talks in my early 20s as a result of my genuine interest in human cognition, psychology, and technology. I feel honored and privileged to now be a part of this amazing team and to bring to the table all my ideas and abilities. I believe that TED Talks are a great way to educate and improve yourself by listening to other people’s stories and experiences. I truly believe that communication, education, and the ability to share emotions and sensations are what make us truly human and differentiate us from any possible machine or animal.

Favorite TED or TEDx Talk: Dr Joan Rosenberg - Emotional Mastery: The Gifted Wisdom of Unpleasant Feelings

Jonas Legarth

Photography and Partnerships

Jonas Legarth

Photography and Partnerships

Born in Jutland, Jonas moved to Odense to study at the University of Southern Denmark and has loved the city ever since. He has a big interest in data analysis and data visualization, along with photography and digital image editing and processing. Jonas is a part of the partnership team and a photographer for TEDxOdense.

I love the idea that you can spend 15 minutes watching a TED Talk on your phone on the bus, and suddenly you have been introduced to a whole new world by a dedicated person, and out of nowhere you have learned something captivating or fascinating that you would have never even thought of before.

Favorite TED or TEDx Talk: Mac Stone - Stunning Photos of the Endangered Everglades

Monika Kosman

Head of Marketing

Monika Kosman

Head of Marketing

Monika has been involved in TEDxOdense since its very beginning, where she volunteered her time to help with event management and marketing. That’s when she discovered her passion for social media and her flair for event management.

She loves to travel and juggle many projects at the same time, currently combining starting up her own marketing company, freelancing in event management, and leading the marketing team of TEDxOdense.

I used to watch TED Talks of speakers from all over the world, dreaming about becoming a part of this incredible community some day; dreaming of executing an event, which would inspire others as much as I have been inspired by watching the talks myself. A couple of years later, when the head organizers, Steffie and Adam, brought the first TEDx event to our local university, I knew I had to be a part of it. After working on various projects with the both of them, I also became a part of TEDxOdense. Today, I am very proud to be in a team contributing to bringing such an amazing event to the city of Odense, which reflects the local community and is devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading.

Favorite TED or TEDx Talk: Will Stephen - How to sound smart in your TEDx Talk

Eva-Maria Dietmann

Volunteer Management and Audience Experience

Eva-Maria Dietmann

Volunteer Management and Audience Experience

Eva likes to take on new challenges even when they put her out of her comfort zone. With a huge interest in marketing, communication, other cultures and their languages, she came to Odense to earn her master’s degree in business, language, and culture at the University of Southern Denmark. Her other passion is underwater rugby, a sport that is yet to become famous and that has taught her a lot about team spirit, patience, creativity, and friendship.

After I saw my first TED Talk I had a "little" binge watching session and was shocked by how I had never heard of TED and TEDx before. When I saw the opportunity to become a volunteer, I could not resist sending in my application and was more than excited when I received the notice that I made it into the team. I am looking forward to being a part of the journey and to share and develop all the great ideas into the final event.

Favorite TED or TEDx Talk: Mikael Colville-Andersen - The Life-Sized City

Elisabeth Renée Foged Sejbak

Copywriter

Elisabeth Renée Foged Sejbak

Copywriter

Elisabeth is finishing a BA in psychology at SDU. She was born and raised in Odense, so she is the only local on the marketing team. In her spare time she’s a dancer in the Odense-based dance troupe Foxy Ladies. Her interest in language was cultivated through a love of learning and devotion to fiction. She spent a year living and studying in the US and speaks and writes both Danish and English equally fluently.

I feel as though I’ve always known of TED, but I actively took an interest in TED Talks after reading The Third Door by Alex Banayan—a book that made me think of how one person can impact others. TEDxOdense seemed like the obvious place to seek out, and I took a leap of faith and applied to be this year’s copywriter, adamantly claiming ‘I’m a self-taught multilingual grammar nerd.’

Favorite TED or TEDx Talk: Adam Grant - Are you a giver or a taker?
and Shawn Achor - The happy secret to better work

Kimberly Bent

Speaker Management

Kimberly Bent

Speaker Management

Kimberly is a master’s graduate of international security and law. Known to her family as “The Peacemaker”, she is committed to making a difference in people’s lives through her passion for justice, human rights, and the law. She loves to share ideas and innovative solutions about how we all can contribute to making the world a better place.

I have been in love with TED since 2006. In 2011, I saw Brene Brown’s talk about the power of vulnerability and her follow-up talk, in 2012, Listening to Shame. Her talks inspired me to become a better and stronger version of myself. When I saw an opportunity to volunteer for TEDxOdense, I couldn’t resist wanting to be a part of what inspires people, changes them, and keeps them moving forward. TED does this for me, and now I would like to give back and help impact people’s lives in a positive way.

Favorite TED or TEDx Talk: Brené Brown - The power of vulnerability

Maria Jæger Hundstrup

Partnership team

Maria Jæger Hundstrup

Partnership team

Maria is an educated teacher and has a master's in sports and health Science from SDU. She is passionate about teaching, how people communicate and learn, and spends a lot of time inhaling Chlorine, while educating swim teachers and teaching swimming.

I love having my morning coffee with a side of TED. Getting the brain tuned in for a day of creative thinking. Being part of TEDxOdense is being part of a small, international, innovative and geeky team, working to unfold the amazing people and ideas of Odense by Odense. What's not to love?

Favorite TED or TEDx Talk: Inside the mind of a master procrastinator, Tim Urban

Ofelia Sapir Edery

Speaker Management

Ofelia Sapir Edery

Speaker Management

Ofelia is currently studying anthropology of education and globalisation in Copenhagen, and is now doing interesting fieldwork exploring how people learn in relation to context and culture. When she is not busy with TEDxOdense and her studies, she loves to go hiking in nature and play basketball (not at the same time obviously).

I’m so captured by the motto “Ideas Worth Spreading”. I believe that our knowledge of the world is expanded by constantly being open-minded, curious, critical, and best of all, when being shared. To me this is what TEDxOdense can do. It is a perfect platform to ignite debates and induce new ideas, and the speakers are adding so much to that, which is also why I’m so excited to be a part of this team.

Favorite TED or TEDx Talk: Ken Robinson - Do schools kill creativity?

Natália Prídavková

Audience Experience

Natália Prídavková

Audience Experience

Natália is all about sustainability, yoga, and traveling. First, she studied civil engineering, but then she discovered her true passion for organizing and creating. Natália recently moved to Denmark, and besides her Top-up degree in innovation and entrepreneurship, she wanted to devote her free time to some new exciting projects.

I don't remember my first TED Talk, but it was definitely way before I ever thought that I could organize events at all. Since then it has always been a source of inspiration, knowledge, and valuable insights for me. The first thing I did when I moved to Odense was look for what I can do besides school, and I found my old love. I hope you all will enjoy the next TEDxOdense, and we will do our best to bring something worthy and inspiring for you once again.

Favorite TED or TEDx Talk: Peggy Oki - Allow things to unfold and you will find your Purpose in Life.

Ioana Lăzărescu

Speaker Management

Ioana Lăzărescu

Speaker management

Ioana is a communication professional with a cross-sector approach to the industry. She has nine years of experience coaching top-level managers to be better communicators in the English language, and four years of experience as a marketer and PR pro, advising companies on their communication strategies. She believes business is one of the most fascinating forms of creativity and loves helping these creators find their words. Since moving to Denmark she has become a part of Still Words—a small company providing visual identity services from photography to consultancy.

We are all hungry for good content these days, yet what good content is seems to elude many content producers, be they copywriters, video makers, or speakers. So to be allowed to work with this material, filter it, shape it, and polish it until it is the best it can be is a dream come true. I’m extremely happy and grateful to be on a team that lives and breathes for extraordinary talks.

Favorite TED or TEDx Talk: Kelly Mcgonigal - How to make stress your friend

Mamoun Gharbi

Audience Experience

Mamoun Gharbi

Audience Experience

Mamoun has a wide variety of interests, including but not limited to:

  • Programming - from small utilities to complete software
  • Robotics - both building and programming
  • Video games - mostly on computers
  • Improvisation theater - part of the odense group ImproNationals
  • Board games - ranging from the most simple ones to the most complicated
  • Ultimate frisbee - was part of a regional team
  • Cooking - cuisine from every part of the world

“I watched Ted Talks sporadically, but recently I started listening to more and more, and I linked it to TedxOdense last year. It is the first Tedx that I have ever been a part of, and I realized that I could be a part of this awesome event which is a wonderful platform to inspire people in so many different ways!”

Pamela Almeida

Video Production

Pamela Almeida

Video Production

Pamela has always been fascinated by storytelling and culture. Storytelling turned out to be a dream job and after finishing her degree in direction for film & TV in Madrid she decided to live abroad and experience other cultures. Since then, she has found the connection between storytelling and culture while working for a TV production company in Odense and doing reports about the locals.

Currently, she creates video content for social media as a freelance filmmaker for companies like Leica Geosystems.

I have known about TED Talks since I was a teenager, and from that moment on they have sparked my curiosity and have helped me see the world in a different way. But, it was only three years ago that I learned about the existence of TEDx events. Since then, I have yearned to be a part of an organization where I could help spark the curiosity of others.

Favorite TED or TEDx Talk: Taiye Selasi - Don't ask where I'm from, ask where I'm a local

Anna Robaczewska-Arendt

Marketing Team

Anna Robaczewska-Arendt

Marketing Team

Anna is a communication specialist working with PR, social media, and brand management. Currently, she is the head of communications in a rapidly growing startup that designs learning experiences for companies looking for digital transformation. Anna is passionate about connecting people and building communities. She loves traveling, vegan cooking, and indie movies. She joined the TEDxOdense team in 2017, and since then she’s been responsible for its social media and PR activities.

I’ve always believed that well-conducted communication is a powerful tool to get people excited, inspired, and empowered. TED Talks are the perfect example of it—they spread the ideas that help understand differences, overcome obstacles, and find inspiration for necessary action. I’m very proud to be part of the community that brings local Ideas Worth Spreading to the global audience.

Favorite TED or TEDx Talk: Dame Stephanie Shirley - Why do ambitious women have flat heads?

Adina Rizga

Graphic Design

Adina Rizga

Graphic Design

I love TED and TEDx because it spreads great ideas and personal stories in a way nothing or no one else does. I think it is very important in our current world. I joined the local TEDxOdense team because I was eager to become a part of the community, meet new people, and most of all, help the great concept of TEDx come to my city.

Favorite TED or TEDx Talk: Kathryn Schulz - On being wrong

Aneta Anna Duda

Graphic Design and Marketing

Aneta Anna Duda

Graphic Design and Marketing

Aneta is a creative and passionate graphic designer, who strives to deliver inspiring and simple solutions. She believes that minimalism and clarity are the keys to a great design. Although her passion is graphic design, Aneta has a bachelor’s degree in marketing management, as well as in innovation and entrepreneurship. She has been a part of the TEDxOdense team since 2016, where she is responsible for creating graphics and assisting with marketing for the event.

A few years ago, my mom came up to me and said that she was speaking at the TEDxWSB conference in Poland. I needed to know what that was, so I searched the internet to get the answer. Quickly after that, I was dragged into the amazing TED community. I started to watch TED Talks as a source of inspiration for my everyday life. After I moved to Denmark, I saw the opportunity to be a volunteer at TedxOdense. I decided that it would be an amazing way to work with different people and get inspired. I joined TEDxOdense to make more people aware and interested in this incredible concept.

Favorite TED or TEDx Talk: Tomislav Perko - How to travel the world with almost no money

Christina Maar Andersen

Speaker Management

Christina Maar Andersen

Speaker Management

Christina is an assistant professor in psychology at the University of Southern Denmark where she works with teaching and research. Her research area is health psychology with a main focus on the effects of psychological factors on illness, as well as the effect of illness on our mental health. Another area of interest is how human connections affect our health and the importance of empathy. She joined the TEDx speaker core team in 2018.

I watched my first TEDTalk many many years ago and loved the concept straight away. The concept that ideas could be shared in such a clear, concise, and inspiring manner is truly amazing. I often use TEDTalks as part of my teaching as a way to inspire my students. I have attended several TEDx events and feel blessed to be part of the magic now.

Favorite TED talk: Jill Bolt Taylor - My stroke of insight

Sammy Rangel - The power of forgiveness

Christian Picciolini - My descent into America's neo-Nazi movement & how I got out

Brené Brown - The power of vulnerability

Raminta Karčiauskienė

Head of Speaker Management

Raminta Karčiauskienė

Head of Speaker Management

Raminta is an experienced project manager, marketer, communicator, inspirer, and an ”enjoyer”. She combines her passion for different cultures with knowledge and experience in different fields of business, both public and private. Raminta joined the TEDxOdense family after a year in Lithuania managing strategic projects in the government office. On a daily basis Raminta makes the sky safer, by managing projects in the aviation industry. And of course, is hunting the most interesting stories, worthy of the TEDx stage.

I am glad to see how Odense is changing positively, and what big part of that change is in the hands of the community. TEDxOdense is an incredible initiative brought from A to Z by the community to the community. TEDxOdense brings fresh thoughts, different angles, unimaginable stories, unforgettable facts, goosebumps, and sometimes emotional tears ranging from the ones that visit you with laughter, to the ones that change you for life.

Favorite TED or TEDx Talk: Dame Stephanie Shirley - Why do ambitious women have flat heads?

Franziska Kirstein

Partnership Team

Franziska Kirstein

Partnership Team

Franziska is human-robot interaction expert at Blue Ocean Robotics in Odense. As a communication designer she explores design opportunities with a user-centered approach and is curious about how technology, especially robots, can be made easier for users.

I used to listen to TEDx podcasts on my way to university and work, which gave me an inspiring start to the day. It’s exciting to have TEDx in Odense and I am proud to join this amazing team. It will, for sure, be one big, imaginative and innovative show with brilliant speakers.

Favorite TED talk: Tony Belpaeme - The power of robots with a face

Lily Gaytan

Partnership Team

Lily Gaytan

Partnership Team

Lily has a technical and business background. With this mixed mindset, she lives in the present but is excited about the future, and has the hope for a better world for everybody. She loves equality, music, movies, and learning new things. She always looks for ways to help people around her and in the whole community. To be a part of TEDxOdense is a great opportunity to learn, not only from others members, but also to contribute with personally acquired knowledge and experiences.

TED Talks are good sources of inspiration, education, and socialization. Through the years, I have watch several TED talks and have been wondering when it would be time for me to take part in it. Now, as a partnership member, I can contribute and help to make a difference for people.

Favorite TED talk: Nick Vujicic - Overcoming hopelessness

Marc Raibert - Meet Spot, the robot dog that can run, hop and open doors

Sheryl Sandberg - Why we have too few women leaders

Rebecca Ryan - Create a better world for more people: a futurist's call to action

Juliana Marcelino

Graphic Design

Juliana Marcelino

Graphic Design

Juliana is a Graphic Designer that started as a Communications Specialist before moving into the creative industry. She've worked with visual communication, print, branding, digital campaigns, and content marketing for many companies. She's passionate about storytelling and design and understands first hand the impact that a creative design, combined with a good story, can have on sales. Juliana is currently working in graphic design projects for causes that she supports as well as freelance projects for clients.

I genuinely believe that TEDx talks can have a significant impact on a community. From generation to generation, storytelling had been used to solve problems, debate ideas, and find human connection. It teaches us to listen, respect, and have empathy for stories outside our comfort zone. TEDx allows us to honor old traditions while embracing the excitement of the future. It is a privilege to be part of it.

Favorite TED or TEDx Talk: Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie - We should all be feminists

Marcin Cieslik

Digital UX Designer

Marcin Cieslik

Digital UX Designer

Marcin is a miracle worker of UX direction, and a fighter of empirical weaponry and ideas. He’s a Kolding School of Design graduate, and Odense-based User Experience Specialist, who wants to create a universe in which he will help companies to reach their full digital potential by embracing “oops”.

I was introduced to TEDxOdense through a friend, who has been volunteering, and passed her passion onto me. As an enthusiast of “oops”, and a very open-minded person, I strongly believe that diversity drives creativity. TED Talks provide a platform for sharing content that has this diversity of ideas, and is helping to see things from different perspectives. Therefore, I would like to help the Odense community with spreading their local ideas and sharing them with the rest of the world.

Favorite TED or TEDx Talk: Susan Cottrell - Why I chose my LGBTQ daughter over the Evangelical Church

Helping hands 2019

Andé Fischer

Anna Gościnna Poulsen

Barbara Figler

Barbora Krukow

Christian Buur Kej

Corina Ciobanu

Dayana Ivanova

Felicity Stephenson

Gesche Lohmann

Julia Schlögl

Juliana Silva

Julie Grønbek Øberg

Karina Nesterenko

Kaya Olsen

Line Marie Andersen

Linnea Emilie Hjort

Louise Freltoft Løvlund

Maik Sperschneider

Manon Coolen

Maria Hollensen Eggersen

Mikkel Klit Nielsen

Mona Rösner

Oscar Bowen Schofield

Rebecca Hasselriis Haulrich

Stefanos Nasiopoulos

Tomas Dosek

Veronika Zemanova

Zuzana Karolina Kubenova

Zuzka Satkova

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