Showcasing the phenomenal potential of human achievements to dazzling technology and leading-edge science to the richest forms of creativity and intellectually nutritious information – Join us in this spectacular program where we are assembling our most exemplary and diverse group of speakers and entertainers, with just this in common- they have something remarkable to share and are able to share it in a remarkable way!
What is TEDx?
In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized.
Salil Shetty: Head of Amnesty International
Salil Shetty joined Amnesty International as the organization’s eighth Secretary General in July 2010. A long-term activist on poverty and justice, Salil Shetty leads the movement’s worldwide work to end the abuse of human rights. He is the organization’s chief political adviser, strategist and spokesperson and takes Amnesty International’s campaigns to the highest level of government, the United Nations and business.
Salil is leading an ambitious growth project for Amnesty International with plans to strengthen the human rights movement in the developing world and emerging economies. This comes at a time when human rights are dominant in the news agenda, inspired by the popular uprisings in the Middle East and North Africa. Prior to joining Amnesty International, Salil Shetty was Director of the United Nations Millennium Campaign from 2003 to 2010. He played a pivotal role in building the global advocacy campaign for the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals – eight goals to fight poverty, illiteracy and disease.
Ken Shamrock: The World's Most Dangerous Man
Kenneth Shamrock is an American mixed martial art legend, UFC Hall of Famer and former WWE/TNA wrestler. With Shamrock’s unparalleled impact on the sport as a fighter and wrestler, he can only be described as an icon. Best known for his participation in the Ultimate Fighting Championships, The World Wrestling Federation, Pride Fighting Championships, Pancrase, and Total Nonstop Action Wrestling, no other fighter possesses the credentials that have rightfully earned Shamrock the title coined by ABC of “The World’s Most Dangerous Man.”
Ken, garnering no less than 14 World and other Major Championships, holds the distinction of being the very first athlete elected to the UFC Hall of Fame. Ken’s involvement in children’s issues brings his own story full circle. He meets often with various organizations that share his commitment to troubled children, and he freely donates his time to meet with kids in schools, juvenile facilities, recovery centers, hospitals, and churches wherever he travels. Ken currently heads a new project in the Northern Nevada Desert that will eventfully house and care for over 200 at- risk boys and girls, passing on the education, training, hope, and encouragement that Bob Shamrock bequeathed to him so many years ago.
Julie Meyer MBE: Founder and CEO of Ariadne Capital
Julie Meyer is one of the leading champions for entrepreneurship in Europe. With over 20 years investment and advisory experience helping start-up businesses, she is the well known founder & CEO of Ariadne Capital, co- founder and Managing Partner of the Ariadne Capital Entrepreneurs Fund, founder of Entrepreneur Country and co-founder of First Tuesday. Julie has added a successful media career to her business commitments, recently joining BBC’s Online Dragon’s Den, in addition to her regular contributions to Business Week, Computing, FT Digital Business & Spectator Business.
She sits on the Boards of INSEAD, Medikidz, Vestergaard Frandsen and Jellybook. In 2011, she was asked to be on the Secretary of State’s Entrepreneurs Panel and the Secretary of Health’s Innovation Panel. In 2012, Julie was honoured to receive an honorary MBE, for her ‘services to entrepreneurship’.
Joe Incandela: Head of the CMS Experiment at CERN
Professor Joseph Incandela is the head of the CMS Experiment at CERN – he is the first scientist from a U.S. institution to be elected spokesperson of an experiment at the LHC. The Compact Muon Solenoid (CMS) experiment is one of the two experiments running on the Large Hadron Collider at CERN to determine the existence of the Higgs boson. Professor Incandela leads the experiment which has between roughly 3,000 scientists from 179 institutions in 41 countries.
On July 4 2012, Incandela made the historic announcement to a worldwide audience during a press conference at CERN that a new particle resembling the Higgs boson had been discovered – “We know it must be a boson and it’s the heaviest boson ever found,” were the memorable words uttered by him during the announcement.
Debra Searle MBE: Adventurer & TV Presenter
Debra Searle is a renowned British adventurer, author and TV presenter. The media worldwide went crazy for the story of the 5ft 5″ young lady who carried on rowing the Atlantic solo when her husband, an experienced oarsman, left the boat after developing an uncontrollable fear of the ocean. Yet, she dared to believe and 111 days later she rowed into Port St Charles, Barbados, to a rapturous welcome. Debra, who was loving life at sea in a 23 foot plywood boat, saw no reason to stop and rowed on to become the youngest and only the third woman in the world to have rowed an ocean solo.
Debra is also an extremely successful businesswoman and became Managing Director of her first company at the age of 23 and today manages to combine business with her life-long ambition to be a professional adventurer. Other adventures have included sailing around Antarctica, the longest canoe race in the world, L’Etape du Tour, and setting a new world record for crossing the channel. Debra is the author of two books and is a regular presenter for the BBC with credits including Grandstand and Extreme Lives.
Paul Zenon: Britain's Leading Trickster
Paul Zenon is Britain’s leading magician – and funny with it. He has performed in around thirty countries in every conceivable location. He has literally hundreds of television appearances to his name including three top-rating hour-long one-man specials on Channel 4 and one on ITV. Paul has appeared in venues ranging from the Mirage, Luxor, Orleans and Tropicana Casinos, Las Vegas, to an aircraft carrier in the Adriatic, and a London Palladium Royal Variety Show to the back of a truck in a Bosnian war zone.
Paul appears regularly in the media as an authority with regard to all things weird and wonderful, including the history of Variety and magic (with Houdini as a speciality), the paranormal (as a sceptic) and con-men, scams and hustles. Paul is a long-term favourite on the international comedy club and corporate circuits and in recent years has had recent sell-out appearances at festivals in Edinburgh, London, Brighton, Auckland, Brisbane, Adelaide and Melbourne, both with his own shows and as a regular in the Olivier Award-winning La Clique.
Ray Hammond: One of the World's Most Experienced Futurists
Ray Hammond is one of the world’s most experienced and most widely published futurists. For over 30 years he has researched, written and spoken about how future trends will affect society and business. As global warming, globalization and the environmental threat continue to be priorities on the world’s agenda, Ray is one of a few commentators equipped to communicate how these massive challenges will affect our futures, the way we do business and the far reaching implications both socially, economically and politically.
Ray is a visiting lecturer at the Institute for the Future of Humanity, University of Oxford, a visiting lecturer at the London Business School and a contributing editor to the Human-Computer Interaction Laboratory at the University of Maryland, U.S.A. He is also a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts (F.R.S.A.). He is also a globally published novelist (Macmillan) whose three recent high-tech futuristic novels have won world-wide critical acclaim. In 2010 Ray was awarded the Medal of the Italian Chamber of Deputies for his services to futurology.
Neal Petersen: International Adventurer and Author
Neal Petersen is a South-African entrepreneur, award-winning author, solo around the world racing yachtsman and founder of an investment bank. Only a few people have realized their dreams, but even fewer have raced solo alone around the world and in a home built boat! It is an unparalleled adventure, the longest race for any man or woman, 27,000 miles in a boat, 9 months at sea ~ alone!
Neal lives his life by the same wonderful spirit and principles he demonstrates in his extraordinary life story of attitude, perseverance, determination, planning and preparation, commitment and never giving up – always finding a solution. In 1999, he completed the Around Alone, a 27,000-mile round-the-world sailing race. He did so in his 40-foot home-built boat, which SA dubbed “the floating coffin”. Alone in this tiny boat, he sailed through the swirling Southern Ocean, battling building-sized waves that often smothered the boat – and even turned it upside down. He pressed on and eventually beat some of the most experienced and well-funded solo racers in the world.
Jim Al-Khalili OBE: Physicist & Award Winning Sciene Communicator
Jim Al-Khalili is a professor of physics, author and broadcaster based at the University of Surrey where he holds a chair in the Public Engagement in Science. He is active as a science communicator and has written a number of popular science books, between them translated into over twenty languages. He is a regular presenter of TV science documentaries, including the Bafta nominated Chemistry: A Volatile History, and presents the weekly Radio 4 programme, The Life Scientific. He is a recipient of the Royal Society Michael Faraday medal and the Institute of Physics Kelvin Medal.
He has also presented Atom, a three-part series for BBC Four, The Secret Life of Chaos, and Science and Islam, covering the leap in scientific knowledge that took place in the Islamic world between the 8th and 14th centuries. He’s also a regular on Radio 4 and on the BBC’s Horizon programme.
Felicity Goodey CBE: Former BBC Journalist and Presenter
Widely known as the “woman who brokered the deal to bring MediaCityUK to Salford,” Felicity Goodey is a former senior BBC journalist and presenter who discovered a passion for regeneration. She led the team which funded, built and established the country’s most successful arts-based millennium projects, The Lowry theatre and gallery complex. After ten years of leading The Lowry she was asked by Salford City Council to help set up a much bigger regeneration project and now chairs Central Salford, the largest Urban Regeneration Company in the country which is charged with helping to redevelop what was the old City of Salford. In 2006/7 she led the consortium which won the highly contested bid to relocate a major part of the BBC to the North and devised the concept of mediacity:uk, a globally significant new media hub.
Felicity’s business career included founding, with colleagues, the Unique Communications Group, a broadcast production and corporate communications company; she was for many years a non executive Director of Nord Anglia PLC. She is a governor of The Manchester Grammar School, a director, and past President of the Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce & Industry, and a council member of Salford University. Honours include a number of honorary degrees, together with the CBE for services to regeneration and an honorary fellowship of the RIBA.
More speakers and performers to be announced soon.
The VENUE for TEDxSaldord 2.0 is the renowned Lyric Theatre at the Lowry Complex, MediaCity UK, Salford Quays, Greater Manchester.
The Lowry is an architectural flagship with a unique and dynamic identity. Rising from the regenerated docklands, it is a welcoming building, designed to reflect the surrounding landscapes and flourishing waterways, in its glass and metallic surfaces.
The Lowry opened on 28th April 2000, bringing together a wide variety of performing and visual arts under one roof. Opening its door to the best in entertainment and education in the arts, The Lowry aims to give everyone access to new areas of creativity and to embrace its broad community.
The Lowry houses two main theatres and studio space for performing arts (1,730, 466 and 180 seats respectively) presenting a full range of drama, opera, ballet, dance, musicals, children’s shows, popular music, jazz, folk and comedy and gallery spaces (1,610 metres of floor space); showing the works of LS Lowry alongside contemporary exhibitions.