Against a backdrop of crime in the slums of Nairobi, Mark Kamau, born in 1980, grew up not only dreaming of a better future but also grabbing every chance that came his way. In 2000 he managed to register himself at web design school NairoBits (founded by the Dutch foundation Butterfly Works).
Calling himself the ‘Slumdog Manager’, he gave an inspiring talk on his journey out of the slums of Kenya and the future of African aid. He suggested that the way in which he had been helped by the Nairobits program could serve as an example: Africa needs this sort of intelligent engagement over aid, he said. His simple and powerful speech earned a standing ovation.
Prof. dr. Marcel Dicke is a Dutch ecologist with a special interest in the relation between plants and insects. He is a recipient of the NWO-Spinoza award, also known as the Dutch Nobel prize. The central theme in his research is the way that plants define the lives of insects. In his TEDxAmsterdam talk, he explains why we should all eat insects! His surprising talk was followed by the serving of some delicious snacks..
Dr. Gerhard Knies is a co-founder of TREC, a network of experts on sustainable energy. TREC gave rise to the DESERTEC initiative, a unique industry initiative to develop a reliable, sustainable and climate-friendly energy supply from the deserts in the Middle East and North Africa. In his TEDxAmsterdam talk Knies explains the concept and shows that the idea is realistic.
Gary Carter is Chief Operating Officer of FremantleMedia, one of the largest independent entertainment brand companies in the world. His responsibilities include the management of the central creative functions of the company across all genres and platforms, as well as the management of the overall strategic development of the group. In his TEDxAmsterdam talk, he presented his world from two very different angles. He started with the world from the perspective of FremantleMedia, a world of target audiences and formats, ”universal” stories and a search for the greatest common denominator; but then, in a move that surprised many in the audience, he turned to his own family and the world of his son. He showed how different his son’s world is, how the views and interpretations of that world differ too, and how wide the range of human experience can be. Garter concluded that our differences are actually what matter most.
Louise Vet is a professor of Evolutionary Ecology at Wageningen University and director of the Netherlands Institute of Ecology (NIOO-KNAW), the largest institute of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences.
She is an ecologist with a broad interest in ecology and evolution, working on multitrophic interaction. Besides conducting high quality ecological scientific research, Louise Vet works on achieving a good marriage between ecology and economy.
In her TEDxAmsterdam talk, she gives various examples of ways in which economy and ecology can work together, and she highlights the the pioneering work being done on the new headquarters of the NIOO: a place where everyone is invited to come use the toilets...