1. Ven. Dhammananda became the first female Theravada Buddhist monk in Thailand. Better known in the world of academia as Dr. Chatsumarn Kabilsingh, she earned her Ph.D. in Buddhism from Magadh University in India, and then taught at Thammasat University in Bangkok, in the Department of Philosophy and Religion, for over 30 years. In the circle of Buddhist academics, she has focused on the empowerment of women. She walks with ease in her robe, sharing the international stage with both academics and activists. A firm believer that change comes about only from a change of the heart — rather than the head — Dhamananda seeks to bring about change by speaking from the heart. 20:48

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  2. The Philippines has recently been more prone to natural disasters, from land slides to unexpected city floods, which have cost some Filipinos not just their property but their lives. Mahar Lagmay, Executive director for the DOST Nationwide Operational Assessment of Hazards (Project NOAH), enlightens us on how the country and its natural events have always existed, and how these human disasters can be avoided with a proper understanding of the environment through scientific observation and preparation. 17:49

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  3. Yasmin Ahmad (July 1, 1958 - July 25, 2009) was a critically-acclaimed multi-award winning film director, writer and scriptwriter from Malaysia and was also the executive creative director at Leo Burnett Kuala Lumpur. Her television commercials and films are well-known in Malaysia for their humour, heart and love that crosses cross-cultural barriers, in particular her ads for Petronas, the national oil and gas company. Her works have won multiple awards both within Malaysia and internationally. 14:35

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  4. Mechai Viravaidya is the Founder and Chairman of the Population and Community Development Association and is a widely acclaimed leader in the fields of public health, education and community development. Since 1974, he has worked to initiate community-based family planning services and groundbreaking HIV/AIDS prevention activities throughout Southeast Asia.

In this animated take on his talk from TEDxChange, Mechai Viravaidya talks about his creative approach to promoting family planning and condom use in Thailand. To end poverty and save the lives of women and children, he tried everything from condom blowing competitions to a "cops and rubbers" campaign--all to great success. Thailand has reduced HIV transmission rates by 90 percent. 3:24

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  5. Obin describes herself as a simple “cloth-seller” but many Indonesians would call her a national treasure. She has elevated batik to a contemporary art form through her unique designs and unorthodox take on the traditional. She helped spark a renaissance in the field and has inspired many young designers to work with one of the most revered hallmarks of Indonesian culture. In this talk, the Jakarta native gives a rare look into her childhood and how it shaped her views on batik, fashion, Indonesia and her own identity as a force to be reckoned with in the fashion world. 18:02

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