TEDx MauerPark invites speakers from diverse disciplines,
including design, tech, entertainment, as well as business, politics, science and the non-profit world.
We make a conscious effort to ensure diversity in speakers across ethnicity, age and sex.
In doing so, we hope to provide audiences with a three dimensional experience that gives a fresh outlook, and to shed light and a new understanding about each other in order to facilitate respect, spark conversation, collaboration and cooperation in our communities. Therefore, we're excited to announce this year's line-up will bring the event to life by challenging us to look deeper.
personal trainer & mentor
Adrienne Herbert (UK)
Adrienne is a global Adidas brand ambassador, personal trainer, mentor and motivational speaker. She shares her passion for fitness on her blog and social channels which is an encouraging and inspiring platform for women. Over the last few years her love for running has taken her around the world, and earlier this year she completed her first marathon. Never one to say no to a challenge, Adrienne takes on everything in life with energy, fun and passion. Also a mum to six year old Jude, Adrienne and her family enjoy an active lifestyle together. Most recently, she co-founded GetToKNOW, a network and community for women in the creative industries. GetToKNOW host panel discussions and workshops with female founders and industry leaders, offering peer-to-peer networking, real talk and support, to help all women achieve success. Adrienne has collaborated with brands such as Virgin Sport, New Look, AVEDA, Garmin and Adidas and has been featured in Women’s Health and Sunday Times Style, as well as being named a “New Face of Wellness” by British VOGUE.
Co-Founder IOta & Blockchain expert
Dominik Schiener (GER)
Dominik is a young entrepreneur from Italy focused on realizing the Machine Economy. Already since an early age he was involved heavily in the Blockchain ecosystem, with his first (unsuccessful) startup in Switzerland in 2013 at the age of 17. He is the Co-Founder of IOTA, a disruptive new technology that enables machines to store and send money frictionlessly between one another. In 2017 he co-founded the IOTA Foundation and established Germany’s first non-profit foundation which enables and fosters permissionless ecosystems powered by distributed ledgers. Currently he co-leads the IOTA Foundation and oversees the overall realization of the vision and the partnerships with multinational companies, NGO’s and governments. The main challenge he’s working on right now is how to bring a nascent technology like IOTA to market-readiness - and thus unleash its full potential for society to benefit from it.
brand consultant & communication expert
Yu-Ting Liu (TWN & GER)
What does communication mean? How does it affect us in an ever-connected global world like ours? Yu-Ting has been confronted with this question since birth. As a second generation Taiwanese man, he has juggled two cultures in the way he was brought up by his parents. His parents tried to keep the Asian traditions alive at home, while also sending him to a German school to fully integrate himself into his new environment. This question of identity, even more, the question of communication between cultures and people, lead Yu-Ting’s choice of a professional path where he could explore different means of sending and receiving a message. In his work as a marketer and brand consultant, he successfully implemented communication concepts for known companies, while continuously diving deeper into this subject. Yu-Ting’s mission to discover and reflect on what it means to interact while keeping human integrity intact is a common thread in both his professional and private life.
Victor Basta (UK)
Victor Basta is the Managing Partner of Magister Advisors, a boutique M&A firm helping larger international tech companies to raise capital and execute M&A transactions. He has advised on over 120 transactions across 25 years, and helped found and build three successful corporate finance firms in the process. He has clear views on a range of issues affecting the tech industry today, and has shared them regularly on CNN, the FT and the Economist amongst others. Prior to founding Magister, Victor was the founder and managing partner of Arma Partners LLP; global co-head of Broadview prior to its sale to Jefferies, and an Adjunct Professor of Entrepreneurship at INSEAD, as well as past President of the UK/Irish Tech Tour. He received an MBA from the Columbia Business School and a combined Masters and BA in International Affairs from Columbia University. Victor is both a US and UK citizen, an avid chess player.
fashion designer & activist
Jeanne de Kroon (NLD)
Jeanne Zizi Margot de Kroon grew up in Holland. She left Holland at age 18 to be a street musician in Paris where I unfortunately got discovered to be a model. Her unsuccessful modelling career turned out to be a blessing in disguise as she discovered that fashion without an actual story was quite meaningless. She traded in polyester outfits for Simone de Beauvoir at a German University and worked in different NGO’s worldwide during her semester breaks. This pushed her to start a company: Zazi. Within a year they were called by German press as ‘fashion idea of the year’, won the Young Icon award and it is the fastest growing ethical luxury fashion company in Germany but more importantly: all their fashion is made by women empowering NGO’s worldwide and now they've employed over 100 amazing ladies in small villages across Central Asia, Afghanistan and India. Using the proceeds to fund an Education Project and Womens Health Clinic in Rajasthan, India.
Read her Blog entry!
Co-founder rocket internet & innovation advisor
Martin Bell (GER)
Martin is a global innovation advisor with a passion for building successful and sustainable businesses. Martin helped build, scale, and assess ~50 companies at Rocket Internet. The business models of those companies fell into the categories of e-commerce, marketplaces, fintech, and urban mobile on-demand (UMOD). As the chief architect of Rocket's 100-day launch process to build a company from idea to go-live, he pushed 20+ companies in less than a year through this streamlined process. At the nexus of Rocket Internet and its portfolio companies, Martin not only worked in every function of a startup (and defined their best practices), he also worked in every stage of a lifecycle of a startup (from day 1 to pre-IPO). Currently, Martin advises major clients across the globe on how to best launch, scale, and assess startups.
artist & DJ
Ian Lawrence (USA)
Not many artists can go from gracing the stage at New York's legendary Blue Note with a full jazz band, to recording dance records with the likes of Nickodemus, No Regular Play as well as performing in front of thousands at Vienna's Donauinselfest. STIMULUS does it effortlessly. The Brooklyn born MC and DJ was discovered by Mark Ronson, who recorded and produced his first demo. Stimulus went on to release his debut solo MC project on Universal. Versatility describes his talents best. From Vogue's designer of the year dinner to Le Bain to Nike's open-air celebration of the World Basketball Championship's in Turkey, Stimulus is always on point as a DJ. Prior to his career in music, Stimulus, then referred to by his government name Ian Lawrence, worked in retail as an account executive for Puma.
Read Ian's blog entry!
real estate developer & social activist
Nyasha Bralock (USA)
Nyasha Bralock was born and raised in Los Angeles, California, by her mom who was a nurse and university professor. After graduating college, she established a successful career in the commercial real estate development. Throughout her career, Nyasha has worked to mobilise individuals and organizations to address pressing social needs. This includes teaching goal setting and vision casting workshops for young women who escaped sex trafficking rings, as well as organizing large-scale community outreach initiatives. She has helped to provide disaster relief, educational support, poverty and homelessness and fundraising. In 2015, she relocated to London, England to become the Head of Assets for the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts, the largest girl and young women organisation in the world with over 10 million members, overseeing their world centres in London, Switzerland, India, Mexico and several countries in Africa.
Read Nyasha's blog entry!
Philipp Primus (GER)
Philipp Primus is a interdisciplinary researcher in Physical Chemistry and a Photographer. In all of his work, he is passion- ate about using light as his tool, investigating the properties of molecules and atoms and capturing photographic images to tell human stories.After finishing his degree in Chemistry, Philipp went on to focus his research on the development of novel, optical methods during his PhD in Physical Chemistry at Potsdam University. His current research project investigates structural differences in nanomaterials desiged for clean energy production in fuel cells, using predominant- ly optical methods. What happens at the intersection of science with broader society, how can we create the opportunities to transform our shared myths and ultimately our societies? How can we avoid a dogmatic view of things? These questions lie beneath his work and motivate his scien- tific and photographic work.
Jeff Kwarteng Jacobsen (GH/GER)
Jeff was born and raised in Berlin, Germany by Ghanaian parents. This allowed him to build
and keep a strong connection with Ghana. He realized that having the benefits of studying in
Germany and across Europe should be used and catalyzed to trigger sustainable
development in Africa. In 2016 he co-founded the non-profit organization Future of Ghana Germany e. V. (FoGG) with one vision and goal: Organizing, mobilizing and advancing the education as well as the
training of children and young professionals living in the Diaspora. FoGG wants to build a
constructive community and help advance it by creating synergies and contribute not only to
the development of African people in Germany, but also to the development of Ghana.
Jeff is a Consultant in EY’s People Advisory Services and he works on major HR
transformation, change management and transactions projects for global organizations
across all sectors. His education includes a Master’s degree in Human Resources and
Consulting from the Lancaster University Management School in UK and a Bachelor’s
degree in Business Psychology from the SRH Business School in Germany.
Vice president of product | AI Expert
Johnny Quach (USA)
As AirHelp’s VP of Product, Johnny has been responsible for making AirHelp the fastest developing company in the travel-tech industry. Quach is a versatile entrepreneur with experience building simple, thoughtful products in multiple industries. He has a reputation for making a big impact, fast. After only 6 months at Rocket Internet, Quach launched 3 companies from zero across Germany, Indonesia, Thailand, Singapore, Brazil, Malaysia, China and the UK. Over his career, Quach has headed product teams in three different continents. He was Head of Product for Berlin-based company Zenrooms.com, Senior Product Manager at Match.com in Los Angeles, and VP of Product for Unison in Shanghai. He also has eight years of experience in the fashion industry for premium brands. Quach spent two years as a professional poker player and enjoys table tennis and break-dancing in his free time.
personal development coach & Business Professional
Emily Morin (CAN)
Emily Morin, was born in a small French town outside Montreal, Quebec in Canada. She’s lived and traveled in many different places in the world for her studies, career, and for her pursuit for personal growth, experiences, and knowledge. Emily has always found challenges to further push herself to achieve great things. One of these challenges is her fitness competitions. The competitions require discipline, perseverance, and strength to reach a specific physique for the stage. Emily has also faced very difficult and unexpected challenges, one of which is her ongoing battle with her illnesses. During her struggles, she learned at a young age there are still many things we don’t know or fully understand. Emily learned if we want to succeed, grow, and overcome the difficult times, we must take matters into our own hands. Because of this, she learned not to waste any moment by utilizing the things she has no control over to achieve personal growth and live a happier more fulfilling life. “Knowledge is one of the most important and powerful things in life and I will continuously search for things I don't know and do everything in my power to share with others what I’ve learned”.