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Meet the newest class of TED Fellows! These 19 innovators will be joining the TED community in Edinburgh, UK for TEDGlobal 2012: Radical Openness.



Ivana Gadjanski (Serbia) - Neuroscientist + poet
Serbian neuroscientist, tissue engineer and poet studying how cells translate mechanical stimuli into biological signals in order to repair damaged tissue, and investigating how poetry can be used in scientific research.

Salvatore Iaconesi (Italy) - Open-source engineer + artist
Italian engineer, artist and hacker behind Art is Open Source, an informal network promoting artistic, creative and critical practices. 

Joel Jackson (UK | Kenya) - Auto innovator 
British mobility entrepreneur and founder of Mobius Motors, a Kenya-based company designing and manufacturing a first-of-its-kind affordable vehicle made expressly for the unique customer requirements and often-poor road conditions found in the developing world.

Cyrus Kabiru (Kenya) - Found object artist 
Kenyan self-taught painter and sculptor who primarily uses junk materials to make his works, including striking eyewear.

Elaine Ng Yan Ling (UK | China) - Smart materials artist + designer 
British artist and designer, currently based in China, exploring the function of natural shape-memory materials and how the behavior of natural elements can be incorporated in manmade materials for architecture and interior design.  

Max Little (UK | US) - Applied mathematician
Mathematician whose research includes a breakthrough technique to monitor – and potentially screen for – Parkinson's disease through voice recordings alone.

Sheref Mansy (US | Italy) - Artificial-life scientist 
American artificial-life scientist based in Italy working to build artificial chemical systems that mimic biological cells. 

Kristen Marhaver (US | Curaçao) - Coral reef biologist
Coral reef biologist and science communications enthusiast based in Curaçao, studying how certain bacteria can be used to increase settlement and survival of Caribbean corals. 

Alexander McLean (UK | Uganda) - African prison activist 
Founder of African Prisons Project, a Uganda-based organization working to improve the lives of men, women, and children living in African prisons through healthcare, education, access to justice and community reintegration. 

Amanullah Mojadidi (US | Afghanistan) - Artist
Afghan artist whose work explores "the geography of self" through combining traditional story lines and postmodern, parodist narrative strategies intentionally blurring the lines between fact and fiction, documentation and imagination. 

Catarina Mota  (Portugal) - Open-source advocate + researcher
Portuguese maker, open-source advocate and founder of openMaterials, a collaborative research project focused on open-source and DIY experimentation with smart materials. 

Andrew Nemr (US) - Tap dancer 
Lebanese-American tap dancer, artistic director of Cats Paying Dues/CPD PLUS and co-founder of The Tap Legacy Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to building a lasting home for the art of tap dance. 

Hakeem Oluseyi (US) - Astrophysicist + science educator 
Astrophysicist, inventor and science educator whose research focuses on measuring the structure and evolution of the Milky Way galaxy and characterizing new planetary systems.  

Ola Orekunrin (Nigeria | UK) - Healthcare entrepreneur
Nigerian healthcare entrepreneur and founder of Flying Doctors Nigeria, an enterprise providing urgent helicopter, airplane ambulance and evacuation services across West Africa. 

Ed Ou (Canada | Taiwan) - Photojournalist
Award-winning Canadian photojournalist whose work focuses on stories from the Middle East, the former Soviet Union, Africa and the Americas. He is currently working on a project documenting the Arab Spring, entitled Egyptian Youth.  

Bel Pesce (Brazil | US) - Entrepreneur + innovator
Brazilian entrepreneur and co-founder of Lemon, a tech start-up that helps users collect and store paper and email receipts in one place so they can throw away the paper, keep the important stuff, and see their money in a whole new way.

Usman Riaz (Pakistan) - Musician + artist 
Classical pianist, percussive guitarist and fine artist passionate about the creative process.

Bahia Shehab (Egypt | Lebanon) - Artist + creative director + Islamic art historian
Lebanese-Egyptian artist, designer and Islamic art historian studying ancient Arabic script and visual heritage to solve modern-day design issues.  

Christopher Soghoian (US) - Privacy researcher + activist
American privacy researcher and activist who focuses on online privacy, including both consumer issues and government surveillance.