Daniel Nofal

Founder and President, The Wikilife Foundation
Buenos Aires, Argentina

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Entrepreneur. In 1999 I founded IPLAN, one of the first fiber optic IP telephony and Internet network in the world. IPLAN has a 300 Km of fiber-optic network in the main cities in Argentina and 400 employees. Very interested in sustainability, in 2006 founded Sustentator to do concrete and direct action to a more our society to a sustainable infrastructure.
In 2010 founded Enzyme Venture Capital to invest in technology projects like oony.com, thesocialradio.com, and others.
I've also done some philantropy work with Surdespierto, an NGO that explored the effect of music, dance, movement, theatre and free expression in personal development.
My latest philanthropic interest is in health, nutrition and lifestyle choices. The non-profit Wikilife Foundation aims to collect and anonymously distribute health information.


English, French, Spanish

TED Conferences

TED2014, TED2013, TED2012, TED2011, TED2010

Areas of Expertise

Telecomunications, Permaculture design, technology, Entrepeneurship, Health & Wellness

An idea worth spreading

A change of sensibility is needed for us to care about every other person in this planet. If we can organize our spare time into meaningful, efficient work, we can achieve great things. Many projects that do this have appeared (wikipedia, twitter, quora, etc.) and the cumulative organized knowledge and energy of the people in the world will solve current world problems.

I'm passionate about

Technology, The Enviroment, Alternative Energy, Sustainability, Permaculture, Health & Wellness, Aikido, Mountains

Talk to me about

Health, Sustainability, Technology, Mountains, Skiing

People don't know I'm good at

Photography and Filmmaking, Backcountry skiing, Martial Arts and body training

My TED story

I first attended TED in 2009 in a very difficult time, while my father was fighting cancer. I was delighted to find a crowd so capable and willing to help the world. While I was there and as a result with a talk with Tim Berners-Lee about Open Data, an idea started taking shape. Almost one year later that idea is The Wikilfie Foundation (wikilife.org) and has already released the first beta app for the iPhone for individuals to collect their health habits and conditions and share it anonymously to create a database of health information for the whole world. TED really was a catalyst for me, as it has been to many.

Favorite talks

Comments & conversations

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Daniel Nofal
Posted about 1 year ago
Lawrence Lessig: We the People, and the Republic we must reclaim
The solutions will come out of better representativity, closer to direct democracy that is started to grow on the Internet. In germany the pirate party, in Argentina el partidodelared.com and many other examples around the world are trying to regain direct control of the people of the issues, not the candidates.
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Daniel Nofal
Posted about 3 years ago
Can biodynamic farms scale?
As one of the founders of sustentator.com and a Permaculture student and fan I would answer YES. But the real question is HOW? How can these be done in a scalable way. And the real answer is that it can only be done through extensive education. In my opinion this would mean that kids turn out of school knowing about creating edible landscapes, about realtionship of the elements in a farm, about the connections needed to develop a low work, high output system that requires very little from outside. I would say that to have our kids go out of school without even knowing how to grow there are own food is preparing them for slavery. They WILL have to work to eat. It's as simple as that. Why are we doing it? Because, as Sir Ken Robison explained so brilliantly in his TED Talks, current education was built in the 19th century, when we needed a lot of factory workers to fuel the industrial revolution. That course of action, which was correct at that time, has to be modified to allow a more integral education system that teaches the basic skill of observation of relationships in an ecosystem. and how to take advantage of them. Indigenous people around the world know about this and pass it along to their kids. They all can survive with surrounding resources. Why are we creating people that doesn't even know how to live in this earth? It really puzzles me and separates us from the earth in ways that creates enormous harm. So, can these farms scales? YES. What we need is a change in sensibility and only through a change in education to respect the value of integration with our planet, we will achieve this.
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Daniel Nofal
Posted about 4 years ago
Dan Barber: How I fell in love with a fish
Dan Barber was simply fantastic on stage. He had a wonderful sense of timing and he really took us through two models of (agri)culture that we need to constantly confront until we have achieved a sustainable and healthy way to live for us and our children. I've studied and practiced Permaculture and this simple talk delivers the core of that design idea to everybody and with a smile. Well done.