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Theme: Catalyzing Change

This event occurred on
March 8, 2014
1:00pm - 7:00pm HKT
(UTC +8hrs)
Hong Kong,
Hong Kong

The theme of TEDxHKUST 2014 is Catalysing Change. This year’s event will focus on the stories of some spectacular individuals in our society who have brought about a paradigm shift in our society today and have catalyzed some tremendous (and much-needed) changes. They refused to be phased by any challenges they had to face and persisted against all kinds of forces to turn their aspirations into reality.

We have put together a line-up of unique individuals that come from a diverse range of backgrounds but share one train in common: refusing to back down and settle for the norm. From providing asylum to refugees to directing Shakespearean productions on stage, from crossing the Gobi Desert on foot in order to raise money for educating Mongolian children to negotiating multi-million dollar deals for major corporations, our speakers will discuss topics that will make everlasting impressions and leave you immensely inspired.

Hong Kong University of Science & Technology
Clear Water Bay
Hong Kong
Hong Kong
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Shveitta Sethi Sharma

Shveitta Sethi Sharma is a Happiness facilitator and has spent almost half her life travelling around the world in search of an answer to “What is happiness?” During her travels, she has held conversations across several countries from Asia, Australia, Europe and the US with people from various backgrounds. She has conducted personal and group sessions to share and enrich the lives of many with happiness. Her career path has been very varied and interesting. Her main expertise lies in helping people change the way they view life. Her workshops are geared towards making people feel good about who they are and where they are. Being in joy and being authentic are the cornerstones of her training approach. She holds a passion for making a ‘happier’ world and believes in being the change that she wishes to see. At TEDxHKUST 2014, Shveitta is going to talk to us about being authentic and living a fulfilling and inspiring life.

Peter Nixon

Peter Nixon’s mantra for success is ‘The Solution is in the Dialogue’. He specializes in negotiation and his company, Potential Dialogue, helps clients achieve better results through improved negotiation, dialogue and conflict resolution. Peter supports current and future leaders by improving their decisions personally and through the consultants, trainers and coaches he licensees. His clients over the years have included Morgan Stanley, Merrill Lynch, JP MorganChase, Standard Chartered Bank, Swire Coca-Cola, Park & Shop, Disney, Nike and senior government officials. At TEDxHKUST, Peter is going to share examples of his work and his passion to see dialogue training extended to schools and organisations globally.

Christopher Schrader

Christopher Schrader is a 21 year old Dutch/Hong Kong endurance athlete, social entrepreneur and charity activist. He completed a 600 km hike across the base of England at age 16 and in 2010, co-founded the Walking With a Purpose Foundation. Later that year, he completed the Hong Kong Challenge - a 150 km run, swim and row across Hong Kong in 24 hours and then founded the Youth Endurance Network and Running to Stop the Traffik in HK. In 2011, he crossed the Gobi Desert on foot, supported by camel, winning a world record in the process. That same year he returned to the remote west of Mongolia and spent winter living the harsh nomadic life with the reclusive Kazakh Nomads of the Altai Mountains. He then cycled 6300 km in under 31 days in Canada, raising funds and awareness for the Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada. Christopher studies at Harvard University and to date, he has helped raise over USD 300,000 for various charities. At TEDxHKUST 2014, he will be taking about the act of philanthropy through endurance.

Alyson Hau

She has interviewed some of the most popular artists of current times - Maroon 5, Lady Gaga, Avril Lavigne, Linkin Park, Katy Perry, Muse, just to name a few. As an RJ, she has previously worked at Metro Broadcast's 104 FM Select and Commercial Radio Hong Kong's HMV864 and has also done freelance work, MC-ing for mega events like the Torch-Relay of the Beijing Olympics, Hong Kong International Film Festival and the International Chinese New Year Night Parade etc. She can also be heard on TV commercials including L'Oreal, MasterCard, Acuvue and many more. Being an independent self-starter she has quickly made a name for herself not just locally but also internationally through various media platforms. Currently she hosts "Teen Time" and "The Chart Show" on RTHK Radio 3, while co-hosting one of the most listened-to radio programs in Hong Kong - "The Morning Suite" on RTHK Radio 2. At TEDxHKUST, she is going to introduce us to life lessons that she learnt not from school, but from boy bands, Facebook, and people.

William Yip

With more than 50 theatrical productions, including musicals, theatre repertoires and experimental plays under his belt, William Yip has all the know-how when it comes to theatre. He is also the founder and artistic director of Theatre Noir, which is a professional theatre company in Hong Kong that focuses on the development of theatre productions and learning programs for the a wide spectrum of communities in Hong Kong. He has played an integral part in integrating theatre into our society and has been a drama educator, programme developer and consultant at various schools, higher educational institutes, arts organizations and social service organizations. Since 2011, he has collaborated with British Council Hong Kong in co-organizing the “Shakespeare: A Worldwide Classroom” in promoting Shakespearean works in Hong Kong schools. At TEDxHKUST, he will be talking about ”Some Major Failures in his Dramatic Life”.

Justine Demmer

After 6 years of corporate finance and strategy work, Justine entered the development sector in 2008 as a Network Promotion Manager for Viva, a charity that works on behalf of vulnerable children around the world. Her initial work addressed issues of human trafficking in South Africa by creating the National Freedom Network. Since 2012 Justine has been based in Hong Kong in the role of Network Consultant for Viva’s work in the Philippines and Cambodia. At TEDx HKUST Justine will be speaking about an approach to development which enables the local response to children at risk to become more credible, comprehensive, connected and concerted – thus giving dignity and empowerment to the local people who are hard at work in their own communities.

Michelle Tanmizi

Michelle Tanmizi specializes in conscious work and life management. She has twenty years of corporate management background where she has proven a track record in effective people management, and in building and restructuring effective and productive teams. Michelle is passionate about people and this is obvious in her work. Complemented with her meta-coaching, counseling and training qualifications, Michelle adapts well to each individual she coaches. She understands gender issues intimately and is passionate about developing feminine leadership and potential as well as dealing with workplace bullying. She is versatile, adaptable and understands both the Asian and Western mentality and culture. At TEDxHKUST, she will be talking about Connected Living, focusing on Neuro-Linguistic Programming and The Self.

Cosmo Beatson

After retiring from a trading company in 2008, Cosmo Beatson, dissatisfied with NGO strategies, founded Vision First with the goal of helping refugees who seek protection in Hong Kong. Cosmo believes it is everyone’s duty to oppose inequality, injustice and discrimination wherever they are found. His core values and friendship with refugees ensure that Vision First’s driving spirit is solidarity rooted in the fundamental dignity of each person. At TEDxHKUST 2014 he will address the need for all to be “Guardians of Society” to resist abuses and fight for social change.

Organizing team


  • Shelly Govila
    Organizing Committee Member
  • Alice Chow
    Organizing Committee Member
  • Valeriya Lindholt
    Organizing Committee Member
  • Iryana Lychova
    Organizing Committee Member
  • Prapti Khanna
    Organizing Committee Member
  • Parker Li
    Organizing Committee Member
  • Yue Zhao
    Organizing Committee Member
  • Sonal Govila
    Organizing Committee Member
  • Kirsteen Ng
    Organizing Committee Member
  • Sudikhsha Dubey
    Organizing Committee Member