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Theme: Identity

This event occurred on
June 12, 2014
6:00pm - 8:00pm GST
(UTC +4hrs)
Dubai, DU
United Arab Emirates

JESS is proud to present it’s second live TEDx event entitled ‘Identity’. This event will take place on Thursday 12th June 2014, 6pm to 8pm in the JESS Auditorium (FC) and has been organised by Year 12 students as part of their IB CAS (Creative Action and Service). Tickets are limited to only 100 people and are sure to sell out fast. Guest speakers include Aubrey Ghose, Maitha Al Awadi and Sarah Colson. There will also be one JESS teacher and two JESS students speaking at the event. Tickets prices are TBD and can be purchased in May 2014 from JESS Secondary Reception.

Jumeirah English Speaking School
Arabian Ranches, Secondary
Dubai, DU, PO Box 24942
United Arab Emirates
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Aubrey Ghose

Aubrey Ghose is recognised as one of the world’s leading authorities on retail branding. Aubrey founded ais>Brandlab in 2003, bringing a unique and holistic approach to retail brands that wish to integrate architecture, corporate identity, interior design, advertising, communications, and staff training under one unified brand personality and tone of voice. His professional career has been devoted exclusively to the design industry, focusing on building brands in the minds of consumers through the application of original, innovative, and high-quality concepts.

Maitha Al Awadi

Born and raised in Dubai, UAE, Maitha Alawadi was surrounded with rapidly growing industries, one of which was media, which define the city beautifully. Her media journey started in Melbourne, Australia, where she moved to pursue a degree in Digital Media and discovered her true passion in directing. After 6 year living abroad, she returned to UAE and is currently employed at the the UAE's largest radio networking company ARN (Arabian Radio Network). She works as a reporter for the talk show radio station, Dubai Eye 103.8, producing feature packages and appearing on "The Word" every Thursday to talk about the latest in Film and Television. In her free time she works on her scripts and novels.

Sarah Colson

Sarah graduated in 2008 from UWE with a first class BA hons in Interdisciplinary Textile Design. Her graduation projects launched her investigation into thinking about everyday objects as tools for story telling. Relocating to France soon after made her realise the value of artistic communication and offered her a tool for survival in within a foreign culture and language. Propelled by this Sarah continued her studies with an MA in Design Products at the Royal College of Art graduating in 2011. Sarah now continues to use the process of communication to navigate her way through objects and hence has created a diverse range of projects to invite her audiences to experience her interpretations of space. Whether that be a communal food performance, an interactive drawing table or a light made from everyday objects, Sarah’s work encourages interaction and empathy amongst people objects.

Organizing team


Dubai, United Arab Emirates
  • Laxmi Kerai
  • Sourabh Raigaga
    Event Manager / Media & Tech
  • Bridget Copeland
    Event Manager / Logistics
  • Kate Brownlee
    Set & Refreshments
  • McKenzie Love
    Set & Scripting
  • Ziyang Wang
    Finance / Music / Media & Tech
  • Benedetta Gaggioli
    Media & Tech
  • Matt Smeda
    Music & Tech