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Theme: Look on the bright side

This event occurred on
February 28, 2015
9:00am - 6:00pm WET
(UTC +0hrs)
Marrakech Medina

The theme of this years TEDx Marrakech is meant to be a little playful, with images of Monty Python’s Eric, suspended on his cross joyfully singing away in the setting sun.

However as a statement it also raises many questions.

Are positive thought always powerful?
Does having a sunny disposition make you live longer or simply drive others mad?
Do we need to balance optimism with realism, light with dark?
Do those in power control with fear and negativity?
Is an overly cautious approach to life ever a force for good?

Riad El Fenn
Derb Moullay Abdullah Ben Hezzian
Marrakech Medina, 40000
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Alia Radman

Alia Radman (1985) is a Yemeni-Bosnian-American photographer and digital storyteller. She has traveled extensively throughout Europe, Southeast Asia, the Middle East, Africa and North America. During her travels, Alia has been inspired by the landscape, people, culture and cuisine. Being frustrated with words and the futility of verbal language, she turned to multi-media to portray her experiences, travels and views. She is convinced that the most universal language is not verbal, but sensory, and to achieve a more understanding world, we should learn to communicate more through our senses than our words. Alia's most recent project, I SPEAK IN IMAGE, is a compilation of photos, taken daily, over the span of 100 days. She has taken on an infinity shaped voyages from Morocco, Tanzania/Zanzibar, Kyrgyzstan, Mongolia, Nepal and West Bengal, India. She is a graduate of the United World College of the Atlantic (UWCAC) and Wellesley College where she studied Middle Eastern Studies and Studio Art with a concentration in film. Alia has lived in Yemen, Wales, the United States, Vietnam and is currently based in Marrakech, Morocco.

Geraldine Cox

Geraldine Cox is an award winning artist who originally trained in physics before studying painting. Since 2011 she has been working at the Imperial College London, Department of Physics on her project ‘Finding Patterns’, which searches for new ways to communicate our knowledge to more minds. Finding Patterns is a unique experiment that explores the expressive power of art to share so much of Nature that is hidden from the view of everyday life. Geraldine is recipient of multiple awards that include two Arts Council Awards and the Leverhulme Trust Artist in Residence Award. In 2013 the Imagine Science Film Festival selected two of her short films for screening in New York. Other recent exhibitions include ‘Beyond Ourselves’ at the Royal Society, ‘Poems about Light’ at Imperial College and the MK Fringe National Painting Prize where Geraldine was a finalist. Geraldine works in varied media: drawing, painting, writing and film through to large scale installations such as giant billboards and a Sun powered pop up cinema; she also gives illustrated talks; all with the aim of sharing the experience of discovery and some of the beautiful things we know through art.

Giulio Bonazzi

Born in Verona in 1963, he graduated in Business Economics from the University of Venice. In 1987 he started his career, working in the family business. After a year working in the commercial and technical divisions of Aquafil, he attended a six-month training course at Horizon Carpet in the United States. In 1989 he became assistant production manager at the Arco plant, and a year later took over management of the division. He was also involved in the move to Slovenia, assisting with the acquisition of the Kranj factory. In 1994 he returned to Aquafil, working on the acquisition of Julon d.d., an enterprise which was to become a fundamental asset for the Group. Between 1995 and 1998 he held the office of General Manager at Julon, relocating with his family to Slovenia. In 1999 he returned to Italy as Vice Chairman of Aquafil, before becoming Chairman of the group in 2008. At the end of 2011, he was elected as President of CIRFS, the European Association of the man-made fiber producers.

Dr. Mariana Bozesan

Dr. Bozesan is the leading authority on Integral Investing, a serial entrepreneur, philanthropist, and a full member in the Club of Rome. She is Partner at AQAL Capital, an integral investment company and Founder of AQAL Investing, a family office. Over the past 18 years, she has been an investor in high-tech, clean-tech, and health-tech. She is an advisor on integral sustainability to various funds, businesses, and governmental organizations in Germany, China, the U.S. and The Netherlands. She is furthermore a prominent keynote speaker and an inspiring lecturer at prestigious organizations including Stanford University and RIO+20. The trained computer scientist has published numerous scientific papers and several books. Educated at Stanford University and KIT (Karlsruhe Institute of Technology), Mariana holds an M.S. degree (Dipl.-Inform.) in AI and Computer Science from KIT, and a Ph.D. from ITP in Palo Alto, California. Her Integral Investing model is based on Ken Wilber’s Integral Theory.

Vincent Mellili

Vincent Melilli est né et a grandi à Casablanca. A 18 ans, après son bac, il quitte le Maroc et poursuit des études de théâtre, de littérature et de cinéma à Paris.Au début des années 80, avec des amis, il crée, programme et dirige des salles de cinéma à Paris (Escurial et Max Linder).De 1996 à 1998, il occupe le poste de Secrétaire Général de la Maison de la Culture de Bourges.Il a ensuite dirigé l’Institut Français de Marrakech de 1998 à 2002 puis occupé le poste d’Attaché Audiovisuel et de Directeur de l’Institut Français du Royaume-Uni à Londres jusqu’en 2004.Avec Suzanna Biedermann, Il a fondé l’Ecole Supérieure des Arts Visuels de Marrakech dont il assure aujourd’hui la Direction Générale.

Abdelaziz Taleb

Filmmaker, Producer and Curator. Founder of the Arab media lab project and Digital Marrakech festival . In 2003 World Wide Video festival has described him as one of the upcoming talents who will influence video and Media art happenings. His film collective TALEB CHERCHE MIDI has produced over 30 short films, most with Non- or micro budgets, a number of which had been selected to Academy-certified film festivals such as ( Berlinale, La mostra de Venice, Rotterdam film festival, festival international du Cinéma Méditerranéen Montpellier, Freewaves los Angeles, clermand ferrand, Dubai Film Festival..ect ) Taleb curated many Art projects worldwide and worked as a film expert and scout for various video and films festivals, among them: Mostra video de Barcelona, Freewaves los angeles, Africa in the picture film festival, La caixa art forum Barcelona...ect. He also gives lectures and seminars on the current arab digital film experimentations. His latest project he is curating at the moment is : ARAB MEDIA LAB PROJECT, with an aim to strengthen the Media Art sector and digital cinema in the Arab world, contribute to the circulation of works from the Arabic and North African countries in different (international) video and film festivals, diversify the "Western perspective" on art and film happenings from the Arab world and acquaint the West with Arab artists and filmmakers. The project has also intitiated various projects like: MEDIA ART & DGITAL CINEMA WORKSHOPS SERIES IN MOROCCO, ARAB STEREOTYPES IN WESTERN MEDIAS, ARAB MOVING IMAGES ARCHIVES and DIGITAL MARRAKECH FESTIVAL...Lives and works Between Morocco and Germany.

Jesus Greus

Jesus Greus was born in Madrid. He graduated in English from the London Institute of Linguists. He has contributed in the past to several Spanish newspapers, Liberation du Maroc and, now, to several digital literary magazines. He has worked as a translator for various publishing houses in Madrid. As a lecturer, he has been invited by the Institute du Monde Arabe in Paris; the Sorbone University; the association Le Monde Autour du Livre, in Bordeaux; the Center of Arab-Portuguese Studies, in Silves, Portugal; the Fundacion Arte y Cultura in Madrid and many more. He is also a musician who has played in a range of fusion music groups. He has been cultural director of the Cervantes Institute in Marrakech, where he now belongs to different cultural foundations. He has published several novels and short stories, theatre plays and he is the author of two scripts.

Clive Alderton

Her Majesty’s Ambassador to the Kingdom of Morocco and Her Majesty’s non resident Ambassador to the Islamic Republic of Mauritania. Mr Clive Alderton has been Ambassador to Morocco since December 2012. His previous appointment was as a Member of The Royal Household from 2006 until 2012, where he served as Deputy Private Secretary to Their Royal Highnesses The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall 2006 - 2008. Mr Alderton was promoted to the rank of Private Secretary to Their Royal Highnesses 2009-2012. Mr Alderton joined the FCO in 1986 and has served overseas in Poland, Belgium (European Union), Singapore and France. Clive Alderton is married to Catriona Canning and has two children.

Organizing team


Berlin, Germany
  • Vanessa Branson
  • Abdelhamid Bousaadi
    Project Coordinator