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Theme: Heroes

This event occurred on
December 1, 2011
10:00am - 9:00pm CET
(UTC +1hr)
Amsterdam, NH

On the 1st December 2011 the Van Gogh Museum hosts the Dutch version. The theme of TEDxWomen worldwide is: Reshaping the Future. For 2011 ‘heroes’ is the main theme. We can’t pay enough attention to the knowledge, awareness and enthusiasm that possibly form the inspiration for other budding ideas. This programme focuses on how women think and work, communicate and collaborate, learn and lead. We explore what this means and why it is of importance to us all. TEDxAmsterdamWomen reveals who the women are that bring on these leading changes, and gives them a platform for their ‘Ideas worth spreading’.

Van Gogh Musuem
Stadhouderskade 55
Amsterdam, NH, 1072 AB
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Anneke Van Giersbergen


Amy Lehman

Dr. Amy G. Lehman is the founder of the Lake Tanganyika Floating Health Clinic. The Lake Tanganyika FHC is an international organization whose mission is to address the problem of health care access and education for isolated communities in the Lake Tanganyika basin/Great Lakes region in Central Africa.

Jacqueline Rutten

Head Corporate Development at Van Gogh Museum

Marieke De Lange

Founder of the Ubuntu Theatre organisation. Ubuntu strives for a world in which any child feels welcome and can develop into a strong individual.

Jessica Stern

Jessica Stern is an American policy consultant on terrorism. Stern is a lecturer at Harvard University and a faculty affiliate of the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs. She serves on the Hoover Institution Task Force on National Security and Law.

Mette te Velde

Founder of Strawberry Earth, a blog for creative people who care about the planet.

Shannon Fitzgerald

VP MTV series development.

Gonnie Been

Manager communications at Microsoft Netherlands.

Christa Moesker

Illustrator, film maker.

Margriet Westerhof

Artist and film maker

Caroline Philips

Digital entrepeneur, musician.

Kelly Cutrone

Fashion publicist and the founder of the public relations, branding and marketing firm People's Revolution.

Anne van der Zwaag

Anne graduated in Modern and Contemporary Art at Utrecht University. During her study she started to work in the field of art and design. In the years that followed Anne organized exhibitions, symposia and educational programs in several Dutch museums, and gave lectures at universities and academies within and outside the Netherlands. Next to that she edited and wrote several publications and articles on art, design, fashion, architecture and cultural heritage.

Andy Torres

Fashion blogger

Conny Janssen


Sonia Faleiro

Award-winning reporter and writer. She is the author of a book of fiction, The Girl (Viking, 2006) and a contributor to numerous anthologies including AIDS Sutra: Untold Stories from India (Random House, 2008). Beautiful Thing (Hamish Hamilton India, 2010) is her first work of non-fiction and is based on five years of research in the secretive world of Bombay's dance bars.

Corina Vermeulen

Police officer.

Marieke Eyskoot

Ethical fashion expert.

Bregtje van der Haak

Bregtje van der Haak is a political scientist, journalist and documentary maker.

Saskia Laroo

Trumpet player

Hester Bijl

Hester Bijl, Head of the Department of Aerodynamics, Wind Energy and Flight Performance and Propulsion, and Full Professor of Computational Fluid Dynamics in the Faculty of Aerospace Engineering.

Mei Lin Ang

Owner Frozz. Frozen yoghurt company.

Carina Hilders

Gynaecologist at Reinier de Graaf Hospital Delft The Netherlands President Medical Board Board member NNF Board member Medigyn.

Marli Huijer

Professor in philosophy.

Lauren Zander

Director Handel Group

Shirma Rouse

Singer Songwriter

Organizing team


The Hague, Netherlands
  • Marjan Straathof
    Head of productions
  • Vera de Kort
    Head of PR
  • Nancy Poleon
    Head of sponsoring
  • Yaela Betsalel
    social media
  • Saskia Kok
    Speakers liaison
  • Leon van Weezenbeek
    Technical Production
  • Marloes Grimbergen
  • Willa Stoutenbeek
  • Nienke Dettmeijer
    Social Media
  • Carlijn te Winkel-Vader
  • Loes van Dokkum
  • Marjolijn NIestadt
  • Justina van Bakel
  • Carolien Vader
    Head of communications