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Theme: The Big Picture - TEDxChange Simulcast

This event occurred on
April 5, 2012
4:30pm - 8:30pm CEST
(UTC +2hrs)
Brussels, BRU

In the current economic climate, our focus has shifted to needs closest to home. But still too many in our global, interdependent community cannot meet their most basic needs: food, clean water, life-saving medicines.

We cannot proceed with business as usual.

In this TEDxChange, we’ll take a step back and apply new perspectives to big picture issues. Why, as a global society, should we continue to invest in overseas development? How can we work across borders and political boundaries to bring about positive change? And what returns can we expect on our investments?

MIC Brussels
85, avenue des Nerviens
Brussels, BRU, 1040
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Melinda Gates

<img src= style="float: left; width: 115px; height: 69px; margin-right: 15px; margin-bottom: 10px">Melinda Gates serves as co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. She helps set the overall direction of the foundation, shaping strategies, reviewing results, and advocating for the foundation’s issues. Melinda will discuss family planning and how the power to plan changes the lives of women and their families and improves whole societies.

Sven Giegold

<img src= style="float: left; width: 80px; height: 121px; margin-right: 15px; margin-bottom: 10px">Sven Giegold is a Member of the European Parliament and one of the founding members of Attac Germany. Sven has dedicated much of his career towards green industry issues. He will talk about the power of collective action and how the actions of individuals, communities, and progressive business can lead to critical changes at a national and international level. <br> <br> <br>

Theo Sowa

<img src= style="float: left; width: 108px; height: 108px; margin-right: 15px; margin-bottom: 10px">Theo Sowa is an independent advisor and consultant, specializing in international social development with a particular emphasis on children’s rights and protection issues, especially in conflict situations. She is currently the Interim CEO of the African Women’s Development Fund, a pan African women’s grant making organization. Born in Ghana, she has lived and worked in many countries in Africa, as well as the UK, Europe, and the USA.  Her work includes advisory roles to African and other international women and children’s rights activists and leaders, plus policy development and advocacy with a variety of international agencies and organizations.

Baaba Maal

<img src= style="float: left; width: 119px; height: 111px; margin-right: 15px; margin-bottom: 10px">Baaba Maal is a Senegalese singer and guitarist born in Podor, on the Senegal River. Baaba sings primarily in Pulaar and is the foremost promoter of the traditions of the Pulaar-speaking peoples. He has released several albums. In July 2003, Baaba was made a UNDP Youth Emissary. In March 2012 he visited Mauritania with Oxfam to call attention to the humanitarian need resulting from the food crisis in the Sahel. Also an Ambassador for Nelson Mandela’s 46664 campaign, he has become an increasingly vocal champion for the rights of women and girls. <br> <br> <br>

Jeff Chaplin

<img src= style="float: left; width: 108px; height: 108px; margin-right: 15px; margin-bottom: 10px">Jeff Chapin is a mechanical engineer and product designer for IDEO. He specializes in designing sanitation solutions for the developing world and has conducted projects in both Sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia. Jeff will challenge traditional perceptions of ‘design’ by emphasizing the importance of sustainable, market-based systems for developing societies. <br> <br> <br> <br>

Angus Thomson

Angus THOMSON is Director of Vaccination Advocacy at Sanofi Pasteur. After his PhD in molecular oncology, he worked 7 years in Japan as a medical journalist and editor. First working freelance, to facilitate his Aikido practice, he subsequently spent 4 years helping establish a medical news agency in Tokyo, and then moved to Paris in 2004 to manage their European operations. He worked 2 years at Sanofi Pasteur MSD in Scientific Affairs in Lyon before joining Sanofi Pasteur, just across the road. A key objective of his current role at Sanofi Pasteur is to drive a fresh, multidisciplinary research approach to understanding vaccination acceptance. This research will draw upon new insights into decision making from the cognitive and social sciences, social networking, group behaviour, and social and traditional media to develop a broad evidence base which will help all stakeholders to better build and maintain public trust. Angus has published and lectured on vaccination acceptance and the evolving immunisation environment.

Organizing team

De Brouwer

Los Altos, CA, United States
  • Samia Lounis
  • Bernadett Lauko
    Media manager
  • Monica Ambaum
    Admin Manager