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Theme: All We Need is...

This event occurred on
November 17, 2012
9:00am - 6:00pm EET
(UTC +2hrs)

TEDxBeirut is a full-day conference happening on Saturday, November 17th, 2012 with 16 speakers and 2 performers; curated from thought leaders in the Middle East and abroad, as well as grassroot speakers sharing their inspiring stories.

TEDxBeirut includes breakfast, lunch, and a coffee-break. Furthermore, over 1,000 attendees will take part in the numerous activities and interactive opportunities planned throughout the day. TEDxBeirut is an event like no other, bringing together a community of like-minded individuals driven by powerful ideas, remarkable talents, and the desire to share their inspiration - All this is happening here in Beirut, and it’s happening on the 17th of November!

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Charles Elachi

Director of the NASA and Cal Tech Jet Propulsion Laboratory. The talk: How to lead a team of bold explorers that landed the Curiosity Rover on Mars and are exploring our Solar System and neighboring Planetary Systems.

Imad Saoud

Aquatic Scientist and Aquaculturist. The talk: Using salty water (sea and ocean) to produce more food, mainly protein, to feed the growing number of people on the planet.

Amal Al Dahouk

Marketing Professional and Blogger. The talk: A plan to pull the biggest magical stunt right here in Lebanon! We will be able to transform a herd into an intelligent wise crowd! A refreshing change from the biggest dish of tabouleh, don’t you think?

Hani Asfour

Architect and Designer. The talk: Predicting the future and designing work spaces for it. Building learning environments that make you rethink the space around you.

Loryne Atoui

Designer and Founder of One Wig Stand. The talk: Taking a different approach to talking about breast cancer in our part of the world and a step towards breaking the social taboo associated with it. The talk will also share the personal inspiration behind the project turned NGO and other stories discovered along the way.

Salim Zwein

Engineer and Consultant. The talk: Informing on Thorium, a cheap, efficient, clean and abundant energy source with the capacity to replace Uranium as a nuclear fuel, and turn the nuclear industry into a safe, environmental alternative.

Peter Mouracade

Ad man and Mountaineer. The talk: Lessons learnt from mountaineering, and how they can be applied in life to realize extraordinary challenges.

Zeina Saab

Founder of The Nawaya Network. The talk: Keep disadvantaged and at-risk youth away from crime, violence, and drugs by connecting them to mentors or to financial, educational, and material resources that will develop their talents and strengthen their skills in areas they are passionate about.

Farid Chehab

Honorary Chairman and Advisor to the Board of Leo Burnett MENA and Author. The talk: Getting the Lebanese united behind a national public-private initiative of Economic Development through a series of successive large scale projects, beginning with an overhaul of the Water sector (on an egalitarian and socially responsible basis), in order to awaken a national consciousness.

Sareen Akarjalian

Programmer and Cartoonist. The talk: Using comics to critique society and brighten people’s day, and making the case that you can do what you love even if it means doing it on the side.

Rabih El Chaer

Managing Director of the Lebanese Transparency Association. The talk: LTA works towards fighting corruption in Lebanon by going beyond writing reports and drafting laws that no one reads. It seeks to engage the youth and community in the process.

Suzanne Talhouk

Founder of Feil Amer. The talk: Taking the initiative to revitalize the Arabic language by modernizing it, and reviving its use as a language of creative expression, with the aim of reclaiming our identity and overcoming the inferiority complex towards foreign cultures.

Christopher Littlefield

Founder of AcknowledgmentWorks. The talk: Recognition: How people are generally not used to it, don’t know how to deal with it, and have trouble accepting it. Helping people identify what they want to be recognized for and thus promote better communication and relationships at the work place, in families, and generally in all and any situation.

Marjorie Henningsen

Educator, Facilitator of the Possible. Co-founder of Wellspring Learning Community, a non-sectarian K-12 international school in Beirut. The talk: Promoting a revolutionary take on early years education by seeing children as competent learners, capable of self directed inquiry (no textbooks), and seeing school as an extension of life rather than a preparation for life.

Jana Bou Reslan

Spoken-Word Poet. The talk: Promoting spoken-word poetry as a tool for self-expression, helping the youth voice their issues creatively and nonviolently off the streets.

Esraa Haidar

Blogger / Entrepreneur. The talk: Tells her personal story after which she launched a blog called Hijabi where she shares her personal stories and answers all the questions that people usually want to ask a veiled woman (and beyond).

Beirut Vocal Point

The Beirut Vocal Point is a nonprofit a cappella close harmony group on a mission to transform musical experiences in Lebanon.

Walkabout Drum Circle

Walkabout Drum Circle is a unique Music institute that welcomes students from all ages and backgrounds seeking to find and develop their own voice through drumming.

Organizing team


Beirut, Lebanon
  • Farah Hinnawi
    Registration Coordinator
  • Fatimah Ghanim
  • Reem Maktabi
  • Sara Sibai
    Speakers team coordinator
  • John Skybar
    Speakers team
  • Rim Baltaji
    Speakers team
  • Rytta Ihdayhid
    Social Media team Coordinator
  • Siham Al Saadi
    Social Media team
  • Hayder Al Shakeri
    Social Media team
  • Yasmine Hajjar
    Social Media team
  • Ghina Chaaya
    Social Media team
  • Aya Al Blouchi
    Logistics Coordinator
  • Christelle Fakhoury
  • Marwa BouKarim
    Design team Coordinator
  • Farrah Berrou
    Design team
  • Sameh Noukary
    Design team
  • Nadim Kamel
    Photography team Coordinator
  • Patrick Abi Salloum
    Tech team
  • Raghd Hamze
    Registration, Social Media and Tech team
  • Naim Zard
    Speakers team
  • Nadim Abou Samra
    Speakers team
  • Nermine Chatila
  • Sarah Kourkejian
    Performers Coordinator
  • Ziad Moubarak
    Partnership coordinator
  • Yasmine Al Bayaa
  • Aisha Habli
    Media coordinator
  • Roland Najm
    Public Speaking Trainer