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Theme: Society Beyond Borders

This event occurred on
October 13, 2012
2:00pm - 8:00pm BST
(UTC +1hr)
London, LND
United Kingdom

TEDxEastEnd 2012 is an opportunity to explore the realities and ideas around our increasingly interconnected world – how we can take advantage of the benefits this produces and tackle the simultaneous challenges it presents. We will also specifically look at the topic of migration and related issues such as asylum, trafficking, human rights, economics and politics.

Stratford Circus
Theatre Square Stratford
London, LND, E15 1BX
United Kingdom
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JP Morgan Jr

JP Morgan Jr helps people to create a life that they truly love. A major focus of JP’s work is on human connection – the foundation of your growth and success – because he endeavours, by bringing us all a bit more together, to make the world a more understanding and peaceful place.

Nando Sigona

Nando is a senior researcher at the Refugee Studies Centre, University of Oxford, currently working on research on statelessness, immigration governance and citizenship in the EU, and on transitions to adulthood of former unaccompanied asylum seeking children. He recently completed a ground-breaking study on irregular migrant children in Britain (No way out, no way in: Irregular migrant children and families in the UK, 2012). He teaches on the MSc in Migration Studies at Oxford. He has taught sociology of migration and forced migration at Oxford Brookes University and City University London.

Jo Wood

Jo is a Professor of Visual Analytics at City University London. His research and teaching interests are in the design and construction of visualization for exploring, analysing and communicating patterns in complex datasets. He has particular interests in visual analytics of data that have a geographic component. He is the course director of the postgraduate degree in Electronic Publishing that enables students to develop their skills in assembling data, stories and services for electronic media.

Nazila Ghanea

Nazila lectures in International Human Rights Law at the University of Oxford. She has been a visiting academic at a number of institutions including Columbia and NYU, and previously taught at the University of London and Keele University, UK.

Judith St. John

Judith is the Head of Idea Store, based in the London Borough of Tower Hamlets in London’s east end. Idea Store provides a modern library, lifelong learning and information services in comfortable and friendly surroundings that have transformed the area by attracting over two million visits per year.

John Bird

John is Founder and Editor-In-Chief of the The Big Issue. He was born into poverty, brought up in care, and has lived through a lot. His life’s journey has included spells as a thief, prison inmate, artist and poet. Now an established iconoclast, activist and publisher, John Bird is the force behind The Big Issue, the world’s most successful street magazine. He is an inspirational business leader with an outstanding record of using business as a tool for social change.

Servane Mouazan

Servane is an activist and a social innovators developer. She founded Ogunte, the award-winning social business, in 2001, and Make a Wave, the first incubator focused on women social entrepreneurs, to put extraordinary people at the forefront of the economy.

Philippa Vafadari

Philippa founded BandBazi an award winning, multicultural and inclusive performing arts company and charity in 2001. Philippa trained as an actress at the Scottish Royal Conservatoire. After working in regional repertory theatre including the Royal Court Theatre, London, she went on to train as an aerial artiste at The Circus Space, London. As Artistic Director of BandBazi she aims to integrate narrative theatre with aerial metaphors in what the company calls ‘Aerial Drama’.

Roy Ballentine

Roy is a serial restaurateur having opened his fourth cafe in London a year ago. Originally from Ireland, Roy went straight into the food industry after studying at University of Ulster at Coleraine.

Rita Chadha

Rita is the Chief Executive of the Refugee and Migrant Forum of East London. With over 25 years of experience of working in the community and voluntary sector and equalities, Rita has a unique perspective that is both grounded and able to see the bigger picture.

Guy Gunaratne

Guy is the Creative Director of CODOC, an award winning social documentary platform dedicated to creating spaces for critical thinking through digital media. Together with his producing partner Heidi Lindvall, Guy has produced human rights related documentaries from places such as Sri Lanka, Uganda and Guatemala.

Graham Brown-Martin

Graham is the founder of Learning Without Frontiers (LWF) a global platform for thinkers and practitioners from the education, digital media, technology and entertainment sectors to explore how affordable disruptive technologies are radically improving learning and equality of access.

Musa Okwonga

Musa is a poet, sportswriter, broadcaster, muscian and communications adviser. His first book about football, A Cultured Left Foot, was nominated for the 2008 William Hill Sports Book of the Year Award, and his second book about football, Will You Manage?, was published in 2010.

Organizing team


London, United Kingdom
  • Jan Brulc
  • Juan Camilo
    Volunteer Coordinator
  • Mike Mompi
  • Deesha Chandra
    Design and Speaker Management
  • Aubrey Smethurst
    Partnerships and Sponsorships
  • Adizah Tejani
    Web and Social Media
  • Chris Huynh
    Venue Logistics