K-von has developed a habit of making people laugh around the world. The star of MTV's hit show 'Disaster Date', he displays his acting talents, each character proving funnier and more outrageous than the last. Currently, he works with ScamBook.com as the spokesman/correspondent providing weekly videos on how you can protect yourself from fraud. Most recently, K-von finished shooting a pilot as the 'Host' of Warner Bros. all new game show, working alongside cartoon icons like Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, and many more! His passion is telling jokes, entertaining, and living a healthy lifestyle which will be a recurring theme explored as this year's host. In fact, for this TEDx Youth event, feel free to refer to him as 'Coach K'!
Nancy A. Aossey is President & CEO of International Medical Corps, a leading humanitarian organization that delivers relief & training in some of the world’s toughest environments, including Darfur, Haiti, the Congo, Libya, Syria, and Afghanistan. Nancy joined International Medical Corps as its startup CEO in 1986, shortly after its founding in 1984. She helped launch its early humanitarian activities in Angola, Pakistan, Somalia, Rwanda, Bosnia, & Kosovo, among others. She transformed International Medical Corps into one of the world’s most effective humanitarian organizations, delivering more than $1.3 billion of assistance, health services, & training to millions of people in nearly 70 countries. Today, its 4,500 staff & thousands of volunteers work in the world's most challenging places. Nancy has testified before Congress, briefed the White House, & is frequently interviewed by major media on global health issues. She has received numerous awards for her work, including the Young Presidents' Organization's Global Humanitarian & Legacy awards; the Los Angeles Business Journal’s Leadership Excellence & Non-Profit CEO of the Year/Women Making a Difference awards; the UCSF Medal; & has accepted UC Berkeley's Public Health Organizational Hero Award. Nancy received her B.A., M.B.A. & was awarded an honorary doctorate from the University of Northern Iowa.
Saumi Shokraee is a sophomore at Dana Hills High School. Ever since he was a child, he has dreamt of going to space. Of late, Saumi has
been inspired by the works of Carl Sagan, the late astrophysicist, author, and science enthusiast. As founder and president of his
school’s science club, Saumi longs to follow in the footsteps of Sagan and become a scientist who pursues higher knowledge and a deeper
understanding of the natural world. In his free time, Saumi enjoys playing traditional Spanish Flamenco guitar. The preservation of the
environment is a major priority to Saumi. He believes in world-wide unity and respects all cultures, ethnicities, and religions.
Ever since he can remember Darious has loved the game of soccer, kicking his first ball before he could even walk. At around age six Darious discovered skateboarding as a different way to get around. Initially, he got into skating because his friend’s cool older brother was a skater. A neighbor once tried to teach him how to do an ollie, but after two years of unsuccessful attempts on his own, he decided to give up skating.
Instead, Darious redirected his efforts toward becoming a professional soccer player and soon, skating became a distant memory. But as the sport of skating grew, he rediscovered his interest and his friends began to skate with him. And this time, he stuck with it. He now enjoys skateboarding with his friends, playing football on the blacktop, pick-up soccer with his younger brothers, and playing midfield on his club soccer team.
Through his journey of developing his first TEDx talk, he’s learned many valuable lessons and has met some really interesting, generous, kind and talented Creatives. He looks forward to applying the lessons he’s learned from the skate and soccer world to life, and hopes to someday give back to the world.
Ethan Hall has grown up traveling. He has passed thru 25 states and explored 7 countries around the world. With this much travel under his belt, Ethan has been exposed to different cultures, languages, and design, and he has spent his young life learning to see all these things from different perspectives.
His favorite past time is skiing down slopes at very high speeds. At 12, he’s already mastered double black diamond ski runs in Mammoth, California, & has skied in British Columbia, Tahoe & Utah.With this love of steep hills & speed, it was only natural that when the snow melted,
Ethan began to search for the same thrill without the powder. His latest pursuit is skateboarding, & although only a beginner, he enjoys the challenge of the sport whether in the skatepark or in bombing down hills in his neighborhood.
He sees skateboarding as cool sport, with so much to learn and master. He also sees skateboarding as an art, and has been working with his friends filming their tricks. Someday he wants to be a director and share his love of speed and his perspective of the world on a big screen.
J. is a Research Associate at California Academy of Sciences and founder/co-director of Ocean Revolution, an international network of young ocean advocates, SEE the WILD, an international conservation travel portal and LiVBLUE, a campaign to reconnect people with our water planet. He earned his Bachelors in Biology and Spanish from DePauw University, an MEM in Environmental Policy and Economics from Duke University's Nicholas School, and his PhD in Wildlife Ecology and Evolutionary Biology from University of Arizona.
He is the author of more than fifty scientific publications and reports on ocean science and conservation, advises a motivated group of international graduate students and serves as an advisor to numerous non-profit boards and committees as part of his commitment to building a stronger, more progressive, and connected environmental community.
Lately he is working on BLUEMiND: The Mind + Ocean Initiative, and a forthcoming book on the subject with Little, Brown.
He blogs at www.wallacejnichols.org and lives on California's SLOWCOAST with his family and many animals.
Emma Simons-Araya is a singer, songwriter, guitarist, poet, and mixed media artist. She's interested in furthering her career as a not-so-starving artist with fancy Bono sunglasses.
A lifelong music and writing enthusiast, Emma still enjoys recording on 4 tracks. At age six, she decided to put pen to paper and started writing her first songs. Growing up the child of a potter and a guitarist/songwriter, the young rocker has consistently maintained a knack for being a day dreamer with a messy bedroom.
At age 12, Emma formed her punk rock musical project "The Potential Lunatics" with her younger brother Isaac. The band has performed in a variety of venues and festivals, from The Grammy Museum and The Orange County Fair, to punk clubs like The Smell and The Anarchy Library.
The Potential Lunatics released their first full length album in June 2011, and have developed an ecstatic cult following in the Long Beach area. To date, they've toured the West Coast, and are in the process of recording their second album.
Emma hopes to one day become the Awesome Grown-Up Rock Star she’s always imagined herself being as a child, and believes she's on the right path.
Director of Sonic Divinity Music Therapy Services in Orange, CA, Tim Ringgold, MT-BC is a board certified music therapist who specializes in using the healing power of music in the medical setting. A graduate of Chapman University, Tim stands at the intersection of the arts and sciences in his work, though he doesn’t call what he does ‘work.’ In addition to being a passionate music therapist, Tim is a published author, blogger, public speaker, soccer player, husband, daddy, and all around kid in grown up clothes. His favorite quotes include, “Take your work seriously, but yourself lightly,” and “You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take.” Tim is inspired by those who dare to think about what isn’t, instead of what is. “Artists are truly magicians. They create from nothing, regardless of their medium. Whether you are a painter, poet, pianist, or entrepreneur, you reach into the ether of possibility, pull from it a vision, and declare it to the world through your craft. That takes creativity, courage, and confidence, and that is incredibly attractive and inspiring.”
From Takjikistan to Santa Ana, Niko has taken pleasure and delight in holding mirrors up to others so they can see their own greatness. Growing up with parents who were loving, but who struggled with addiction she created her own path to launching a non-profit, Girls For A Change, at the age of 25, showing young women around the world that they were unstoppable. She was eventually named one of the “40 Under 40” up and comers in Silicon Valley, CA.
Niko has an unquenchable passion for making possibilities real. She was a scholarship recipient at the Harvard Business School’s Non-Profit Management Program, was selected as a Diplomatic Speaker to Tajikisan by the US State Department and has raised millions of dollars to support her work empowering women and girls.
She now lives in Southern California with her husband and young son where she runs the Career College of California, empowering students to move from poverty and underemployment to sustainable careers and successful lives.
Ryan Eshaghi is fascinated with human anatomy and physiology. He most recently became a fitness enthusiast when he turned 13 years old. A nationally ranked debater, athlete, bodybuilder, runner, and music lover, his main interests lie in the field of Sciences and he plans to pursue a career in Wellness.
Growing up with a professor/scientist mother and a father who is an electrical engineer, Ryan has come to develop a curious mind. He always has lots of questions and is eternally looking for answers.
Ryan’s most recent interest is Street Dancing. His dance skills are self-taught, and he continues to explore new interests, hobbies and tackling new challenges.
Ryan is a freshman at the University High School, in Irvine, California.
A former rock musician, Nisbet spent decades in math education, working most recently to improve the effectiveness of teachers in Los Angeles Unified School District, the second largest district in the U.S. In 2010, he joined a team of math education software developers at the MIND Research Institute, a nonprofit based in Santa Ana, Calif., that researches, designs and delivers math instructional software to 1,300 schools across the country. At MIND, Nisbet devotes his time to reaching into the structure and beauty of mathematics and finding ways to build engaging, interactive and completely visual games that teach all students how math really works. He feels that there is much work left to be done; despite now reaching half-a-million students his experience of working with children in very different parts of the world shows that given the right tools, all students can be mathematical thinkers and problem solvers.
12-year-old Hip Hop dancer Morgan Shea is passionate about individuality. Though she started dance classes at the age of 3 (and is classically trained in Ballet, Jazz, Tap and Lyrical) Morgan’s favorite style remains Hip Hop Dance. When she was 8, Morgan joined the Hip Hop community with Kaba Modern’s junior crew. She currently dances with Miniotics (Poreotics’ junior crew) and Underground. As a Miniotics member, Morgan was awarded the Silver and Bronze medals for the USA division at Hip Hop International, and was featured in World of Dance. Inspired by leaders in the industry, she looks forward to developing her own unique brand of choreography and teaching others.
Morgan dreams of traveling the world to taste, learn and embrace diverse cutoms and lifestyles. At home, she enjoys catching waves at the beach, counting the colors of beautiful sunsets, watching/drawing/reading anime, and an inner connection with Pandas.
Morgan has been student body president, holds a third-degree brown belt in Kung Fu and yearns to speak in front of large audiences to deliver positive messages. She believes that success is not what you accomplish, but who you become and bravely follows the motto “Live what you Love”.
Dragon Balls Dance Crew
DragonBalls is a youth dance crew formed by five talented young innovators: Ari Zari, Chloe Enriquez, Jason Lin, Will Simmons and Morgan Shea. Guided by choreographer, Anthony Lee, these dancers from diverse backgrounds share their passion for dance and the desire to share their inspired vision of hip hop culture.
Diametrically opposed forces converge to create DragonBalls’ uniquely inspiring and electric presentation. Performing to Sur Le Fil (composed by Yann Tierson) this talented young dance crew will take us with them to the intersection of Culture and Entertainment, challenging our pre-conceived ideas of Hip Hop.
Hannah Rose Prendergast
Hannah Rose Prendergast is an accomplished young artist with a precocious talent for expressing feeling and emotion on guitar. She is a 7th grader at the Orange County School of the Arts in the Instrumental Music Group, Guitar Conservatory where she studies classical, jazz and rock music along with standard middle school academics. Hannah has had the opportunity to play at many local venues including Starbucks Coffee House, Hennesseys Tavern, The Coach House and the House of Blues as well as at countless school, church and community events. Hannah also studies guitar with Keith Moreland, lead guitarist for Pet Shark and at the Los Rios Rock School with Christian Hernandez. Hannah received her first guitar at the age of two and began formal lessons at age seven. She plans to pursue a career in music. Born in Russia and adopted at 18 months, Hannah currently resides in San Juan Capistrano with her family.
Akbar Khan is a 16 year old high school junior from Salt Lake City, Utah. He started a non-profit organization called Bags to Riches in 2011 which collects unwanted and extra conference bags and gives them to those in need. He plays for both high school and club soccer teams, is president of FBLA (Future Business Leaders of America) and is the Vice President of the debate team at Hillcrest High School. He is half Indian and half Pakistan, although he was born and raised in Utah.