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Theme: Pursuit of Happiness

Dubai, United Arab Emirates
February 28th, 2013

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About this event

JESS is proud to present it’s first ever live TEDx event entitled ‘The Pursuit of Happiness’. This event will take place on Thursday 28th February 2013, 6pm to 8pm in the JESS Boardman Auditorium and has been organised by Year 12 students as part of their IB CAS (Creative Action and Service). Tickets are limited to only 100 people and are sure to sell out fast. Guest speakers include Nasif Kayed, the general manager of the Sheikh Mohammed Centre for Cultural Understanding (SMCCU); Adrian Hayes, the British, UAE based, record-breaking adventurer, speaker, corporate coach and sustainability ambassador; and New Zealander Brandy Scott who presents The Business Breakfast on Dubai 103.8FM. There will also be two JESS teachers and two JESS students speaking at the event. Tickets are priced at 50Dhs and can be purchased from Sunday 3rd February 2013 from JESS Secondary Reception.

Confirmed Speakers

  • Nasif Kayed
    Nasif Kayed is the general manager of the Sheikh Mohammed Centre for Cultural Understanding (SMCCU), a non-profit organisation that brings together people from different backgrounds, cultures and religions to broaden their horizons. Read more:
  • Adrian Hayes
    Adrian Hayes is the British, UAE based, record-breaking adventurer, speaker, corporate coach and sustainability ambassador. A former British Army Gurkha officer and Airbus Sales Director, he has set two Guinness World records for polar expeditions - reaching the Earth's "3 Poles" in the shortest period of time in history and for the Arctic’s longest unsupported snow-kiting expedition to date. An ambassador and leader on economic, social and environmental sustainability, he is, first and foremost, a professionally qualified corporate coach and speaker who offers a series of seminars and coaching programmes designed with one overall aim – to help maximize potential, performance and results. You, your team or your company. As one of the few serious adventurers in the World with a senior corporate background, someone who’s used the tools – and actually "done it" - in all spheres of life.
  • Brandy Scott
    New Zealander Brandy Scott starts her day at the alarming hour of 3.45am. To prepare for the show’s start at 6am, she’s in the Dubai Eye studios by 5am going through the news wires and newspapers to research the big stories that broke overnight. But her day doesn’t end when the show finishes at 9am; Brandy then hits the phones tracking down new talent for the next day’s show. It’s lights out for her at 9pm because “breakfast radio is not particularly good for the social life,” she explains. Brandy says the best part of her job is that she is “lucky enough to be paid to speak to some of the top people working in the UAE and beyond”, including business gurus such as Stephen Covey and Tom Peters, the infamous Nick Leeson and a ‘charming’ Bertie Ahern.

Venue and Details

Jumeirah English Speaking School
Arabian Ranches, Secondary
Dubai, PO Box 24942
United Arab Emirates
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Event Type (what is this?) Youth

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Dubai, United Arab Emirates

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Rebecca Clift
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Mandira Chawla
Event Support
Michelle Mathew
Set & Refreshments
Dennis Walzl
Finance and Media
Kristy Charlton
Set and Scripting
Vivek Raigaga
Media and Tech
Josh Rich
Host & Scripting
Kai Beale
Media and Tech

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