Salil Shetty joined Amnesty International as the organization’s eighth Secretary General in July 2010. A long-term activist on poverty and justice, Salil Shetty leads the movement’s worldwide work to end the abuse of human rights. He is the organization’s chief political adviser, strategist and spokesperson and takes Amnesty International’s campaigns to the highest level of government, the United Nations and business.
Salil Shetty is leading an ambitious growth project for Amnesty International with plans to strengthen the human rights movement in the developing world and emerging economies. This comes at a time when human rights are dominant in the news agenda, inspired by the popular uprisings in the Middle East and North Africa. Prior to joining Amnesty International, Salil Shetty was Director of the United Nations Millennium Campaign from 2003 to 2010. He played a pivotal role in building the global advocacy campaign for the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals – eight goals to fight poverty, illiteracy and disease.
Kenneth Shamrock is an American mixed martial art legend, UFC Hall of Famer and former WWE/TNA wrestler. With Shamrock’s unparalleled impact on the sport as a fighter and wrestler, he can only be described as an icon. Best known for his participation in the Ultimate Fighting Championships, The World Wrestling Federation, Pride Fighting Championships, Pancrase, and Total Nonstop Action Wrestling, no other fighter possesses the credentials that have rightfully earned Shamrock the title coined by ABC of “The World’s Most Dangerous Man.”
Ken, garnering no less than 14 World and other Major Championships, holds the distinction of being the very first athlete elected to the UFC Hall of Fame. Ken’s involvement in children’s issues brings his own story full circle. He meets often with various organizations that share his commitment to troubled children, and he freely donates his time to meet with kids in schools, juvenile facilities, recovery centers, hospitals, and churches wherever he travels. Ken currently heads a new project in the Northern Nevada Desert that will eventfully house and care for over 200 at- risk boys and girls, passing on the education, training, hope, and encouragement that Bob Shamrock bequeathed to him so many years ago.
Julie Meyer is one of the leading champions for entrepreneurship in Europe. With over 20 years investment and advisory experience helping start-up businesses, she is the well known founder & CEO of Ariadne Capital, co- founder and Managing Partner of the Ariadne Capital Entrepreneurs Fund, founder of Entrepreneur Country and co-founder of First Tuesday. Julie has added a successful media career to her business commitments, recently joining BBC’s Online Dragon’s Den, in addition to her regular contributions to Business Week, Computing, FT Digital Business & Spectator Business.
She sits on the Boards of INSEAD, Medikidz, Vestergaard Frandsen and Jellybook. In 2011, she was asked to be on the Secretary of State’s Entrepreneurs Panel and the Secretary of Health’s Innovation Panel. In 2012, Julie was honoured to receive an honorary MBE, for her ‘services to entrepreneurship’.
Professor Joseph Incandela is the head of the CMS Experiment at CERN – he is the first scientist from a U.S. institution to be elected spokesperson of an experiment at the LHC. The Compact Muon Solenoid (CMS) experiment is one of the two experiments running on the Large Hadron Collider at CERN to determine the existence of the Higgs boson. Professor Incandela leads the experiment which has between roughly 3,000 scientists from 179 institutions in 41 countries.
On July 4 2012, Joe Incandela made the historic announcement to a worldwide audience during a press conference at CERN that a new particle resembling the Higgs boson had been discovered – “We know it must be a boson and it’s the heaviest boson ever found,” were the memorable words uttered by him during the announcement.
Debra Searle is a renowned British adventurer, author and TV presenter. The media worldwide went crazy for the story of the 5ft 5″ young lady who carried on rowing the Atlantic solo when her husband, an experienced oarsman, left the boat after developing an uncontrollable fear of the ocean. Yet, she dared to believe and 111 days later she rowed into Port St Charles, Barbados, to a rapturous welcome. Debra, who was loving life at sea in a 23 foot plywood boat, saw no reason to stop and rowed on to become the youngest and only the third woman in the world to have rowed an ocean solo.
Debra Searle is also an extremely successful businesswoman and became Managing Director of her first company at the age of 23 and today manages to combine business with her life-long ambition to be a professional adventurer. Other adventures have included sailing around Antarctica, the longest canoe race in the world, L’Etape du Tour, and setting a new world record for crossing the channel. Debra is the author of two books and is a regular presenter for the BBC with credits including Grandstand and Extreme Lives.
Paul Zenon is Britain’s leading magician – and funny with it. He has performed in around thirty countries in every conceivable location. He has literally hundreds of television appearances to his name including three top-rating hour-long one-man specials on Channel 4 and one on ITV. Paul has appeared in venues ranging from the Mirage, Luxor, Orleans and Tropicana Casinos, Las Vegas, to an aircraft carrier in the Adriatic, and a London Palladium Royal Variety Show to the back of a truck in a Bosnian war zone.
Paul Zenon appears regularly in the media as an authority with regard to all things weird and wonderful, including the history of Variety and magic (with Houdini as a speciality), the paranormal (as a sceptic) and con-men, scams and hustles. Paul is a long-term favourite on the international comedy club and corporate circuits and in recent years has had recent sell-out appearances at festivals in Edinburgh, London, Brighton, Auckland, Brisbane, Adelaide and Melbourne, both with his own shows and as a regular in the Olivier Award-winning La Clique.
Ray Hammond is one of the world’s most experienced and most widely published futurists. For over 30 years he has researched, written and spoken about how future trends will affect society and business. As global warming, globalization and the environmental threat continue to be priorities on the world’s agenda, Ray is one of a few commentators equipped to communicate how these massive challenges will affect our futures, the way we do business and the far reaching implications both socially, economically and politically.
Ray is a visiting lecturer at the Institute for the Future of Humanity, University of Oxford, a visiting lecturer at the London Business School and a contributing editor to the Human-Computer Interaction Laboratory at the University of Maryland, U.S.A. He is also a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts (F.R.S.A.). He is also a globally published novelist (Macmillan) whose three recent high-tech futuristic novels have won world-wide critical acclaim. In 2010 Ray was awarded the Medal of the Italian Chamber of Deputies for his services to futurology.
Akala is a renowned English rapper, poet, and journalist. Emerging from London’s hip-hop underground, in 2006 Kingslee ‘Akala’ Daley) won the MOBO ‘Best Hip-Hop’ award for his debut album “It’s Not A Rumour”. Since then he has released his second album “Freedom Lasso” and toured extensively in the UK and around the world. He has also found the time to take his own energetic and original workshops all over the country working for clients such as the BBC, London Metropolitan Archives, Times BFI London Film Festival and various schools/youth clubs around the capital.
Breaking down the culture of cliché and stereotype that smothers the genre he loves is a major part of the mission he’s taken on, and gives impetus to this third album of pointed, perceptive hip hop music from the convention-defying emcee. Akala has performed at various UK festivals including V Festival, Wireless, Glastonbury, Reading and Leeds Festivals, Parklife and Isle of Wight.
Jim Al-Khalili is a professor of physics, author and broadcaster based at the University of Surrey where he holds a chair in the Public Engagement in Science. He is active as a science communicator and has written a number of popular science books, between them translated into over twenty languages. He is a regular presenter of TV science documentaries, including the Bafta nominated Chemistry: A Volatile History, and presents the weekly Radio 4 programme, The Life Scientific. He is a recipient of the Royal Society Michael Faraday medal and the Institute of Physics Kelvin Medal.
He has also presented Atom, a three-part series for BBC Four, The Secret Life of Chaos, and Science and Islam, covering the leap in scientific knowledge that took place in the Islamic world between the 8th and 14th centuries. He’s also a regular on Radio 4 and on the BBC’s Horizon programme.
Widely known as the “woman who brokered the deal to bring MediaCityUK to Salford,” Felicity Goodey is a former senior BBC journalist and presenter who discovered a passion for regeneration. She led the team which funded, built and established the country’s most successful arts-based millennium projects, The Lowry theatre and gallery complex. After ten years of leading The Lowry she was asked by Salford City Council to help set up a much bigger regeneration project and now chairs Central Salford, the largest Urban Regeneration Company in the country which is charged with helping to redevelop what was the old City of Salford. In 2006/7 she led the consortium which won the highly contested bid to relocate a major part of the BBC to the North and devised the concept of mediacity:uk, a globally significant new media hub.
Felicity’s business career included founding, with colleagues, the Unique Communications Group, a broadcast production and corporate communications company; she was for many years a non executive Director of Nord Anglia PLC. She is a governor of The Manchester Grammar School, a director, and past President of the Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce & Industry, and a council member of Salford University. Honours include a number of honorary degrees, together with the CBE for services to regeneration and an honorary fellowship of the RIBA.
Davide Swarup is a leading Italian percussionist and one of the world’s leading pioneers of the “Hang” Drum. The “Hang” is a percussion instrument with melody invented in 2000 by PANArt, an evolution of the steel pan. Family name “Hand pan”. It is produced by the two inventors, Sabina Scharer and Felix Rohner, in a limited production in Bern.
Davide went to India in 2000 and discovered his skills in drumming – and he listened for the first time, the Indian santoor, live! He returned to Italy but came back to India in 2002 to buy a santoor and decided to become a musician. In March 2005, a friend of his introduced him to the “Hang” and he fell in love with the instrument. His first three years were a full intense solo playing to discover the instrument and develop his touch. He hasn’t stopped since. He has become one of the leading pioneers of the “Hang” and has toured several continents performing live around the world. He will be giving a full blown performance of the “Hang” at TEDxSalford 2.0.
Geoff Burch is a bestselling author and leading business expert. Geoff Burch has a wealth of experience in illustrating the thinking required to find business success. He was voted Best Business Communicator of 2011 by the UK Speechwriters’ Guild and speaks regularly for a variety of corporate clients. His books cover such diverse topics as the art of persuasion, commonsense in business and self employment.
As a regular contributor and presenter on television and radio, Geoff is also the star of the recent hit business show on BBC television, All Over the Shop, which focused on small businesses helping them to survive and thrive. His humorous style and easily explained advice worked well and created a strong following amongst the independent business community. As a prolific writer, Geoff has many chart-topping business books published around the globe and is commonly hailed as the most original guru in business.
In keeping with the TEDxSalford tradition, we are pleased to confirm our mystery speaker’s appearance for this year’s conference. Our mystery speaker for TEDxSalford 1.0 in January 2012 was confirmed to be none other NASA Astronaut Ron Garan who had just returned from a six month stint aboard the International Space Station the previous month.
This year’s mystery speaker is also someone who has achieved an extraordinary feat in the previous couple of months. He/she was part of Team GB’s squad for the London 2012 and is one of the few sportspeople to have achieved the distinction of winning a gold medal for Britain in these Olympics. The speaker had also recently battled a severe career threatening injury which almost ended his/her sporting career. The only other hint we will give you at this stage about his/her identity is that this Olympic Champion’s hometown is none other than our very own Manchester!
John Robb is the vocalist for the punk rock band ‘Goldblade’. Based in Manchester, he has also written several books on music and frequently appears as a journalist/commentator on documentary/light entertainment music shows.
Robb was inspired by the DIY ethic of punk to form Membranes in 1977, the band releasing several albums in the 1980s. In 1994 he formed Goldblade, who have released several albums including 2005′s Rebel Songs and 2008′s ‘Mutiny’ and single “City Of Christmas Ghosts” featuring Poly Styrene on shared vocals. Robb has appeared as a pundit on many television programmes including Channel 4′s “top 100″ shows, BBC’s I Love the 60s/70s/80s/90s series and Seven Ages of Rock, as well as offering expert pop culture opinion on several TV debate shows and both BBC and Channel 4 news. He has contributed to BBC 2′s The Culture Show as well as several appearances on TV documentaries, and he is also a regular on BBC radio commenting on pop culture. He has been a regular contributor to Sky’s The Pop Years and co-produced and presented a ten-part series on the history of punk rock.