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This event occurred on
May 11, 2013
9:00am - 1:00pm GST
(UTC +4hrs)
United Arab Emirates

TEDxAjman is oriented at presenting inspiring speeches and introducing new ideas that have the power to change the world or that could make a difference in our lives.

We feature unique talks by live speakers and great performances combined with TEDTalks videos to spark deep conversations and connections between the attendees of TEDxAjman. TEDxAjman Pushing Boundaries will take place on April 23rd at Ajman TV Studios from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm.

This independent TEDx event is operated under license from TED.

Ajman National Cultural Center
Ajman, 423
United Arab Emirates
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Humaid Al Ajmani

A researcher on the field of business transformation and emotional intelligence, holding Masters of Science in systems management from the American university of Sharjah with professional project management practice (PMP). Leading Business Transformation Programs, inspired by lean management theories. Brief about the talk: Secrets of successful business transformation, the importance of mindset change in any transformation and a direct lens on customer centricity.

Umaimah Mendhro

Umaimah Mendhro is the Managing Director at West, a multidisciplinary creative collective that helps the world's most disruptive companies grow. Umaimah heads up business and product strategy as well as the early-stage ventures unit for the firm. Prior to West, Umaimah headed up strategy for Microsoft's incubation efforts, specifically in the consumer, mobile, and entertainment space. Umaimah is also the founder and chair of thedreamfly.org, a global initiative that strives to create human connections across communities in conflict through the power of education, exposure, and empowerment for a better, unified future. dreamfly has operations in Pakistan, Afghanistan, India, and Rwanda – touching over 5,000 lives. Umaimah has an MBA from Harvard Business School, where she was a Baker Scholar, and BSc from Cornell University in Human Development with Computer Science coursework. Umaimah lives in San Francisco, CA, with her husband and 3 year old daughter.

Warren Macdonald

Warren Macdonald’s life’s boundaries were redefined in April 1997 with his accident on North Queensland’s (Australia) Hinchinbrook Island. Climbing to the Island’s tallest peak, he became trapped beneath a one-ton slab boulder in a freak rock fall. Two days later he was rescued, only to undergo the amputation of both legs at mid thigh. Just ten months later, he climbed Tasmania’s Cradle Mountain using a modified wheelchair and the seat of his pants. In February 2003, he became the first double above-knee amputee to reach the summit of Africa’s tallest peak, Mt Kilimanjaro (19,222ft), and more recently, in a spectacular effort requiring more than 2,800 pull-ups over 4 days, created history once again in an ascent of America's tallest cliff face, El Capitan. He is also the only above knee amputee to make an ascent of Canada’s landmark frozen waterfall, the 600 ft “Weeping Wall” in Alberta. Warren’s first book, “A Test of Will” is an Australian bestseller and the subject of the “Trapped under a Boulder” episode of the Discovery Channel series “I Shouldn’t Be Alive”. His film documenting the epic four-week journey to Federation Peak, Australia most challenging mountain summit, “The Second Step”, has been acclaimed worldwide, screening on National Geographic Television and winning eight international awards including Grand Prize at the prestigious “Banff Mountain Film Festival”. Warren has appeared on numerous news and current affairs programs, including “Larry King Live”, “The Oprah Winfrey Show”, and “The Hour” with George Stroumboulopoulos. He has written articles for “CNN World Edition” (WWW), “Australian Geographic”, “Speaking of Impact” and “Professional Speaker”. He lives in Canmore, Alberta with his partner Margo Talbot.

Dr. Malek Yamani

Majored in Electrical Engineering, Business, Linguistics, Psychology and Futuristic Studies. He taught in Institutions such as Stanford University, University of San Francisco and Sonoma State University. He worked in companies such as Toshiba, Nokia, Canon and Cisco. For the last 20 years, Dr. Yamani’s focus has been mainly on business leadership building and execution, business development and corporate strategies design and implementations. He’s also been active in training, coaching, mentoring and counseling for a number of CEOs and team executives from various corporate, education, and non-profit organizations mainly in the United States, Europe and the Middle East. Dr. Malek is also a writer, a lecturer and a frequent TV guest at many TV Stations. About the Talk: Year after year, true and organic leaders are becoming fewer and fewer. As a consequence, our professional, social, political and economic challenges are expanding more and more, conflicts are spreading all around and organizations are missing their targets. It’s all about organic leadership. So, what is organic leadership? How to preserve the sanctity of leadership and how to grow future leaders organically? That will be the focus of our talk on “Future Leadership: An Organic Approach”.

Organizing team


Ajman, United Arab Emirates


Dubai, United Arab Emirates
  • Talal Abdulla Murad
    Co - organizer
  • Ali Obaid Almuhairi
    IT Specialist