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Theme: Empathy for change

This event occurred on
May 18, 2013
11:30am - 7:00pm EEST
(UTC +3hrs)
Istanbul, 34

About TEDxModa

The choice of the theme of TEDxModa "Empathy For Change" happened in a moment of inspiration.

There is an increased feeling amongst many world thinkers that for a change to happen we need to re-think a society based on respect for human community.Empathy offers an alternative vision that can be applied in education/design/business and many other areas-for a hope to re-shape a society that understands the "other".

Our great speakers are all working towards and passionate about a common goal: making a positive change in their specific fields and communities.

Kadir Has University Auditorium
Istanbul, 34
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Matthias Scheffelmeier

country director at Ashoka in Europe, responsible for Turkey. He elects social entrepreneurs as Ashoka Fellows, provides them with living stipends, professional support, and access to a global network of peers in more than 70 countries. BMW Foundation Young Leader and winner of the 2011 BMW Foundation Young Leader Award and "best thesis in communication science" SIEMENS, owner and advisor at pocketvillage.

Ergem Senyuva

A pro bono speaker for Al Gore’s Climate Reality Project, she raises awareness on how to tackle climate crisis. Founder of, Turkey’s first green directory and sustainable living portal in 2011. A partner in an incentive driven recycling solutions business, she constantly looks for means to galvanize people to make smart choices for themselves and the planet. As a mother of two girls, she believes we owe them a solution rather than an apology to make earth livable for them.

Melek Pulatkonak

Curator of Turkishwin.currently works in Emerging Business Team at Microsoft in Istanbul. Before that Melek was the President & COO of Hakia, a semantic search technology company and Advisor to the Chairman of the Istanbul Stock Exchange and a Research Associate at the New York Stock Exchange.In her play time, Melek organizes TEDx events.

Maaher Sayeed

a nomad,a self published writer/blogger and a motivational speaker and Marketing and Sales professional. living in Canada and married to a Turkish lady.He was also one of the first individuals to solve one of inventor Erno Rubik’s Clock puzzle as a teen in record time.

Genco Gülan

conceptual artist with an interest in new media and performance art. studied Political Science and Art at Bogazici University then an MA degree on Media Studies at New School, New York. He got prizes from BP, New School, Lions and E.M.A.F.He made solo shows in Istanbul, Berlin, New York, Seoul and Zagreb. His works are presented in museums around the world such as Centre Pompidou, Pera,Rio and La Triennale di Milano.Genco Gülan’s book "De-Constructing the Digital Revolution" is published by LAP .He is also the founder of iS.CaM and the Web Biennial.

Tara Chantal Hopkins

After initiating and directing the Civic Involvement Projects of Sabanci University, and having been the first country representative for Ashoka in Turkey, Tara realized it was time to, work at a more local level and she established çöp(m)adam, the garbage ladies, combining opportunities for women, raising environmental awareness and having fun in the process.

Ercan Tutal

Twice Olympic Torch Carrier, winner of NTV / Nameless Hero of the Year and " Fark Yaratanlar ",He used his love of the sea to demonstrate that an Alternative World, free of barriers for people with disabilities, was possible. He’s the founder and chairman of AYDER.Ercan has taken around 2000 people with disabilities to discover diving through the project “Diving is Freedom” an UnderWater documentary about diving with disabled in the Red Sea. founder of‘Alternative Camp’ and Dreams Academy with the Social Inclusion Band,Dreams Dance Company and Dreams Kitchen.

Paolo Martino

an Italian Report,videomaker and author.He deals with issues related to migration, minorities and refugees. In the last few years he has been living in the Middle East, travelling between Lebanon, Turkey, Syria and Jordan.2010 he walked on the path of the Afghan refugees from Eastern Turkey to Rome. His reportage «Mussa Khan, the rebel Afghan» won the European Commission award “Together against discrmination”.his movie "Just about my fingers" described the plight of asylum seekers stranded in Greece.

Eser Selen

Eser is an asst professor at Kadir Has University and a visual artist whose work encompasses performance art, installation and video. She has exhibited, presented, and performed nationally and internationally with exhibitions, performances, and seminars at galleries and museums.

Richard Mitchell

a 56 year old father and grandfather with a zest for life and adventure he is embarking on a fully self funded adventure, riding his fully customized Honda Africa twin, nicknamed “Desert Rose” from Dubai to home in Fowey, in Cornwall, United Kingdom, across 30 countries over 90 days, beginning in early April 2013”.

Sean BW Parker

British expat musician and writer in Istanbul.He overcame his lifelong stammer and has released 3 original albums, 1 compilation album and EP, appeared in 6 short films, had 3 poems published, and played over 150 shows on stage, television and radio.

TakaTuka Band

Takatuka is a band formed of six conservatory-trained and self-taught musicians with Umut Dorudemir at the vocals but with no traditional lead. The band's name, TakaTuka, could be translated into "blah blah blah" in English. The band's dream is to form a music caravan, a sort of traveling musical circus, and play in far-flung parts of the world.

Performers: Priya Guns,Hakim Benyouref and Theo Fawell

Performance by singer songwriter Priya Guns with Hakim Benyouref(Guitar) and Theo Fawell(Bass) Priya Guns was born in Sri Lanka but due to a civil war her and her family immigrated to Toronto.Through life's struggle and trials she uses poetry, music and capoeira to express herself artistically. Hakim Benyouref was born in Morocco in 1988. he got his bachelor, and then he chose to move to Turkey to teach English. he formed his own heavy metal band Ephemeral Promise and played concerts and festivals for 10 years.

Performers: Damoon and Maestro

Damoon is an Iranian violin player and painter.

Organizing team


Casablanca, Morocco
  • Omer Öztürk
    Video Editor
  • Anna Ivankina Kosali
  • Frank Payne
  • Ilknur Aka
  • Joshua Sterrett
  • Sean Monterastelli
  • Alexis Harvey