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Theme: Positive Disruption

Lausanne, Switzerland
April 3rd, 2013

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About this event

TEDxLausanneChange will share ideas that challenge the status quo, as disruption can shed a unique light on difficult issues and treating it in a positive way will allow us to solve problems regarding global health and development. The speakers will challenge preconceived ideas, spark discussion, engage leaders and shed light on new perspectives.

The event will include three local speakers who were chosen for their personal involvement in the initiatives they will speak about, which focus on development of potential, the personal contributions that we can make to society, as well as environment and health.

The event also includes a live feed to the TEDxChange 2013 event in Seattle, Washington with seven more speakers, as hosted by Melinda Gates. The event will be followed by an apéro buffet.

Confirmed Speakers

  • Katrin Muff
    Dr. Katrin Muff is Dean of Business School Lausanne, and one of the visionaries behind the 50plus20 initiative. Inspired by the Rio+20 focus on the big issues of our time, a group of engaged stakeholders decided to do the same for management education, proposing a radical revision of the role of management education in society at large. Known as 50plus20, this initiative has shown remarkable results and continues to evolve and influence leadership for the common good. As one of the founders, Katrin Muff shares her story of positive disruption and the spirit of ‘just getting started’. For more information about the 50plus20 initiative, visit::
  • Manu Jindal
    Manu Jindal is a sustainability consultant at NestléNespresso. He completed his MBA at IMD Business School in Lausanne, Switzerland in 2012. Manu is the winner of IMD’s Social Responsibility scholarship. Perplexed by the enormity of the education challenge in India, and conscious of the transformative power of education, Manu Jindal shares his two-year experience as a primary grade teacher in a low income community school in India. The experience proved to be a self-transforming journey for him, as he set out to bring positive change to the lives of the 48 students in his classroom. For Manu, change starts from within. He firmly believes that one should define and redefine for oneself what the real meaning of ‘sacrifice’ and ‘success’ are in the context of making change … one life at a time.
  • Pierre Calleja
    Pierre Calleja is a French biologist and aquaculture pioneer who has dedicated over 20 years of research to microalgae. These microscopic unicellular plants are of huge importance for our planet as they absorb large amounts of CO2 and produce roughly half of our atmosphere’s oxygen. Using bioluminescent algae, Pierre Calleja has a prototype of a lamp that absorbs CO2 and that emits light. Maybe in the future these will be used to illuminate our street and parks and homes.

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Venue and Details

IMD, Moeller auditorium
Ch. de Bellerive 23
Lausanne, 1001

Event Type (what is this?) TEDxChange Simulcast (TEDxLive)

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Diora Suleymanova
Geneva, Switzerland

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