Meet the TED Fellows

The 400+ TED Fellows are making headlines in over 90 countries for their incredible work in all fields. They are building companies, sequencing rare diseases, exploring the stars, making music, saving lives, mapping political violence, and much much more. Here, you can connect with TED Fellows all over the world.

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Meet the TEDGlobal 2017 Fellows!

Nighat Dad (Pakistan)

Digital rights activist

Pakistani founder of the Digital Rights Foundation, a research and advocacy NGO that protects women and minorities from cyber harassment and defends their online freedom of expression.

Kyle DeCarlo (USA)

Policy influencer + healthcare entrepreneur

U.S. co-founder of the Deaf Health Initiative (DHI), an organization working to make healthcare Deaf-friendly through advocacy, policy changes, and the creation of new medical devices.

Abdigani Diriye (Somalia | UK)

Tech entrepreneur + inventor

Somali computer scientist catalyzing the tech-scene in Somalia and Somaliland through coding camps, incubators, and accelerator programs. An inventor and advocate for innovation and research in Africa.

Susan Emmett (USA)

Ear surgeon

U.S. public health expert and ear surgeon studying global hearing health disparities in 15 different countries and Indigenous groups around the world in an effort to fight preventable hearing loss.

Mennat El Ghalid (France | Egypt)


Egyptian microbiologist studying fungal infections in humans, in an effort to discover their causes and develop new treatments and co-founder of ConScience, a non-profit dedicated to science education.

Victoria Forster (UK | Canada)

Cancer researcher

UK scientist researching new treatments for pediatric cancer, drawing on her own experience with leukemia to investigate the devastating side effects of current therapies.

Mike Gil (USA)

Marine biologist + science advocate

U.S. marine biologist studying the way reef fish communicate and what these social interactions mean for the future of our coral reefs.

Robert Hakiza (DRC | Uganda)

Urban refugee expert

Congolese co-founder of the Young African Refugees for Integral Development (YARID) which empowers refugees and builds community through vocational education, English classes, access to sports and computer literacy skills.

Miho Janvier (France)

Solar storm scientist

French astrophysicist who works to predict "space weather" by studying the nature of solar flares and space storms, and how they impact planetary environments in our solar system and beyond.

Saran Kaba Jones (Liberia | USA)

Clean water advocate

Liberian founder and CEO of FACE Africa which strengthens water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) infrastructure in rural communities in Sub-Saharan Africa through the establishment of community-based WASH Committees and post-implementation support services.

Marc Bamuthi Joseph (USA)

Writer + performer

U.S. artist and curator investigating cultural erasure through performance, ranging from opera to dance theater.

Adong Judith (Uganda)

Director + playwright

Ugandan director and playwright creating theater that promotes social change and provokes dialogue on issues from LGBTQ rights to war crimes.

Yasin Kakande (Uganda)

Investigative journalist + author

Ugandan journalist working undercover in the Middle East to uncover the human rights abuses of migrant workers.

Katlego Kolanyane-Kesupile (Botswana)

Performance artist + activist

Writer, educator, and founder of the Queer Shorts Showcase Festival, Botswana's first and only LGBT themed theatre festival.

Romain Lacombe (France)

Clean air entrepreneur

French founder of Plume Labs, a company dedicated to raising awareness about global air pollution by creating a personal electronic pollution tracker that forecasts pollution levels in real time.

Kasiva Mutua (Kenya)


International touring percussionist working to elevate the place of the African woman in music. Her performance style integrates African traditional music with modern styles such as Jazz, Hip-hop, Reggae, and Zouk.

Carl Joshua Ncube (Zimbabwe)


Zimbabwean stand up comic who uses his creative work to approach culturally taboo topics on the African continent.

Wale Oyéjidé (Nigeria | USA)

Fashion designer + artist

Nigerian fashion designer and artist that uses textile and apparel design to convey stories about immigrant populations to the Western world.

Christian Rodriguez (Uruguay | Mexico)

Documentary photographer

Uruguayan photographer exploring global gender and identity issues with a specific focus on teenage pregnancy in Latin America.

Edsel Salvana (Philippines)

Molecular epidemiologist + activist

Filipino physician fighting the HIV epidemic by using cutting-edge molecular tools in order to predict which patients are likely to fail treatment.

Pratik Shah (India | USA)

Medical technology scientist

Indian scientist developing new artificial intelligence architectures - for antibiotic discovery, faster clinical trials and non-ionizing clinical imaging devices that might one day replace dental X-Rays.

2017 Senior Fellows

Laura Boykin

Computational biologist

Jedidah Isler

Astrophysicist + inclusion activist

Amanda Nguyen


Andrew Pelling

Scientist + biohacker

Sarah Sandman

Artist + designer

Parmesh Shahani

Writer + LGBTQ activist

Trevor Timm

Free speech + privacy advocate

E Roon Kang

Designer + artist

Prumsodun Ok

Interdisciplinary artist

Janet Iwasa

Molecular animator

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