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 TED2017 Fellows!

Karim Abouelnaga (USA)

Education entrepreneur

Founder and CEO of Practice Makes Perfect, a summer school operator, which addresses the summer learning loss in low income communities by connecting younger students with mentors from their neighborhood for leadership development, academic instruction and career training.

Christopher Ategeka (Uganda + USA)

Healthcare entrepreneur

Ugandan founder of Health Access Corps, which is addressing the uneven distribution of health professionals across the African continent by compensating and supporting trained healthcare professionals to stay and serve their local communities.

Diego Bohorquez (Ecuador + USA)

Gut-brain neurobiologist

Ecuadorian neuroscientist studying the neural pathways linking the brain and the gut, and how these connections affect human behavior and disease, from Parkinson's to autism.

Rebecca Brachman (USA)

Neuroscientist + entrepreneur

Neuroscientist studying how the brain, immune system, and stress interact and co-founder of a biotech startup working to develop the first prophylactic drugs to prevent mental illness and increase resilience to stress.

Kayla Briët (Prairie Band Potawatomi Nation + USA)

Filmmaker + composer

Mixed-cultural artist infusing her Neshnaabe, Chinese, and Dutch-Indonesian heritage in multiple mediums of storytelling: film, virtual reality, and music – from orchestral to electronic.

Armando Azua-Bustos (Chile)


Chilean astrobiologist studying how microbial life has adapted to survive in the Atacama Desert, the driest place on Earth, and what this means for our search for life on Mars.

Reid Davenport (USA)

Documentary filmmaker

Documentary filmmaker focused on telling stories about people with disabilities, incorporating the physicality of his own disability into his craft.

Damon Davis (USA)

Interdisciplinary artist

Musician, visual artist and filmmaker working at the intersection of art and activism, exploring the experience of contemporary Black Americans. His documentary Whose Streets tells the story of the 2014 protests in Ferguson, Missouri from the perspective of those who lived it.

Matilda Ho (China)

Food entrepreneur + investor

Chinese founder of Bits x Bites, China’s first food tech-focused accelerator VC that invests in startups solving systematic food challenges. She also founded Yimishiji, a farm-to-door e-commerce grocery platform.

Wanuri Kahiu (Kenya)


Kenyan Afro-futurist filmmaker using the science fiction and fantasy genres to tell modern African stories.

Mei Lin Neo (Singapore)

Marine biologist

Singaporean marine ecologist and conservationist studying the endangered giant clams of the Indo-Pacific, and promoting ways to protect these rare marine species from going extinct.

Lauren Sallan (USA)


Paleobiologist using the vast fossil record as a deep time database to explore how global events, environmental change and ecological interactions affect long-term evolution. She is particularly interested in what past mass extinctions of fish can tell us about modern climate change.

Anjan Sundaram (India)

Author + Investigative journalist

Author and investigative journalist reporting on 21st century dictatorship, forgotten conflicts and discrimination around the world – from the Democratic Republic of Congo to Rwanda and India.

Stanford Thompson (USA)

Trumpeter + music educator

Trumpeter who has performed with many major American orchestras and CEO of Play on Philly, a music education and social development program that engages underserved Philadelphia youth in ensemble music-making.

Elizabeth Wayne (USA)

Biomedical engineer + STEM advocate

Biomedical engineer working to enhance the ability of immune cells to deliver genetic material to tumors and co-host of PhDivas, a podcast about women in higher education.

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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