TED Senior Fellow Yana Buhrer Tavanier explores human rights innovation at the intersection of activism, art, tech and science — and its potential to instigate change.

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Yana Buhrer Tavanier is the cofounder and executive director of Fine Acts, a global nonprofit creative studio for social impact. As a creative activist and a social entrepreneur with a background in investigative journalism, she explores human rights innovation at the intersections of activism, art, tech and behavioural science.


Yana is also cofounder of TimeHeroes.org, the largest volunteer platform in Bulgaria. She has a BA in communication and MA in political science from Sofia University, along with executive education at Harvard University, Yale University, Oxford University, and NTU-Singapore. She is a Fulbright Scholar, a WEF Young Global Leader, a fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, and was named one of 50 people who will change the world in WIRED's Smart List 2012.

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