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This event occurred on
September 5, 2014
9:00am - 5:00pm BST
(UTC +1hr)
Belfast, BFS
United Kingdom

TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. Our event is called TEDxStormont, where x = independently organised TED event. At our TEDxStormont event, TEDTalks video and live speakers will combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx programme, but individual TEDx events, including ours, are self-organised.

TEDxStormont is bringing together a range of exciting speakers to inspire you, as we believe passionately in the power of ideas to change attitudes, lives and ultimately the world.

Parliament Buildings
Belfast, BFS, BT4 3XX
United Kingdom
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Lord Alderdice

John Alderdice is an academic at Oxford University and until recently Chairman of the Liberal Democrats in the House of Lords. Formerly Alliance Leader and first Speaker of the Northern Ireland Assembly he applies psychoanalytical insights to addressing fundamentalism, radicalization and violent political conflict in various parts of the world. @AlderdiceLord

Seán Sherlock

Seán Sherlock TD is the Minister of State for Development, Trade Promotion and North South Co-operation. He previously served as Minister of State, Research & Innovation with the Department of Enterprise, Jobs & Innovation and Department of Education & Skills. He was first elected to represent Cork East in Dáil Éireann in May 2007. @seansherlocktd

Stephen Martin

Assistant Chief Constable Stephen Martin leads the Police Service Northern Ireland's Operational Support Department. With 28 years police service Stephen holds a Master's Degree in Business Administration, is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development and was awarded the Queen's Police Medal in the Birthday Honours list 2013. @PoliceServiceNI

Julie Freeman

Julie Freeman uses data to create kinetic sculptures, sound compositions and animations. Her artwork questions technology’s impact on how we connect to, and translate nature. She is a TED Senior Fellow and a doctoral student at QMUL. She leads the Data as Culture art programme at the Open Data Institute. @misslake

Jeffrey Donaldson

Jeffrey Donaldson MP has been the Democratic Unionist Member of Parliament for Lagan Valley since 1997. He leads his Party's negotiating team in the ongoing peace negotiations in Northern Ireland and has been a key player in the peace process for many years. Jeffrey is a member of the Privy Council which advises The Queen on matters of state. @J_Donaldson_MP

Julia Immonen

Julia comes from the world of sport and media and works for Sky Sports News. She is passionate about fighting modern day slavery and is the founder of Sport for Freedom, a UK based anti trafficking charity. Julia is an international speaker, author and has crossed the Atlantic Ocean, breaking two world records. @JuliaImmonen

Katharine Philippa

Katharine saw music as a means of communication from an early age: she sang in the pram to unsuspecting persons when out for a walk; she crawled to the piano upon hearing her mother play. Years later, graduating from Music at Queen’s University, Belfast and completing an organ scholarship developed her eclectic influences. @kphilippa

Beverley Beattie Allan Leonard

Beverley is a project manager at Caterpillar. Allan manages the Northern Ireland Foundation and works for a more cohesive society. After a severe stroke at the age of 40, Beverley relearned how to swallow, eat, speak and walk. Beverley and Allan campaign to improve outcomes for those who have had brain injuries. @MrUlster

Dave Gill

Dave Gill is a UK-based filmmaker, writer and adventureseeker. He recently took a year to cycle a 12,000 mile loop of North America, meeting a variety of people along the way, in search of answers about lifestyle choices, doubt, contentment and motivation. @dave_steepmedia

Fergus Cumiskey

Fergus established Contact as one of Ireland’s leading trauma recovery counselling providers, by pioneering the first independent schools counselling service for all NI post-primary schools and founding the Lifeline crisis counselling. He passionately believes no-one should die alone, in despair, by suicide. @contactni

Denise Watson

Denise Watson has worked as a Sports Journalist and broadcaster for 20 years. During that time the former Basketball player was recognised as CIPR Sports Journalist of the year and has worked for BBC Sport both in NI and in London. @SportyNeesy

Richard Wasson

Richard is passionate about assisting people to build a truly fulfilling and enjoyable career. He has recently founded which is designed to be a portal of support for people embarking on a Career Change or seeking more contentment in their current career. @RichardWasson

Rachel Wasson

Rachel has a passion for honest conversations, and recognises the precious and precarious nature of life. She supports families when an adult develops cancer and helps those at the end of life to tell their story. Originally from Somerset, living in Belfast, Rachel is also a foster carer and outdoor swimmer. @rachelsmithni

Dana Masters

Originally from South Carolina in the US, Dana Masters and her husband live in Lisburn with their three children. Dana is professional musician, passionate about family and community and loves living in Northern Ireland. Together with two great friends Dana and her husband started a new Lagan Valley Vineyard church. @danammasters

David Meade

David is a researcher and lecturer in international business with one of Ireland’s leading Universities, whose personal interests have always focused on aspects of popular psychology, consumer behaviour, and choice. His many successful BBC One TV projects have made him one of the most recognizable faces in the country. @DavidMeadeLive

Jillian Haslam

Born in the city of Calcutta to British parents, Jillian Haslam faced a bruising childhood of extreme poverty, malnutrition & disease. She lived through the deaths of four siblings from starvation and found success against impossible odds. Her story is in the process of being turned into a Hollywood film. @JillianHaslam

Jarek Zasadzinski

At the age of 28 Jarek became the youngest CEO in history of the Austrian, family owned Greiner Group, out of over 120 sites globally, as well as youngest Greiner Packaging International Board Member. Winner of the Young Business Personality of the Year Award. Creativity is his credo. @donjerrito

Bridgeen Rea

Bridgeen is a Mindfulness Teacher who studied at Bangor University, Wales and at Plum Village Practice Centre in France. Her inspiration to practice comes from her teacher Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh. She offers courses, classes and retreats of mindfulness across Northern Ireland. @bridjeen

Joris Minne

Joris Minne is a Belfast-based public relations consultant who grew up in Armagh. He says 15 years working in the US, Spain, France and England showed him that successful economies rely on an active cultural environment. This motivated him, on his return to Ireland, to become involved with the Belfast MAC. @jorisminne

Máirtín Ó Muilleoir

Máirtín Ó Muilleoir is a publisher, entrepreneur and civic leader who represents Sinn Féin on Belfast City Council. A tireless advocate for the new and resurgent Belfast, his latest project is The Homecoming, an invitation to the global Irish Diaspora to connect, engage and invest in Belfast. @newbelfast

John Sturrock

John Sturrock pioneers mediation and conflict strategy in business and professions in Scotland and elsewhere. John works with leaders, senior executives, top athletes and politicians. He is founder of Collaborative Scotland, promoting respectful dialogue in the Scottish independence referendum. @Coremediation

Seo Linn

Keith, Stiofán, Jenny, Daithí, Kevin, Conor and Cathal are multi instrumentalists with a mission playing modern trad with a large pop/dance influence meshing strong straight forward percussion beats and dance melodies with trad instruments. @SeoLinn

Organizing team


Belfast, United Kingdom
  • William Crawley
  • Jonny Elliott
    Event Manager
  • Chris Brown
    Marketing and PR
  • Sarah Fox
    Digital Marketing
  • Norah Anne Barron
    Production Manager