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Theme: Changing the Conversation

This event occurred on
October 1, 2015
9:00am - 3:00pm CST
(UTC -6hrs)
Belmopan, Cayo

TEDxBelmopan will be hosted under the theme, Changing the Conversation, in an attempt to prompt discussion on issues affecting Belize and the world at large. As the world advances, and Belize with it, this generation is more aware of the importance of changing the conversation on how we perceive and do things. It is our hope that attendees will be inspired and moved to dig deeper into these issues and continue the discussions long after TEDxBelmopan.

University of Belize Central Campus
Hummingbird Avenue
Belmopan, Cayo, 00000
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Janelle Chanona

Vice President, Oceana Belize/Journalist
Janelle Chanona is Oceana’s country representative in the Caribbean nation of Belize. Oceana is the largest international ocean conservation and advocacy organization. Oceana works to protect and restore the world’s oceans through targeted policy campaigns. Janelle joined Oceana in January 2014. She has a master’s degree in Investigative Journalism. For more than 10 years, she worked in Belize as a broadcast journalist, anchor and news editor.

Kalilah Enriquez

News Anchor/Journalist
Kalilah Enriquez is a Belizean journalist, writer and poet. She now resides in Kingston, Jamaica where she is a specialist reporter at Nationwide News Network, and cohost of the popular news and current affairs programme, Nationwide This Morning. Kalilah has previously worked as news anchor and senior reporter for CEEN Caribbean News and CVM TV in Kingston, as well as news editor and cohost of the popular morning talk show “Wake Up Belize” on Krem Radio and TV in her native Belize. Kalilah is known as a journalist for her coverage of the 2010 incursion by the Jamaican security forces into Tivoli Gardens in search of then-fugitive, Christopher “Dudus” Coke, and more recently for her investigative work in exposing the Jamaican government’s lack of due diligence into two shady companies proposing a US$5billion investment project. She is also producer and writer of the critically-acclaimed documentaries, “Street Boys of Jamaica” (2011), “Man a Gallis: Jamaican Dancehall and HIV/AIDS”.

Lisa Shoman

Lisa M. Shoman is a Jewelizean, Advocate, Human Rights Defender and Lawyer. She is also a former Foreign Minister of Belize, Senator and a Feminist. She loves a challenge, rice and beans, and jazz. She is bi-lingual and sometimes tri-lingual and a “bembe” in the finest Belizean tradition.

Tony Rath

Editorial and Commercial Photographer
Tony Rath is a well published editorial and commercial photographer based along the shore of the Caribbean Sea in the picturesque village of Dangriga, Belize. He was born somewhere, and then grew up. Along the way he canoed the Quetico, flew gliders in the USAF, became a marine biologist; worked as a technician, diver and underwater photographer for the Smithsonian Institution; worked underwater on oil rigs, missile launch sites and submersibles off the California Coast; captained a sailboat across the Atlantic Ocean (twice) and through the Mediterranean and North Seas, commercial fished north of the Arctic Circle, lived in different cities and worked with different famous and important people.

Yasser Musa

Yasser is an artist, activist, promoter, poet, publisher and teacher. His visual art beginning came in August 1992 with Minus 8 a multi-media collaboration with Ivan Duran. Held at the then Bliss Institute Minus 8 directly questioned the traditional consensus of art pressing for a new understanding of the media and technological visual landscape. Musa founded the Image Factory Art Foundation in June 1995, an artist based institution dedicated to the documentation, promotion, publication, and exhibition of art and culture in Belize.

Organizing team


Belmopan, Belize


Gainesville , FL, United States
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