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October 8, 2016
10:00am - 8:00pm +01
(UTC +1hr)
Marrakech, Marrakech-Medina

The fifth edition of TEDxMarrakesh will take place on Saturday October 8 2016 at Es Saadi Palace. This year TEDxMarrakesh will be bolder and bigger than ever with the theme COEXISTENCE OR NO EXISTENCE!?.
There will be inspirational speakers focusing on this highly important topic and looking at it from different angles like religion, politics, nature, fashion, food etc. Stay tuned for continued updates on our speakers and other information.

Derb Moulay Abdullah Ben Hezzian 2
Marrakech, Marrakech-Medina, 40000
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Faty S. Project

Faty.S Project is the result of the meeting of singer Fatima Zahra Sedkane (Morocco), and pianist/arranger Daniel Eastcott (Canada). In 2015 they found themselves in Marrakech, a city of exchanges and cultural abundance, and began reinterpreting popular songs. This gave them the opportunity to perform all over the country, all the while refining their original compositions for the Faty.S Project. This mix of cultures and influences (Jazz, Soul, Arabic, Electro, and Pop) gave birth to their Soul/World sound, which you can listen for on their upcoming releases. Facebook Page :

Abdelhamid Bousaadi

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Alaa Zouiten

Alaa Zouiten is a Moroccan Musician and composer

Alice Morrison

Alice Morrison, 52, is a Scottish Adventurer, based in Morocco. She was brought up in Africa in the foothills of the Mountains of the Moon & there got her 1st taste of adventure. She studied Arabic & Turkish at Edinburgh University which has led to a long love affair with the Middle East where she has traveled & lived extensively. A thirst for knowledge & understanding led to a career in journalism & the creative industries in publishing, TV & the internet including a long spell at BBC News. New things & a desire to live life to its very fullest drive her. She has undertaken a number of adventures including racing from Cairo to Cape Town on a bicycle, running the infamous Marathon Des Sables &, most recently, completing a World First crossing of the Atlas mountains in Morocco. “When you are doing something really physically & mentally tough,” she says, “nothing matters except working together to achieve your goal. You get to see human beings at their best.”

Frank Sonder

As an experienced entrepreneur, speaker, and business consultant, Frank focuses on human-computer interaction and the impact of digitalization on our society. He is the founder, CEO and creative mind of foresee, a company developing interactive solutions at the intersection of humans, design, and technology. Being an independent consultant and facilitator, Frank empowers international clients to innovate and meet the challenges of our time. He is passionate about technology but distrusts the hype as well as the speech bubbles of modern business. Partnering at different research projects, he supports the Swiss think tank W.I.R.E. as a member of the board and the Convention Camp Conference as Creative Director. In his talks and articles in well-known magazines and books he outlines future innovations and visions, learnings from the past and a realistic picture of the present state of human-computer interaction.

Gary Martin

Global Diversity Foundation

Hindi Zahra

Primarily known to the world as a singer-songwriter, Hindi Zahra is also a painter & a self-taught multi-instrumentalist who was nurtured by various musical genres from her artistic family in the Souss-region of Morocco. By virtue of her nomadic origins, she carries her Tuareg & Amazigh roots with the ability to transpose these onto the international platform, to introduce the world to a rich Moroccan heritage. Her incorporation of musical styles from all over the world (Brazil, Spain, the Sahara, Cape Verde, Portuguese Fado, the Iranian desert & gnawa music) is drawn from her quest to find links that bind together people of different backgrounds through music. After the release of her 1st album "Handmade" in 2010, Zahra went on tour for 3 years to meet her heterogeneous audience. 6 years later & after much musical research she is again on tour for her 2nd album "Homeland". Both records received much praise, having earned her a "Prix Constantin" & a "Victoires de la Musique" awards."

Imad Morchid


Jochen Wermuth

Jochen Wermuth is a member of the steering committee of the peer­‐to­‐peer investor networks “Europeans for Divest-­‐Invest” & “100% Impact Network“. He is also Founding Partner & Chief Investment Officer of Wermuth Asset Management GmbH (WAM) and the principal of the Wermuth family office. WAM is a BaFin regulated investment adviser, committed to alternative and sustainable investments with a positive impact on the environment and fighting corruption. Founded in 1999, it has launched and advised investment funds with peak assets in excess of $1bn. The current flagship fund, the Green Gateway Fund 2, invests Euro 5-­‐30m of equity in German and other EU firms in the resource efficiency and renewable energy space & helps them to grow internationally. Previously, Jochen was a Director at Deutsche Bank London & an EU-­‐TACIS & World Bank-­‐financed Head of the Economic Expert Group at the Russian Ministry of Finance. Born in 1969; studied at Brown & Oxford in Mathematics and Economics.

Kenza Mouahidi

Kenza Mouahidi is a dance instructor and choreographer. She is the founder of the dance school just dance. She started ballet at the age of 4 at Babeth in Marrakesh and Modern-Jazz at the age of 12 with Cino Bradley Miller. She has integrated the dance company TREK founded by Cino Bradley Miller in 1997 at the age of 14. This company represented Morroco for the Montpellier Dance Festival in 1997. She moved to paris in 2000 where she discovered bellydance, african and afro-brazilian dance ; and experienced bollywood workshops at Paris and Amsterdam. She founded JUST DANCE in 2013, « a place where people will be happy to learn dance and share love and passion » She is been presenting annual shows of the the school, and presenting shows for non proft organizations Since then, Kenza participated and gave training in many events and festivals around the world.

Kerstin Plehwe

Kerstin Plehwe is a best-selling author, passionate philanthropist and inspirational keynote speaker on excellence, change and the need for new leadership. Kerstin has written eight books and reported on several USA presidential elections. She was the frst German to win the prestigious Pollie Award from the American Association of Political Consultants and the frst female president of the German DMA. As a travel- and business-enthusiast she has lived and worked in many parts of the world including South Africa, Japan and the USA. More information:

Maha Alouani-Bibi

Having recently completed her Bachelor’s degree in International Relations at Queen Mary University of London, Maha currently acts as the manager of the Heritage Museum in Marrakesh, which fostered in her an insatiable curiosity for Moroccan history and its tribal ethnography. A born and bred native of Marrakesh, she has always been exposed to different cultures, both in her international elementary school in Morocco and when she lived in the UK. Her interest in global affairs and cultural anthropology are therefore a natural consequence of her upbringing. She is also interested in the politics of contemporary conflicts in East Africa and the Horn, dabbles in several languages and is widely passionate about music from Mali. Maha is learning the Tifnagh alphabet and is also in the process of writing a book on 18th century Andalusian embroidery.

Meryanne Loum-Martin

Jnane Tamsna

Najat Kaanache

Najat Kaanache was born in San Sebastian to Moroccan parents & has enjoyed successful careers as a television actress & professional chef in 3-star Michelin restaurants across three countries. She was part of the legendary kitchen team at El Bulli through its historic closing in 2011. Earlier this year she was the opening chef of SALT restaurant in Marrakesh. Najat is the host of AMC Network’s highest rated new cooking series in Spain, “Cocina Marroqui” as well as a new food & travel series, “Ruta Najat”, currently in production in Mexico. She has been prominently featured as CNN’s Woman of the Week & in publications like Vogue Magazine, Wall Street Journal, Milenio, El Universal, Maghreb Arabe Presse, Huffngton Post & LA Weekly. A tireless advocate for women’s rights, She strives to inspire women of all ages to achieve their dreams. She is the founder of “Six Ingredients”, a global solutions-based organization to overcome challenges by utilizing six main ingredients.

Tina Meier

Tina Meier started as auditor & as Business Coach before he made her live´s dream come true finishing Rally Dakar on a motorbike. Rally Dakar is the worlds hardest marathon offroad rally. In her third attempt Tina Meiercompleted 2010 her dream as one of three women in this male dominated adventure. Her motto „Complaining is silly – either act or forget” made the difference. With strong commitment, endurance & a big improvisation talent she followed her vision. she inspires her audience to follow the call of their passion & extend their comfort zone on the way through In her motivational talks, lectures, workshops & trainings to discover their own success-factors to experience their own success-stories with the help of storytelling. She talks about her experiences in a multi-cultural-team, how she overcame obstacles, deal with defeats & how she motivated herself to continue her way. •

Vanessa Branson

Vanessa Branson is a champion of global cultural and ecological initiatives. As President and Founder of the Marrakech Biennale she is responsible for North Africa’s only trilingual arts festival, comprising visual art, literature and film programs featuring acclaimed international and Moroccan artists. Prior to this, she was co-founding curator with Prue O'Day of the Wonderful Fund Collection. She also established and co-directed the Portobello Arts Festival (1987-1989). She founded the Vanessa Devereux Gallery (1986-1991) in London. In 2002, along with her business partner Howell James CBE, she developed an ancient crumbling palace in the centre of Marrakech into a beautiful boutique hotel - El Fenn. She also co-owns and runs Eilean Shona, a tidal island on the west coast of Scotland. She is a trustee of the British Moroccan Society and Virgin Unite, and on the board of trustees of Global Diversity Foundation.

Organizing team


Berlin, Germany


Marrakech, Morocco
  • Abdelhamid Bousaadi