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Theme: New Horizons

This event occurred on
May 3, 2016
6:00pm - 9:00pm CEST
(UTC +2hrs)
Geneva, Genève (fr)

While exploring new horizons towards sustainable development, it’s in our common interest to leave no one behind. Visionary speakers will share ideas worth spreading, harnessing transformational Technologies, inspiring Entertainment concepts and ground-breaking Design (the TED spirit) – to help realize the dream of a fully inclusive society.
This independently organized TEDx Geneva event, supported by ITU, WSIS partners and, opens our eyes to tomorrow’s potential.

CICG - Centre International de Conférences Genève
Rue Varembé 17
Geneva, Genève (fr), 1211
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Alexandre Cellier

Musician, performer and composer
Alexandre Cellier is son and father of inspiring world musicians. Over the last 3 decades, by playing in out-of-the box environments worldwide, he developed a unique way of composing and interpretating music. His multi-talented shows open our minds and ears to new sounds, instruments and stories. He performed as well in circuses, theaters, festival, streets and governmental meetings. With his creations, he demonstrates how much music is a world within itself, as Stevie Wonder says.

Anne Collier

Journalist and youth advocate
A journalist and youth advocate, Anne Collier has been writing about youth and technology since 1997. A year ago she felt the need to write less and do more – to turn all that she'd learned from serving on three national task forces on Internet safety, following research on the subject as it emerged, and her long-standing advisory work with social media companies into practical help for schools. So this school year, she's piloting the U.S.'s first Internet helpline for schools,, part of a new nonprofit organization she founded with the creators of #iCANHELP, The Net Safety Collaborative. The Collaborative aims to reduce school problems involving social media, increase trust and collaboration and grow digital literacy and student leadership. Collier blogs at

Bibi Bleekemolen

Impact development at Fairphone
After completing her Master's degrees in International Relations and Investigative Journalism, Bibi Bleekemolen worked to stimulate public debate on business ethics and sustainable development. In 2011, she met Fairphone founder Bas van Abel and together they travelled to the DR Congo as part of a campaign to raise awareness for conflict minerals, using a mobile phone as a storytelling object. Since the inception of social enterprise Fairphone in 2013, Bibi has been responsible for impact and public engagement - creating a market for ethical consumption in the electronics industry.

Bruce Wooden

Developer & Community Relations at AltspaceVR
Bruce Wooden is Head of Developer Relations at AltspaceVR, a virtual reality interactive communications platform and leader in the Social VR space. Known in VR circles as Cymatic Bruce, he has been an active industry evangelist since 2013, has participated in more than 700 VR experiences, and accrued millions of views on video and live-streamed content. Bruce co-founded Silicon Valley Virtual Reality (SVVR) in May 2013, a meetup group which has grown to 3,000 members and hosts an annual conference. He hosted a regular show on VR experiences (SundayVR), and frequently speaks at industry events.

Kaspar Korjus

e-Residency Program Director in Estonia
Kaspar Korjus is the Managing Director of e-Residency in the Government of Estonia. Kaspar started to run the programme while being 26 years old and today leads a team of eight that is working to build a digital society of 10 million e-Estonians by 2025. Since beginning, the programme has been seen as a successful government startup, in 2015 Kaspar also being listed as #1 on the Forbes Estonia’s 30 Under 30 in Technology and Finance list. Kaspar is fascinated by the idea of disrupting the governments to become service providers like any other company.

Susan Steed

Economist and researcher
Susan is a former economist who is interested in the sources of inequality, debt, power and the financial system. In 2009 she co-founded the Brixton Pound and she was chair of the board of directors until 2015. She is currently finishing a PhD in economics and trying to become a stand up comedian. She is interested in opening up debate around economics and is part of a team that lead walking tours about finance and politics in the City of London.

Tawfik Jelassi

Professor of Strategy and Technology Management
Tawfik Jelassi is Professor of Strategy and Technology Management at IMD Business School in Lausanne. In 2014-2015, he was Minister of Higher Education, Scientific Research, and ICT in the transition Government of Tunisia. Between 2000 to 2013, he was Professor and Dean at Ecole Nationale des Ponts et Chaussées in Paris. He was also Chairman of the Board of Directors of Ooredoo Tunisia, the leading mobile telecom operator in the country. In the 1990s, he was Associate Professor and Chairman of the Technology Management Department at INSEAD in Fontainebleau. Dr. Jelassi earned his Ph.D. doctorate from the Stern School of Business at New York University. His research focuses on digital business transformation and leadership in turbulent times. He published numerous books and research articles, and taught extensively on MBA and executive education programs around the world. He was granted several research and teaching awards and two presidential decorations.

Organizing team


Grandvaux, Switzerland


Geneva, Switzerland
  • Matteo Mazzeri