Ambre (12th grade), whose roots are from Canada and France, moved from Switzerland to Prague less than three years ago. In addition to her passion for philosophy and natural science, Ambre has become one of the most active members of the robotics club at the International School of Prague. The ISP student team she was part of achieved outstanding results in the European regional competition and advanced to the world championships in the US in the spring of 2016.
Originally from Ontario, Canada, Bethany began farming when she moved from the northern Canadian territory of Yukon to the Czech Republic with her husband, Vasek Travnicek, in 2012. Bethany and Vasek appeared in a national documentary television series, shot live on location for two years in the Czech mountains. During that time, they learned the foundation skills of farming first-hand. With a Masters in Leadership and over 12 years’ experience facilitating youth based programs, and with personal interests in farming, heritage crafts and sustainable living, running an outdoor experiential learning centre is now Bethany’s way of life. She and her husband are raising their two children, and educating students of all ages, on their family farm south of Prague. (Learn more at www.terrafarma.cz)
Emma Bieber is a British-American high school student at the International School of Prague. She has lived in Romania and Venezuela, but has spent the past eight years in the Czech Republic. In addition to her work as a poet, Emma is an accomplished visual artist. The background artwork for her TEDx talk is an original creation she selected for this event.
Jeremy Chapman has lived in the UK, Lebanon and the Czech Republic. He has taught IB music and band, and currently teaches vocal music in the Middle School at the International School of Prague. He also plays the flute and saxophone, and has performed far and wide in a wide range of styles. He recently recorded an album of original jazz compositions.
Kate Karafotas has American and German heritage, and has lived in many different countries, including the UK, Italy and the Czech Republic. Kate’s TEDx talk was inspired by her brother and her study of psychology.
Mariam moved from her native Armenia and joined the International School of Prague's high school in 2015. Already fluent in Armenian and Russian, she quickly developed skills in English. Her curiosity about translation was sparked when she began reading and comparing fiction in several languages.
Sean Clifton is director of Jestico + Whiles’ Prague office. He has completed numerous architecture, masterplanning and interior design commissions across Europe, Asia, Africa and the Middle East. Sean has a particular passion for site specific and sustainable design, and is responsible for a number of ground breaking projects, including a bare-foot luxury hotel resort in Zanzibar, Tanzania, a cinema complex in Lahore, Pakistan, and several residential masterplans and residences in the Czech Republic.
Sophia Lobkowicz is a high school student with US roots who was born and raised in Prague. Her family heritage includes relatives whose lives were disrupted by tumultuous international events in the last century.
Toby is a high school student with Czech and British roots. He has been intensely involved in rowing and acting for several years, and continues to pursue the dramatic arts both in and out of school. He discovered he has ADHD only two years before this talk.
Vicky Schdeva was born into a cross-cultural, visible-minority family and has lived in Prague for most of her life. Almost every day she navigates the multicultural, multilingual worlds of her home and her school community, and the historically more monocultural society of the Czech Republic.
Victor Blagoev is an up-and-coming young bassist, already playing professionally part-time. He's been awarded a scholarship to the Berklee Five Week Program at the prestigious Berklee College of Music in Boston.