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Theme: Inspire. Change.

This event occurred on
November 25, 2017
3:00pm - 9:00pm CET
(UTC +1hr)
Berlin, Berlin

As you would have seen while walking through the streets and boarding the U-Bahn, Berlin has a special blood of its own. Coloured with exciting cultures, dazzled with unknown beauties, fresh with unique fashion, Berlin breathes new and thrives to make a difference. Berlin makes great ideas accessible and we at Humboldt want to spark such ideas with conversations.

Thinking different through conversations is the backbone of our event. TEDxHUBerlin will bring you a powerful convergence among 3 fields: technology, economics and design.
We have many passionate speakers for you, who have seen and been part of a radical change. Who also aim to plant their inspiring ideas into your thoughts. They range from medical students to satellite engineers.

And as Shakespeare once wrote, 'Thou she be little, she is fierce!', on the same note this little event from Humboldt University is the first but definitely not the last.
With the goal to always channel free knowledge from the most inspiring thinkers who seek the deeper understanding of the world around us, we would like to welcome you once again to our first TEDxHUBerlin event.

Humboldt Graduate School
Luisenstraße 56
Berlin, Berlin, 10115
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Flavia Scuderi

Comic artist
Flavia Scuderi is a comic artist, illustrator, character designer, storyboard artist and script writer. For about 11 years she worked mostly for the Walt Disney company. In 2005 she moved to Berlin and started to collaborate as a character designer for the Hahn Film (Mia and me) and Trixter (Lili the Witch new season). In 2013 she drew, on Andreas Völlinger’s texts, the “Wagner” graphic novel for Knesebeck Verlag, which was translated in an interactive app by Gebrueder Beetz who produced also the documentary “The Wagner Files” for which she made the storyboards and the drawings for the animated parts. The Multi platform project is currently exhibited in the Richard Wagner museum in Lucerne and it will be there until November 2017. She also collaborates with the Sparkasse “Knax” Magazine as comic artist and illustrator. Since 2015 she works with the mobile’s games company Wooga as comic artist, illustrator and character designer.

Henrik Sadlowski

Founder of Diagnost-x
Henrik is founder and leader of diagnost-x, a collective working on a low-cost diagnostic test for the Neglected Tropical Diseases Taeniasis.* As an open, inclusive and student-driven product development project, diagnost-x currently counts over 100 contributors from all over the world, collected substantial data on the molecular “fingerprint” of tapeworms and currently prototypes a pregnancy-test-like approach to detect the disease. Before initiating diagnost-x in 2016, Henrik organized the European Students’ Conference and founded SUKRIA, a social enterprise operating in India and Germany. He studies medicine at Charité, conducts research on nanosensors for his doctoral thesis and has been winning awards at several research and economics competitions such as the “Research to Market Challenge” by Stiftung Charité.

Jelena Buracionok

Medical student at Charité University of Berlin
Her curiosity and a constant search for finding an answer for seemingly unsolvable questions impelled her to start a research that contributes to a better understanding of a rare congenital heart disease – atrioventricular septal defect that is often seen in children with Down syndrome. Currently she is pursuing a doctorate degree in one of the leading cardiology clinics of Germany – German Heart Center Berlin. Her work was successfully presented at the 7th World Congress of Pediatric Cardiology and Cardiac Surgery. Moreover, she was chosen to represent Charité University during International Medical Tournaments in 2016 and 2017. Jelena is particularly passionate about health and society, as well as how a better understanding of medicine can play a part in improving global cooperation.

Marcel Fratzscher

President of DIW Berlin, Professor of Macroeconomics and Finance at Humboldt-University Berlin
Marcel Fratzscher is President of DIW Berlin, one of the leading, independent economic research institutes and think tanks in Europe, Professor of Macroeconomics and Finance at Humboldt-University Berlin, and Chair of the German government expert committee on “Strenghtening investment in Germany”. Moreover, he is member of the advisory board of the German development, non-profit Deutsche Welthungerhilfe and member of the supervisory board of the Hertie School of Governance. The work of Marcel Fratzscher focuses on topics in macroeconomics, monetary economics, financial markets and global economy. In September 2014, his book “The Germany Illusion: Why we overestimate our Economy and need Europe” was published. In his recent book “The Battle for Redistribution – Why Germany is becoming more unequal” (March 2016) he analyses the economic and social impact of the high and rising inequality in Germany.

Mauro Rego

Senior Service and Interface Designer
Since 9 years, he designs brands, digital services and products. Besides crafting, Mauro has a 8 years professional teaching experience. He has been teaching as a guest lecture Service & Interface Design at the Köln International School of Design, Design Thinking for companies at the Professional Track of the HPI Academy and Visual Thinking at Wired Campus. He is passionate about education and how do people learn. In 2011, he co-founded the first brazilian crowdlearning platform called The service helped to create workshops and connect people that wanted to share what they love and people willing to learn it. He also designs new learning formats and environments for Service Design with the Service Design Berlin. Finally he teaches people how to draw and be more visual.

Tom Segert

Founder of Berlin Space Technologies
Tom is one of the founders of Berlin Space Technologies (BST); responsible for strategy and business development. BST is one of the five commercial companies in Germany that have the capability to build complete satellite systems and one of three that currently do. Prior the founding of BST in 2010 he has worked 5 years as cluster manager and speaker for the space industry network in Germany’s capital region (RiBB) and before that 3 years as project manager for space projects at TUB. In the last decade Tom has successfully challenged long held business paradigms and thus impacted the new space industry both globally and locally.

Zeynep Akbal

PhD candidate in Media Philosophy at Potsdam University
Zeynep Akbal is a PhD candidate in Media Philosophy at Philosophy Faculty, Potsdam University. In her philosophically motivated and clinically relevant research, she explores the possible consequences of an alignment with the virtual body in virtual reality (VR). She aims to raise relevant philosophical questions related to phenomenology of body based on collected empirical data. She has been teaching at Berlin School of Mind and Brain, Humboldt University and at EMW, Potsdam University(Bodily Perception in Virtual Reality: Exploring the body as an object). She has worked closely with BeAnotherLab and is an associate member of BeAnotherLab Berlin node. She has been giving workshops in which she explored the different effects of body swap setups in VR. Currently she is working as a collaborator at The MindBrainBody Institute (MBBI) which situated at the Berlin School of Mind and Brain,Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin.

Organizing team


Berlin, Germany


Berlin, Germany
  • Anna Pezold
  • Konstantina Nathanail
  • Oleksiy Ostapenko
  • Valerie Hofmann