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Theme: Not Stereotypes

This event occurred on
November 17, 2017
Turku, Varsinais-Suomi

TEDxTurku is an evening event, happening on Friday, October 17th, 2017, with 9 speakers and performers like contemporary circus duo, magician, caricature artist and atmosphere artist.

At TEDxTurku speeches vary from business to art, from millennials to elders and from death to life. We will laugh and we will cry. We will learn new things and we will become inspired. All of the speeches are linked to our theme, Not Stereotypes.

TEDxTurku includes meal and private after-party.

Sigyn-sali, Turun konservatorio
Linnankatu 60
Turku, Varsinais-Suomi, 20100
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Anna Haverinen

Digitality, death, mourning
Anna Haverinen has a background in cultural anthropology, archaeology and museum studies, which lead to a passionate interest to death rituals. In her ethnographic PhD study, she examined extensively why, how and where people mourn and honor online. Currently she is working as a Design Anthropologist at a Finnish design and development agency Taiste.

Anna Puhakka

Well-being, rollercoaster, know your ride
Anna Puhakka is a writer, speaker and tutor in adult education. Anna’s experience in human rights work spans over a decade, and in the recent years, she has taken a special interest in human well-being. Anna has traveled widely and has witnessed how stereotypes do not bear close scrutiny.

Anni Koivisto

Anni Koivisto is a Sami, who's concerned about the future of her people: their lack of voice in public conversation and the effect of negative stereotypes related to the Sami. She wants to remind us that we all can prevent stereotypes. Miss Koivisto is a student of social studies and she's working with social matters. She is also a Chairman of Union of Applied Sciences Students in Finland. Koivisto wishes that people were more aware of the Sami.

Minghui Gao

Identity, intercultural, intriguing
Being passionate about intercultural issues, Minghui Gao is doing research on intercultural communication in the media, multicultural education and international business. She is currently a Ph.D. researcher at the University of Helsinki and the University of Turku. With her academic research on interculturality and identity, Minghui is going to share her personal experience of living with stereotypes.

Salla Lehtipuu

Doodling, visual, facilitation
Salla Lehtipuu works doing live sketchnoting and visual recording. She is interested in facilitating learning with the help of arts and her aim is to bring more visual tools to people to enable better learning and understanding. She is going to speak about visual facilitation, that is a combination of texts, colors, drawings and shapes to enable better learning and common understanding in bigger groups. Her background comes from studies of business and entrepreneurship (BBA) and arts.

Sara Salmani

Marketing, life, muslim
Sara Salmani is a creative director who is passionate about creating work that breaks stereotypes. An advocate for Muslim women, Sara has been featured in several large publications, radio and TV shows. Her work includes producing the first Ramadan and Eid campaign held at shopping centre Itis. With her half Finnish and half Iranian roots, she has her feet in both worlds, understanding the needs and wants of both cultures. Her passion is to build bridges between the West and Muslims through her work.

Simo Koivisto-Rajala

Millennials, big hoax, individuals
Simo is an academic-minded alumni of Turku School Economics, currently working as rewards expert in Nordea. He is quite the millennial: working in an international setting, looking to express and develop himself through work, dreaming of giving TED speeches and knowing more internet memes than names of plants that grow in the nearest forest. Yet, when looking at his age-mates, he didn’t see a ‘Generation Y’ – and ended up writing his Master’s thesis, as well as crafting his upcoming speech, about why you shouldn’t either.

Tiina Butter

Art, new method, memory disease
Tiina Butter is an art therapist, Master of Arts (Aalto University) and an entrepreneur. Her passion is to enable people to understand themselves, each other, and the world surrounding them using images and words. She wants everybody to know, that people suffering from a memory disease have the right and the possibility to lead a meaningful life.

Tom Laine

Talent, branding, future workplace
Tom Laine is one of the most experienced social media recruitment and employer branding experts in Europe, training organizations across Europe, Middle East and Asia. Tom is also a serial entrepreneur focused on social media and crowdsourcing startups, having founded his first social media startup already back in 1999. Tom has authored several books on innovations and social media.

Organizing team


Turku, Finland


Turku, Finland
  • Asta Kinghorn
    Team member
  • Elena Kemell
    Post production
  • Helinä Leppänen