Achim Keudell is a professor for experimental Physics at the Ruhr-University in Bochum. Before ending up here in the beautiful Ruhr area, he worked as a scientist for plasma physics for the Max Plank Institute and tought at the University of Illinois in the USA. His TEDx Talk “Extreme Plasmas for Extreme Materials” will regard his current field of study about the controlling and taming of these extreme plasmas, which will form the basis for future material synthesis.
Dr.-Ing. Burkhard Maaß is Co-Founder and CEO of Ingpuls, the only German producer of
shape memory alloys. He lectures shape memory technology at the Ruhr-University, where he studied mechanical engineering, got his PhD in Materials Science and also, where he used to play as a kid. He’s been living in Bochum for most of his life – returning even after living in sunny Spain and tropical Venezuela. His talk “Building new industries based on old values: a Ruhrgebiet’s approach to start-up“ will concern their unique approach of building a start-up – Ruhrpott-Style.
Çağdaş Eren Yüksel, as a student of Social Sciences, started to develop the idea of his Debut-Film “ASYLAND”, which came into German cinemas after 10 months of voluntary producing in a crew of totally 18 filmmakers. Today – as a founder of “Teller ohne Rand e.V.” and “cocktailfilms GmbH” he organizes filmscreenings in schools all over Germany, having workshops with youths and producing films for cinema and TV. With his talk talk “The Importance of teaching values and the role of media“ he is going to address the very up-to-date topic missing values in our society, which provokes the existence of, racism, sexism and extremism.
Guillermina Sutter Schneider
Guillermina Sutter Schneider is an Argentine economist working as a research assistant at the Cato Institute’s Center for Global Liberty and Prosperity. She is a MS candidate in Data Science at Georgetown University and has given lectures throughout Latin America promoting the use of Bitcoin, Blockchain, and sound money. In her talk “Human Progress” she is going to focus on the relation of the view and the actual state of the world. Schneider wants to promote a more optimistic approach on acknowledging the achieved improvements in the world.
Scientist & Entrepreneur
James Tooley is a prize-winning author, education professor and entrepreneur, working in low-cost private education globally. His book, The Beautiful Tree (Penguin), won the Sir Antony Fisher Memorial Prize, and his ground-breaking research on low-cost private education was awarded gold prize in the first IFC/FT Private Sector Development Competition. Tooley’s work has featured in documentaries on American PBS television and the BBC. With his talk “Education, War and Peace” he wants to show the benefits of low-cost private education in conflict-affected countries and wants to contribute to making low-cost and non-governmental private schools a permanent solution.
Dr. Johanna Havemann is a trainer and consultant in Science Communication and Management as well as Developmental Cooperation. Her work experience covers NGOs, a science startup and international institutions including the UN Environment Programme. Her talk “Challenging the western world view: Perspectives from the South to diversify the global research agenda” will concern tackling the problems resulting from climate change and political crisis with more traditional solutions. She analysis the Indigenous and traditional knowledge, which is embedded in cultural traditions of the people from the global south and applies these to global problems.
Marike Groenewald is a facilitator, coach and the founder of Anew, a leadership development consultancy based in Cape Town, South Africa. Following the completion of her Masters Degree in Law at Stellenbosch University, Marike has pursued a career in leadership and organisational development for more than a decade. Her talk “The Courage to be seen” will focus on how we step out of the stories we were born into and how to find out who we really are.