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Theme: Theme: Unexpected Love

This event occurred on
May 10, 2019
Beijing, Beijing

Topic: How does love appear in unexpected ways?

Canadian International School of Beijing
No. 38 Liangmaqiao Road
Beijing, Beijing, 100125
Event type:
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Anna Zhao

Anna is in Grade 10 at CISB and is 16 years old. She enjoys dancing, performing, and you may have seen her in StageCats’ drama productions. Anna enjoys public speaking and is usually the one in the friend group to give long speeches about life when someone is sad. She hopes you can enjoy today’s TED Talk!

Bella Ness

Bella is a grade 10 student at CISB. She is in student council and a veteran in StageCats. You may have seen her on this stage recently in Godspell. She tries her best to overcome obstacles and stay positive but is usually taking on a little too much at the same time.

Jaden Kim

Jaden is a 15 years old 8th grader attending the Canadian International School of Beijing. Jaden is from the Republic of Korea and he is in StageCats as part of the backstage Tech crew. He likes public speaking. He likes computer technology as well.

Marina Barayeva

Photographer, Speaker and Business Coach
Marina Barayeva is a photographer and business coach who empowers entrepreneurs to build authority and become influencers in their niche. She is also an international speaker and hosts the popular podcast Marketing for Creatives. Born in Russia, Marina has traveled all over the world and has been based for a decade in China. She believes that together each achieves more and encourages people to collaborate with others to grow faster and make an impact in the lives of others.

MCK Michael Keefrider

"The Questions Guy" on Linkedin
MCK is the creator of the Bounce Conversation Framework and is "The Questions Guy." He wants to help you to have better relationships, work more effectively, and make better decisions, by being a better communicator. Find more on Questions are the Answers at

MeiLun Gong

Meilun is a 14 years old 8th grader attending the Canadian International School of Beijing. She is very grateful for this opportunity, and also passionate about her speech. She hopes that there is a little something for everyone in the audience to take away from her speech, and that they enjoy the event as much as she does!

Patrick Mayne

Entrepreneurship & international business
Having worked, studied and lived in 3 continents by the age of 25, Patrick uses uncertainty as a tool to build a life of growth.

Sherry Wang

Sherry Wang is from Beijing, China. She obtained her master's degree from Beijing Normal University, majoring in Teaching Chinese to Speakers of Other Languages. She has taught Chinese language and culture in both the USA and Australia. Teaching is about sharing. She enjoys teaching while learning and growing as an independent thinker and communicator.

Teja Petronyte

Teja is a 13 years old, Lithuanian international student studying at CISB. She enjoys learning and getting good grades. She is doing the TED talk because it would improve her chances of getting into an ivy league school as well as her interest in such activities. Today, her topic is “How love can be explained through science”. She hopes you enjoy the evening.

Organizing team

Dr. Sajid

Beijing, China