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Theme: Threads of Change

This event occurred on
May 26, 2012
10:00am - 6:00pm WITA
(UTC +8hrs)

TEDxUbud 2012 was a huge success. Packed with seven hours of extraordinary content and an amazing audience.

Mambal, Abiansemal, Badung
Ubud, 80352
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Myshkin Ingawale

Myshkin Ingawale, a TED 2012 fellow, is co-founder of Biosense Technologies, a medical device venture focusing on point-of-care, non-invasive diagnostics. His team has developed a needle-free, affordable, portable device to monitor blood hemoglobin, vital for diagnosis treatment and anemia. The technology works on optical principles and gives out results instantly. These democratic diagnostic tools could potentially save one million children and pregnant woman every year and help improve the health outcomes for millions more. Myshkin has worked at Mckinsey & Company as a business consultant and as a researcher affiliated with MIT's SENSEable City Lab. He holds a FPM (PhD) in management information systems from the Indian Institute of Management, Calcutta, and a B.Tech in electrical engineering from the National Institute of Technology, Bhopal.

William Ingram

William Ingram is the co-founder of Threads of Life, a fair trade business based in Bali, and co-director of its sister organization, the Bebali Foundation. He will share insights he has gained from 15 years of work with traditional weavers in remote communities across Indonesia. He started out to create a model of how a profitable business can have a social mission, and now works with over 1,000 weavers and their families in 36 cooperatives on 11 islands. Born in the UK and trained as a mathematician, William has lived most of his life in Asia, first in Japan, now in Indonesia. He is the author of the book A Little Bit One O’clock: Living with a Balinese Family.

Bayu Wirayudha

Drh. I Gede Nyoman Bayu Wirayudha is the founder and CEO of Friends of the National Parks Foundation (FNPF) in Indonesia since its inception in 1997. Born in Denpasar, Bali, he is a veterinary surgeon by education, but has worked in various fields such as eco-tourism, traditional textile conservation, Bali starling breeding, and livestock farming. He has designed and led the conservation methodology of the FNPF to include a holistic and sustainable way of protecting animals, habitat, and people. Under his direction, the FNPF has been instrumental in saving one of the world’s rarest birds, the Bali Starling. Nominated twice for the Indonesia Kalpatur (Hero of the Earth) award, he was honored as the Environment Pioneer in 2007 by the Bali governor. Dr. Bayu resides in Ubud, where he also pursues his interests in music, painting, and dancing.

Kevin Mintaraga

Kevin Mintaraga co-founded Magnivate in 2008, which grew to become one of Indonesia’s leading digital and social media marketing agencies. Magnivate has recently been acquired by XM Asia Pacific Pte Ltd (Asia’s leading digital agency, a subsidiary of JWT and a member of WPP Group). Magnivate is now known as XM Gravity. Kevin, 26 years old at the time of acquisition, became the youngest CEO within the multinational WPP group. Kevin also actively supports and contributes to the Indonesian local start-up scene in many ways. One path is via Project Eden, a pre-seed investment company which works as an incubator/accelerator for the local community to launch technology start-ups.

Galuh Wandita

Over the last decade, Galuh Wandita has worked with several local human rights organizations in East Timor and Indonesia. Before moving to East Timor in 1999, she worked for 10 years with Oxfam, focusing on support for local NGOs working in conflict areas in Eastern Indonesia. Galuh worked with East Timorese human rights NGOs, during the crisis around the ballot, monitoring the human rights situation, providing support for internally displaced persons (IDPs) and women victims of violence. In 2000, she worked as a human rights officer for the United Nations in East Timor, and in 2002 was appointed as the deputy director/ program manager of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (CAVR). She obtained a B.A. in Anthropology from Swarthmore College in 1988, and completed a Masters in International Human Rights Law from Oxford University in 2007.

Michael McKerlie

Michael has a global background in performance improvement consulting. Working with hundreds of companies in North America, Australia, Europe and Asia, he has helped to improve their performance via changes to strategy, management, teams, marketing, and sales. Michael McKerlie is the managing director at Bullseye Bali. Bullseye is a an international digital services agency, which started in Australia. 
In addition to the Bullseye’s Bali office, he runs Bulleye’s product business RAN ONE, and is the CEO of Bullseye’s European distribution agent.

Asher Yaron

Asher Yaron began his professional career on Wall Street, then moved on to more entrepreneurial endeavors: first, a unique bicycle shop and fitness center in Connecticut and then a line of jewelry and handbags in California. The next venture: becoming a coffee roaster. After several trips to Bali, Asher finally decided to move there and follow his desire to create a local, organic, sustainable business. With Balinese coffee farmer friend I Nyoman Wirata, Asher created F.R.E.A.K., that is, “Fresh Roasted Enak (delicious in Indonesian) Arabica from Kintamani,” which is involved in all aspects of the coffee business “from the cherry to the cup.” Asher also has plans to use pure spring water from Kintamani to further improve the flavor of their coffee and return a percentage of the profits to community projects in the Kintamani region. Asher’s upcoming venture: Coffee University.

Indra Aziz

Indra Aziz is the founder and CEO of VokalPlus. He is a vocalist, saxophonist, and composer. Indra began singing and playing sax professionally in 2001, performing with his jazz quintet. Indra is currently working as a lecturer at Institut Musik Indonesia where he is also in the campus’ board of advisors. Indra also teaches at the Universitas Pelita Harapan Conservatory of Music, as contemporary vocal coordinator, and director of the international South Jakarta Community Choir. As the founder of VokalPlus, Indra released the first ever Indonesian commercial vocal exercise CD Bebaskan Suaramu. Indra is currently acting as the vocal coach for the TV reality show Indonesian Idol.

Rio Sidik

Rio Sidik was born and raised in the city of Surabaya in Java, Indonesia. Rio’s grandfather, Dariono, played the trumpet for the Indonesian Navy and today continues to perform nightly with his big band. It was Dariono who inducted Rio into the world of music, taking personal responsibility for training the young boy in jazz trumpet and the techniques of improvisation. Rio first performed on stage at the age of ten with his brothers and sister, going on to appear regularly with his grandfather's big band. Rio has appeared as a soloist with many of Indonesia's top musicians, like Indra Lesmana, Buby Chen, Erwin Gutawa Orchestra. Rio has a talent for composition, and is a driving force behind much of his Jazz Quartet and Saharadja's original work. His true passion is jazz; his favorites include Miles Davis, Dizzy Gillespie, Arturo Sandoval, and Freddy Hubbard, to name a few.

Alia Indrawan

Alia Indrawan is an integrative healing practitioner and intuitive guide based in Bali, Indonesia. She has previously worked as a Hospice Nurse, helping people with terminal illness to die gracefully and in peace. She has taken the lessons she’s learned from death and dying and now empowers others to become conscious creators of their lives. She is deeply committed to whole-hearted living, where emotional freedom and vulnerability are honored and celebrated. Alia integrates her background in traditional medicine with her passion for indigenous healing. Her spot-on intuition and grounded, compassionate nature open up a pathway for powerful self-discovery and a renewed sense of purpose. Alia has developed a client base spanning five continents, a testament to the limitless breadth of her spiritual and emotional guidance.

Organizing team


Ubud, Bali, Indonesia


Mumbai, India
  • Leigh Wasson
  • Romans Dobzanskis
    Technology Director
  • Monika Tomczyk
    Creative Director
  • Julie Pennini
    Director of Logistics
  • Chicco Tatriele
    Executive Producer
  • Daniel Ziv
  • Melati Gaymans
    Partnerships Director