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Theme: The young people of Perth responding to unprecedented challenges with passion and originality.

This event occurred on
March 20, 2021
12:00pm - 5:30pm AWST
(UTC +8hrs)
Perth, Western Australia

Where young thinkers, innovators, entrepreneurs, campaigners and changemakers from Perth and WA come together to celebrate ideas worth spreading and strive for a better future. With nine remarkable speakers, performers, short films, interactive installations and the chance to meet over three hundred like-minded young people, TEDxYouth@Perth connects the local to the global.

State Theatre Centre of Western Australia
174 - 176 William Street
Perth, Western Australia, 6000
Event type:
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Alexander Karan

Alexander is the co-founder and Chief Technical Officer at ClimateClever, an Edtech startup helping schools and communities reduce their carbon footprint and utility bills. A full-stack developer with over ten years of experience, he previously ran an app development agency managing a variety of teams from design and marketing to web and native mobile app developers both in Australia and abroad, and has overseen the development of many projects. Alexander's passion for tech lies in system architecture design, user privacy and data security. Alexander’s core focus is for everything he creates to have a positive impact.

Cougar Morrison

Identity Superhero
Cougar Morrison is the result of turning the volume up on Clint Strindberg to 300%. She is crazy, confident and an unapologetic daggy-dancer. Known for hilarious lipsyncs and costume reveals, Cougar also packs serious vocal pipes, able to bust out Edith Piaf and shock people how such a petite body produces such a big sound. When not on stage, Cougar is passionate about making drag accessible to everyone and also reading to rainbow families at Dragqueen Storyhour. Clint Strindberg is a WAAPA-trained classical vocalist, avid cook and extroverted introvert. Clint enjoys order and cleanliness, but when he last attempted to clean his apartment, Cougar Morrison would not let him throw anything out. A battle ensued and there is still much glitter as a reminder of this. As drastically different though they are, Clint and Cougar are cut from the same cloth and now one cannot live without the other.

Ebony McGuire

Actor, Writer, Emerging Leader

Melissa Cristina Márquez

Marine Biologist and Shark Expert
Melissa Cristina Márquez is a Latina marine biologist studying human-wildlife conflict with a focus on sharks. Her research and outreach efforts have been featured in various media outlets, like BBC's 100 Women, The New York Times, Popular Science, and ABC. An avid science communicator, she has appeared on TV (Discovery Channel and National Geographic), writes for Forbes Science as a contributor, and has a book series set to print in Spring 2021. Melissa is the founder of The Fins United Initiative, a program that highlights diverse sharks and people who work with them. She has travelled to over 20 countries to share her passion for the conservation of our oceans. An advocate for diversity and inclusion in science, she is also the host of the Spanish podcast ConCiencia Azul where she discusses marine conservation with a worldwide audience. She is currently doing her PhD at Curtin University and is excited to continue making Perth feel like home.

Mohammed Khaiata

Digital Transformation Expert
Mohammed is passionate about creating value for society and business through technology. As a digital transformation expert, information technology trainer and emerging technology enthusiast he believes in the importance of young people leading the path to Industry 4.0 whilst valuing the experience of senior generations and reskilling them to create a better world. Mohammed has successfully led transformative projects at BHP, BankWest and the University of Western Australia. He's a Board Member in the Australia & New Zealand Academy of Management and is a certified fellow in Teaching & Education. He is certified in Project Management (PMP), Information Systems Audit (CISA), Information Technology Management (ITIL), Building Internet Applications (OCP) and cloud technologies. He holds a Masters in Information Technology Management, a Post-Graduate Diploma in Artificial Intelligence and a Bachelor degree in Computer Engineering. In 2020 he will complete his PhD in emerging technologies.

Patrick Gunasekera

Interdisciplinary artist

Siobhan Sutton

School Strike Activist
Siobhan is a 16-year-old climate activist and community member. As an organiser in the School Strike 4 Climate movement both locally and on a national level, she has a deep-rooted interest in the planet and all those that inhabit it. Moving from Ireland to Australia at a young age gave her an appreciation for different landscapes and ecosystems, which spread out to encompass understanding different cultures, social systems, politics, and more as she grew up. She became involved in activism when she was 14, through the then 'new’ School Strike 4 Climate movement. She has been organising with the movement for over a year and, through it, has become involved with other organisations like Extinction Rebellion WA, WA Forest Alliance, Friends of the Earth, Conservation Council of Western Australia, Amnesty Australia, and more. She was the recipient of Conservation Council WA’s 2019 Young Environmentalist of the Year, as well as Amnesty International’s Ambassador of Conscience Award.

Sophie Stewart

Social Justice Campaigner
Sophie is a 25-year-old from Victoria Park in Perth where she grew up in the pram at protests and spending days at the homeless shelter her parents began. She is passionate about uniting people to collectively build a just and equal world, and has been leading workshops with young people on action and reflection since high school. Sophie is the Campaign Coordinator for Social Reinvestment WA, building a coalition of 25 nonprofits and running a campaign to end the over-representation of Aboriginal people in custody. She has led development for the first Justice Reinvestment site in WA, coordinated state-wide advocacy to reform legislation to end imprisonment for unpaid fines and produced the Stories from the Inside podcast. She founded Swim for Refugee and, each season, leads 40 volunteers to teach over 60 people from refugee and asylum seeker backgrounds how to swim. She graduated from UWA with a Bachelor of Arts Honours degree in Political Science and International Relations in 2016.

William Crohan

Doctor and Medical Researcher
William is a Surgical Registrar at Royal Perth Hospital in Ear, Nose and Throat Surgery. Entering medical school directly from high school, he first became interested in Ear, Nose and Throat surgery during his time as a student on the Rural Clinical School, where he spent several months practising medicine in remote indigenous communities in the Kimberley in far north Western Australia. During medical school he studied in sub-Saharan Africa, Berlin and Tokyo, winning the Alan Charters Prize for his elective overseas studies. After graduating from the University of Western Australia in 2016, he worked at Fiona Stanley Hospital for three years, representing junior doctors as President of the Stanley Medical Officers Society, and winning Medical Resident of the Year in 2019. Will is currently completing a Masters of Surgery at the University of Western Australia. He has published and presented research both nationally and internationally.

Organizing team


Perth, Western Australia, Australia


Perth, Australia
  • Kai Lovel
    Team member