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Theme: Unmuted

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March 20, 2021
London, London, City of
United Kingdom

TEDxLSE 2021: #Unmuted 📣 | Live on Zoom and Facebook

TEDxLSE is the official annual #TEDx conference of the London School of Economics Students' Union (LSESU). In light of recent movements towards racial, environmental, and social justice, this year's theme seeks to amplify voices and perspectives often excluded from the global discourse.

This year's conference brings together 12 artists, entrepreneurs, activists, and change makers of interdisciplinary backgrounds to share their #ideasworthspreading. 💡

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❌ Speaker Block 1 | 9:00 - 10:00 GMT
• Elise Downing, Youngest Person & First Woman to Run Self-Supported Around the Coast of Great Britain
• Johannes Castner, Data Engineer & Computational Social Scientist

❌ Panel Discussion 1 | 10:00 - 11:00 GMT

❌ Speaker Block 2 | 11:00 - 12:00 GMT
• Mustafaen Kamal, Social Entrepreneur & Founder, Dil Internship Project
• Jaspreet Kaur, Spoken Word Poet, Writer, & Teacher
• Mariam Tzannatos, Youth Social Activist & BSc Social Policy Student at the London School of Economics

❌ Panel Discussion 2 | 12:00 - 13:00 GMT

❌ Speaker Block 3 | 13:00 - 14:00 GMT
• Hayley Mulenda, Award-Winning International Speaker & Author
• Fiona Murden, Psychologist & Award-Winning Author
• Poku Pipim Osei, Social Entrepreneur & CEO, Babbasa

❌ Panel Discussion 3 | 14:00 - 15:00 GMT

❌ Speaker Block 4 | 15:00 - 16:00 GMT
• Sydney Hamilton, Aerospace Engineer & STEM Advocate
• Sulaiman Iqbal, Student & Founder, Team UPside
• Madeleine Derungs, Country Music Radio Presenter & MSc Gender Student at the London School of Economics

❌ Panel Discussion 4 | 16:00 - 17:00 GMT

All panel discussions will feature the speakers from the block immediately preceding alongside a discussant from the TEDxLSE executive committee.

Conference events will be streamed on the #TEDxLSE Facebook page. Registrations to watch via Zoom webinar will be available from the first of March.

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Beatrice Andrew

Behavioural Science Consultant
Beatrice holds a BSc (Hons) Neuroscience from King’s College London and is undergoing an Executive MSc in Behavioural Sciences at the London School of Economics. She is currently working as a Behavioural Science Consultant at LAB Group. Beatrice uses behavioural science for digital. She has 7 years experience working in Digital and creative and is a Keynote speaker at industry events. She is a leading member of the Human Insights Council at the British Interactive Media Association.

Elise Downing

Runner & Writer
Elise is a writer and long-distance runner from the Midlands, UK. In 2016 she became the first woman and youngest person to run 5000 miles self-supported around the coast of Britain. She ran up to 40 miles per day carrying her kit on her back and was helped along the way by the kindness of several hundred strangers. Her first book, Coasting, is due to be published later in 2021, an account of her ten-month long adventure.

Fiona Murden

Psychologist & Author
Fiona Murden is a chartered occupational psychologist and award winning author who has spent her career working with some of the world’s most successful business executives, medics, creatives and prominent leaders from across different industries. Through this work, Fiona has come to see that essential skills necessary for us to fulfil our potential are being tragically impacted by a combination of the traditional education system and our modern way of life. She is on a mission to raise awareness of what each of us can do to enable our own success and fulfilment while creating a positive cycle of capability that ripples across society.

Hayley Mulenda

International Speaker & Author
Hayley Mulenda is a Multi-Award Winning International Speaker, Author and Change Agent who has spoken to tens of thousands of people across the world sharing her story on how she turned her pain to purpose. Hayley has been invited to run sessions at some of the world leading firms and greatest conferences across Europe, USA and Africa touching on wellbeing, resilience, vulnerability and personal development.

Jaspreet Kaur

Poet, Writer & Teacher
Jaspreet Kaur, better known as Behind the Netra for her poetry, is an award-winning spoken word artist and writer from East London. She is also an educator and spent five years teaching History, Sociology and Politics in secondary schools across London. With an academic background in both history and gender studies and a passion for social justice, Jaspreet has been committed to using her writing and spoken word to tackle gender discrimination, mental health stigma, the postcolonial immigrant experience, and taboo issues within the South Asian community. She is currently working on her debut book, "Brown Girl Like Me."

Johannes Castner

Data Engineer & Computational Social Scientist
Johannes Castner is a data scientist, data engineer and AI practitioner with expertise in modern (scalable) deep learning, data pipelines, knowledge graphs and reasoning systems. Johannes has an interdisciplinary academic background in Anthropology, Economics and Computational Social Science and now he employs these skills in his support of an undergoing humanistic global transformation.

Madeleine Derungs

Country Music Radio Presenter
Madeleine is a British/Canadian MSc Gender student at LSE focusing on gender, race and culture in country music. She has been the country music radio presenter for W!ZARD Radio Station since 2018, talking to over 50,000 young people every week. She uses her platform to highlight critical social issues and injustices in the genre, and after graduating hopes to work in the industry to create change from within.

Mariam Tzannatos

Youth Social Activist
Mariam is a Greek Lebanese student doing a BSc in International Social and Public Policy with Politics at LSE, where she is learning to one day help restructure and rebuild her home country Lebanon that has been deteriorating economically, politically, and socially. After surviving the Beirut Blast she is more driven than ever to work for this goal. In the meantime, Mariam continues to pursue her activist path by volunteering, job shadowing officials and heads of organizations, and writing political commentaries.

Mustafaen Kamal

Social Entrepreneur
Mustafaen Kamal is the founder of the Dil Internship Project and "Close the Lockdown Gap." An alumni of both Oxford and LSE, Mustafaen is eager to ensure that opportunities are as accessible as possible regardless of socio-economic circumstances. The initiatives he has founded involve ensuring a more equitable distribution of human capital across the globe. His work involves coordinating with international organisations and governments to work effectively at a grassroots level in developing countries.

Poku Pipim Osei

Social Entrepreneur
Poku is an award winning social entrepreneur with cross-sector experience. Poku is the founder and CEO of Babbasa – the Queens Award For Enterprise (Social Mobility) winning social enterprise, which supports underrepresented young people to pursue their ambitions. He is also the co-founder of The Black Professionals Network and board member on UWE's Business & Management Advisory Board, Business West (Chambers of Commerce) and the University of Bristol Courts. He holds a BSc in Psychology, MSc in Business Management from UWE and Advance Project Management Certificate from Oxford University.

Sulaiman Iqbal

Student & Founder, Team UPside
Sulaiman Iqbal is a third-year History student at the University of Cambridge. After his first year at university, Sulaiman returned to his council estate in Southall, West London, to build Team UPside - a grass-roots community organisation focused on tackling opportunity and resource gaps for young people in socio-economically disadvantaged areas of the UK. Sulaiman is a firm believer in the idea that local problems are most effectively addressed by local actors with local solutions.

Sydney Hamilton

Aerospace Engineer & STEM Advocate
Black Engineer of the Year – 2021 Legacy Award Winner, Sydney Hamilton, has been featured on CBS’ Mission Unstoppable, in Marie Claire Magazine, on NPR’s Wow in the World and across The Boeing Company for her innovative contributions to the aerospace industry. Sydney is an Aerospace Structures Stress Manager at Boeing in Long Beach, CA, where she and her team support multiple programs in space and commercial aircrafts. Sydney brings out her passion for STEM education through her American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) IF/THEN Ambassadorship and her Board Presidency at non-profit organization Dramatic Results. Sydney received dual degrees in Mathematics and Aerospace Engineering from Spelman College and the University of Michigan, respectively. Outside of work, Sydney can be found scuba diving, puzzling, or cooking (and especially eating) new cuisines.

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