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Theme: Brussels is Back!

This event occurred on
May 14, 2022
Brussels, Bruxelles-Capitale, Région de (fr), Brussels Hoofdstedelijk Gewest (nl)

Brussels is coming back to what, coming back from where?

Beyond coming back from the pandemic, Brussels is coming back to the very heart of its values. It is back from a long gone future that we did not want to happen anyway.

Today, Brussels is becoming a metropolis out of the very depths of its essence. Brussels is natural, elemental, technological, at the service of its inhabitants and the world. Brussels is cracked and fractured, filled with bubbles of all kinds, like the best beers brewed along the Senne.

On Saturday 14 May 2022, TEDxBrussels *is back!* will explore such important themes at Brussels Expo (Palais 10). It will bring together citizens who are turning paradigms upside down by dreaming of a utopian world for tomorrow. A community that want to learn, exchange and create a unique local community within our capital.

The event will explore key issues for the future of our city:
- Green and climate transition
- Education and youth
- Diversity and inclusion
- Culture
- Governance
- Mobility
- Technology
- Security
- Housing & urbanism
- Employement

We all have within us the perfect Brussels, an ideal city that would represent a living place where our community can flourish. Come and explore it, contradict it, defend it and make it evolve together with our speakers. On this occasion, Palais 10 will be the heart of unforgettable experiences and a space for gastronomic and local discoveries.

Beyond an event, it represents an entire community that is reclaiming its city and helping it progress.

Look to the future, TEDxBrussels *is back!*

Brussels Expo
Place de Belgique 1
Palais 10
Brussels, Bruxelles-Capitale, Région de (fr), Brussels Hoofdstedelijk Gewest (nl), 1020
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Camille Mommer

Cofounder at Natura Mater
Camille Mommer is the co-founder of Natura Mater, whose mission is to move sustainable building materials from the niche to the mainstream. By working with architects, property developers and builders, she is facilitating the transition of one of the most polluting sectors in society.

Cédric Ringenbach

Founder & President, La fresque du Climat
Cédric Ringenbach is an engineer, a graduate of the Ecole Centrale de Nantes, former director of the think-tank The Shift Project (2010-2016) and a lecturer specialising in energy and climate issues. In 2015, he created the Fresque du Climat, an educational workshop based on the IPCC reports, and has been working to disseminate it since 2018, notably as President and founder of the association of the same name. He is also Director of Blue Choice, a strategy consulting company on climate and transition issues in business.

Chuck de Liedekerke

CEO at Soil Capital
Chuck de Liedekerke is CEO of Soil Capital, an agriculture and climate-tech company on a mission to scale regenerative agriculture and reverse climate change. The Soil Capital team helps farmers understand how to store carbon in the soil and get paid for fixing the planet, all while producing abundant and healthy food. Chuck studied philosophy, political science and business administration. He is passionate about solutions to global problems... and hugely excited to speak at TEDxBrussels.

Eva Kaili

Vice-president of the European Parliament
Eva Kaili has been an MEP since 2014. In January 2022, she was elected Vice-President responsible for the ICT Innovation Strategy, the STOA Panel, CSR, and replacing the President for Middle East and multilateral bodies. The first woman to chair the STOA Panel and the Centre for AI, Eva is a member of the ITRE, ECON, BUDG, AIDA, and PEGA committees. She has drafted legislation on blockchain, fintech, AI, cybersecurity, EFSI2, InvestEU, and FuelEU Maritime. Eva has been a Member of the Greek Parliament. Before politics, she worked as a journalist. She has a BA in Architecture and an MA in European Politics.

Fatima Zibouh

Social Entrepreneur
Fatima Zibouh graduated from the Universite Libre de Bruxelles (ULB) with a Master in Political Science and has an advanced Master in Human Rights from the Universite Catholique de Louvain (UCL) and Saint-Louis. Since March 2007, she has been a researcher for the Centre for Ethnic and Migration Studies at University of Liege. Her current research interests lie in the political participation of ethnic minorites, the integration Policy and ethnocultural diversity in a post- migratory context. She is currently finishing her a PhD on Political and Sociological Sciences at Universite de Liege (ULg). The topic of her doctoral research is about “Art, Urban Culture and Ethnicity”. In 2019, she co-founded W100, a community of diverse women from all corners of Brussels who wish to connect and amplify the voices and actions of women in the city.

Félix Radu

Comedian, Author
Félix Radu is a comedian and author who dabbles in witticisms. He popularises literature. He zigzags between the absurd and philosophy. He unravels nonsense and complicates logic. In 2020, RTBF invited him to come and present morning "cartes blanches" on the airwaves of La Première. Félix Radu was awarded the "Raymond Devos for Humour" prize at the age of only 20, and signs unique, funny and moving texts.

Marc Vossen

Author, CEO Ngroup
Creator of radio stations in Belgium since 1980 Marc lives his dreams. At 8, he dreamed of doing radio. At 10, he dreamed of playing in pirate movies. At 20, he mixed the two: being a host in a pirate radio! Since then, he has been directing media where he has always tried to transmit positive vibes. Thoday, these positive waves led him to implement constructive journalism, participative management, inspiring leadership and CO2 neutrality. Marc also gives lectures and seminars on impactful communication and inspiring leadership in Belgium, France and Switzerland.

Marie Beeckman

Satellite Operations System Engineer
Marie is an industrial engineer in automation who found a flourishing career in the space sector.

Olivier De Schutter

Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights at United Nations
Olivier De Schutter is a professor at UCLouvain and Sciences Po (Paris). Formerly Secretary General of the International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH), he is the UN Special Rapporteur on human rights and extreme poverty. He was the UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food from 2008 to 2014, and a member of the UN Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights from 2015 to 2020. He was awarded the Francqui Prize (the "Belgian Nobel") in 2013 for his work on European governance.

Sabina Ciofu

Associate Director at techUK
Sabina Ciofu works as Head of EU and Trade Policy for techUK, the trade association representing the UK tech industry. Previously, she worked as Policy Advisor in the European Parliament for almost a decade, focusing on tech-related legislation, international trade and EU-US relations. She is also a PhD Candidate in Defence Studies at King’s College London, where she explores the relationship between artificial intelligence and foreign policy decision-making. Sabina is the founder of the Gentlewomen’s Club, co-organiser of the Young Professionals in Digital Policy and a member of the Global Shapers Brussels Hub, where she led a Europe-wide youth voting and civic engagement project. She holds an MA in War Studies from King’s College London and a BA in Classics from the University of Cambridge.

Organizing team


Brussels, Belgium

El Mohandiz

Brussels, Belgium
  • Camille Maunoir
  • Clarisse Derruine
  • Edward McMillan
  • Elinor Herinckx
  • Emilie Tasté
  • Emna Chaouch
  • Emy Scheer
  • Robin Pétré
  • Simon Laroche
  • Tuyet Vân Vu