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December 1, 2022
Amsterdam, Noord-Holland

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Theater Amsterdam
Danzigerkade 5
Westpoortnummer 2036
Amsterdam, Noord-Holland, 1013AP
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Angelique Houtveen

Angelique Houtveen is a radio DJ, podcast host, voice-over and music columnist. She won the Marconi Talent Award in 2013. As a little girl she felt the need to share music with the world and touch hearts. After getting ill, she quit her job in PR to try radio. Her path has led her to some of the big radio stations in The Netherlands with a highlight being one of the DJ’s on a big project called Serious Request. Her journey as a woman (and one of the very few women of color) in a male-dominated job-field has made her think about the meaning of representation and boundaries.

Anouk Mols

As a media sociologist, I study the digitization of everyday life. In other words, I explore how people interact via social media, are constantly available through smartphones, and use smart technologies. I am fascinated by how we keep an eye on our friends, colleagues, and families and how digital surveillance impacts our privacy. I am also a mother of two boys and the transition from researcher to working mom inspired me to redirect my focus towards families. My research about parental monitoring shows that families negotiate a thin line between digital safeguarding and providing freedom.

Gema F.-B. Martín

Gema is a clinical pyschologist, social scientist and media artist specialized in Technology. She leads academic research and industry projects focused on robotics and artificial intelligence (artificial emotions for cognitive systems) and virtual environments (metaverses). Pioneer in the study of the creativity in the metaverses, her research, psychology based, has a focus on the interaction between mental health, creativity and technologies. She is a member of the Avatar Ochestra Metaverse, a virtual orchestra that performs in a metaverse since 2007.

Gwenda Nielen

Gwenda Nielen is sociologist, behavioural researcher and former lieutenant-colonel of the Dutch army. She has built her expertise on disinformation, online & offline manipulation by combining knowledge with operational experience. Working in Afghanistan, Syria, Georgia and the Sahel Region helped her to grow an understanding of the complex dynamics behind several societal and security challenges. Many of which are fuelled or even created through disinformation. So now she’s on a new mission; to limit the harmful impact of online originated manipulation of perception and behaviour. By unravelling disinformation and showing how and why it works, she’s ruining the magicians’ tricks.

Laura Bas

Laura Bas is a multiple award-winning Changemaker, specialized in meaningful youth participation and gender equality. Laura raised the importance of these issues at the United Nations at the age of 25 with her self-written speech. As the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs' former Youth Ambassador for Sexual Rights and Gender Equality, she also consulted with hundreds of young people around the world. She carried these insights and recommendations with her as a member of the Dutch Delegation to the United Nations, where she negotiated as part of the Dutch Delegation on the Netherlands' behalf and met with world leaders.

Maartje Laterveer

Journalist, Writer, Consultant
I’m a journalist, writer and consultant. As a journalist I write about inclusion and diversity, on which I also advise corporate clients. I’ve written non-fiction books on gender, a topic I find especially fascinating after starting my career in fashion journalism and having interviewed the most successful women on this planet, only to discover that they all have one thing in common: deep-seated insecurity. I’ve come to believe that society plays a big role in this by socializing women ánd men in patriarchal structures. I’ve shaped my career around exploring these structures and helping people break free from it to be(come) who they are.

Malou van den Berg

Malou van den Berg works as lead in a corporate setting and is active for the LGBTIQ+ community. Being queer and having a modern family, she experiences the effects of living in a heteronormative society ánd deviating from the norm in her day-to-day life. She is intrinsically motivated to make the world a more diverse and inclusive place and she hopes to touch you to make an actual difference on this pressing issue! Malou is the winner of the TEDxAmsterdamWomen Talent Night 2022.

Saron Patronilia

Saron Petronilia went through one of the deepest darkest holes in her life during her menopausal years. and came out of it to be happier, more vital, more powerful and more feminine than ever before. Has done tens of thousands of hours of research, interviews, training and coaching on female strength, female leadership and the evolutionary significance of the menopause. Has more than 10 years of experience coaching women in their menopausal years, to have more energy, decisiveness, self-confidence and grow into their female leadership. Has over 40 years of experience as a writer and journalist. She has written two books about menopause.

Sterrin Smalbrugge

Sterrin Smalbrugge is a Dutch ecologist and herpetologist. Her biggest passions in life are science and education. It is her life's mission to make the world a better place for animals, especially those who are underappreciated like reptiles. She writes educational books about reptiles for children and is soon to publish her first book about reptiles for adults. Sterrin hosts a TV show on the Dutch streaming service Videoland and she tours with an educational theatre show throughout the Netherlands. She is also the ambassador for National Geographic Junior and made a documentary about king cobra's and their struggle to survive in areas with a dense human population. Sterrin is currently conducting a PhD study on the influence of humans on animals and their habitat, at Wageningen University.

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Amsterdam, Netherlands


Amsterdam, Netherlands