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Theme: Pause to Progress

This event occurred on
September 10, 2022
Singapore, North West

We live in an age of speed and efficiency. It is almost like everything must be at our fingertips – the news, food, bus timings, dating partners, conversations with friends. The list goes on. There is little time to waste. Waiting is a bane. Pausing seems counterculture. We cease improving the moment we stop.

At TEDxNTU 2022, we invite you to join our speakers in reconsidering what it means to “PAUSE TO PROGRESS”. From food waste and AI technology to humor and the visual arts, we ask whether and how there could be growth through an interim period of inactivity. Are you willing to pause now to reflect on this with us?

Nanyang Auditorium
50 Nanyang Avenue
Singapore, North West, 639798
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Keri Matwick

Humor Seeker
Keri Matwick is a sociolinguist and educator. She holds a Doctorate from the University of Florida, specializing in Multimodal Discourse Analysis and Narrative. Keri’s research focuses on identity construction, social semiotics and nation branding, and food media. Since joining NTU in 2018, Keri has successfully established the first Food Studies Interdisciplinary Research Cluster and Pioneer Road: Journal of Undergraduate Research. Previously, she was a US Fulbright Scholar recipient in 2017 and served in the United States Air Force, conferring the rank of Captain by 2010. Keri’s scholarly and social contributions are recognized with distinction by academic, professional, and government bodies around the world.

Lavender Chang

Observer of the Intangible
Lavender Chang’s practice is a reflection of the sensitivity towards the subtle nuances in her immediate surroundings. She hopes to focus on these experiences, to create a canvas allowing further contemplation and letting the passage of time leave behind traces of her mortality. She is known for her time-based, process-driven work. Chang won the Noise Singapore Prize, The Crowbar Awards, Young Talent Programme, France + Singapore Photographic Art Awards, and the President Design Awards. Her works have been exhibited at Singapore Art Museum, Sundaram Tagore Gallery New York, Alliance Française de Singapour, FOST Gallery, Mizuma Gallery, ADM Gallery, The Singapore Art Show, Objectifs, Bandung Photography Triennale, International Orange Photo Festival, The Arts House, Singapore International Festival of Arts, International Film Festival Rotterdam, and National Gallery Singapore.

Peer Sathikh

Peer Mohideen Sathikh is a designer and design thinker who has had the opportunity to visit, study and work in many parts of the world. Peer has a PhD in art & design from the Nanyang Technological University (NTU), a Master of Design in industrial design from the Royal College of Art (RCA), London, a Master of Design in product design from the Indian Institute of Technology, Mumbai (IITBombay) and Bachelor of Engineering (Hons) from the College of Engineering, Chennai. Peer joined the School of Art, Design and Media, NTU after 22 years as a professional industrial designer. Besides teaching and d research at NTU, Peer is today an expert on designing operations control centre for rapid transit systems.

William Chen

An Unconventional Innovator
William Chen is the Michael Fam Endowed Professor, and Director of Food Science and Technology at NTU Singapore. His tech innovations in zero food waste processing and Food Circular Economy have been extensively attracting global attention, and active partnerships with food industry leading to consumer products development. The recent ‘Going Green’ programme by CNN described him as a Game-Changing Leader in the green revolution. His views on food tech and food security have been covered regularly by major local and international media. He is also advisor to government agencies, food industry, international organizations and overseas universities.

Organizing team




Singapore, Singapore
  • Abu Bakr Azam
  • Alpravinta Alagesan
  • Anik Naha Biswas
  • Bernice Lin
  • Elaine Tu
  • Jason Fok Kow
  • Lin Shicong
  • Nico Arsenio Liman
  • Preethi K M Ramanujam
  • Pritish Mishra
  • Qian Hui Tan
  • Radhika Sarda
  • Rohit Pratyush Behera
  • Satya Brat Tiwari
  • Simpi Srivastava
  • Sourabh Kumar
  • Yanru Liu