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This event occurred on
December 1, 2012
12:00am - 12:00am CET
(UTC +1hr)

The theme of our event was "Dare to Choose"

Event type:
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Hadewych Minis

She is a famous Dutch actress about to embark on a musical journey with her soon to be released debut album. ‘Life rewards you when you take a chance, she says.

Zena el Khalil

As a artist, writer, TED fellow and cultural activist, Zena believes that ‘Love will Save Us.’ She offers love as a solution for the problems in the Middle East.

Barbara Hoffman

She left her banking career in Switzerland to help the orphans of Mozambique. Thousands of children there call her mama, because Barbara gave them shelter, education and a future.

Corinne Dettmeijer

As the Dutch National Rapporteur on Human Trafficking, she combats crime including slavery, organ theft and sexual violence in The Netherlands.

Cillian Jansen Verplanke

Her investment fund focuses on companies that have female board members. Her talk is about inspiration, female entrepreneurs, and hurdling the complexities of big finance.

Sarah Britton

As a chef and nutritionist, she shares her knowledge on the healing and preventative aspects of food. ‘More than fuel, food can be powerful medicine.’

Edwin Oudshoorn

He designs his fashion amidst the bustle of the Amsterdam red light district. He doesn’t get carried away with trends, but rather he finds his inspiration in forgotten things.

Olivia Bee

She was only 13 when Olivia decided she wanted to be a photographer. Now, five years later, she is considered one of advertizing’s most promising talents.

Lorna Goulden

As a Lead Creative Director at Philips Design, she predicts how our every day lives will change now that more and more devices are interconnected online.

Anjali Sarker

The lack of sanitation is a big problem in Bangladesh, Anjali’s homeland. Her project toilet+ offers a sustainable solution.

Kim Feenstra

She is a model and a TV personality, but her life is far from easy. From an early age, she was confronted with setbacks and had to learn to make the most of it.

Sabrina Starke

She is a Jazz and Soul singer from Holland. She signed with the prestigious label Blue Note and regularly appears on talkshows on Dutch national television.

Nanine Linning

She is one of the best choreographers in the Netherlands. By combining several art forms on stage, she brings dance to a new theatrical level.

Hariette Verwey

She is a cardiologist, who is specialized in female heart failure. More women than men die from heart attacks and stroke.

Elke Geraerts

She is called the ‘smartest woman in The Netherlands.’ She works as a psychologist to help people suffering from trauma, burnout, and depression.


She initiated the important discussion in her Maasai community about female genital mutilation. Now she trains hundreds of Maasai girls to find alternatives to this traditional ritual.

Paul Zak

Last year he talked at TED Global about empathy. His research has shown that a few hugs a day make us friendlier. As a neurologist, he enlightened us about the differences between men and women.

Tatiana Chevtchouk

She grew up in a remote military camp in Russia, where she was completely deprived of music. But piano became her passion. Now she teaches children about the emotional power of music.

Organizing team


The Hague, Netherlands
  • Barbara Barnes-Gravesteijn
  • Saskia Kok
    Speaker Liaison
  • Nina Sickenga
  • Ijoya van Gemert
    Guest communications
  • Elles Beijers
  • Hedwig Wiebes
  • Gladys Camphuijsen
  • Carolien Vader
  • Marloes Grimbergen
  • Marloes Grimbergen
    Social Media
  • Bib Veth
  • Anouk Schepers
  • Yaela Betsalel
    Guest communications
  • Carlijn Vader
    Social Media
  • Nienke Dettmeijer
  • Marjan Straathof
  • Ingeborg Tuinman
  • Nancy Poleon
  • Jamie Kim
  • Loes van Dokkum