TEDxBerlin 2010 "Fantastic Reality" Simon Halsey

Simon Halsey, principal conductor of Rundfunkchor Berlin since 2001, is internationally in demand as a conductor and lecturer. He holds an honorary doctorate from the University of Birmingham, has been engaged as guest lecturer and conductor at the University of Minnesota (2009) and Yale University (2011), and is International Chair of Choral Conducting at the Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama in Cardiff.

Born in 1958 in London, he was appointed director of music at the University of Warwick at the age of 22. From 1982 he has been director of the City of Birmingham Symphony Chorus, and from 1989-94 was director of the Salisbury Festival and chorus master of Flemish Opera, Antwerp. From 1997-2008 he was engaged as guest conductor then principal conductor of the Hilversum Radio Chorus.

About Rundfunkchor Berlin

Winner of a Grammy® in both 2008 and 2009 as well as two Echo-Klassik prizes in 2009 alone, Rundfunkchor Berlin is a regular guest at all the major festivals and the chosen partner of international orchestras and conductors such as Sir Simon Rattle, Christian Thielemann and Yannick Nézet-Séguin. It is the permanent partner of the Berliner Philharmoniker as well as of Berlin’s Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester and Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester and their conductors.

Founded in 1925 and shaped by conductors including Helmut Koch, Dietrich Knothe (1982-93) and Robin Gritton (1994-2001), Rundfunkchor Berlin has been directed by Simon Halsey since 2001.

Rundfunkchor Berlin is an ensemble of Rundfunk Orchester und Chöre Gmbh, Berlin (Shareholders: Deutschlandradio, the Federal Republic of Germany, the State of Berlin and Radio Berlin-Brandenburg).


TEDxBerlin 2010 "Fantastic Reality" Maha Alusi

A storyteller from an early age, Maha Alusi was born in the city of a thousand and one nights, into a family with a history of storytelling, spiritual healing, philosophical teaching and writing. Maha studied in the inspirational city of London, at the avant-garde Architectural Association School of Architecture.

Her creativity has been nurtured in Berlin, her home for the last seventeen years. Here her passion for visualising time has manifested itself through short story writing and creating art, including: ‘The Media Garden’, a 30 meter installation of poetry in motion as well as a time machine created for the German Pavilion, Expo 2000, Hannover.

Maha founded ‘Alusi Ephemeral Art’ in 2004, selling the concept of time passing, in the form of art works of wax consumed by the music of changing flames.

The most valuable in all this need for visualising time, is finding joy in creating a story in answer to the meaning of life, a little story of moments of happiness and their influence on life, a story Maha would love to share with many people.


TEDxBerlin 2010 "Fantastic Reality" Simon Berry

Simon Berry is the founder of Cola Life, which is a charity that aims to use Coca Cola’s distribution channels to provide remote communities in third world countries with essential medication and water cleaning tablets. He came up with this idea in 1988 while working on the British Aid Program.


TEDxBerlin 2010 "Fantastic Reality" Dr. Maritta Koch-Weser

Dr. Maritta Koch-Weser is CEO of The Global Exchange for Social Investment – GEXSI, a UK Charity and LLP. She has a distinguished career in international development, as an anthropologist and environmentalist and has led major environmental & social assessment tasks and investment programs in the agriculture, forestry, mining, energy, and urban-industrial sector.

She worked at the World Bank for 20 years where she held senior managerial positions and is closely associated with the build-up of environmental & social programs and policies . She also served as Director General of IUCN -The World Conservation Union.

Mrs. Koch-Weser is the Founder/ President of Earth3000, a globally oriented non-profit organization that was founded in 2001. Earth3000 supports strategic innovations in governance for environment and development through academic, executive, advisory, board, project and outreach engagements.

She is currently coordinating the “Amazônia em Transformação – Historia e Perspectivas” Program at the Institute for Advanced Studies at Sao Paulo University, Brazil.


TEDxBerlin 2010 "Fantastic Reality" Daniel Dendra

In 2007 anOtherArchitect (aA) was founded by Daniel Dendra as a multidisciplinary platform for digital design with a focus on sustainable strategies, connections between virtual networks and real tectonics and urban design processes. Ever since aA has served as a cooperative platform for architects, artists, fashion designers, landscape architects, environmental specialists and structural engineers.

Before founding aA Daniel Dendra was working at various design offices in London, Moscow, Düsseldorf and Rotterdam such as A.M.O. (Rem Koolhaas) and Zaha Hadid Architects.

In 2008 Daniel was nominated for the International Chernikhov Prize. His work was widely exhibited at locations such as the Royal Academy Summer Show 2008 (London), the International Model Festival in Budapest in 2008, Milan Furniture Fair 2009, Furnex Cairo 2009, Parametric Prototypes (Xian – China) 2009, +20 Cairo 2010 and the Venice Architecture Biennale 2010.

After leading a studio together with Dr. Jenny Lowe at Brighton University (UK) Daniel Dendra was appointed visiting professor at DIA (Dessau Institute of Architecture | Bauhaus Dessau) in 2007 where he is leading a design studio. Since 2010 Daniel has become a studio master of GREENlab together with Thomas Auer (Transsolar) at the Ecole Spéciale d'Architecture in Paris (ESA Paris).

In 2008 Daniel was curator of CANactions 2009 – a festival for young architects in Kiev, Ukraine.

Daniel Dendra is a founding partner of the OpenSourceDesign Network: OpenSimSim.


TEDxBerlin 2010 "Fantastic Reality" Sebastian Dittmann

Sebastian Dittmann was born in 1980 in Plauen, Germany. He has worked in the fields of media, IT and virtual worlds. After his graduation in media economics at the technical university of Ilmenau he founded Audanika GmbH, a company dedicated to creating digital virtual music instruments.

At their core these instruments transform complex harmonic concepts into easy to use graphic user interfaces so users are not required to understand these concepts anymore in order to use them intuitively.


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